- 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
- Lea Maes, Ghent University
- Silvia Martins, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Fiona Matthews, MRC Biostatistics Unit
- Victor Minichiello, University of New England
- Martin O'Flaherty, University of Liverpool
- Giovanni Rezza, Istituto Superiore di Sanita
- Natalie Pafitis, BioMed Central
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Lesbians are less likely than heterosexual women to participate in cervical cancer screening at recommended intervals, suggesting interventions should be designed to educate this population about cervical cancer risks and the benefits of screening.
A modified version of the Neighborhood Environment and Walkability Scale (NEWS) scoring protocol improves inter-country comparability and allows pooled analysis of data in investigating associations of perceived neighborhood environment with physical activity and health outcomes.
Sickness absence from school and lower adolescent socio-economic status is predictive of future sickness absence in women, while lower school grades and having unemployed fathers in childhood are predictive of future absence in men.
There is limited high quality evidence of the impacts of food subsidy programs on the health and nutrition of people in high income countries (HICs), suggesting further studies are needed to justify investment in these programs.
Evidence from the literature suggests that second hand smoke (SHS) exposure doubles the risk of invasive meningococcal disease in children, which is further increased for children under five and those exposed to maternal smoking during pregnancy.
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BMC Public Health 2013, 13:461
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