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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: Study protocol

    Need for recovery and work ability are strongly associated with high employee turnover, well-being and sickness absence. However, scientific knowledge on effective interventions to improve work ability and dec...

    Authors: Nidhi Gupta, Christian Dyrlund Wåhlin-Jacobsen, Louise Nøhr Henriksen, Johan Simonsen Abildgaard, Karina Nielsen and Andreas Holtermann

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:274

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity is a health-enhancing behavior, but few adolescents achieve the recommended levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Understanding how adolescents use different built environment spa...

    Authors: Nicolas M Oreskovic, James M Perrin, Alyssa I Robinson, Joseph J Locascio, Jeff Blossom, Minghua L Chen, Jonathan P Winickoff, Alison E Field, Chloe Green and Elizabeth Goodman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:251

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    The literature has been extensive on the associations between psychosocial work factors and mental health. Nevertheless, the studies using prospective design, various concepts and more than one measurement poi...

    Authors: Isabelle Niedhammer, Lucile Malard and Jean-François Chastang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:200

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    The number of waterpipe tobacco smokers has been increasing worldwide. Smokers can be exposed to a number of toxicants, some of which are metals. The aim of this study is to quantitatively determine if the wat...

    Authors: Akeel T Al-Kazwini, Adi J Said and Stephanie Sdepanian

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:153

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    Prior studies on the association between prenatal exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE) and child motor development have found contradicting results. Using dat...

    Authors: Birgit Bjerre Høyer, Cecilia Høst Ramlau-Hansen, Henning Sloth Pedersen, Katarzyna Góralczyk, Lyubov Chumak, Bo AG Jönsson, Jens Peter Bonde and Gunnar Toft

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:146

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  6. Content type: Study protocol

    Health effects of pesticides are easily diagnosed when acute poisonings occurs, nevertheless, consequences from chronic exposure can only be observed when neuropsychiatric, neurodegenerative or oncologic patho...

    Authors: Muriel Ramírez-Santana, Liliana Zúñiga, Sebastián Corral, Rodrigo Sandoval, Paul TJ Scheepers, Koos Van der Velden, Nel Roeleveld and Floria Pancetti

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:116

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  7. Content type: Study protocol

    Adults living in the sunny Australian climate are at high risk of skin cancer, but vitamin D deficiency (defined here as a serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) concentration of less than 50 nmol/L) is also comm...

    Authors: Mica Hartley, Samuel Hoare, Fiona E Lithander, Rachel E Neale, Prue H Hart, Shelley Gorman, Peter Gies, Jill Sherriff, Ashwin Swaminathan, Lawrence J Beilin, Trevor A Mori, Laura King, Lucinda J Black, Kushani Marshall, Fan Xiang, Candy Wyatt…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:115

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  8. Content type: Research article

    It is increasingly recognized that standing represents a simple solution to extended periods of sitting. However, it is currently unknown whether workplace standing time is prospectively associated with a lowe...

    Authors: Jean-Philippe Chaput, Travis J Saunders, Mark S Tremblay, Peter T Katzmarzyk, Angelo Tremblay and Claude Bouchard

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:111

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Poorly ventilated combustion stoves and pollutants emitted from combustion stoves increase the risk of acute lower respiratory illnesses (ALRI) in children living in developing countries but few studies have e...

    Authors: Eric S Coker, Ellen Smit, Anna K Harding, John Molitor and Molly L Kile

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:77

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  10. Content type: Research article

    An ageing workforce combined with increasing health problems in ageing workers implies the importance of evidence-based interventions to enhance sustainable employability. The aim of this study is to evaluate ...

    Authors: Wendy Koolhaas, Johan W Groothoff, Michiel R de Boer, Jac JL van der Klink and Sandra Brouwer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:76

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about how sitting time, alone or in combination with markers of physical activity (PA), influences mental well-being and work productivity. Given the need to develop workplace PA interventions ...

    Authors: Anna Puig-Ribera, Iván Martínez-Lemos, Maria Giné-Garriga, Ángel Manuel González-Suárez, Judit Bort-Roig, Jesús Fortuño, Laura Muñoz-Ortiz, Jim McKenna and Nicholas D Gilson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:72

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  12. Content type: Research article

    High levels of asthma prevalence and severity of respiratory symptoms have been found in the Caribbean but little is known about the impact of air pollution in these regions.

    Authors: Brice Amadeo, Céline Robert, Virginie Rondeau, Marie-Alice Mounouchy, Lucie Cordeau, Xavier Birembaux, Eddy Citadelle, Jacques Gotin, Monique Gouranton, Gérard Marcin, David Laurac and Chantal Raherison

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:45

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  13. Content type: Research

    Evidence suggests that poor health outcomes and poor work-related health outcomes such as sickness presenteeism are associated with excessive sitting at work. Studies have yet to investigate the relationship b...

    Authors: Fehmidah Munir, Jonathan Houdmont, Stacy Clemes, Kelly Wilson, Robert Kerr and Ken Addley

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:30

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  14. Content type: Research article

    As a specific male occupational group, underground coal miners have been commonly found to have a high prevalence of cigarette smoking. It is of urgent need to explore some factors that could be intervened to ...

    Authors: Li Liu, Xin Xu, Hui Wu, Yilong Yang and Lie Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:20

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Despite the substantial amount of knowledge on effectiveness of worksite health promotion (WHP) in reducing cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, WHP programs are not systematically applied in Italy. The aim was ...

    Authors: Giuseppe Mastrangelo, Gianluca Marangi, Danilo Bontadi, Emanuela Fadda, Luca Cegolon, Melania Bortolotto, Ugo Fedeli and Luciano Marchiori

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:12

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Consumer-driven homecare models support aging and disabled individuals to live independently through the services of homecare workers. Although these models have benefits, including autonomy and control over s...

    Authors: Ginger C Hanson, Nancy A Perrin, Helen Moss, Naima Laharnar and Nancy Glass

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:11

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Lifestyle interventions have proven effective for lowering a cardiovascular risk profile by improving lifestyle behaviors, blood glucose and blood cholesterol levels. However, implementation of lifestyle inter...

    Authors: S C Tonnon, K I Proper, H P van der Ploeg, M J Westerman, E Sijbesma and A J van der Beek

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1317

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  18. Content type: Research article

    In the United States (US), Medical Examiners and Coroners (ME/Cs) have the legal authority for the management of mass fatality incidents (MFI). Yet, preparedness and operational capabilities in this sector rem...

    Authors: Robyn RM Gershon, Mark G Orr, Qi Zhi, Jacqueline A Merrill, Daniel Y Chen, Halley EM Riley and Martin F Sherman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1275

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  19. Content type: Study protocol

    Acute lower respiratory infections (ALRI) are a leading cause of death among children. Low birthweight is prevalent in South Asia and associated with increased risks of mortality, and morbidity, high levels of...

    Authors: James M Tielsch, Joanne Katz, Scott L Zeger, Subarna K Khatry, Laxman Shrestha, Patrick Breysse, William Checkley, Luke C Mullany and Steven C LeClerq

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1271

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Breaks in prolonged sitting may have beneficial cardiometabolic and musculoskeletal health outcomes. Desk-based work settings are an important environment to promote and support breaks in sitting time. However...

    Authors: Zeljko Pedisic, Jason A Bennie, Anna F Timperio, David A Crawford, David W Dunstan, Adrian E Bauman and Jo Salmon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1249

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Type 1 diabetes (T1D) incidence has doubled since the 1980’s for children aged <5 years old, potentially relevant environmental factors having thus to be sought early in the patient’s life. The identification ...

    Authors: Sophie Le Fur, Pierre Bougnères and Alain-Jacques Valleron

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1241

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Musculoskeletal disorders represent one of the most common and most costly occupational health problems in both developed and developing countries. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of occupationa...

    Authors: Jian Shuai, Pengying Yue, Liping Li, Fengying Liu and Sheng Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1211

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  23. Content type: Research article

    There is increasing pressure to develop services to enhance the health of the workforce on the periphery of the labour market. Health promotion among unemployed people may improve their health but also to incr...

    Authors: Katri Romppainen, Antti Saloniemi, Ulla Kinnunen, Virpi Liukkonen and Pekka Virtanen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1200

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) generate nearly 80% of the jobs in China, but the dangerous work environment often found in these enterprises poses a major concern for public health. Psychosocial pr...

    Authors: Zhi Zeng, Yan Guo, Liming Lu, Lu Han, Wen Chen and Li Ling

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1162

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  25. Content type: Study protocol

    Despite epidemiological findings showing increased air pollution related cardiovascular diseases (CVD), the knowledge of the involved molecular mechanisms remains moderate or weak. Particulate matter (PM) prod...

    Authors: Valentina Bollati, Simona Iodice, Chiara Favero, Laura Angelici, Benedetta Albetti, Raquel Cacace, Laura Cantone, Michele Carugno, Tommaso Cavalleri, Barbara De Giorgio, Laura Dioni, Silvia Fustinoni, Mirjam Hoxha, Barbara Marinelli, Valeria Motta, Lorenzo Patrini…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1137

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Indoor air pollution from biomass fuel is responsible for 50,320 annual deaths of children under-five year, accounting for 4.9% of the national burden of disease in Ethiopia. Acute respiratory infections are t...

    Authors: Habtamu Sanbata, Araya Asfaw and Abera Kumie

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1122

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  27. Content type: Research article

    An association between depressive symptoms and features of built environment has been reported in the literature. A remaining research challenge is the development of methods to efficiently capture pertinent e...

    Authors: Yu-Tzu Wu, Paul Nash, Linda E Barnes, Thais Minett, Fiona E Matthews, Andy Jones and Carol Brayne

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1094

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  28. Content type: Research article

    While previous research has indicated that unhealthy lifestyle is associated with sickness absence, this association may be confounded by occupational class. To avoid this potential confounding, we examined th...

    Authors: Helle Gram Quist, Birthe L Thomsen, Ulla Christensen, Thomas Clausen, Andreas Holtermann, Jakob B Bjorner and Lars L Andersen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1084

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Survey research indicates that a surprising number of 12 to 14 year olds in North America engage in some form of paid work, and work-related injuries for this age group are reported at rates similar to older t...

    Authors: Amelia M Usher, Curtis Breslin, Ellen MacEachen, Mieke Koehoorn, Marie Laberge, Luc Laberge, Élise Ledoux and Imelda Wong

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1021

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Doctor-certified sick leave differs substantially across sectors, and among health and social workers, in particular, there is an increased risk. Previous studies have shown that work environmental factors con...

    Authors: Cecilie Aagestad, Reidar Tyssen, Håkon A Johannessen, Hans Magne Gravseth, Tore Tynes and Tom Sterud

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1016

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  31. Content type: Study protocol

    Particulate air pollution has been recognized to be associated with a wide range of adverse health effects, including increased mortality, morbidity, exacerbation of respiratory conditions. However, earlier ph...

    Authors: Yuanchao Song, Jian Hou, Xiji Huang, Xiaomin Zhang, Aijun Tan, Yi Rong, Huizhen Sun, Yun Zhou, Xiuqing Cui, Yuqing Yang, Yanjun Guo, Zhihong Zhang, Xin Luo, Bing Zhang, Fan Hou, Xiaosheng He…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:994

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have been undertaken to understand the employment impact in patients with colorectal cancer and none in middle-aged individuals with cancer. This study described transitions in, and key factors inf...

    Authors: Louisa G Gordon, Vanessa L Beesley, Brigid M Lynch, Gabor Mihala, Catherine McGrath, Nicholas Graves and Penelope M Webb

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:963

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Toxic metals including arsenic, cadmium, manganese, and lead are known human developmental toxicants that are able to cross the placental barrier from mother to fetus. In this population-based study, we assess...

    Authors: Alison P Sanders, Tania A Desrosiers, Joshua L Warren, Amy H Herring, Dianne Enright, Andrew F Olshan, Robert E Meyer and Rebecca C Fry

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:955

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The considerable increase of non-standard labor contracts, unemployment and inactivity rates raises the question of whether job insecurity and the lack of job opportunities affect physical and mental well-bein...

    Authors: Liliana Minelli, Claudia Pigini, Manuela Chiavarini and Francesco Bartolucci

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:946

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  35. Content type: Research article

    The objective of this study is to examine social inequalities in employee mental well-being, using relational social class indicators. Relational social class indicators are based on theoretical insights about...

    Authors: Deborah De Moortel, Hadewijch Vandenheede, Carles Muntaner and Christophe Vanroelen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:938

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Tuberculosis (TB) is an occupational hazard for health care workers (HCWs) who are at greater risk of developing TB than the general population. The objective of this study was to compare the difference in TB ...

    Authors: Carrie Tudor, Martie Van der Walt, Bruce Margot, Susan E Dorman, William K Pan, Gayane Yenokyan and Jason E Farley

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:891

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  37. Content type: Research article

    In the health and care sector, sickness absence and sickness presenteeism are frequent phenomena and constitute a field in need of exploration. Attitudes towards sickness absence involve also attitudes towards...

    Authors: Line Krane, Eva Ladekjær Larsen, Claus Vinther Nielsen, Christina Malmose Stapelfeldt, Roar Johnsen and Mette Bech Risør

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:880

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  38. Content type: Research article

    People spend a considerable amount of time at work over the course of their lives, which makes the workplace important to health and aging. However, little is known about the potential long-term effects of wor...

    Authors: Charlotta Nilsen, Ross Andel, Stefan Fors, Bettina Meinow, Alexander Darin Mattsson and Ingemar Kåreholt

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:878

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Although studies of self-rated health (SRH) are conducted widely in developed countries, comprehensive assessments of the determinants of SRH in Chinese are scarce, particularly for working Chinese individuals...

    Authors: Yingnan Jia, Junling Gao, Junming Dai, Pinpin Zheng, Xiaoyu Wu, Guangyao Li and Hua Fu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:851

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The period from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s saw a rapid increase in long-term sick leave in Sweden, primarily due to mental illness and often related to job burnout. This led to an urge for effective treatm...

    Authors: Björn Karlson, Peter Jönsson and Kai Österberg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:821

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Stress-related mental disorders rank among the leading causes of sickness absence in several European countries. The aim of this study was to investigate predictors of all-cause and diagnosis-specific disabili...

    Authors: Kazi Ishtiak-Ahmed, Aleksander Perski and Ellenor Mittendorfer-Rutz

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:805

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