Household crowding in Greenland: how does it affect mental health?

The health status of indigenous people is invariably lower than that of the overall population, something that led the World Health Organisation is mandated to devote special attention to the issue of their health. Poor housing conditions (including overcrowding) is a key determinant of the increase in mental health problems among such populations. In  a […]

Childhood obesity: Is ethnicity a better predictor than socioeconomic status?

According to the WHO, childhood obesity is one of the most serious Public Health challenges of the 21st century. As obesity (and its consequences like type 2 diabetes) are largely preventable, preventing it is (or should be) of high priority. In order f0r such interventions to be more effective, it is useful to study its […]

Toilet hygiene in childeren- can it be improved?

  Toilet hygiene is crucial for health, but do we do it correctly? And most importantly, do our children do it correctly? The authors of a recently published study tried to answer the latter question, as well as to assess an intervention aiming to improve toilet hygiene in schoolchildren in Turkey. This was a quasi-experimental […]

To e-smoke or not to e-smoke? Join the debate!

  To e-smoke or not to e-smoke: is that a question?   With this title our Editor in Chief, Nino Künzli, introduces and places in context two invited commentaries on e-cigarettes. Both these commentaries come from independent Public Health scientists, who express different views on the subject. Flahault and Etter explain why the think e-cigarettes […]

Exercising 2 times per week for 4 weeks: can it make you happier?

  At the International Journal of Public Health we are regularly publish papers on physical activity (some recent examples here, here and here). Our latest paper on that front looks into the effect of a fitness progam on subjective well-being. This was a 30 minute-twice per week-4 week program that consisted of 6 strength exercises. […]

Could community pharmacies help to improve youth health?

Young people are usually perceived as healthy and resilient. They do, however, face health-related issues, such as drug and alcohol (ab)use, mental health problems, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancies etc. Due to factors such as concerns about confidentiality, costs and lack of awareness many young people might not get access to healthcare. Community pharmacies , by […]

Adoption to smoking bans does not guarantee compliance: global data

  News in the smoking ban front seem to have been steadily good: As of today, 179 countries have signed the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which compels the signatories to enact comprehensive smoking bans. In addition, there are always news items popping up ranging from ban plans moving way beyond the restaurant […]

Ideal cardiovascular health: who has it?

  Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. According to the World Health Organisation, more than 80% of those deaths occur in low and middle income countries. In such a country, namely the Republic of Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina, CVD  was responsible for 53% of all causes of death […]

Malnutrition in children under 5 in Serbia: great differences between Roma and non Roma

According to the World Health Organisation “children represent the future and ensuring their healthy growth and development ought to be a prime concern of all societies”. However, regional, ethnic and social factors might present specific challenges when trying to ensure health of all children. Roma populations in particular have been found to live in substandard […]

Should I go to the doctor? Functional health literacy across migrant populations

  There are people who go to the doctor as soon as they sneeze. And there are others who refuse to make an appointment even when they are obviously really unwell. But even for the ones in the middle of this spectrum the question of when to see the doctor is not always easily answered. […]

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