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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

    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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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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    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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. Content type: Study protocol

    Long-term studies of smokers who switch to lower nicotine yield cigarettes have been identified by the World Health Organization Study Group TobReg and the US Food and Drug Administration as one key area where...

    Authors: Anthony Cunningham, Johan Sommarström, Ajit S Sisodiya, Graham Errington and Krishna Prasad

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:348

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  23. Content type: Research article

    The Well-Being of Adolescents in Vulnerable Environments (WAVE) study was conducted among adolescents aged 15-19 years in Baltimore, Ibadan, Johannesburg, New Delhi, and Shanghai to examine perceived factors r...

    Authors: Kristin Mmari, Hannah Lantos, Heena Brahmbhatt, Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, Chaohua Lou, Rajib Acharya and Adesola Sangowawa

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:349

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Change of job could be a strategy in vocational rehabilitation when return to the original job is not possible, but research is very limited concerning the effects of job mobility on the future vocational situ...

    Authors: Karin Nordström, Kerstin Ekberg, Tomas Hemmingsson and Gun Johansson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:305

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Physicians have an elevated risk of experiencing suicidal thoughts, which might be due to work-related factors. However, the hierarchical work positions as well as work-related health differ among resident and...

    Authors: Mari Eneroth, Marie Gustafsson Sendén, Lise T Løvseth, Karin Schenck-Gustafsson and Ann Fridner

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:271

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Petrochemical industries have been identified as important sources of emissions of chemical substances, and adverse health outcomes have been reported for residents who live nearby. The purpose of the current ...

    Authors: Ya-Mei Chen, Wan-Yu Lin and Chang-Chuan Chan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:247

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Housing has been a relatively neglected site for public health action. However, it remains a place where human beings spend the most part of their day. As a result, the quality of housing has consequences for ...

    Authors: Emilia Asuquo Udofia, Alfred E Yawson, Kwesi Adu Aduful and Francis Mulekya Bwambale

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:244

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Health consequences of the gender segregated labour market have previously been demonstrated in the light of gender composition of occupations and workplaces, with somewhat mixed results. Associations between ...

    Authors: Sofia Elwér, Klara Johansson and Anne Hammarström

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:241

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  29. Content type: Study protocol

    New high-voltage power transmission lines will be introduced due to increasing demand for reliable and renewable energy supplies. Some residents associate non-specific health complaints with exposure to electr...

    Authors: Jarry T Porsius, Liesbeth Claassen, Tjabe Smid, Fred Woudenberg and Danielle RM Timmermans

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:237

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Understanding which physical environmental factors affect adult obesity, and how best to influence them, is important for public health and urban planning. Previous attempts to summarise the literature have no...

    Authors: Joreintje D Mackenbach, Harry Rutter, Sofie Compernolle, Ketevan Glonti, Jean-Michel Oppert, Helene Charreire, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Johannes Brug, Giel Nijpels and Jeroen Lakerveld

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:233

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  31. Content type: Research article

    People’s perceptions of and attitudes towards pollution are critical for reducing exposure among people and can also influence the response to interventions that are aimed at encouraging behaviour change. This...

    Authors: Kanyiva Muindi, Thaddaeus Egondi, Elizabeth Kimani-Murage, Joacim Rocklov and Nawi Ng

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:226

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Temporary employment, a precarious form of employment, is recognized as social determinant of poor health. However, evidence supporting precarious employment as a risk factor for health is mainly obtained from...

    Authors: Mariko Inoue, Masahide Minami and Eiji Yano

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:207

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Over the past decade, growing attention has been given to the mental health of workers. One way to examine the mental health of workers is to look at the incidence rates of mental illness-related sickness abse...

    Authors: Carolyn S Dewa, Desmond Loong, Sarah Bonato and Hiske Hees

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:205

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Arsenic in drinking water causes increased coronary artery disease (CAD) and death from CAD, but its association with stroke is not known.

    Authors: Mahfuzar Rahman, Nazmul Sohel, Mohammad Yunus, Mahbub Elahi Chowdhury, Samar Kumar Hore, Khalequ Zaman, Abbas Bhuiya and Peter Kim Streatfield

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:174

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Collection of household waste is a job which requires repeated heavy physical activities such as lifting, carrying, pulling, and pushing. Like many developing countries, in Ethiopia municipal solid waste is co...

    Authors: Daniel Bogale, Abera kumie and Worku Tefera

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:169

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Musculoskeletal diseases are characterized by a high degree of comorbidity with common mental disorders and are a major cause of health-related exclusion from working life. Using a prospective design we aimed ...

    Authors: Inger Haukenes, Erlend H Farbu, Trond Riise and Grethe S Tell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:167

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Coronary heart disease and stroke are major contributors to preventable mortality. Evidence links work conditions to these diseases; however, occupational data are perceived to be difficult to collect for larg...

    Authors: Leslie A MacDonald, LeaVonne Pulley, Misty J Hein and Virginia J Howard

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:142

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  38. Content type: Research article

    It is estimated that hearing difficulties will be one of the top ten leading burdens of disease by 2030. Knowledge of mortality among individuals on sick leave or disability pension due to hearing diagnoses is...

    Authors: Emilie Friberg, Ulf Rosenhall and Kristina Alexanderson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:137

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Depressive and anxiety disorders are common among working adults and costly to employers and individuals. Mental health screening is often an important initial strategy, but the resultant data are often of unk...

    Authors: Lisa Jarman, Angela Martin, Alison Venn, Petr Otahal, Roscoe Taylor, Brook Teale and Kristy Sanderson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:125

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Health impairments can result in disability and changed work productivity imposing considerable costs for the employee, employer and society as a whole. A large number of instruments exist to measure health-re...

    Authors: Cindy YG Noben, Silvia MAA Evers, Frans J Nijhuis and Angelique E de Rijk

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:115

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  41. Content type: Research article

    In Vietnam, environmental pollution caused by small-scale domestic smelting of automobile batteries into lead ingot is a growing concern. The village of Nghia Lo is a smelting craft village located roughly 25 ...

    Authors: Alison P Sanders, Sloane K Miller, Viet Nguyen, Jonathan B Kotch and Rebecca C Fry

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:114

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The chronic course of whiplash-associated disorder (WAD) has implications for both the individual and society. It has been shown that up to 50% of patients have not yet returned to work six months after a whip...

    Authors: Sarah Biering-Sørensen, Anne Møller, Christian DG Stoltenberg, Jonas W Holm and Peder G Skov

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:113

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  43. Content type: Research article

    The chronic health effects from exposure to ambient air pollution are still unclear. This study primarily aims to examine the relationship between long-term exposure to ambient air pollution and respiratory mo...

    Authors: Yang Gao, Emily YY Chan, Liping Li, Patrick WC Lau and Tze Wai Wong

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:105

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity (PA) and sleep are related to cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and their risk factors. The interrelationship between these behaviors has been studied, but there remain questions regarding the as...

    Authors: Heini Wennman, Erkki Kronholm, Timo Partonen, Asko Tolvanen, Markku Peltonen, Tommi Vasankari and Katja Borodulin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:82

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Evidence has been synthesized to determine hindering and facilitating factors associated with the work participation of adults with developmental dyslexia (DD), classified according to the International Classi...

    Authors: Joost de Beer, Josephine Engels, Yvonne Heerkens and Jac van der Klink

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:77

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