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Editor's Choice: Might extended education decrease inequalities in health? - a meta-analysis 

Since education is a strong determinant of mortality as well as a number of other health indicators, would an extended compulsory school improve health in the population concerned by such a policy measure? In this issue, Ljungdahl and Bremberg present a systematic review of natural experiments that have tried to find out health effects of extended education. Given the fact that school reforms are politically driven more than scientifically, it is impressive that so many studies could be identified in which laudable efforts have been made to evaluate health effects of school policy changes. While the authors conclude that the effects on mortality were limited in absolute terms, health effects were indeed identified as a result of the reforms. The paper shows interesting examples on how major policy reforms can be evaluated, and gives food for analyses on the effects of educational reforms. 

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Trends in young people's health and social determinants

View the latest European Journal of Public Health supplement on 'Trends in young people's health and social determinants', guest edited by Emmanuel Kuntsche, Bjørn E. Holstein and Ulrike Ravens-Sieberer.

This supplement aims to provide evidence on various aspects of young people's health, wellbeing and related factors, allowing the reader to get an overview of prevalence changes across countries for selected outcomes, e.g. fruit and vegetable consumption, overweight, injury-related mortality and morbidity, physical activity, parental communication, bullying, early sexual intercourse and condom use, weekly alcohol consumption and the co-occurrence of tobacco and cannabis use, and life satisfaction, just to name a few of the outcomes included. The supplement also offers examples of how time trends can be interpreted and explained when dealing with perceived school pressure and health complaints.


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Higher Impact, Greater Influence

The European Journal of Public Health 2014 Impact Factor: 2.591
2015 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Making it 20th in the SSI: Public, Environmental & Occupational Health. 

You can read the top 5 most highly cited articles which contributed to the impact factor here