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  1. The local retail food environment around schools may act as a potential risk factor for adolescent diet. However, international research utilising cross-sectional designs to investigate associations between re...

    Authors: Dianna Smith, Steven Cummins, Charlotte Clark and Stephen Stansfeld
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:70
  2. There is growing recognition that healthcare policy should be guided by the illness experience from a layperson’s or insider’s perspective. One such area for exploration would include patient-centered research...

    Authors: Ayako Ide-Okochi, Yoshihiko Yamazaki, Etsuko Tadaka, Kazumi Fujimura and Toshie Kusunaga
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:69
  3. Study results concerning associations between body mass index (BMI) and psychological distress are conflicting. The purpose of this study was to describe the shape of the association between BMI and psychologi...

    Authors: Susanne Brandheim, Ulla Rantakeisu and Bengt Starrin
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:68
  4. Reduced health related quality of life (HRQOL) has been associated with increased mortality in individuals with diabetes. In contrast, increased leisure time physical activity (LTPA) has been associated with r...

    Authors: Chia-Lin Li, Hsing-Yi Chang, Chih-Cheng Hsu, Jui-fen Rachel Lu and Hsin-Ling Fang
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:67
  5. Pain affects quality of life and can result in absence from work. Treatment and/or prevention strategies for musculoskeletal pain-related long-term sick leave are currently undertaken in several health sectors...

    Authors: Lotte Nygaard Andersen, Birgit Juul-Kristensen, Kirsten Kaya Roessler, Lene Gram Herborg, Thomas Lund Sørensen and Karen Søgaard
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:66
  6. Although most countries in the European Union are richer and healthier than ever, health inequalities remain an important public health challenge. Health-related problems and premature death have disproportion...

    Authors: Veerle Vyncke, Bart De Clercq, Veerle Stevens, Caroline Costongs, Giorgio Barbareschi, Stefán Hrafn Jónsson, Sara Darias Curvo, Vladimir Kebza, Candace Currie and Lea Maes
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:65
  7. The Russian Federation (Russia) has one of the highest smoking rates in the world. The purpose of this study is to analyze past and current trends of the tobacco epidemic in the Russian Federation, review curr...

    Authors: Karsten Lunze and Luigi Migliorini
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:64
  8. Enteric pathogens are an important cause of illness, however, little is known about their community-level risk factors (e.g., socioeconomic, cultural and physical environmental conditions) in the Northwest Ter...

    Authors: Aliya Pardhan-Ali, Jeff Wilson, Victoria L Edge, Chris Furgal, Richard Reid-Smith, Maria Santos and Scott A McEwen
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:63
  9. The setting for this analysis is the low tuberculosis (TB) incidence state of New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Local level analysis of TB epidemiology in people from high incidence countries-of-birth (HIC) in...

    Authors: Peter D Massey, David N Durrheim, Nicola Stephens and Amanda Christensen
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:62
  10. Metabolic syndrome poses a serious health threat in Asian countries. Rice is a staple food in Korea, and carbohydrate intake is associated with the risk of MetS. We hypothesized that various rice-eating patter...

    Authors: Younjhin Ahn, Seon-Joo Park, Hye-kyoung Kwack, Mi Kyung Kim, Kwang-Pil Ko and Sung Soo Kim
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:61
  11. In regions where access to clean water and the provision of a sanitary infrastructure has not been sustainable, cholera continues to pose an important public health burden. Although oral cholera vaccines (OCV)...

    Authors: Sonja Merten, Christian Schaetti, Cele Manianga, Bruno Lapika, Claire-Lise Chaignat, Raymond Hutubessy and Mitchell G Weiss
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:60
  12. Buruli ulcer is considered a re-emerging disease in West Africa where it has suffered neglect over the years, though children below the age of 16 years are the worst affected in most endemic regions. Due to de...

    Authors: Collins K Ahorlu, Eric Koka, Dorothy Yeboah-Manu, Isaac Lamptey and Edwin Ampadu
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:59
  13. Many studies suggest that disaster exposure is related to a subsequent increase in alcohol consumption. Most of these studies have relied on retrospective self-reports to measure changes in alcohol use. The ai...

    Authors: Astri Nordløkken, Hilde Pape, Tore Wentzel-Larsen and Trond Heir
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:58
  14. Adolescence is an established period of physical activity decline. Multi-component school-based interventions have the potential to slow the decline in adolescents’ physical activity; however, few intervention...

    Authors: Rachel Sutherland, Elizabeth Campbell, David R Lubans, Philip J Morgan, Anthony D Okely, Nicole Nathan, Luke Wolfenden, Jannah Jones, Lynda Davies, Karen Gillham and John Wiggers
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:57
  15. One of the consequences of climate change is the increased frequency and intensity of heat waves which can cause serious health impacts. In Québec, July 2010 was marked by an unprecedented heat wave in recent ...

    Authors: Ray Bustinza, Germain Lebel, Pierre Gosselin, Diane Bélanger and Fateh Chebana
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:56
  16. The prevalence of hypertension is increasing in much of the South Asian region, including Nepal. This paper reports the prevalence and risk factors of hypertension and pre-hypertension among adult women in a r...

    Authors: Rumana J Khan, Christine P Stewart, Parul Christian, Kerry J Schulze, Lee Wu, Steven C LeClerq, Subarna K Khatry and Keith P West Jr
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:55
  17. The current literature suggests that forming implementation intentions (simple ‘if-then’ plans) about how to refuse the offer of a cigarette may be an effective intervention to reduce smoking initiation in ado...

    Authors: Mark Conner, Sarah Grogan, Rebecca Lawton, Christopher Armitage, Robert West, Kamran Siddiqi, Brenda Gannon, Carole Torgerson, Keira Flett and Ruth Simms-Ellis
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:54
  18. Persons who inject drugs (PWID) are at an elevated risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. In many high-income countries, needle and syringe exchange programs (NSP) h...

    Authors: Don C Des Jarlais, Jonathan P Feelemyer, Shilpa N Modi, Abu Abdul-Quader and Holly Hagan
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:53
  19. Although case studies indicate that indigenous peoples in Brazil often suffer from higher morbidity and mortality rates than the national population, they were not included systematically in any previous natio...

    Authors: Carlos EA Coimbra, Ricardo Ventura Santos, James R Welch, Andrey Moreira Cardoso, Mirian Carvalho de Souza, Luiza Garnelo, Elias Rassi, Maj-Lis Follér and Bernardo L Horta
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:52
  20. The practice of using medical service claims in epidemiologic research on hypertension is becoming increasingly common, and several published studies have attempted to validate the diagnostic data contained th...

    Authors: Baylah Tessier-Sherman, Deron Galusha, Oyebode A Taiwo, Linda Cantley, Martin D Slade, Sharon R Kirsche and Mark R Cullen
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:51
  21. Viral hepatitis is a serious public health problem affecting billions of people globally. Limited information is available on this issue in Morocco. This cross-sectional study was undertaken with the aim of de...

    Authors: Warda Baha, Abderrahim Foullous, Noureddine Dersi, Thierry Paluku They-they, Khadija El alaoui, Nadia Nourichafi, Bouchra Oukkache, Fatiha Lazar, Soumaya Benjelloun, My Mustapha Ennaji, Abdelouhad Elmalki, Hassan Mifdal and Abdelouaheb Bennani
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:50
  22. Globally, alcohol-related injuries cause millions of deaths and huge economic loss each year . The incidence of facial (jawbone) fractures in the Northern Territory of Australia is second only to Greenland, du...

    Authors: Rama Jayaraj, Megan Whitty, Mahiban Thomas, David Kavangh, Didier Palmer, Valerie Thomson, Carolyn Griffin, Luke Mayo, Peter D’Abbs and Tricia Nagel
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:49
  23. Despite the existence of different screening methods, the response to cancer screening is poor among Malaysians. The current study aims to examine cancer patients’ perceptions of cancer screening and early dia...

    Authors: Maryam Farooqui, Mohamed Azmi Hassali, Aishah Knight, Asrul Akmal Shafie, Muhammad Aslam Farooqui, Fahad Saleem, Noman-ul Haq and Hisham Aljadhey
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:48
  24. India has the second largest diabetic population (61 million) and tobacco users (275 million) in the world. Data on smoking cessation among diabetic patients are limited in low and middle income countries. The...

    Authors: KR Thankappan, GK Mini, Meena Daivadanam, G Vijayakumar, PS Sarma and Mark Nichter
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:47
  25. The proven benefit of integrating cervical cancer screening programme into HIV care has led to its adoption as a standard of care. However this is not operational in most HIV clinics in Nigeria. Of the various...

    Authors: Oliver C Ezechi, Chidinma V Gab-Okafor, Per Olof Ostergren and Karen Odberg Pettersson
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:46
  26. Few studies have focused on the relationship between the retail food environment and household food supplies. This study examines spatial access to retail food stores, food shopping habits, and nutrients avail...

    Authors: Joseph R Sharkey, Wesley R Dean, Courtney C Nalty and Jin Xu
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:45
  27. This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of HIV antibody testing and associated factors among heterosexual sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinic attendees in China.

    Authors: Qiaoqin Ma, Xiaohong Pan, Gaofeng Cai, Jiezhe Yan, Masako Ono-Kihara and Masahiro Kihara
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:44
  28. Lifestyle variables may serve as important intermediate factors between psychosocial work environment and health outcomes. Previous studies, focussing on work stress models have shown mixed and weak results in...

    Authors: Helle Gram Quist, Ulla Christensen, Karl Bang Christensen, Birgit Aust, Vilhelm Borg and Jakob B Bjorner
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:43
  29. Few studies on the breakfast consumption habits of medical students in China have been carried out. The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of skipping breakfast and factors associated wit...

    Authors: Juan Sun, He Yi, Zhiyue Liu, Yan Wu, Jiang Bian, Yanyan Wu, Yuki Eshita, Gaimei Li, Qing Zhang and Ying Yang
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:42
  30. Mammography has been used in developed countries with considerable success but very little is known about this imaging modality in low resource settings. This study examined the level of awareness of mammograp...

    Authors: Millicent O Obajimi, Ikeoluwapo O Ajayi, Abideen O Oluwasola, Babatunde O Adedokun, Adenike T Adeniji-Sofoluwe, Olushola A Mosuro, Titilola S Akingbola, Oku S Bassey, Eric Umeh, Temitope O Soyemi, Folasade Adegoke, Idiat Ogungbade, Chinwe Ukaigwe and Olufunmilayo I Olopade
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:40
  31. A number of studies have demonstrated that solvents may induce auditory dysfunction. However, there is still little knowledge regarding the main signs and symptoms of solvent-induced hearing loss (SIHL). The a...

    Authors: Adrian Fuente, Bradley McPherson and Louise Hickson
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:39
  32. We investigated gender differences in treatment outcome during first line antiretroviral treatment (ART) in a hospital setting in Tanzania, assessing clinical, social demographic, virological and immunological...

    Authors: Fausta Mosha, Victor Muchunguzi, Mecey Matee, Raphael Z Sangeda, Jurgen Vercauteren, Peter Nsubuga, Eligius Lyamuya and Anne-Mieke Vandamme
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:38
  33. A large number of women from countries with a high perinatal mortality rate (PMR) settle in countries with a low PMR. We compared the PMRs for migrants in Norway with the PMRs in their countries of birth. We a...

    Authors: Zainab Naimy, Jostein Grytten, Lars Monkerud and Anne Eskild
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:37
  34. A decline in mortality rates due to cardiovascular diseases and all-cause mortality has led to increased life expectancy in the Western world in recent decades. At the same time, the prevalence of type 2 diabe...

    Authors: Elin Olafsdottir, Thor Aspelund, Gunnar Sigurdsson, Rafn Benediktsson, Bolli Thorsson, Tamara B Harris, Lenore J Launer, Gudny Eiriksdottir and Vilmundur Gudnason
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:36
  35. Many low- to middle-income countries are faced with an increasing prevalence of overweight/obesity while that for underweight remains high, a duality termed “double burden”; both are key risk factors for chron...

    Authors: Kiet A Ly, Thanh GN Ton, Quang V Ngo, Tung T Vo and Annette L Fitzpatrick
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:35
  36. The objective of screening programs is to discover life threatening diseases in as many patients as early as possible and to increase the chance of survival. To be able to compare aspects of health care qualit...

    Authors: Christian O Jacke, Iris Reinhard and Ute S Albert
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:34
  37. Although vitamin D deficiency has been studied in various adult populations, there are few data on the prevalence of this nutritional deficiency among healthy adolescents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Thi...

    Authors: Shamma J Muhairi, Aaesha E Mehairi, Aysha A Khouri, Muna M Naqbi, Fatima A Maskari, Juma Al Kaabi, Ayesha S Al Dhaheri, Nico Nagelkerke and Syed M Shah
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:33
  38. Inactive and unhealthy lifestyles are common among adolescent men. The planned intervention examines the effectiveness of an interactive, gamified activation method, based on tailored health information, peer ...

    Authors: Riikka Ahola, Riitta Pyky, Timo Jämsä, Matti Mäntysaari, Heli Koskimäki, Tiina M Ikäheimo, Maija-Leena Huotari, Juha Röning, Hannu I Heikkinen and Raija Korpelainen
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:32
  39. Adolescents in Latin America are at high risk for unwanted and unplanned pregnancies, which often result in unsafe abortions or poor maternal health outcomes. Both young men and women in the region face an inc...

    Authors: Peter Decat, Erica Nelson, Sarah De Meyer, Lina Jaruseviciene, Miguel Orozco, Zoyla Segura, Anna Gorter, Bernardo Vega, Kathya Cordova, Lea Maes, Marleen Temmerman, Els Leye and Olivier Degomme
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:31
  40. Despite the increasing risk of HIV infections, few studies concerning the characteristics of non-injecting heterosexual methamphetamine (MA) users and related risk behaviours have been conducted in China.

    Authors: Dianchang Liu, Zhenhong Wang, Tongsheng Chu and Shumin Chen
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:30
  41. Despite the increasing rates of childhood obesity and rapid change in socio-economic status, the mean age at menarche remains mostly unknown among contemporary girls in Kuwait and other countries in the Gulf r...

    Authors: Nora Al-Awadhi, Nouf Al-Kandari, Teebah Al-Hasan, Daliah AlMurjan, Salhah Ali and Abdullah Al-Taiar
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:29
  42. Healthcare waste management options are varying in Ethiopia. One of the first critical steps in the process of developing a reliable waste management plan requires a widespread understanding of the amount and ...

    Authors: Mesfin Kote Debere, Kassahun Alemu Gelaye, Andamlak Gizaw Alamdo and Zemedu Mehamed Trifa
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:28
  43. We wanted to investigate if firm downsizing is related to an increased rate of disability pensions among the former employed, especially for those with musculoskeletal and psychiatric diagnoses, and for those ...

    Authors: Bjørgulf Claussen, Øyvind Næss, Leif Jostein Reime and Alastair H Leyland
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:27
  44. Exhaustion and fatigue are commonly experienced by parents during the post-partum period, and can have implications for daily functioning, mental health and parenting practices. There is a need for the develop...

    Authors: Melissa Dunning, Monique Seymour, Amanda Cooklin and Rebecca Giallo
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:26
  45. The prevalence of health risk behaviours is growing amongst South African employees. Health risk behaviours have been identified as a major contributor to reduced health related quality of life (HRQoL) and the...

    Authors: Naila Edries, Jennifer Jelsma and Soraya Maart
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:25
  46. The ongoing rise in the prevalence of hypertension in children and adolescents is considered to be accompanied with the epidemic of childhood overweight and obesity. In this study, we established a large scale...

    Authors: Xi Lu, Peng Shi, Chun-Yan Luo, Yue-Fang Zhou, Hui-Ting Yu, Chang-Yi Guo and Fan Wu
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:24
  47. 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
  48. Iron-deficiency anemia is the most common type of nutritional disorder. New strategies for the treatment of anemia are very important for its reduction. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and fea...

    Authors: Geraldo GPL Coutinho, Patrícia M Cury and José A Cordeiro
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2013 13:21

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