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Environmental health

Section edited by Michelle Turner, Mahfuzar Rahman and David Stieb.

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

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  1. 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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  2. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. Action taken to enhance or conserve outdoor environments may benefit health and wellbeing through the process of participation but also through improving the environment. There is interest, amongst both health...

    Authors: Rebecca Lovell, Kerryn Husk, Chris Cooper, Will Stahl-Timmins and Ruth Garside

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:864

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  34. Adult body mass index (BMI) has been associated with urinary melatonin levels in humans; however, whether earlier-life body size is associated with melatonin, particularly among night shift workers, remains un...

    Authors: Cody A Ramin, Jennifer Massa, Lani R Wegrzyn, Susan B Brown, Jeffrey Pierre-Paul, Elizabeth E Devore, Susan E Hankinson and Eva S Schernhammer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:467

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  35. Policy makers and regulators are constantly required to make decisions despite the existence of substantial uncertainty regarding the outcomes of their proposed decisions. Understanding stakeholder views is an...

    Authors: Adam Capon, James Gillespie, Margaret Rolfe and Wayne Smith

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:424

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  36. Formalized risk management (RM) is an internationally accepted process for reducing hazards in the workplace, with defined steps including hazard scoping, risk assessment, and implementation of controls, all w...

    Authors: Gerald S Poplin, Keshia M Pollack, Stephanie Griffin, Virginia Day-Nash, Wayne F Peate, Ed Nied, John Gulotta and Jefferey L Burgess

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:407

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  37. Among the working population, unemployed, temporary agency and expired fixed-term contract workers having psychological problems are a particularly vulnerable group, at risk for sickness absence and prolonged ...

    Authors: Selwin S Audhoe, Karen Nieuwenhuijsen, Jan L Hoving, Judith K Sluiter and Monique HW Frings-Dresen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:377

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  38. Home healthcare is one of the fastest growing sectors in the United States. Percutaneous injuries from sharp medical devices (sharps) are a source of bloodborne pathogen infections among home healthcare worker...

    Authors: Pia Markkanen, Catherine Galligan, Angela Laramie, June Fisher, Susan Sama and Margaret Quinn

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:359

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  39. A low socioeconomic position (SEP) is consistently associated with ill health, sickness absence (SA) and permanent disability, but studies among young employees are lacking. We examined the interrelationships ...

    Authors: Hilla Sumanen, Olli Pietiläinen, Jouni Lahti, Eero Lahelma and Ossi Rahkonen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:332

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  40. Sick leave rates due to mental and behavioural disorders have increased in Sweden during the last decades. The aim of this prospective study was to investigate changes in the level of burnout in a working subs...

    Authors: Sofia Norlund, Christina Reuterwall, Jonas Höög, Urban Janlert and Lisbeth Slunga Järvholm

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:329

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  41. Personal problems are known to influence mental health among workers. The current study investigated the most concerning present personal problems which have the greatest impact on psychological distress among...

    Authors: Koji Wada, Hisashi Eguchi, Daisuke Yoneoka, Jun Okahisa and Derek R Smith

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:305

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  42. India contributes 24% of the global annual child deaths due to acute respiratory infections (ARIs). According to WHO, nearly 50% of the deaths among children due to ARIs is because of indoor air pollution (IAP...

    Authors: Ashish Kumar Upadhyay, Abhishek Singh, Kaushalendra Kumar and Ashish Singh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:300

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  43. 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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  44. 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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