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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

    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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    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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  3. 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

  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. Content type: Research article

    The ubiquity of secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure at home or in private establishments, workplaces and public areas poses several challenges for the reduction of SHS exposure. This study aimed to describe the pr...

    Authors: Florian Fischer and Alexander Kraemer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:327

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Surface water contaminated with human waste may transmit urogenital schistosomiasis (UGS). Water-related activities that allow skin exposure place people at risk, but public health practitioners know little ab...

    Authors: Karen Claire Kosinski, Alexandra V. Kulinkina, Akua Frimpomaa Atakora Abrah, Michael N. Adjei, Kara Marie Breen, Hafsa Myedah Chaudhry, Paul E. Nevin, Suzanne H. Warner and Shalini Ahuja Tendulkar

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:322

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Bangladesh is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change (CC). A basic understanding of public perception on vulnerability, attitude and the risk in relation to CC and health will provide strategic...

    Authors: Md Iqbal Kabir, Md Bayzidur Rahman, Wayne Smith, Mirza Afreen Fatima Lusha, Syed Azim and Abul Hasnat Milton

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:266

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Most studies on air pollution exposure and its associations with human health in China have focused on the heavily polluted industrial areas and/or mega-cities, and studies on cities with comparatively low air...

    Authors: Fengying Zhang, Xiaojian Liu, Lei Zhou, Yong Yu, Li Wang, Jinmei Lu, Wuyi Wang and Thomas Krafft

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:215

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Enteric diseases affect thousands of Canadians annually and several large outbreaks have occurred due to infection with enteric pathogens. The objectives of this study were to describe the spatial and temporal...

    Authors: James E. Valcour, Dominique F. Charron, Olaf Berke, Jeff B. Wilson, Tom Edge and David Waltner-Toews

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:204

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  38. Content type: Study protocol

    Large populations are exposed to smoke from bushfires and planned burns. Studies investigating the association between bushfire smoke and health have typically used hospital or ambulance data and been done ret...

    Authors: David O’Keeffe, Martine Dennekamp, Lahn Straney, Mahjabeen Mazhar, Tom O’Dwyer, Anjali Haikerwal, Fabienne Reisen, Michael J. Abramson and Fay Johnston

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:186

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  39. Content type: Study protocol

    Analysis of the association between exposure to electromagnetic fields of non-ionising radiation (EMF-NIR) and health in children and adolescents is hindered by the limited availability of data, mainly due to ...

    Authors: Mara Gallastegi, Mònica Guxens, Ana Jiménez-Zabala, Irene Calvente, Marta Fernández, Laura Birks, Benjamin Struchen, Martine Vrijheid, Marisa Estarlich, Mariana F. Fernández, Maties Torrent, Ferrán Ballester, Juan J Aurrekoetxea, Jesús Ibarluzea, David Guerra, Julián González…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:167

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  40. Content type: Research article

    In the Ganges Delta, chronic arsenic poisoning is a health concern affecting millions of people who rely on groundwater as their potable water source. The prevalence of anemia is also high in this region, part...

    Authors: Molly L. Kile, Joycelyn M. Faraj, Alayne G. Ronnenberg, Quazi Quamruzzaman, Mahmudar Rahman, Golam Mostofa, Sakila Afroz and David C. Christiani

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:158

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  41. Content type: Study protocol

    The presence of chemicals in the environment is ubiquitous. Human biomonitoring studies have shown that various chemicals can be detected in the majority of the population, including pregnant women. These comp...

    Authors: Marijke de Cock, Ilona Quaak, Eva J. Sugeng, Juliette Legler and Margot van de Bor

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:147

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  42. Content type: Research article

    This study identifies the characteristics and perceptions related to the individual, the dwelling and the neighbourhood of residence associated with the prevalence of self-reported adverse health impacts and a...

    Authors: Diane Bélanger, Belkacem Abdous, Pierre Valois, Pierre Gosselin and Elhadji A. Laouan Sidi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:144

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Manganese (Mn) is an essential element for humans, but exposure to high levels has been associated with adverse developmental outcomes. Early epidemiological studies evaluating the effect of Mn on fetal growth...

    Authors: Wei Xia, Yanqiu Zhou, Tongzhang Zheng, Bin Zhang, Bryan A. Bassig, Yuanyuan Li, John Pierce Wise Sr., Aifen Zhou, Yanjian Wan, Youjie Wang, Chao Xiong, Jinzhu Zhao, Zhengkuan Li, Yuanxiang Yao, Jie Hu, Xinyun Pan…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:142

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Unconventional natural gas development (UNGD) is expanding globally, with Australia expanding development in the form of coal seam gas (CSG). Residents and other interest groups have voiced concerns about the ...

    Authors: Angela K. Werner, Kerrianne Watt, Cate M. Cameron, Sue Vink, Andrew Page and Paul Jagals

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:125

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  45. Content type: Research article

    A pit latrine is the most basic form of improved sanitation which is currently used by a number of people around the globe. In spite of the wide spread use, known successes and advantages associated with pit l...

    Authors: Anne Nakagiri, Charles B. Niwagaba, Philip M. Nyenje, Robinah N. Kulabako, John B. Tumuhairwe and Frank Kansiime

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:120

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Highly publicized water supply problems highlight the importance of safe drinking water to the public. Boil water advisories (BWAs) are an important precautionary measure meant to protect public health by ensu...

    Authors: Andria Jones-Bitton, Diana L. Gustafson, Kelly Butt and Shannon E. Majowicz

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:14

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Second-hand smoke (SHS) is the most important contaminant of indoor air in first world countries. The risks associated with SHS exposure are highly relevant, because many people are regularly, and usually invo...

    Authors: Florian Fischer and Alexander Kraemer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:1202

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