Section Editors

  • William R Brieger, JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Till Bärnighausen, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Mark R Cullen, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • William Cumberland, UCLA School of Public Health
  • David J Hunter, Durham University
  • Omar Khan, University of Vermont
  • Carl A Latkin, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Lea Maes, Ghent University
  • Fiona Matthews, MRC Biostatistics Unit
  • Victor Minichiello, La Trobe University
  • Martin O'Flaherty, University of Liverpool
  • 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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    Sleep duration associated with lung cancer risk

    Sleep duration of less than 7–7.5 hours or more than 7–7.5 hours associates with increased lung cancer risk in ageing men irrespective of age, health behavior, previous inflammatory lung diseases and sociodemographic status.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:295
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    Special events in promoting cancer screening

    Evidence from the literature suggests some special events like health fairs and cultural events may lead to increases in cancer screening, especially if they provide onsite screening services, but there is insufficient evidence that special events
    promote cancer screening.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:274
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    Depressive symptoms associated with injury

    Adolescents with elevated depressive symptoms experience a greater number of violence-related, transport-related and unintentional injuries, suggesting interventions aimed at reducing adolescent injury should aim to minimize psychosocial antecedents that put adolescents at an increased risk.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:190
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    Impact of low GI diet on obesity

    A low glycemic index (GI) diet results in significant reduction in obesity indices in adolescents when compared to conventional diet, suggesting the quality of carbohydrate content in a meal may be an essential element in obesity management.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:180
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    Food subsidy program may improve nutrition

    The Healthy Start food subsidy program in England can provide an important nutritional safety net and potentially improve nutrition for pregnant women and young children living on low incomes.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:148
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    Influences in prescribing anti-obesity drugs

    The pattern of prescribing for anti-obesity medication in Ireland appears to reflect population needs and there is some evidence of socially determined prescribing, specifically reflected in under-prescribing amongst males and higher prescribing amongst younger females.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:87
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    Football clubs weight program engages men

    A men-only weight management program delivered to groups at top professional football clubs attracts men at high risk of ill-health who may otherwise be reluctant to attend existing weight management programs.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:50
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    E-cigarette contaminants and health risk

    The current state of knowledge indicates that there is no evidence that exposures to vapers from electronic cigarette contaminants warrant a concern but aerosol generated during vaping creates personal exposures that would justify surveillance of health among exposed persons.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:18


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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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