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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

    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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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Content type: Research article

    Although the number of child laborers in Latin America is generally high, data on occupational hazards and injuries is insufficient. The objective of this study was therefore to determine the lifetime prevalen...

    Authors: Cornelia Schlick, Manuela Joachin, Leonardo Briceño, Daniel Moraga and Katja Radon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:766

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  11. Content type: Study protocol

    Occupational quartz exposure continues to be a serious hazard in the construction industry. Until now, evidence-based interventions aimed at reducing quartz exposure are scarce. The aim of this study was to sy...

    Authors: Karen M Oude Hengel, Erik van Deurssen, Tim Meijster, Erik Tielemans, Dick Heederik and Anjoeka Pronk

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:760

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Little is known on the comparative effect of work economic sectors on multiple cardiovascular risk factors. Such information may be useful to target Public health interventions, e.g., through the occupational ...

    Authors: Antoine Lewin, Frédérique Thomas, Bruno Pannier and Basile Chaix

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:750

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Aboriginal people in British Columbia (BC) have higher injury incidence than the general population, but information is scarce regarding variability among injury categories, time periods, and geographic, demog...

    Authors: Andrew Jin, M Anne George, Mariana Brussoni and Christopher E Lalonde

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:710

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The aim of the present study was to estimate the benchmark doses (BMD) for renal effects for health risk assessment of residents living in Cd-polluted and non-polluted areas in a Thai population.

    Authors: Muneko Nishijo, Yasushi Suwazono, Werawan Ruangyuttikarn, Kowit Nambunmee, Witaya Swaddiwudhipong, Kazuhiro Nogawa and Hideaki Nakagawa

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:702

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Chronic mountain sickness (CMS), originally characterized by excess hemoglobin (Hb), is currently diagnosed using score-based diagnostic criteria combined with excessive erythrocytosis and clinical symptoms. H...

    Authors: Chunhua Jiang, Jian Chen, Fuyu Liu, Yongjun Luo, Gang Xu, Hai-Ying Shen, Yuqi Gao and Wenxiang Gao

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:701

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Previous studies have shown that psychosocial working conditions characterized by high psychological demands and low decision latitude (i.e., high strain work) are associated with increased risk of depressive ...

    Authors: Ida EH Madsen, Anette FB Jorgensen, Marianne Borritz, Martin L Nielsen and Reiner Rugulies

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:698

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Waste poses a threat to public health and the environment if it is not stored, collected, and disposed of properly. The perception of waste as an unwanted material with no intrinsic value has dominated attitud...

    Authors: Ramatta Massa Yoada, Dennis Chirawurah and Philip Baba Adongo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:697

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Low birth weight (LBW) and environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) exposure are each associated with wheezing in children. This study was designed to examine the combined association of LBW and ETS with wheezing.

    Authors: Meng-Hung Lin, James L Caffrey, Yu-Sheng Lin, Pau-Chung Chen, Ching-Chun Lin, Wen-Chao Ho, Trong-Neng Wu and Ruey-Shiung Lin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:688

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  19. Content type: Study protocol

    Health promotion at the work site in terms of physical activity has proven positive effects but optimization of relevant exercise training protocols and implementation for high adherence are still scanty.

    Authors: Gisela Sjøgaard, Just Bendix Justesen, Mike Murray, Tina Dalager and Karen Søgaard

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:652

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Throughout the literature, substantial evidence supports associations between poor psychosocial work characteristics and a variety of ill-health outcomes. Yet, few reports strategies workers carry out to impro...

    Authors: Mia Söderberg, Annika Härenstam, Annika Rosengren, Linus Schiöler, Anna-Carin Olin, Lauren Lissner, Margda Waern and Kjell Torén

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:605

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  21. Content type: Study protocol

    Workers without a permanent employment contract represent a vulnerable group within the working population. Mental disorders are a major cause of sickness absence within this group. Common mental disorders are...

    Authors: Lieke Lammerts, Sylvia J Vermeulen, Frederieke G Schaafsma, Willem van Mechelen and Johannes R Anema

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:594

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Common mental disorders (CMD) are prevalent in working populations and have adverse consequences for employee well-being and work ability, even leading to early retirement. Several studies report associations ...

    Authors: Hanna Laine, Peppiina Saastamoinen, Jouni Lahti, Ossi Rahkonen and Eero Lahelma

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:588

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Climate change affects human health in various ways. Health planners and policy makers are increasingly addressing potential health impacts of climate change. Ethiopia is vulnerable to these impacts. Assessing...

    Authors: Andualem S Nigatu, Benedict O Asamoah and Helmut Kloos

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:587

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Evidence from numerous studies suggests that salt intake is an important determinant of elevated blood pressure. Robust data about salt consumption among adults in Bangladesh is sparse. However, much evidence ...

    Authors: Sabrina Rasheed, Shamshad Jahan, Tamanna Sharmin, Shahidul Hoque, Masuma Akter Khanam, Mary Anne Land, Mohammad Iqbal, Syed Manzoor Ahmed Hanifi, Fatema Khatun, Abul Kasem Siddique and Abbas Bhuiya

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:584

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure is a well-established health hazard. To determine the effectiveness of existing smoke-free policies and adoption of smoke-free rules in South Africa, we assessed exposure to SHS...

    Authors: Olalekan A Ayo-Yusuf, Olubode Olufajo and Israel T Agaku

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:580

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Food borne diseases are major health problems in developed and developing countries including Ethiopia. The problem is more noticeable in developing countries due to prevailing poor food handling and sanitatio...

    Authors: Ayehu Gashe Tessema, Kassahun Alemu Gelaye and Daniel Haile Chercos

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:571

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about the effects of personal and other characteristics of care recipients on the behaviour of carers. The aim of this study is to examine the association between the main chronic (disabling) c...

    Authors: Deborah Schofield, Michelle Cunich, Rupendra Shrestha, Megan Passey, Simon Kelly, Robert Tanton and Lennert Veerman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:561

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Although short sleep is associated with an increased risk of morbidity as well as mortality and has been shown to vary by industry of employment and occupation, little is known about the relationship between w...

    Authors: Chandra L Jackson, Ichiro Kawachi, Susan Redline, Hee-Soon Juon and Frank B Hu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:552

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Despite acclimatisation to hot weather, many individuals in Australia are adversely affected by extreme heat each summer, placing added pressure on the health sector. In terms of public health, it is therefore...

    Authors: Alana Hansen, Monika Nitschke, Arthur Saniotis, Jill Benson, Yan Tan, Val Smyth, Leigh Wilson, Gil-Soo Han, Lillian Mwanri and Peng Bi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:550

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  30. Content type: Research article

    A previous review showed that high stress increases the risk of occupational injury by three- to five-fold. However, most of the prior studies have relied on short follow-ups. In this prospective cohort study ...

    Authors: Simo Salminen, Anne Kouvonen, Aki Koskinen, Matti Joensuu and Ari Väänänen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:543

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  31. Content type: Research article

    There is growing evidence to suggest unemployment has a role in the development and incidence of cardiovascular disease. This study explores the contribution of breaks in employment to the development of hyper...

    Authors: Juliet Rumball-Smith, Arijit Nandi and Jay S Kaufman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:536

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Prior studies focused on bioaccumulation of mercury (Hg) and on large, long-lived fish species as the major environmental source of Hg, but little is known about consumption of small-sized fish or about non-di...

    Authors: Seongbeom Cho, David R Jacobs Jr and Kyong Park

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:527

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Individual work performance is an important outcome measure in studies in the workplace. Nevertheless, its conceptualization and measurement has proven challenging. To overcome limitations of existing scales, ...

    Authors: Linda Koopmans, Jennifer K Coffeng, Claire M Bernaards, Cécile RL Boot, Vincent H Hildebrandt, Henrica CW de Vet and Allard J van der Beek

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:513

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  34. Content type: Study protocol

    The objective of this research project is to understand and to improve workers’ recovery from work stress. Although recovery during lunch breaks is the most common within-workday break, it has received only mi...

    Authors: Jessica de Bloom, Ulla Kinnunen and Kalevi Korpela

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:488

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  35. Content type: Research article

    According to Ulrich’s psychoevolutionary theory, contact with green environments mitigates stress by activating the parasympathetic system, (specifically, by decreasing blood pressure (BP)). Experimental studi...

    Authors: Iana Markevych, Elisabeth Thiering, Elaine Fuertes, Dorothea Sugiri, Dietrich Berdel, Sibylle Koletzko, Andrea von Berg, Carl-Peter Bauer and Joachim Heinrich

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:477

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The mental health of carers is an important proximate factor in the causal web linking housing conditions to child health, as well as being important in its own right. Improved understanding of the nature of t...

    Authors: Ross S Bailie, Matthew Stevens and Elizabeth L McDonald

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:472

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Only a few studies to evaluate groundwater fluoride in Eastern Africa have been undertaken outside the volcanic belt of the Great Eastern Africa Rift Valley. The extent and impact of water fluoride outside the...

    Authors: Enos W Wambu, Stephen G Agong, Beatrice Anyango, Walter Akuno and Teresa Akenga

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:462

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Developing, implementing and evaluating worksite health promotion requires dealing with all stakeholders involved, such as employers, employees, occupational physicians, insurance companies, providers, labour ...

    Authors: Jantien van Berkel, Agnes Meershoek, Rien MJPA Janssens, Cécile RL Boot, Karin I Proper and Allard J van der Beek

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:458

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Several studies have reported that individualized residential place-based discrimination (PBD) affects residents’ health. However, studies exploring the association between institutionalized PBD and health are...

    Authors: Takahiro Tabuchi, Tomoki Nakaya, Wakaba Fukushima, Ichiro Matsunaga, Satoko Ohfuji, Kyoko Kondo, Miki Inui, Yuka Sayanagi, Yoshio Hirota, Eiji Kawano and Hiroyuki Fukuhara

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:449

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  40. Content type: Research article

    With the rapid increasing use of third generation (3 G) mobile phones, social concerns have arisen concerning the possible health effects of radio frequency-electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) emitted by wideband...

    Authors: Soo Beom Choi, Min Kyung Kwon, Jai Won Chung, Jee Soo Park, KilSoo Chung and Deok Won Kim

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:438

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Despite a large proportion of the workforce being self-employed, few studies have been conducted on risk factors for sickness absence in this population. The aim of this study is to identify risk factors for f...

    Authors: Liesbeth EC Wijnvoord, Jac JL Van der Klink, Michiel R De Boer and Sandra Brouwer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:420

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Chronic exposure to arsenic is associated with neoplastic, cardiovascular, endocrine, neuro-developmental disorders and can have an adverse effect on women’s reproductive health outcomes. This study examined t...

    Authors: Fakir Md Yunus, Musarrat Jabeen Rahman, Md Zahidul Alam, Samar Kumar Hore and Mahfuzar Rahman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:419

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Developing countries have limited air quality management systems due to inadequate legislation and lack of political will, among other challenges. Maintaining a balance between economic development and sustain...

    Authors: Eunice Omanga, Lisa Ulmer, Zekarias Berhane and Michael Gatari

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:377

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