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  1. Many studies suggest that exposure to natural environments (‘greenspace’) enhances human health and wellbeing. Benefits potentially arise via several mechanisms including stress reduction, opportunity and moti...

    Authors: Benedict W Wheeler, Rebecca Lovell, Sahran L Higgins, Mathew P White, Ian Alcock, Nicholas J Osborne, Kerryn Husk, Clive E Sabel and Michael H Depledge
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2015 14:17
  2. Atmospheric dispersion models (ADMs) may help to assess human exposure to airborne pathogens. However, there is as yet limited quantified evidence that modelled concentrations are indeed associated to observed...

    Authors: Jeroen PG van Leuken, Jan van de Kassteele, Ferd J Sauter, Wim van der Hoek, Dick Heederik, Arie H Havelaar and Arno N Swart
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2015 14:14
  3. In breast cancer, worse disease characteristics are associated with fewer social resources and black race. However, it is unknown whether social gradients have similar impact across race, and whether behaviors...

    Authors: Ann C Klassen, Aaron Pankiewicz, Stephanie Hsieh, Abigail Ward and Frank C Curriero
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2015 14:13
  4. Monitoring spatial disease risk (e.g. identifying risk areas) is of great relevance in public health research, especially in cancer epidemiology. A common strategy uses case-control studies and estimates a spa...

    Authors: Dorothea Lemke, Volkmar Mattauch, Oliver Heidinger, Edzer Pebesma and Hans-Werner Hense
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2015 14:15
  5. According to the social ecological model of health-related behaviors, it is now well accepted that environmental factors influence habitual physical activity. Most previous studies on physical activity determi...

    Authors: Thierry Feuillet, Hélène Charreire, Mehdi Menai, Paul Salze, Chantal Simon, Julien Dugas, Serge Hercberg, Valentina A Andreeva, Christophe Enaux, Christiane Weber and Jean-Michel Oppert
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2015 14:12
  6. Deprivation indices are useful measures to analyze health inequalities. There are several methods to construct these indices, however, few studies have used Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Multi-Crite...

    Authors: Pablo Cabrera-Barona, Thomas Murphy, Stefan Kienberger and Thomas Blaschke
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2015 14:11
  7. Models for the spatial distribution of vector species are important tools in the assessment of the risk of establishment and subsequent spread of vector-borne diseases. The aims of this study are to define the...

    Authors: Daniela Cianci, Nienke Hartemink and Adolfo Ibáñez-Justicia
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2015 14:10
  8. This study examined whether objective measures of food, physical activity and built environment exposures, in home and non-home settings, contribute to children’s body weight. Further, comparing GPS and GIS me...

    Authors: Thomas Burgoine, Andy P Jones, Rebecca J Namenek Brouwer and Sara E Benjamin Neelon
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2015 14:8
  9. The editor of International Journal of Health Geographics would like to thank all our reviewers who have contributed to the journal in Volume 13 (2014).

    Authors: Maged N Kamel Boulos
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2015 14:6
  10. Instead of traditional statistical models for large spatial areas and weekly or monthly temporal units, what public health workers urgently need is a timely risk prediction method for small areas. This risk pr...

    Authors: Ta-Chien Chan, Tsuey-Hwa Hu and Jing-Shiang Hwang
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2015 14:9
  11. Visual analytics aims to connect the processing power of information technologies and the user’s ability of logical thinking and reasoning through the complex visual interaction. Moreover, the most of the data...

    Authors: Lukáš Marek, Pavel Tuček and Vít Pászto
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2015 14:7
  12. This paper provides a brief overview of, and elaborates on, some of the presentations, discussions and conclusions from Day 4 of the ‘WHO EURO 2014 International Healthy Cities Conference: Health and the City ...

    Authors: Maged N Kamel Boulos, Agis D Tsouros and Arto Holopainen
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2015 14:3
  13. The range of influence refers to the average distance between locations at which the observed outcome is no longer correlated. In many studies, missing data occur and a popular tool for handling missing data i...

    Authors: Kristine Bihrmann and Annette K Ersbøll
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2015 14:1
  14. A lack of physical activity and overconsumption of energy dense food is associated with overweight and obesity. The neighbourhood environment may stimulate or hinder the development and/or maintenance of a hea...

    Authors: John R Bethlehem, Joreintje D Mackenbach, Maher Ben-Rebah, Sofie Compernolle, Ketevan Glonti, Helga Bárdos, Harry R Rutter, Hélène Charreire, Jean-Michel Oppert, Johannes Brug and Jeroen Lakerveld
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:52
  15. Measuring mobility is critical for understanding neighborhood influences on older adults’ health and functioning. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) may represent an important opportunity to measure, describe, a...

    Authors: Jana A Hirsch, Meghan Winters, Philippa Clarke and Heather McKay
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:51
  16. The global spread and the increased frequency and magnitude of epidemic dengue in the last 50 years underscore the urgent need for effective tools for surveillance, prevention, and control. This review aims at...

    Authors: Valérie R Louis, Revati Phalkey, Olaf Horstick, Pitcha Ratanawong, Annelies Wilder-Smith, Yesim Tozan and Peter Dambach
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:50
  17. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have become an important tool in monitoring and improving health services, particularly at local levels. However, GIS data are often unavailable in rural settings and villa...

    Authors: Fabien Munyaneza, Lisa R Hirschhorn, Cheryl L Amoroso, Laetitia Nyirazinyoye, Ermyas Birru, Jean Claude Mugunga, Rachel M Murekatete and Joseph Ntaganira
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:49
  18. The role that environmental factors, such as neighborhood socioeconomics, food, and physical environment, play in the risk of obesity and chronic diseases is not well quantified. Understanding how spatial dist...

    Authors: Barbara A Laraia, Samuel D Blanchard, Andrew J Karter, Jessica C Jones-Smith, Margaret Warton, Ellen Kersten, Michael Jerrett, Howard H Moffet, Nancy Adler, Dean Schillinger and Maggi Kelly
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:48
  19. Spatial analysis is increasingly important for identifying modifiable geographic risk factors for disease. However, spatial health data from surveys are often incomplete, ranging from missing data for only a f...

    Authors: Jannah Baker, Nicole White and Kerrie Mengersen
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:47
  20. Predicting the spatial distribution of pathogens with an environmental stage is challenging because of the difficulty to detect them in environmental samples. Among these pathogens, the parasite Toxoplasma gondii

    Authors: Cécile Gotteland, Brent M McFerrin, Xiaopeng Zhao, Emmanuelle Gilot-Fromont and Maud Lélu
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:45
  21. The mode of transmission of the emerging neglected disease Buruli ulcer is unknown. Several potential transmission pathways have been proposed, such as amoebae, or transmission through food webs. Several lines...

    Authors: Kevin Carolan, Solange Meyin À Ebong, Andres Garchitorena, Jordi Landier, Daniel Sanhueza, Gaëtan Texier, Laurent Marsollier, Philipe Le Gall, Jean-François Guégan and Danny Lo Seen
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:44
  22. The World Health Organization recommends strategies to improve urban design, public transportation, and recreation facilities to facilitate physical activity for non-communicable disease prevention for an incr...

    Authors: Marc A Adams, Lawrence D Frank, Jasper Schipperijn, Graham Smith, James Chapman, Lars B Christiansen, Neil Coffee, Deborah Salvo, Lorinne du Toit, Jan Dygrýn, Adriano Akira Ferreira Hino, Poh-chin Lai, Suzanne Mavoa, José David Pinzón, Nico Van de Weghe, Ester Cerin…
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:43
  23. A youths’ neighborhood can play an important role in their physical, health, and emotional development. The prevalence of health risk behavior (HRB) in Czech youth such as smoking, drug and alcohol use is the ...

    Authors: Jana Spilkova, Dagmar Dzúrova and Michal Pitonak
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:41
  24. Identification of active or sedentary modes of transport is of relevance for studies assessing physical activity or addressing exposure assessment. We assessed in a proof-of-principle study if speed as logged ...

    Authors: Anke Huss, Johan Beekhuizen, Hans Kromhout and Roel Vermeulen
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:40
  25. Utilization of spatial statistics and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies remain underrepresented in the community-engagement literature, despite its potential role in informing community outreac...

    Authors: Corrine W Ruktanonchai, Deepa K Pindolia, Catherine W Striley, Folakemi T Odedina and Linda B Cottler
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:39
  26. To develop a method to use survey data to establish catchment areas of primary care or Primary Care Service Areas. Primary Care Service Areas are small areas, the majority of patients resident in which obtain ...

    Authors: Soumya Mazumdar, Xiaoqi Feng, Paul Konings, Ian McRae and Federico Girosi
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:38
  27. Environmental exposure assessments often require a study participant’s residential location, but the positional accuracy of geocoding varies by method and the rural status of an address. We evaluated geocoding...

    Authors: Rena R Jones, Curt T DellaValle, Abigail R Flory, Alex Nordan, Jane A Hoppin, Jonathan N Hofmann, Honglei Chen, James Giglierano, Charles F Lynch, Laura E Beane Freeman, Gerard Rushton and Mary H Ward
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:37
  28. Multilevel and spatial models are being increasingly used to obtain substantive information on area-level inequalities in cancer survival. Multilevel models assume independent geographical areas, whereas spati...

    Authors: Paramita Dasgupta, Susanna M Cramb, Joanne F Aitken, Gavin Turrell and Peter D Baade
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:36
  29. Malaria is a mosquito-borne parasitic disease that causes severe mortality and morbidity, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. As the vectors predominantly bite between dusk and dawn, risk of infection is deter...

    Authors: Lutz Ehlkes, Anne Caroline Krefis, Benno Kreuels, Ralf Krumkamp, Ohene Adjei, Matilda Ayim-Akonor, Robin Kobbe, Andreas Hahn, Christof Vinnemeier, Wibke Loag, Udo Schickhoff and Jürgen May
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:35
  30. Tanapox virus is a zoonotic infection that causes mild febrile illness and one to several nodular skin lesions. The disease is endemic in parts of Africa. The principal reservoir for the virus that causes Tana...

    Authors: Benjamin P Monroe, Yoshinori J Nakazawa, Mary G Reynolds and Darin S Carroll
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:34
  31. The residential care system is rapidly developing and plays an increasingly important role in care for the elderly in Beijing. A noticeable disparity in the accessibility to existing residential care facilitie...

    Authors: Zhuolin Tao, Yang Cheng, Teqi Dai and Mark W Rosenberg
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:33
  32. DED rate maps from diverse regions may allow us to understand world-wide spreading pattern of the disease. Only few studies compared the prevalence of DED between geographical regions in non-spatial context. T...

    Authors: Sun-Bi Um, Na Hyun Kim, Hyung Keun Lee, Jong Suk Song and Hyeon Chang Kim
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:31
  33. Mercury is a metal with widespread distribution in aquatic ecosystems and significant neurodevelopmental toxicity in humans. Fish biomonitoring for total mercury has been conducted in South Carolina (SC) since...

    Authors: James B Burch, Sara Wagner Robb, Robin Puett, Bo Cai, Rebecca Wilkerson, Wilfried Karmaus, John Vena and Erik Svendsen
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:30
  34. Previous studies testing the association between the built environment and walking behavior have been largely cross-sectional and have yielded mixed results. This study reports on a natural experiment in which...

    Authors: Guibo Sun, Nicolas M Oreskovic and Hui Lin
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:28
  35. There is a growing international literature assessing inequalities in health and mortality by area based measures. However, there are few works comparing measures available to inform research design. The analy...

    Authors: Kevin Ralston, Ruth Dundas and Alastair H Leyland
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:27
  36. West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne pathogen of global public health importance. Transmission of WNV is determined by abiotic and biotic factors. The objective of this study was to examine environmental ...

    Authors: Annelise Tran, Bertrand Sudre, Shlomit Paz, Massimiliano Rossi, Annie Desbrosse, Véronique Chevalier and Jan C Semenza
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:26
  37. Access to skilled attendance at childbirth is crucial to reduce maternal and newborn mortality. Several different measures of geographic access are used concurrently in public health research, with the assumpt...

    Authors: Robin C Nesbitt, Sabine Gabrysch, Alexandra Laub, Seyi Soremekun, Alexander Manu, Betty R Kirkwood, Seeba Amenga-Etego, Kenneth Wiru, Bernhard Höfle and Chris Grundy
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:25
  38. The precise trigger of podoconiosis — endemic non-filarial elephantiasis of the lower legs — is unknown. Epidemiological and ecological studies have linked the disease with barefoot exposure to red clay soils ...

    Authors: Yordanos B Molla, Nicola A Wardrop, Jennifer S Le Blond, Peter Baxter, Melanie J Newport, Peter M Atkinson and Gail Davey
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:24
  39. Evidence linking outdoor air pollution and incidence of ischemic stroke subtypes and severity is limited. We examined associations between outdoor PM10 and NO2 concentrations modeled at a fine spatial resolution ...

    Authors: Ravi Maheswaran, Tim Pearson, Sean D Beevers, Michael J Campbell and Charles D Wolfe
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:23
  40. Although widely used, area-based deprivation indices remain sensitive to urban–rural differences as such indices are usually standardised around typical urban values. There is, therefore, a need to determine t...

    Authors: Mélanie Bertin, Cécile Chevrier, Fabienne Pelé, Tania Serrano-Chavez, Sylvaine Cordier and Jean-François Viel
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:22
  41. Natural-focal diseases constitute a serious hazard for human health. Agents and vectors of such diseases belong to natural landscapes. The aim of this study is to identify the diversity and geography of natura...

    Authors: Svetlana M Malkhazova, Varvara A Mironova, Tatiana V Kotova, Natalia V Shartova and Dmitry S Orlov
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:21
  42. Google Street View provides a valuable and efficient alternative to observe the physical environment compared to on-site fieldwork. However, studies on the use, reliability and validity of Google Street View i...

    Authors: Griet Vanwolleghem, Delfien Van Dyck, Fabian Ducheyne, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij and Greet Cardon
    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2014 13:19

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