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  1. Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease that has an impact on the Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) of sufferers as well as their children. To date, no study has investigated the effects of parental lepro...

    Authors: Nobuko Yamaguchi, Krishna C Poudel and Masamine Jimba
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:22
  2. Governments sometimes face important decisions in the absence of direct evidence. In these cases, expert elicitation methods can be used to quantify uncertainty. We report the results of an expert elicitation ...

    Authors: Rachel Pechey, David Spiegelhalter and Theresa M Marteau
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:18
  3. The effectiveness of paraprofessional home-visitations on improving the circumstances of disadvantaged families is unclear. The purpose of this paper is to systematically review the effectiveness of paraprofes...

    Authors: Shelley Peacock, Stephanie Konrad, Erin Watson, Darren Nickel and Nazeem Muhajarine
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:17
  4. Health administrative data is increasingly being used for chronic disease surveillance. This study explored agreement between administrative and survey data for ascertainment of seven key chronic diseases, usi...

    Authors: Elizabeth Muggah, Erin Graves, Carol Bennett and Douglas G Manuel
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:16
  5. Administrative databases are widely available and have been extensively used to provide estimates of chronic disease prevalence for the purpose of surveillance of both geographical and temporal trends. There a...

    Authors: Rosa Gini, Paolo Francesconi, Giampiero Mazzaglia, Iacopo Cricelli, Alessandro Pasqua, Pietro Gallina, Salvatore Brugaletta, Daniele Donato, Andrea Donatini, Alessandro Marini, Carlo Zocchetti, Claudio Cricelli, Gianfranco Damiani, Mariadonata Bellentani, Miriam CJM Sturkenboom and Martijn J Schuemie
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:15
  6. The increasing numbers of colonias along the U.S.-Mexico border are characterized by disproportionately poor families of Mexican-origin, limited access to resources and health services, and heightened risk for ob...

    Authors: M Renée Umstattd Meyer, Joseph R Sharkey, Megan S Patterson and Wesley R Dean
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:14
  7. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer experienced by women worldwide; however, screening techniques are very effective for reducing the risk of death. The national cervical cancer screening program was imp...

    Authors: Shih-Yung Su, Jing-Yang Huang, Chien-Chang Ho and Yung-Po Liaw
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:13
  8. Obesity is regarded as a potential risk factor for atopy. The aim of this study was to assess the associations of obesity with atopic dermatitis, rhinitis, asthma and food allergy in Chinese adults.

    Authors: Xiao Luo, Jing Xiang, Xiaohui Dong, Fuwen Cai, Jianing Suo, Zhiqiang Wang and Meina Liu
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:12
  9. Malnutrition is one of the principal causes of child mortality in developing countries including Bangladesh. According to our knowledge, most of the available studies, that addressed the issue of malnutrition ...

    Authors: Mohammad Mafijul Islam, Morshed Alam, Md Tariquzaman, Mohammad Alamgir Kabir, Rokhsona Pervin, Munni Begum and Md Mobarak Hossain Khan
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:11
  10. Gambling disorders affect about one percent of adults. Effective treatments are available but only a small proportion of affected individuals will choose to attend formal treatment. As a result, self-directed ...

    Authors: David C Hodgins, Gordon H Fick, Robert Murray and John A Cunningham
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:10
  11. Three National Health and Morbidity Surveys (NHMSs) had been conducted in Malaysia in 10-year intervals from 1986–2006. Based on the latest NHMS survey in 2006, we describe the prevalence of smoking and identi...

    Authors: Hock Kuang Lim, Sumarni Mohd Ghazali, Cheong Chee Kee, Kuay Kuang Lim, Ying Ying Chan, Huey Chien Teh, Ahmad Faudzi Mohd Yusoff, Gurpreet Kaur, Zarihah Mohd Zain, Mohamad Haniki Nik Mohamad and Sallehuddin Salleh
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:8
  12. Although rural Canadians are reported to have higher rates of diabetes than others, little is known about the relative influence of known versus agriculture-related risk factors. The purpose of this research w...

    Authors: Roland Dyck, Chandima Karunanayake, Punam Pahwa, Louise Hagel, Josh Lawson, Donna Rennie and James Dosman
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:7
  13. Working-aged individuals diagnosed and treated for cancer require support and assistance to make decisions regarding work. However, healthcare professionals do not consider the work-related needs of patients a...

    Authors: Fehmidah Munir, Katryna Kalawsky, Deborah J Wallis and Emma Donaldson-Feilder
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:6
  14. Physical activity is essential for older peoples’ physical and mental health and for maintaining independence. Guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes weekly, of at least moderate intensity physical activity...

    Authors: Tess Harris, Sally Kerry, Christina Victor, Ulf Ekelund, Alison Woodcock, Steve Iliffe, Peter Whincup, Carole Beighton, Michael Ussher, Lee David, Debbie Brewin, Fredrika Adams, Annabelle Rogers and Derek Cook
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:5
  15. Suicide, a social phenomenon, is a major health problem in most countries. Yet data relating to the role social factors play in the development of this condition are lacking, with some factors shrouded in grea...

    Authors: Milad Nazarzadeh, Zeinab Bidel, Erfan Ayubi, Khirollah Asadollahi, Kristin V Carson and Kourosh Sayehmiri
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:4
  16. Although adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have previously been demonstrated to be adversely associated with a variety of health outcomes in adulthood, their specific association with sleep among adults has...

    Authors: Daniel P Chapman, Yong Liu, Letitia R Presley-Cantrell, Valerie J Edwards, Anne G Wheaton, Geraldine S Perry and Janet B Croft
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:3
  17. Quality and essential health information is considered one of the most cost-effective interventions to improve health for a developing country. Healthcare portals have revolutionalized access to health informa...

    Authors: Rajesh Khanna, N Karikalan, Anil Kumar Mishra, Anchal Agarwal, Madhulekha Bhattacharya and Jayanta K Das
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:2
  18. This paper describes efforts to generate evidence for community-developed programs to enhance family relationships in the Chinese culture of Hong Kong, within the framework of community-based participatory res...

    Authors: Cecilia S Fabrizio, Malia R Hirschmann, Tai Hing Lam, Teresa Cheung, Irene Pang, Sophia Chan and Sunita M Stewart
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1129
  19. Although knowledge on single health-related behaviors and their association with health parameters is available, research on multiple health-related behaviors is needed to understand the interactions among the...

    Authors: Sarah Spengler, Filip Mess, Nadine Mewes, Gert BM Mensink and Alexander Woll
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1128
  20. The first 18 months of life are the most important for long-term childhood well-being. Anemia and malnutrition occurring in this key period have serious implications for individuals and societies, especially i...

    Authors: Wenfang Yang, Xu Li, Ying Li, Shuiping Zhang, Liming Liu, Xiang Wang and Weimin Li
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1127
  21. Cardiovascular diseases and cancer are jointly responsible for more than half all deaths in Portugal. They also share some important risk factors and act as mutual competing risks. We aimed firstly to describe...

    Authors: Marta Pereira, Bárbara Peleteiro, Simon Capewell, Kathleen Bennett, Ana Azevedo and Nuno Lunet
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1126
  22. Motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) that result in one or more fatalities on the 400-series Highways represent a serious public health problem in Ontario, and were estimated to have cost $11 billion in 2004. To da...

    Authors: Damian Rzeznikiewiz, Hala Tamim and Alison K Macpherson
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1125
  23. High rates of mental health disorders have been reported in veterans returning from deployment to Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom: OEF) and Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom: OIF); however, less is known a...

    Authors: Michael J Falvo, Jorge M Serrador, Lisa M McAndrew, Helena K Chandler, Shou-En Lu and Karen S Quigley
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1124
  24. In Australia there have been many calls for government action to halt the effects of unhealthy food marketing on children's health, yet implementation has not occurred. The attitudes of those involved in the p...

    Authors: Alexandra Chung, Jane Shill, Boyd Swinburn, Helen Mavoa, Mark Lawrence, Bebe Loff, Bradley Crammond, Gary Sacks, Steven Allender and Anna Peeters
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1123
  25. To determine the association between social deprivation and the prevalence of caries (including caries lesions restricted to enamel) and enamel fluorosis in areas that are served by either fluoridated or non-f...

    Authors: Michael G McGrady, Roger P Ellwood, Anne Maguire, Michaela Goodwin, Nicola Boothman and Iain A Pretty
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1122
  26. Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health problems among women, with various negative impacts both for the women concerned and their families. Greater understanding of developmental trajectories...

    Authors: Anni Skipstein, Harald Janson, Anne Kjeldsen, Wendy Nilsen and Kristin S Mathiesen
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1120
  27. Inequity in access to and use of child and maternal health interventions is impeding progress towards the maternal and child health Millennium Development Goals. This study explores the potential health gains ...

    Authors: George M Ruhago, Frida N Ngalesoni and Ole F Norheim
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1119
  28. Hospital HIV care and public sexual health care (a Sexual Health Care Centre) services were integrated to provide sexual health counselling and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) testing and treatment (sex...

    Authors: Nicole HTM Dukers-Muijrers, Carlijn Somers, Christian JPA Hoebe, Selwyn H Lowe, Anne-Marie EJWM Niekamp, Astrid Oude Lashof, Cathrien AMVH Bruggeman and Hubertus JM Vrijhoef
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1118
  29. In the aftermath of major terrorist incidents research shows population shifts towards protective behaviours, including specific preparedness and avoidance responses. Less is known about individual preparednes...

    Authors: Garry Stevens, Kingsley Agho, Melanie Taylor, Alison L Jones, Margo Barr and Beverley Raphael
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1117
  30. Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) is a zoonotic viral disease transmitted by ixodid tick bites, mainly of Hyalomma spp., or through contact with blood/tissues from infected people or animals. CCHF is endemi...

    Authors: Fenicia M Vescio, Luca Busani, Lapo Mughini-Gras, Cristina Khoury, Luca Avellis, Evgenia Taseva, Giovanni Rezza and Iva Christova
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1116
  31. The national Global Fund-supported malaria (GFM) program in Thailand, which focuses on the household-level implementation of vector control via insecticide-treated nets (ITNs)/long-lasting insecticidal nets (L...

    Authors: Pratana Satitvipawee, Warunnee Wongkhang, Sarika Pattanasin, Penprapai Hoithong and Adisak Bhumiratana
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1115
  32. Although mental health promotion is a priority mental health action area for all European countries, high level training resources and high quality skills acquisition in mental health promotion are still relat...

    Authors: Tim Greacen, Emmanuelle Jouet, Peter Ryan, Zoltan Cserhati, Vera Grebenc, Chris Griffiths, Bettina Hansen, Eithne Leahy, Ksenija Maravic da Silva, Amra Šabić, Angela De Marco and Paz Flores
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1114
  33. In the absence of reliable data, antenatal HIV surveillance has been used to monitor the HIV epidemic since the late 1980s. Currently, routine data from Prevention of Mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) p...

    Authors: Alemnesh H Mirkuzie, Mitike Molla Sisay, Sven Gudmund Hinderaker, Karen Marie Moland and Odd Mørkve
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1113
  34. Levels of knowledge about diabetes mellitus (DM) among newly diagnosed diabetics in Bangladesh are unknown. This study assessed the relationship between knowledge and practices among newly diagnosed type 2 DM ...

    Authors: Farzana Saleh, Shirin J Mumu, Ferdous Ara, Housne A Begum and Liaquat Ali
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1112
  35. Caregivers constitute an important informal workforce, often undervalued, facing challenges to maintain their caring role, health and wellbeing. Little is known about caregivers in middle-income countries like...

    Authors: Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan, David Harley, Sam-ang Seubsman and Adrian C Sleigh
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1111
  36. Tuberculosis is a devastating disease due to its rapid transmission and high rate of mortality. Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region (NHAR), located in the North-west, is one of the poorest provinces in China and nat...

    Authors: Yu Rong Yang, Donald P McManus, Darren J Gray, Xiao Ling Wang, Shu Kun Yang, Allen G Ross, Gail M Williams and Magda K Ellis
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1110
  37. Reviews have shown that depression is a risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes. However, there is limited evidence for general psychological distress to be associated with incident diabetes. The ai...

    Authors: Paula MC Mommersteeg, Raphael Herr, Wobbe P Zijlstra, Sven Schneider and François Pouwer
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1109
  38. Unintended pregnancy (mistimed or unwanted) remains an important health issue for women. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of and factors associated with risk of unintended pregnancy in...

    Authors: Jason Ong, Meredith Temple-Smith, William CW Wong, Kathleen McNamee and Christopher Fairley
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1108
  39. Paralleling the rapid growth in computers and internet connections, adolescent internet addiction (AIA) is becoming an increasingly serious problem, especially in developing countries. This study aims to explo...

    Authors: Jian Xu, Li-xiao Shen, Chong-huai Yan, Howard Hu, Fang Yang, Lu Wang, Sudha Rani Kotha, Li-na Zhang, Xiang-peng Liao, Jun Zhang, Feng-xiu Ouyang, Jin-song Zhang and Xiao-ming Shen
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1106
  40. Trachoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide. It is common in areas where the people are socio-economically deprived. The aim of this study was to assess active trachoma and associated risk...

    Authors: Kassahun Ketema, Moges Tiruneh, Desalegn Woldeyohannes and Dagnachew Muluye
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1105
  41. Simple global self-ratings of health (SRH) have become increasingly used in national and international public health monitoring, and in recent decades recommended as a standard part of health surveys. Monitori...

    Authors: Christina Halford, Thorne Wallman, Lennart Welin, Annika Rosengren, Annika Bardel, Saga Johansson, Henry Eriksson, Ed Palmer, Lars Wilhelmsen and Kurt Svärdsudd
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1103
  42. The influenza vaccination rate in hospitals among health care workers in Europe remains low. As there is a lack of research about management factors we assessed factors reported by administrators of general ho...

    Authors: Josien Riphagen-Dalhuisen, Joep CF Kuiphuis, Arjen R Procé, Willem Luytjes, Maarten J Postma and Eelko Hak
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1101
  43. At present, scientific consensus exists on the multifactorial etiopatogenia of obesity. Both professionals and researchers agree that treatment must also have a multifactorial approach, including diet, physica...

    Authors: Augusto G Zapico, Pedro J Benito, Marcela González-Gross, Ana B Peinado, Esther Morencos, Blanca Romero, Miguel A Rojo-Tirado, Rocio Cupeiro, Barbara Szendrei, Javier Butragueño, Maite Bermejo, María Alvarez-Sánchez, Miguel García-Fuentes, Carmen Gómez-Candela, Laura M Bermejo, Ceila Fernandez-Fernandez…
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1100

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