Noncommunicable Disease


Rural Guatemala. Photo by Rob Tinworth, used with permission.

Food Producing Communities as Food Deserts

The view from Xejuyu’ is breathtaking: green fields of fresh berries, feathery carrot tops, and blossoming broccoli line the mountainsides. The majority of the residents Read More


Pediatric Critical Care in Botswana

Botswana is a small, landlocked country in Southern Africa that is widely considered a development success story. Although the country is hailed for its impressive Read More


Sebastiana’s eyes: a reflection on providing care

After a long and warm clinic day seeing kids in one of the Mayan communities we work, I asked Yoli, our auxiliary nurse in charge Read More


Food Producing Communities as Food Deserts

Rural Guatemala. Photo by Rob Tinworth, used with permission.

The view from Xejuyu’ is breathtaking: green fields of fresh berries, feathery carrot tops, and blossoming broccoli line the mountainsides. The majority of the residents Read More

Childhood maltreatment as a risk factor for diabetes: findings from a population-based survey…

It is well established that childhood maltreatment (CM) is a risk factor for various mental and substance use disorders.

Long-Term Outcomes Associated with Traumatic Brain Injury in Childhood and Adolescence: A…

by Amir Sariaslan, David J. Sharp, Brian M. D’Onofrio, Henrik Larsson, Seena Fazel Background Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of disability and mortality in children and young adults worldwide. It remains unclear, however, how TBI in childhood and adolescence is associated with adult mortality, psychiatric morbidity, and social outcomes. Methods and Findings In a Swedish birth cohort between 1973 and 1985 of 1,143,470 individuals, we identified all those who had sustained at least one TBI (n = 104,290 or 9.1%) up to age 25 y and their unaffected siblings (n = 68,268) using patient registers.

Saudi killing of civilians is in violation of global arms treaty, critics say

Saudi Arabia, in its aim to support the government of Yemen against rebel forces, is killing a lot of innocent civilians, and critics want to put a stop to this using the lingo of a global arms treaty. Many contend these indiscriminate Saudi attacks on non-combatants constitute war crimes. This week, critics of Saudi Arabia’s military involvement in

In Papua New Guinea, empowering women is smart business

Oilmin Holdings, a logistics management company providing services to the oil, gas, and mining industry in Papua New Guinea, did not employ all that many women, but they had a star performer in Rose.   Rose had risen from administrative assistant to office manager in the company’s headquarters in Port Moresby.  Her boss at Oilmin wanted her to go further up the chain, but in their industry, the next logical step – and one required for senior management roles – was managing a field site. It required long hours and smarts. Rose was willing and able, but it also meant a very remote location.

Local descriptive norms for overweight/obesity and physical inactivity, features of the built…

Publication date: Available online 21 August 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine Author(s): Suzanne J.

Parental response to a letter reporting child overweight measured as part of a routine national…

Rising rates of childhood obesity have become a pressing issue in public health, threatening both the mental and physical well-being of children.

News in the Humanosphere: South Sudan rejects U.N. proposal for 4,000 troops

South Sudan on Wednesday rejected a U.N. proposal to send a 4,000-strong regional force to the restive capital of Juba, saying it undermined the young nation’s sovereignty. The US-drafted resolution presented to the Security Council seeks to establish a protection force of African troops authorized to ‘use all necessary means’ to provide security and deter

News in the Humanosphere: Islamist admits to destroying Timbuktu religious monuments

The first defendant to plead guilty at the international criminal court has apologized to Mali and to mankind for destroying religious monuments in the ancient city of Timbuktu. Ahmad al-Mahdi admitted directing the destruction of nine mausoleums and a mosque door in 2012, when Timbuktu was controlled by rebels and members of al-Qaida in the

News in the Humanosphere: Boko Haram leader wounded in airstrike

The Nigerian military said on Tuesday that airstrikes had killed and wounded several top Boko Haram commanders in the Sambisa Forest in the country’s northeast, where militants have been hiding for months. Among the wounded was Abubakar Shekau, who took the helm of the group after the death of its founder in 2009, according to

Genetically Predicted Body Mass Index and Breast Cancer Risk: Mendelian Randomization Analyses…

by Yan Guo, Shaneda Warren Andersen, Xiao-Ou Shu, Kyriaki Michailidou, Manjeet K. Bolla, Qin Wang, Montserrat Garcia-Closas, Roger L. Milne, Marjanka K. Schmidt, Jenny Chang-Claude, Allison Dunning, Stig E. Bojesen, Habibul Ahsan, Kristiina Aittomäki, Irene L

(No) Surprise! Olympians find it hard to resist junk food too

This week, as Rio wraps up and the world looks towards Tokyo, Ali Jones from The George Institute for Global Health, along with Dr Sandro Demaio and Dr Phillip Baker, explore the recent concerning realities of junk food in our Games. Mouths were agape this month as pictures emerged from Rio of snaking lines outside McDonald’s in the athletes’ village, and Instagram posts circulated of Olympians at tables strewn with familiar golden arched wrapping. Provided free as a marketing stunt – imposing a 20 item limit was not enough to alleviate the chaos. As one Samoan swimmer said “We’re so pathetic…It’s raining, and we’re waiting in line for McDonald’s.” Averaging 1,350 calories in a single McDonald’s meal, Olympic athletes are ironically among the few who do enough physical activity to expend the energy contained in such fast foods.

Health in times of uncertainty in the eastern Mediterranean region, 1990–2013: a…

Our study shows that the eastern Mediterranean region is going through a crucial health phase. The Arab uprisings and the wars that followed, coupled with ageing and population growth, will have a major impact on the region’s health and resources. The region has historically seen improvements in life expectancy and other health indicators, even under stress. However, the current situation will cause deteriorating health conditions for many countries and for many years and will have an impact on the region and the rest of the world.

Health in times of uncertainty

In The Lancet Global Health, Ali Mokdad and colleagues1 present the interesting subject of health in times of uncertainty, which sheds light on the burden of morbidity and mortality in the eastern Mediterranean region—a major setting for violence in the past decade. The security fluctuation in these countries draws attention to the need to analyse the health situation through translation of health status to a clear sketch about disease, death, and years of potential life lost in the region.

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