Global & Public Health

Editorial: ICD 11

11 Jun, 2019 | 03:13h | UTC

ICD 11 – The Lancet (free)

Related: WHO: ICD-11 is Here! (free resources)


Longer-Term Assessment of Azithromycin for Reducing Childhood Mortality in Africa – New England Journal of Medicine (free)

Related: Macrolide Resistance in MORDOR I — A Cluster-Randomized Trial in Niger – New England Journal of Medicine (free)


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Does the news reflect what we die from? – Our World in Data (free)

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The Ongoing Ebola Epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 2018–2019 – New England Journal of Medicine (free)


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Cancer Control in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Is It Time to Consider Screening? – Journal of Global Oncology (free)

“the placement of priority on early detection cannot be assumed to be effective in LMICs, where limited downstream resources may be overwhelmed by the inevitable increases in number of diagnoses.”


Geospatial, racial, and educational variation in firearm mortality in the USA, Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia, 1990–2015: a comparative analysis of vital statistics data – The Lancet Public Health (free)

Commentaries: Making the case for a world without guns – The Lancet Public Health (free) AND Firearm mortality highest in young men, and is associated with race and education – The Lancet (free)


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Fighting Ebola When Mourners Fight the Responders – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

Related: DRC Ebola cases top 1,800 amid burial team attacks – CIDRAP (free)

“An Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo — the second-largest in history — is escalating in part because locals don’t trust health workers and government officials.”


Mapping HIV prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa between 2000 and 2017 – Nature (free)

Commentaries: ‘Striking’ differences in rates of HIV/AIDS within African nations – Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (free) AND New HIV Map Offers Most Detailed Look Yet At The Epidemic – NPR (free)


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Estimated Quality of Life and Economic Outcomes Associated With 12 Cervical Cancer Screening Strategies: A Cost-effectiveness Analysis – JAMA Internal Medicine (free for a limited period)

Invited Commentary: Screening Options for Preventing Cervical Cancer (free for a limited period)

Author Interview: Estimated Quality of Life and Economic Outcomes Associated With Cervical Cancer Screening (free audio)

“Cytologic testing every 3 years and low-cost high-risk human papillomavirus testing every 5 years both may be considered reasonable cervical cancer screening options.”


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Study: Alcohol-related Harm to Others

13 May, 2019 | 01:08h | UTC

Report: Access Barriers to Antibiotics

10 May, 2019 | 04:51h | UTC

Implementation manual to prevent and control the spread of carbapenem-resistant organisms at the national and health care facility level – World Health Organization (free PDF manual and resources)

Related Systematic Review: Control of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Healthcare Facilities – Clinical Infectious Diseases (free)

See also: Prevention and Treatment of Surgical Site Infections (free guidelines on the subject)


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Efficacy of population‐wide diabetes and obesity prevention programs: An overview of systematic reviews on proximal, intermediate, and distal outcomes and a meta‐analysis of impact on BMI – Obesity Reviews (free)


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A Global Review of Food-Based Dietary Guidelines – Advances in Nutrition (free)


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WHO World Immunization Week

26 Apr, 2019 | 02:12h | UTC

World Immunization Week, 24 – 30 April 2019 – World Health Organization (free resources)

See also: #vaccineswork (free text and infographics)


WHO: Malaria Vaccine Pilot Launched

25 Apr, 2019 | 06:35h | UTC

Healthcare in The Age Of Personalization

20 Apr, 2019 | 14:29h | UTC

Effect of ten-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine on invasive pneumococcal disease and nasopharyngeal carriage in Kenya: a longitudinal surveillance study – The Lancet (free)

Commentaries: Population versus individual protection by pneumococcal conjugate vaccination – The Lancet (free) AND PCV10 pneumococcal vaccine has big impact in Kenya, even among unvaccinated individuals – Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (free)


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Measles cases are up nearly 300% from last year. This is a global crisis – CNN (free)

WHO Statement: New measles surveillance data for 2019 – World Health Organization (free)

By Henrietta H Fore (executive director of UNICEF) and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (director general of the World Health Organization).


Effect of Text Messaging on Risk Factor Management in Patients With Coronary Heart Disease: The CHAT Randomized Clinical Trial – Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes (free)

Editorial: The CHAT Trial:Time for a Heart to Heart Talk (free)

Very important negative study.


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A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

Related: CDC Guideline: Candida auris (free) AND A ‘perfect storm’ superbug: How an invasive fungus got health officials’ attention (free) AND Review: Candida auris: A rapidly emerging cause of hospital-acquired multidrug-resistant fungal infections globally (free) AND Epidemiology, Clinical Characteristics, Resistance, and Treatment of Infections by Candida Auris (free)

“The rise of Candida auris embodies a serious and growing public health threat: drug-resistant germs.”


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State of Global Air 2019 Report

4 Apr, 2019 | 22:21h | UTC

Global expansion and redistribution of Aedes-borne virus transmission risk with climate change – PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases (free)

Commentaries: CHART: Where Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Will Go In The Future – NPR (free) AND Mosquito-spread diseases may endanger millions in new places due to climate change – The Guardian (free)

Related: Climate Change — A Health Emergency (free reports and commentaries on the subject)


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World Tuberculosis Day | 24 March 2019

24 Mar, 2019 | 12:59h | UTC

Opting Out of Vaccines Should Opt You Out of American Society – Scientific American (free)

Although you have a right to your own body, your choice to willfully be sick ends where another’s right to be healthy begins.”


One Month of Rifapentine plus Isoniazid to Prevent HIV-Related Tuberculosis – New England Journal of Medicine (free for a limited period)

Editorial: Ending Tuberculosis through Prevention (free)

Commentary: Ultrashort TB Therapy Found Just As Effective as 6 Month Course – (free)


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Global, regional, and national burden of stroke, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 – The Lancet Neurology (free)

Commentary: The global burden of stroke: persistent and disabling – The Lancet Neurology (free)


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Ebola virus disease – The Lancet (free for a limited period)



Global, regional, and national burden of epilepsy, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 – The Lancet Neurology (free)

Invited Commentary: An unparalleled assessment of the global burden of epilepsy (free)


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Perspective: Why Are Mothers Still Passing Syphilis to Their Babies? – JAMA (free for a limited period)

Related: A Rising Threat to Pregnant Women: Syphilis – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)


The Topol Review: Preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future – NHS Health Education England (free report and related resources)


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Primary cervical screening with high risk human papillomavirus testing: observational study – The BMJ (free)

Commentaries: HPV cervical screening test switch ‘effective’, says pilot study – Cancer Research UK (free) AND Cervical screening intervals could be safely extended to at least five years – Pulse (free)

Related: USPSTF Statement: Screening for Cervical Cancer (free guidance and commentaries) AND Study: Little Benefit in Screening Women Aged 55 with a Negative HPV DNA test (link to abstract and commentaries) AND Randomized Trial: Cervical Cancer Screening with Cervical HPV Testing vs Cytology Testing (link to abstract and commentaries)

“The lower incidence of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 3 or worse and cervical cancer at present screening intervals would strongly support the safety of extending the intervals to at least five years without increasing the risk of potentially life-threatening disease.”


Health systems respond to noncommunicable diseases: time for ambition (2018) – World Health Organization Europe (free PDF)


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2019 ACIP Adult Immunization Schedule

5 Feb, 2019 | 00:39h | UTC

Measuring the Value of Health

4 Feb, 2019 | 22:36h | UTC

Measuring the value of health – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (free)


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