- 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
- Charles W. Warren, CDC
- Jascha de Nooijer, Maastricht University
- Natalie Pafitis, BioMed Central
Evidence from the literature suggests an increase in price of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) is associated with decreased consumption and increased consumption of alternative beverages which are better for health.
The prevalence of type-2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome among the urban middle class in Bangladesh is surprisingly high, suggesting screening services should be implemented in the region along with strategies to lessen associated morbidity.
Housework accounts for a significant proportion of self-reported daily exercise but is negatively associated with leanness, suggesting that such activity may not be sufficient to provide all benefits normally associated with meeting the physical activity guidelines.
Salaried workers at plants with high layoffs experience more work stress following downsizing than their counterparts at non-high layoff plants, suggesting downsizing leads to persistent work stress which accumulates and may lead to other negative health outcomes.
A 10% tax imposed on sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) in Ireland as a measure to combat childhood obesity may reduce the number of obese adults by around 10,000, and those who are overweight or obese by around 14,000.
Victor Minichiello and his co-authors discuss the potentials of E-health in providing and accessing sexual health services and present recommendations towards addressing some of the emerging challenges e-sexual health issues pose.
Observational evidence suggests that volunteering may benefit mental health and survival but future research is needed to explore the causal mechanisms between volunteering and mortality as these remain unclear.
There are several common mental models regarding HIV vaccine trials among men who have sex with men in India which may pose obstacles to the safe and ethical implementation of these trials among marginalised communities such as this.
BMC Public Health 2013, 13:1098
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Carl 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.
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