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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

    High prevalence of sickness absence in countries with generous welfare schemes has generated debates on mechanisms that may influence workers’ decisions about calling in sick for work. Little is known about th...

    Authors: Tone Morken, Inger Haukenes and Liv Heide Magnussen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:813

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    Until now, insomnia has not been much of interest in epidemiological neighbourhood studies, although literature provides evidence enough for insomnia-related mechanisms being potentially dependent on neighbour...

    Authors: Natalie Riedel, Kateryna Fuks, Barbara Hoffmann, Simone Weyers, Johannes Siegrist, Raimund Erbel, Anja Viehmann, Andreas Stang, Joachim Scheiner and Nico Dragano

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:810

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  3. Content type: Research article

    This study evaluated the primary school environment in terms of being conducive to good nutrition practices, sufficient physical activity and prevention of nicotine use, with the view of planning a school-base...

    Authors: Anniza de Villiers, Nelia P Steyn, Catherine E Draper, Jean M Fourie, Gerhard Barkhuizen, Carl J Lombard, Lucinda Dalais, Zulfa Abrahams and Estelle V Lambert

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:794

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  4. Content type: Study protocol

    Mental health issues are gaining in importance in society and the economic system. At the same time, the accessibility and stigmatisation of the mental health care system in Germany can obstruct help-seeking b...

    Authors: Eva Rothermund, Reinhold Kilian, Michael Hoelzer, Dorothea Mayer, Daniel Mauss, Marc Krueger, Monika A Rieger and Harald Guendel

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:780

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Hearing difficulties is a large public health problem, prognosticated to be the ninth leading burden of disease in 2030, and may also involve large consequences for work capacity. However, research regarding s...

    Authors: Emilie Friberg, Klas Gustafsson and Kristina Alexanderson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:772

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) and psychosocial problems are common in schools worldwide, yet longitudinal research on the issue is scarce. We examined whether the level of or a change in pupil-reported school ...

    Authors: Jenni Ervasti, Mika Kivimäki, Ichiro Kawachi, SV Subramanian, Jaana Pentti, Tuula Oksanen, Riikka Puusniekka, Tiina Pohjonen, Jussi Vahtera and Marianna Virtanen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:770

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Return to work (RTW) after long-term sick leave can be a long-lasting process where the individual may shift between work and receiving different social security benefits, as well as between part-time and full...

    Authors: Irene Øyeflaten, Stein Atle Lie, Camilla M Ihlebæk and Hege R Eriksen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:748

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  8. Content type: Research article

    There is limited knowledge about what happens to people after long-term sick leave. The aim of this report was to conduct a prospective study of individuals who were on prolonged sick leave during a particular...

    Authors: Anders Wikman, Michael Wiberg, Staffan Marklund and Kristina Alexanderson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:745

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Women’s higher risk of disability pension compared with men is found in countries with high female work participation and universal welfare schemes. The aim of the study was to examine the extent to which self...

    Authors: Inger Haukenes, Sturla Gjesdal, Guri Rortveit, Trond Riise and John Gunnar Mæland

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:720

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Good work ability is very important in young workers, but knowledge of work situations that influence work ability in this group is poor. The aim of this study was to assess whether changes in self-reported wo...

    Authors: Maria Boström, Judith K Sluiter and Mats Hagberg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:694

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Changing jobs is part of modern working life. Within occupational health, job mobility has mainly been studied in terms of employees’ intentions to leave their jobs. In contrast to actual turnover, turnover in...

    Authors: Cathrine Reineholm, Maria Gustavsson, Mats Liljegren and Kerstin Ekberg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:682

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  12. Content type: Debate

    The current literature reports increased infectious disease occurrence in various construction occupations, as an important contributor to morbidity and mortality arising from employment.

    Authors: John H Lange, Giuseppe Mastrangelo and Luca Cegolon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:665

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Previous validation studies of sick leave measures have focused on self-reports. Register-based sick leave data are considered to be valid; however methodological problems may be associated with such data. A D...

    Authors: Christina Malmose Stapelfeldt, Chris Jensen, Niels Trolle Andersen, Nils Fleten and Claus Vinther Nielsen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:661

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  14. Content type: Study protocol

    Prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors is unevenly distributed among occupational groups. The working environment, as well as lifestyle and socioeconomic status contribute to the disparity and variation in ...

    Authors: Mette Korshøj, Peter Krustrup, Marie Birk Jørgensen, Eva Prescott, Åse Marie Hansen, Jesper Kristiansen, Jørgen Henrik Skotte, Ole Steen Mortensen, Karen Søgaard and Andreas Holtermann

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:645

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Idiopathic environmental intolerance attributed to electromagnetic fields (IEI-EMF) remains a complex and unclear phenomenon, often characterized by the report of various, non-specific physical symptoms (NSPS)...

    Authors: Christos Baliatsas, Irene Van Kamp, Erik Lebret and G James Rubin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:643

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Arsenic is a natural drinking water contaminant affecting 26 million people in West Bengal, India. Chronic arsenic exposure causes cancer, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, neuropathies and ocular disease...

    Authors: Nandana Das, Somnath Paul, Debmita Chatterjee, Nilanjana Banerjee, Niladri S Majumder, Nilendu Sarma, Tanmoy J Sau, Santanu Basu, Saptarshi Banerjee, Papiya Majumder, Apurba K Bandyopadhyay, J Christopher States and Ashok K Giri

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:639

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  17. Content type: Study protocol

    Worksite health promotion programs (WHPPs) offer an attractive opportunity to improve the lifestyle of employees. Nevertheless, broad scale and successful implementation of WHPPs in daily practice often fails....

    Authors: Debbie Wierenga, Luuk H Engbers, Pepijn van Empelen, Vincent H Hildebrandt and Willem van Mechelen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:619

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Legionella pneumophila is increasingly recognised as a significant cause of sporadic and epidemic community-acquired and nosocomial pneumonia. Many studies describe the frequency and severity of Legionella spp. ...

    Authors: Gianluigi Quaranta, Sara Vincenti, Anna Maria Ferriero, Federica Boninti, Romina Sezzatini, Cinzia Turnaturi, Maria Daniela Gliubizzi, Elio Munafò, Gianluca Ceccarelli, Carmelo Causarano, Massimo Accorsi, Pasquale Del Nord, Walter Ricciardi and Patrizia Laurenti

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:618

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  19. Content type: Study protocol

    There is strong evidence to suggest that multiple work-related health problems are preceded by a higher need for recovery. Physical activity and relaxation are helpful in decreasing the need for recovery. This...

    Authors: Jennifer K Coffeng, Ingrid JM Hendriksen, Saskia F Duijts, Karin I Proper, Willem van Mechelen and Cécile R L Boot

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:592

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Records kept as a result of the implementation of Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) and the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) constitute a public inventory of industrie...

    Authors: Gonzalo López-Abente, Javier García-Pérez, Pablo Fernández-Navarro, Elena Boldo and Rebeca Ramis

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:589

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Injuries to working age adults are common and place a considerable burden on health services accounting for more than 10% of GP sick notes and 14% of those claiming benefits because they are unable to work in ...

    Authors: Denise Kendrick, Yana Vinogradova, Carol Coupland, Nicola Christie, Ronan A Lyons and Elizabeth L Towner

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:584

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Environmental factors play a very important role in the child development process, especially in a situation like that of Iraq. Thirteen years of economic sanctions followed by the 2003 war and 8 years of unst...

    Authors: Hasanain Faisal Ghazi, Zaleha Md Isa, Syed Aljunid, Shamsul Azhar Shah, Azmi Mohd Tamil and Mohammed A Abdalqader

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:562

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Improvements in treatment have resulted in an increasing number of cancer survivors potentially being able to return to work after medical treatment. In this paper we focus on the considerations regarding retu...

    Authors: Corine Tiedtke, Angelique de Rijk, Peter Donceel, Marie-Rose Christiaens and Bernadette Dierckx de Casterlé

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:538

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Weight-related stigmatization is a public health problem. It impairs the psychological well-being of obese individuals and hinders them from adopting weight-loss behaviors. We conducted an experimental study t...

    Authors: Katrin E Giel, Stephan Zipfel, Manuela Alizadeh, Norbert Schäffeler, Carmen Zahn, Daniel Wessel, Friedrich W Hesse, Syra Thiel and Ansgar Thiel

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:525

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  25. Content type: Research article

    A preliminary study was undertaken in a community of Cyprus where low-level arsenic (As) concentrations were recently detected in the groundwater that was chronically used to satisfy potable needs of the commu...

    Authors: Konstantinos C Makris, Costas A Christophi, Martha Paisi and Adrienne S Ettinger

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:334

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  26. Content type: Study protocol

    Workers with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) often experience restrictions in functioning at work and participation in employment. Strategies to maintain work productivity exist, but these interventions do not invol...

    Authors: Myrthe van Vilsteren, Cécile RL Boot, Romy Steenbeek, Dirkjan van Schaardenburg, Alexandre E Voskuyl and Johannes R Anema

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:496

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Unemployment is associated with reduced physical and psychological well-being. Perceived health is an important factor influencing health outcomes as well as successful returns to work. This study aims to dete...

    Authors: Heribert Limm, Mechthild Heinmüller, Katrin Liel, Karin Seeger, Harald Gündel, Ahmet Kimil and Peter Angerer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:485

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Air pollution is a growing health problem for urban populations in emerging economies. The present study examines the (cross-sectional) relation between blood pressure and particulate air pollution in schoolch...

    Authors: Muhammad Sughis, Tim S Nawrot, Syed Ihsan-ul-Haque, Asad Amjad and Benoit Nemery

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:378

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Exposure to household air pollutants released during cooking has been linked to numerous adverse health outcomes among residents of rural areas in low-income countries. Improved cookstoves are one of few avail...

    Authors: Benjamin J Silk, Ibrahim Sadumah, Minal K Patel, Vincent Were, Bobbie Person, Julie Harris, Ronald Otieno, Benjamin Nygren, Jennifer Loo, Alie Eleveld, Robert E Quick and Adam L Cohen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:359

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The contribution of occupational exposures to COPD and their interaction with cigarette smoking on clinical pattern of COPD remain underappreciated. The aim of this study was to explore the contribution of occ...

    Authors: Denis Caillaud, Franck Lemoigne, Philippe Carré, Roger Escamilla, Pascal Chanez, Pierre-Régis Burgel, Isabelle Court-Fortune, Gilles Jebrak, Christophe Pinet, Thierry Perez, Graziella Brinchault, Jean-Louis Paillasseur and Nicolas Roche

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:302

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  31. Content type: Research article

    To evaluate pulmonary function and respiratory symptoms in workers engaged in the early manufacturing processes of tea and to identify the associated factors, we conducted a study in a tea production area in T...

    Authors: Tzong-Shiun Shieh, Jui-Jung Chung, Chung-Jing Wang, Perng-Jy Tsai, Yau-Chang Kuo and How-Ran Guo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:121

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Efforts undertaken during the return to work (RTW) process need to be sufficient to prevent unnecessary applications for disability benefits. The purpose of this study was to identify factors relevant to RTW E...

    Authors: Anna Muijzer, Jan H Geertzen, Wout E de Boer, Johan W Groothoff and Sandra Brouwer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:77

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  33. Content type: Research article

    As countries in sub-Saharan Africa develop their economies, it is important to understand the health of employees and its impact on productivity and absenteeism. While previous studies have assessed the impact...

    Authors: Leonor Guariguata, Ingrid de Beer, Rina Hough, Els Bindels, Delia Weimers-Maasdorp, Frank G Feeley III and Tobias F Rinke de Wit

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:44

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  34. Content type: Research article

    This paper reports on results of a newly developed questionnaire for the assessment of effort-reward imbalance (ERI) in unpaid household and family work. Methods: Using a cross-sectional population-based surve...

    Authors: Stefanie Sperlich, Richard Peter and Siegfried Geyer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:12

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  35. Content type: Research article

    There is controversy as to whether peripheral employment is related to poor health status or not. This study aims at examining whether 1) the accumulation of time in peripheral labour market positions is assoc...

    Authors: Anna-Karin Waenerlund, Per E Gustafsson, Pekka Virtanen and Anne Hammarström

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:956

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Employees and self-employed persons have, among others, different personal characteristics and different working conditions, which may influence the prognosis of sick leave and the duration of a disability cla...

    Authors: JM Richter, BM Blatter, J Heinrich, EMM de Vroome and JR Anema

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:945

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The levels and trends of cardiovascular risk factors vary greatly throughout China. We examine 10-year trends of cardiovascular risk factors (1983-1994) and the factors related to these trends among low-risk c...

    Authors: Xiaoqing Liu, Jinzhuang Mai, Xuxu Rao, Qiling Zhuo, Chengye Guo, Xiangmin Gao, Yong Wu, Mulan Deng and Shuguang Lin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:931

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  38. Content type: Research article

    The reach and representativeness are seldom examined in worksite weight loss studies. This paper describes and illustrates a method for directly assessing the reach and representativeness of a internet-based w...

    Authors: Wen You, Fabio A Almeida, Jamie M Zoellner, Jennie L Hill, Courtney A Pinard, Kacie C Allen, Russell E Glasgow, Laura A Linnan and Paul A Estabrooks

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:709

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The association between chronic respiratory diseases and work disability has been demonstrated a number of times over the past 20 years, but still little is known about work disability in occupational cohorts ...

    Authors: Nicola Murgia, Kjell Torén, Jeong-Lim Kim and Eva Andersson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:689

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The primary aim of this review study was to gather evidence on the effectiveness in terms of return to work (RTW) of occupational therapy interventions (OTIs) in rehabilitation patients with non-congenital dis...

    Authors: Huguette AM Désiron, Angelique de Rijk, Elke Van Hoof and Peter Donceel

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:615

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  41. Content type: Research article

    To evaluate whether occupational stress factors (high demands, low control, low social support, strain, and iso-strain) are associated with skin disorders in hospital workers and whether psychological problems...

    Authors: Nicola Magnavita, Marko Elovainio, Tarja Heponiemi, Anna M Magnavita and Antonio Bergamaschi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:600

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The primary aim of the present study was to investigate if exposure to dust from absorbent hygiene products containing superabsorbent polymer is related to symptoms from the airways and from the eyes. The seco...

    Authors: Mathias Holm, Anna Dahlman-Höglund and Kjell Torén

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:557

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Hospitals are often the epicentres of newly circulating infections. Healthcare workers (HCWs) are at high risk of acquiring infectious diseases and may be among the first to contract emerging infections. This ...

    Authors: Adamma Aghaizu, Gillian Elam, Fortune Ncube, Gail Thomson, Emese Szilágyi, Tim Eckmanns, Garyphallia Poulakou and Mike Catchpole

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:541

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Outdoor air pollution, given its demonstrated negative effects on the respiratory system, is a growing public health concern worldwide, particularly in urban cities. Human exposure to pollutants such as ozone,...

    Authors: Amir Y Tashakkor, Katherine S Chow and Chris Carlsten

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:532

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