Section Editors

  • Christopher Barton, Flinders University
  • Elvira Beracochea, Realizing Global Health
  • Rachel Carey, Deakin University
  • Amanda Daley, University of Birmingham
  • Ariadne Kapetanaki, City University London
  • Angela Pesatori, University of Milan
  • Giovanni Rezza, Istituto Superiore di Sanita
  • Richard Rosenkranz, Kansas State University
  • Dianne Stanton Ward, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Martin Caraher, City University London
  • Omar Khan, Christiana Care Health System
  • David Stieb, Population Studies Division, Health Canada
  • Corneel Vandelanotte, Central Queensland University

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  • Natalie Pafitis, BioMed Central


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    Lowering alcohol use among Dutch students

    Alcohol consumption significantly decreased among Dutch high school students between 2005 and 2009 during a national prevention campaign and the reduction did not lead to replacement by tobacco or cannabis use.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:821
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    Risk factors for homicide victimisation in Rwanda

    Homicide victims in Rwanda are relatively young and the proportion of female victims is one of
    the highest in the world, with risk factors for victimisation similar to those described in other countries and not including genocide exposure.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:809
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    Higher health costs for people with mental disorders

    Individuals with mental disorders in Brazil have a consistent higher health expenditure despite the fact that the country has a universal free-of-charge healthcare and medication system.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:745
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    Most effective government tobacco control policies

    Evidence from the literature indicates that raising taxes on tobacco products, product packaging interventions and anti-tobacco mass media campaigns may decrease smoking behavior, suggesting governments should focus their efforts on enacting smoke-free legislation and taxing tobacco products.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:744
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    Granting children greater independent mobility

    Adults with lower education and lower perceptions of neighbourhood social cohesion are less willing to let children travel further away from home, suggesting interventions to increase children's mobility may be more effective if targeted to these groups.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:690
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    Spatiotemporal variation in diabetes mortality in China

    Declines in diabetes mortality between 2006 and 2012 have been unequally distributed across China, which may imply differentials in diagnosis, management, and the provision of services that warrant further investigation.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:633
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    Stakeholder engagement with Ebola therapy research

    The community engagement process for Ebola Virus Disease research is crucial and will help address current myths and misconceptions as well as promote study volunteers' awareness of research objectives and results.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:242
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    Initiation rituals to street life destructive to youth

    Initiation rituals to street life expose street connected youths to adverse health risks including early pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, injuries and mental illness, findings which are important for the development of appropriate interventions for this vulnerable group.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:569



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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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