Section Editors

  • 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

Executive Editor

  • Natalie Pafitis, BioMed Central


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    Understanding male sex work

    Victor Minichiello and colleagues discuss how globalisation and technology have contributed to the normalisation of male sex work and reshaped the landscape in which the male sex industry operates.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:282
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    Strongest determinants of childhood overweight

    Observed pathways between parental body mass index (BMI) and education and childhood overweight in Finnish youth emphasize a need for evidence-based health promotion interventions tailored for families identified with parental overweight and low level of education.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:271
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    Sexual violence against female sex workers

    Female sex workers who are victims of sexual violence are more likely to experience poor sexual, reproductive and mental health outcomes, suggesting providing survivors with access to post-exposure prophylaxis and mental health services should be a priority.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:270
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    Violence against women with disabilities in Nepal

    Women in Nepal are at high risk of violence, often from members of their immediate family or local community, with rates of violence higher in women with disability than among those in the general population.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:261
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    Severity of sequential dengue virus infections

    Increasing time interval between sequential dengue virus (DENV) infections is associated with greater severity of the subsequent DENV infection, supporting the role of heterotypic immunity in both protection and enhancement.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:250
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    Metabolic syndrome in Northeast China increasing

    The prevalence of metabolic sydnrome is high and exhibits an increasing trend in hypertensive rural Northeast Chinese individuals, particularly in the male population.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:247
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    More research needed on HIV-serodiscordant relationships

    Very few studies have investigated barriers to disclosing an HIV-serodiscordant relationship to family and social networks, suggesting that significantly more research is needed to understand the social and behavioural contexts of HIV-serodiscordant relationships.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:241
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    Plain cigarette packaging and smoking behavior

    Plain cigarette packs reduce ratings of the experience of using the pack and of the pack attributes, and increase the self-perceived impact of the health warning, but do not change smoking behavior in the short term.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:240



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Editor's profile

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"

Volume 14 Suppl 3 (24 November 2014)

Proceedings of the International Research Symposium on Population Health 2013

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 18-22 November 2013

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