Advances in Health and Behavior <p><a title="Registered Journal" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="journalreviewercredits" src="/journal/public/site/images/jasongong/Logo_ReviewerCredits-journal.jpg" alt="ReviewerCredits" align="right"></a><strong>Advances in Health and Behavior (AHB)</strong> (ISSN: 2630-466X) published biannually, is an international peer reviewed journal that publishes empirical and theoretical articles that apply sociological concepts and methods to the understanding of health and illness and the organization of medicine and health care.</p> <p>Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:&nbsp;<br>• Health policy management and behavioral health<br>• Medical behavior, medical humanities and doctor-patient relationship<br>• Psychological behavior and quality of life<br>• Physical illness and mental health<br>• Public health and behavioral health<br>• The clinical diagnosis and treatment and behavior management<br>• Psychological behavioral health diagnosis and assessment<br>• Psychological behavior intervention and treatment&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>• Behavioral medicine and nursing and functional rehabilitation<br>• The behavioral medicine research<br>• Behavioral medicine and other interdisciplinary<br>• Smoke and health<br>• Drink and health<br>• Sleep and health</p> SyncSci Publishing Pte. Ltd, Singapore en-US Advances in Health and Behavior 2630-466X <p>Authors contributing to&nbsp;<em>Advances in Health and Behavior</em>&nbsp;agree to publish their articles under the&nbsp;<a href="">Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 International License</a>, allowing third parties to share their work (copy, distribute, transmit) and to adapt it, under the condition that the authors are given credit, that the work is not used for commercial purposes, and that in the event of reuse or distribution, the terms of this license are made clear.</p> Determinants of knowledge, attitudes, and preventive practices for COVID-19 infection in Goma, DRC <p><strong>Purpose:</strong> In view of the resurgence of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the North Kivu province, particularly in Goma city, the epicenter of the disease, it is necessary to study the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of the population of Goma city on COVID-19 infection.<br><strong>Methods:</strong> A cross-sectional study was conducted from July 15 to August 15, 2021. A 3-degree cluster survey was conducted in Goma city, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Bivariate and multivariate analyzes were performed by the STATA 15 software.<br><strong>Results:</strong> 1,194 individuals responded to the survey and had heard of COVID-19; 74.62% of the respondents had good knowledge, 77.39% had a positive attitude, and 45.48% practiced preventive measures against COVID-19. Determinants of good knowledge were the age groups 30-39 years and 40-49 years, secondary and higher/university educational levels, and not having suffered from COVID-19. Determinants of positive attitude were female sex, having a professional occupation, having a family member or close relative who had suffered from COVID-19, and living in the Karisimbi municipality. Determinants of better practice were female sex, secondary and higher/university educational levels, not having a professional occupation, and having a family member or close relative who had suffered from COVID-19.<br><strong>Conclusion:</strong> To effectively control this epidemic, it is essential to strengthening risk communication with full community participation. This strategy must be coupled with measures to make prevention methods available to the benefit of the entire population.</p> Willy Missumba Kakozi Barry Katembo Pierrot Mazirane Patricia Mishika Lukusa Edo Baluntu Espérance Makombe Claudine Munyatwari Bahire Justin Murabazi Olivier Mukuku Zacharie Kibendelwa Tsongo Stanis Okitotsho Wembonyama ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2022-12-21 2022-12-21 6 242 252 10.25082/AHB.2023.01.001 Sleep deprivation: A toxicogenic drive for neurodegenerative diseases and public health issue <p>Sleep deprivation is gradually becoming a common phenomenon in modern societies, especially among chronic users of social media, night shifts workers, students and some less-privileged populations. The erroneous perception among certain subgroups of the population that time spent to sleep is time wasted is of great concern, because sleep is indeed critical for good health and survival. Of greater concern are the effects of alcohol, beverages like caffeine, and environmental toxicants like heavy metals and pesticides, on normal sleep mechanisms. The consequences of sleep disorder are dire as it alters immune responses and have been reported to increase the risk of some non-communicable diseases. The inter-individual differences in sleep requirements may present a challenge in determining adequate sleep duration. On the average, most adults need about seven to eight hours of sleep each night while teens and children need more. Accumulation of sleep debt for individuals sleeping less than the required sleeping duration may lead to chronic health and behavioural problems. We opine that the mechanisms underlying sleep disruption by some foods and toxicants have toxicogenic link. There is need, therefore, to consider sleep deprivation as a public health issue with a view to ensuring proper advocacy among risk groups in order to improve quality of life and economy of nations. Given the prevalence of alcohol and caffeine consumption, exposures to heavy metals and pesticides, and increasing neurodegenerative disorders, there is need to elucidate the precise mechanisms of sleep disruption and exposures to the aforementioned chemicals.</p> Onyenmechi Johnson Afonne Emeka Chinedu Ifediba Anulika Johnson Afonne ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2022-09-19 2022-09-19 6 233 241 10.25082/AHB.2022.01.006 Quality of life of people with epilepsy at a tertiary referral centre in Goma, in the DRC <p><strong>Purpose: </strong>This study aims to determine the quality of life (QOL) related to the health of people with epilepsy (PWE) followed in ambulatory care at the Neuropsychiatric Hospital Center in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. <br><strong>Methods:<em>&nbsp;</em></strong> A total of 302 adults with epilepsy followed in ambulatory care at the Neuropsychiatric Hospital Center in Goma were interviewed in this cross-sectional study. The QOL was measured using a validated French-language version of the Quality of Life in Epilepsy-31 inventory (QOLIE-31). <br><strong>Results:</strong> The mean age was 28.4±11.0 years and 56.9% were males. The mean total QOLIE-31 score was 47.7±11.0. The highest subscale score was overall QOL with a mean of 57.5±15.0 and the lowest was medication effects with 39.7±27.5. Unemployment, presence of seizures, tobacco use, and co-morbidities (medical or psychiatric) significantly affected QOL (p &lt; 0.05). All QOL subscales showed a significant correlation with seizure frequency, except for medication effects. <br><strong>Conclusion:</strong> Worrying about seizures had the major contribution to QOL, while the medication effects had the least. This study confirms the importance of seizure control for better QOL in Congolese PWE.</p> François Maheshe Polepole Olivier Mukuku Franck Shongo Omangelo Alfred Chasumba Murhula Marcellin Bugeme Théophile Barhwamire Kabesha Stanis Okitotsho Wembonyama Zacharie Kibendelwa Tsongo ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2022-09-09 2022-09-09 6 226 232 10.25082/AHB.2022.01.005