Efficacy of Recombinant Influenza Vaccine in Adults 50 Years of Age or Older

26Jun
2017

Efficacy of Recombinant Influenza Vaccine in Adults 50 Years of Age or Older – New England Journal of Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

“Say bye to egg-grown flu vaccine? Recombinant vaccines are a little more effective & much quicker to adapt” (RT @RichardLehman1 see Tweet and brief commentaries on the study)

 

Adult weight management: guidance for commissioners and providers

26Jun
2017

UK heart disease deaths fall by over 20% since indoor smoking ban

26Jun
2017

Fiscal policies for the prevention of diseases

26Jun
2017

Tamiflu: an expensive lesson in panic stockpiling

26Jun
2017

WHO guidelines on ethical issues in public health surveillance

26Jun
2017

WHO guidelines on ethical issues in public health surveillance – World Health Organization (free)

Public health surveillance: privacy, autonomy, equity, common good need to be balanced. New ethics guidelines” (RT @trished see Tweet)

 

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) 10th anniversary

25Jun
2017

Video: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) 10th anniversary

See also: IHME’s work

“If we want to improve global health – we need a map!” Short video summary of @IHME_UW achievements and vision (see Tweet)

 

Snakebites Make The List Of ‘Neglected Tropical Diseases’

25Jun
2017

Obesity now kills more people worldwide than car crashes, terror attacks, and Alzheimer’s combined

25Jun
2017

Women and Heart Disease: New Data Reaffirm Lack of Awareness By Women and Physicians

23Jun
2017

What’s the best way for children to lose weight?

23Jun
2017

Humanitarian Aid Is ‘Broken’

23Jun
2017

Improving Awareness of and Screening for Health Risks Among Sex Workers

23Jun
2017

What is people-centered care? And why does it matter?

23Jun
2017

WHO Framework on integrated people-centered health services (free resources)

Video: WHO – What is people-centered care? And why does it matter? Our new video explains! (free) (RT @WHO see Tweet)

“Integrated people-centered health services means putting the comprehensive needs of people and communities, not only diseases, at the center of health systems, and empowering people to have a more active role in their own health”.

 

Why We Overrate the Lifesaving Power of Cancer Tests

23Jun
2017

Continuous positive airway pressure for children with undifferentiated respiratory distress

23Jun
2017

Making the Case for Midwifery

22Jun
2017

Opinion: If we want to save children’s lives, this is what we need to do – World Economic Forum (free)

Related infographic: Making the Case for Midwifery (free)

See also WHO’s Every Newborn Action Plan and related commentaries in our June 22 issue (see #1)

According to the text, investing in midwifes could prevent up to 2/3 of global maternal and newborn deaths and yield a 16-fold return on investment

 

Public Health in Humanitarian Crises

22Jun
2017

Just started! Public Health in Humanitarian Crises – Free Online Course from the Johns Hopkins University and Coursera

“This course introduces a set of public health problems experienced by people affected by natural disasters and/or conflict. It discusses the many changes in people’s lives when they are uprooted by a disaster, ranging from changes in disease patterns, access to health care, livelihoods, shelter, sanitary conditions, nutritional status, etc”.

 

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation – 30:2 or just keep going?

22Jun
2017

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation – 30:2 or just keep going? – by Scott Munro, in Evidently Cochrane (free) (RT @NIHR_DC see Tweet)

“Untrained bystander CPR had better outcomes when given telephone advice from EMS services to perform continuous CPR, rather than interrupted CPR with rescue breaths”. For trained EMS professionals, “it is possible that there is little or no difference between the two approaches”.

 

An update on Zika virus infection

22Jun
2017

An update on Zika virus infection – The Lancet (free registration required)

“Update on Zika virus infection (2017): review focuses on important updates & gaps in the knowledge” (RT @TheLancet see Tweet)

 

Host and viral traits predict zoonotic spillover from mammals

22Jun
2017

Host and viral traits predict zoonotic spillover from mammals – Nature (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Spillover Beasts: Which Animals Pose The Biggest Viral Risk? – NPR Goats and Soda (free) (RT @NPRGoatsandSoda see Tweet with interesting illustration) AND Bats Are the Number-One Carriers of Disease – TIME Health (free) AND Where in the world will the next emerging disease appear? – CNN (free text and video) AND Bats really do harbor more dangerous viruses than other species – Science (free) AND Whence new plagues? – The Economist (a few articles per month are free)

“The majority of human emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, with viruses that originate in wild mammals of particular concern”

 

Infection-related microcephaly after the 2015 and 2016 Zika virus outbreaks in Brazil

22Jun
2017

Infection-related microcephaly after the 2015 and 2016 Zika virus outbreaks in Brazil: a surveillance-based analysis – The Lancet (free registration required)

Invited commentary: Risk of Zika-related microcephaly: stable or variable? (free registration required)

Commentary: Study: First Zika microcephaly wave in Brazil was outlier – CIDRAP (free)

See also a Research Letter from the same authors and related commentaries in our March 31st issue (see #4).

“Zika spread rapidly in Latin America. We braced ourselves for a vast international epidemic of Zika-related microcephaly; but when it did not happen we asked ourselves why.” (from invited commentary)

 

Every Newborn Action Plan – World Health Organization

22Jun
2017

Every Newborn Action Plan – World Health Organization (free) (RT @WHO see Tweet with infographic)

Related report from UK: Each Baby Counts – Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (free PDF) Each Baby Counts Homepage (free resources) AND Reducing baby deaths and brain injuries during childbirth – BBC News (free)

Every year, 2.7 million babies die in the first 28 days of life. 75% of these deaths are preventable.

 

WHO bids goodbye to Dr Chan and celebrates her achievements

22Jun
2017

WHO bids goodbye to Dr Chan and celebrates her achievements – World Health Organization (Source: WHO Newsletter)

Report 1: Ten years of transformation: Making WHO fit for purpose in the 21st century (free)

Report 2: Ten years in public health 2007-2017 (free)

Report 3: Healthier, fairer, safer: the global health journey 2007–2017 (free)

Related: My decade leading the WHO: dirty fights and steps toward universal coverage – by By Margaret Chan, Via STAT News (free)

“As Dr Margaret Chan’s term as Director-General of WHO comes to an end, we’d like to share some of the successes, setbacks and enduring challenges of the past decade in global public health.”

 

Artificial tanning devices: public health interventions to manage sunbeds

21Jun
2017

WHO toolkit for the care and support of people affected by complications associated with Zika virus

21Jun
2017

The Challenge of Polypharmacy

21Jun
2017

Screening for Obesity in Children and Adolescents

21Jun
2017

Taxing sugary drinks would boost productivity, not just health

21Jun
2017

Can Zika infection attack the brains of newborns?

21Jun
2017

My decade leading the WHO – by By Margaret Chan

21Jun
2017

Michael Bloomberg uses burden of disease data to focus attention on NCDs

21Jun
2017

Michael Bloomberg uses burden of disease data to focus attention on NCDs – Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (free)

“We must go where the data leads us – and it leads directly to non-communicable diseases and injuries” (RT @IHME_UW see Tweet)

 

Invest in midwives to improve global health

20Jun
2017

What will healthcare look like in 2030?

20Jun
2017

Antibiotic stewardship reduces the incidence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

20Jun
2017

Reducing Cancer Burden in the Population

20Jun
2017

Patients with opioid disorders frequently have other comorbidities

20Jun
2017

The Science Behind How Nature Affects Your Health

20Jun
2017

The Science Behind How Nature Affects Your Health – Forbes (free)

“100% agree: Social determinants of health have a far greater impact on our health than healthcare delivery systems” (RT @SueDHellmann see Tweet)

 

Where Does WHO Get Its Economic Advice?

20Jun
2017

A Good News Story About Diarrhea

20Jun
2017

Comparison of sputum collection methods for tuberculosis diagnosis

19Jun
2017

Comparison of sputum collection methods for tuberculosis diagnosis: a systematic review and pairwise and network meta-analysis – The Lancet Global Health (free)

Invited commentary: Remembering the basics: interventions to improve sputum collection for tuberculosis diagnosis (free)

Pooled sputum collection (sputum that was pooled from each spontaneous expectoration into the same sputum container over a period of several hours) increased the diagnostic performance of smear microscopy 1.6 times and the delivery of standardized instruction emphasizing the difference between sputum and saliva (verbally or visually) increased the odds of a positive microscopy result 1.4 times. “The effect of these simple, inexpensive strategies on diagnostic performance was similar to that of the relatively expensive GeneXpert MTB/RIF test, which, in the largest published studies, increased the odds of diagnosing tuberculosis by 1.3–1.5 times”

 

Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease: A Presidential Advisory From the American Heart Association

19Jun
2017

Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease: A Presidential Advisory From the American Heart Association (free PDF)

Invited Commentary: Trimming the Fat on Diet Recommendations for a Healthy Heart: Emphasis on Eating Patterns over Dietary Restrictions (free)

Top Ten Things to Know: Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease: A Presidential Advisory from the American Heart Association (free PDF)

AHA News: Advisory: Replacing saturated fat with healthier fat could lower cardiovascular risks (free)

News release: Replacing saturated fat with healthier fat may lower cholesterol as well as drugs in context of a healthy diet (free)

AHA no longer recommends decreasing total fat, but to replace saturated fats with polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats. “Replacing saturated fat with healthier fat in the diet lowers cardiovascular disease risk as much as cholesterol-lowering statin drugs”

 

Free online course. Starts today! Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents

19Jun
2017

Global Health Initiatives of the International Oncology Community

16Jun
2017

Hand hygiene: facilitators and barriers

16Jun
2017

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15, 2017)

16Jun
2017

The World Health Organization launched a series of video courses on epidemics, pandemics & health emergencies

16Jun
2017

Risk of major congenital malformations in relation to maternal overweight and obesity severity

16Jun
2017

Too much medical care: bad for you, bad for health care systems

16Jun
2017

World Blood Donor Day (June 14, 2017)

15Jun
2017

Low-Dose Ferrous Sulfate vs Iron Polysaccharide Complex for Iron-Deficiency Anemia

15Jun
2017

Effect of Low-Dose Ferrous Sulfate vs Iron Polysaccharide Complex on Hemoglobin Concentration in Young Children With Nutritional Iron-Deficiency Anemia: A Randomized Clinical Trial – JAMA (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

The JAMA Network – For the Media: Treating Nutritional Iron-Deficiency Anemia in Children (free)

Commentaries: Ferrous Sulfate Drops Tied to Higher Hemoglobin Increases in Kids with Anemia – Physician’s First Watch (free) AND Traditional treatment is better for iron-deficiency anaemia in children – OnMedica (free) AND Ferrous Sulfate Effective for Iron-Deficiency Anemia in Kids – Medscape (free registration required)

Researchers expected that Iron Polysaccharide Complex would restore hemoglobin more effectively, because it is designed to be tolerated better, but the proportion of infants and children with a complete resolution of iron-deficiency anemia was higher in the ferrous sulfate group (29 percent vs 6 percent).

 

Essential medicines require essential diagnostics

15Jun
2017

Essential medicines require essential diagnostics – The Huffington Post Canada Blogs (free)

See more about the new WHO list of essential medicines in our June 7th issue, see #1.

“To use essential medicines, have to know what you’re treating says @paimadhu so need essential diagnostics list too” (RT @markcha see Tweet)

 

Reframing non-communicable diseases as socially transmitted conditions

15Jun
2017

Reframing non-communicable diseases as socially transmitted conditions – The Lancet Global Health (free)

“Socially transmitted conditions”: a new name for non-communicable diseases (RT @LancetGH see Tweet)

 

Snakebite finally makes a WHO list of top global health priorities

14Jun
2017

How to fall to your death and live to tell the tale

14Jun
2017

How to fall to your death and live to tell the tale – Mosaic Science (free)

“Falls—such as slipping in the shower or tripping down stairs—kill over 420,000 people worldwide each year” (RT @ghn_news see Tweet)

 

Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity in 195 Countries over 25 Years

13Jun
2017

Strategies for Preventing HIV Infection Among HIV-Uninfected Women Attempting Conception with HIV-Infected Men

13Jun
2017

New Series from The Lancet: Health in Humanitarian Crises

12Jun
2017

New Series from The Lancet: Health in Humanitarian Crises (free registration required)

Related: How to Fix the Broken Humanitarian System: A Q&A with Paul Spiegel – Global Health NOW (free)

“Evidence is important to guide more effective & efficient health responses in humanitarian contexts” (RT @TheLancet see Tweet)

 

Working while sick

12Jun
2017

Working with influenza-like illness: Presenteeism among US health care personnel during the 2014-2015 influenza season – American Journal of Infection Control (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Working while sick – ACP Internist (free) AND Health worker survey reveals many work during flu illness – CIDRAP (free)

Over 40% of surveyed health care personnel worked with self-reported influenza-like illness. “To reduce levels of health-worker–associated flu transmission, the researchers said that misconceptions about working while sick and sick leave policies both need to be addressed” (from CIDRAP)

 

Moderate alcohol consumption as risk factor for adverse brain outcomes and cognitive decline

8Jun
2017

Reducing cardiovascular disease burden through targeted dietary policies

8Jun
2017

Things the Health Care Sector Must Do to Improve Cybersecurity

8Jun
2017

Association of Gestational Weight Gain With Maternal and Infant Outcomes

8Jun
2017

Eggs in Early Complementary Feeding and Child Growth

8Jun
2017

Eggs in Early Complementary Feeding and Child Growth: A Randomized Controlled Trial – Pediatrics (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: Eggs Significantly Increase Growth in Young Children – Washington University in St. Louis, via NewsWise (free) AND An egg a day appears to help young children grow taller – BBC Health News (free)

“Surpassing previous research, study finds eggs are more viable nutrition, better intervention for children in developing countries” (from NewsWise)

 

Uncovered: an unexpected source of superbugs

8Jun
2017

Six decades of struggle over the pill

8Jun
2017

Six decades of struggle over the pill – Nature News (free)

Related: The tiny pill which gave birth to an economic revolution – BBC News (free)

Source: Global Health NOW Newsletter

“A notable anniversary highlights the progress and benefits of contraceptives, but also the continuing battle for access to them”.

 

WHO updates Essential Medicines List

7Jun
2017

Current Tobacco Smoking and Desire to Quit Smoking Among Students Aged 13–15 Years

7Jun
2017

The impact of the environment on children’s health – New WHO Reports

7Jun
2017

More people now die from NCDs than from causes like malaria and polio

7Jun
2017

Small Steps Can Save Millions of Lives – Bloomberg (free) (RT @ghn_news see Tweet)

“More people now die from noncommunicable diseases than from causes like malaria and polio. Policy makers need to catch up”.

 

20 million starving to death

7Jun
2017

A New Mindset for Health Security

6Jun
2017

A New Mindset for Health Security – Global Health NOW (free)

“What are governments doing to prevent, identify, and contain infectious disease outbreaks?”

 

Changing the narratives for patient safety – World Health Organization

5Jun
2017

Perspectives: Changing the narratives for patient safety – World Health Organization (free)

“No simple solutions to patient safety: why we have to change the narratives” (RT @MaryDixonWoods See Tweet)

 

Engaging Patients in Patient Safety – a Canadian Guide

5Jun
2017

ACP Decries Withdrawal from Climate Agreement

5Jun
2017

Introducing a One-Page Adult Preventive Health Care Schedule: USPSTF Recommendations at a Glance

5Jun
2017

Introducing a One-Page Adult Preventive Health Care Schedule: USPSTF Recommendations at a Glance – American Family Physician (free PDF)

“The popular one-page preventive health care schedule is now available with the latest USPSTF recs from 2017” (RT @AFPJournal see Tweet)

 

Estimates of global, regional, and national morbidity, mortality, and aetiologies of diarrhoeal diseases

5Jun
2017

Italy has introduced mandatory vaccinations – other countries should follow its lead

5Jun
2017

Diagnostic preparedness for infectious disease outbreaks

4Jun
2017

Achieving development goals for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in sub-Saharan Africa through integrated antenatal care

4Jun
2017

Why Africa’s health systems need a reboot to fight NCDs

4Jun
2017

Acting on Social Determinants of Health: A Primer for Family Physicians

2Jun
2017

Ebola Vaccine Heads To Congo To Help Stop Outbreak

1Jun
2017

World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2017

31May
2017

Healthcare Providers Shouldn’t Come to Work While Sick, but They Do — Here’s Why

31May
2017

Financing Pandemic Preparedness

30May
2017

The tiny pill which gave birth to an economic revolution

30May
2017

The tiny pill which gave birth to an economic revolution – BBC News (free)

A great read—and a powerful reminder that contraceptives are one of the best tools we have to drive economic growth” (RT @melindagatessee Tweet).

 

Preparing for the next WHO Campaign: World No Tobacco Day

29May
2017

Preparing for the next WHO Campaign: World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2017 – World Health Organization (free infographics, posters, banners, publications and other resources for the upcoming campaign)

See also: “Tobacco Endgame” policies in our May 12th issue, see #3.

See also: Smoking prevalence and attributable disease burden in 195 countries and territories in our April 7th issue, see #1.

“Wednesday 31 May is World No Tobacco Day. Tweet using #NoTobacco “Protect health, reduce poverty, promote development” (RT @gmacscotland see Tweet)

 

Countries like German and Italy are adopting mandatory vaccination policies

29May
2017

Induction of labour within 24 hours, if waters break at 37 weeks of pregnancy, can reduce womb infection

26May
2017

Induction of labour within 24 hours, if waters break at 37 weeks of pregnancy, can reduce womb infection – NIHR Signal (free)

Original article: Planned early birth versus expectant management (waiting) for prelabour rupture of membranes at term (37 weeks or more) – Cochrane Library (Link to abstract – $ for full-text)

“Inducing labour within 24hrs may halve risk of infection in the womb when waters break from 37 weeks” (RT @NIHR_DC see Tweet)

 

Human papillomavirus vaccines: WHO position paper

25May
2017

Human papillomavirus vaccines: WHO position paper, May 2017 – World Health Organization Weekly epidemiological record (free PDF)

“WHO update on HPV vaccine. Short summary – it’s very safe, very effective, widespread implementation recommended” (RT @michaelgheadsee Tweet)

 

Factors Associated with Pediatric Mortality from Motor Vehicle Crashes

25May
2017

World Health Assembly elects Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as new WHO Director-General

24May
2017

Electronic WHO Postpartum Family Planning Compendium

24May
2017

Electronic WHO Postpartum Family Planning Compendium – World Health Organization (free)

How to use it: Introducing the World Health Organization Postpartum Family Planning Compendium – International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (free)

This interactive website integrates essential guidance on postpartum family planning for clinicians, program managers, and policy makers.

 

Just one alcoholic drink a day may increase breast cancer risk

24May
2017

Trans-fat – The Worst Fat in the Food Supply

24May
2017

The Worst Fat in the Food Supply – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

See also a recent study and commentaries on the effects of trans-fat bans in our April 23rd issue (see #1)

Trans-fat bans seem to be reducing cardiovascular deaths.

 

Directly Observed Therapy for Multidrug-Resistant TB Decreases Mortality

23May
2017

#ATS2017 – Directly Observed Therapy for Multidrug-Resistant TB Decreases Mortality – ATS 2017 Conference (free summary)

Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) was associated with a 77 percent decrease in mortality in observational study.

 

Italy passes law obliging parents to vaccinate children

19May
2017

Healthier, fairer, safer: the global health journey 2007–2017

19May
2017

Report: Healthier, fairer, safer: the global health journey 2007–2017 (free)

“New report on WHO’s role in Global Health by Sir Liam Donaldson” (RT @WHO see Tweet)

 

Healthcare Access and Quality Index in 195 countries and territories

19May
2017
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