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BMC Public Health

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

    Understanding the social lives of South Asian immigrants in the United States (U.S) and their influence on health can inform interpersonal and community-level health interventions for this growing community. T...

    Authors: Namratha R. Kandula, Andrew J. Cooper, John A. Schneider, Kayo Fujimoto, Alka M. Kanaya, Linda Van Horn, Lawrence deKoning and Juned Siddique

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:218

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Epidemiological and randomised controlled trial evidence demonstrates that adherence to a Mediterranean diet (MD) can reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. However, methods used to support dietary change h...

    Authors: Christina M. Erwin, Claire T. McEvoy, Sarah E. Moore, Lindsay Prior, Julia Lawton, Frank Kee, Margaret E. Cupples, Ian S. Young, Katherine Appleton, Michelle C. McKinley and Jayne V. Woodside

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:213

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  3. Content type: Study protocol

    Genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection is a major public health problem worldwide affecting mostly youth. Sweden introduced an opportunistic screening approach in 1982 accompanied by treatment, partner notificat...

    Authors: Anna Nielsen, Ayesha De Costa, Aspasia Bågenholm, Kristina Gemzell Danielsson, Gaetano Marrone, Jens Boman, Mariano Salazar and Vinod Diwan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:216

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Parents with less formal education are more likely to smoke indoors, causing socioeconomic disparity in children’s exposure to second-hand smoke. However, little is known about the roles of social factors in t...

    Authors: Junko Saito, Akira Shibanuma, Junko Yasuoka, Naoki Kondo, Daisuke Takagi and Masamine Jimba

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:211

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  5. Content type: Research article

    One out of seven teenage girls in developing countries marries before the age of 15. While the fertility rate of teenage girls is high, the rate of contraceptive use remains low; therefore, this group of teena...

    Authors: Afrouz Mardi, Abbas Ebadi, Shirin Shahbazi, Sara Esmaelzade saeieh and Zahra Behboodi Moghadam

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:202

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Substance use is increasingly becoming prevalent on the African continent, fueling the spread of HIV infection. Although socio-demographic factors influence substance consumption and risk of HIV infection, the...

    Authors: Valentine Budambula, Charles Matoka, James Ouma, Aabid A. Ahmed, Michael F. Otieno and Tom Were

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:193

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The debate on frailty in later life focuses primarily on deficits and their associations with adverse (health) outcomes. In addition to deficits, it may also be important to consider the abilities and resource...

    Authors: Sarah Dury, Eva Dierckx, Anne van der Vorst, Michaël Van der Elst, Bram Fret, Daan Duppen, Lieve Hoeyberghs, Ellen De Roeck, Deborah Lambotte, An-Sofie Smetcoren, Jos Schols, Gertrudis Kempen, G.A. Rixt Zijlstra, Jan De Lepeleire, Birgitte Schoenmakers, Dominique Verté…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:191

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  8. Content type: Research article

    This study examined associations between students’ physical fitness and physical activity (PA), as well as what specific physical fitness components were more significant correlates to being physically active ...

    Authors: Weiyun Chen, Austin Hammond-Bennett, Andrew Hypnar and Steve Mason

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:195

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  9. Content type: Research article

    One third of Bahraini adult (20–64 years) males and 7.0% of females use some form of tobacco. The corresponding rates for cigarette and waterpipe tobacco smoking (WTS) are 11.0% and 6.0%, respectively. The obj...

    Authors: Randah R. Hamadeh, Jamil Ahmed, Maha Al Kawari and Sharifa Bucheeri

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:199

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  10. Content type: Research article

    In 2011, the House of Lords published a report on Behaviour Change, in which they report that “a lot more could, and should, be done to improve the evaluation of interventions.” This study aimed to undertake a...

    Authors: Sarah Denford, Rajalakshmi Lakshman, Margaret Callaghan and Charles Abraham

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:190

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The main objective of this study was to test some of the draft sexual health indicators developed by the World Health Organization as part of a comprehensive indicator framework to monitor progress in universa...

    Authors: Cinta Folch, Lev Zohrabyan, Natalia Vagaitseva, Jordi Casabona and Igor Toskin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:187

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Much of the food available from takeaways, pubs and restaurants particularly that sold by independent outlets, is unhealthy and its consumption is increasing. These food outlets are therefore important potenti...

    Authors: Louis Goffe, Linda Penn, Jean Adams, Vera Araujo-Soares, Carolyn D. Summerbell, Charles Abraham, Martin White, Ashley Adamson and Amelia A. Lake

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:184

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  13. Content type: Research article

    A positive association of socioeconomic position and health is well established in high-income countries. In poorer nations, however, higher income individuals often have more cardiovascular risk factors (incl...

    Authors: David H. Rehkopf, Katharine Burmaster, John C. Landefeld, Sarah Adler-Milstein, Emily P. Flynn, Maria Cecilia Acevedo, Jessica C. Jones-Smith, Nancy Adler and Lia C. H. Fernald

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:179

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening is an important modifiable behaviour for cancer control. Regular screening, following recommendations for the type, timing and frequency based on personal CRC risk, contribute...

    Authors: Nathan M. Solbak, Jian-Yi Xu, Jennifer E. Vena, Ala Al Rajabi, Sanaz Vaseghi, Heather K. Whelan and S Elizabeth McGregor

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:177

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  15. Content type: Study protocol

    The prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) is rising globally. T2DM is particularly problematic in South Asia with an estimated 10–15% of Sri Lankans diagnosed with the...

    Authors: C. Ranasinghe, A. P. Hills, G. R. Constantine, G. Finlayson, P. Katulanda and N. A. King

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:176

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