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Special Issue "Recent Advances of Adolescents and Children Health Research"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Children Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Jitse P. van Dijk

1 Department of Community and Occupational Medicine, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Ant. Deusinglaan 1, 9713 AV Groningen, The Netherlands
2 Scientific director Graduate School Kosice Institute of Society and Health, Faculty of Medicine, Safarik University, Tr. SNP 1, 040 11 Kosice, Slovakia
3 Visiting Professor Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Interests: Adolescents and Health, Chronic Disease, Ethnicity and health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) welcomes submissions for a Special Issue focusing on “Recent Advances of Adolescents and Children Health”.

IJERPH is a peer-reviewed scientific journal with a current impact factor (2016) of 2.101 (5-year impact factor of 2.54) that publishes research articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. More details about the journal can be found at http://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph.

The Special Issue on “Recent Advances of Adolescents and Children Health” is meant to show the recent trends in studying the health of adolescents and children. Such an overview is also necessary to nuance statements such as the following: “most children in the WHO European Region have a happy, healthy childhood and adolescence where they grow and develop into prosperous adults”. In this period of the life-course identity is formulated, experimentations are made, and independence is developed. Furthermore, the inequality issue is relevant for children and adolescents. Inequality between and within all WHO’s Member States, unequal access to quality services, maltreatment and unhealthy lifestyles, are negatively affecting health among the most vulnerable groups in our societies—children and adolescents.

We are interested in topics such as, though not limited to:

  • Factors influencing child and adolescent public health at various levels (individual, family, peers, society, etc.)
  • Physical health, as well as mental health
  • Quality of life, social participation
  • Innovative interventions in the broad field of care and prevention
  • The role of key stakeholders (e.g., children themselves, peers, parents, teachers)
  • Various settings (e.g., home, school, neighborhood, care, communities)
  • Organizational and/or policy changes

Researchers are invited to contribute novel work to be considered for publication in this Special Issue. Submissions should include original articles, critical reviews (systematic reviews or meta-analyses), or brief reports. Articles that focus on the above-mentioned key aspects, or that can be brought into a relationship with them, are welcomed. Additionally, articles that focus on underrepresented or disadvantaged communities are encouraged.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jitse van Dijk
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • Physical and mental health
  • Youth
  • Care
  • Environment
  • Social factors
  • Interventions
  • Health promotion
  • Parental influence
  • School’s or Teacher’s influence
  • Health disparities
  • Policy

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Open AccessArticle Relationship between Problematic Internet Use, Sleep Problems, and Oral Health in Korean Adolescents: A National Survey
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(9), 1870; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15091870
Received: 13 June 2018 / Revised: 25 July 2018 / Accepted: 20 August 2018 / Published: 29 August 2018
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We examined the relationship between Problematic Internet Use (PIU), sleep (sleep satisfaction, sleep duration), and experience of oral disease symptoms in Korean adolescents by gender. This cross-sectional study utilized the 6th (2010) Korean Youth Risk Behavior Web-based Survey. Participants comprised 74,980 students from
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We examined the relationship between Problematic Internet Use (PIU), sleep (sleep satisfaction, sleep duration), and experience of oral disease symptoms in Korean adolescents by gender. This cross-sectional study utilized the 6th (2010) Korean Youth Risk Behavior Web-based Survey. Participants comprised 74,980 students from 400 middle schools and 400 high schools nationwide. Among these, 73,238 students from 799 schools (38,391 boys, 34,847 girls, aged 13–18 years) were included in the analysis (inclusion rate = 97.7%). Multiple logistic regression and analysis of moment structures (AMOS) analyses were performed to identify meaningful relationships between the three factors. The “high risk group” of problematic internet usage had increased experience of oral disease symptoms (boys: adjusted odds ratio (AOR) = 1.92, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.63–2.28, girls: AOR = 1.98, 95% CI = 1.50–2.63) compared to the general group. Boys who used the Internet for “5–6 h” had a higher risk of oral disease symptoms compared to those who used it for “less than 1 h” (OR = 1.24, 95% CI = 1.01–1.53); however, this difference was not significant in Models II and III. For girls, the risk of 5–6 h of use (Model I: OR = 1.69, 95% CI = 1.40–2.04) was higher than that of the boys. In addition, the difference was significant in Models II and III for girl students who used the Internet for 5–6 h. In subgroup analysis, the high-risk group had a higher odds ratio for mild symptoms of bad breath to severe symptoms such as sore and bleeding gums. In addition, in the path analysis, PIU affected sleep and indirectly affected oral health. Direct and indirect causal relationships between the three factors were confirmed. Therefore, it is important to recognize that PIU can have a detrimental effect on mental, physical, and oral health. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances of Adolescents and Children Health Research)
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Open AccessArticle Early Infant Feeding of Formula or Solid Foods and Risk of Childhood Overweight or Obesity in a Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Region of Australia: A Longitudinal Cohort Analysis
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(8), 1685; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15081685
Received: 16 May 2018 / Revised: 15 July 2018 / Accepted: 21 July 2018 / Published: 7 August 2018
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In southwestern Sydney the timing of introduction of formula and solids may be associated with risk of childhood overweight or obesity, and this may vary by age at breastfeeding cessation during first year. We included 346 infants from southwestern Sydney using the longitudinal
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In southwestern Sydney the timing of introduction of formula and solids may be associated with risk of childhood overweight or obesity, and this may vary by age at breastfeeding cessation during first year. We included 346 infants from southwestern Sydney using the longitudinal study for Australian children (LSAC), who at baseline were singleton, full term, and normal weight births. The outcome risk of overweight or obesity was measured at every two-year interval of children aged 0 or 1 year at baseline until they reached age 10 or 11, defined by body mass index (BMI) ≥ 85th percentile, using the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention growth charts. Age at introduction to formula or solids was dichotomized at four months. We used mixed effects logistic regression for performing all analyses with and without adjusting for mother’s BMI, age during pregnancy, and social disadvantage index. Missing data were estimated using multivariate normal imputation having 25 imputations. The odds of overweight or obesity were significantly higher among infants introduced to formula or solids at ≤4 months compared to those introduced at >4 months in both unadjusted (odds ratio = 2.3262, p = 0.023) and adjusted (odds ratio = 1.9543, p = 0.0475) analyses. The odds of overweight or obesity when age at formula or solids introduction was held fixed at ≤4 months, increased significantly (odds ratio = 2.0856, p = 0.0215) for children stopping breastfeeding at age ≤4 months compared to >4 months. Thus, increasing the prevalence of breast-feeding without any formula or solids to 4–6 months in southwest Sydney should be a worthwhile public health measure. Full article
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