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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

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

    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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  16. Content type: Research article

    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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  17. Content type: Research article

    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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  18. Content type: Research article

    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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  19. Content type: Research article

    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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  20. Content type: Research article

    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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  21. Content type: Research article

    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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  22. Content type: Research article

    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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  23. Content type: Research article

    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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  24. Content type: Research article

    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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  25. Content type: Research article

    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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  26. Content type: Research article

    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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  27. Content type: Research article

    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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  28. Content type: Research article

    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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