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Health behavior, health promotion and society

Section edited by 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

    Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is associated with a prion diminished quality of life, especially due to the severe complications that it implicates. Changing dietary habits is an absolute priority, as well as implement...

    Authors: Valeria Di Onofrio, Francesca Gallé, Mirella Di Dio, Patrizia Belfiore and Giorgio Liguori

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1181

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Being overweight and obesity during adolescence are worldwide public health problems. This study examined the relationship between actual weight, body image, and emotional and behavioral problems among Chinese...

    Authors: Lingling Ren, Yuanyuan Xu, Xin Guo, Jing Zhang, Hong Wang, Xiaomin Lou, Jianping Liang and Fangbiao Tao

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1179

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    Multiple risk behaviour (MRB) refers to two or more risk behaviours such as smoking, drinking alcohol, poor diet and unsafe sex. Such behaviours are known to co-occur in adolescence. It is unknown whether MRB ...

    Authors: Laura Tinner, Deborah Caldwell, Matthew Hickman, Georgina J MacArthur, Denise Gottfredson, Alberto Lana Perez, D Paul Moberg, David Wolfe and Rona Campbell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1180

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  4. Content type: Research article

    In recent decades, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has seen an exponentially growing antibiotic resistance, which is exacerbated by the use of antibiotics without a prescription and other various factors. However,...

    Authors: Faten Alhomoud, Zainab Aljamea and Lama Basalelah

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1177

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  5. Content type: Research article

    High prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) among adolescents is a serious public health concern. Although many factors are attributed to adolescents’ risk of STI infections, the association betw...

    Authors: Cyprian Misinde, Elizabeth Nansubuga and Olivia Nankinga

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1173

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Pneumonia is the third leading cause of death in Japan. All elderly people aged 65 years or older are recommended to receive a pneumococcal vaccine. A subsidy for part of the cost of routine pneumococcal vacci...

    Authors: Akihiro Sakamoto, Charnchudhi Chanyasanha, Dusit Sujirarat, Nobuhiro Matsumoto and Masamitsu Nakazato

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1172

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Several Asian countries have implemented pictorial health warnings on cigarette packs as suggested by the World Health Organization with various policies based on countries’ systems. The study is aimed to anal...

    Authors: Suci Puspita Ratih and Dewi Susanna

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1165

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to determine whether a twelve-week, health coaching intervention could result in changes in physical activity, anthropometrics and health-related outcomes in adults presenting to an a...

    Authors: Stephen Barrett, Stephen Begg, Paul O’Halloran and Michael Kingsley

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1166

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  9. Content type: Research article

    With the proliferation of social casino games (SCGs) online, which offer the opportunity to gamble without monetary gains and losses, comes a growing concern regarding the effects of these unregulated games on...

    Authors: Livia Veselka, Rochelle Wijesingha, Scott T Leatherdale, Nigel E Turner and Tara Elton-Marshall

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1167

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The European Health Examination Survey in Luxembourg (EHES-LUX) is a population based survey performed from 2013 to 2015 with the aim to establish baseline information on the general health status of the Luxem...

    Authors: Valéry Bocquet, Jessica Barré, Sophie Couffignal, Marylène d’Incau, Charles Delagardelle, Georges Michel, Marc Schlesser, Saverio Stranges, Andrea Kuemmerle and Maria Ruiz-Castell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1169

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Non-drinking among young people has increased over the past decade in England, yet the underlying factor driving this change is unknown. Traditionally non-drinking has been found to be associated with lower so...

    Authors: Linda Ng Fat, Nicola Shelton and Noriko Cable

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1090

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to investigate whether integrated motivational interviewing and cognitive behaviour therapy leads to changes in lifestyle mediators of overweight and obesity in community-dwelling adu...

    Authors: Stephen Barrett, Stephen Begg, Paul O’Halloran and Michael Kingsley

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1160

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Participation in bowel scope screening (BSS) is low (43%), limiting its potential to reduce colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence and mortality. This study aimed to quantify the prevalence of barriers to BSS and e...

    Authors: Christian von Wagner, Bernardette Bonello, Sandro Stoffel, Hanna Skrobanski, Madeleine Freeman, Robert S Kerrison and Lesley M McGregor

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1161

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  14. Content type: Research article

    High rates of suicidal behaviours among Indigenous Australians have been documented. Justice-involved individuals are also at a higher risk for engaging in suicidal behaviours. This study sought to ascertain t...

    Authors: Stephane M Shepherd, Benjamin Spivak, Kerry Arabena and Yin Paradies

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1159

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Oral anticoagulants (OAC) are widely used in patients with cardiovascular diseases. However, for optimal OAC self-care patients must have skills, among which health literacy (HL) is highlighted. We aimed to de...

    Authors: Ana Cristina Cabellos-García, Antonio Martínez-Sabater, Enrique Castro-Sánchez, Mari Kangasniemi, Raul Juárez-Vela and Vicente Gea-Caballero

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1157

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Cervical cancer is the leading and most common female cancer among women in Ghana. Although there are screening methods to detect premalignant lesions for treatment, screening coverage in Ghana is 2.8% and lat...

    Authors: Priscilla Dunyo, Kofi Effah and Emilia Asuquo Udofia

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1156

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Strategies to reduce childhood obesity and improve nutrition include creating school food environments that promote healthy eating. Despite well-documented health benefits of fruit and vegetable (FV) consumpti...

    Authors: Kimberly A. Rollings and Nancy M. Wells

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1154

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  18. Content type: Research article

    High consumption of antibiotics has been identified as an important driver for the increasing antibiotic resistance, considered to be one of the greatest threats to public health globally. Simply informing the...

    Authors: Mirko Ancillotti, Stefan Eriksson, Jorien Veldwijk, Jessica Nihlén Fahlquist, Dan I. Andersson and Tove Godskesen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1153

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Exposure to audio-visual alcohol content in media is associated with subsequent alcohol use among young people. In 2016 Heineken launched its global Formula One (F1) partnership and had a significant brand pre...

    Authors: Alexander B Barker, John Britton, Bruce Grant-Braham and Rachael L Murray

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1155

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  20. Content type: Research article

    In developed countries, adolescent and young adult diets have been found to be nutritionally poor. The aim of this study was to examine whether a choice architecture intervention, re-arrangement of produce wit...

    Authors: Rosemary Walmsley, David Jenkinson, Ian Saunders, Tony Howard and Oyinlola Oyebode

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1149

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Physical inactivity is associated with several chronic diseases that are costly to society, employers, and individuals. Workplaces are a common location for physical activity (PA) initiatives because of the am...

    Authors: Maryanne M Bailey, Rachel K Coller and Keshia M Pollack Porter

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1145

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  22. Content type: Research article

    HIV self-testing (HIVST) has demonstrated potential to expand HIV testing among key populations, including men who have sex with men (MSM) in China who have low testing rates. However, due to the autonomous na...

    Authors: Yue Zhao, Xiaofang Zhu, Ashley E. Pérez, Wenhan Zhang, Anxia Shi, Zhihua Zhang, Pan Gao, Jun Wang, Cui Yang, Nickolas Zaller, Yehuan Sun, Don Operario and Hongbo Zhang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1146

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Social capital has been found to be positively associated with various health and well-being outcomes amongst children. Less is known about how social capital may be generated and specifically in relation to chil...

    Authors: Nanna W. Stjernqvist, Marianne Sabinsky, Antony Morgan, Ellen Trolle, Camilla Thyregod, Helle T. Maindal, Ane H. Bonde and Inge Tetens

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1141

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Implementation profoundly influences how well new audiences engage with sport-based physical activity programmes. Recognising that effective implementation relies on concurrently generating supportive contexts...

    Authors: Stephen Zwolinsky, Nicola Kime, Andy Pringle, Paul Widdop and Jim McKenna

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1142

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Further research gaps exist in relation to the promotion of breastfeeding. Robust scientific evidence obtained by a meta-analysis would provide objectively summarized data while enabling the assessment of cons...

    Authors: Pasyodun Koralage Buddhika Mahesh, Moraendage Wasantha Gunathunga, Suriyakumara Mahendra Arnold, Chintha Jayasinghe, Sisira Pathirana, Mohamed Fahmy Makarim, Pradeep Malaka Manawadu and Sameera Jayan Senanayake

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1140

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used despite their risk of gastrointestinal bleeding or cardiovascular events. We report the profile of people taking NSAIDs in Spain, and we include d...

    Authors: Inés Gómez-Acebo, Trinidad Dierssen-Sotos, María de Pedro, Beatriz Pérez-Gómez, Gemma Castaño-Vinyals, Tania Fernández-Villa, Camilo Palazuelos-Calderón, Pilar Amiano, Jaione Etxeberria, Yolanda Benavente, Guillermo Fernández-Tardón, Inmaculada Salcedo-Bellido, Rocío Capelo, Rosana Peiró, Rafael Marcos-Gragera, José M. Huerta…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1134

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  27. Content type: Study protocol

    The ability to ‘age in place’ is dependent on a range of inter-personal, social and built environment attributes, with the latter being a key area for potential intervention. There is an emerging body of evide...

    Authors: Geraint Ellis, Ruth F. Hunter, Adriano Akira F. Hino, Claire L. Cleland, Sara Ferguson, Brendan Murtagh, Ciro Romelio Rodriguez Anez, Sara Melo, Mark Tully, Frank Kee, Urmi Sengupta and Rodrigo Reis

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1135

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity among children and adolescents (collectively, youth) is important to ensure adult health. Population density is a factor that affects physical activity via various environmental factors. Howe...

    Authors: Hiroki Sato, Shigeru Inoue, Noritoshi Fukushima, Hiroyuki Kikuchi, Tomoko Takamiya, Catrine Tudor-Locke, Yuki Hikihara and Shigeho Tanaka

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1132

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Although research has explored influenza vaccination uptake among medical and college students, there is a dearth of research in understanding influenza vaccination uptake and attitudes toward the vaccine amon...

    Authors: Christopher J. Rogers, Kaitlin O. Bahr and Stephanie M. Benjamin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1131

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Current research into alcohol consumption focuses predominantly on problematic drinkers and populations considered likely to engage in risky behaviours. Middle-aged drinkers are an under-researched group, desp...

    Authors: Emma Muhlack, Drew Carter, Annette Braunack-Mayer, Nicholas Morfidis and Jaklin Eliott

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1016

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Legal restrictions on alcohol availability have been used to address violence and injury in the world’s remote Indigenous communities. In Australia, alcohol management plans (AMPs) were implemented by the Quee...

    Authors: Alan R. Clough, Michelle S. Fitts, Reinhold Muller, Valmae Ypinazar and Stephen Margolis

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1126

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  32. Content type: Research article

    In the late 20th century, US localities began increasing the minimum age of legal access (MLA) for tobacco from 18 to 21 years by enacting “Tobacco 21” ordinances. Although these policies have a strong evidenc...

    Authors: Jocelyn Huey and Dorie E. Apollonio

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1129

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Recent evidence suggests that HIV prevalence is generally higher among older than younger persons. However, few studies have explored issues regarding HIV testing and awareness of HIV status among older person...

    Authors: Anne M. Nabukenya and Joseph K. B. Matovu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1128

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  34. Content type: Research article

    There are conflicting researches on the relationship between muscular strength and depression, the most common mental illness. There is no study of relationship between muscular strength and depression using n...

    Authors: Mee-Ri Lee, Sung Min Jung, Hyuk Bang, Hwa Sung Kim and Yong Bae Kim

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1123

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Pictorial cigarette pack warnings discourage smoking, but most evidence comes from studies of adults. Our qualitative study explored adolescents’ reactions to pictorial warnings on their parents’ cigarette packs.

    Authors: Kaitlyn E. Brodar, M. Justin Byron, Kathryn Peebles, Marissa G. Hall, Jessica K. Pepper and Noel T. Brewer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1125

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  36. Content type: Research article

    There is a need to identify strategies that enhance the implementation of evidence-based school wellness intervention programs in real-world settings. The present study evaluates the feasibility of empowering ...

    Authors: Senlin Chen, David A. Dzewaltowski, Richard R. Rosenkranz, Lorraine Lanningham-Foster, Spyridoula Vazou, Douglas A. Gentile, Joey A. Lee, Kyle J. Braun, Maren M. Wolff and Gregory J. Welk

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1119

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  37. Content type: Study protocol

    Office-based workers typically spend 70–85% of working hours, and a large proportion of leisure time, sitting. High levels of sitting have been linked to poor health. There is a need for fully powered randomis...

    Authors: Charlotte L. Edwardson, Stuart J. H. Biddle, Alexandra Clarke-Cornwell, Stacy Clemes, Melanie J. Davies, David W. Dunstan, Helen Eborall, Malcolm H. Granat, Laura J. Gray, Genevieve N. Healy, Gerry Richardson, Thomas Yates and Fehmidah Munir

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1120

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Provision of evidence-based smoking cessation treatment may contribute to health disparities if barriers to treatment are greater for more disadvantaged groups. We describe and evaluate the public health impac...

    Authors: Peter Selby, Sabrina Voci, Laurie Zawertailo, Dolly Baliunas, Rosa Dragonetti and Sarwar Hussain

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1117

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Quality of life (QOL) is an important component in assessing people’s health. Environmental quality can influence people’s QOL in the physical health, psychological, social relationships and environment domain...

    Authors: Fiona Y. Wong, Lin Yang, John W. M. Yuen, Katherine K. P. Chang and Frances K. Y. Wong

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1113

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Recent studies have sought to address the limited time for physical activity by focusing on increasing physical activity intensity among students during non-curricula periods and specifically school break time...

    Authors: Dean A. Dudley, Wayne G. Cotton, Louisa R. Peralta and Matthew Winslade

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1101

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Low-income children and parents are at increased risk for developing overweight and obesity. Therefore, the purpose of this exploratory study was to compare whether African American and white children and pare...

    Authors: Diane C. Berry, Robert G. McMurray, Todd A. Schwartz and Reuben Adatorwovor

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1107

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  42. Content type: Study protocol

    Life-skills trainings conducted within the school curriculum are effective in preventing the onset and escalation of substance use among adolescents. However, their dissemination is impeded due to their large ...

    Authors: Severin Haug, Raquel Paz Castro, Andreas Wenger and Michael P. Schaub

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1102

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  43. Content type: Research article

    The World Health Organization recommends HIV self-testing (HIVST) as an additional approach to HIV testing services. We aimed to assess to what extent HIVST was conducted correctly by Chinese men who have sex ...

    Authors: Chongyi Wei, Li Yan, Jianjun Li, Xiaoyou Su, Sheri Lippman and Hongjing Yan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1108

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Features of schools and classes are closely related to students´ health and wellbeing. However, class composition (e.g. in terms of school performance) has rarely been examined in relation to students´ health ...

    Authors: Katharina Rathmann, Ludwig Bilz, Klaus Hurrelmann, Wieland Kiess and Matthias Richter

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1098

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  45. Content type: Research article

    To reduce the negative consequences of smoking, workplaces have adopted and implemented anti-smoking initiatives. Compared to large workplaces, less research exists about these initiatives at smaller workplace...

    Authors: Christine M. Kava, Edith A. Parker, Barbara Baquero, Susan J. Curry, Paul A. Gilbert, Michael Sauder and Daniel K. Sewell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1094

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  46. Content type: Research article

    College is a critical time where students are more prone to engage in risky health behaviors known to negatively affect well-being, such as physical inactivity, stress, and poor dietary habits. A health promot...

    Authors: Khalid M. Almutairi, Wadi B. Alonazi, Jason M. Vinluan, Turky H. Almigbal, Mohammed Ali Batais, Abdulaziz A Alodhayani, Norah Alsadhan, Regie B. Tumala, Mahaman Moussa, Ahmad E. Aboshaiqah and Razan Ibrahim Alhoqail

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1093

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