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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

    Waterpipe smoking is a traditional method of tobacco smoking that is being increasingly practiced worldwide. However, the research evidence describing the practice and prevalence of waterpipe smoking in Austra...

    Authors: Rachael Kearns, Karen Gardner, Mariela Silveira, Lisa Woodland, Myna Hua, Milena Katz, Klara Takas, Julie McDonald and Ben Harris-Roxas

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1379

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Colombia has one of the highest rates of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and pregnancies - both of which are influenced by lack of condom use -, among adolescent population in Latin America; however, th...

    Authors: Alexandra Morales, Pablo Vallejo-Medina, Daniella Abello-Luque, Alejandro Saavedra-Roa, Paola García-Roncallo, Mayra Gomez-Lugo, Eileen García-Montaño, Laurent Marchal-Bertrand, Janivys Niebles-Charris, Diana Pérez-Pedraza and José Pedro Espada

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1377

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Responsible gambling messages are widely used as a tool to enable informed choice and encourage appropriate gambling behavior. It is generally accepted that gamblers have different levels of risk of developing...

    Authors: Sally M. Gainsbury, Brett L. L. Abarbanel, Kahlil S. Philander and Jeffrey V. Butler

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1381

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Registered healthcare workers worldwide have a high prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, particularly of the back. Multidisciplinary interventions among these workers have improved fear avoida...

    Authors: Jaana Helena Suni, Päivi Kolu, Kari Tokola, Jani Raitanen, Marjo Rinne, Annika Taulaniemi, Jari Parkkari and Markku Kankaanpää

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1376

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Despite considerable global efforts to reduce growth faltering in early childhood, rates of stunting remain high in many regions of the world. Current interventions primarily target nutrition-specific risk fac...

    Authors: Diana Quelhas, Chytanya Kompala, Brittney Wittenbrink, Zhen Han, Megan Parker, Myra Shapiro, Shauna Downs, Klaus Kraemer, Jessica Fanzo, Saul Morris and Katharine Kreis

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1372

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The entertainment precincts of cities, while contributing to local economies, need to be carefully managed to mitigate harms. Individual behaviours and government regulation have typically been the foci of int...

    Authors: Bernadette M. Ward, Belinda O’Sullivan and Penny Buykx

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1370

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The purpose was to analyse the association between physical activity taking place in different contexts (sports club, gym, exercise independently and other organized physical activities) and symptoms of depres...

    Authors: Annette Løvheim Kleppang, Ingeborg Hartz, Miranda Thurston and Curt Hagquist

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1368

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Farmers and farm workers have been recognised as a group at high risk of suicide in Australia; however this risk is not without geographic and demographic variation. This study aims to identify and better unde...

    Authors: Meg Perceval, Victoria Ross, Kairi Kõlves, Prasuna Reddy and Diego De Leo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1367

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Night time eating is a risk factor for metabolic syndrome and obesity. The aim of this study was to investigate whether dinner immediately before bed, snacks after dinner, or combinations of both were associat...

    Authors: Junko Yoshida, Eri Eguchi, Kenjiro Nagaoka, Tatsuo Ito and Keiki Ogino

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1366

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Timeliness in the administration of recommended vaccines is often evaluated using vaccine delays and provides more information regarding the susceptibility of children to vaccine-preventable diseases compared ...

    Authors: Marilou Kiely, Nicole Boulianne, Denis Talbot, Manale Ouakki, Maryse Guay, Monique Landry, Chantal Sauvageau and Gaston De Serres

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1364

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Smoking is a cause of avoidable morbidity and mortality. In the United Kingdom (UK) the national smoking ban inside hospital buildings is widely adhered to. There is a perception it has led to smokers congrega...

    Authors: Scott Crosby, Diane Bell, Gerard Savva, Becky Edlin and Bridgette M. Bewick

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1365

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  12. Content type: Research article

    There is strong evidence that plain cigarette packaging and health warning labels (HWLs) reduce brand appeal and increase health knowledge. There is limited evidence examining this population-level public heal...

    Authors: Seema Mutti-Packer, Brianne Collyer and David C. Hodgins

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1361

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  13. Content type: Research article

    In 2014, Denmark experienced a rapid decline in vaccination uptake for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine after a successful introduction of the vaccine in 2009. Before the decline, the uptake of the first...

    Authors: Camilla Hiul Suppli, Niels Dalum Hansen, Mette Rasmussen, Palle Valentiner-Branth, Tyra Grove Krause and Kåre Mølbak

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1360

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The main aim of the study was to explore the attitudes and health perceptions of faith healing users in Kumasi Metropolis, Ghana. This has become necessary because faith healing practice is an important area b...

    Authors: Prince Peprah, Razak M. Gyasi, Prince Osei-Wusu Adjei, Williams Agyemang-Duah, Emmanuel Mawuli Abalo and Josephine Nii Amon Kotei

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1358

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2018 18:1394

  15. Content type: Study protocol

    Gestational age (GA) is a key determinant of newborn survival and long-term impairment. Accurate estimation of GA facilitates timely provision of essential interventions to improve maternal and newborn outcome...

    Authors: Shumona Sharmin Salam, Nazia Binte Ali, Ahmed Ehsanur Rahman, Tazeen Tahsina, Md. Irteja Islam, Afrin Iqbal, Dewan Md. Emdadul Hoque, Samir Kumar Saha and Shams El Arifeen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1359

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Literature on persuasion suggests compliance increases when requests are accompanied with a reason (i.e. the “because-heuristic”). The reliability of outcomes in physical activity research is dependent on suff...

    Authors: Matti T. J. Heino, Keegan Knittle, Ari Haukkala, Tommi Vasankari and Nelli Hankonen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1352

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Lung cancer screening can reduce mortality but can be a complex, multi-step process. Poor health literacy is associated with unfavorable outcomes and decreased use of preventative services, so it is important ...

    Authors: Kevin Haas, Christie Brillante, Lisa Sharp, Ahmed K. Elzokaky, Mary Pasquinelli, Lawrence Feldman, Kevin L. Kovitz and Min Joo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1356

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Vitamin D has multifarious roles in maintenance of health and prevention of disease. The present study was undertaken to assess the vitamin D status of a rural adult south Indian population and to identify its...

    Authors: John Mechenro, Giriprasad Venugopal, M. Buvnesh Kumar, D. Balakrishnan and Balakrishnan S. Ramakrishna

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1345

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Dehydration results from a decrease in total body water content either due to less intake or more fluid loss. Common symptoms of dehydration are dry mouth/tongue, thirst, headache, and lethargy. The aim of thi...

    Authors: Naila A. Shaheen, Abdulrahman A. Alqahtani, Hussam Assiri, Reem Alkhodair and Mohamed A. Hussein

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1346

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) has frequently been compared between both healthy and obese children and healthy and chronically ill children; however, there is glaring lack of evidence regarding compar...

    Authors: Sara Jalali-Farahani, Fahimeh Alsadat Shojaei, Parnian Parvin and Parisa Amiri

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1337

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The primary aim of this study was to examine the associations of normal weight obesity (NWO) with physical fitness in Chinese university students. As a secondary aim, we assessed whether possible differences i...

    Authors: Meizhen Zhang, Moritz Schumann, Tao Huang, Timo Törmäkangas and Sulin Cheng

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1334

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Childhood injury remains a significant public health problem responsible for significant morbidity and mortality. However, injury has been found to increase with socioeconomic disadvantage for some injuries. T...

    Authors: Rebecca Seah, Reidar P. Lystad, Kate Curtis and Rebecca Mitchell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1336

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  23. Content type: Research article

    A more sedentary lifestyle can result in insulin resistance. However, few research studies have assessed the association between insulin resistance and sedentary lifestyle in Asian populations. Therefore, this...

    Authors: Kyeong Seok Kim, Seong Jun Kim, Seonggwan Kim, Dong-Woo Choi, Yeong Jun Ju and Eun-Cheol Park

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1335

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Levels of obesity remain high in the UK. The Football Fans in Training (FFIT) randomised controlled trial (RCT) demonstrated that a 12-week, gender-sensitised weight management, physical activity and healthy e...

    Authors: Christopher Bunn, Craig Donnachie, Sally Wyke, Kate Hunt, Graham Brennan, Jemma Lennox, Alice Maclean and Cindy M. Gray

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1330

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic (CCHF) is a deadly tick born disease caused by a virus of genus Nairovirus and is endemic in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Eastern areas of Europe. Pakistan is a CCHF endemic cou...

    Authors: Ali Ahmed, Maria Tanveer, Muhammad Saqlain and Gul Majid Khan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1333

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Public bicycle share programs in many cities are used by a small segment of the population. To better understand the market for public bicycle share, this study examined the socio-demographic and transportatio...

    Authors: Kate Hosford, Scott A. Lear, Daniel Fuller, Kay Teschke, Suzanne Therrien and Meghan Winters

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1326

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The high prevalence of diabetes is associated with body mass index (BMI), and diabetes can cause many complications, such as hip fractures. This study investigated the effects of BMI and diabetes on the risk o...

    Authors: Hsiu-Ling Huang, Cheng-Chin Pan, Yu-Fen Hsiao, Ming-Chih Chen, Chuan-Yu Kung, Pei-Tseng Kung and Wen-Chen Tsai

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1325

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Culturally sensitive, reliable and valid cultural belief scales for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in Koreans in the Republic of Korea are not available in the literature. The purpose of this study was to a...

    Authors: Shin-Young Lee

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1328

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Acquiring accurate and adequate nutrition information is important as it could inform nutritional choices positively and promote the maintenance of a healthy nutritional status. This study assessed a sample of...

    Authors: Esi Yaabah Quaidoo, Agartha Ohemeng and Margaret Amankwah-Poku

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1323

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  30. Content type: Research article

    European legislation prohibits direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicines, but allows drug manufacturers to provide information to the public on health and diseases. Our aim was to measure the fr...

    Authors: Teresa Leonardo Alves, Elita Poplavska, Signe Mezinska, Ieva Salmane-Kulikovska, Liga Andersone, Aukje K. Mantel-Teeuwisse and Barbara Mintzes

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1322

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Mass reach physical activity campaigns are designed to deliver physical-activity related messages to a large population across different media including print, television, radio, and websites. Few evaluations ...

    Authors: T. R. Berry, R. E. Rhodes, E. M. Ori, K. McFadden, G. Faulkner, A. E. Latimer-Cheung, N. O’Reilly, J. C. Spence, M. S. Tremblay and L. M. Vanderloo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1300

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  32. Content type: Research article

    The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) is a child weight monitoring system in England, taking place in the first and final years of primary school. Many local authorities consider it important to info...

    Authors: B. E. Kovacs, F. B. Gillison and J. C. Barnett

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1295

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Unmet need for family planning exceeds 33% in Uganda. One approach to decreasing unmet need is promoting male involvement in family planning. Male disapproval of use of family planning by their female partners...

    Authors: Anne Dougherty, Alex Kayongo, Samantha Deans, John Mundaka, Faith Nassali, James Sewanyana, Eric Migadde, Ronald Kiyemba, Estherloy Katali, Sarah Jane Holcombe, Sarah H. Heil and Robert Kalyesubula

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1294

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Peak bone mass accrual occurs during adolescence, a time when dieting and related eating behaviors are common. Impaired bone mineral accrual is a known consequence of eating disorders in adolescents, but the e...

    Authors: Emily E. Hohman, Katherine N. Balantekin, Leann L. Birch and Jennifer S. Savage

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1285

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Alcohol and drug use and other health-risk behaviors tend to cluster together among adolescents and contribute a large amount of harm to both themselves and to others. This paper aims to characterize secondary...

    Authors: Sawitri Assanangkornchai, Jing Li, Edward McNeil and Darika Saingam

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1272

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Results from studies investigating the association between coffee consumption and osteoporosis or bone mineral density (BMD) have been inconsistent. This longitudinal study was performed to assess the effect o...

    Authors: Huan-Cheng Chang, Chuan-Fa Hsieh, Yi-Chin Lin, Disline Manli Tantoh, Pei-Chieh Ko, Ya-Yu Kung, Mei-Chi Wang, Shu-Yi Hsu, Yi-Ching Liaw and Yung-Po Liaw

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1273

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The promotion of smoking cessation within lung cancer screening could lead to benefits for smoking-related disease and improve cost-effectiveness of screening. Little is known about how smokers respond to lung...

    Authors: Ben Young, Kavita Vedhara, Denise Kendrick, Roberta Littleford, John F. R. Robertson, Frank M. Sullivan, Stuart Schembri and Roshan das Nair

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1276

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  38. Content type: Research article

    The consumption of alcohol and other drugs causes social and health problems in industrialized societies. Furthermore, alcohol and drug consumption in the workplace is associated with work accidents, absenteei...

    Authors: Montse Gómez-Recasens, Silvana Alfaro-Barrio, Lucia Tarro, Elisabet Llauradó and Rosa Solà

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1281

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Social support can provide psychosocial benefits to promote positive health behaviors such as mammography screening. The purpose of this study was to assess the psychometric properties of the Mammography Socia...

    Authors: Maryam Khazaee-Pool, Mitra Bahrami, John S. Luque, Tahereh Pashaei, Parvaneh Taymoori and Deam Roshani

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1280

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Free VMMC services have been available in Uganda since 2010. However, uptake in Northern Uganda remains disproportionately low. We aimed to determine if this is due to men’s insufficient knowledge on VMMC, and...

    Authors: Barbara Marjorie Nanteza, David Serwadda, Edward Nelson Kankaka, Grace Bua Mongo, Ronald Gray and Frederick Edward Makumbi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1278

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Neonatal sepsis causes 0.5 million deaths annually, mostly in low resource settings. Babies born in African rural homes without running water or toilet facilities are especially vulnerable. Alcohol-based hand ...

    Authors: J. Ditai, M. Mudoola, M. Gladstone, J. Abeso, J. Dusabe-Richards, M. Adengo, P. Olupot-Olupot, E. D. Carrol, J. Storr, A. Medina-Lara, B. Faragher and A. D. Weeks

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1279

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Some university students consume pharmaceutical stimulants without a medical prescription with the goal of improving their academic performance. The prevalence of this practice has been well documented in the ...

    Authors: Jayne Lucke, Charmaine Jensen, Matthew Dunn, Gary Chan, Cynthia Forlini, Sharlene Kaye, Bradley Partridge, Michael Farrell, Eric Racine and Wayne Hall

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1270

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  43. Content type: Technical advance

    Describing how and why an evidence-based intervention is adapted for a new population and setting using a formal evaluation and an adaptation framework can inform others seeking to modify evidence-based weight...

    Authors: Rachel G. Tabak, Jaime R. Strickland, Richard I. Stein, Hank Dart, Graham A. Colditz, Bridget Kirk, Ann Marie Dale and Bradley A. Evanoff

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1265

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Eating outside the home is challenging for consumers with food allergy (FA) and intolerance (FI) and lack of allergen information provision in eating out venues can lead to unnecessary restrictions. Following ...

    Authors: Julie Barnett, Fiona M. Begen, M. Hazel Gowland and Jane S. Lucas

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1263

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  45. Content type: Study protocol

    Article 20 of the EU Tobacco Products Directive [TPD] stipulates that e-cigarette packets and refill products must carry a nicotine addiction health warning. Although previous studies conducted in North Americ...

    Authors: Catherine Kimber, Daniel Frings, Sharon Cox, Ian Albery and Lynne Dawkins

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1259

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Men of low socioeconomic position (SEP) are less likely than those of higher SEP to consume fruits and vegetables, and more likely to eat processed discretionary foods. Education level is a widely used marker ...

    Authors: Lena D. Stephens, David Crawford, Lukar Thornton, Dana Lee Olstad, Philip J. Morgan, Frank J. van Lenthe and Kylie Ball

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1257

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  47. Content type: Correspondence

    In a recent issue of the BMC Public Health journal, Bian et al. described the results of an interesting meta-analysis on the association between dairy products consumption and risk of hip fracture. Although th...

    Authors: Hanieh Malmir and Ahmad Esmaillzadeh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1253

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