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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    Limiting SBMU to 2 hours a day no longer feasible

    Current pediatric recommendations of less than 2 hours per day pertaining to screen based media use (SBMU) may no longer be tenable as SBM are central in the everyday lives of children and adolescents.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:5
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    Attributes of healthy lifestyle interventions

    53 good practice attributes targeting healthy diet, physical activity, and sedentary behavior in various populations, falling into 3 broad domains proposed by WHO, provide a comprehensive overview of specific aspects of potentially successful interventions and policies.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:19
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    Alcohol consumption highest in Northern England

    Population level alcohol consumption in Great Britain is associated with alcohol-caused mortality, with per adult consumption in northern England being above the country’s average and characterised by high beer sales.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:1
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    NPI strategies for pandemic influenza outbreaks

    A non-pharmaceutical intervention (NPI) strategy for influenza outbreaks indicates pandemic containment is possible for low and medium transmissibility scenarios but a combination of both PIs and NPIs is needed for containment during a high transmissibility scenario pandemic.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1328
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    Triggers of intimate partner violence

    Parents most commonly mention that violent arguments are instigated by concerns about the division of household labor and parenting, which may have significant implications for intervention development.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1324
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    Late presentation among MSM in Brazil

    The prevalence of late presentation to HIV/AIDS services in men who have sex with men (MSM) in a Brazil urban center is higher than that noted in the global literature, with heterosexual men and older age individuals experiencing substantial barriers to care.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1313
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    Children's snack food packaging perceptions

    Most children choose their favorite product based on taste perceptions, which can be influenced by food packaging, suggesting policies regulating package content and design are required to discourage consumption of unhealthy snacks.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1274
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    Increasing exercise in primary care

    A trial seeking to increase walking through the structured use of a pedometer and handbook in a primary care setting is very well received by participants, with the setting thought to be highly appropriate for such an intervention.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1272



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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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