Journal Watch


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


Rationing hepatitis C treatment in the context of austerity policies in France and Cameroon: A…

Publication date: August 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 187 Author(s): Fanny Chabrol, Pierre-Marie David, Gaëlle Krikorian New powerful drugs against hepatitis C can cure the disease, but they are not widely distributed because their exorbitant prices are destabilizing healthcare systems in both African and European countries.

Producing a worthy illness: Personal crowdfunding amidst financial crisis

Publication date: August 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 187 Author(s): Lauren S.

Disease severity in patients with visceral leishmaniasis is not altered by co-infection with…

by Fitsumbrhan Tajebe, Mulusew Getahun, Emebet Adem, Asrat Hailu, Mulualem Lemma, Helina Fikre, John Raynes, Aschalew Tamiru, Zemenay Mulugeta, Ermias Diro, Frederic Toulza, Ziv Shkedy, Tadesse Ayele, Manuel Modolell, Markus Munder, Ingrid Müller, Yegnasew Takele, Pascale Kropf Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is a neglected tropical disease that affects the poorest communities and can cause substantial morbidity and mortality. Visceral leishmaniasis is characterized by the presence of Leishmania parasites in the spleen, liver and bone marrow, hepatosplenomegaly, pancytopenia, prolonged fever, systemic inflammation and low body mass index (BMI). The factors impacting on the severity of VL are poorly characterized

Analysis of patient data from laboratories during the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Liberia,…

by Yuki Furuse, Mosoka Fallah, Hitoshi Oshitani, Ling Kituyi, Nuha Mahmoud, Emmanuel Musa, Alex Gasasira, Tolbert Nyenswah, Bernice Dahn, Luke Bawo An outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia began in March 2014 and ended in January 2016. Epidemiological information on the EVD cases was collected and managed nationally; however, collection and management of the data were challenging at the time because surveillance and reporting systems malfunctioned during the outbreak.

Drivers for Rift Valley fever emergence in Mayotte: A Bayesian modelling approach

by Raphaëlle Métras, Guillaume Fournié, Laure Dommergues, Anton Camacho, Lisa Cavalerie, Philippe Mérot, Matt J. Keeling, Catherine Cêtre-Sossah, Eric Cardinale, W.

Effects of liver-stage clearance by Primaquine on gametocyte carriage of <i>Plasmodium…

by Rahel Wampfler, Natalie E. Hofmann, Stephan Karl, Inoni Betuela, Benson Kinboro, Lina Lorry, Mariabeth Silkey, Leanne J. Robinson, Ivo Mueller, Ingrid Felger Background Primaquine (PQ) is the only currently licensed antimalarial that prevents Plasmodium vivax (Pv) relapses.

Abortion politics in Cambodia social history, local forms and transnational issues


National mortality burden due to communicable, non-communicable, and other diseases in…

Ethiopia lacks a complete vital registration system that would assist in measuring disease burden and risk factors.

A qualitative study on the intersectional social determinants for indigenous people who become…

Indigenous young people are currently highly overrepresented in the HIV epidemic in Canada, especially in the Prairie Provinces, such as Manitoba.

Estimating the cost-effectiveness of daclatasvir + sofosbuvir versus sofosbuvir + ribavirin…

As treatments for chronic hepatitis C are moving away from interferon-containing regimens, the most appropriate allocation of resources to higher cost, interferon-free, direct-acting antiviral (DAA) regimens n…

Associations between childhood overweight, obesity, abdominal obesity and obesogenic behaviors…

Despite emerging research about the role of the family and home environment on early childhood obesity, little is known on how weight-related behaviors, parent practices and the home environment influence over…

Accuracy and determinants of perceived HIV risk among young women in South Africa

HIV risk perceptions are a key determinant of HIV testing.

In Honor of the late Dr. David Thorley-Lawson

Samuel H. Speck, PLOS Pathogens Section Editor, and Alexander Poltorak, Associate Professor at Tufts University, remember their friend and colleague David Thorley-Lawson, and reflect on his contributions to the understanding of Epstein-Barr virus. Epstein-Barr virus

Decentralization of health care systems and health outcomes: Evidence from a natural experiment

Publication date: September 2017 Source:Social Science &amp; Medicine, Volume 188 Author(s): Dolores Jiménez-Rubio, Pilar García-Gómez While many countries worldwide are shifting responsibilities for their health systems to local levels of government, there is to date insufficient evidence about the potential impact of these policy reforms.

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