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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. 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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  2. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. Factors which determine the development of atopy and the observed rural-urban gradient in its prevalence are not fully understood. High body mass index (BMI) has been associated with asthma and potentially ato...

    Authors: Irene A Larbi, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Abena S Amoah, Benedicta B Obeng, Michael D Wilson, Maria Yazdanbakhsh and Daniel A Boakye

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:469

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  33. Routine exposure to chemical contaminants in workplace is a cause for concern over potential health risks to workers. In Pakistan, reports on occupational exposure and related health risks are almost non-exist...

    Authors: Atif Kamal, Mazhar Qayyum, Iqbal U Cheema and Audil Rashid

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:467

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  34. Hearing impairment negatively impacts students' development of academic, language and social skills. Even minimal unilateral hearing loss can hinder educational performance. We investigated the prevalence of e...

    Authors: Yang Chen, Xu Li, Zhan Xu, Zonghua Li, Pengzhi Zhang, Ya He, Fangyuan Wang and Jianhua Qiu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:445

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  35. In the past years, cumulative evidence has convincingly demonstrated that the work environment is a critical determinant of workers' mental health. Nevertheless, much less attention has been dedicated towards ...

    Authors: Nancy Beauregard, Alain Marchand and Marie-Eve Blanc

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:439

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  36. Pesticide poisoning is an important health problem among Chinese farm workers, but there is a paucity of pesticide poisoning data from China. Using the WHO standard case definition of a possible acute pesticid...

    Authors: Xujun Zhang, Weiyan Zhao, Ruiwei Jing, Krista Wheeler, Gary A Smith, Lorann Stallones and Huiyun Xiang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:429

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  37. Evidence about a possible causal relationship between non-specific physical symptoms (NSPS) and exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) emitted by sources such as mobile phone base stations (BS) and powerline...

    Authors: Christos Baliatsas, Irene van Kamp, Gert Kelfkens, Maarten Schipper, John Bolte, Joris Yzermans and Erik Lebret

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:421

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  38. The social gradient in disability pension is well recognized, however mechanisms accounting for the gradient are largely unknown. The aim of this study was to examine the association between occupational class...

    Authors: Inger Haukenes, Arnstein Mykletun, Ann Kristin Knudsen, Hans-Tore Hansen and John Gunnar Mæland

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:406

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  39. Observational epidemiological studies and a systematic review have consistently shown an association between maternal exposure to biomass smoke and reduced birth weight. Our aim was to further test this hypoth...

    Authors: Chandrashekhar T Sreeramareddy, Rahul R Shidhaye and Nalini Sathiakumar

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:403

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  40. Presenteeism is highly prevalent and costly to employers. It is defined as being present at work, but limited in some aspect of job performance by a health problem.

    Authors: Carol Cancelliere, J David Cassidy, Carlo Ammendolia and Pierre Côté

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:395

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  41. In 2008, the outbreak of kidney stones in children fed by melamine-tainted milk products in Mainland China has caused major public concern of food safety. We identified Hong Kong school children with elevated ...

    Authors: Alice PS Kong, Kai-Chow Choi, Chung Shun Ho, Michael HM Chan, Chun Kwok Wong, Eric KH Liu, Winnie CW Chu, Viola CY Chow, Joseph TF Lau and Juliana CN Chan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:354

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  42. Organizational changes in modern corporate life have become increasingly common and there are indications that they often fail to achieve their ends. An earlier study of 24,036 employees showed that those who ...

    Authors: Maria Baltzer, Hugo Westerlund, Mona Backhans and Karin Melinder

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:318

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  43. Physical occupational exposure is a risk factor for low back pain in workers but the long term effects of exposure remain unclear. As several countries consider increasing the retirement age, further informati...

    Authors: Sandrine Plouvier, Julie Gourmelen, Jean-François Chastang, Jean-Louis Lanoë and Annette Leclerc

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:268

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  44. To study the mortality pattern of Norwegian doctors, people in human service occupations, other graduates and the general population during the period 1960-2000 by decade, gender and age. The total number of d...

    Authors: Olaf G Aasland, Erlend Hem, Tor Haldorsen and Øivind Ekeberg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:173

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  45. Employment rates of long-term ill and disabled people in the UK are low and 2.63 million are on disability-related state benefits. Since the mid-1990 s, UK governments have experimented with a range of active ...

    Authors: Stephen Clayton, Clare Bambra, Rachael Gosling, Sue Povall, Kate Misso and Margaret Whitehead

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:170

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