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Behavioral Determinants of Health and Mortality

Conducted by Mikko Myrskylä; Kieron Barclay, Maarten Jacob Bijlsma, Alyson van Raalte, Christian Dudel, Yaoyue Hu, Enrique Acosta, Christina Bohk-Ewald (University of Helsinki, Finland), Pekka Martikainen (MPIDR / University of Helsinki, Finland)

Risky health behaviors, such as cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and poor diet, are holding back achievements in population health. This project analyzes the individual and cumulative impact of key health behaviors on trends and differentials in health and mortality.  Detailed Description

Research Keywords:

Aging, Mortality and Longevity, Health Care, Public Health, Medicine, and Epidemiology


Preston, S. H.; Vierboom, Y. C.:
Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC) Series 2022-93, Philadelphia, PA. (2022)    
Acosta, E.; Gagnon, A.; Ouellette, N.; Bourbeau, R. R.; Nepomuceno, M. R.; van Raalte, A. A.:
MPIDR Working Paper WP-2020-003. (2020)    
McMinn, M.; Gray, L.; Härkänen, T.; Tolonen, H.; Pitkänen, J.; Molaodi, O. R.; Leyland, A. H.; Martikainen, P.:
Epidemiology. forthcoming. (2020)
Mehta, N. K.; Abrams, L. R.; Myrskylä, M.:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 117:13, 6998–7000. (2020)    
Bijwaard, G. E.; Tynelius, P.; Myrskylä, M.:
Population Studies 73:2, 217–232. (2019)    
Martikainen, P.; Jasilionis, D.; Junna, L. M.; Tarkiainen, L.:
Epidemiology 30:6, e32–e33. (2019)    
Stefler, D.; Hu, Y.; Malyutina, S.; Pajak, A.; Kubinova, R.; Peasey, A.; Pikhart, H.; Rodriguez-Artalejo, F.; Bobak, M.:
PLoS One 13:7, e0200460–e0200460. (2018)    
Vidra, N.; Bijlsma, M. J.; Trias Llimós, S.; Janssen, F.:
International Journal of Public Health 63:6, 683–692. (2018)    
Bijwaard, G. E.; Myrskylä, M.; Tynelius, P.; Rasmussen, F.:
MPIDR Working Paper WP-2017-003. (2017)    
Herttua, K.; Östergren, O.; Lundberg, O.; Martikainen, P.:
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 71:12, 1168–1176. (2017)    
Vogt, T. C.; van Raalte, A. A.; Grigoriev, P.; Myrskylä, M.:
Demography 54:3, 1051–1071. (2017)    
van Raalte, A. A.; Myrskylä, M.; Martikainen, P.:
Demographic Research 32:20, 589–620. (2015)
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