IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2786: A Quantitative Assessment of Sustainable Development Based on Relative Resource Carrying Capacity in Jiangsu Province of China
ing Unbalanced development is an urgent issue that needs to be resolved in the sustainable development strategy of Jiangsu Province, which inhibits Jiangsu’s industrial transformation and upgrading. A relative resource carrying capacity model is extended based on resource carrying capacity to analyze the resource carrying capacity of the different regions of Jiangsu Province. Three indicators of water resources, land resources, and energy resources are included in the natural resources. In social resources, factors of population quality are included in the analysis scope. Based on the improved model, this...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 9, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Jinbi Yang Hao Ding Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2787: Measuring Relevant Information in Health Social Network Conversations and Clinical Diagnosis Cases
osé Crespo The Internet and social media is an enormous source of information. Health social networks and online collaborative environments enable users to create shared content that afterwards can be discussed. The aim of this paper is to present a novel methodology designed for quantifying relevant information provided by different participants in clinical online discussions. The main goal of the methodology is to facilitate the comparison of participant interactions in clinical conversations. A set of key indicators for different aspects of clinical conversations and specific clinical contributions within a d...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 9, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Albert Moreira Raul Alonso-Calvo Alberto Mu ñoz Jos é Crespo Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2788: Large-Scale Assessment of Function and Disability in Patients with Parkinson ’s Disease Using the Functioning Disability Evaluation Scale-Adult Version
This study assesses the functioning and disability related to Parkinson’s disease using the Functioning Disability Evaluation Scale-Adult Version (FUNDES-Adult), based on the World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0 (WHODAS 2.0) in a large-scale database; this study describes, discusses and clarifies the predictive factor of not being in an ambulatory status. Of 7455 patients included in this study, 3561 were not ambulatory and 3894 were ambulatory or assisted ambulatory. Patients with poor walking status revealed higher FUNDES-Adult scores in all domains. Age, modified Hoehn&ndash...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 9, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tzu-Herng Hsu Tsan-Hon Liou Kuei-Ru Chou Wen-Chou Chi Chia-Feng Yen Hua-Fang Liao Ing-Jy Tseng Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2789: Types of Milk and/or Its Substitutes Are Given to Children (6 –36 Months) in Nurseries in Poland: Data from the Research and Education Project “Eating Healthy, Growing Healthy”
Conclusion: The types of milk given to children in nurseries in Poland varied and depended on the age of children and the type of DCCs. It is necessary to provide education to DCC staff regarding the type of milk recommended for children under one year of age. (Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health)
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 9, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Anna Harton Joanna Myszkowska-Ryciak Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2790: Do Wet-Dry Ratio and Fe-Mn System Affect Oxidation-Reduction Potential Nonlinearly in the Subsurface Wastewater Infiltration Systems?
Jianing Bai To understand characteristics of on-line oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) in a subsurface wastewater infiltration system (SWIS) under different intermittent influent conditions, ORP among five matrix depths at wet-dry ratios (Rwds) of 2:1, 1:1 and 1:2 with a hydraulic load of 0.10 m3·(m2·d)−1 were monitored. Results showed that the optimal Rwd for the SWIS was 1:1. In that case, ORP at 40 and 65 cm depths changed significantly, by 529 mV and 261 mV, respectively, from the inflow period to the dry period, which was conducive to the recovery of the oxidation envi...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 9, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Xiaorong Zhang Haibo Li Yinghua Li Fei Guo Zhongxin Yang Jianing Bai Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2783: Impact of a Local Vision Care Center on Glasses Ownership and Wearing Behavior in Northwestern Rural China: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial
Nathan Congdon Visual impairment is common among rural Chinese children, but fewer than a quarter of children who need glasses actually own and use them. To study the effect of rural county hospital vision centers (VC) on self-reported glasses ownership and wearing behavior (primary outcome) among rural children in China, we conducted a cluster-randomized controlled trial at a VC in the government hospital of Qinan County, a nationally-designated poor county. All rural primary schools (n = 164) in the county were invited to participate. Schools were randomly assigned to either the treatment group to receive free vis...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 8, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Yue Ma Yujuan Gao Yue Wang Haoyang Li Lina Ma Jiangchao Jing Yaojiang Shi Hongyu Guan Nathan Congdon Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2784: Spatiotemporal Variation and Hot Spot Detection of Visceral Leishmaniasis Disease in Kashi Prefecture, China
In this study, the average nearest-neighbor distance (ANN), Ripley’s K-function and Moran’s I statistics were used to evaluate spatial autocorrelation in the VL distribution of the existing case patterns. Getis–Ord Gi* was used to identify the hot-spot and cold-spot areas based on Geographic Information System (GIS), and spatiotemporal retrospective permutation scan statistics was used to detect the spatiotemporal clusters. The results indicated that VL continues to be a serious public health problem in Kashi Prefecture, China, particularly in the north-central region of Jiashi Cou...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 8, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Canjun Zheng Jingying Fu Zeng Li Gang Lin Dong Jiang Xiao-nong Zhou Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2785: Spatial Patterns of Satellite-Retrieved PM2.5 and Long-Term Exposure Assessment of China from 1998 to 2016
un Li Previous studies have shown that particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) is tightly associated with adverse effects on human health, i.e., morbidity and mortality. Based on long-term satellite-derived PM2.5 datasets, this study analyzed the spatial patterns and temporal trends of PM2.5 concentrations in China from 1998 to 2016 using standard deviational ellipse and statistical analyses. A long-term assessment of exposure and health impacts due to PM2.5 was undertaken by the Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program-Community Edition (BenMAP-CE) model. The res...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 8, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tan Chen Shulin Deng Manchun Li Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2776: Needs and Barriers of Teen Mothers in Rural Eastern Uganda: Stakeholders ’ Perceptions Regarding Maternal/Child Nutrition and Health
IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2776: Needs and Barriers of Teen Mothers in Rural Eastern Uganda: Stakeholders’ Perceptions Regarding Maternal/Child Nutrition and Health International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi: 10.3390/ijerph15122776 Authors: Josephine Nabugoomu Gloria K Seruwagi Kitty Corbett Edward Kanyesigye Susan Horton Rhona Hanning For adolescent mothers in rural Eastern Uganda, nutrition and health may be compromised by many factors. Identifying individual and environmental needs and barriers at local levels is important to inform community-based interventions. This quali...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Josephine Nabugoomu Gloria K Seruwagi Kitty Corbett Edward Kanyesigye Susan Horton Rhona Hanning Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2779: Decomposition Analysis of Factors Affecting Changes in Industrial Wastewater Emission Intensity in China: Based on a SSBM-GMI Approach
aiqun Jin This paper investigated the factors driving the changes in industrial wastewater emission intensity (IWEI) across provinces in China. To do this, we proposed a Super-efficiency Slacks-based Measure-Global Malmquist Index (SSBM-GMI) to decompose the change in IWEI into the effects from efficiency change (ECE), technological change (TCE), capital–wastewater substitution (KWE) and labor–wastewater substitution (LWE). The method was applied to conduct an empirical study using Chinese provincial data from 2003–2015. The main findings include the following: firstly, TCE was...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Yongyi Cheng Liheng Lu Tianyuan Shao Manhong Shen Laiqun Jin Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2780: Hydrological Response to Precipitation and Human Activities —A Case Study in the Zuli River Basin, China
This study provides scientific strategies for water resource management and soil conservation planning at catchment scale to face future hydrological variability. (Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health)
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Chenlu Huang Qinke Yang Weidong Huang Junlong Zhang Yuru Li Yucen Yang Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2781: Spirituality but not Religiosity Is Associated with Better Health and Higher Life Satisfaction among Adolescents
asova Geckova Careful conceptualization and differentiation of both spirituality and religiosity is a necessary precondition for understanding the potential role they play in health, whether physical or mental. The aim of this study was to explore the associations of spirituality with self-rated health, health complaints, and life satisfaction of adolescents with the moderating role of religiosity. Data from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study conducted in 2014 in Slovakia were used. The final sample consisted of 658 adolescents (mean age = 15.37; 50.6% boys). Data regarding spirituality, religiosity, se...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Zuzana Dankulincova Veselska Ivo Jirasek Pavel Veselsky Miroslava Jiraskova Irena Plevova Peter Tavel Andrea Madarasova Geckova Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2782: Current Status of the Degradation of Aliphatic and Aromatic Petroleum Hydrocarbons by Thermophilic Microbes and Future Perspectives
a Contamination of the environment by petroleum products is a growing concern worldwide, and strategies to remove these contaminants have been evaluated. One of these strategies is biodegradation, which consists of the use of microorganisms. Biodegradation is significantly improved by increasing the temperature of the medium, thus, the use of thermophiles, microbes that thrive in high-temperature environments, will render this process more efficient. For instance, various thermophilic enzymes have been used in industrial biotechnology because of their unique catalytic properties. Biodegradation has been extensively stu...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Alexis Nzila Tags: Review Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2770: Children ’s Weight Gain and Cardiovascular Fitness Loss over the Summer
IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2770: Children’s Weight Gain and Cardiovascular Fitness Loss over the Summer International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi: 10.3390/ijerph15122770 Authors: Timothy A. Brusseau Ryan D. Burns The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of summer breaks on the body composition and cardiovascular fitness of elementary school children who participated in a multi-year school-based physical activity intervention. Participants were 404 children who had their height and weight measured and completed the Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) du...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Timothy A. Brusseau Ryan D. Burns Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2771: The Effects of Tai Chi on Heart Rate Variability in Older Chinese Individuals with Depression
Conclusions The results of this study indicated that TC may alleviate depression of the elderly through modulating autonomous nervous system or HRV parameters. This study adds to a growing body of research showing that TC may be effective in treating depression of the elderly. Tai Chi as a mild to moderate mind-body exercise is suitable for older individuals who suffer from depression. (Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health)
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Jing Liu Huihui Xie Ming Liu Zongbao Wang Liye Zou Albert S. Yeung Stanley Sai-chuen Hui Qing Yang Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2772: An Inventory Model for Deteriorating Drugs with Stochastic Lead Time
Libin Guo Inventory management of deteriorating drugs has attracted considerable attention recently in hospitals. Drugs are a kind of special product. Two characteristics of some drugs are the shorter shelf life and high service level. This causes hospitals a great deal of difficulty in inventory management of perishable drugs. On one hand, hospitals should increase the drug inventory to achieve a higher service level. On the other hand, hospitals should decrease the drug inventory because of the short shelf life of drugs. An effective management of pharmaceuticals is required to ensure 100% product availability at the...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Jian Li Lu Liu Hao Hu Qiuhong Zhao Libin Guo Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2773: Healthy Food Options at Dollar Discount Stores Are Equivalent in Quality and Lower in Price Compared to Grocery Stores: An Examination in Las Vegas, NV
alado Food deserts indicate limited access to and affordability of healthy foods. One potential mediator is the availability of healthy food in non-traditional outlets such as dollar-discount stores, stores selling produce at the fixed $1 price. The purpose of this study was to compare availability, quality, price differences in ‘healthier’ versus ‘regular’ food choices, price per each food item, and summary score in dollar-discount stores to grocery stores in Las Vegas using the NEMS-S; a protocol consisting of three subscores—availability, quality,...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Courtney Coughenour Timothy J. Bungum M. Nikki Regalado Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2774: The Comorbidity of Gambling Disorder among Macao Adult Residents and the Moderating Role of Resilience and Life Purpose
uan Zhang Macao, China’s only city with legalized casinos, has maintained a high prevalence of gambling participation and gambling disorder (GD) over the past decade. The mental health risks associated with such high levels have been overlooked. In order to estimate the comorbid prevalence of GD with depression, anxiety, and Internet gaming disorder (IGD) and to explore the potential buffering effect of psychological resilience and purpose in life, this study obtained a representative adult Chinese sample (N = 1000, 44% male, aged 18–97 years) from a telephone survey conducted between Octobe...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Juliet Honglei Chen Kwok Kit Tong Anise M. S. Wu Joseph T. F. Lau Meng Xuan Zhang Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2775: Emerging Mosquito-Borne Threats and the Response from European and Eastern Mediterranean Countries
net Houssam Attoui Sara Moutailler Mosquito-borne viruses are the cause of some of the greatest burdens to human health worldwide, particularly in tropical regions where both human populations and mosquito numbers are abundant. Due to a combination of anthropogenic change, including the effects on global climate and wildlife migration there is strong evidence that temperate regions are undergoing repeated introduction of mosquito-borne viruses and the re-emergence of viruses that previously were not detected by surveillance. In Europe, the repeated introductions of West Nile and Usutu viruses have been associated w...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Nicholas Johnson Mar Fern ández de Marco Armando Giovannini Carla Ippoliti Maria Luisa Danzetta Gili Svartz Oran Erster Martin H. Groschup Ute Ziegler Ali Mirazimi Vanessa Monteil Cecile Beck Gaelle Gonzalez Sylvie Lecollinet Houssam Attoui Sara Moutaill Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2777: From Research-to-Practice: An Adaptation and Dissemination of the COMPASS Program for Home Care Workers
Miguel Marino The COMmunity of Practice And Safety Support (COMPASS) program was developed to prevent injuries and advance the health and well-being of home care workers. The program integrates elements of peer-led social support groups with scripted team-based programs to help workers learn together, solve problems, set goals, make changes, and enrich their supportive professional network. After a successful pilot study and randomized controlled trial, COMPASS was adapted for the Oregon Home Care Commission’s training system for statewide dissemination. The adapted program included fewer total meetings (...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Ryan Olson Jennifer A. Hess Kelsey N. Parker Sharon V. Thompson Anjali Rameshbabu Kristy Luther Rhoten Miguel Marino Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2778: Recruitment of Healthcare Staff to Social Network Studies: A Case Study Exploring Experiences, Challenges, and Considerations
cAuliffe Social network analysis (SNA) is a term that describes a set of methodologies to understand and depict social relations or ties. SNA is different from other research methods in several ways that have important ethical implications, as well as specific considerations for study design. Recruitment of participants and attrition during the study, where there are several data collection time points, pose significant challenges. Furthermore, there are implications of non-participation in studies, whereby gaps in network maps may result in an inaccurate representation of how a network is working and this, in turn, me...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Aoife De Br ún Eilish McAuliffe Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2767: Development of a Neighbourhood Walkability Index for Porto Metropolitan Area. How Strongly Is Walkability Associated with Walking for Transport?
ann The creation of walkable communities constitutes a cost-effective health promotion strategy, as walking is an accessible and free intervention for increasing physical activity and health. In this cross-sectional ecological study, we developed a walkability index for the Porto Metropolitan Area and we validated it by assessing its association with walking for transportation. Neighborhood walkability was measured using a geographic information system and resulted from the weighted sum of residential density, street connectivity, and a destination-based entropy index. The index was categorized into quintiles of increa...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Ana Isabel Ribeiro Elaine Hoffimann Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2768: Spanish Adaptation and Psychometric Properties of the Sport Motivation Scale-II with High School Physical Education Students
The objective of this work was to provide evidence on the dimensionality of the Spanish version of Sport Motivation Scale II adapted to physical education (SMS-II-PE) in one of its hypothesized models (6 factors). A sample of 1055 secondary education students of the Region of Murcia, Spain, aged between 12 and 17 years, was used. As an instrument, the SMS-II-PE was used. The factorial structure was examined with confirmatory factor analysis, and internal consistency and invariance by sex were evaluated. The results confirmed that the Spanish model of 6 factors and 18 items presented good adjustment indicators and is valid ...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Antonio Granero-Gallegos Manuel G ómez-López Juan Gonz ález-Hernández Antonio Baena-Extremera Mar ía del Mar Ortiz-Camacho Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2769: Analysis of Social Determinants of Health and Disability Scores in Leprosy-Affected Persons in Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
The objective of this study was to elicit the differential impact of social determinants of health in leprosy-affected persons, and determine whether structural inequities in accessibility to societal resources and lower socioeconomic parameters correlated with higher severity of disabilities. This analysis was based on a sampled population affected by leprosy in Salem, Tamil Nadu, India. Persons enrolled in the study were covered by a nongovernmental lifelong care program, had completed a multidrug therapy for leprosy and/or were slit-skin-smear negative, and showed Grade 1 or higher disabilities due to leprosy. Multiple ...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Martin Heidinger Elisa Simonnet Sr. Francina Karippadathu Markus Puchinger Johann Pfeifer Andrea Grisold Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2757: Airflow as a Possible Transmission Route of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome at an Initial Outbreak Hospital in Korea
In this study, the results of an airflow investigation conducted on 7 June 2015 as part of a series of epidemiologic investigations at Pyeongtaek St. Mary’s Hospital, South Korea, were investigated. The study involved 38 individuals who were infected directly and indirectly with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), by a super-spreader patient. Tracer gas experiments conducted on the eighth floor, where the initial patient was hospitalized, confirmed that the tracer gas spread to adjacent patient rooms and rooms across corridors. In particular, the experiment with an external wind direction and speed simil...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Minki Sung Seongmin Jo Sang-Eun Lee Moran Ki Bo Youl Choi JinKwan Hong Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2758: Susceptibility of Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria, Isolated from Water and Plants in Nigeria, to Ceragenins
Deng Paul B. Savage The continuous emergence of multidrug resistant pathogens is a major global health concern. Although antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have shown promise as a possible means of combatting multidrug resistant strains without readily engendering resistance, costs of production and targeting by proteases limit their utility. Ceragenins are non-peptide AMP mimics that overcome these shortcomings while retaining broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity. To further characterize the antibacterial activities of ceragenins, their activities against a collection of environmental isolates of bacteria were determine...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Marjan M. Hashemi Augusta O. Mmuoegbulam Brett S. Holden Jordan Coburn John Wilson Maddison F. Taylor Joseph Reiley Darius Baradaran Tania Stenquist Shenglou Deng Paul B. Savage Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2759: Coupling between Land –Ocean–Atmosphere and Pronounced Changes in Atmospheric/Meteorological Parameters Associated with the Hudhud Cyclone of October 2014
IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2759: Coupling between Land–Ocean–Atmosphere and Pronounced Changes in Atmospheric/Meteorological Parameters Associated with the Hudhud Cyclone of October 2014 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi: 10.3390/ijerph15122759 Authors: Akshansha Chauhan Rajesh Kumar Ramesh P. Singh India is vulnerable to all kinds of natural hazards associated with land, ocean, biosphere, atmosphere, and snow/glaciers. These natural hazards impact large areas and the population living in the affected regions. India is surrounded by ocean on three sides and is vulnera...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Akshansha Chauhan Rajesh Kumar Ramesh P. Singh Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2760: Variation in Nordic Work-Related Cancer Risks after Adjustment for Alcohol and Tobacco
Conclusions: Adjustment for the latent indicators of alcohol and tobacco consumption changed risk estimates for several occupations, gave a less confounded description of risk, and may guide in the identification of true risk factors. (Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health)
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Kristina Kjaerheim Tor Haldorsen Elsebeth Lynge Jan Ivar Martinsen Eero Pukkala Elisabete Weiderpass Tom K. Grimsrud Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2761: The Role of Gender in Preparedness and Response Behaviors towards Flood Risk in Serbia
ragićević Adverse outcomes from 2014 flooding in Serbia indicated problematic response phase management accentuated by a gender imbalance. For this reason, we investigated the risk perceptions and preparedness of women and men regarding these types of events in Serbia. Face-to-face interviews, administered to 2500 participants, were conducted across 19 of 191 municipalities. In light of the current findings, men seemed to be more confident in their abilities to cope with flooding, perceiving greater individual and household preparedness. By contrast, women displayed a deeper understanding of these events. Perhaps owi...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Vladimir M. Cvetkovi ć Giulia Roder Adem Öcal Paolo Tarolli Slavoljub Dragi ćević Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2762: Association between Colorectal Adenoma and Carotid Atherosclerosis in Korean Adults
Conclusion: Colorectal adenoma is significantly associated with carotid atherosclerosis. (Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health)
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Hyunji Kim Yoon Jeong Cho Yun A. Kim Sang Gyu Gwak Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2763: Exploring General Practitioners ’ Views and Experiences of Providing Care to People with Borderline Personality Disorder in Primary Care: A Qualitative Study in Australia
IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2763: Exploring General Practitioners’ Views and Experiences of Providing Care to People with Borderline Personality Disorder in Primary Care: A Qualitative Study in Australia International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi: 10.3390/ijerph15122763 Authors: Julian Wlodarczyk Sharon Lawn Kathryn Powell Gregory B. Crawford Janne McMahon Judy Burke Lyn Woodforde Martha Kent Cate Howell John Litt The prevalence of people seeking care for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in primary care is four to five times higher than in the general population. T...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Julian Wlodarczyk Sharon Lawn Kathryn Powell Gregory B. Crawford Janne McMahon Judy Burke Lyn Woodforde Martha Kent Cate Howell John Litt Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2764: Research on the Irrational Behavior of Consumers ’ Safe Consumption and Its Influencing Factors
IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2764: Research on the Irrational Behavior of Consumers’ Safe Consumption and Its Influencing Factors International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi: 10.3390/ijerph15122764 Authors: Jianhua Wang Minmin Shen Ziqiu Gao Frequent food safety incidents in recent years have greatly reduced consumers’ trust, and consumers’ demand for safe food has been on the rise. However, there is an inconsistency between the consumers’ willingness and actual purchasing behaviors. Some consumers who have a willingness to purchase safe food u...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Jianhua Wang Minmin Shen Ziqiu Gao Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2765: Impact of Heart Disease Risk Factors, Respiratory Illness, Mastery, and Quality of Life on the Health Status of Individuals Living Near a Major Railyard in Southern California
This study investigates the relationship between self-reported health status and correlates of Heart Disease Risk Factors (HDRF) and Respiratory Illness (RI) with mastery and QoL acting as potential protective buffers. This cross-sectional study of 684 residents residing near a Southern California railyard attempts to address this limitation. Results from three separate hierarchal linear regressions showed that those who reported being diagnosed with at least one type of HDRF and/or RI reported lower perceived health status. For those that lived further from the railyard, mastery and QoL predicted modest increases in perce...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Kelly Baek Semran K. Mann Qais Alemi Akinchita Kumar Penny Newman Rhonda Spencer-Hwang Susanne Montgomery Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2766: Mercury Pollution, Treatment and Solutions in Spent Fluorescent Lamps in Mainland China
un Kang With the increasing awareness of energy conservation and environmental protection, high energy-consuming incandescent lamps have been largely withdrawn from the stage of mainland China’s lighting industry because the main raw material for electricity production-coal-produces mercury pollution when burned and energy-saving fluorescent lamps have made considerable progress. However, fluorescent lamps emit mercury, which still causes environmental pollution. In this work, the existing problems in the development of fluorescent lamps, and in the collection and treatment of spent fluorescent lamps were...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Zhongguo Li Puqi Jia Fu Zhao Yikun Kang Tags: Viewpoint Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2749: The Effect of Providing Free Eyeglasses on Children ’s Mental Health Outcomes in China: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial
IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2749: The Effect of Providing Free Eyeglasses on Children’s Mental Health Outcomes in China: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi: 10.3390/ijerph15122749 Authors: Hongyu Guan Huan Wang Kang Du Jin Zhao Matthew Boswell Yaojiang Shi Yiwei Qian If children with common vision problems receive and use eyeglasses, their educational performance rises. Without proper treatment, visually impaired children may not achieve educational gains and could suffer from poor mental health. We use a randomized controlled tri...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Hongyu Guan Huan Wang Kang Du Jin Zhao Matthew Boswell Yaojiang Shi Yiwei Qian Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2750: Class-Level School Performance and Life Satisfaction: Differential Sensitivity for Low- and High-Performing School-Aged Children
This study investigates whether class-level school performance affects students’ life satisfaction and if there are differential effects for high- and low-performing students. Data were derived from the National Educational Panel Study, including n = 5196 students (49.6% girls), nested in 478 classes and 250 secondary schools. School performance in class was measured by aggregating individual grade point average in Mathematics and German. The study could not reveal the “big-fish-little-pond”-effect regarding students’ life satisfaction but found differential effects f...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Katharina Rathmann Max Herke Ludwig Bilz Arja Rimpel ä Klaus Hurrelmann Matthias Richter Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2751: Occurrence and Ecological and Human Health Risk Assessment of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Soils from Wuhan, Central China
This study was designed to evaluate the distribution, potential sources, and ecological and cancer risks of eleven polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from Huangpi soils in Wuhan, central China. The soil samples for this study were taken from 0–10 cm and 10–20 cm soil depths. A modified matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction method was applied to extract analytes from the soil samples. A gas chromatograph equipped with a flame ionization detector was used to determine the concentrations of the compounds. The sum mean concentrations of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons were 138.93 and 154.99 &a...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tekleweini Gereslassie Ababo Workineh Xiaoning Liu Xue Yan Jun Wang Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2752: Distribution, Sources, and Water Quality Assessment of Dissolved Heavy Metals in the Jiulongjiang River Water, Southeast China
In this study, the concentration of eight dissolved heavy metals (Ti, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, Mo, Sb, and Ba) in 42 water samples from the Jiulongjiang River, southeast China, were determined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Multivariate statistical methods, including correlation analysis (CA) and factor and principal component analysis (FA/PCA), were analyzed to identify the sources of the elements. Water quality index (WQI) and health risk assessment, including hazard quotient (HQ) and hazard index (HI), were used to evaluate water quality and the impacts on human health. Our results were compared with t...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Bin Liang Guilin Han Man Liu Kunhua Yang Xiaoqiang Li Jinke Liu Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2753: Humin as an External Electron Mediator for Microbial Pentachlorophenol Dechlorination: Exploration of Redox Active Structures Influenced by Isolation Methods
In this study, the effect of isolation methods on EEM functionality and the chemical/electrochemical structures of HM were examined based on the correlation between dechlorination rates in the anaerobic HM-dependent pentachlorophenol (PCP)-dechlorinating consortium and the chemical/electrochemical structures of HM. A lack of PCP dechlorination activity suggested no EEM function in the HM samples prepared as a soluble fraction in dimethyl sulfoxide and sulfuric acid (which did not contain any electric capacitance). Other HM samples exhibited EEM functionality as shown by the dechlorination activity ranging from 0.55 to 3.48...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Duyen Minh Pham Arata Katayama Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2754: Reduced Lean Body Mass and Cardiometabolic Diseases in Adult Males with Overweight and Obesity: A Pilot Study
rwan El Ghoch Little is known about the reduction in lean body mass (LBM) and its health consequences in overweight and in obesity, especially in males. Therefore, we aimed to assess the prevalence of low LBM in treatment-seeking adult males with overweight and obesity and the association with cardiometabolic diseases, i.e., type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and dyslipidemia. A body composition assessment was conducted by a bio-impedance analyzer (InBody 170) among a total of 110 males, of whom 72 were overweight and obese and were referred to the Outpatient Clinic in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Shirine Khazem Leila Itani Dima Kreidieh Dana El Masri Hana Tannir Roberto Citarella Marwan El Ghoch Tags: Brief Report Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2755: Is Farm Milk a Risk Factor for Sarcoidosis? The Role of Farm Residence, Unpiped Water and Untreated Milk in Sarcoidosis: A Case-Referent Study in Alberta, Canada
Conclusion: We observed evidence of positive association between consumption of farm milk and sarcoidosis. (Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health)
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Janine Schouten Jeremy Beach Igor Burstyn Ambikaipakan Senthilselvan Nicola Cherry Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2756: Tuberculosis Mortality by Occupation in South Africa, 2011 –2015
IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2756: Tuberculosis Mortality by Occupation in South Africa, 2011–2015 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi: 10.3390/ijerph15122756 Authors: Tahira Kootbodien Kerry Wilson Nonhlanhla Tlotleng Vusi Ntlebi Felix Made David Rees Nisha Naicker Work-related tuberculosis (TB) remains a public health concern in low- and middle-income countries. The use of vital registration data for monitoring TB deaths by occupation has been unexplored in South Africa. Using underlying cause of death and occupation data for 2011 to 2015 from Statistics South Africa,...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tahira Kootbodien Kerry Wilson Nonhlanhla Tlotleng Vusi Ntlebi Felix Made David Rees Nisha Naicker Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2741: Hydrolysis and Photolysis Kinetics, and Identification of Degradation Products of the Novel Bactericide 2-(4-Fluorobenzyl)-5-(Methylsulfonyl)-1,3,4-Oxadiazole in Water
aoan Song Hydrolysis and photolysis kinetics of Fubianezuofeng (FBEZF) in water were investigated in detail. The hydrolysis half-lives of FBEZF depending on pH, initial concentration, and temperature were (14.44 d at pH = 5; 1.60 d at pH = 7), (36.48 h at 1.0 mg L−1; 38.51 h at 5.0 mg L−1; and 31.51 h at 10.0 mg L−1), and (77.02 h at 15 °C; 38.51 h at 25 °C; 19.80 h at 35 °C; and 3.00 h at 45 °C), respectively. The photolysis half-life of FBEZF in different initial concentrations were 8.77 h at 1.0 mg L−1, 8.35 h at ...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Xingang Meng Lingzhu Chen Yuping Zhang Deyu Hu Baoan Song Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2742: Effects of Acid Mine Drainage on Calcareous Soil Characteristics and Lolium perenne L. Germination
In this study, five calcareous soil samples, collected from Xiaoyi, Taigu, Xiangning, Hejin, and Xixian counties in Shanxi Province, China, were used to investigate the effects of acid AMD on soil characteristics and Lolium perenne L. germination through laboratory culture experiments. The results showed that the increase in the total soil calcium oxide and magnesium oxide (CaO + MgO) contents led to a rise in the amount of Fe2+ in AMD converted into Fe3+, and that major ions (H+, Fe, SO42−) in AMD were trapped in the soil. The total Cao + MgO contents in the soil collected from Hejin and Taigu counties were ...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Yan Dong Fenwu Liu Xingxing Qiao Lixiang Zhou Wenlong Bi Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2743: Spatio-Temporal Change and Pollution Risk of Agricultural Soil Cadmium in a Rapidly Industrializing Area in the Yangtze Delta Region of China
gcun Zhao The impacts of rapid industrialization on agricultural soil cadmium (Cd) accumulation and their potential risks have drawn major attention from the scientific community and decision-makers, due to the high toxicity of Cd to animals and humans. A total of 812 topsoil samples (0–20 cm) was collected from the southern parts of Jiangsu Province, China, in 2000 and 2015, respectively. Geostatistical ordinary kriging and conditional sequential Gaussian simulation were used to quantify the changes in spatial distributions and the potential risk of Cd pollution between the two sampling dates. Results sh...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Xianghua Xu Jiaying Qian Enze Xie Xuezheng Shi Yongcun Zhao Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2744: The Peer Context of Dieting: The Relationship between Young Adults ’ Dieting Frequency and Their Friends’ Weight-Related Characteristics
IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2744: The Peer Context of Dieting: The Relationship between Young Adults’ Dieting Frequency and Their Friends’ Weight-Related Characteristics International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi: 10.3390/ijerph15122744 Authors: Alexander Miething Mikael Rostila Christofer Edling Jens Rydgren Previous research found that weight-related behaviors and body weight tends to be similar between individuals and peers. Rather little is known how different domains of weight-related behaviors co-evolve in peer networks. Hence, this study explores how young adults&a...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Alexander Miething Mikael Rostila Christofer Edling Jens Rydgren Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2745: Relationships between Physical Activity and Quality of Life in Pregnant Women in the Second and Third Trimester
Conclusions: Our study makes an important contribution to knowledge concerning the correlations between PA and QoL in pregnancy. The results suggest the need for improvement in prenatal care and promotion of PA programs for pregnant women. (Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health)
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Justyna Krzepota Dorota Sadowska El żbieta Biernat Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2746: Developing Behaviour Change Interventions for Improving Access to Health and Hygiene for People with Disabilities: Two Case Studies from Nepal and Malawi
annah Kuper Sarah Polack Limited evidence exists about how to design interventions to improve access to health care for people with disabilities in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). This paper documents the development of two behaviour change interventions. Case study one outlines the design of an intervention to improve uptake of referral for ear and hearing services for children in Malawi. Case study two describes the design of an intervention to improve menstrual hygiene management for people with intellectual impairments in Nepal. Both followed existing approaches—Medical Research Council Gui...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Jane Wilbur Tess Bright Th érèse Mahon Shaffa Hameed Belen Torondel Wakisa Mulwafu Hannah Kuper Sarah Polack Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2747: Reducing Surface Wetting Proportion of Soils Irrigated by Subsurface Drip Irrigation Can Mitigate Soil N2O Emission
Fazli hameed To reveal the impact of soil moisture distributions on nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from wet soils irrigated by sub-surface drip irrigation (SDI) with different surface soil wetting proportions, pot experiments were conducted, with surface irrigation (SI) as a control. Results indicated that irrigation triggered N2O pulsing effect in all SDI treatments, yet N2O values reduced with the decrease of surface soil wetting proportions of SDI irrigated soils, and the occurrence times were lagged. The peak N2O fluxes and the corresponding soil water filled pore space (WFPS), as well as the coefficients of determ...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Qi Wei Junzeng Xu Yawei Li Linxian Liao Boyi Liu Guangqiu Jin Fazli hameed Tags: Article Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2748: Gender Stratified Analyses of the Association of Skinfold Thickness with Hypertension: A Cross-Sectional Study in General Northeastern Chinese Residents
Guifan Sun The association of hypertension with skinfold thickness (ST) in adults is not clear. Our study was aimed at finding out the association of hypertension with ST in different gender and obesity categories. This is a cross-sectional study based on 2336 Chinese residents (767 men). Both subscapular skinfold thickness (SST) and tricep skinfold thickness (TST) were examined. We estimated the association of hypertension with per SD increase of SST and TST using multivariable logistic regression analyses in men and women. Six subgroups were stratified using cutoff points of body mass index (BMI) and ST: larger an...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Yuyan Liu Yongfang Li Jing He Ping Ma Luyang Yu Quanmei Zheng Guifan Sun Tags: Article Source Type: research