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  1. In France, it is recommended that girls and women aged 14–23 are vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV). However, French women’s knowledge of and attitude towards the vaccine has been little studied.

    Authors: Julie Haesebaert, Delphine Lutringer-Magnin, Julie Kalecinski, Giovanna Barone, Anne-Carole Jacquard, Véronique Régnier, Yann Leocmach, Philippe Vanhems, Franck Chauvin and Christine Lasset
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1034
  2. School dropout is a persisting problem with major socioeconomic consequences. Although poor health probably contributes to pathways leading to school dropout and health is likely negatively affected by dropout...

    Authors: Marie-José Theunissen, Ilse Griensven van, Petra Verdonk, Frans Feron and Hans Bosma
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1033
  3. Smoking during pregnancy is harmful to the unborn child. Few smoking cessation interventions have been successfully incorporated into standard antenatal care. The main aim of this study is to determine the fea...

    Authors: Marita Lynagh, Billie Bonevski, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Ian Symonds, Anthony Scott, Alix Hall and Christopher Oldmeadow
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1032
  4. Authors: Tuti Ningseh Mohd Dom, Syed Mohamed Al Junid, Mohd Rizal Abd Manaf, Khairiyah Abd Muttalib, Ahmad Sharifuddin Mohd Asari, Rasidah Ayob, Yuhaniz Ahmad Yaziz, Noorlin Ishak, Hanizah Abdul Aziz and Noordin Kasan
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12(Suppl 2):A4

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 12 Supplement 2

  5. Mobile phone technologies for health promotion and disease prevention have evolved rapidly, but few studies have tested the efficacy of mobile health in full-fledged programs. Text4baby is an example of mobile he...

    Authors: William Douglas Evans, Jasmine L Wallace and Jeremy Snider
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1031
  6. A number of studies from countries with severe HIV epidemics have found gaps in condom availability, even in places where there is a substantial potential for HIV transmission. Although reported condom use has...

    Authors: Ingvild Fossgard Sandøy, Astrid Blystad, Elizabeth H Shayo, Emmanuel Makundi, Charles Michelo, Joseph Zulu and Jens Byskov
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1030
  7. Rehydration therapy is a critical intervention to save the lives of children during the episodes of diarrhea. However, millions of children die every year due to failure to replace fluid effectively. The objec...

    Authors: Bezatu Mengistie, Yemane Berhane and Alemayehu Worku
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1029
  8. Smoking cessation counseling by health professionals has been effective in increasing cessation rates. However, little is known about smoking cessation training and practices in transition countries with high ...

    Authors: Narine K Movsisyan, Petrosyan Varduhi, Harutyunyan Arusyak, Petrosyan Diana, Muradyan Armen and Stillman A Frances
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1028
  9. Cyberbullying, threatening or harassing another via the internet or mobile phones, does not cause physically harm and thus the consequences are less visible. Little research has been performed on the occurrenc...

    Authors: Pirjo L Lindfors, Riittakerttu Kaltiala-Heino and Arja H Rimpelä
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1027
  10. Obesity is of major pathogenetic importance to type 2 diabetes, it contributes to poor glycemic control and increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Over 80% of patients with diabetes type 2 are overweigh...

    Authors: Kirsten AC Berk, Hanneke Buijks, Behiye Ozcan, Adriaan van’t Spijker, Jan JV Busschbach and Eric JG Sijbrands
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1026
  11. The global burden of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases is rising dramatically worldwide and is causing a double poor health burden in low- and middle-income countries. Early life influences play an ...

    Authors: Mark A Hanson, Peter D Gluckman, Ronald CW Ma, Priya Matzen and Regien G Biesma
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1025
  12. This paper describes a methodology for comparing the effects of an eduentertainment strategy involving a music concert, and a participatory class experience involving the description and making of a healthy br...

    Authors: Luis María Sánchez-Gómez, María Jesús Fernández-Luque, Lourdes Ruiz-Díaz, Rosa Sánchez-Alcalde, Belén Sierra-García, Soledad Mayayo-Vicente, Marta Ruiz-López, Pilar Loeches-Belinchón, Javier López-Gónzález, Amelia González-Gamarra, Angela Gallego-Arenas, Ana Cubillo-Serna, Gema Gil-Juberias, Pilar Pérez-Cayuela, Celina Arana Cañedo-Arguelles, Julia Natividad García-Pascual…
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1024
  13. UK drinkers regularly consume alcohol in excess of guideline limits. One reason for this may be the high availability of low-cost alcoholic beverages. The introduction of a minimum price per unit of alcohol po...

    Authors: Adam J Lonsdale, Sarah J Hardcastle and Martin S Hagger
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1023
  14. Despite the possibility of preventing many cases of HIV, malaria and unplanned pregnancy, protective measures are often not taken by those at risk in Uganda. The study aim was to explore young people’s perspec...

    Authors: Jonathan Graffy, Clare Goodhart, Karen Sennett, Gloria Kamusiime and Herbert Tukamushaba
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1022
  15. Profound knowledge about child growth, development, health, and disease in contemporary children and adolescents is still rare. Epidemiological studies together with new powerful research technologies present ...

    Authors: Mirja Quante, Mara Hesse, Mirko Döhnert, Michael Fuchs, Christian Hirsch, Elena Sergeyev, Nora Casprzig, Mandy Geserick, Stephanie Naumann, Christiane Koch, Matthew A Sabin, Andreas Hiemisch, Antje Körner and Wieland Kiess
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1021
  16. Expanding the information on determinants of smoking cessation is crucial for developing and implementing more effective tobacco control measures at the national as well as European levels. Data on smoking ces...

    Authors: Dorota Kaleta, Przemysław Korytkowski, Teresa Makowiec-Dąbrowska, Bukola Usidame, Leokadia Bąk-Romaniszyn and Adam Fronczak
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1020
  17. Toxoplasmosis is caused by infection with the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Acute infections in pregnant women may be transmitted to the fetus and cause severe illness. The purpose of this study was to es...

    Authors: Maria Aptouramani, Maria Theodoridou, George Syrogiannopoulos, Andreas Mentis, Vasiliki Papaevangelou, Katerina Gaitana, Alexandros Daponte and Christos Hadjichristodoulou
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1019
  18. A crucial issue for the sustainability of societies is how to maintain health and functioning in older people. With increasing age, losses in vision, hearing, balance, mobility and cognitive capacity render ol...

    Authors: Taina Rantanen, Erja Portegijs, Anne Viljanen, Johanna Eronen, Milla Saajanaho, Li-Tang Tsai, Markku Kauppinen, Eeva-Maija Palonen, Sarianna Sipilä, Susanne Iwarsson and Merja Rantakokko
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1018
  19. Prevalence and incidence of diabetes and other common comorbid conditions (hypertension, coronary heart disease, renal disease and chronic lung disease) are extremely high among Indigenous Australians. Recent ...

    Authors: Barbara Schmidt, Mark Wenitong, Adrian Esterman, Wendy Hoy, Leonie Segal, Sean Taylor, Cilla Preece, Alex Sticpewich and Robyn McDermott
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1017
  20. The influence of community context on the effectiveness of evidence-based maternal and child home visitation programs following implementation is poorly understood. This study compared prenatal smoking cessati...

    Authors: Meredith Matone, Amanda LR O'Reilly, Xianqun Luan, Russell Localio and David M Rubin
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1016
  21. With Pennsylvania currently considering a move away from an Alcohol Beverage Control state to a privatized alcohol distribution system, this study uses a spatial analytical approach to examine potential impact...

    Authors: Tony H Grubesic, Alan T Murray, William Alex Pridemore, Loni Philip Tabb, Yin Liu and Ran Wei
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1015
  22. Travel from countries where viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHF) are endemic has increased significantly over the past decades. In several reported VHF events on airplanes, passenger trace back was initiated but th...

    Authors: Andreas Gilsdorf, Dilys Morgan and Katrin Leitmeyer
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1014
  23. Undocumented immigrants are likely to be missing from population databases, making it impossible to identify an accurate sampling frame in migration research. No population-based data has been collected in Chi...

    Authors: Baltica Cabieses, Kate E Pickett and Helena Tunstall
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1013
  24. Improving utilization of antenatal care is a critical strategy for achieving China’s Millennium Development Goal of decreasing the maternal mortality ratio (MMR). While overall utilization has increased recent...

    Authors: Qi Zhao, Zhihuan Jennifer Huang, Sijia Yang, Jie Pan, Brian Smith and Biao Xu
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1012
  25. Threatening health messages that focus on severity are popular, but frequently have no effect or even a counterproductive effect on behavior change. This paradox (i.e. wide application despite low effectivenes...

    Authors: Gill A ten Hoor, Gjalt-Jorn Y Peters, Janice Kalagi, Lianne de Groot, Karlijne Grootjans, Alexander Huschens, Constanze Köhninger, Lizan Kölgen, Isabelle Pelssers, Toby Schütt, Sophia Thomas, Robert AC Ruiter and Gerjo Kok
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1011
  26. Whilst schools provide a potentially appropriate setting for preventing substance use among young people, systematic review evidence suggests that past interventions in this setting have demonstrated limited e...

    Authors: Rebecca K Hodder, Megan Freund, Jenny Bowman, Luke Wolfenden, Elizabeth Campbell, Paula Wye, Trevor Hazell, Karen Gillham and John Wiggers
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1009
  27. To prolong sustainable healthy working lives of construction workers, a worksite prevention program was developed which aimed to improve the health and work ability of construction workers. The aim of the curr...

    Authors: Karen M Oude Hengel, Birgitte M Blatter, Catelijne I Joling, Allard J van der Beek and Paulien M Bongers
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1008
  28. The term iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) refers to all the effects of iodine deficiency on growth and development in human and animal populations that can be prevented by correction of the iodine deficiency....

    Authors: Rashad Mohammed Ali Alsanosy, Abdelrahim Mutwakel Gaffar, Husam Eldin Elsawi Khalafalla, Mohamed Salih Mahfouz, Abdel Naser Shaaban Zaid and Ibrahim Ahmed Bani
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1006
  29. Female sex workers (FSWs) are vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and encounter socio-economic and health problems, including STIs/HIV, unintended pregnancy and complications from unsafe abort...

    Authors: Ketkesone Phrasisombath, Elisabeth Faxelid, Vanphanom Sychareun and Sarah Thomsen
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1004
  30. Sustained employability and health are generating awareness of employers in an aging and more complex work force. To meet these needs, employers may offer their employees health surveillance programs, to incre...

    Authors: Berry J van Holland, Michiel R de Boer, Sandra Brouwer, Remko Soer and Michiel F Reneman
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1003
  31. While moderate and vigorous leisure time physical activities are well documented to decrease the risk for cardiovascular disease, several studies have demonstrated an increased risk for cardiovascular disease ...

    Authors: Els Clays, Dirk De Bacquer, Koen Van Herck, Guy De Backer, France Kittel and Andreas Holtermann
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1002
  32. Active case detection (ACD) significantly contributes to early detection and treatment of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) and post kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL) cases and is cost effective. This paper eval...

    Authors: M Mamun Huda, Siddhivinayak Hirve, Niyamat Ali Siddiqui, Paritosh Malaviya, Megha Raj Banjara, Pradeep Das, Sangeeta Kansal, Chitra Kumar Gurung, Eva Naznin, Suman Rijal, Byron Arana, Axel Kroeger and Dinesh Mondal
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1001
  33. Female sex workers (FSW) are at increased risk for HIV and other STI due to occupation-related risks and exposures. Long-distance truck drivers have been implicated in the spread of HIV, but less is known abou...

    Authors: Nadine E Chen, Steffanie A Strathdee, Felipe J Uribe-Salas, Thomas L Patterson, Maria Gudelia Rangel, Perth Rosen and Kimberly C Brouwer
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:1000
  34. Occupational risk factors are one of the major causes of respiratory illnesses and symptoms, and account for 13% of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and 11% of asthma worldwide. Majority of brick kilns in...

    Authors: Shiraz Shaikh, Asaad Ahmed Nafees, Vikash Khetpal, Abid Ali Jamali, Abdul Manan Arain and Akram Yousuf
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:999
  35. Education-based inequalities in health are well established, but they are usually studied from an individual perspective. However, many individuals are part of a couple. We studied education-based health inequ...

    Authors: Sara Marie Nilsen, Johan Håkon Bjørngaard, Linda Ernstsen, Steinar Krokstad and Steinar Westin
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:998
  36. Some studies have investigated the association between body mass index (BMI) and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among adolescents, but their results have been discrepant and few paid attention to the r...

    Authors: Emilie Bonsergent, Joseph Benie-Bi, Cédric Baumann, Nelly Agrinier, Sabrina Tessier, Nathalie Thilly and Serge Briançon
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:997
  37. When an individual is ill or symptomatic, they have the options of seeking professional health care, self-treating or doing nothing. In China, some studies suggest that the number of individuals opting to self...

    Authors: Li Yuefeng, Rao Keqin and Ren Xiaowei
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:995
  38. Dynamics of the social composition of the population might influence the interpretation of statements of the increasing gap of social inequality in life expectancy. The aim of the study was to estimate trends ...

    Authors: Henrik Brønnum-Hansen and Mikkel Baadsgaard
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:994

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