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  1. Many diabetic patients fear visual loss as the worst consequence of diabetes. In most studies the main eye pathology is assigned as the cause of visual impairment. This study analysed a broad range of possible...

    Authors: Niels de Fine Olivarius, Volkert Siersma, Gitte Juul Almind and Niels Vesti Nielsen
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:80
  2. More than a year after an influenza pandemic was declared in June 2009, the World Health Organization declared the pandemic to be over. Evaluations of the pandemic response are beginning to appear in the publi...

    Authors: Heath A Kelly, Patricia C Priest, Geoffry N Mercer and Gary K Dowse
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:78
  3. The purpose of this study was to quantify the contribution of comorbidity to activity limitations in populations with chronic cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory disease (index conditions), with em...

    Authors: Morgan Slater, Anthony V Perruccio and Elizabeth M Badley
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:77
  4. Indigenous Australians experience poorer health than other Australians. Poor diet may contribute to this, and be related to their generally lower socioeconomic status (SES). Even within Indigenous populations,...

    Authors: Allison Hodge, Joan Cunningham, Louise Maple-Brown, Terry Dunbar and Kerin O'Dea
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:76
  5. Stop smoking medications significantly increase the likelihood of smoking cessation. However, there are no population-based studies of stop-smoking medication use in China, the largest tobacco market in the wo...

    Authors: Jilan Yang, David Hammond, Pete Driezen, Richard J O'Connor, Qiang Li, Hua-Hie Yong, Geoffrey T Fong and Yuan Jiang
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:75
  6. Large numbers of unmarried migrants are on the continuous move from rural-to-urban areas within China mainland, meanwhile their Reproductive Health (RH) is underserved when it is compared with the present urba...

    Authors: Zhiyong Liu, Minmin Zhu, Hassan H Dib, Zi Li, Shuhua Shi and Zengzhen Wang
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:74
  7. School closure was employed as a non-pharmaceutical intervention against pandemic 2009 H1N1, particularly during the first wave. More than 700 schools in the United States were closed. However, closure decisio...

    Authors: Tamar Klaiman, John D Kraemer and Michael A Stoto
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:73
  8. GHPSS is a school-based survey that collects self-administered data from students in regular classroom settings. GHPSS produces representative data at the national or city level in each country. This study aim...

    Authors: Charles W Warren, Dhirendra N Sinha, Juliette Lee, Veronica Lea and Nathan R Jones
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:72
  9. Wartime stress has been associated with increased late-life mortality of all causes of death. We evaluated whether wounded Finnish World War II veterans who were alive at the age of 55 have increased long-term...

    Authors: Tarja Kunnas, Tiina Solakivi, Jaana Renko, Anne Kalela and Seppo T Nikkari
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:71
  10. Disadvantaged groups are an important target for smoking cessation intervention. Smoking rates are markedly higher among severely socially disadvantaged groups such as indigenous people, the homeless, people w...

    Authors: Billie Bonevski, Christine Paul, Catherine D'Este, Robert Sanson-Fisher, Robert West, Afaf Girgis, Mohammad Siahpush and Robert Carter
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:70
  11. Combat-intense, lengthy, and multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan have characterized the new millennium. The US military's all-volunteer force has never been better trained and technologically equipped...

    Authors: Tyler C Smith, Isabel G Jacobson, Tomoko I Hooper, Cynthia A LeardMann, Edward J Boyko, Besa Smith, Gary D Gackstetter, Timothy S Wells, Paul J Amoroso, Gregory C Gray, James R Riddle and Margaret AK Ryan
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:69
  12. The prevalence of obesity and overweight in youth has increased dramatically since the 1980s, and some researchers hypothesize that increased consumption of low-nutrient, energy-dense foods is a key contributo...

    Authors: Philip H Howard, Margaret Fitzpatrick and Brian Fulfrost
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:68
  13. Because of the quick development and widespread use of mobile phones, and their vast effect on communication and interactions, it is important to study possible negative health effects of mobile phone exposure...

    Authors: Sara Thomée, Annika Härenstam and Mats Hagberg
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:66
  14. Obesity treatment is by large ineffective long term, and more emphasis on the prevention of excessive weight gain in childhood and adolescence is warranted. To inform energy balance related behaviour (EBRB) ch...

    Authors: Maartje M van Stralen, Saskia J te Velde, Amika S Singh, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Marloes K Martens, Maria van der Sluis, Yannis Manios, Evangelia Grammatikaki, Mai JM Chinapaw¹, Lea Maes, Elling Bere, Jorgen Jensen, Luis Moreno, Nataša Jan, Dénes Molnár, Helen Moore…
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:65
  15. Injecting drugs is the major driving force of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic in Northeastern India. We have assessed the spatial distribution of locations where injecting drug users (IDU) congrega...

    Authors: Gajendra Kumar Medhi, Jagadish Mahanta, Rajatashuvra Adhikary, Brogen S Akoijam, Buno Liegise, Kalpana Sarathy, Chelliah Joshua Thomas and Bhupen Sarmah
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:64
  16. Vaginitis is a common complaint in primary care. In uncomplicated candidal vaginitis, there are no differences in effectiveness between oral or vaginal treatment. Some studies describe that the preferred treat...

    Authors: Isabel Del-Cura González, Francisca García-de-Blas González, Teresa Sanz Cuesta, Jesús Martín Fernández, Justo M Del-Alamo Rodríguez, Rosa A Escriva Ferrairo, M del Canto De-Hoyos Alonso, Laura Balsalobre Arenas, Ricardo Rodríguez Barrientos, Elisa Ceresuela Wiesmann, Cristina De-Alba Romero, Yolanda Ginés Díaz, Ana Pastor Rodríguez-Moñino, Blanca Gutiérrez Teira, Marta Sánchez-Celaya del Pozo, Jesús Fernández Horcajuelo…
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:63
  17. In developing countries, overweight prevalence is increasing while underweight prevalence is still high. This situation is known as the double nutrition burden. Both underweight and overweight are related to i...

    Authors: Do TP Ha, Edith JM Feskens, Paul Deurenberg, Le B Mai, Nguyen C Khan and Frans J Kok
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:62
  18. 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
  19. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) are a major cause for concern in public health and the main causes of sick leave. Treatments for WMSD have given disappointing results; prevention is the best stra...

    Authors: Antonio C Santos, Markus Bredemeier, Karen F Rosa, Vinicius A Amantéa and Ricardo M Xavier
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:60
  20. Limited attention has been paid to the issue of reproductive health as it affects women with intellectual disabilities, despite reproductive health being a vital issue in public health policy for women in the ...

    Authors: Lan-Ping Lin, Pei-Ying Lin, Shang-Wei Hsu, Ching-Hui Loh, Jin-Ding Lin, Chia-Im Lai, Wu-Chien Chien and Fu-Gong Lin
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:59
  21. Increasing concern about the negative impact of alcohol on the Australian community has renewed calls for tighter regulatory controls. This paper reviews levels of and trends in public support for liquor contr...

    Authors: Claire Tobin, A Rob Moodie and Charles Livingstone
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:58
  22. Working women of childbearing age are a vital part of the population. Following childbirth, this group of women can experience a myriad of physical and mental health problems that can interfere with their abil...

    Authors: Kimi Uegaki, Suzanne GM Stomp-van den Berg, Martine C de Bruijne, Mireille NM van Poppel, Martijn W Heymans, Willem van Mechelen and Maurits W van Tulder
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:57
  23. Premature death from suicide is a leading cause of death worldwide. However, the pattern and risk factors for suicide and other external cause injuries are not well understood. This study investigates mortalit...

    Authors: Casey M Rebholz, Dongfeng Gu, Wenjie Yang, Jing Chen, Xigui Wu, Jian-feng Huang, Ji-chun Chen, Chung-Shiuan Chen, Tanika N Kelly, Xiufang Duan, Lydia A Bazzano and Jiang He
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:56
  24. The development of a successful new tuberculosis (TB) vaccine would circumvent many limitations of current diagnostic and treatment practices. However, vaccine development is complex and costly. We aimed to as...

    Authors: Chia-Lin Tseng, Olivia Oxlade, Dick Menzies, Anne Aspler and Kevin Schwartzman
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:55
  25. Most textbooks contains messages relating to health. This profuse information requires analysis with regards to the quality of such information. The objective was to identify the scientific evidence on which t...

    Authors: Inés M Barrio-Cantalejo, Luisa M Ayudarte-Larios, Mariano Hernán-García, Pablo Simón-Lorda, José Francisco García-Gutiérrez and Jesús Martínez-Tapias
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:54
  26. Continuing comprehensive assessment of population health gap is essential for effective health planning. This paper assessed changes in the magnitude and pattern of disease burden in Thailand between 1999 and ...

    Authors: Kanitta Bundhamcharoen, Patarapan Odton, Sirinya Phulkerd and Viroj Tangcharoensathien
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:53
  27. Previous studies have reported an excess burden of cancer and mortality in populations with chronic hepatitis B (HBV) or C (HCV), but there are limited data comparing hospitalization rates. In this study, we c...

    Authors: Heather F Gidding, Gregory J Dore, Janaki Amin and Matthew G Law
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:52
  28. In 2003 the Chinese government introduced voluntary cooperative medical schemes (CMS), soon to be in place throughout rural China. Families who chose to enroll do so as a single unit and nothing is known about...

    Authors: Qicheng Jiang, Zhen Jiang, Ming Zhao, Jie Tao, Chunsun Ling and Nicola Cherry
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:50
  29. Overweight (Body Mass Index [BMI] ≥ 25 kg/m2) and obesity (BMI≥ 30 kg/m2) are associated with increased cardiovascular risk, posing a considerable burden to public health. The main aim of this study was to invest...

    Authors: Johanna C Dekkers, Marieke F van Wier, Geertje AM Ariëns, Ingrid JM Hendriksen, Nico P Pronk, Tjabe Smid and Willem van Mechelen
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:49
  30. Dietary studies differ in design and quality making it difficult to compare results. This study quantifies the prospective association between dietary energy density (DED) and adiposity in children using a met...

    Authors: Désirée C Wilks, Adrian P Mander, Susan A Jebb, Simon G Thompson, Stephen J Sharp, Rebecca M Turner and Anna Karin Lindroos
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:48
  31. Breast cancer screening continues to be underutilized by the population in general, but is particularly underutilized by traditionally underserved minority populations. Two of the most at risk female minority ...

    Authors: Kimberly K Engelman, Ana Paula Cupertino, Christine M Daley, Trish Long, Angelia Cully, Matthew S Mayo, Edward F Ellerbeck, Mugur V Geana and Allen Greiner
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:47
  32. Folic acid (FA) added to foods during fortification is 70-85% bioavailable compared to 50% of folate occurring naturally in foods. Thus, if FA supplements also are taken during pregnancy, both mother and fetus...

    Authors: Cathrine Hoyo, Amy P Murtha, Joellen M Schildkraut, Michele R Forman, Brian Calingaert, Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Joanne Kurtzberg, Randy L Jirtle and Susan K Murphy
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:46
  33. Great variability in breast cancer (BC) treatment practices according to patient, tumour or organisation of care characteristics has been reported but the relation between these factors is not well known. In t...

    Authors: Marie Lebeau, Simone Mathoulin-Pélissier, Carine Bellera, Christine Tunon-de-Lara, Alain Daban, Francis Lipinski, Dominique Jaubert, Pierre Ingrand and Virginie Migeot
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:45
  34. Estimates of the risk of developing Crohn's disease (CD) can be made using DNA testing for mutations in the NOD2 (CARD15) gene, family history, and smoking status. Smoking doubles the risk of CD, a risk that i...

    Authors: Sophia CL Whitwell, Christopher G Mathew, Cathryn M Lewis, Alastair Forbes, Sally Watts, Jeremy Sanderson, Gareth J Hollands, A Toby Prevost, David Armstrong, Ann Louise Kinmonth, Stephen Sutton and Theresa M Marteau
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:44
  35. The poor face geographical, socio-cultural and health system barriers in accessing tuberculosis care. These may cause delays to timely diagnosis and treatment resulting in more advanced disease and continued t...

    Authors: Verena Mauch, Naomi Woods, Beatrice Kirubi, Hillary Kipruto, Joseph Sitienei and Eveline Klinkenberg
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:43
  36. Socioeconomic gradients in health persist despite public health campaigns and improvements in healthcare. The Psychosocial and Biological Determinants of Ill-health (pSoBid) study was designed to uncover novel...

    Authors: Chris J Packard, Vladimir Bezlyak, Jennifer S McLean, G David Batty, Ian Ford, Harry Burns, Jonathan Cavanagh, Kevin A Deans, Marion Henderson, Agnes McGinty, Keith Millar, Naveed Sattar, Paul G Shiels, Yoga N Velupillai and Carol Tannahill
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:42
  37. A randomized control trial was performed to test whether a lifestyle intervention program, carried out in a primary healthcare setting using existing resources, can reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes in J...

    Authors: Naoki Sakane, Juichi Sato, Kazuyo Tsushita, Satoru Tsujii, Kazuhiko Kotani, Kokoro Tsuzaki, Makoto Tominaga, Shoji Kawazu, Yuzo Sato, Takeshi Usui, Isao Kamae, Toshihide Yoshida, Yutaka Kiyohara, Shigeaki Sato and Hideshi Kuzuya
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:40
  38. It is estimated that there are up to 1.1 million injection drug users (IDUs) in India; the majority are likely married. We characterize HIV, hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) prevalence and the risk envi...

    Authors: Sunil S Solomon, Aylur K Srikrishnan, David D Celentano, Sethulakshmi C Johnson, Canjeevaram K Vasudevan, Kailapuri G Murugavel, Santhanam Anand, M Suresh Kumar, Suniti Solomon and Shruti H Mehta
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:39
  39. Previous research points to differences between predictors of intention to screen for colorectal cancer (CRC) and screening behavior, and suggests social ecological factors may influence screening behavior. Th...

    Authors: Tess A Gregory, Carlene Wilson, Amy Duncan, Deborah Turnbull, Stephen R Cole and Graeme Young
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:38
  40. Current smoking cessation treatments focus on addressing the pharmacological dependence of smokers on nicotine. However, new strategies are needed that address both nicotine dependence and the psychological de...

    Authors: Natalie K Walker, Colin Howe, Chris Bullen, Michele Grigg, Marewa Glover, Hayden McRobbie, Murray Laugesen, Stephen Vander Hoorn and Robyn Whittaker
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:37
  41. Obesity is associated with metabolic risk factors. Body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, waist-hip ratio (WHR) and waist-height ratio (WHtR) are used to predict the risk of obesity related diseases. Howe...

    Authors: Yong Liu, Guanghui Tong, Weiwei Tong, Liping Lu and Xiaosong Qin
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:35
  42. Childhood overweight and obesity is the most prevalent and, arguably, politically complex child health problem internationally. Governments, communities and industry have important roles to play, and are incre...

    Authors: Elizabeth Waters, Rebecca Armstrong, Boyd Swinburn, Laurence Moore, Maureen Dobbins, Laurie Anderson, Mark Petticrew, Rachel Clark, Rebecca Conning, Marj Moodie and Robert Carter
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:34
  43. Although Campylobacter is the leading cause of reported bacterial gastro-enteritis in industrialized countries, little is known on its recurrence. The objective of this study is to describe the risk and the patie...

    Authors: Julie Arsenault, André Ravel, Pascal Michel, Olaf Berke and Pierre Gosselin
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:32
  44. A previous study found that the prevalence of contamination with bacteria of faecal-origin on the hands of men differed across UK cities, with a general trend of increased contamination in northern cities. The...

    Authors: Laura Dodrill, Wolf-Peter Schmidt, Emma Cobb, Peter Donachie, Valerie Curtis and Mícheál de Barra
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:31
  45. Following the emergence of the influenza A(H1N1)2009 virus, the French ministry of health decided to offer free vaccination against pandemic influenza to the entire French population. Groups of people were def...

    Authors: Sophie Vaux, Dieter Van Cauteren, Jean-Paul Guthmann, Yann Le Strat, Véronique Vaillant, Henriette de Valk and Daniel Lévy-Bruhl
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:30
  46. Dental caries (decay) is an international public health challenge, especially amongst young children. Early Childhood Caries is a rapidly progressing disease leading to severe pain, anxiety, sepsis and sleep l...

    Authors: Amit Arora, Jane A Scott, Sameer Bhole, Loc Do, Eli Schwarz and Anthony S Blinkhorn
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:28

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