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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. 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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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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