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  1. Recent outbreaks of measles and polio in low-income countries illustrate that conventional methods for estimating vaccination coverage do not adequately identify susceptible children. Immune markers of protect...

    Authors: Kyla T Hayford, Mohammed S Shomik, Hassan M Al-Emran, William J Moss, David Bishai and Orin S Levine
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1211
  2. Metabolic functions may operate as important biophysiological mechanisms through which social relationships affect health. It is unclear how social embeddedness or the lack thereof is related to risk of metabo...

    Authors: Yang Claire Yang, Ting Li and Yinchun Ji
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1210
  3. Unhealthy lifestyles contribute to the development of cardiovascular risk factors, whose incidence is increasing among children and adolescents. The Program SI! is a long-term, multi-target behavioral interven...

    Authors: José L Peñalvo, Mercedes Sotos-Prieto, Gloria Santos-Beneit, Stuart Pocock, Juliana Redondo and Valentín Fuster
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1208
  4. With both a high need for recovery (NFR) and overweight and obesity being a potential burden for organizations (e.g. productivity loss and sickness absence), the aim of this paper was to examine the associatio...

    Authors: Robine E van der Starre, Jennifer K Coffeng, Ingrid JM Hendriksen, Willem van Mechelen and Cécile RL Boot
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1207
  5. The present study aimed to explore a longitudinal relationship between fruit and vegetable consumption in adolescence and two health-related outcomes (i.e., self-rated health and mental health) in early adulth...

    Authors: Yuriko Takaoka and Norito Kawakami
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1206
  6. Childhood overweight and obesity is a global public health concern. For girls in particular, being overweight or obese during pre-adolescence (aged 7–11 years) has intergenerational implications for both the m...

    Authors: Joanna May Kesten, Noel Cameron and Paula Louise Griffiths
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1205
  7. A diet rich in fruit, vegetables and dietary fibre and low in fat is associated with reduced risk of chronic disease. This review aimed to estimate the effectiveness of interventions to promote healthy diet fo...

    Authors: Nawaraj Bhattarai, A Toby Prevost, Alison J Wright, Judith Charlton, Caroline Rudisill and Martin C Gulliford
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1203
  8. Injection drug use is a major public health problem. Oral health problems and the appearance of dental disease among injection drug users (IDUs) are caused by their lifestyle. The aim of the present study was ...

    Authors: Zorica Terzic Supic, Ranko Petrovic, Milena Santric Milicevic, Goran Trajkovic and Zoran Bukumiric
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1202
  9. The evidence-based Dutch Obesity Intervention in Teenagers (DOiT) program is a school-based obesity prevention program for 12 to 14-year olds attending the first two years of prevocational education. This pape...

    Authors: Femke van Nassau, Amika S Singh, Willem van Mechelen, Theo GWM Paulussen, Johannes Brug and Mai JM Chinapaw
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1201
  10. Prisoners have extremely high rates of smoking with rates 3–4 times higher than the general community. Many prisoners have used heroin. The aims of this study were to investigate the impact of heroin use on sm...

    Authors: Devon Indig, Alex D Wodak, Robyn L Richmond, Tony G Butler, Vicki A Archer and Kay A Wilhelm
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1200
  11. The use of khat among youths can be harmful leading to decreased academic performance, increased risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases or other psychiatric symptoms. It is believed to...

    Authors: Marelign Tilahun and Gistane Ayele
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1199
  12. The metabolic syndrome (MS) is a complex of risk factors for cardiovascular disease. This syndrome increases the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality. It has been demonstrated that ...

    Authors: Fernanda de Carvalho Vidigal, Josefina Bressan, Nancy Babio and Jordi Salas-Salvadó
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1198
  13. Physical activity patterns have been shown to change significantly across the transition to retirement. As most older adults approach retirement as part of a couple, a better understanding of how spousal pairs...

    Authors: Inka Barnett, Cornelia Guell and David Ogilvie
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1197
  14. Cervical screening is currently recommended every two years in sexually active women aged 18-20 to 69 years in Australia. Direct replacement of conventional cytology with liquid-based cytology (LBC) for cervic...

    Authors: Nayyereh Aminisani, Bruce K Armstrong and Karen Canfell
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1196
  15. There is a rapidly growing public awareness of mental health problems among Vietnamese secondary school students. This study aims to determine the prevalence of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation, to i...

    Authors: Dat Tan Nguyen, Christine Dedding, Tam Thi Pham, Pamela Wright and Joske Bunders
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1195
  16. Self-reported body weight is often used for calculation of Body Mass Index because it is easy to collect. Little is known about sources of error introduced by using bathroom scales to measure weight at home. T...

    Authors: Meredith Yorkin, Kim Spaccarotella, Jennifer Martin-Biggers, Virginia Quick and Carol Byrd-Bredbenner
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1194
  17. The incidences of childhood overweight and obesity have increased substantially and with them the prevalence of associated somatic and psychiatric health problems. Therefore, it is important to identify modifi...

    Authors: Matthias Grube, Sarah Bergmann, Anja Keitel, Katharina Herfurth-Majstorovic, Verena Wendt, Kai von Klitzing and Annette M Klein
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1193
  18. The physical and social environments at schools are related to students’ moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) levels. The purpose of this study was to explore the interactive effects of the school phy...

    Authors: Brenton Button, Stephen Trites and Ian Janssen
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1191
  19. Numerous worksite health promotion program (WHPPs) have been implemented the past years to improve employees’ health and lifestyle (i.e., physical activity, nutrition, smoking, alcohol use and relaxation). Res...

    Authors: Debbie Wierenga, Luuk H Engbers, Pepijn Van Empelen, Saskia Duijts, Vincent H Hildebrandt and Willem Van Mechelen
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1190
  20. To date, only a small amount of research on bonding/bridging social capital has separately examined their effects on health though they have been thought to have differential effects on health outcomes. By usi...

    Authors: Yoko Kishimoto, Etsuji Suzuki, Toshihide Iwase, Hiroyuki Doi and Soshi Takao
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1189
  21. Health Impact Assessment (HIA) involves assessing how proposals may alter the determinants of health prior to implementation and recommends changes to enhance positive and mitigate negative impacts. HIAs growi...

    Authors: Fiona Haigh, Fran Baum, Andrew L Dannenberg, Mark F Harris, Ben Harris-Roxas, Helen Keleher, Lynn Kemp, Richard Morgan, Harrison NG Chok, Jeff Spickett and Elizabeth Harris
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1188
  22. Early childhood is recognised as a key developmental phase with implications for social, academic, health and wellbeing outcomes in later childhood and indeed throughout the adult lifespan. Community level dat...

    Authors: Lisa Marks Woolfson, Rosemary Geddes, Stephanie McNicol, Josephine N Booth and John Frank
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1187
  23. The transtheoretical model (TTM) is a common framework for studies of smoking cessation. Using the TTM, several instruments were developed to measure to what extent interventions could make changes in people’s...

    Authors: Fatemeh Sarbandi, Shamsaddin Niknami, Alireza Hidarnia, Ebrahim Hajizadeh and Ali Montazeri
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1186
  24. Management of Type 1 diabetes comes with substantial personal and psychological demands particularly during adolescence, placing young people at significant risk for mental health problems. Supportive parentin...

    Authors: Naomi J Hackworth, Jan Matthews, Kylie Burke, Zvezdana Petrovic, Britt Klein, Elisabeth A Northam, Michael Kyrios, Lisa Chiechomski and Fergus J Cameron
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1185
  25. Health promotion interventions are often complex and not easily transferable from one setting to another. The objective of this article is to present the development of a tool to analyze the transferability of...

    Authors: Linda Cambon, Laetitia Minary, Valery Ridde and François Alla
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1184
  26. In high income countries, vaccine-preventable diseases have been greatly reduced through routine vaccination programs. Despite this success, many parents question, and a small proportion even refuse vaccinatio...

    Authors: Irene A Harmsen, Liesbeth Mollema, Robert AC Ruiter, Theo GW Paulussen, Hester E de Melker and Gerjo Kok
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1183
  27. Childhood obesity is a recognised public health problem and around 25% of Australian children are overweight or obese. A major contributor is the obesogenic environment which encourages over consumption of ene...

    Authors: Tracy A Comans, Jennifer A Whitty, Andrew P Hills, Elizabeth Kendall, Erika Turkstra, Louisa G Gordon, Josh M Byrnes and Paul A Scuffham
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1182
  28. Zimbabwe is one of the five countries worst affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic with HIV infection contributing increasingly to childhood morbidity and mortality. Among the children born to HIV positive mothers ...

    Authors: Stella Ngwende, Notion T Gombe, Stanley Midzi, Mufuta Tshimanga, Gerald Shambira and Addmore Chadambuka
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1181
  29. Several studies regarding the effect of retirement on physical as well as mental health have been performed, but the results thereof remain inconclusive. The aim of this review is to systematically summarise t...

    Authors: Iris van der Heide, Rogier M van Rijn, Suzan JW Robroek, Alex Burdorf and Karin I Proper
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1180
  30. Smoking during pregnancy is known to negatively affect pregnancy outcomes and it has been associated with numerous complications during pregnancy. Smoking is more common in younger pregnant women, but previous...

    Authors: Reeta Lamminpää, Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen, Mika Gissler and Seppo Heinonen
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1179
  31. Podoconiosis, or non-filarial elephantiasis, is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) characterised by swelling of the lower legs. When left untreated, this disfiguring condition has a significant social impact. ...

    Authors: Kebede Deribe, Sara Tomczyk, Elizabeth Mousley, Abreham Tamiru and Gail Davey
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1178
  32. Maaori are the Indigenous people of New Zealand and do not enjoy the same oral health status as the non-Indigenous majority. To overcome oral health disparities, the life course approach affords a valid founda...

    Authors: John R Broughton, Joyce Te H Maipi, Marie Person, W Murray Thomson, Kate C Morgaine, Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai, Jonathan Kilgour, Kay Berryman, Herenia P Lawrence and Lisa M Jamieson
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1177
  33. Smokers attend preferentially to cigarettes and other smoking-related cues in the environment, in what is known as an attentional bias. There is evidence that attentional bias may contribute to craving and fai...

    Authors: Rachna Begh, Marcus R Munafò, Saul Shiffman, Stuart G Ferguson, Linda Nichols, Mohammed A Mohammed, Roger L Holder, Stephen Sutton and Paul Aveyard
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1176
  34. Overweight and obesity prevalence is the highest at age 65–75 years in Lausanne (compared with younger classes). We aimed to describe 1) eating habits, daily physical activity (PA), and sports frequency in com...

    Authors: Nadia Danon-Hersch and Brigitte Santos-Eggimann
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1175
  35. Screen-based media (SBM) occupy a considerable portion of young peoples’ discretionary leisure time. The aim of this paper was to investigate whether distinct clusters of SBM use exist, and if so, to examine t...

    Authors: Leon Straker, Anne Smith, Beth Hands, Tim Olds and Rebecca Abbott
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1174
  36. People with intellectual disabilities (ID) have lower levels of physical activity and quality of life and they have a lot of barriers to face when taking part in physical activity. Other problems are the poor ...

    Authors: David Pérez-Cruzado and Antonio I Cuesta-Vargas
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1173
  37. Globally, diarrhea remains a leading killer of young children. In Sierra Leone, one in seven children die before their fifth birthday and diarrhea is a leading cause. Studies that emphasize the demand-side of ...

    Authors: Shannon A McMahon, Asha S George, Fatu Yumkella and Theresa Diaz
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1172
  38. Drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) has emerged as a major challenge toward TB control and prevention. In Lianyungang city, the extent and trend of drug resistant TB is not well known. The objective of the survey...

    Authors: Qiao Liu, Limei Zhu, Yan Shao, Honghuan Song, Guoli Li, Yang Zhou, Jinyan Shi, Chongqiao Zhong, Cheng Chen and Wei Lu
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1171
  39. Social inequalities in health are widely examined. But the reasons behind this phenomenon still remain unclear in parts. It is undisputed that the work environment plays a crucial role in this regard. However,...

    Authors: Oliver Hämmig and Georg F Bauer
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1170
  40. The 2009 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) changed mammography guidelines to recommend routine biennial screening starting at age 50. This study describes women’s awareness of, attitudes toward, and...

    Authors: Jennifer D Allen, Shirley Morrison Bluethmann, Margaret Sheets, Kelly Morrison Opdyke, Kathryn Gates-Ferris, Marc Hurlbert and Elizabeth Harden
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1169
  41. The use of ecstasy is a public health problem and is associated with a range of social costs and harms. In recent years, there has been growing concern about the availability and misuse of new and emerging dru...

    Authors: Katrina E Champion, Maree Teesson and Nicola C Newton
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1168
  42. Micronutrient deficiencies (MNDs) are a chronic lack of vitamins and minerals and constitute a huge public health problem. MNDs have severe health consequences and are particularly harmful during early childho...

    Authors: Simon Wieser, Rafael Plessow, Klaus Eichler, Olivia Malek, Mario V Capanzana, Imelda Agdeppa and Urs Bruegger
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1167
  43. Walking to school is associated with higher levels of physical activity. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between school travel mode and physical activity using a sampling frame that p...

    Authors: Guy Faulkner, Michelle Stone, Ron Buliung, Bonny Wong and Raktim Mitra
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1166
  44. Seafaring is a risky occupation when compared to land-based industries as incidence rates of mortality and morbidity are higher. This trend is partly due to a higher number of accidents but also higher inciden...

    Authors: Lulu Hjarnoe and Anja Leppin
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1165
  45. In the Netherlands, suspected cases of child maltreatment can be reported to an advice and reporting center on child abuse and neglect (Advies- en Meldpunt Kindermishandeling or AMK). AMKs investigate these re...

    Authors: Froukje Snoeren, Cees Hoefnagels, Francien Lamers-Winkelman, Paul Baeten and Silvia MAA Evers
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1164
  46. The aims of this study were to estimate the prevalence of Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS) in adolescence, and to examine the association to insomnia and school non-attendance.

    Authors: Børge Sivertsen, Ståle Pallesen, Kjell Morten Stormark, Tormod Bøe, Astri J Lundervold and Mari Hysing
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1163
  47. The role of obesity in the prevalence and clustering of multimorbidity, the occurrence of two or more chronic conditions, is understudied. We estimated the prevalence of multimorbidity by obesity status, and t...

    Authors: Calypse B Agborsangaya, Emmanuel Ngwakongnwi, Markus Lahtinen, Tim Cooke and Jeffrey A Johnson
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1161
  48. This pilot study aimed at investigating the effectiveness of lowering playground density on increasing children’s physical activity and decreasing sedentary time. Also the feasibility of this intervention was ...

    Authors: Sara D’Haese, Delfien Van Dyck, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij and Greet Cardon
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1154
  49. Selenium (Se) is a necessary element for the biosynthesis of thyroid hormones. We investigated the relationship between selenium status, thyroid volume, and goiter in a cross-sectional study in an iodine-suffi...

    Authors: Yang Liu, Hui Huang, Jing Zeng and Chengjun Sun
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:1153

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