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My global health journal list

In this post, I would like to offer some thoughts on global health journals. My goal is to assist readers of this blog who consume, Read More

Visceral politics: obesity and children’s embodied experiences of food and hunger


The Art of Letting Go and the Mandate of Going Further

This piece was previously published in the National Medical Journal of India, Volume 29, Number 1, 2016, pages 30-31, and reprinted with permission.   In Read More


[Comment] Research capacity building—obligations for global health partners

Global health continues to gain pace as a discipline, as is evident from the amount of funding available for challenges relevant to low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs)1,2 and the growth of journals in this field. This growth has been driven in no small part by the targets and indicators of the Millennium Development Goals. Successes towards achieving these goals, however, have often come from expertise, funding, and ideas flowing from high income countries (HICs) to LMICs; with HIC players being accused of parachuting in to LMICs to act or set up state of the art, HIC led and staffed facilities.

[Comment] Women leaders in global health

It is disappointing and rather ironic to note the lack of gender parity in leadership positions in the field of global health. Women carry a disproportionate burden of disease, comprise a large portion of the global health workforce, and in many leading universities make up the majority of global health students, even up to 84% as reported by one university.1,2 Yet, among the top 50 universities in the USA, women hold just over a third of global health faculty positions and a quarter of directorships in global health centres.

Does neighbourhood deprivation affect the genetic influence on body mass?

Publication date: July 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 185 Author(s): Gwilym Owen, Kelvyn Jones, Richard Harris Most research into the role of gene-environment interactions in the etiology of obesity has taken environment to mean behaviours such as exercise and diet.

Effect of interrupting free healthcare for children: Drawing lessons at the critical moment of…

Publication date: July 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 185 Author(s): Thomas Druetz, Abel Bicaba, Telesphore Some, Seni Kouanda, Antarou Ly, Slim Haddad With solid evidence that free healthcare increases the utilization of health services, Burkina Faso recently exempted all children under five and pregnant women from direct payment at health facilities.

[Articles] Role of mass drug administration in elimination of malaria: a consensus modelling…

Mass drug administration has the potential to reduce transmission for a limited time, but is not an effective replacement for existing vector control. Unless elimination is achieved, mass drug administration has to be repeated regularly for sustained effect.

[Corrections] Correction to 2017; 5: e593–603

Muhammad AH, Soofi S, Cousens S, et al. Community engagement and integrated health and polio immunisation campaigns in conflict-affected areas of Pakistan: a cluster randomised controlled trial. Lancet Glob Health 2017; 5: e593–603—In this Article, the open access licence should have been listed as CC BY. This correction has been made to the online version as of May 26, 2017.

[Comment] Maternal hepatitis B virus infection and risk of preterm birth in China

Preterm births represent a heavy economic and social burden worldwide. However, the association between hepatitis B virus infection and preterm births remains controversial. Several large, population-based cohort studies in developed countries have shown that maternal hepatitis B virus infections are associated with a high risk of preterm birth. However, there is little reliable evidence from China, where the rate of hepatitis B virus infection is high.

[Comment] Every breath you take…

Breathing can be hard work, especially for an infant with immature lungs or one who has an acute respiratory infection. The effort of breathing can lead to exhaustion, respiratory failure, and death. But with respiratory support—often for a relatively short period of time—death can be averted.

Contribution of systemic and somatic factors to clinical response and resistance to PD-L1…

by Alexandra Snyder, Tavi Nathanson, Samuel A. Funt, Arun Ahuja, Jacqueline Buros Novik, Matthew D. Hellmann, Eliza Chang, Bulent Arman Aksoy, Hikmat Al-Ahmadie, Erik Yusko, Marissa Vignali, Sharon Benzeno, Mariel Boyd, Meredith Moran, Gopa Iyer, Harlan S. Robins, Elaine R.

Attachment to place in advanced age: A study of the LiLACS NZ cohort

Publication date: July 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 185 Author(s): Janine L.

Discourse in Action: Parents’ use of medical and social models to resist disability stigma

Publication date: July 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 184 Author(s): Bianca Manago, Jenny L.

[Comment] Smoking status and HIV in low-income and middle-income countries

In high-income settings, the prevalence of tobacco use has been shown to be significantly higher in people living with HIV than among HIV-negative individuals of the same age and sex distribution. This at-risk pattern is one of the biggest threats to the number of years of life saved with antiretroviral therapy (ART).1,2 Extrapolation of these findings to low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) is risky because social, cultural, and behavioural factors influencing tobacco use differ widely across different regions.

[Editorial] Vector control: time for a planetary health approach

What is the world’s most dangerous animal? According to Bill Gates, in an infographic that was memorable if not wholly fair, it is the mosquito. If we follow the logic that guns (or micro-organisms) don’t kill, humans (or mosquitoes) do, the number of casualties caused by mosquitoes equates to around 725 000 per year. Ranked next in the top five are human beings (475 000), snakes (50 000), dogs (25 000), tsetse flies (10 000), triatomine bugs (10 000), and freshwater snails (10 000).

Market for Artemether-Lumefantrine to treat childhood malaria in a district of southern…

Abstract Malaria is one of the leading causes of death in sub-Saharan Africa.

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