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

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  • Natalie Pafitis, BioMed Central


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    CVD risk in homeless people with mental illness

    Homeless people with mental illness have highly elevated 30-year cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, particularly among males and those diagnosed with substance dependence.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:165
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    Media coverage of skin cancer and indoor tanning

    Messages from a 2006 report on indoor tanning and skin cancer have not been taken up by the media and, despite improvements in reporting, more effective dissemination of public health messages about skin cancer and tanning is needed.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:169
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    Socio-cultural beliefs in alcohol use in Nigeria

    Men in Nigeria see alcohol as 'good for males' while women believe that alcohol 'does not discriminate gender' and should be drunk by both males and females, showing how gendered constructions of alcohol consumption create risks for both sexes.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:167
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    Parental separation and health issues in infants

    There is a significant increase in the percentage of health problems in infants when the parents are separated compared with when the parental couple is intact, suggesting family doctors should enquire about family composition for infants under 12 months.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:159
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    Shisha smoke contains heavier metals than thought

    The percentage of metals removed during the water filtration stage of the waterpipe smoking process is around 3% of the total metal concentration, a fraction which would not protect against exposure to the majority of potentially toxic metals.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:153
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    Health inequality factors in adolescents

    Perceptions of the urban physical environment during adolescence, along with the social and economic characteristics of their household, are important factors in explaining patterns of health inequality.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:150
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    In utero organochlorines exposure and motor development

    In utero exposure to organochlorines is not associated with parentally retrospectively assessed developmental milestones crawling, standing-up and walking in infancy or parentally assessed motor skills at young school age.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:146
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    Generation shifts in smoking in the Dutch

    The future burden of disease due to smoking is expected to be reduced among men in the Dutch population, but not yet among women, with educational differences in smoking-related health problems expected to increase.

    BMC Public Health 2015, 15:142



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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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