Genetic risk scores on their own aren't that good at predicting health
A new way of measuring your genetic risk for health conditions could help identify high-risk people. But it isn ’t clear how medically useful these tests are yet (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - March 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Exposure to dirty city air reduces sperm quality and quantity in mice
Dirty city air may be reducing sperm quality. Mice exposed to tiny pollution particles produce less sperm of a lower quality than those that aren't (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - March 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Vitamin D deficiency in northern Taiwan: a community-based cohort study
Vitamin D deficiency has become an important public health problem, however few studies have been conducted in subtropical countries, and the predictors of vitamin D deficiency in people with healthy renal fun... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ming-Jse Lee, Heng-Jung Hsu, I-Wen Wu, Chiao-Yin Sun, Ming-Kuo Ting and Chin-Chan Lee Tags: Research article Source Type: research

A mixed methods randomised control trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the journey to social inclusion – phase 2 intervention for chronically homeless adults: study protocol
Chronic homelessness is a problem characterised by longstanding inability to attain or maintain secure accommodation. Longitudinal research with homeless populations is challenging, and randomised controlled t... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shannen Vallesi, Paul Flatau, Monica Thielking, Jessica L. Mackelprang, Kathryn M. Taylor, Louise La Sala, Jude Spiers, Lisa Wood, Karen Martin, Darja Kragt, Leanne Lester, Elizabeth Whittaker and Ryan J. Courtney Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

Systematic review of how Play Streets impact opportunities for active play, physical activity, neighborhoods, and communities
Active play and physical activity are important for preventing childhood obesity, building healthy bones and muscles, reducing anxiety and stress, and increasing self-esteem. Unfortunately, safe and accessible... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: M. Ren ée Umstattd Meyer, Christina N. Bridges, Thomas L. Schmid, Amelie A. Hecht and Keshia M. Pollack Porter Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Young internal migrants ’ major health issues and health seeking barriers in Shanghai, China: a qualitative study
China is experiencing a sizeable rural-urban flow, which may influence the health of internal migrant youth deeply. Disadvantages in the city are highly likely to contribute to health issues among the young in... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chunyan Yu, Chaohua Lou, Yan Cheng, Yuanqi Cui, Qiguo Lian, Ziliang Wang, Ersheng Gao and Ling Wang Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Elizabeth Holmes: The hypnotic tale of the rise and fall of Theranos
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes built a $10 billion company on the promise of a miracle blood test. But it didn ’t work. A new film, The Inventor, follows the fallout (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

“It’s just in that sea of things that I never cared about”: perception of hepatitis B amongst university students in Aberdeen, North-East Scotland
A significant proportion of international students at UK universities are from regions with medium to high hepatitis B prevalence rates. Understanding the perception of students regarding hepatitis B infection... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emma L. Davies, Shona Fielding, Gillian Noble and Emmanuel Okpo Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Epidemiology and timing of seasonal influenza epidemics in the Asia-Pacific region, 2010 –2017: implications for influenza vaccination programs
Description of the epidemiology of influenza is needed to inform influenza vaccination policy. Here we examined influenza virus circulation in countries in the Asia-Pacific region and compared the timing of se... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Clotilde El Guerche-S éblain, Saverio Caini, John Paget, Philippe Vanhems and François Schellevis Tags: Research article Source Type: research

The development and evaluation of a sub-health self-rating scale for university students in China
Sub-health status is defined as declines in vitality, physiological function and capacity for adaptation, but without the presence of clinical or sub-clinical disease. We have developed and evaluated a compreh... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jian-lu Bi, Jing Chen, Xiao-min Sun, Xiao-li Nie, Yan-yan Liu, Ren Luo and Xiao-shan Zhao Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Correlates of nonadherence to key population-led HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis services among Thai men who have sex with men and transgender women
Based on government estimates from the Asian Epidemic Model, new infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TGW) in Thailand are forecast to proportionally increase over time. Dail... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Pich Seekaew, Ezie Nguyen, Thanthip Sungsing, Jureeporn Jantarapakde, Supabhorn Pengnonyang, Deondara Trachunthong, Pravit Mingkwanrungruang, Waraporn Sirisakyot, Pattareeya Phiayura, Phubet Panpet, Phathranis Meekrua, Nanthika Praweprai, Fonthip Suwan, S Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Mortality advantage among migrants according to duration of stay in France, 2004 –2014
The migrant mortality advantage is generally interpreted as reflecting the selection of atypically healthy individuals from the country of origin followed by the wearing off of selection effects over time, a p... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew Wallace, Myriam Khlat and Michel Guillot Tags: Research article Source Type: research

From the archives: Pop a pill to change your personality
In 1994, the controversial advent of Prozac and other mood-changing pills heralded a new era in manipulating our brains – or at least so we thought back then (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Genetic risk scores could help the NHS but they aren't ready yet
Analysing huge genetic databases is allowing us to score people on their risk of common diseases, but the technique isn't ready to roll out across the NHS (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Migrant health research in the Republic of Ireland: a scoping review
Migration to European countries has increased in number and diversity in recent years. Factors such as access to healthcare, language barriers and legal status can impact the health outcomes of migrant groups.... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nazmy Villarroel, Ailish Hannigan, Santino Severoni, Soorej Puthoopparambil and Anne MacFarlane Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Perceived discrimination, health and mental health among immigrants in Norway: the role of moderating factors
Ethnic discrimination is a relatively common experience among immigrants and ethnic minorities. The experience of discrimination can have detrimental effects on an individual ’s health and well-being. This stud... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melanie Lindsay Straiton, Arild Kjell Aamb ø and Rune Johansen Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Factors associated with condom use with non-commercial partners among sexually-active transgender women in Cambodia: findings from a national survey using respondent-driven sampling
Globally, the prevalence of HIV among transgender women is much higher than that of the general adult population. This can be explained by the persistently low rate of consistent condom use among this populati... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Siyan Yi, Amelia Plant, Sovannary Tuot, Phalkun Mun, Srean Chhim, Navy Chann, Pheak Chhoun and Carinne Brody Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Spread of cancers halted by smart bacteria that trigger immune attack
In tests in animals, injecting genetically modified bacteria shrank tumours and triggered a strong immune response that prevented cancers spreading (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Participation in a Swedish cervical cancer screening program among women with psychiatric diagnoses: a population-based cohort study
In Sweden, organized screening programs have significantly reduced the incidence of cervical cancer. For cancers overall, however, women with psychiatric diagnoses have lower survival rates than other women. T... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erik M. Eriksson, Malena Lau, Claes J önsson, Chenyang Zhang, Lise-Lotte Risö Bergerlind, Junmei Miao Jonasson and Björn Strander Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Anthropometric profiles of 8 –11 year old children from a low-income setting in South Africa
Communities in low-to-middle income countries undergoing rapid urbanisation as well as nutrition transition are particularly at risk for associated health issues such as overweight and obesity. South Africa ha... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sandra S. Pretorius, Natalia Neophytou and Estelle D. Watson Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Prevalence and health outcomes of domestic violence amongst clinical populations in Arab countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis
An estimated 30% of women worldwide experience intimate partner violence (IPV) during their lifetime. Exposure to IPV is associated with poor health outcomes and the prevalence of violence may be higher amongs... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Claire Hawcroft, Rachael Hughes, Amira Shaheen, Jinan Usta, Hannah Elkadi, Tom Dalton, Khadijah Ginwalla and Gene Feder Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Assessment of the use and need for an integrated molecular surveillance of tuberculosis: an online survey in Germany
The implementation of an integrated molecular surveillance (IMS) of tuberculosis (TB) is of high priority for TB control. IMS is defined as the systematic inclusion of molecular typing results in the national ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrea Sanchini, Marta Andr és, Lena Fiebig, Stefan Albrecht, Barbara Hauer and Walter Haas Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Group-based physical activity trajectories in children transitioning from elementary to high school
Physical activity has been observed repeatedly to decline as children transition into adolescence; however, few studies have explored the possibility that sub-groups of children experience unique patterns of c... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Russell R. Pate, Michaela A. Schenkelberg, Marsha Dowda and Kerry L. McIver Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Study protocol of a pragmatic randomized controlled trial incorporated into the Group Lifestyle Balance ™ program: the nutrigenomics, overweight/obesity and weight management trial (the NOW trial)
The nutrigenomics, overweight/obesity and weight management trial (NOW Trial) is a pragmatic randomized controlled trial of community-dwelling adults recruited from the Group Lifestyle Balance ™ (GLB™) Program.... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Justine Horne, Jason Gilliland, Colleen O ’Connor, Jamie Seabrook, Peter Hannaberg and Janet Madill Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

Dilemmas in caring for older adults in Zhejiang Province, China: a qualitative study
Owing to the increase in life expectancy and sickliness, caring for older adults has become a major challenge in China, where the traditional care system is disintegrating and community- and home-based care ha... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sha Ma, Jianwei Shi and Lu Li Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Identifying eating habits in Finnish children: a cross-sectional study
We aimed to identify different eating habits among Finnish children and to evaluate their association with meal patterns, breakfast consumption, and socio-demographic characteristics in a large, nationwide coh... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rejane Augusta de Oliveira Figueiredo, Jannina Viljakainen, Heli Viljakainen, Eva Roos, Trine B. Rounge and Elisabete Weiderpass Tags: Research article Source Type: research

An evidence-based nutrition education programme for orphans and vulnerable children: protocol on the development of nutrition education intervention for orphans in Soweto, South Africa using mixed methods research
Focus on interventions for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in South Africa on education, quality of life (QoL) and nutrition-related matters have been reported diminutive. The risk of dropping out of sch... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Temitope Kayode Bello and Jace Pillay Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

Community reinforcement and family training (CRAFT) - design of a cluster randomized controlled trial comparing individual, group and self-help interventions
Around 585,000 people in Denmark engage in harmful use of alcohol with 140,000 suffering from outright alcohol dependence. The concerned significant others (CSOs) are affected by the drinking, often suffering ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rikke Hellum, Anette S øgaard Nielsen, Gallus Bischof, Kjeld Andersen, Morten Hesse, Claus Thorn Ekstrøm and Randi Bilberg Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

Age and work duration do not predict burnout in firefighters
The aim of this study was to ascertain the prevalence of burnout in Kazakhstan firefighters with regard to position and to identify predictors of faster burnout in order to plan future preventive strategies. (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Denis Vinnikov, Zhangir Tulekov, Alikhan Akylzhanov, Zhanna Romanova, Anar Dushpanova and Zhanna Kalmatayeva Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Experiences of racism among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults living in the Australian state of Victoria: a cross-sectional population-based study
Racism is a key determinant of the health of Indigenous Australians that may explain the unremitting gap in health and socioeconomic outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. We quantified th... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alison Markwick, Zahid Ansari, Darren Clinch and John McNeil Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Drug-releasing coil in stomach could provide better treatment for TB
Some people have to take several  tablets each day to treat tuberculosis – a coil threaded with pills and inserted in the stomach offers an alternative (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Italy bans unvaccinated children from schools after measles outbreaks
As countries around the world grapple with rise of “anti-vax” sentiment, non-vaccinating parents in Italy face fines or their children being turned away from school (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Too much sunscreen? Why avoiding the sun could damage your health
For years we have been told to slather up or seek shade to avoid skin cancer. But now it is becoming clear that shunning the sun comes with its own health perils (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Co-morbidities of mental disorders and chronic physical diseases in developing and emerging countries: a meta-analysis
As the data on the association of mental disorders and chronic physical diseases in developing and emerging countries is heterogeneous, this study aims to produce the first meta-analysis of these comorbidities. (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Labant é Outcha Daré, Pierre-Emile Bruand, Daniel Gérard, Benoît Marin, Valerie Lameyre, Farid Boumédiène and Pierre-Marie Preux Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Engaging parents using web-based feedback on child growth to reduce childhood obesity: a mixed methods study
To measure trends in child growth and combat rising levels of obesity, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Manchester have developed Children ’s Health and Monitoring Programme (CHA... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rinita Dam, Heather Anne Robinson, Sarah Vince-Cain, Gill Heaton, Adam Greenstein, Matthew Sperrin and Lamiece Hassan Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Community, system and policy level drivers of bovine tuberculosis in smallholder periurban dairy farms in India: a qualitative enquiry
This study was un... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abhimanyu Singh Chauhan, Mathew Sunil George, Johanna Lindahl, Delia Grace and Manish Kakkar Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Perceived health effects of vaping among Hungarian adult e-cigarette-only and dual users: a cross-sectional internet survey
Knowledge about the health effects of e-cigarette use (or vaping) among past and current combustible cigarette users is limited. Several studies have assessed vaping-related adverse events (AEs) and beneficial... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lilla Abafalvi, Melinda P énzes, Róbert Urbán, Kristie L. Foley, Réka Kaán, Barbara Kispélyi and Péter Hermann Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Prevalence of asthma and other allergic conditions in adults in Khuzestan, southwest Iran, 2018
This study was performed to ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Esmaeil Idani, Hanieh Raji, Farzan Madadizadeh, Bahman Cheraghian, Maryam Haddadzadeh Shoshtari and Maryam Dastoorpoor Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Does air pollution really kill nearly 9 million people each year?
A study claims that air pollution causes 9 million " extra " deaths worldwide each year, including 800,000 in Europe - which is double previous estimates (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - March 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Ethnic minorities produce less pollution but are exposed to more
Black and Hispanic people in the US are, on average, exposed to more dirty air than white people, despite generally producing less pollution (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - March 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Determinants of adolescent reproductive health service utilization by senior high school students in Makassar, Indonesia
Adolescents face many problems due to risky behavior. As a result, they require special consideration through the administration of health education and reproductive health services. However the utilization of... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Fajrin Violita and Ella Nurlaela Hadi Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Can the health effects of widely-held societal norms be evaluated? An analysis of the United Nations convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (UN-CEDAW)
Female life expectancy and mortality rates have been improving over the course of many decades. Many global changes offer potential explanations. In this paper, we examined whether the United Nations Conventio... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christopher A. Tait, Ifrah Abdillahi, Wendy Wong, Heather Smith-Cannoy and Arjumand Siddiqi Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Economic consequences of Japanese schools ’ recovery certificate policy for seasonal influenza
Like other countries, Japan experiences a seasonal influenza epidemic every year. In order to return to school after a influenza-related absence, most Japanese students are required to submit a recovery certif... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shinya Tsuzuki Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Mass media promotion of a smartphone smoking cessation app: modelled health and cost-saving impacts
Smartphones are increasingly available and some high quality apps are available for smoking cessation. However, the cost-effectiveness of promoting such apps has never been studied. We therefore aimed to estim... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nhung Nghiem, William Leung, Christine Cleghorn, Tony Blakely and Nick Wilson Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Inequitable coverage of vitamin A supplementation in Nigeria and implications for childhood blindness
Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is of major public health significance; it is a risk factor for childhood deaths from diarrhoea and measles in low and middle-income countries and an important cause of preventable c... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ada E. Aghaji, Roseline Duke and Ugochukwu C. W. Aghaji Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Personal ultraviolet Radiation exposure in a cohort of Chinese mother and child pairs: the Chinese families and children study
Few studies in China have examined personal ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure using polysulfone dosimetry. (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michael G. Kimlin, Liwen Fang, Yajing Feng, Linhong Wang, Ling Hao, Jing Fan, Ning Wang, Fanwen Meng, Ruilan Yang, Shu Cong, Xiaofeng Liang, Baohua Wang, Martha Linet, Nancy Potischman, Cari Kitahara, Ann Chao & hellip; Tags: Research article Source Type: research

A pill that mimics natural antibodies could fight many kinds of flu
An experimental drug that mimics the effect of antibodies produced by the immune system has saved animals given lethal doses of flu viruses (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - March 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Deprivation-specific life tables using multivariable flexible modelling – trends from 2000–2002 to 2010–2012, Portugal
Completing mortality data by information on possible socioeconomic inequalities in mortality is crucial for policy planning. The aim of this study was to build deprivation-specific life tables using the Portug... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lu ís Antunes, Denisa Mendonça, Ana Isabel Ribeiro, Camille Maringe and Bernard Rachet Tags: Research article Source Type: research

A preschool-based intervention for Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) teachers in promoting healthy eating and physical activity in toddlers: study protocol of the cluster randomized controlled trial PreSchool@HealthyWeight
Interventions to prevent overweight and obesity in toddlers are needed to minimize health inequalities, especially in migration and lower socio-economic groups. Preschools are identified as important environme... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - March 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicole Toussaint, Martinette T. Streppel, Sandra Mul, Anita Schreurs, Marielle Balledux, Karen van Drongelen, Mirka Janssen, Ruben G. Fukkink and Peter J. M. Weijs Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

How celebrities have fuelled the amazing rise in pseudoscience
We sat down with Timothy Caulfield, the medical legal expert behind the TV show A User ’s Guide to Cheating Death and the man who takes on celebrity pseudoscience (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - March 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research