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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

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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