Cardiovascular (CVD) risk escalated dramatically in the Chinese population between 2002 and 2010, with the escalation related to the pace of economic development, which led to accelerating changes in nutrition, lifestyle, and socio-economic status.
There is a log-linear relationship of caries to sugar intake from 0% of energy intake (E) to 10%E sugar at where a costly burden of caries is induced, suggesting public health goals should set sugar intakes ideally less than 3%.
Socioeconomically disadvantaged groups, smokers, physically inactive people, and persons with a low fruit and vegetable intake, are less likely to have health checks than those with a more favourable risk profile.
Occupational social class and educational level are associated with serum lipid levels and the relationships are more evident in women than in men, suggesting the variations may be attributed to factors such as obesity and physical activity.
Climate change is likely to contribute to increased dengue risk in many parts of Europe, with the areas of greatest increased risk projected to be clustered around the Mediterranean and Adriatic coasts and in northern Italy.
Participation in follow-up screening after gestational diabetes is low in the North Denmark Region, with women not attending seeing a lower risk of diabetes diagnosis or treatment and early detection of diabetes.
The epidemiology of suicide in Sri Lanka has changed noticeably in the last 30 years with the introduction of pesticide regulations here coinciding with a reduction in suicide rates.
Changes in BMI and overweight prevalence in two years vary significantly among European countries and show little decline, suggesting all countries should strengthen their efforts to achieve the European Charter’s goal to reverse the obesity epidemic by 2015.
BMC Public Health 2014, 14:923
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Carl 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.
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