Section Editors

  • William R Brieger, JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • 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
  • Babar Tasneem Shaikh, Health Services Academy
  • Corneel Vandelanotte, Central Queensland University
  • Jascha de Nooijer, Maastricht University

Executive Editor

  • Natalie Pafitis, BioMed Central


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    Creating governmental change to address SDoH

    Existing instrumental process-based interventions for the social determinants of health (SDoH) could be strengthened across government departments and between other policy actors by stronger accountability and incentive mechanisms to support integration.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1087
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    Childhood obesity plateau in Ireland high

    With one in four Irish children being overweight or obese, the prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity in the Republic of Ireland is at an unacceptably high level but has reached a plateau and may be falling.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:974
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    Life hassles and increased exercise

    Physical activity levels are higher in people who have experienced more daily hassles and in those who report higher negative appraisal in the work and finances life event domains.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1067
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    E-cigarette messages on YouTube

    The majority of information on YouTube about electronic (e-) cigarettes promotes their use and depicts their use as being socially acceptable, suggesting it is critical to develop appropriate health campaigns to inform consumers of potential e-cigarette harms.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1028
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    Mobile phone use associated with inattention

    Mobile phone ownership, time spent on phone entertainment and phone mode and position are significantly associated with inattention in Chinese adolescents, suggesting parents set maximum playing times and ensure phones are turned off at night.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1022
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    Higher CVD risk in China linked to growing economy

    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.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:983
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    Goals for sugar intake should be revised

    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%.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:863
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    Who gets their health checked?

    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.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:913



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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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