More time on screen, more health complaints in adolescents

picture credit   As part of our special issue “Communication Technology, Media Use and the Health of our Kids”, we published a new study looking at the associations between screen-based behaviour and health complaints in adolescents. The study uses data from HBSC study and focuses on Slovak adolescents. More than 8,000 adolescents were included, aged […]

TV viewing associated with increased metabolic risk in young Brazilian girls

picture credit   Prevalence of obesity among youth has increased and that can be attributed- amongst other factors- to increased lack of physical activity and sedentary behaviours, to which technological advances have also contributed: systematic reviews have shown that children watch on average 2-2.5 hours of television per day. As sedentary behaviours are associated with […]

World AIDS day: read our HIV-related papers!

As you most probably know, today is the World AIDS Day so we thought it’d be a good idea to share our most recently published HIV-related papers! – HIV/AIDS knowledge among adolescents: did a prevention campaign make a difference? – Modifying nutrition and lifestyle on HIV-infected patients slows down the rate of CD4 decline: a study […]

Socioeconomic inequalities in health in the oldest old over time

picture credit   It is known that socioeconomic inequalities in health prevail in the old age; not a lot is known, however, on how such inequalities have developed over time. In a study we just published, the authors aimed to explore the trends in educational inequalities in health among adults aged 77+  years in Sweden […]

E-cigarettes and Public Health: call for papers!

We are happy to announce a Call for Papers on e-cigarettes and public health! We invite primary research documenting the epidemiology of e-cigarette use, the impact of its use and the effects of alternate public health responses to the popularity of these products. Closing date for submissions is 15 May 2015! For further details on the […]

Call for Reviews on Global Health- win an award!

  We are happy to announce a call for Systematic Reviews (and an award for the best one!) in connection to the 9th European Conference on Tropical Medicine and International Health (Driving the Best Science to Meet Global Health Challenges) to be held in Basel, Switzerland in September 2015. Successful submissions will be published online […]

Can we set migration and health as a national health target?

image credit   Setting health targets is a common approach for health systems, in order to coordinate their efforts and to develop and prioritise health policies. In Germany, health targets are set by a process established by the Health Targets Network . This network consists of more than 120 stakeholders who work together to identify […]

Work-related stress and social isolation mediate the association between education and depressiveness

  Mental disorders, especially depression, are responsible for high absenteeism from work and economic loss. In addition, the relationship between socioeconomic status (SES) and depression is well known and there is a social gradient in depression. Studies have found associations between working conditions and health as well as between socioeconomic status and psychosocial working conditions. […]

The reliability of a two-item scale: Pearson, Cronbach, or Spearman-Brown? Golden trophy for IJPH paper!

We were happy to be informed that a recent IJPH paper has been identified as a “highly cited paper ” in “Essential Science Indicators” in Web of Science, which resulted in the award of a golden trophy (virtual, I presume!) The paper is called “The reliability of a two-item scale: Pearson, Cronbach, or Spearman-Brown” and […]

HIV/AIDS knowledge among adolescents: did a prevention campaign make a difference?

Eleven percent of all HIV diagnoses reported in Europe in 2012 were in people aged 15-24. Many young people lack knowledge about HIV/AIDS modes of transmission and ways of prevention. To approach this vulnerable population Sunflower, a EU-funded project (2008-2011) was run in 9 countries. It consisted of four phases, including analysis of local contexts […]

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