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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

    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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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. Content type: Research article

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