Women's health behaviors and health promotion

This section considers studies regarding all aspects of women’s lifestyle decisions, including fitness, exercise, nutrition, osteoporosis, smoking, disease prevention, and other related aspects.

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  1. Research article

    Skin whitening among Cameroonian female university students: knowledge, attitudes, practices and motivations

    Lack of data on skin whitening (SW) among Cameroonian female university students prompted us to undertake the present study which aimed at assessing the knowledge, attitudes, practices and motivations of femal...

    Emmanuel Armand Kouotou, Jobert Richie N. Nansseu, Hugues Adegbidi, Theophane Christel Joel Zoa Mebara and Elie Claude Ndjitoyap Ndam

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:33

    Published on: 17 April 2017

  2. Research article

    Typical patterns of modifiable health risk factors (MHRFs) in elderly women in Germany: results from the cross-sectional German Health Update (GEDA) study, 2009 and 2010

    Modifiable health risk factors (MHRFs) significantly affect morbidity and mortality rates and frequently occur in specific combinations or risk clusters. Using five MHRFs (smoking, high-risk alcohol consumptio...

    Franziska Jentsch, Jennifer Allen, Judith Fuchs and Elena von der Lippe

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:23

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  3. Research article

    Women’s knowledge and attitudes towards cervical cancer prevention: a cross sectional study in Eastern Uganda

    Cervical cancer is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among women in Uganda, often due to late disease diagnosis. Early screening for the cancer has been shown to be the most effective measure against ...

    Trasias Mukama, Rawlance Ndejjo, Angele Musabyimana, Abdullah Ali Halage and David Musoke

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:9

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  4. Research article

    Probiotics for vaginal health in South Africa: what is on retailers’ shelves?

    Probiotics are widely used to improve gastrointestinal (GI) health, but they may also be useful to prevent or treat gynaecological disorders, including bacterial vaginosis (BV) and candidiasis. BV prevalence i...

    Anna-Ursula Happel, Shameem Z. Jaumdally, Tanya Pidwell, Tracy Cornelius, Heather B. Jaspan, Remy Froissart, Shaun L. Barnabas and Jo-Ann S. Passmore

    BMC Women's Health 2017 17:7

    Published on: 19 January 2017

  5. Study protocol

    Physical activity and the risk for gestational diabetes mellitus amongst pregnant women living in Soweto: a study protocol

    Over the past decade the prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) has increased rapidly in both developed and developing countries and has become a growing health concern worldwide. A recent systemati...

    Tasneem Khan, Shelley Macaulay, Shane A. Norris, Lisa K. Micklesfield and Estelle D. Watson

    BMC Women's Health 2016 16:66

    Published on: 18 October 2016

  6. Research article

    The effect of brisk walking on postural stability, bone mineral density, body weight and composition in women over 50 years with a sedentary occupation: a randomized controlled trial

    To assess the effect of brisk walking on postural stability, bone mineral density (BMD) and body composition in women over 50 years of age with a sedentary occupation.

    Aleš Gába, Roman Cuberek, Zdeněk Svoboda, František Chmelík, Jana Pelclová, Michal Lehnert and Karel Frömel

    BMC Women's Health 2016 16:63

    Published on: 21 September 2016

  7. Study protocol

    Protocol for a randomized controlled trial to compare bone-loading exercises with risedronate for preventing bone loss in osteopenic postmenopausal women

    In the United States, over 34 million American post-menopausal women have low bone mass (osteopenia) which increases their risk of osteoporosis and fractures. Calcium, vitamin D and exercise are recommended fo...

    Laura D. Bilek, Nancy L. Waltman, Joan M. Lappe, Kevin A. Kupzyk, Lynn R. Mack, Diane M. Cullen, Kris Berg, Meghan Langel, Melissa Meisinger, Ashlee Portelli-Trinidad and Molly Lang

    BMC Women's Health 2016 16:59

    Published on: 30 August 2016

  8. Research article

    Factors influencing place of delivery for pastoralist women in Kenya: a qualitative study

    Kenya’s high maternal mortality ratio can be partly explained by the low proportion of women delivering in health facilities attended by skilled birth attendants (SBAs). Many women continue to give birth at ho...

    Tanya Caulfield, Pamela Onyo, Abbey Byrne, John Nduba, Josephat Nyagero, Alison Morgan and Michelle Kermode

    BMC Women's Health 2016 16:52

    Published on: 9 August 2016

  9. Research article

    Factors related to HPV vaccine uptake and 3-dose completion among women in a low vaccination region of the USA: an observational study

    To assess the demographic and attitudinal factors associated with HPV vaccine initiation and completion among 18–26 year old women in Utah.

    Andrew R. Wilson, Mia Hashibe, Julia Bodson, Lisa H. Gren, Brooke A. Taylor, Jessica Greenwood, Brian R. Jackson, Rosemary She, Marlene J. Egger and Deanna Kepka

    BMC Women's Health 2016 16:41

    Published on: 22 July 2016

  10. Research article

    Development and psychometric testing of a new instrument to measure factors influencing women’s breast cancer prevention behaviors (ASSISTS)

    Breast cancer preventive behaviors have an extreme effect on women’s health. Despite the benefits of preventive behaviors regarding breast cancer, they have not been implemented as routine care for healthy wom...

    Maryam Khazaee-Pool, Fereshteh Majlessi, Ali Montazeri, Tahereh Pashaei, Ali Gholami and Koen Ponnet

    BMC Women's Health 2016 16:40

    Published on: 22 July 2016

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Women's Health 2016 16:53

  11. Research article

    Beliefs underlying Women’s intentions to consume alcohol

    Changing trends demonstrate that women, in a number of economically-developed countries, are drinking at higher levels than ever before. Exploring key targets for intervention, this study examined the extent t...

    Helen M. Haydon, Patricia L. Obst and Ioni Lewis

    BMC Women's Health 2016 16:36

    Published on: 13 July 2016

  12. Research article

    Woman focused smoking cessation programming: a qualitative study

    Several studies of smoking cessation programs in clinical settings have revealed poorer outcomes for women compared to men, including counselling alone or in combination with pharmacotherapy. The objective of ...

    Nadia Minian, Jessica Penner, Sabrina Voci and Peter Selby

    BMC Women's Health 2016 16:17

    Published on: 12 March 2016

  13. Research article

    Perceived exercise barriers are reduced and benefits are improved with lifestyle modification in overweight and obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a randomised controlled trial

    This study assessed the perceived benefits and barriers to exercise participation in overweight and obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and monitored changes in response to a lifestyle intervention.

    Rebecca L. Thomson, Jonathan D. Buckley and Grant D. Brinkworth

    BMC Women's Health 2016 16:14

    Published on: 9 March 2016

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