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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.   

2019

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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