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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430161/a-national-study-of-social-media-television-radio-and-internet-usage-of-adults-by-sexual-orientation-and-smoking-status-implications-for-campaign-design
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Andrew B Seidenberg, Catherine L Jo, Kurt M Ribisl, Joseph G L Lee, Francisco O Buchting, Yoonsang Kim, Sherry L Emery
Background: Smoking rates among lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people significantly exceed that of heterosexuals. Media interventions are an important part of tobacco control efforts, but limited information is available on LGB people's media use. Methods: A nationally representative sample of 12,900 U.S. adults completed an online questionnaire assessing media use, smoking status, and demographic information. Multivariable logistic regression was used to assess relationships between media use with sexual orientation and smoking status...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430143/associations-between-temperature-and-hospital-admissions-for-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-in-korea
#2
Suji Lee, Matthias Guth
The relationship between temperature and subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is less studied than that between temperature and myocardial infarction or other cardiovascular diseases. This study investigated the association between daily temperature and risk of SAH by analyzing the hospital admission records of 111,316 SAH patients from 2004 to 2012 in Korea. A Poisson regression model was used to examine the association between temperature and daily SAH hospital admissions. To analyze data and identify vulnerable groups, we used the following subgroups: sex, age, insurance type, area (rural or urban), and different climate zones...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430141/who-is-using-outdoor-fitness-equipment-and-how-the-case-of-xihu-park
#3
Hsueh-Wen Chow, Andrew J Mowen, Guan-Lin Wu
Outdoor fitness equipment (OFE) placed in public parks has the potential to encourage physical activity. However, little is known about OFE users and use patterns. This study employed onsite and video observations of OFE usage to describe user characteristics and patterns in Xihu Park. Results indicate that OFE in this park attracted considerable use, particularly in the early morning and late afternoon. During these peak-hour observations, approximately 12 users per hour used the OFE, with the majority being females and seniors...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430128/environmental-tobacco-smoke-exposure-and-smoke-free-rules-in-homes-among-socially-disadvantaged-populations-in-poland
#4
Katarzyna Milcarz, Leokadia Bak-Romaniszyn, Dorota Kaleta
This study aims to examine the prevalence of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) in homes among socially-disadvantaged populations in Poland, along with the prevalence and correlates of voluntary implementation of smoke-free home rules. Data concerning 1617 respondents from a cross-sectional study completed in the Piotrkowski District were used, which was part of the "Reducing Social Inequalities in Health" program. Overall, 19.4% of the respondents declared exposure to ETS at home. In the non-smokers group, 15...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430124/association-between-serum-selenium-concentrations-and-levels-of-proinflammatory-and-profibrotic-cytokines-interleukin-6-and-growth-differentiation-factor-15-in-patients-with-alcoholic-liver-cirrhosis
#5
Andrzej Prystupa, Paweł Kiciński, Dorota Luchowska-Kocot, Anna Błażewicz, Jarosław Niedziałek, Grzegorz Mizerski, Mariusz Jojczuk, Andrzej Ochal, Jarosław J Sak, Wojciech Załuska
According to some authors, serum selenium levels are strongly associated with the severity of liver diseases, including liver cirrhosis. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between the concentration of selenium and pro-inflammatory and profibrotic cytokines-interleukin-6 (IL-6) and growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15) in patients with alcoholic liver cirrhosis. The parameters studied were determined in the serum of 99 patients with alcoholic liver cirrhosis divided based on the severity of disease according to the Child-Turcotte-Pugh criteria...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425977/prospective-analysis-of-the-influence-of-sport-and-educational-factors-on-the-prevalence-and-initiation-of-smoking-in-older-adolescents-from-croatia
#6
Natasa Zenic, Djivo Ban, Sanja Jurisic, Mladen Cubela, Jelena Rodek, Ljerka Ostojic, Mario Jelicic, Antonino Bianco, Damir Sekulic
The prevalence of smoking among Croatian adolescents is alarmingly high, but no previous study has prospectively examined the sport- and academic-factors associated with smoking and smoking initiation. This study aimed to prospectively examine the associations between scholastic (educational) achievement and sport factors and smoking in 16- to 18-year-old adolescents. This two-year prospective cohort study included 644 adolescents who were 16 years of age at baseline (46% females). Baseline testing was implemented at the beginning of the 3rd year of high school (September 2014) when participants were 16 years old...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425972/the-impact-of-hyposalivation-on-quality-of-life-qol-and-oral-health-in-the-aging-population-of-al-madinah-al-munawarrah
#7
Mohammad S Ahmad, Ahmed Bhayat, Muhammad Sohail Zafar, Khalid H Al-Samadani
Hyposalivation (HS) affects aging individuals by causing pain and discomfort in the oral cavity. The aim here was to determine the impact of hyposalivation and the saliva pH on the quality of life and caries status of geriatrics population. A total of 138 male outpatients attending the Taibah University College of Dentistry (TUCoD) dental clinic were included in the study. The saliva flow, pH, Quality of Life (QoL), and caries status were recorded. The QoL was measured using the Arabic version of the Oral Health Impact Profile-14 (OHIP-14), and the caries status was recorded using the Decayed, Missed, Filled Teeth (DMFT) index...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425959/the-cost-of-arbovirus-disease-prevention-in-europe-area-wide-integrated-control-of-tiger-mosquito-aedes-albopictus-in-emilia-romagna-northern-italy
#8
Massimo Canali, Stefano Rivas-Morales, Philippe Beutels, Claudio Venturelli
Aedes albopictus (tiger mosquito) has become the most invasive mosquito species worldwide, in addition to being a well-known vector of diseases, with a proven capacity for the transmission of chikungunya and dengue viruses in Europe as well as the Zika virus in Africa and in laboratory settings. This research quantifies the cost that needs to be provided by public-health systems for area-wide prevention of arboviruses in Europe. This cost has been calculated by evaluating the expenditure of the plan for Aedes albopictus control set up in the Emilia-Romagna region (Northern Italy) after a chikungunya outbreak occurred in 2007...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425956/acceptable-risk-analysis-for-abrupt-environmental-pollution-accidents-in-zhangjiakou-city-china
#9
Xi Du, Zhijiao Zhang, Lei Dong, Jing Liu, Alistair G L Borthwick, Renzhi Liu
Abrupt environmental pollution accidents cause considerable damage worldwide to the ecological environment, human health, and property. The concept of acceptable risk aims to answer whether or not a given environmental pollution risk exceeds a societally determined criterion. This paper presents a case study on acceptable environmental pollution risk conducted through a questionnaire survey carried out between August and October 2014 in five representative districts and two counties of Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province, China...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425945/a-systematic-review-costing-and-financing-of-water-sanitation-and-hygiene-wash-in-schools
#10
REVIEW
Shannon M McGinnis, Thomas McKeon, Richa Desai, Akudo Ejelonu, Stanley Laskowski, Heather M Murphy
Despite the success of recent efforts to increase access to improved water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) globally, approximately one-third of schools around the world still lack adequate WASH services. A lack of WASH in schools can lead to the spread of preventable disease and increase school absences, especially among women. Inadequate financing and budgeting has been named as a key barrier for integrating successful and sustainable WASH programs into school settings. For this reason, the purpose of this review is to describe the current knowledge around the costs of WASH components as well as financing models that could be applied to WASH in schools...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425935/water-access-sanitation-and-hygiene-conditions-and-health-outcomes-among-two-settlement-types-in-rural-far-north-cameroon
#11
Tyler J Gorham, Joshua Yoo, Rebecca Garabed, Arabi Mouhaman, Jiyoung Lee
The Far North region in Cameroon has been more heavily impacted by cholera than any other region over the past decade, but very little has been done to study the drivers of waterborne diseases in the region. We investigated the relationship between water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) parameters, microbial and antibiotic resistance (AR) contamination levels in drinking water, and health outcomes using health survey and molecular analysis during June and July of 2014 in two settlement types (agro-pastoralist villages and transhumant pastoralist camps)...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425934/evaluation-of-the-effects-of-airborne-particulate-matter-on-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-bm-mscs-cellular-molecular-and-systems-biological-approaches
#12
Muhammad Abu-Elmagd, Mansour A Alghamdi, Magdy Shamy, Mamdouh I Khoder, Max Costa, Mourad Assidi, Roaa Kadam, Haneen Alsehli, Mamdooh Gari, Peter Natesan Pushparaj, Gauthaman Kalamegam, Mohammed H Al-Qahtani
Particulate matter (PM) contains heavy metals that affect various cellular functions and gene expression associated with a range of acute and chronic diseases in humans. However, the specific effects they exert on the stem cells remain unclear. Here, we report the effects of PM collected from the city of Jeddah on proliferation, cell death, related gene expression and systems of biological analysis in bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs), with the aim of understanding the underlying mechanisms. PM2...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422081/non-responsive-feeding-practices-unhealthy-eating-behaviors-and-risk-of-child-overweight-and-obesity-in-southeast-asia-a-systematic-review
#13
REVIEW
Ana Cristina Lindsay, Somporn Sitthisongkram, Mary L Greaney, Sherrie F Wallington, Praewrapee Ruengdej
Childhood obesity is increasing dramatically in many Southeast Asian countries, and becoming a significant public health concern. This review summarizes the evidence on associations between parental feeding practices, child eating behaviors, and the risk of overweight and obesity in Southeast Asian children 2-12 years old. We systematically searched five electronic academic/research (PubMed, PsycINFO, ProQuest Nursing, Medline, and CINAHL) databases using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) statement for peer-reviewed studies published in English between January 2000 and December 2016...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422077/economic-burden-of-obesity-a-systematic-literature-review
#14
REVIEW
Maximilian Tremmel, Ulf-G Gerdtham, Peter M Nilsson, Sanjib Saha
Background: The rising prevalence of obesity represents an important public health issue. An assessment of its costs may be useful in providing recommendations for policy and decision makers. This systematic review aimed to assess the economic burden of obesity and to identify, measure and describe the different obesity-related diseases included in the selected studies. Methods: A systematic literature search of studies in the English language was carried out in Medline (PubMed) and Web of Science databases to select cost-of-illness studies calculating the cost of obesity in a study population aged ≥18 years with obesity, as defined by a body mass index of ≥30 kg/m², for the whole selected country...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422072/a-little-bug-with-a-big-bite-impact-of-hemlock-woolly-adelgid-infestations-on-forest-ecosystems-in-the-eastern-usa-and-potential-control-strategies
#15
REVIEW
Amanda Letheren, Stephanie Hill, Jeanmarie Salie, James Parkman, Jiangang Chen
Hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae Annand, HWA) remains the single greatest threat to the health and sustainability of hemlock in the eastern USA. The loss of hemlock trees leads to further negative impacts on the diversity and stability of ecosystems in the eastern part of North America. It is, therefore, urgent to develop effective control measures to reduce HWA populations and promote overall hemlock health. Currently available individual and integrated approaches should continue to be evaluated in the laboratory and in the field along with the development of other new and innovative methods...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422053/erratum-wong-l-p-et-al-the-self-regulation-model-of-illness-comparison-between-zika-and-dengue-and-its-application-to-predict-mosquito-prevention-behaviours-in-malaysia-a-dengue-endemic-country-int-j-environ-res-public-health-2016-13-1210
#16
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420222/how-sensors-might-help-define-the-external-exposome
#17
REVIEW
Miranda Loh, Dimosthenis Sarigiannis, Alberto Gotti, Spyros Karakitsios, Anjoeka Pronk, Eelco Kuijpers, Isabella Annesi-Maesano, Nour Baiz, Joana Madureira, Eduardo Oliveira Fernandes, Michael Jerrett, John W Cherrie
The advent of the exposome concept, the advancement of mobile technology, sensors, and the "internet of things" bring exciting opportunities to exposure science. Smartphone apps, wireless devices, the downsizing of monitoring technologies, along with lower costs for such equipment makes it possible for various aspects of exposure to be measured more easily and frequently. We discuss possibilities and lay out several criteria for using smart technologies for external exposome studies. Smart technologies are evolving quickly, and while they provide great promise for advancing exposure science, many are still in developmental stages and their use in epidemiology and risk studies must be carefully considered...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420209/association-between-blood-lead-levels-and-delta-aminolevulinic-acid-dehydratase-in-pregnant-women
#18
Osmel La-Llave-León, Edna M Méndez-Hernández, Francisco X Castellanos-Juárez, Eloísa Esquivel-Rodríguez, Fernando Vázquez-Alaniz, Ada Sandoval-Carrillo, Gonzalo García-Vargas, Jaime Duarte-Sustaita, Jorge L Candelas-Rangel, José M Salas-Pacheco
Blood lead levels (BLLs) and delta-aminolevulinic acid dehydratase (ALAD) activity are considered biomarkers of lead exposure and lead toxicity, respectively. The present study was designed to investigate the association between BLLs and ALAD activity in pregnant women from Durango, Mexico. A total of 633 pregnant women aged 13-43 years participated in this study. Blood lead was measured by a graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometer. ALAD activity was measured spectrophotometrically. Mean blood lead was 2...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420189/demographic-and-environmental-factors-associated-with-mental-health-a-cross-sectional-study
#19
Jayeun Kim, Ho Kim
Relevant demographic and environmental conditions need to be understood before tailoring policies to improve mental health. Using community health survey data from 25 communities in Seoul, 2013, cross-sectional associations between mental health and community level environments were assessed. Mental health outcomes (self-rated stress levels (SRS) and depressive symptoms (DS)) were analyzed. Community environmental factors included green space, green facilities, and annual PM10 level (AnnPM10); socio-demographic factors included sex, age, education, labor market participation, comorbidity, sleep hours, physical activity, smoking, and drinking...
April 17, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420188/health-risk-assessment-of-indoor-air-quality-socioeconomic-and-house-characteristics-on-respiratory-health-among-women-and-children-of-tirupur-south-india
#20
Krassi Rumchev, Yun Zhao, Jeffery Spickett
Background: Indoor air pollution is still considered as one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide and especially in developing countries, including India. This study aims to assess social, housing, and indoor environmental factors associated with respiratory health among mothers and children. Methods: The study was conducted in the city of Tirupur, South India. We quantitatively assessed the indoor exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and carbon monoxide in relation to respiratory health among women and children...
April 17, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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