Free Online Course: Introduction to Health Technology Assessment

21Aug
2017

Free Online Course: Psychological First Aid

21Aug
2017

Free Online Course: Systems Thinking In Public Health

21Aug
2017

Free Online Course: Epidemiology in Public Health Practice

21Aug
2017

Free Online Course: Tropical Parasitology: Protozoans, Worms, Vectors and Human Diseases

21Aug
2017

Free Online Course: Essentials of Global Health

21Aug
2017

Study: probiotics can prevent sepsis in newborns

17Aug
2017

Global burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma

17Aug
2017

Too much medicine: Mapping the drivers of overdiagnosis to potential solutions

17Aug
2017

The global burden of tuberculosis mortality in children

17Aug
2017

Recommendations for HIV Screening of Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men

17Aug
2017

Recommendations for HIV Screening of Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men — United States, 2017 – CDC, MMWR (free)

@CDC_HIVAIDS recommends men who have sex with men be tested for HIV at least annually”. (RT @CDCMMWR see Tweet)

 

Fight Back Against Mosquitos

16Aug
2017

The Fight Against Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Might Start With Vaccines

16Aug
2017

Facing Surgery Without An Anesthesiologist On Hand

16Aug
2017

The Effects of Cannabis Among Adults With Chronic Pain

15Aug
2017

Cholera count reaches 500 000 in Yemen

15Aug
2017

Surgery must be a core part of health care – even in the poorest countries

15Aug
2017

Unexpected Drawbacks of Rapid Malaria Tests

15Aug
2017

Antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae

15Aug
2017

Neurologic Complications Associated With the Zika Virus

15Aug
2017

Delayed breastfeeding initiation and infant survival

14Aug
2017

Delayed breastfeeding initiation and infant survival: A systematic review and meta-analysis – PLOS One (free)

This systematic review and meta-analysis mostly of observational studies suggests early breastfeeding initiation is associated with increased survival. The authors acknowledge that there are many reasons for delayed breastfeeding initiation that may confound the relationship between breastfeeding initiation and mortality, but remember that randomized trials would not be considered ethical, so we must rely on high quality observational data. Based on their analysis, the authors suggest the implementation of programs that emphasize the importance of early initiation of breastfeeding, in addition to promoting exclusive breastfeeding.

 

Free Online Course: The People, Power, and Pride of Public Health

14Aug
2017

Free Online Course: Easing the burden of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease

14Aug
2017

Free Online Course: Leading Healthcare Quality and Safety

14Aug
2017

Free Online Course: An Introduction to Global Health

14Aug
2017

Free Online Course – Major Depression in the Population: A Public Health Approach

14Aug
2017

Free Online Course: Public Health in Humanitarian Crises

14Aug
2017

Free Online Course: Health Across the Gender Spectrum

14Aug
2017

Regulatory control of highly hazardous pesticides to prevent self-poisoning

13Aug
2017

Causes of death after self-inflicted, drug-related or alcohol-related, or violent injury during adolescence

11Aug
2017

Lifestyle Risk Factors Increase the Risk of Hospitalization for Sciatica

11Aug
2017

Addressing Alcohol Use Practice Manual: An Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Program

11Aug
2017

Global prevalence of blindness and distance and near vision impairment

11Aug
2017

Breast-feeding for economic growth and prosperity

11Aug
2017

The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic

11Aug
2017

Counseling Adolescents About Contraception

11Aug
2017

Early Childhood Caries: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Prevention

11Aug
2017

Seasonal influenza: managing cases in critical care units

11Aug
2017

Interventions for emergency contraception

10Aug
2017

On-demand pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV

10Aug
2017

Efficacy, safety, and effect on sexual behaviour of on-demand pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV in men who have sex with men: an observational cohort study – The Lancet HIV (free registration required)

Commentaries: PrEP on demand or every day? – The Lancet HIV (free registration required) AND HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis can be taken as needed – Reuters (free)

“four doses of PrEP around the time of sexual activity cut the risk of HIV by 97 percent” (from Reuters Health)

 

Strategies to prevent death by suicide

10Aug
2017

Suicide Prevention in an Emergency Department Population

10Aug
2017

Suicide Prevention in an Emergency Department Population: The ED-SAFE Study – JAMA Psychiatry (link to abstract – Free Full Text PDF via @unpaywall)

Commentaries: Intervention Phone Calls May Save The Lives Of Suicidal Patients, Reduce New Attempts, Trial Finds – Medical Daily (free) AND National study shows interventions like telephone calls can reduce suicides – EurekAlert (free) AND Intervention Curbs New Suicide Attempts in At-Risk ED Patients – Medscape (free registration required)

Source: Psychiatry Research Review

“Patients who received a multifaceted intervention that included follow-up telephone calls resulted in a 30 percent reduction in future suicide attempts” (from Medical Daily)

 

The effect of multiple adverse childhood experiences on health

10Aug
2017

What do hypnotics cost hospitals and healthcare?

10Aug
2017

What do hypnotics cost hospitals and healthcare? – F1000 Research (free)

Source: Hospital Medicine Virtual Journal Club

“A best estimate is that U.S. costs of hypnotic harms to healthcare systems are on the order of $55 billion, but conceivably might be as low as $10 billion or as high as $100 billion”.

 

Effect of marijuana use on cardiovascular and cerebrovascular mortality

10Aug
2017

Developmental follow-up of children and young people born preterm

10Aug
2017

Alternatives to hospital admission for people aged over 65 years

9Aug
2017

A systematic review to identify and assess the effectiveness of alternatives for people over the age of 65 who are at risk of potentially avoidable hospital admission – BMJ Open (free) (RT @NIHR_DC)

Alternatives to hospital admission for people aged over 65 years can be safe and reduce costs across a range of acute and chronic conditions.

 

Treatment for Hepatitis C Virus by Community-Based Nonspecialist Providers

9Aug
2017

Interventions during pregnancy and childbirth for preventing cerebral palsy

9Aug
2017

WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region

9Aug
2017

The Global Burden of Neglected Tropical Diseases

9Aug
2017

Raw milk and cheese cause 840 times more illnesses than pasteurized products

7Aug
2017

Free Online Course: Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health

7Aug
2017

Free Online Course: Global Adolescent Health

7Aug
2017

Starts Today! Free Online Course: Global Adolescent Health – University of Melbourne and Coursera (free)

 

Free Online Course: An Introduction to Population Health

7Aug
2017

Free Online Course: Childbirth: A Global Perspective

7Aug
2017

Free Online Course: Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface

7Aug
2017

Free Online Course: Health for All Through Primary Health Care

7Aug
2017

Free Online Course: Community Change in Public Health

7Aug
2017

Environmental/lifestyle factors in the pathogenesis and prevention of type 2 diabetes

5Aug
2017

Social justice, epidemiology and health inequalities

5Aug
2017

The yellow fever outbreak in Brazil appears to have ended, health officials say

5Aug
2017

Chronic diseases spike in Middle East as conflicts rage

5Aug
2017

Chronic diseases spike in Middle East as conflicts rage – Nature News (free)

Related: Mental illness, suicide, and ‘intractable violence’ creating ‘lost generation’ in Middle East – Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (free)

“Rising rates of chronic disease and deaths from violence can be curbed only if fighting is brought to an end, say researchers”

Original articles:

– Editorial: Moving to action in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (free)

– Editorial 2: Mental disorders in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (free)

– Diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study (free)

– Burden of obesity in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study (free)

– Transport injuries and deaths in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 Study (free)

– Intentional injuries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 1990–2015: findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study (free)

– Burden of cardiovascular diseases in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 1990–2015: findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study (free)

– Danger ahead: the burden of diseases, injuries, and risk factors in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 1990–2015 (free)

– Burden of vision loss in the Eastern Mediterranean region, 1990–2015: findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study (free)

– Adolescent health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: findings from the global burden of disease 2015 study (free)

– Burden of diarrhea in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 1990–2015: Findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study (free)

– The burden of mental disorders in the Eastern Mediterranean region, 1990–2015: findings from the global burden of disease 2015 study (free)

– Maternal mortality and morbidity burden in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study (free)

– Trends in HIV/AIDS morbidity and mortality in Eastern Mediterranean countries, 1990–2015: findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study (free)

– Burden of cancer in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 2005–2015: findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 Study (free)

– Neonatal, infant, and under-5 mortality and morbidity burden in the Eastern Mediterranean region: findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study (free)

– Burden of lower respiratory infections in the Eastern Mediterranean Region between 1990 and 2015: findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 study (free)

 

Advancing the Global Health Security Agenda: CDC Achievements & Early Impact

5Aug
2017

Report: Advancing the Global Health Security Agenda: CDC Achievements & Early Impact (free PDF)

“Read about CDC Achievements in advancing the Global Health Security Agenda” (RT @CDCGlobal see Tweet)

 

Flame retardant exposure found to lower IQ in children

5Aug
2017

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

4Aug
2017

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? – The Atlantic (free)

Long read… very interesting.

 

A comprehensive guide to the new science of treating lower back pain

4Aug
2017

A comprehensive guide to the new science of treating lower back pain – VOX (free)

“Mainstream medicine has failed people with chronic back pain”

 

Cancer screening: concerns, controversy and evidence

3Aug
2017

The global crackdown on parents who refuse vaccines for their kids has begun

3Aug
2017

The global crackdown on parents who refuse vaccines for their kids has begun – VOX (free)

See more on mandatory vaccination in our May 29th (see #6) and July 12th (see #5) issues.

“Countries like Italy and Australia are tired of measles outbreaks — so they’re moving to fine anti-vaccine parents”.

 

HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis: clinical guidelines

3Aug
2017

Choosing Wisely International Top 10 recommendations

3Aug
2017

Choosing Wisely: An International Campaign to Combat Overuse, with new Top 10 recommendations (free) (RT @ChooseWiselyCA and @CADTH_ACMTS see Tweet with infographic)

See more on the Choosing Wisely initiative in our April 5 issue (see #6)

Choosing Wisely has prioritized 10 recommendations for limiting overuse internationally.

 

Guidelines for Drinking-Water Quality – World Health Organization

3Aug
2017

Brazilian guidelines for the clinical management of paracoccidioidomycosis

3Aug
2017

Access to Emergency Contraception

3Aug
2017

Mental Health Disorders in Adolescents

3Aug
2017

Breastfeeding Week Reports – World Health Organization

1Aug
2017

New Series from the Lancet journals: Fungal Infections

1Aug
2017

New Series from the Lancet journals: Fungal Infections – Lancet Infectious Diseases (RT @Onisillos see Tweet)

Comment: Recovery from serious fungal infections should be realisable for everyone (free registration required)

– Fungal infections in HIV/AIDS (free registration required)

– Candida and invasive mould diseases in non-neutropenic critically ill patients and patients with haematological cancer (free registration required)

– Emerging issues, challenges, and changing epidemiology of fungal disease outbreaks (free registration required)

– Pulmonary and sinus fungal diseases in non-immunocompromised patients (free registration required)

– Improvement of fungal disease identification and management: combined health systems and public health approaches (free registration required)

– The global problem of antifungal resistance: prevalence, mechanisms, and management (free registration required)

– Immunotherapeutic approaches to treatment of fungal diseases (free registration required)

– Neglected endemic mycoses (free registration required)

“This Series of eight reports brings readers up to date on fungal infections and addresses how fungal infection management can be integrated into health systems in low-income and middle-income countries”

 

The Metabolic Syndrome in Children and Adolescents

1Aug
2017

Only Six Nations Have Evaluated Readiness for Global Pandemic

1Aug
2017

Internet Searches for Suicide Following the Release of “13 Reasons Why”

1Aug
2017

Vaccines are part of the solution to the emerging crisis of antibiotic resistance

1Aug
2017

Treatment of Latent Tuberculosis Infection: An Updated Network Meta-analysis

1Aug
2017

Diagnostic Stewardship – Leveraging the Laboratory to Improve Antimicrobial Use

1Aug
2017

Diagnostic Stewardship – Leveraging the Laboratory to Improve Antimicrobial Use – JAMA (free)

“This Viewpoint discusses the potential benefits and harms of diagnostic stewardship – modifying the ordering, performance, and reporting of diagnostic tests to improve antimicrobial use”

 

Antibiotic Use in the United States, 2017: Progress and Opportunities

1Aug
2017

Report: Antibiotic Use in the United States, 2017: Progress and Opportunities – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (free)

Commentary: CDC antibiotics report calls for all-out stewardship efforts – CIDRAP (free)

“CDC report: antibiotic stewardship protects patients, saves $, slows antibiotic resistance” (RT @IDSAInfo see Tweet)

 

A ‘perfect storm’ superbug: How an invasive fungus got health officials’ attention

1Aug
2017

A Dangerous, “Silent Reservoir” For Gonorrhea: The Throat

1Aug
2017

A Dangerous, “Silent Reservoir” For Gonorrhea: The Throat – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

See related WHO report on the rising of “Untreatable Gonorrhea” in our July 10th issue (see #1)

“Drug-resistant gonorrhea is increasing. Now scientists say the epidemic is being driven by oral sex”. (RT @NYTHealth see Tweet)

 

Highlights from the latest International AIDS Society meeting

1Aug
2017

Really Rapid Review: Paris IAS 2017 – HIV and ID Observations in Journal Watch Blogs (free) (RT @CarlosdelRio7 see Tweet)

Highlights from the latest International AIDS Society meeting.

 

World Hepatitis Day (28 July 2017) – World Health Organization Campaign

1Aug
2017

Tenofovir reduces mother-to-child hepatitis B transmission

1Aug
2017

FDA announces comprehensive regulatory plan to shift trajectory of tobacco-related disease, death

1Aug
2017

Diabetic sight loss cut by screening

28Jul
2017

Application of a Lifestyle-Based Tool to Estimate Premature Cardiovascular Disease Events in Young Adults

28Jul
2017

Nutrition Advice Aimed at Children May Improve Parents’ Diets

27Jul
2017

Advancing the Science to Improve Population Health

27Jul
2017

Building Sustainable Financing Structures for Population Health: Insights from Non-Health Sectors

27Jul
2017

An Update on Zika Virus in Asia

27Jul
2017

WHO MERS-CoV Global Summary and Assessment of Risk

27Jul
2017

Guidance for Health Care Providers Caring for Pregnant Women with Possible Zika Virus Exposure

27Jul
2017

WHO Consolidated Guideline on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women Living with HIV

27Jul
2017

E-cigarette use and associated changes in population smoking cessation

27Jul
2017
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