Welcome to the BMC Public Health Section Editors' Highlights page. Here, the Section Editors have chosen recent papers published in their section of the journal that are of particular importance or interest to highlight to a wider audience.
Section Editors' Highlights
Chronic disease epidemiology
Women’s perception, attitudes, and intended behavior towards predictive epigenetic risk testing for female cancers in 5 European countries: a cross-sectional online survey
Chosen by: Jianguang Ji
Epigenomic alterations, by incorporating with other well-known risk factors, become the promising biomarkers to predict an individual’s cancer risk recently. However, it is still largely unknown about the public’s attitudes to accept the adoption of epigenetic markers into clinical practice. Using data from five European countries, the authors found that around 75% women would like to take a predictive epigenetic test if it is freely available due to their willingness to guide healthcare strategies and to change their lifestyle to prevent cancer development. The rest of them who would not participate in the epigenetic test are afraid of unnecessary cancer worry and unintended lifestyle changes as well as unaccepted healthcare interventions. The data suggest that the introduction of predictive epigenetic tests for cancer risks in clinical practice will require a balanced and transparent communication to prevent unjustified concerns.
A systematic review of working conditions and occupational health among immigrants in Europe and Canada
Chosen by: Isabelle Niedhammer
Few studies are available on the working conditions and occupational health of immigrants in Europe and Canada. This study is one of the first literature reviews to provide advanced knowledge on this topic. The authors suggest that immigrant workers experience poorer working conditions and occupational health than native workers. They also underline the need for more studies on the immigrant populations, and especially on the causal pathways that may explain the associations between immigrant status, working conditions and health outcomes.