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  1. Numerous studies have examined the association between heavy metal contamination (including arsenic [As], cadmium [Cd], chromium [Cr], copper [Cu], mercury [Hg], nickel [Ni], lead [Pb], and zinc [Zn]) and lung...

    Authors: Hsien-Hung Huang, Jing-Yang Huang, Chia-Chi Lung, Chih-Lung Wu, Chien-Chang Ho, Yi-Hua Sun, Pei-Chieh Ko, Shih-Yung Su, Shih-Chang Chen and Yung-Po Liaw
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:330
  2. Sickness absence is a public health problem with economic consequences for individuals and society. Although sickness absence and chronic diseases are correlated, few studies exist concerning the role of chron...

    Authors: Brynja Ármannsdóttir, Ann-Charlotte Mårdby, Inger Haukenes and Gunnel Hensing
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:329
  3. Back problems and arthritis are common chronic conditions, while having back problems is a frequent reason for lost work time. The objective of this study was to investigate employment status amongst individua...

    Authors: Lauren Churcher, Christina H Chan and Elizabeth M Badley
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:326
  4. Primary care is an important setting for smoking cessation interventions. There is evidence for the effectiveness of tailored interventions for smoking cessation, and text messaging interventions for smoking c...

    Authors: Stephen Sutton, Susan Smith, James Jamison, Sue Boase, Dan Mason, A Toby Prevost, James Brimicombe, Melanie Sloan, Hazel Gilbert and Felix Naughton
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:324
  5. Since a decline in activity levels occurs in adolescence, active transport could be important to increase daily physical activity in older adolescents (17–18 years). To promote active transport, it is necessar...

    Authors: Dorien Simons, Peter Clarys, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Bas de Geus, Corneel Vandelanotte and Benedicte Deforche
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:323
  6. In 1988, WHO estimated around 787,000 newborns deaths due to neonatal tetanus. Despite few success stories majority of the Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) are still struggling to reduce neonatal mortal...

    Authors: Adeel Ahmed Khan, Aysha Zahidie and Fauziah Rabbani
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:322
  7. The Brazilian National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTCP) recommended the fixed-dose four-drug combination (FDC-RHZE) regimen to treat new tuberculosis cases in December 2009, expecting to increase adherence ...

    Authors: José Ueleres Braga, Deborah Araújo da Conceição and Anete Trajman
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:321
  8. Self-rated health (SRH), a subjective assessment of health status, is extensively used in the public health field. However, whether SRH can reflect the objective health status is still debatable. We aim to rev...

    Authors: Shunquan Wu, Rui Wang, Yanfang Zhao, Xiuqiang Ma, Meijing Wu, Xiaoyan Yan and Jia He
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:320
  9. It is a widely held notion that alcohol abuse is related to mental distress in the spouse. Research has substantiated this notion by showing a tendency for spouses of alcohol abusers to experience more mental ...

    Authors: Kamilla Rognmo, Fartein Ask Torvik, Espen Røysamb and Kristian Tambs
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:319
  10. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes has rapidly increased in the Taiwanese population with the increasing prevalence of a sedentary lifestyle and high-calorie dietary intake. This study aims to determine the ann...

    Authors: Cheng-Chieh Lin, Chia-Ing Li, Chih-Yi Hsiao, Chiu-Shong Liu, Sing-Yu Yang, Cheng-Chun Lee and Tsai-Chung Li
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:318
  11. Epidemic diphtheria is still poorly understood and continues to challenge both developing and developed countries. In the backdrop of poor immunization coverage, non-existent adult boosters, weak case based su...

    Authors: Revati K Phalkey, Rajesh V Bhosale, Abhijeet P Joshi, Sushil S Wakchoure, Muralidhar P Tambe, Pradip Awate and Michael Marx
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:317
  12. Low 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels are a global health problem with northern countries such as Canada at particular risk. A number of sociodemographic factors have been reported to be associated with low vitamin D...

    Authors: Christopher Naugler, Jianguo Zhang, Dan Henne, Paul Woods and Brenda R Hemmelgarn
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:316
  13. In 2008, a new forensic hospital was opened as a totally smoke-free facility. This study describes the attitudes and experience of mental health professionals working in the high secure mental health facility ...

    Authors: Angela M Hehir, Devon Indig, Shani Prosser and Vicki A Archer
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:315
  14. Dietary diversity is recognized as a key element of a high quality diet. However, diets that offer a greater variety of energy-dense foods could increase food intake and body weight. The aim of this study was ...

    Authors: Ranil Jayawardena, Nuala M Byrne, Mario J Soares, Prasad Katulanda, Bijesh Yadav and Andrew P Hills
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:314
  15. The number of elderly individuals living alone is rising, especially in rural areas of China, and their health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is an increasing public health concern. However, little is known a...

    Authors: Ning Liu, Lingxia Zeng, Zhe Li and Jue Wang
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:313
  16. Since malaria is one of the foremost public health problems in Ethiopia, assessment of situation of the disease, and communities’ knowledge and perceptions about malaria is necesary to institute appropriate pr...

    Authors: Andargie Abate, Abraham Degarege and Berhanu Erko
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:312
  17. To investigate the prevalence and risk factors of visual impairment associated with refractive error and the unmet need for spectacles in a special suburban senior population in Baoshan District of Shanghai, o...

    Authors: Mengjun Zhu, Xiaowei Tong, Rong Zhao, Xiangui He, Huijuan Zhao, Meiling Liu and Jianfeng Zhu
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:311
  18. In 2010, the Swedish government introduced a system of subsidies for occupational health (OH) service interventions, as a part in a general policy promoting early return to work. The aim of this study was to a...

    Authors: Christian Ståhl, Allan Toomingas, Carl Åborg, Kerstin Ekberg and Katarina Kjellberg
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:310
  19. The IPEN (International Physical Activity and Environment Network) Adult project seeks to conduct pooled analyses of associations of perceived neighborhood environment, as measured by the Neighborhood Environm...

    Authors: Ester Cerin, Terry L Conway, Kelli L Cain, Jacqueline Kerr, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Neville Owen, Rodrigo S Reis, Olga L Sarmiento, Erica A Hinckson, Deborah Salvo, Lars B Christiansen, Duncan J MacFarlane, Rachel Davey, Josef Mitáš, Ines Aguinaga-Ontoso and James F Sallis
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:309
  20. Rapid scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and limited access to genotyping assays in low-resource settings (LRS) are inevitably accompanied by an increasing risk of HIV drug resistance (HIVDR). The curren...

    Authors: Joseph Fokam, Serge C Billong, Bissek Anne C ZK, Etienne Kembou, Pascal Milenge, Ibile Abessouguie, Armand S Nkwescheu, Zephirin Tsomo, Avelin F Aghokeng, Grace D Ngute, Peter M Ndumbe, Vittorio Colizzi and Jean BN Elat
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:308
  21. Improving academic achievement and reducing the rates of obesity in elementary school students are both of considerable interest. Increased physical activity during academic instruction time during school offe...

    Authors: Joseph E Donnelly, Jerry L Greene, Cheryl A Gibson, Debra K Sullivan, David M Hansen, Charles H Hillman, John Poggio, Matthew S Mayo, Bryan K Smith, Kate Lambourne, Stephen D Herrmann, Mark Scudder, Jessica L Betts, Jeffery J Honas and Richard A Washburn
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:307
  22. The lack of conclusive results and the scarce use of the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI-III) in the study of the relationship between smoking and personality are the reasons that motivated the ...

    Authors: Bárbara Piñeiro, Ana López-Durán, Elena Fernández del Río, Úrsula Martínez and Elisardo Becoña
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:306
  23. Public authorities in European countries are paying increasing attention to the promotion of work ability throughout working life and the best method to monitor work ability in populations of workers is becomi...

    Authors: Mehdi El Fassi, Valery Bocquet, Nicole Majery, Marie Lise Lair, Sophie Couffignal and Philippe Mairiaux
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:305
  24. Intestinal parasitic infections are among the major public health problems in Sub-Saharan Africa. Their distribution is mainly associated with poor personal hygiene, environmental sanitation and limited access...

    Authors: Aschalew Gelaw, Belay Anagaw, Bethel Nigussie, Betrearon Silesh, Atnad Yirga, Meseret Alem, Mengistu Endris and Baye Gelaw
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:304
  25. Empirical evidence describing the psychosocial consequences of occupational injury is still limited. The effect of occupational injury on depression might pose unique challenges in workers compared with other ...

    Authors: Jaeyoung Kim
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:303
  26. The emergence of hookah is being noted on college campuses and in large U.S. cities and evidence points to an increasing trend for college students. The purpose of this study was to assess hookah use and ident...

    Authors: Tracey E Barnett, Thalia Smith, Ying He, Eric K Soule, Barbara A Curbow, Scott L Tomar and Christopher McCarty
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:302
  27. Weight gain during young adulthood is common and is associated with increased cardiovascular risk. Preventing this weight gain from occurring may be critical to improving long-term health. Few studies have foc...

    Authors: Rena R Wing, Deborah Tate, Mark Espeland, Amy Gorin, Jessica Gokee LaRose, Erica Ferguson Robichaud, Karen Erickson, Letitia Perdue, Judy Bahnson and Cora E Lewis
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:300
  28. Most studies on diabetes prevalence and awareness in China are regional or about a single province, and differences between coastal and interior provinces have not been discussed even in the nation-based studi...

    Authors: Shaoyong Xu, Jie Ming, Ying Xing, Bin Gao, Chunbao Yang, Qiuhe Ji and Gang Chen
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:299
  29. Health-related stigma adds to the physical and economic burdens experienced by people suffering from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Previous research into the NTD podoconiosis showed significant stigma to...

    Authors: Hannah Franklin, Abebayehu Tora, Kebede Deribe, Ayalu A Reda and Gail Davey
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:298
  30. Schistosomiasis transmission is typically focal. Understanding spatial variations of Schistosoma infections and their associated factors is important to help to invent site-specific intervention strategies.

    Authors: Yi-Biao Zhou, Song Liang, Geng-Xin Chen, Chris Rea, Shi-Min Han, Zong-Gui He, Yuan-Pei Li, Jian-Guo Wei, Gen-Ming Zhao and Qing-Wu Jiang
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:297
  31. Given the higher prevalence of risky sexual behaviors and substance use, adolescents and youths are at risk for HIV. Despite its importance, however, to the best of our knowledge, there are only a few research...

    Authors: Shenghui Li, Hong Huang, Gang Xu, Yong Cai, Fengrong Huang and Xiuxia Ye
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:295
  32. Serum γ-glutamyltransferase (GGT) and uric acid (UA) levels are elevated in patients with diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Prediabetes, characterized by impaired glucose tolerance, is an important risk fact...

    Authors: Jie Wu, Ling Qiu, Wen-hua Yan, Xin-qi Cheng, Wei Wu, Xiu-zhi Guo, Hai-tao Ding, Hui-juan Han, Shao-mei Han and Guang-jin Zhu
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:294
  33. Due to the aeging of the population, there is a societal need for workers to prolong their working lives. In the Netherlands, many employees still leave the workforce before the official retirement age of 65. ...

    Authors: Astrid de Wind, Goedele A Geuskens, Kerstin G Reeuwijk, Marjan J Westerman, Jan Fekke Ybema, Alex Burdorf, Paulien M Bongers and Allard J van der Beek
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:292
  34. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major preventable and treatable cause of morbidity and mortality. The ability to link population based centralized laboratory HCV testing data with administrative databas...

    Authors: Amanda Yu, John J Spinelli, Darrel A Cook, Jane A Buxton and Mel Krajden
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:291
  35. High rates of iron deficiency and anemia are common among Inuit and Arctic women despite a traditional diet based on animal source foods. However, representative data on iron status and relevant determinants f...

    Authors: Jennifer A Jamieson, Harriet V Kuhnlein, Hope A Weiler and Grace M Egeland
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:289
  36. Poor mental health is a leading cause of disability worldwide with considerable negative impacts, particularly in low-income countries. Nevertheless, empirical evidence on its national prevalence in low-income...

    Authors: Heather Sipsma, Angela Ofori-Atta, Maureen Canavan, Isaac Osei-Akoto, Christopher Udry and Elizabeth H Bradley
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:288
  37. Uptake of prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) programs remains challenging in sub-Saharan Africa because of multiple barriers operating at the individual or health facility levels. Less is k...

    Authors: Etienne Audureau, James G Kahn, Marie-Hélène Besson, Joseph Saba and Joël Ladner
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:286
  38. While there is good evidence to show that behavioural and lifestyle interventions can reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors in affluent settings, less evidence exists in lower income settings.

    Authors: Amir Shroufi, Rajiv Chowdhury, Raghupathy Anchala, Sarah Stevens, Patricia Blanco, Tha Han, Louis Niessen and Oscar H Franco
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:285
  39. Between September 17 and October 3, 2009, hundreds of workers employed in a manufacturing factory in Shenzhen, a city in south China developed a sudden onset of acute gastroenteritis. A retrospective cohort st...

    Authors: Yuan Li, Hongxiong Guo, Zhenghui Xu, Xiaotao Zhou, Hailong Zhang, Lijie Zhang, Jing Miao and Yi Pan
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:283
  40. Community pharmacies may offer an accessible way of delivering weight-management programmes but there have been few trials that use clinically significant weight loss outcomes, objective measures of weight and...

    Authors: David Morrison, Philip McLoone, Naomi Brosnahan, Louise McCombie, Andrea Smith and Janie Gordon
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:282
  41. In Western Europe, about 50% of newly diagnosed HIV-positive individuals are diagnosed at a late stage disease and enter in care late (i.e. with a CD4 count ≤350 μL/μL). The aim of the present study is to anal...

    Authors: Laura Camoni, Mariangela Raimondo, Vincenza Regine, Maria Cristina Salfa and Barbara Suligoi
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:281
  42. Over the past decade, studies and public health interventions that target the physical environment as an avenue for promoting physical activity have increased in number. While it appears that a supportive phys...

    Authors: Verity J Cleland, Kylie Ball and David Crawford
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:280
  43. Despite the existence of effective treatment, tuberculosis is still a global public health issue. The World Health Organization recommends a six-month four-drug regimen in fixed-dose combination formulation to...

    Authors: Andre Gemal, Joel Keravec, Alexandre Menezes and Anete Trajman
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:279
  44. Public health surveillance and epidemiologic investigations are critical public health functions for identifying threats to the health of a community. Very little is known about how these functions are conduct...

    Authors: Wayne TA Enanoria, Adam W Crawley, Winston Tseng, Jasmine Furnish, Jeannie Balido and Tomás J Aragón
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:276

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