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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

    Cigarette smoking has been shown to be one of the most important risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. However, little is known about cumulative effects of daily tar and nicotine intake on the risk of inci...

    Authors: Qiu-Li Zhang, Jens Baumert, Karl-Heinz Ladwig, H-Erich Wichmann, Christa Meisinger and Angela Döring

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:273

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    Kenya, like many developing nations, continues to experience high childhood mortality in spite of the many efforts put in place by governments and international bodies to curb it. This study sought to investig...

    Authors: Antony S Opwora, Ahmed MR Laving, Lambert O Nyabola and Joyce M Olenja

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:272

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Adult socioeconomic position (SEP) is one of the most frequently hypothesised indirect pathways between childhood SEP and adult health. However, few studies that explore the indirect associations between child...

    Authors: Sarah K Mckenzie, Kristie N Carter, Tony Blakely and Vivienne Ivory

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:269

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Cervical cancer incidence and mortality may be reduced by organized screening. Participant compliance with the attendance recommendations of the screening program is necessary to achieve this. Knowledge about ...

    Authors: Bo T Hansen, Silje S Hukkelberg, Tor Haldorsen, Tormod Eriksen, Gry B Skare and Mari Nygård

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:264

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    It is well established that smoking rates in people with common mental disorders such as anxiety or depressive disorders are much higher than in people without mental disorders. It is less clear whether people...

    Authors: David Lawrence, Francis Mitrou and Stephen R Zubrick

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:256

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  6. Content type: Research article

    In 2006, Australia introduced graphic cigarette packet warnings. The new warnings include one of 14 pictures, many depicting tobacco-related pathology. The warnings were introduced in two sets; Set A in March ...

    Authors: Caroline L Miller, Pascale G Quester, David J Hill and Janet E Hiller

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:238

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  7. Content type: Research article

    In Pakistan, only 59-73% of children 12-23 months of age are fully immunized. This randomized, controlled trial was conducted to assess the impact of a low-literacy immunization promotion educational intervent...

    Authors: Aatekah Owais, Beenish Hanif, Amna R Siddiqui, Ajmal Agha and Anita KM Zaidi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:239

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  8. Content type: Research article

    recent data indicate a slight decrease in the prevalence of smoking in Switzerland, but little is known regarding the intention and difficulty to quit smoking among current smokers. Hence, we aimed to quantify...

    Authors: Pedro Marques-Vidal, João Melich-Cerveira, Fred Paccaud, Gérard Waeber, Peter Vollenweider and Jacques Cornuz

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:227

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Social capital has been recognized as a major social determinant of health, but less attention has been given to social capital of persons with musculoskeletal impairments. The present study aimed to explore t...

    Authors: Kyo Takahashi, Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy, Krishna C Poudel, Kayako Sakisaka, Masamine Jimba and Junko Yasuoka

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:206

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Childhood overweight is not restricted to developed countries: a number of lower- and middle-income countries are struggling with the double burden of underweight and overweight. Another public health problem ...

    Authors: Lise Dubois, Damion Francis, Daniel Burnier, Fabiola Tatone-Tokuda, Manon Girard, Georgiana Gordon-Strachan, Kristin Fox and Rainford Wilks

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:199

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Recent studies have suggested that walking interventions may be effective (at least in the short term) at increasing physical activity amongst those people who are the most inactive. This is a leading objectiv...

    Authors: Rebecca Shaw, Elisabeth Fenwick, Graham Baker, Chloe McAdam, Claire Fitzsimons and Nanette Mutrie

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:200

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  12. Content type: Research article

    In conjunction with the growing prevalence of obesity and the older age of pregnant women gestational diabetes (GDM) is a major health problem.

    Authors: Eeva AL Korpi-Hyövälti, David E Laaksonen, Ursula S Schwab, Tarja H Vanhapiha, Kristiina R Vihla, Seppo T Heinonen and Leo K Niskanen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:179

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Interventions are needed which can successfully modify more than one disease risk factor at a time, but much remains to be learned about the acceptability, feasibility, and effectiveness of multiple risk facto...

    Authors: Jennifer B McClure, Sheryl L Catz, Evette J Ludman, Julie Richards, Karin Riggs and Lou Grothaus

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:167

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The cost of maternity care can be a barrier to access that may increase maternal and neonatal mortality risk. We analyzed spending on maternity care in urban slum communities in Mumbai to better understand the...

    Authors: Jolene Skordis-Worrall, Noemi Pace, Ujwala Bapat, Sushmita Das, Neena S More, Wasundhara Joshi, Anni-Maria Pulkki-Brannstrom and David Osrin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:150

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  15. Content type: Research article

    In general dog-owners are more physically active than non-owners, however; it is not known whether dog-ownership can influence seasonal fluctuations in physical activity. This study examines whether dog-owners...

    Authors: Parabhdeep Lail, Gavin R McCormack and Melanie Rock

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:148

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Previous cross-sectional research has suggested single cigarettes could either promote or inhibit consumption. The present study aimed to assess the effects of single cigarette availability and consumption on ...

    Authors: James F Thrasher, Victor Villalobos, Joaquin Barnoya, Raul Sansores and Richard O'Connor

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:134

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  17. Content type: Correspondence

    Community-based interventions are a promising approach and an important component of a comprehensive response to obesity. In this paper we describe the Collaboration of COmmunity-based Obesity Prevention Sites (C...

    Authors: Steven Allender, Melanie Nichols, Chad Foulkes, Rebecca Reynolds, Elizabeth Waters, Lesley King, Tim Gill, Rebecca Armstrong and Boyd Swinburn

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:132

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Poor mental health predicts sexual risk behaviours in high-income countries, but little is known about this association in low-income settings in sub-Saharan Africa where HIV is prevalent. This study investiga...

    Authors: Patric Lundberg, Godfrey Rukundo, Schola Ashaba, Anna Thorson, Peter Allebeck, Per-Olof Östergren and Elizabeth Cantor-Graae

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:125

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Surveys have provided evidence that tobacco use is widely prevalent amongst the youth in Pakistan. Several reviews have evaluated the effectiveness of various tobacco control programs, however, few have taken ...

    Authors: Syed MA Zaidi, Abdul L Bikak, Ayesha Shaheryar, Syed H Imam and Javaid A Khan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:117

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Intimate partner violence (IPV) against women is a global public health and human rights concern. Despite a growing body of research into risk factors for IPV, methodological differences limit the extent to wh...

    Authors: Tanya Abramsky, Charlotte H Watts, Claudia Garcia-Moreno, Karen Devries, Ligia Kiss, Mary Ellsberg, Henrica AFM Jansen and Lori Heise

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:109

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Betel quid chewing is a common habit widely practiced in Southern Asian populations. However, variations are seen in the content of a betel quid across the different countries. Factors associated with commence...

    Authors: Wan MN Ghani, Ishak A Razak, Yi-Hsin Yang, Norain A Talib, Noriaki Ikeda, Tony Axell, Prakash C Gupta, Yujiro Handa, Norlida Abdullah and Rosnah B Zain

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:82

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  22. Content type: Research article

    There is a lack of international research on suicide by drug overdose as a preventable suicide method. Sex- and age-specific rates of suicide by drug self-poisoning (ICD-10, X60-64) and the distribution of dru...

    Authors: Airi Värnik, Merike Sisask, Peeter Värnik, Jing Wu, Kairi Kõlves, Ella Arensman, Margareth Maxwell, Thomas Reisch, Ricardo Gusmão, Chantal van Audenhove, Gert Scheerder, Christina M van der Feltz-Cornelis, Claire Coffey, Maria Kopp, Andras Szekely, Saska Roskar…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:61

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