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Health behavior, health promotion and society

Section edited by Takashi Oshio, Frances Kay-Lambkin, David Rehkopf

This section aims to publish studies looking at the processes enabling people to increase control over their health and its determinants and the actions taken by them to maintain, attain, or regain good health and prevent illness. The section also welcomes studies looking at the social determinants of health.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    ‘Vape shops’ are a popular source for buying electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and related products. The products that vape shops sell, their marketing techniques and the extent to which they provide inform...

    Authors: Julie Pattinson, Sarah Lewis, Manpreet Bains, John Britton and Tessa Langley

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:541

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    This study aimed to examine the relationship between pedometer-assessed daily step count and all-cause mortality in a sample of elderly Japanese people.

    Authors: Naofumi Yamamoto, Hideo Miyazaki, Mieko Shimada, Naoki Nakagawa, Susumu S. Sawada, Mamoru Nishimuta, Yasuo Kimura, Ryoko Kawakami, Hiroshi Nagayama, Hidenori Asai, I-Min Lee, Steven N. Blair and Yutaka Yoshitake

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:540

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Though HIV/AIDS has multidimensional consequences on quality of life, there is a gap in measuring and monitoring health related quality of life of HIV/AIDS patients. Hence, this study intended to measure healt...

    Authors: Delelegn Yilma Gebremichael, Kokeb Tesfamariam Hadush, Ermiyas Mulu Kebede and Robel Tezera Zegeye

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:537

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Accelerometer measured physical activity (PA) studies particularly in non-western populations are lacking. Therefore, this study investigated stepping activity in a multi-ethnic urban Asian population.

    Authors: Jennifer Sumner, Léonie Uijtdewilligen, Anne HY Chu, Sheryl HX Ng, Tiago V. Barreira, Robert Alan Sloan, Rob M. Van Dam and Falk Müller-Riemenschneider

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:539

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Advances in medical treatment for HIV are driving major changes in HIV policy and practice, including the encouragement of intake and adherence to HIV antiretroviral treatment (ART) by people living with HIV (...

    Authors: Graham Brown, Gosia Mikołajczak, Anthony Lyons, Jennifer Power, Fraser Drummond, Aaron Cogle, Brent Allan, Craig Cooper and Simon O’Connor

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:527

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Increasing physical activity in children is a health priority. The Healthy Active Peaceful Playgrounds for Youth (HAPPY) study aimed to examine a multi-component playground intervention designed to increase th...

    Authors: Dean Dudley, Wayne Cotton, Louisa Peralta and Matthew Winslade

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:532

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  7. Content type: Study protocol

    Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) affects 9.4% of US adults and children, while another 33.9% of Americans are at risk of DM. Health care institutions face many barriers to systematically delivering the preventive...

    Authors: Nadia Islam, Thomas Gepts, Isaac Lief, Radhika Gore, Natalie Levy, Michael Tanner, Yixin Fang, Scott E. Sherman and Mark D. Schwartz

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:521

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    Communities In Charge of Alcohol (CICA) takes an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach to reducing alcohol harm. Through a cascade training model, supported by a designated local co-ordinator, loca...

    Authors: Penny A. Cook, Suzy C. Hargreaves, Elizabeth J. Burns, Frank de Vocht, Steve Parrott, Margaret Coffey, Suzanne Audrey, Cathy Ure, Paul Duffy, David Ottiwell, Kiran Kenth, Susan Hare and Kate Ardern

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:522

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  9. Content type: Research article

    APPLE Schools is a Comprehensive School Health (CSH) project, started in schools in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas where dietary habits are poor, physical activity (PA) levels are low, and obesity rates...

    Authors: Nicole Naadu Ofosu, John Paul Ekwaru, Kerry Ann Bastian, Sarah A. Loehr, Kate Storey, John C. Spence and Paul J. Veugelers

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:515

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Weight misperception occurs when there is a discrepancy between one’s actual and perceived weight status. Among adolescents with overweight/obesity, many believe that correcting weight misperception is imperat...

    Authors: Samantha L. Hahn, Kelley A. Borton and Kendrin R. Sonneville

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:514

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Foodborne diseases are a worldwide public health problem. However, data regarding epidemiological characteristics are still lacking in China. We aimed to analyze the characteristics of foodborne diseases outbr...

    Authors: Yongqiang Li, Yaling Huang, Jijun Yang, Zhanhua Liu, Yanning Li, Xueting Yao, Bo Wei, Zhenzhu Tang, Shidong Chen, Decheng Liu, Zhen Hu, Junjun Liu, Zenghui Meng, Shaofa Nie and Xiaobo Yang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:519

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Social support is considered to be one of the most important resources for coping with cancer. However, social interactions may also be detrimental, e. g. disappointing or discouraging. The present study explo...

    Authors: Sabine Fischbeck, Veronika Weyer-Elberich, Sylke R. Zeissig, Barbara H. Imruck, Maria Blettner, Harald Binder and Manfred E. Beutel

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:511

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Nutrition labelling has been mandatory for pre-packaged foods since 2013 in China, and sodium is one of the nutrients required for display on the nutritional information panel (NIP). This study aimed to estima...

    Authors: Yao He, Liping Huang, Sijin Yan, Yuan Li, Lixin Lu, Hongbo Wang, Wenyi Niu and Puhong Zhang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:509

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The Qatar Dietary Guidelines (QDGs) were developed as part of the national strategy to prevent chronic diseases. This study aims at characterizing gaps between the QDGs and usual dietary and lifestyle patterns...

    Authors: Mohammed Al Thani, Al Anoud Al Thani, Walaa Al-Chetachi, Badria Al Malki, Shamseldin A. H. Khalifa, Ahmad Haj Bakri, Nahla Hwalla, Farah Naja and Lara Nasreddine

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:503

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  15. Content type: Study protocol

    Youth are an important target group for social network interventions, because they are particularly susceptible to the adaptation of healthy and unhealthy habits and behaviors of others. They are surrounded by...

    Authors: Kirsten E. Bevelander, Crystal R. Smit, Thabo J. van Woudenberg, Laura Buijs, William J. Burk and Moniek Buijzen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:504

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Increasing routine HIV testing among key populations is a public health imperative, so improving access to acceptable testing options for those in need is a priority. Despite increasing targeted distribution a...

    Authors: C. Dodds, E. Mugweni, G. Phillips, C. Park, I. Young, F. Fakoya, S. Wayal, L. McDaid, M. Sachikonye, J. Chwaula, P. Flowers and F. Burns

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:499

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  17. Content type: Research article

    There are a range of multifaceted behavioural and societal factors that combine to contribute to the causes of obesity. However, it is not yet known how particularly countries’ cultural norms are contributing ...

    Authors: H. Lemamsha, C. Papadopoulos and G. Randhawa

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:493

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity, sedentary time, and sleep duration have been associated with body composition among children. The purpose of the present study was to assess the associations of objectively determined daily ...

    Authors: Eva-Maria Riso, Merike Kull, Kerli Mooses and Jaak Jürimäe

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:496

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Research designed to elicit smokers’ cognitive and affective reactions to information about chemicals that tobacco companies add to cigarettes (“additives”) found that knowledge is limited. However, little is ...

    Authors: Sydney E. Philpott, Sarah Gehlert and Erika A. Waters

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:495

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  20. Content type: Research article

    This follow-up study investigated the year-round effects of a four-week randomized controlled trial using different types of feedback on employees’ physical activity, including a need-supportive coach interven...

    Authors: Karen Van Hoye, Anne I. Wijtzes, Johan Lefevre, Stijn De Baere and Filip Boen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:492

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