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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. Pathologists are highly trained medical professionals who play an essential part in the diagnosis and therapy planning of malignancies and inflammatory diseases. Their work is associated with potential health ...

    Authors: Florian Rudolf Fritzsche, Constanze Ramach, Davide Soldini, Rosmarie Caduff, Marianne Tinguely, Estelle Cassoly, Holger Moch and Antony Stewart

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1054

    Content type: Research article

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  2. To prolong sustainable healthy working lives of construction workers, a worksite prevention program was developed which aimed to improve the health and work ability of construction workers. The aim of the curr...

    Authors: Karen M Oude Hengel, Birgitte M Blatter, Catelijne I Joling, Allard J van der Beek and Paulien M Bongers

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1008

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  3. While moderate and vigorous leisure time physical activities are well documented to decrease the risk for cardiovascular disease, several studies have demonstrated an increased risk for cardiovascular disease ...

    Authors: Els Clays, Dirk De Bacquer, Koen Van Herck, Guy De Backer, France Kittel and Andreas Holtermann

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1002

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  4. Occupational risk factors are one of the major causes of respiratory illnesses and symptoms, and account for 13% of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and 11% of asthma worldwide. Majority of brick kilns in...

    Authors: Shiraz Shaikh, Asaad Ahmed Nafees, Vikash Khetpal, Abid Ali Jamali, Abdul Manan Arain and Akram Yousuf

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:999

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  5. Milk is highly prone to contamination and can serve as an efficient vehicle for human transmission of foodborne pathogens, especially gram-negative bacteria, as these are widely distributed in the environment.

    Authors: Legesse Garedew, Ayalew Berhanu, Desalegne Mengesha and Getachew Tsegay

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:950

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  6. Several health hazards including communicable diseases and skin conditions are associated with Barbers’ profession to which their visitors are exposed. Thus, knowledge and practice of Barbers would play a vita...

    Authors: Teresa Kisi Beyen, Ketema Tafess Tulu, Abdella Amano Abdo and Abera Shibru Tulu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:942

    Content type: Research article

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  7. The classic determination of burnout is by means of the dimensions exhaustion, cynicism and inefficacy. A new definition of the syndrome is based on clinical subtypes, consisting of “frenetic” (involved, ambit...

    Authors: Jesús Montero-Marín, Ricardo Araya, Barbara Olivan Blazquez, Petros Skapinakis, Vicente Martinez Vizcaino and Javier García-Campayo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:922

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Manganese (Mn) is an essential element in humans but its effect on semen quality is unclear. This study therefore aimed to assess the effects of Mn on semen quality in healthy men with no occupational exposure...

    Authors: Yuyan Li, Junqing Wu, Weijin Zhou and Ersheng Gao

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:919

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Burnout among nurses not only threatens their own health, but also that of their patients. Exploring risk factors of nurse’ burnout is important to improve nurses’ health and to increase the quality of health ...

    Authors: Yang Wang, Ying Chang, Jialiang Fu and Lie Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:915

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  10. Using a data set of works councils of trade union IG Metal, this paper investigates psychosocial stress and strain on this specific group in comparison to employees working in administration in general (leader...

    Authors: Martin Rabe, Salvatore Giacomuzzi and Matthias Nübling

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:909

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  11. Atopic dermatitis (AD) prevalence has considerably increased worldwide in recent years. Studying indoor environments is particularly relevant, especially in industrialised countries where many people spend 80%...

    Authors: Ana M Vicedo-Cabrera, Luís García-Marcos, Agustín Llopis-González, Ángel López-Silvarrey-Varela, Izaskun Miner-Canflanca, José Batlles-Garrido, Alfredo Blanco-Quiros, Rosa María Busquets-Monge, Carlos Díaz-Vazquez, Carlos González-Díaz, Antonio Martínez-Gimeno, Francisco Guillén-Grima, Alberto Arnedo-Pena and María Morales-Suárez-Varela

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:890

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  12. Although data from longitudinal studies are sparse, effort-reward imbalance (ERI) seems to affect work ability. However, the potential pathway from restricted work ability to ERI must also be considered. There...

    Authors: Matthias Bethge, Friedrich Michael Radoschewski and Christoph Gutenbrunner

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:875

    Content type: Research article

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  13. In previous studies the authors have found sick leave to be a predictor of future sick leave, unemployment and disability pension. Although sick leave reflects underlying health problems, some studies have sug...

    Authors: Hanna Hultin, Christina Lindholm, Mauricio Malfert and Jette Möller

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:861

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Nearly all California casinos currently allow smoking, which leads to potentially high patron exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke pollutants. Some argue that smoking restrictions or bans would result in a bus...

    Authors: Neil E Klepeis, Jason Omoto, Seow Ling Ong, Harmeena Sahota Omoto and Narinder Dhaliwal

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:819

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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

    Content type: Study protocol

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  19. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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

    Content type: Debate

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  27. 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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  28. 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

    Content type: Study protocol

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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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