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Press Releases in BMC Public Health

New Content ItemWelcome to the Press Release page. BMC Public Health receives international press coverage increasing the impact of the published research and allowing it to reach a wider audience. Here, you will find a list of articles published in BMC Public Health where a press release has been issued.   

2020

Age differences in demographic, social and health-related factors associated with loneliness across the adult life span (19–65 years): a cross-sectional study in the Netherlands

There can be no 'one-size-fits-all' approach to reducing loneliness since factors associated with it, such as contact with friends and family, perceived health or employment, may differ across the phases of the adult life span.

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Work-life balance and self-reported health among working adults in Europe: a gender and welfare state regime comparative analysis

Working adults across Europe with poor work-life balance are more likely to report poor general health.

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The actual and anticipated effects of a menthol cigarette ban: a scoping review

Extending the United States cigarette flavor ban to include menthol products could encourage existing smokers to quit and lower the rates of people starting to smoke.

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Too young for Cannabis? Choice of minimum legal age for legalized non-medical Cannabis in Canada

Most later life outcomes are better for individuals starting cannabis at age 19 than those starting it at age 18 but not worse than those starting cannabis between age 20 and 25. The results imply that age 19 is the optimal minimum legal age for cannabis use.

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Greater availability of non-alcoholic drinks may reduce alcohol consumption

People are more likely to opt for non-alcoholic drinks if there are more of them available than alcoholic drinks.

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Delays in TB treatment among non-UK born patients since NHS Cost Recovery Programme

Since the introduction of the NHS Cost Recovery Program in England, there has been a significant delay for tuberculosis treatment among non-UK born patients.

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Health warning labels on alcohol and snacks may reduce consumption

Graphic health warning labels on alcohol and snacks, similar to those on cigarette boxes, may encourage people to avoid them.

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Almost half of British women have poor sexual health

Almost half of women in Britain have poor sexual health, with nearly a third of women experiencing difficulties rooted in a lack of interest in sex.

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2019

Child maltreatment and subsequent delinquent or criminal behaviors

Children who have been physically or sexually abused, treated badly or neglected are at higher risk of offending the law or showing delinquent behavior.

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Children who walk to school less likely to be overweight or obese

Based on results from more than 2000 primary-age schoolchildren from across London, researchers find that walking or cycling to school is a strong predictor of obesity levels, and that this is consistent across neighborhoods, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Low awareness of hypertension and diabetes in China elderly causing public health concerns

The majority of Chinese individuals who were diagnosed with hypertension and/or type 2 diabetes in 2011 said they were unaware of having the diseases years later in 2015.

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Decline in physical activity often starts as early as age seven

Overall physical activity starts to decline already around the age of school entry. While the proportion of physically inactive individuals rises with age, there still are groups of people who manage to increase their physical activity level in adulthood and old age.

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First national estimates of virginity in Japan: 1 in 10 adults in their 30s remains a virgin

Japan has an increasing percentage of young adults with no history of heterosexual vaginal intercourse. Public health experts at the University of Tokyo have completed the most detailed analysis of national fertility survey data to date to understand trends in sexual experience over the past three decades.

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How many cigarettes are there in a bottle of wine?

The well-established link between cancer and tobacco may provide a way to help explain possible links between alcohol and cancer, and raise public awareness of alcohol-associated cancer risks, according to this study.

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Binge eating and smoking linked to bullying and sexual abuse

People who ever suffered bullying or sexual abuse have a lower quality of life similar to those living with chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, depression or severe anxiety.

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‘Bug Bombs’ are ineffective at killing roaches indoors

Total release foggers, commonly known as "bug bombs," are ineffective at removing cockroaches from indoor environments, according to a new study from North Carolina State University.

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Healthy shopper? Blood pressure testing in a shopping centre Pop-Up in England

There is a possible link between 'unhealthy' shopping centers and the number of cases of suspected or diagnosed high blood pressure recorded for people who volunteer for checks.

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2018

More young people are choosing to not drink alcohol

Young people in England aren’t just drinking less alcohol – a new study published in BMC Public Health shows that more of them are never taking up alcohol at all, and that the increase is widespread among young people.

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Compliance with indoor tanning legislation needs improvement to mitigate risks

Compliance with legislation intended to mitigate the risks associated with indoor tanning varies widely between countries and individual facilities and is generally poor.

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Middle-aged moderate drinkers rarely have health concerns about drinking

A systematic review reports that middle-aged drinkers (30–65 year olds), who consume low-levels of alcohol, have either minor or non-existent concerns about the health effects of drinking.

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Longer hours on social media may increase teens’ risk of cyberbullying

With a number of factors associated with cyberbullying victimization in seven European countries, the highest rate of cyber victimization is found in Romania (37.3%) and the lowest in Spain.

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Sleeping too much or not enough may have bad effects on health

Sleep duration displays an association with metabolic syndrome and its components among both men and women but men are affected more by short sleep and women by long sleep.

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Media representations of cancer neglect an important risk factor: age

Although the risk of cancer increases as we get older, age and older adults are largely obscured in media representation of cancer and cancer experience.

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Inaccurate idea of own body weight may be strong factor in unhealthy dieting

Unhealthy dieting behaviors may elevate undesired weight gain and weight loss in individuals who are obese/overweight and underweight respectively.

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Smokers have worse diets than non-smokers

Smoking status is associated with poor diet quality, with former smokers having a slightly lower energy density value than current non-daily smokers but a higher value than never smokers.

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Social media use at age 10 could reduce wellbeing of adolescent girls

High levels of social media interaction in early adolescence have implications for well-being in later adolescence, particularly for females. The lack of an association among males suggests other factors might be associated with their reduction in well-being with age.

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Possible link between low blood pressure and suicidal thoughts

An association between low systolic blood pressure with suicidal ideation is shown in a Korean population. 

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Higher cigarette taxes may increase use of chewing tobacco and cigars in adolescents

Higher state cigarette taxes are associated with adolescents’ use of cheaper, alternative tobacco products such as smokeless tobacco and cigars.

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“Perfect for all occasions”? Marketing of lower strength alcohol products may increase drinking

Low/er strength wines and beers appear to be marketed not as substitutes for higher strength products but as ones that can be consumed on additional occasions with an added implication of healthiness.

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Housework gender differences may affect health in elderly men and women

Although time allocation to housework activities may be beneficial to the health among both genders, elderly women have higher odds of reporting poor health when more time is devoted total housework combined with either short or long sleep duration.

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