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  1. Self-rated health (SRH) has been reported as a predictor of mortality in previous studies. This study aimed to examine whether SRH is independently associated with hypertension and if there is a gender differe...

    Authors: Hee-Young Shin, Min-Ho Shin and Jung-Ae Rhee
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:135
  2. Male Circumcision (MC) has been recommended as one of the preventive measures against sexual HIV transmission by the World Health Organization (WHO). Rwanda has adopted MC as recommended but the country is a n...

    Authors: Rwego A Gasasira, Malabika Sarker, Landry Tsague, Sabin Nsanzimana, Aimée Gwiza, Jennifer Mbabazi, Corine Karema, Anita Asiimwe and Placidie Mugwaneza
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:134
  3. The 2003 heat wave had a high impact on mortality in Europe, which made necessary to develop heat health watch warning systems. In Spain this was carried-out by the Ministry of Health in 2004, being based on e...

    Authors: Aurelio Tobias, Ben Armstrong, Ines Zuza, Antonio Gasparrini, Cristina Linares and Julio Diaz
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:133
  4. Early and accurate diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) is critical for successful TB control. To assist in the diagnosis of smear-negative pulmonary TB, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends the ...

    Authors: Riris Andono Ahmad, Francine Matthys, Bintari Dwihardiani, Ning Rintiswati, Sake J de Vlas, Yodi Mahendradhata and Patrick van der Stuyft
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:132
  5. Inadequate health literacy has been associated with poor management of long-term health conditions and has been identified as a key social determinant of health outcomes. However, little is understood about ho...

    Authors: Michelle Edwards, Fiona Wood, Myfanwy Davies and Adrian Edwards
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:130
  6. Our aims were to determine the pace of change in cardiovascular risk factors by age, gender and socioeconomic groups from 1994 to 2008, and quantify the magnitude, direction and change in absolute and relative...

    Authors: Shaun Scholes, Madhavi Bajekal, Hande Love, Nathaniel Hawkins, Rosalind Raine, Martin O'Flaherty and Simon Capewell
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:129
  7. Under the Dutch national immunization program (NIP), childhood vaccination is not mandatory, but its recommendation by childhood vaccine providers (CVP) is important for maintaining high vaccination coverage. ...

    Authors: Liesbeth Mollema, Jojet M Staal, Jim E van Steenbergen, Theo GWM Paulussen and Hester E de Melker
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:128
  8. For alcohol drinkers in South Africa it has been found that annual consumption per drinker is among the highest in the world. High prevalence rates of hazardous and harmful alcohol use have also been found in ...

    Authors: Supa Pengpid, Karl Peltzer, Linda Skaal, Hendry van der Heever and Guido Van Hal
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:127
  9. Recent studies have suggested that vitamin D deficiency in children is widespread. But the vitamin D status of Chinese children is seldom investigated. The objective of the present study was to survey the seru...

    Authors: Zhiwei Zhu, Jianying Zhan, Jie Shao, Weijun Chen, Liqin Chen, Wenhao Li, Chai Ji and Zhengyan Zhao
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:126
  10. Zimbabwe is a Southern African country with a high HIV-TB burden and is ranked 19th among the 22 Tuberculosis high burden countries worldwide. Recurrent TB is an important problem for TB control, yet there is lim...

    Authors: Kudakwashe C Takarinda, Anthony D Harries, Satyanarayana Srinath, Tsitsi Mutasa-Apollo, Charles Sandy and Owen Mugurungi
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:124
  11. To evaluate pulmonary function and respiratory symptoms in workers engaged in the early manufacturing processes of tea and to identify the associated factors, we conducted a study in a tea production area in T...

    Authors: Tzong-Shiun Shieh, Jui-Jung Chung, Chung-Jing Wang, Perng-Jy Tsai, Yau-Chang Kuo and How-Ran Guo
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:121
  12. Successful management of diabetes requires attention to the behavioural, psychological and social aspects of this progressive condition. The Diabetes MILES (Management and Impact for Long-term Empowerment and ...

    Authors: Jane Speight, Jessica L Browne, Elizabeth Holmes-Truscott, Christel Hendrieckx and Frans Pouwer
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:120
  13. Disparities in outcomes associated with race and ethnicity are well documented for many diseases and patient populations. Tuberculosis (TB) disproportionately affects economically disadvantaged, racial and eth...

    Authors: Jotam G Pasipanodya, Edgar Vecino, Thaddeus L Miller, Guadalupe Munguia, Gerry Drewyer, Michel Fernandez, Philip Slocum and Stephen E Weis
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:119
  14. Despite educational and public health campaigns to convey the risks of indoor tanning, many individuals around the world continue to engage in this behavior. Few descriptive studies of indoor tanning have coll...

    Authors: Karen Lostritto, Leah M Ferrucci, Brenda Cartmel, David J Leffell, Annette M Molinaro, Allen E Bale and Susan T Mayne
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:118
  15. Colorectal cancer (CRC) represents a serious health care problem in the Czech Republic, introducing a need for a prospective modelling of the incidence and prevalence rates. The prevalence of patients requirin...

    Authors: Tomáš Pavlík, Ondřej Májek, Jan Mužík, Jana Koptíková, Lubomír Slavíček, Jindřich Fínek, David Feltl, Rostislav Vyzula and Ladislav Dušek
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:117
  16. Although various studies have found a positive association between neighborhood social capital and individual health, the mechanism explaining this direct effect is still unclear. Neighborhood social capital i...

    Authors: Sigrid M Mohnen, Beate Völker, Henk Flap and Peter P Groenewegen
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:116
  17. In Quebec, the influenza A (H1N1) pandemic was managed using a top-down style that left many involved players with critical views and frustrations. We aimed to describe physicians' perceptions - infectious dis...

    Authors: Charles Nhan, Réjean Laprise, Monique Douville-Fradet, Mary Ellen Macdonald and Caroline Quach
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:115
  18. Recent evidence from a large scale trial conducted in the United States indicates that enhancing shared decision-making and improving knowledge, self-management, and provider communication skills to at-risk pa...

    Authors: Joshua M Byrnes, Stan Goldstein, Benjamin Venator, Christine Pollicino, Shu-Kay Ng, David Veroff, Christine Bennett and Paul A Scuffham
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:114
  19. A large proportion of people attending residential alcohol and other substance abuse treatment have a co-occurring mental illness. Empirical evidence suggests that it is important to treat both the substance a...

    Authors: Peter J Kelly, Frances J Kay-Lambkin, Amanda L Baker, Frank P Deane, Adam C Brooks, Alexandra Mitchell, Sarah Marshall, Meredith Whittington and Genevieve A Dingle
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:113
  20. This study seeks to extend earlier Australian school drug education research by developing and measuring the effectiveness of a comprehensive, evidence-based, harm reduction focused school drug education progr...

    Authors: Richard Midford, Helen Cahill, David Foxcroft, Leanne Lester, Lynne Venning, Robyn Ramsden and Michelle Pose
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:112
  21. The extent of attributable risks of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and its components on mortality remains unclear, especially with respect to age and gender. We aimed to assess the age- and gender-specific populat...

    Authors: Wuan-Szu Wang, Mark L Wahlqvist, Chih-Cheng Hsu, Hsing-Yi Chang, Wan-Chi Chang and Chu-Chih Chen
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:111
  22. Emergency contraception (EC) is a type of modern contraception which is indicated after unprotected sexual intercourse when regular contraception is not in use. The importance of EC is evident in preventing un...

    Authors: Fatuma A Ahmed, Kontie M Moussa, Karen O Petterson and Benedict O Asamoah
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:110
  23. Use of evidence in health policymaking plays an important role, especially in resource-constrained settings where informed decisions on resource allocation are paramount. Several knowledge translation (KT) mod...

    Authors: Juliet Nabyonga Orem, David Kaawa Mafigiri, Bruno Marchal, Freddie Ssengooba, Jean Macq and Bart Criel
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:109
  24. Approximately 32,000 people take their own lives every year in the United States. In Kentucky, suicide mortality rates have been steadily increasing since 1999. Few studies in the United States have assessed s...

    Authors: Daniel M Saman, Sabrina Walsh, Anna Borówko and Agricola Odoi
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:108
  25. Breastfeeding has been shown consistently in observational studies to be protective of overweight and obesity in later life. This study aimed to investigate the association between breastfeeding duration and w...

    Authors: Jane A Scott, Su Y Ng and Lynne Cobiac
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:107
  26. This paper describes the development of culturally-appropriate family-based interventions and their relevant measures, to promote family health, happiness and harmony in Hong Kong. Programs were developed in t...

    Authors: Sunita M Stewart, Cecilia S Fabrizio, Malia R Hirschmann and Tai Hing Lam
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:106
  27. Malaria during pregnancy is a major public health problem in Nigeria leading to increase in the risk of maternal mortality, low birth weight and infant mortality. This paper is aimed at highlighting key predic...

    Authors: Augustine Ankomah, Samson B Adebayo, Ekundayo D Arogundade, Jennifer Anyanti, Ernest Nwokolo, Olaronke Ladipo and Martin M Meremikwu
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:105
  28. In order to inform interventions to prevent sedentariness, more longitudinal studies are needed focusing on stability and change over time in multiple sedentary behaviours. This paper investigates patterns of ...

    Authors: Mekdes K Gebremariam, Torunn H Totland, Lene F Andersen, Ingunn H Bergh, Mona Bjelland, May Grydeland, Yngvar Ommundsen and Nanna Lien
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:104
  29. Efforts undertaken during the Return-to-Work (RTW) process need to be sufficient in order to optimize the quality of the RTW process. The purpose of this study was to explore factors relevant to Return-to-Work...

    Authors: Anna Muijzer, Sandra Brouwer, Jan H Geertzen and Johan W Groothoff
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:103
  30. Smoking during pregnancy is associated with known adverse perinatal and obstetrical outcomes as well as with socio-economic, demographic and other behavioural risk factors that independently influence outcomes...

    Authors: Anders C Erickson and Laura T Arbour
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:102
  31. Prevalence of low back pain (LBP) rises rapidly during adolescence, reaching adult levels by the age of 18. It has been suggested that adolescent LBP is benign with minimal impact, despite limited evidence.

    Authors: Peter B O'Sullivan, Darren J Beales, Anne J Smith and Leon M Straker
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:100
  32. Breast and cervical cancer screening are widely recognized as effective preventive procedures in reducing cancer mortality. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of socioeconomic disparities in the ...

    Authors: Gianfranco Damiani, Bruno Federico, Danila Basso, Alessandra Ronconi, Caterina Bianca Neve Aurora Bianchi, Gian Marco Anzellotti, Gabriella Nasi, Franco Sassi and Walter Ricciardi
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:99
  33. In southern and eastern Mediterranean countries, changes in lifestyle and the increasing prevalence of excess weight in childhood are risk factors for high blood pressure (BP) during adolescence and adulthood....

    Authors: Hajer Aounallah-Skhiri, Jalila El Ati, Pierre Traissac, Habiba Ben Romdhane, Sabrina Eymard-Duvernay, Francis Delpeuch, Noureddine Achour and Bernard Maire
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:98
  34. China is in the midst of history's largest flow of rural-urban migration in the world; a flow that includes growing numbers of children and adolescents. Their health status is an important public health issue....

    Authors: Zheng-hong Mao and Xu-dong Zhao
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:97
  35. The aim of this study was to assess if widowers had an increased mortality rate during the first 6 to 9 years after the death of their wife, compared initially to an age-matched control group and also compared...

    Authors: Bragi Skulason, Lilja Sigrun Jonsdottir, Valgerdur Sigurdardottir and Asgeir R Helgason
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:96
  36. Indigenous Australians are known to be at greater risk of morbidity and mortality from mental health related conditions, but most available data relate to the use of mental health services, and little is known...

    Authors: Joan Cunningham and Yin C Paradies
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:95
  37. While substantive epidemiological literature suggests that alcohol drinking and obesity are potential risk factors of colorectal cancer (CRC), the possible interaction between the two has not been adequately e...

    Authors: Jinhui Zhao, Yun Zhu, Peizhong Peter Wang, Roy West, Sharon Buehler, Zhuoyu Sun, Josh Squires, Barbara Roebothan, John R McLaughlin, Peter T Campbell and Patrick S Parfrey
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:94
  38. We describe participation rates in a special interconceptional care program that addressed all commonly known barriers to care, and identify predictors of the observed levels of participation in this preventiv...

    Authors: Vijaya K Hogan, M Ahinee Amamoo, Althea D Anderson, David Webb, Leny Mathews, Diane Rowley and Jennifer F Culhane
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:93
  39. The prevalence of HIV infection and how this varies between subgroups is a fundamental indicator of epidemic control. While there has been a rise in the number of HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men ...

    Authors: Peter JW Saxton, Nigel P Dickson, Richard Griffiths, Anthony J Hughes and John Rowden
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:92
  40. Alcohol is a substantial risk factor for mortality according to the recent 2010 World Health Assembly strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol which outlined the need to characterize and monitor this burd...

    Authors: Kevin D Shield, Benjamin Taylor, Tara Kehoe, Jayadeep Patra and Jürgen Rehm
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:91
  41. Urban Palestinians have a high incidence of coronary heart disease, and alarming prevalences of obesity (particularly among women) and diabetes. An active lifestyle can help prevent these conditions. Little is...

    Authors: Dafna Merom, Ronit Sinnreich, Vartohi Aboudi, Jeremy D Kark and Hisham Nassar
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:90
  42. The prevalence of both overweight and musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) in the construction industry is high. Many interventions in the occupational setting aim at the prevention and reduction of these health pr...

    Authors: Laura Viester, Evert ALM Verhagen, Karin I Proper, Johanna M van Dongen, Paulien M Bongers and Allard J van der Beek
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:89
  43. Reasons for the widespread declines in coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality in high income countries are controversial. Here we explore how the type of metric chosen for the analyses of these declines affect...

    Authors: Hebe N Gouda, Julia Critchley, John Powles and Simon Capewell
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:88
  44. South Korea and surrounding countries in East Asia are believed to have the highest proportion in the world of high frequency hearing loss due to occupational noise exposure, yet there has been limited informa...

    Authors: In-Sung Chung, Isabella M Chu and Mark R Cullen
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:87
  45. Anxiety disorders and depression are highly prevalent in children and affect their current and future functioning. 'FRIENDS for Life' is a cognitive-behavioural programme teaching children skills to cope more ...

    Authors: Mia P Kösters, Mai JM Chinapaw, Marieke Zwaanswijk, Marcel F van der Wal, Elisabeth MWJ Utens and Hans M Koot
    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:86

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