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Press Releases in BMC Public Health
Electronic media use and sleep in children and adolescents in western countries: a systematic review
Using phones, tablets and other electronic media is associated with shorter sleep in children and adolescents.
Prevalence and early-life determinants of mid-life multimorbidity: evidence from the 1970 British birth cohort
About one in three middle-aged people in the UK has multiple chronic health issues.
Could age increase the strength of inverse association between ultraviolet B exposure and colorectal cancer?
Inadequate exposure to UVB light from the sun may be associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer, particularly in older age groups.
Racial and ethnic disparities in subjective cognitive decline: a closer look, United States, 2015–2018
Minority groups in the US are more vulnerable to memory loss, confusion and their consequences earlier in life.
All coffee types decrease the risk of adverse clinical outcomes in chronic liver disease: a UK Biobank study
Drinking up to three or four cups of caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee a day reduces your risk of developing and dying from chronic liver diseases.
Long-term body mass index changes in overweight and obese adults and the risk of heart failure, cardiovascular disease and mortality: a cohort study of over 260,000 adults in the UK
UK adults who are overweight or obese retain their weight over time, which is associated with an increased risk of health complications and death.
Associations between occupation and heavy alcohol consumption in UK adults aged 40–69 years
For men, the jobs most likely to be associated with heavy drinking are skilled trade occupations, while jobs classified as managers and senior officials are most likely to be associated with heavy drinking for women.
Changes over 15 years in the contribution of adiposity and smoking to deaths in England and Scotland
Adiposity now accounts for more deaths in England and Scotland than smoking among people of middle- and old-age.
Changes in sedentary behaviour in European Union adults between 2002 and 2017
The number of European adults spending more than four-and-a-half hours sitting per day increased by 8% between 2002 and 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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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