Author Archives: Public Health

How to not detonate the bomb: the case of the Italian National Health Service

Why is Italy one of the world’s highest ranked for ability and quality of healthcare in relationship to the resources invested?The last decade has been characterized by many Italian Regions with Recovery Plans, whose main focus was on short-term issues with a high impact on healthcare costs.

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Italian National Health Service: defusing the bomb

The Bloomberg Global Health Index recently ranked Italy the healthiest country in the world.1 However, there are limits to such a comparative analysis, and it is interesting to note what the author suggests: ‘despite Italy’s growth has stagnated for decades, its population can’t complain about life at all’.

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Re: Evaluation of compliance with the Spanish Code of self-regulation of food and drinks…

Recently, an article written by León-Flández K, Rico-Gómez A, Moya-Geromin MÁ, et al.

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Re: ‘The environmental impact of obesity: longitudinal evidence from the United States’

This letter serves to affirm the stance and the evidence presented in the recent article by Squalli, entitled: “The environmental impact of obesity: longitudinal evidence from the United States”.1 The said paper adds weight to the notion that two of the greatest threats facing contemporary society are climate change and the rise in non-communicable diseases, including obesity.2 Further, this article highlights that individual behaviors and health outcomes can have global consequences.

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Link between perceived smoking behaviour at school and students smoking status: a large survey…

To investigate a possible link between sociodemographic factors, the perception of smoking habits at school and smoking status of Italian adolescents attending secondary school.

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RE: ‘Much ado about nothing? Legacy tobacco advertising and the role of public health’

Recently, the matter of vintage cigarette and tobacco advertisement signage adorning the walls of attractively old-fashioned, but not necessarily authentic pubs, has been raised with respect to the compliance with the ban on cigarette and tobacco advertisements.1,2 Three salient points were made.

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Re: Letter to the Editor of Public Health in response to ‘Much ado about nothing? Legacy…

I would like to thank the author for his positive response1 to my piece ‘Much ado about nothing?

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Counting the cost: Passchendaele 100

On the 31st July 1917, the allied forces fighting in an area of the Western Front known as the Ypres Salient launched a new offensive.

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One-star rating for a five-star program: evaluating ‘Hospital Compare’

For healthcare systems of any size, it is important to minimize costs while maximizing outcomes.

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Possible doubling of road traffic injury burden in Pakistan: findings from a population-based…

Road traffic injuries (RTIs) are the leading cause of death globally.1 Estimating the actual burden of RTI remains a challenge globally, especially in low- and middle-income countries.2 For example, several studies from Karachi, Pakistan showed that only half of the road deaths were accounted for in official statistics.3–5 These studies also showed that only 4%–10% of non-fatal injuries were officially reported.3,4 Estimates like these were based on findings from single setting–based studies, and therefore, might not be able to inform decision-making at the national level.

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Prevalence and location of tobacco smoke exposure outside the home in adults and children in…

Tobacco smoke exposure (TSE) is associated with many adverse health outcomes.

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Public sentiment and discourse about Zika virus on Instagram

Social media have strongly influenced the awareness and perceptions of public health emergencies, and a considerable amount of social media content is now shared through images, rather than text alone.

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Inferno–the causes of the causes

When one of us was a junior trainee in public health in the 1980s, then known in the UK as community medicine, each area had a specialist in community medicine (SCM) whose brief was ‘capital projects’.

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New episode of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus outbreak in Saudi Arabia: an…

Over the last five years, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection has emerged as a devastating public health menace.1 The causative agent of infection is a newly defined, positive-sense, single-stranded RNA virus of the genus Betacoronavirus.

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