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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

    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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  2. Content type: Research article

    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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  3. Content type: Research article

    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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  4. Content type: Research article

    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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  5. Content type: Study protocol

    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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  6. Content type: Research article

    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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  7. Content type: Research article

    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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  8. Content type: Research article

    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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  9. Content type: Research article

    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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  10. Content type: Research article

    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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Content type: Research article

    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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  14. Content type: Research article

    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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  15. Content type: Research article

    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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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