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Why the World Can’t Wait for Universal Preschool

As a pediatric resident I spend a lot of time with preschool-aged children in the hospital or at clinic. I have the privilege of watching Read More

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10 Years in Rwanda: Leaders Reflect

Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB), PIH’s sister organization in Rwanda, has made tremendous progress over the years. On the occasion of IMB’s 10th anniversary, we asked five leaders to reflect on the changes. Their memories and insights are below. Anatole Manzi Director of Mentorship, Enhanced Supervision for Health Care and Quality Improvement It was May 2005 when I heard about Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB). I was finishing my bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology, but I already had an advanced diploma in general nursing

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Being Black as a Global Health Hazard

In the US American media, relatively little attention has been devoted to a recent emergency in the Dominican Republic. Thanks to controversial legislation passed there Read More

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Can social protection play a role in reducing childhood violence?

Photo: Scott Wallace / World Bank As many as one billion children under the age of 18 experience some form of violence every year. This exposure is not only a violation of child rights; it can also hamper children’s cognitive development, mental health, educational achievement, and long-term labor market prospects. Meanwhile, an estimated 1.9 billion people in 136 countries benefit from some type of social safety net, such as cash transfers and public works that target the poor and vulnerable—presenting a vast policy instrument with potential to help prevent childhood violence.


Child mental health in Sierra Leone: a survey and exploratory qualitative study

This study complements the growing amount of research on the psychosocial impact of war on children in Sierra Leone by examining local perceptions of child mental health, formal and informal care systems, help…


The Effect of Sorority Membership on Eating Disorders, Body Weight, and Disordered-Eating…

Abstract Eating disorders are currently the deadliest mental disorder in the United States, affecting an estimated 12%–25% of all college women.


First Patients Start EndTB Program in Peru

Photo by William Castro Rodríguez / Socios En SaludDiego* (center), an endTB participant, receives advice from PIH community health worker Verónica Quispe and PIH nursing technician Yecela Rodríguez at the Punchauca Health Center in Carabayllo, Peru. *Name has been changed. Carmen Contreras has seen tuberculosis patients at their worst. They have endured daily injections and swallowed fistfuls of pills for years. As reward for their diligence, some have lost their hearing and their minds as side effects of the toxic medication.


Fisheries Management, Marine Conservation Policies Should Focus More On Human Health Outcomes

Nature: Nutrition: Fall in fish catch threatens human health Christopher D. Golden, research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and associate director of the Planetary Health Alliance at the Harvard University Center for the Environment; and colleagues “…Combining data on dietary nutrition, and fish catch,…More


Prevalence and associations for symptoms of depression in patients with Parkinson’s disease:…

The prevalence and associations for depression in patients with Parkinson’s disease vary widely between studies.


The prevalence of depressive symptoms among fathers and associated risk factors during the…

Increasing evidence suggests that postnatal paternal depression is associated with adverse emotional, behavioural and cognitive outcomes in children.


Corrigendum to “Trends in mental health inequalities in England during a period of recession,…

Publication date: July 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 160 Author(s): Ben Barr, Peter Kinderman, Margaret Whitehead


Factors affecting mental health status in medical students: methodological validity

I read the interesting article by Wege et al.1 reporting factors affecting mental health status in medical students.


Sexual stigma and symbolic violence experienced, enacted, and counteracted in young Africans’…

Publication date: Available online 2 June 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine Author(s): Kate Winskell, Gaëlle Sabben There is growing recognition of the health disparities faced by sexual minority populations and the critical role played by sexual stigma in increasing their vulnerability.


We know socio-emotional skills are important – How do we develop them? A review of Paul…

In 2012, Paul Tough published How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, in which he highlighted how children who develop “noncognitive capacities” like self-control and perseverance do much better in adulthood.


Rapid Growth Of Antipsychotic Prescriptions For Children Who Are Publicly Insured Has Ceased,…

The rapid growth of antipsychotic medication use among publicly insured children in the early and mid-2000s spurred new state efforts to monitor and improve prescription behavior.


Insurance Financing Increased For Mental Health Conditions But Not For Substance Use Disorders,…

This study updates previous estimates of US spending on mental health and substance use disorders through 2014.


US Veterans Use Of VA Mental Health Services And Disability Compensation Increased From 2001 To…

There has been concern about the capacity of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system to provide care for veterans returning from war zones in the Middle East and Afghanistan.


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