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Environmental health

Section edited by Michelle Turner, Mahfuzar Rahman, David Stieb

This section aims to publish studies on the environmental correlates of health and disease.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, is known as severely air-polluted city in the world due to increased coal consumption in the cold season. The health effects of air pollution in Mongolia such as mortality, morbidity and...

    Authors: Motoyuki Nakao, Keiko Yamauchi, Yoko Ishihara, Hisamitsu Omori, Dashtseren Ichinnorov and Bandi Solongo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:594

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  2. Content type: Research article

    High rates of food insecurity are documented among Inuit households in Canada; however, data on food insecurity prevalence and seasonality for Inuit households with children are lacking, especially in city cen...

    Authors: Catherine Huet, James D. Ford, Victoria L. Edge, Jamal Shirley, Nia King and Sherilee L. Harper

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:578

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    Although breastfeeding of infants is recommended globally, the fact that maternal toxic metal stores are mobilised into breast milk implies infants, whose mothers live and work in mining communities, are at ri...

    Authors: David Kwaku Bansa, Adolf Kofi Awua, Rose Boatin, Theodosia Adom, Edward Christian Brown-Appiah, Kennedy Kwame Amewosina, Akusika Diaba, Dominic Datoghe and Wilhelmina Okwabi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:505

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Lower respiratory illnesses (LRIs) and asthma are common diseases in children <5 years of age. Few studies have investigated the relationships between multiple, home-based social and environmental risk factors...

    Authors: Nathan Lothrop, Khaleel Hussaini, Dean Billheimer and Paloma Beamer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:516

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  5. Content type: Research article

    In South Africa, community health workers (CHWs) working in community-based care (CBC) programmes provide care to patients most of whom are living with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB). Although studies have sho...

    Authors: Lydia Hangulu and Olagoke Akintola

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:448

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb) and arsenic (As) are common environmental contaminants that have been associated with lower birthweight. Although some essential metals may mitigate exposure, data are inconsistent. Thi...

    Authors: Yiwen Luo, Lauren E. McCullough, Jung-Ying Tzeng, Thomas Darrah, Avner Vengosh, Rachel L. Maguire, Arnab Maity, Carmen Samuel-Hodge, Susan K. Murphy, Michelle A. Mendez and Cathrine Hoyo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:354

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  7. Content type: Research article

    In urban settings of Africa with rapidly increasing population, traffic-related air pollution is a major contributor to outdoor air pollution (OAP). Although OAP has been identified as a leading cause of globa...

    Authors: Herve Lawin, Lucie Ayi Fanou, Vikkey Hinson, Jacqueline Wanjiku, N. Kingsley Ukwaja, Stephen B Gordon, Benjamin Fayomi, John R Balmes, Parfait Houngbegnon, Euripide Avokpaho and Ambaliou Sanni

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:320

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Excessive noise affects human health and interferes with daily activities. Although environmental noise may not directly cause mental illness, it may accelerate and intensify the development of latent mental d...

    Authors: Jangho Park, Seockhoon Chung, Jiho Lee, Joo Hyun Sung, Seung Woo Cho and Chang Sun Sim

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:315

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Drinking water insecurity and related health outcomes often disproportionately impact Indigenous communities internationally. Understanding media coverage of these water-related issues can provide insight into...

    Authors: Steven Lam, Ashlee Cunsolo, Alexandra Sawatzky, James Ford and Sherilee L. Harper

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:282

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Research suggests that living in fuel poverty and cold homes contributes to poor physical and mental health, and that interventions targeted at those living in poor quality housing may lead to health improveme...

    Authors: Charlotte N. B. Grey, Shiyu Jiang, Christina Nascimento, Sarah E. Rodgers, Rhodri Johnson, Ronan A. Lyons and Wouter Poortinga

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:140

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  11. Content type: Research article

    In winter 2013/14 there was widespread flooding in England. Previous studies have described an increased prevalence of psychological morbidity six months after flooding. Disruption to essential services may in...

    Authors: Thomas David Waite, Katerina Chaintarli, Charles R. Beck, Angie Bone, Richard Amlôt, Sari Kovats, Mark Reacher, Ben Armstrong, Giovanni Leonardi, G. James Rubin and Isabel Oliver

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:129

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Environmental pollution is a risk factor for cardiorespiratory diseases. Energy generated by thermoelectric power plants (TEPP) represents a relevant source of pollution. The aim of this study was to evaluate ...

    Authors: Tamara Ugarte-Avilés, Carlos Manterola, Ricardo Cartes-Velásquez and Tamara Otzen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:96

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  13. Content type: Research article

    A decline in the prevalence of secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure has been observed in the United States of America (USA) during the past few decades. Nevertheless, nearly half of non-smoking students are still e...

    Authors: Florian Fischer and Alexander Kraemer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:98

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Shared facilities are not recognised as improved sanitation due to challenges of maintenance as they easily can be avenues for the spread of diseases. Thus there is need to evaluate the quality of shared facil...

    Authors: Sheillah Simiyu, Mark Swilling, Sandy Cairncross and Richard Rheingans

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:68

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The disasters at Seveso, Three Mile Island, Bhopal, Chernobyl, the World Trade Center (WTC) and Fukushima had historic health and economic sequelae for large populations of workers, responders and community me...

    Authors: Roberto G. Lucchini, Dana Hashim, Sushma Acquilla, Angela Basanets, Pier Alberto Bertazzi, Andrey Bushmanov, Michael Crane, Denise J. Harrison, William Holden, Philip J. Landrigan, Benjamin J. Luft, Paolo Mocarelli, Nailya Mazitova, James Melius, Jacqueline M. Moline, Koji Mori…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:46

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Most of the medicine users remain unaware about the disposal of unused or expired medicines. The aim of this study was to know the disposal practices of unused and expired medicines among the general public in...

    Authors: Mohammad Bashaar, Vijay Thawani, Mohamed Azmi Hassali and Fahad Saleem

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:45

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2017 17:231

  17. Content type: Study protocol

    Vaccination is a mainstay of preventive healthcare, reducing the incidence of serious childhood infections. Ecological studies have demonstrated an inverse association between markers of high ambient ultraviol...

    Authors: Caradee Y. Wright, Patricia N. Albers, Angela Mathee, Zamantimande Kunene, Catherine D’Este, Ashwin Swaminathan and Robyn M. Lucas

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:37

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Few studies in South Africa have investigated the exposure of asthmatic learners to indoor and outdoor air pollution at schools. This study compared outdoor PM10 and SO2 exposure levels in exposed (1–2 km from go...

    Authors: Vusumuzi Nkosi, Janine Wichmann and Kuku Voyi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:42

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  19. Content type: Research article

    In recent years, obesity-related diseases have been on the rise globally resulting in major challenges for health systems and society as a whole. Emerging research in population health suggests that interventi...

    Authors: Ghazal S. Fazli, Maria I. Creatore, Flora I. Matheson, Sara Guilcher, Vered Kaufman-Shriqui, Heather Manson, Ashley Johns and Gillian L. Booth

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:1

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Three cross sectional studies suggest that neighbourhood greenspace may protect against incident diabetes. This study uses data from a longitudinal study with a large sample size to investigate the association...

    Authors: Alice M. Dalton, Andrew P. Jones, Stephen J. Sharp, Andrew J. M. Cooper, Simon Griffin and Nicholas J. Wareham

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1171

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The built environment (BE) is said to influence local obesity rates. Few studies have explored causal pathways between home-neighborhood BE variables and health outcomes such as obesity. Such pathways are like...

    Authors: Adam Drewnowski, Anju Aggarwal, Wesley Tang, Philip M. Hurvitz, Jason Scully, Orion Stewart and Anne Vernez Moudon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1153

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  22. Content type: Research article

    The residents’ knowledge, attitudes and practices related to ambient air pollution and health will help to improve the understanding of environmental protection and make environmental health policies more targ...

    Authors: Xujun Qian, Guozhang Xu, Li Li, Yueping Shen, Tianfeng He, Yajun Liang, Zuyao Yang, Wan Wei Zhou and Jiaying Xu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1138

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  23. Content type: Research article

    The potential for environmental interventions to improve health and wellbeing has assumed particular importance in the face of unprecedented population ageing. However, presently observational environmental as...

    Authors: Vanessa Burholt, Matthew Steven Roberts and Charles Brian Alexander Musselwhite

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1022

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  24. Content type: Research article

    U.S. Latinos experience high rates of cardio-metabolic diseases and have high rates of physical inactivity and sedentary behavior. Understanding the environmental factors associated with physical activity and ...

    Authors: Valerie J. Silfee, Milagros C. Rosal, Meera Sreedhara, Vilma Lora and Stephenie C. Lemon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:966

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Farm workers and female cotton pickers are exposed to residual impacts of pesticide use in cotton production, in addition to dust, ultraviolet radiation, etc. Cotton picking causes various health hazards among...

    Authors: Khuda Bakhsh, Naeem Ahmad, M. Asif Kamran, Sarfraz Hassan, Qasir Abbas, Rashed Saeed and M. Sadiq Hashmi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:961

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Children’s exposure to lead poses a significant risk for neurobehavioral consequences. Existing studies documented lead contamination in residential soil in mining and smelting communities in Armenia. This stu...

    Authors: Ruzanna Grigoryan, Varduhi Petrosyan, Dzovinar Melkom Melkomian, Vahe Khachadourian, Andrew McCartor and Byron Crape

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:945

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  27. Content type: Debate

    Communities living in developing countries as well as populations affected by natural or man-made disasters can be left at great risk from water related diseases, especially those spread through the faecal-ora...

    Authors: Preeti Borde, Khalifa Elmusharaf, Kevin G. McGuigan and Michael B. Keogh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:931

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  28. Content type: Study protocol

    Vitamin D status generally varies seasonally with changing solar UVB radiation, time in the sun, amount of skin exposed, and, possibly, diet. The Seasonal D Study was designed to quantify the amplitude and pha...

    Authors: Laura King, Keith Dear, Simone L. Harrison, Ingrid van der Mei, Alison M. Brodie, Michael G. Kimlin and Robyn M. Lucas

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:892

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Consuming unsafe water results in infections that lead to illness or death from water borne diseases. Though there is an increasing effort from Ethiopian government to access safe water still there are househo...

    Authors: Hailegebriel Belay, Zewdu Dagnew and Nurilign Abebe

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:887

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Exposure to pollution is a significant risk to human health. However few studies have attempted to identify the types of policy interventions that can reduce the health risks of pollution exposure in the Unite...

    Authors: Dorie E. Apollonio, Nicole Wolfe and Lisa A. Bero

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:822

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Schistosomiasis remains a major public health problem in Kenya. Inadequate knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) on causative factors are some of the critical factors for the increased prevalence. The study...

    Authors: J Mwai, S Njenga and M Barasa

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:819

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Increasing cycling for transport can contribute to improve public health among adults. Micro-environmental factors (i.e. small-scaled street-setting features) may play an important role in affecting the street...

    Authors: Lieze Mertens, Jelle Van Cauwenberg, Ariane Ghekiere, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Benedicte Deforche, Nico Van de Weghe and Delfien Van Dyck

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:782

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Diarrhea among children under 5 years of age has long been a major public health concern. Previous studies have suggested an association between rainfall and diarrhea. Here, we examined the association between...

    Authors: Assumpta Mukabutera, Dana Thomson, Megan Murray, Paulin Basinga, Laetitia Nyirazinyoye, Sidney Atwood, Kevin P. Savage, Aimable Ngirimana and Bethany L. Hedt-Gauthier

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:731

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Air pollution can cause respiratory symptoms or exacerbate pre-existing respiratory diseases, especially in children. This study looked at the short-term association of air pollution concentrations with Emerge...

    Authors: Roberto Bono, Valeria Romanazzi, Valeria Bellisario, Roberta Tassinari, Giulia Trucco, Antonio Urbino, Claudio Cassardo, Consolata Siniscalco, Pierpaolo Marchetti and Alessandro Marcon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:722

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  35. Content type: Research article

    This study examined the associations of objectively measured neighbourhood built environment characteristics with objectively measured physical activity (PA) in older people with and without lower limb osteoar...

    Authors: Erik J. Timmermans, Laura A. Schaap, Marjolein Visser, Hidde P. van der Ploeg, Alfred J. Wagtendonk, Suzan van der Pas and Dorly J. H. Deeg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:710

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Streetcar or train tracks in urban areas are difficult for bicyclists to negotiate and are a cause of crashes and injuries. This study used mixed methods to identify measures to prevent such crashes, by examin...

    Authors: Kay Teschke, Jessica Dennis, Conor C. O. Reynolds, Meghan Winters and M. Anne Harris

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:617

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Ice, or freezing rain storms have the potential to affect human health and disrupt normal functioning of a community. The purpose of this study was to assess acute health impacts of an ice storm that occurred ...

    Authors: Nikhil Rajaram, Karin Hohenadel, Laera Gattoni, Yasmin Khan, Elizabeth Birk-Urovitz, Lennon Li and Brian Schwartz

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:544

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  38. Content type: Research article

    The objectives of this study were to determine urinary cotinine concentrations in non-smoking residents of smoke-free homes and to establish the relationship of urinary cotinine with housing type and other soc...

    Authors: Jeonghoon Kim and Kiyoung Lee

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:538

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  39. Content type: Research article

    A study in frog and chicken embryos, and reports of a high incidence of birth defects in regions of intensive GM-soy planting have raised concerns on the teratogenic potential of glyphosate-based herbicides. T...

    Authors: Jessica S. A. de Araujo, Isabella F. Delgado and Francisco J. R. Paumgartten

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:472

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The neighborhood environment has the potential to influence children’s participation in physical activity. However, children’s outdoor play is controlled by parents to a great extent. This study aimed to inves...

    Authors: Monika Uys, Stephanie T. Broyles, Catherine E. Draper, Sharief Hendricks, Dale Rae, Nirmala Naidoo, Peter T. Katzmarzyk and Estelle V. Lambert

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:462

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Poor housing is widely cited as an important determinant of the poor health status of Aboriginal Australians, as for indigenous peoples in other wealthy nations with histories of colonisation such as Canada, t...

    Authors: Melanie J. Andersen, Anna B. Williamson, Peter Fernando, Sally Redman and Frank Vincent

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:429

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Extreme hot and dry weather during summer 2012 resulted in some of the most devastating drought conditions in the last half-century in the United States (U.S.). While public drinking water systems have conting...

    Authors: Michelle Murti, Ellen Yard, Rachel Kramer, Dirk Haselow, Mike Mettler, Rocky McElvany and Colleen Martin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:430

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Excessive summer heat is a serious environmental health problem in Skopje, the capital and largest city of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. This paper attempts to forecast the impact of heat on morta...

    Authors: Gerardo Sanchez Martinez, Michela Baccini, Koen De Ridder, Hans Hooyberghs, Wouter Lefebvre, Vladimir Kendrovski, Kristen Scott and Margarita Spasenovska

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:407

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Though park presence and access disparities are well studied for their associations with physical activity (PA), disparities in the availability and quality of amenities and facilities within parks have been i...

    Authors: Jessa K. Engelberg, Terry L. Conway, Carrie Geremia, Kelli L. Cain, Brian E. Saelens, Karen Glanz, Lawrence D. Frank and James F. Sallis

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:395

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Global climate change is one of the most serious environmental issues faced by humanity, and the resultant change in frequency and intensity of heat waves and cold spells could increase mortality. The influenc...

    Authors: Junzhe Bao, Zhenkun Wang, Chuanhua Yu and Xudong Li

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:375

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