Section Editors

  • Mark R Cullen, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • David J Hunter, Durham University
  • Omar Khan, University of Vermont
  • Carl A Latkin, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Victor Minichiello, La Trobe University
  • Angela Pesatori, University of Milan
  • Giovanni Rezza, Istituto Superiore di Sanita
  • Corneel Vandelanotte, Central Queensland University
  • Jascha de Nooijer, Maastricht University

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  • Natalie Pafitis, BioMed Central


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    Children's snack food packaging perceptions

    Most children choose their favorite product based on taste perceptions, which can be influenced by food packaging, suggesting policies regulating package content and design are required to discourage consumption of unhealthy snacks.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1274
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    Increasing exercise in primary care

    A trial seeking to increase walking through the structured use of a pedometer and handbook in a primary care setting is very well received by participants, with the setting thought to be highly appropriate for such an intervention.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1272
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    Breastfeeding protective against obesity

    Evidence from the literature indicates that breastfeeding is a significant protective factor against obesity in children, with prolonged breastfeeding directly related to a decreasing risk of obesity.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1267
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    Jamie Oliver impacts cooking and eating behavior

    Jamie's Ministry of Food, Australia results in improvements in participants' food and cooking attitudes and knowledge, food purchasing behaviors and social interactions within the home environment, sustained six months after the program.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1161
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    Monitoring working conditions in Europe

    There is a large overlap of dimensions covered in European questionnaires monitoring working conditions and health but more than half are not part of the demand-control-support and effort-reward-imbalance models, the most prominent.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1251
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    Validity of natal sex and gender identity items

    Two brief survey items to measure gender minority status using a two-step method are valid tools for incorporating natal sex and gender status into health research.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1224
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    Predictors of onset of drug use in males

    Factors such as not providing for oneself, parental divorce, peer pressure, very low nicotine dependence and sensation seeking are positively associated with the onset of cannabis use in young male adults.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1202
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    HRQoL predicts adverse outcomes

    Physical health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is a significant predictor of a range of adverse outcomes such as incident cancer, CHD events and all-cause mortality, even after adjustment for adiposity and other confounders.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1197



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Carl LatkinCarl Latkin is Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society and in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr Latkin works in developing and testing sustainable social network and social diffusion behavior change interventions and is the principal investigator at the Lighthouse, a community-based research center that focuses on health promotion and disease prevention. His research interests include HIV prevention and care among disadvantaged populations, domestic and international approaches to behavior change, social and personal network analysis, neighborhood factors and health behaviors, injection drug users, STIs, alcohol, harm reduction, mental health, social support, social context and risk behavior, integrating qualitative and quantitative methods.

"I've been impressed with the diversity of articles in BMC Public Health in terms of country of origin and methodologies, with considerable amount of qualitative research"

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