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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: Study protocol

    Initiating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle -including healthy eating and sufficient physical activity- is key for cardiometabolic health. A health-promoting environment can facilitate a healthy lifestyle, ...

    Authors: Jeroen Lakerveld, Joreintje D. Mackenbach, Femke de Boer, Boris Brandhorst, Jacqueline E. W. Broerse, Gert-Jan de Bruijn, Gerda Feunekes, Marleen Gillebaart, Marjolein Harbers, Jody Hoenink, Michel Klein, Frederike Mensink, Cédric Middel, Denise T. D. de Ridder, Femke Rutters, Ivonne Sluijs…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:899

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    Compared to higher socioeconomic status (SES) groups, those in lower SES groups are financially strained, experience higher rates of smoking-related morbidity, are in poorer health and have reduced life expect...

    Authors: Sara S. Shagiwal, Astrid Schop-Etman, Iris Bergwerff, Wil Vrencken and Semiha Denktaş

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:891

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  3. Content type: Study protocol

    Men who have sex with men (MSM) in India are a key group at risk for HIV acquisition and transmission. They are also an extremely marginalized and stigmatized population, facing immense psychosocial stressors ...

    Authors: Matthew J. Mimiaga, Beena Thomas, Kenneth H. Mayer, Kristen S. Regenauer, Alpana Dange, C. Andres Bedoya, Shruta Rawat, Vinoth Balu, Conall O’Cleirigh, Katie B. Biello, Vivek Anand, Soumya Swaminathan and Steven A. Safren

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:890

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    The global pandemic of physical inactivity represents a considerable public health challenge. Active transportation (i.e., walking or cycling for transport) can contribute to greater total physical activity le...

    Authors: Anna Ek, Christina Alexandrou, Christine Delisle Nyström, Artur Direito, Ulf Eriksson, Ulf Hammar, Pontus Henriksson, Ralph Maddison, Ylva Trolle Lagerros and Marie Löf

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:880

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Public housing residents face significant social, economic, and physical barriers to the practice of health behaviors for prevention of chronic disease. Research shows that public housing residents are more li...

    Authors: Deborah J. Bowen, Lisa M. Quintiliani, Sarah Gees Bhosrekar, Rachel Goodman and Eugenia Smith

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:883

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The World Health Organisation has recommended that healthcare workers, teachers and community leaders work with parents to support children living with HIV. The aim of this study was to assess the perceptions ...

    Authors: Fatch W. Kalembo, Garth E. Kendall, Mohammed Ali, Angela F. Chimwaza and Mary M. Tallon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:884

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  7. Content type: Study protocol

    Influenza and pneumococcal vaccination can prevent disease and potentially life-threatening complications like sepsis. Elderly people have an increased risk of severe disease and therefore constitute a major t...

    Authors: Cornelia Betsch, Constanze Rossmann, Mathias W. Pletz, Horst C. Vollmar, Antje Freytag, Ole Wichmann, Regina Hanke, Wolfgang Hanke, Dorothee Heinemeier, Philipp Schmid, Sarah Eitze, Winja Weber, Anne Reinhardt, Nora K. Küpke, Christina Forstner, Carolin Fleischmann-Struzek…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:885

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Although the awareness of mental health problems in late life is rising, the association between financial transfers to the older generations from children and mental health at older ages in China has received...

    Authors: Yue Wu, Wanyue Dong, Yongjian Xu, Xiaojing Fan, Min Su, Jianmin Gao, Zhongliang Zhou, Louis Niessen, Yiyang Wang and Xiao Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:882

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  9. Content type: Study protocol

    Health promotion is a key process of current health systems. Primary Health Care (PHC) is the ideal setting for health promotion but multifaceted barriers make its integration difficult in the usual care. The ...

    Authors: Edurne Zabaleta-del-Olmo, Haizea Pombo, Mariona Pons-Vigués, Marc Casajuana-Closas, Enriqueta Pujol-Ribera, Tomás López-Jiménez, Carmen Cabezas-Peña, Carme Martín-Borràs, Antoni Serrano-Blanco, Maria Rubio-Valera, Joan Llobera, Alfonso Leiva, Caterina Vicens, Clara Vidal, Manuel Campiñez, Remedios Martín-Álvarez…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:874

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2018 18:1004

  10. Content type: Study protocol

    All patients with diabetes are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy (DR), a progressive and potentially blinding condition. Early treatment of DR prevents visual impairment and blindness. The natural his...

    Authors: Nyawira Mwangi, Mark Ng’ang’a, Esbon Gakuo, Stephen Gichuhi, David Macleod, Consuela Moorman, Lawrence Muthami, Peter Tum, Atieno Jalango, Kibata Githeko, Michael Gichangi, Joseph Kibachio, Covadonga Bascaran and Allen Foster

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:871

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  11. Content type: Study protocol

    HIV infection among youth in the United States is on the rise. A high level of antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence is crucial to treatment success and can minimize the population burden of the disease. Howe...

    Authors: Matthew J. Mimiaga, Lisa M. Kuhns, Katie B. Biello, Jennifer Olson, Sam Hoehnle, Christopher M. Santostefano, Jaclyn M. W. Hughto, Hadeis Safi, Peter Salhaney, Diane Chen and Robert Garofalo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:867

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The term health literacy refers to the abilities and resources required to find, understand and use health information in managing health. This definition is reflected in the recent development of multidimensi...

    Authors: Sarah M. Hosking, Sharon L. Brennan-Olsen, Alison Beauchamp, Rachelle Buchbinder, Lana J. Williams and Julie A. Pasco

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:876

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  13. Content type: Study protocol

    Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) are the third highest cause of death in Zambia, claiming about 2000 lives annually, with pedestrians and cyclists being the most vulnerable. Human error accounts for 87.3% of RTCs. ...

    Authors: Sydney Chauwa Phiri, Marta R. Prescott, Margaret L. Prust, Elizabeth A. McCarthy, Chuncky C. Kanchele, Prudence Haimbe, Hilda Shakwelele and Sandra Mudhune

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:872

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  14. Content type: Study protocol

    Each year, over 15,000 preschoolers die from unintentional injuries in China. Many interventions proven to work in other nations have not been implemented nationwide in China. The rapid popularity of smartphon...

    Authors: Peishan Ning, Bo Chen, Peixia Cheng, Yang Yang, David C. Schwebel, Renhe Yu, Jing Deng, Shukun Li and Guoqing Hu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:865

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  15. Content type: Study protocol

    South Africa remains the global epicentre of HIV infection, and adolescent women have the highest incidence of HIV in the country. South Africa also has high rates of alcohol and other drug (AOD) use, violence...

    Authors: Wendee M. Wechsberg, Felicia A. Browne, Tara Carney, Bronwyn Myers, Alexandra Minnis, Robert MacDonald, Jacqueline W. Ndirangu, Leslie B. Turner, Brittni N. Howard and Nathaniel Rodman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:859

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Immigrants may face problems with accessing the Danish healthcare system due to, for example, lack of knowledge of how to navigate it, which may cause inappropriate healthcare-seeking. Danish municipalities pr...

    Authors: Signe Smith Jervelund, Thomas Maltesen, Camilla Lawaetz Wimmelmann, Jørgen Holm Petersen and Allan Krasnik

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:863

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Implementation interventions delivered in schools to improve food provision have been found to improve student diet and reduce child obesity risk. If the health benefits of food availability policies are to be...

    Authors: Kathryn L. Reilly, Nicole Nathan, John Wiggers, Sze Lin Yoong and Luke Wolfenden

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:860

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  18. Content type: Study protocol

    Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa, has a total fertility rate of 4.6, a decrease from 5.5 in 2000. However, only 35.3% of women in the reproductive age group use modern family planning (FP) ...

    Authors: Hye-Jin Paek, Ho Kim, Youngtae Cho, Wonsik Hong, Woorim Ko, Haejin Choi, Youngok Youn, Yunhee Choi, Gizachew Balew and Youngah Doh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:861

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The increasing use of the Internet and social network sites (SNS) has created a new domain of socio-emotional development for adolescents. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to explore cybervictimizatio...

    Authors: Kalliope Athanasiou, Eirini Melegkovits, Elisabeth K. Andrie, Charalampos Magoulas, Chara K. Tzavara, Clive Richardson, Donald Greydanus, Maria Tsolia and Artemis K. Tsitsika

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:800

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  20. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to examine the short- and long term (cost-) effectiveness of Family Group Conferencing (FGC) compared to care as usual (CAU) in terms of improved child safety, empowerment and social support.

    Authors: Sharon Dijkstra, Hanneke E. Creemers, Francisca J. A. van Steensel, Maja Deković, Geert Jan J. M. Stams and Jessica J. Asscher

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:848

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Evidence concerning the relationship between objectively-measured attributes of the built environment with cardio-metabolic risk in populations from lower- and middle-income countries is lacking. In this paper...

    Authors: Pasmore Malambo, Anniza De Villiers, Estelle V. Lambert, Thandi Puoane and Andre P. Kengne

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:847

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  22. Content type: Study protocol

    The population impact of alcohol screening and brief intervention might be increased by approaching an entire population rather than individuals at high risk only. The aim is to present the protocol of the stu...

    Authors: Sophie Baumann, Andreas Staudt, Jennis Freyer-Adam and Ulrich John

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:851

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  23. Content type: Research article

    In Australia, farming populations have been identified as having higher rates of suicide, in comparison to metropolitan, rural and regional communities. The reasons for this are unclear although stigma is cons...

    Authors: Alison J. Kennedy, Susan A. Brumby, Vincent Lawrence Versace and Tristan Brumby-Rendell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:846

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Implementation of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination raised concerns that vaccination could lead to riskier sexual behavior. This study explored how possible differences in sexual behavior and HPV knowledg...

    Authors: Robine Donken, Adriana Tami, Mirjam J. Knol, Karin Lubbers, Marianne A. B. van der Sande, Hans W. Nijman, Toos Daemen, Willibrord C. M. Weijmar Schultz and Hester E. de Melker

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:837

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  25. Content type: Research article

    The Peer Engagement and Evaluation Project (PEEP) aimed to engage, inspire, and learn from peer leaders who represented voices of people who use or have used illicit substances, through active membership on th...

    Authors: Alissa M. Greer, Ashraf Amlani, Bernadette Pauly, Charlene Burmeister and Jane A. Buxton

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:834

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Self-management is an essential component of prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. Social and family support has been shown to influence self-management behaviors as well as glycemic control and complic...

    Authors: Saranya Ravi, Swetha Kumar and Vijayaprasad Gopichandran

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:826

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  27. Content type: Study protocol

    Support to strengthen the early parent-infant relationship is recommended to ensure the infant’s future health and development. Little is known about the universal approaches taken by health visitor to support...

    Authors: Ingeborg Hedegaard Kristensen and Hanne Kronborg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:832

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Free antiretroviral therapy has been implemented in China since 2004, but adherence to antiretroviral therapy among people living with HIV is suboptimal. The effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy is subject ...

    Authors: Yang Yu, Dan Luo, Xi Chen, Zhulin Huang, Min Wang and Shuiyuan Xiao

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:825

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  29. Content type: Study protocol

    Unfavorable lifestyle factors influence the risk of stress disorders. For risk reduction, lifestyle modifications, such as regular physical activity, balanced nutrition and competence in stress management, are...

    Authors: Dieter Melchart, Erich Wühr, Kristina Wifling and Beatrice E. Bachmeier

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:823

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Public injecting of recreational drugs has been documented in a number of cities worldwide and was a key risk factor in a HIV outbreak in Glasgow, Scotland during 2015. We investigated the characteristics and ...

    Authors: Emily J. Tweed, Mark Rodgers, Saket Priyadarshi and Emilia Crighton

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:829

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Reducing lifespan inequality is increasingly recognized as a health policy objective. Whereas lifespan inequality declined with rising longevity in most developed countries, Danish life expectancy stagnated be...

    Authors: José Manuel Aburto, Maarten Wensink, Alyson van Raalte and Rune Lindahl-Jacobsen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:831

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  32. Content type: Study protocol

    The PROFRUVE study is a controlled intervention based on the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB), which follows those behavioral theories that have proved to be the most effective at changing infant fruit and veg...

    Authors: M. Arrizabalaga-López, D. Rada-Fernández de Jáuregui, M. P. Portillo, O. Martínez, I. Etaio, J. R. Mauleón, E. Echevarría, F. Gómez and V. M. Rodríguez

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:827

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  33. Content type: Study protocol

    Actively referring smokers to smoking cessation (SC) services could increase quitting and is scalable for the population. The objective of this study is to compare 2 different intensities of SC active referral...

    Authors: Xue Weng, Man Ping Wang, Yi Nam Suen, William Ho Cheung Li, Yongda Wu, Derek Yee Tak Cheung, Antonio Cho Shing Kwong, Vienna Wai Yin Lai, Sophia Siu Chee Chan and Tai Hing Lam

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:830

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  34. Content type: Research article

    There are many studies examining the relationship between body image and weight status that compare Western and Asian countries. One limitation of these past studies was assuming that all Asian countries are a...

    Authors: Jin-Won Noh, Young Dae Kwon, Youngmi Yang, Jooyoung Cheon and Jinseok Kim

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:814

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  35. Content type: Research article

    In 2015, YMCA afterschool programs (ASPs) across South Carolina, USA pledged to achieve the YMCA physical activity standard calling for all children to accumulate 30 min of moderate-to-vigorous physical activi...

    Authors: Michael W. Beets, R. Glenn Weaver, Keith Brazendale, Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy, Ruth P. Saunders, Justin B. Moore, Collin Webster, Mahmud Khan and Aaron Beighle

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:819

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  36. Content type: Study protocol

    This project will use a multilevel longitudinal cohort study design to assess whether changes in Community Tobacco Environmental (CTE) factors, measured as community compliance with tobacco control policies an...

    Authors: Ritesh Mistry, Mangesh S. Pednekar, Prakash C. Gupta, Trivellore E. Raghunathan, Surekha Appikatla, Namrata Puntambekar, Keyuri Adhikari, Maqsood Siddiqi and William J. McCarthy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:815

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Depression is a prevalent, debilitating, and often recurrent mood disorder for which successful first-line treatments remains limited. The purpose of this study was to investigate the cross-sectional associati...

    Authors: Cillian P. Mc Dowell, Angela Carlin, Laura Capranica, Christina Dillon, Janas M. Harrington, Jeroen Lakerveld, Anne Loyen, Fiona Chun Man Ling, Johannes Brug, Ciaran MacDonncha and Matthew P. Herring

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:779

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  38. Content type: Study protocol

    In China, about 53.4 million women (11%) have type 2 diabetes (T2DM). Women with prior 2 (GDM) are at a high risk for T2DM. Postpartum lifestyle interventions have been effective in reducing T2DM for this popu...

    Authors: Jia Guo, Yujia Tang, James Wiley, Robin Whittemore and Jyu-Lin Chen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:809

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  39. Content type: Study protocol

    In the Netherlands, people with a low socioeconomic status (SES) live approximately 6 years less and are less engaged in physical activity (PA) than high SES citizens. This contributes to the persistent health...

    Authors: Annemarie Wagemakers, Lisanne S. Mulderij, Kirsten T. Verkooijen, Stef Groenewoud and Maria A. Koelen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:812

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  40. Content type: Research article

    There is a need for valid approaches to measure sexual interactions to assess the impact of behavioural interventions and to predict the impact of behaviour changes. Different methods of asking about sexual be...

    Authors: Nicola Desmond, Nico Nagelkerke, Wezzie Lora, Effie Chipeta, Mwiza Sambo, Moses Kumwenda, Elizabeth L. Corbett, Miriam Taegtemeyer, Janet Seeley, David G. Lalloo and Sally Theobald

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:807

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  41. Content type: Research article

    China has reduced incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases through its Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI). Vaccines outside of the EPI are not provided for free by the government, however. This study expl...

    Authors: Xiaodong Sun, Zhuoying Huang, Abram L. Wagner, Lisa A. Prosser, Erzhan Xu, Jia Ren, Bei Wang, Wenlu Yan and Brian J. Zikmund-Fisher

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:813

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Due to the increasing number of vaccine-hesitant parents, new effective immunization promotion strategies need to be developed to improve the vaccine coverage (VC) of infants. This study aimed to assess the im...

    Authors: Arnaud Gagneur, Thomas Lemaître, Virginie Gosselin, Anne Farrands, Nathalie Carrier, Geneviève Petit, Louis Valiquette and Philippe De Wals

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:811

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Emergency contraception (EC) is an effective postcoital contraceptive method for reducing the risk of unwanted pregnancy after unprotected intercourse. The estimated effectiveness of EC is between 70 and 89% i...

    Authors: M. L. Bauzà-Amengual, M. Esteva, M. Ingla-Pol, M. A. Font-Oliver and S. March

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:803

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  44. Content type: Research article

    This paper examines school and classroom effects on Daily Physical Activity (DPA) policy implementation in classrooms in Ontario, Canada. In 2005 the Ontario Ministry of Education mandated a policy requiring s...

    Authors: Kenneth R. Allison, Anne N. Philipneri, Karen Vu-Nguyen, Heather E. Manson, John J. M. Dwyer, Erin Hobin, Bessie Ng and Ye Li

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:802

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Older adults receive important health benefits from more robust social capital. Yet, the mechanisms behind these associations are not fully understood. Some evidence suggests that higher levels of social capit...

    Authors: Erin C. Ho, Louise Hawkley, William Dale, Linda Waite and Megan Huisingh-Scheetz

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:804

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  46. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of diabetes in China has rapidly increased in recent years. Family history and physical inactivity are known risk factors for developing diabetes. As automated telephone-based communication is r...

    Authors: Lancelot W. H. Mui, Robert H. Friedman, Joseph T. F. Lau, Ji Peng and Abu S. Abdullah

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:785

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  47. Content type: Study protocol

    Cancer is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Prevention is recognised by many, including the World Health Organization, to offer the most cost-effective long-term strategy for the control of...

    Authors: Juliet A. Usher-Smith, Golnessa Masson, Katie Mills, Stephen J. Sharp, Stephen Sutton, William M. P. Klein and Simon J. Griffin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:796

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Children’s physical activity levels are low and efforts to improve their physical activity levels have proven difficult. Freely chosen and unstructured physical activity (active play) has the potential to be p...

    Authors: Avril Johnstone, Adrienne R. Hughes, Anne Martin and John J. Reilly

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:789

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  49. Content type: Study protocol

    Childhood overweight and obesity is a significant public health issue. A key contributing factor is sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) consumption. Evidence suggests that secondary school students are frequent c...

    Authors: Nicole Kajons, Michael David, Justine Gowland-Ella, Peter Lewis and Samantha Batchelor

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:788

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