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Health behavior, health promotion and society

This section aims to publish studies examining the cultural, economic and societal influences that inform lifestyle choices and health behaviors, from drug, alcohol and cigarette consumption, to perceptions of safe sexual behavior and vaccine uptake, enabling all communities to increase control over their health, and empower them to maintain, attain, or regain good health and prevent disease.

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  1. COVID19 is a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus. As there has been no definitive treatment for the disease so far, the only way to control the spread is to break the chain of infection. Our stud...

    Authors: Mojgan Firouzbakht, Shabnam Omidvar, Saeedeh Firouzbakht and Arman Asadi-Amoli

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:143

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  2. it is important to investigate the relationship between disordered eating in male adolescents and smoking and alcohol consumption as they are risk factors to other diseases as well. For example, high levels of...

    Authors: Jana Berro, Marwan Akel, Souheil Hallit and Sahar Obeid

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:140

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  3. Racial and ethnic disparities in stillbirth risk had been documented in most western countries, but it remains unknown in China. This study was to determine whether exist ethnic disparities in stillbirth risk ...

    Authors: Yanpeng Wu, Jianhong Pan, Dong Han, Lixin Li, Yanfei Wu, Rui Liao, Zijie Liu, Dingyun You, Pingyan Chen and Ying Wu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:136

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  4. One of the main occupational hazards for seafarers is the long exposure to sunlight. This study aimed to determine the efficacy of a mobile phone-based text message intervention in adopting skin cancer prevent...

    Authors: Esmat Heydari, Tahereh Dehdari and Mahnaz Solhi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:134

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  5. Cervical cancer is the second commonest female cancer in Sri Lanka. Two major drawbacks of the present cervical cancer screening programme are the suboptimal sensitivity of the pap smear and the low coverage. ...

    Authors: K. C. M. Perera, N. Mapitigama and HTCS Abeysena

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:131

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  6. Mobile health technologies have advanced to now allow monitoring of the acute physiological responses to lifestyle behaviours. Our aim was to explore how people engaged with real-time feedback on their physica...

    Authors: Maxine E. Whelan, Francesca Denton, Claire L. A. Bourne, Andrew P. Kingsnorth, Lauren B. Sherar, Mark W. Orme and Dale W. Esliger

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:130

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  7. Body image concerns may give rise to a multitude of risk behaviors, such as unhealthy weight control practices, disordered eating behaviors (e.g., compensatory purging or preoccupation with food), smoking, exc...

    Authors: Mattias Strand, Peeter Fredlund, Cecilia Boldemann and Anton Lager

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:128

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  8. Conceptual and theoretical links between politics and public health are longstanding. Internationally comparative systematic review evidence has shown links between four key political exposures – the welfare s...

    Authors: Maxwell S. Barnish, Si Ying Tan, Araz Taeihagh, Michelle Tørnes, Rebecca V. H. Nelson-Horne and G. J. Melendez-Torres

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:127

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  9. Transactional sexual relationships contribute to a high incidence of HIV infection among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) living in low-resource settings. Cash transfers (CT) are a structural approach t...

    Authors: Alok Gangaramany, Peter Balvanz, Margaret Waruguru Gichane, Stephan Goetschius, Saransh Sharma, Krittika Sharma, Jeff Mulhausen, Paul Noble-Campbell, Joyce Wamoyi, Suzanne Maman and Ram Prasad

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:122

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  10. Despite a global call for action and growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCD) associated with physical inactivity, effective interventions to increase community-wide physical activity (PA) remain few....

    Authors: Ling Chew, Isabel Tavitian-Exley, Nicole Lim and Alice Ong

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:120

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  11. School nurses in the school health services are assigned to promote health and participation among children when conducting health visits. Still, for children of foreign origin this promotion of participation ...

    Authors: Emmie Wahlström, Marie Golsäter, Mats Granlund, Inger K. Holmström, Peter Larm and Maria Harder

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:111

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  12. We assessed the feasibility and acceptability of a sequential approach of parent-targeted HPV vaccine reminders and phone-based Motivation Interviewing (MI).

    Authors: Stephanie A. S. Staras, Eric Richardson, Lisa J. Merlo, Jiang Bian, Lindsay A. Thompson, Janice L. Krieger, Matthew J. Gurka, Ashley H. Sanders and Elizabeth A. Shenkman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:109

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  13. Mothers in low-income countries face many challenges to appropriately feed their children in the first year such as poverty, food insecurity and high workloads. However, even in the lowest income families ther...

    Authors: Jeanine Ahishakiye, Lenneke Vaandrager, Inge D. Brouwer and Maria Koelen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:103

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  14. There is a lack of qualitative gambling research on lived experience, help-seeking, and gamblers and affected others’ views on the regulatory environment in the Northern Territory (NT), Australia. This study p...

    Authors: Himanshu Gupta and Matthew Stevens

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:96

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  15. This article focuses on the process of designing the vital, participatory school-based intervention program aiming to increase the physical activity in schools. The program analyzed is Estonian nationwide comp...

    Authors: Kerli Mooses, Triin Vihalemm, Marko Uibu, Katrin Mägi, Leene Korp, Maarja Kalma, Evelin Mäestu and Merike Kull

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:92

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  16. Regular engagement in physical activity has well-established physical and psychological health benefits. Despite this, over a quarter of the global adult population is insufficiently physically active. Physica...

    Authors: Amelia V. Romeo, Sarah M. Edney, Ronald C. Plotnikoff, Tim Olds, Corneel Vandelanotte, Jillian Ryan, Rachel Curtis and Carol A. Maher

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:88

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  17. Evidence is scarce on how to promote health and decrease cumulative inequalities for disadvantaged older people. Downstream complex interventions focusing on intermediate factors (self-management, health liter...

    Authors: Sergi Blancafort Alias, Rosa Monteserín Nadal, Irene Moral, Marta Roqué Fígols, Xavier Rojano i Luque and Laura Coll-Planas

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:84

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  18. The Table Talk tool is an observational assessment of early care and education teacher (ECET) mealtime practices. The Table Talk Revised (TT-R) tool incorporates new constructs that emerged from qualitative re...

    Authors: Taren Swindle, Josh Phelps, Nicole M. McBride, James P. Selig, Julie M. Rutledge and Swapna Manyam

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:80

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  19. There is a need for novel interventions to target inadequate levels of adolescent physical activity behavior. Previous research indicates that better understanding of the processes by which social networks inf...

    Authors: Shannon C. Montgomery, Michael Donnelly, Jennifer Badham, Frank Kee, Laura Dunne and Ruth F. Hunter

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:77

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  20. There is limited information about the psychosocial sub-determinants regarding the use of HIV Testing and Counselling (HTC) services among suspected Tuberculosis (TB) patients in Sudan. This study aimed to ass...

    Authors: Almutaz M. Idris, Rik Crutzen and H. W. Van den Borne

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:75

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  21. Doctors play an important role in smoking control. This study aimed to assess doctors’ smoking control knowledge, attitudes and practices to help doctors raise awareness of smoking control assistance.

    Authors: Qiang Wang, Xueli Zhang, Zengwu Wang, Shangang Feng, Yang Li, Chuanfeng Zhang and Chunping Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:73

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  22. Almost one in three Australian adults are now obese, and the rate continues to rise. The causes of obesity are multifaceted and include environmental, cultural and lifestyle factors. Emerging evidence suggests...

    Authors: Rachel G. Curtis, Timothy Olds, François Fraysse, Dorothea Dumuid, Gilly A. Hendrie, Adrian Esterman, Wendy J. Brown, Ty Ferguson, Rajini Lagiseti and Carol A. Maher

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:70

    Content type: Study protocol

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  23. Sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption is an important behavior that can influence individuals’ risk for diabetes, obesity, and other chronic diseases. Nonetheless, there is a lack of valid measures to ass...

    Authors: Brenda Heaton, Julie A. Wright, Julia C. Bond and Lisa M. Quintiliani

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:69

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  24. Although schools have been identified as significant settings in the response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, limited research is available on how they can accommodate Youth Living with HIV/AIDS (YLWHA), especially ...

    Authors: Emmanuel Kimera, Sofie Vindevogel, Didier Reynaert, Anne-Mie Engelen, Kintu Mugenyi Justice, John Rubaihayo, Jessica De Maeyer and Johan Bilsen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:63

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  25. To date, there is no effective treatment for COVID-19, which is a pandemic disease, caused by a novel coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. In Togo, where four in five people practice self-medication, the absence of ...

    Authors: Arnold J. Sadio, Fifonsi A. Gbeasor-Komlanvi, Rodion Y. Konu, Akila W. Bakoubayi, Martin K. Tchankoni, Alexandra M. Bitty-Anderson, Iris M. Gomez, Claudia P. Denadou, Joël Anani, Harold R. Kouanfack, Innocent K. Kpeto, Mounerou Salou and Didier K. Ekouevi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:58

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  26. Different physical activities are widely recommended as non-pharmacological therapies to reduce blood pressure. However, the effectiveness of exercise programs is associated with its continuity and regularity,...

    Authors: Rodrigo Ferrari, Leandro de Oliveira Carpes, Lucas Betti Domingues, Alexandre Jacobsen, Paula Frank, Nathalia Jung, Joarez Santini and Sandra C. Fuchs

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:56

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  27. The COVID-19 outbreak is a global pandemic, during which the community preventive and protective behaviors play a crucial role in the containment and control of infection. This study was designed to contribute...

    Authors: Seyed Taghi Heydari, Leila Zarei, Ahmad Kalateh Sadati, Najmeh Moradi, Maryam Akbari, Gholamhossin Mehralian and Kamran Bagheri Lankarani

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:54

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  28. Pet ownership brings many health benefits to individuals. In children developmental benefits can extend to improved self-esteem, better social competence and decreased loneliness. The majority of households wi...

    Authors: Michelle Ng, Elizabeth Wenden, Leanne Lester, Carri Westgarth and Hayley Christian

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:51

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  29. We aimed to clarify the predisposing factors for adolescent constipation in a longitudinal study, because while factors associated with childhood constipation have been reported, prospective studies on the inc...

    Authors: Masaaki Yamada, Michikazu Sekine, Takashi Tatsuse and Yuko Fujimura

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:47

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  30. Social capital has been linked to health behaviours, but the underlying mechanism is unclear. Previous studies have found that health literacy played the role of a mediator in the relationships among social ca...

    Authors: Guang-Hui Cui, Shao-Jie Li, Yong-Tian Yin, Li-Jun Chen, Jia-Qin Li, Feng-Yuan Liang, Xin-Yao Liu and Lei Chen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:45

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  31. Understanding the influence of healthy lifestyle behaviors on population-level life satisfaction is few known in the aging population, especially in low- and middle-income countries in Asia. The objective of o...

    Authors: Sirinya Phulkerd, Sasinee Thapsuwan, Aphichat Chamratrithirong and Rossarin Soottipong Gray

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:43

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  32. Smartphone apps are increasingly used for health-related behaviour change and people discover apps through different sources. However, it is unclear whether users differ by mode of app discovery. Drink Less is an...

    Authors: Claire Garnett, Olga Perski, Emma Beard, Susan Michie, Robert West and Jamie Brown

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:30

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  33. Currently 1.9 billion adults worldwide are estimated to be overweight or obese. In Denmark the municipalities hold the responsibility to deliver weight loss programmes to overweight and obese citizens. There i...

    Authors: Christina Jessen-Winge, Pia Maria Ilvig, Heather Fritz, Carl J. Brandt, Kim Lee and Jeanette Reffstrup Christensen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:28

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  34. The recreational use of cannabis was legalized across Canada in October 2018. While many people use cannabis without harm, adverse outcomes have been noted in a few populations, including middle-aged and older...

    Authors: Asvini Keethakumar, Vrati M. Mehra, Nazilla Khanlou and Hala Tamim

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:26

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  35. Even though the Indonesian government have set regulations for maintaining exclusive breastfeeding practices, the coverage remains low. The study aims to analyze the effects of mother’s education level on the ...

    Authors: Agung Dwi Laksono, Ratna Dwi Wulandari, Mursyidul Ibad and Ina Kusrini

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:14

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  36. The Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has created havoc globally as countries worldwide struggle to combat this pandemic. Since prevention and social isolation are known to be the only ways to prevent the s...

    Authors: Zoya Fatima Rizwan Ladiwala, Rubaid Azhar Dhillon, Ibrahim Zahid, Omar Irfan, Muhammad Sharjeel Khan, Safia Awan and Javaid Ahmad Khan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:21

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  37. While appropriate care for children is essential for optimal growth and protection against child morbidity and mortality, teenage mothers have been shown to deviate from the recommended childcare practices. Th...

    Authors: Reuben Foster Twintoh, Prince Justin Anku, Hubert Amu, Eugene Kofour Maafo Darteh and Kwaku Kissah Korsah

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:16

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  38. During the COVID-19 pandemic, billions of people have to change their behaviours to slow down the spreading of the virus. Protective measures include self-isolation, social (physical) distancing and compliance...

    Authors: Laura Mieth, Maike M. Mayer, Adrian Hoffmann, Axel Buchner and Raoul Bell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:12

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  39. This study assessed the effects of a Japanese leaflet-based health guide for older Japanese-Brazilian adults living in Brazil, on health literacy, self-efficacy, and satisfaction with the health guide and part...

    Authors: Mana Doi-Kanno, Yuka Kanoya and Emilio Hideyuki Moriguchi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:10

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  40. Domestic violence against women during pregnancy and the postpartum period not only violates the human rights of women but also harms on the health of both mother and child. Domestic violence is entrenching in...

    Authors: Narayan Bhatta, Sawitri Assanangkornchai and Ishwari Rajbhandari

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:5

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  41. An essential element in the process of “aging well” is the concept of Active Aging (AA). To propose an operational definition of Active Aging, the present study seeks to develop a new measurement tool through ...

    Authors: Azadeh Lak, Parichehr Rashidghalam, S. Nouroddin Amiri, Phyo K. Myint and Hamid R. Baradaran

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:4

    Content type: Technical advance

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  42. The inadequate awareness of livestock breeders on brucellosis transmission, as well as their improper knowledge about preventing brucellosis is considered as one of the important barriers to animal vaccination...

    Authors: Farhad Bahadori, Fazlollah Ghofranipour, Saeideh Ghaffarifar and Reza Ziaei

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:2

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  43. Individual perceptions of personal and national threats posed by COVID-19 shaped initial response to the pandemic. The aim of this study was to investigate the changes in residents’ awareness about COVID-19 an...

    Authors: Ran Li, Bingcheng Yang, Jerrod Penn, Bailey Houghtaling, Juan Chen, Witoon Prinyawiwatkul, Brian E. Roe and Danyi Qi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1922

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  44. Recent evidence shows that men and women have inadequate fertility knowledge which may negatively affect their childbearing decisions in future. Given the fact that decision making for fertility needs accurate...

    Authors: Maryam Gharacheh, Farideh Khalajabadi Farahani, Mojgan Mirghafourvand, Leila Janani and Fahimeh Ranjbar

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1917

    Content type: Study protocol

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  45. A large proportion of apprentices shows addictive behaviours like cigarette smoking, alcohol, cannabis, or compulsive Internet use, others do not show such behaviours at all. ready4life is a smartphone applicatio...

    Authors: Severin Haug, Raquel Paz Castro, Andreas Wenger and Michael P. Schaub

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1910

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