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What Medicine Can Teach Us About Religious Tolerance

Medicine is one of the few fields in which tolerance is not only valued, but required for the success of taking care of sick patients. Read More

New Themes: TextBook and Dara

Introducing two new free themes: Dara, a classic, elegant theme for businesses, and TextBook, geared to schools, colleges, and non-profits.

A Healthy Start to Life: Cultural Barriers and the Global Trend Toward Early and Exclusive Breastfeeding

There has been accumulating evidence that early initiation of breastfeeding, within the first hour of birth, and exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of Read More

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Global challenges of health in the workplace

Over 54% of the world’s population live in urban areas, and over the next decade the growth of cities is expected to be greatest in Africa – the part of the world currently the least covered by workplace health. If we get this right, the potential to improve human wellbeing is vast. Evidence of the effectiveness of workplace health (or ‘wellness’) programmes is often unclear, and in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) the evidence is particularly thin. I have recently been investigating workplace health in LMICs* – desk research and a series of key informant interviews (India, China, South Africa, Brazil and Argentina) – and, while many of the challenges are problems for workplaces everywhere, they are often more acute in lower-income countries. A 2016 survey of 430 organisations found that the top three workplace-health issues globally are all related to non-communicable diseases (NCDs): poor nutrition, physical inactivity and stress.


Update Your Avatar on WordPress.com

Manage, upload, and edit your profile photo at wordpress.com/me.


A New Media Picker for the iOS WordPress App

Sometimes it’s the extra touches that make all the difference; on your website, that’s the photos and video that give your content life. You asked for streamlined access to your media library and the camera and photos on your device, to make uploading and inserting photos and videos easier. We …


Tom Petty died from a cardiac arrest – what makes this different to a heart attack and heart…

Rolling Stone magazine landed in a spot of bother on Monday after publicising news of rock star Tom Petty’s death prematurely, while others said it was the result of a heart attack rather than a cardiac arrest. Petty unfortunately did subsequently pass away, from a cardiac arrest, but it’s important to note neither a cardiac arrest nor a heart attack is synonymous with death. Albeit infrequently, sufferers of cardiac arrest can be revived and a heart attack is associated with a relatively low risk of dying within 18 months with current treatment in Australia. Both are types of heart disease, as is heart failure.


What rights will EU citizens in the UK lose?

This is a good round-up of the rights that EU citizens living in the UK seem likely to lose, notwithstanding the government’s protestations that their rights will be largely unchanged. I list them here, but they are better explained in the article. The right to go abroad The right to fall in love with a foreigner The right to care for an elderly parent The right to have their rights independently adjudicated The right to free movement (if your family includes UK citizens The right to use an ID card rather than a passport The right to live in the UK without a UK ID card The post What rights will EU citizens in the UK lose? appeared first on Owen abroad.


Religious zealots should mind their own business

Once again, the courts have declined to legalise assisted dying: Mr Conway, who has been supported by campaign group Dignity in Dying, said he was “deeply disappointed” by the judgement and intends to appeal it. “The experiences of those who are terminally ill need to be heard. “As I approach the end of my life, I face unbearable suffering and the possibility of a traumatic, drawn-out death.” I think the judges are right that this is a question for Parliament, not for the legal system. Parliament has consistently denied us the right to avoid a painful death, mainly because of objections from religious zealots (including the 26 Bishops who have an archaic right to automatic seats in the House of Lords). If they prefer a lingering and painful death for themselves, that is entirely their prerogative


Brian Barder 1934-2017 – A life well lived

Last night we celebrated the life of my father, who died on 19 September. I can’t tell you how much I’m going to miss him. I’m going to miss his optimism about humanity and progress. I’m going to miss his mischievous independence and scepticism of authority. I’m going to miss his relentless determination to roll up his sleeves and get things done.


A scoping review of mentorship of health personnel to improve the quality of health care in low…

Most Low and Middle-Income Countries are facing a crisis in human resources for health which compromises their ability to meet health related targets outlined by the Sustainable Development Goals.


Drug counterfeiting – a 21st century solution to an age-old problem

Heard of blockchain technology? Ever wondered what it has to do with public health? When it comes to drug counterfeiting, this emerging technology may be the silver bullet for securing quality, safety and equity. Ensuring the safety and integrity of the global medicine supply chain is one of the most complex challenges facing healthcare delivery.


New Theme: Radcliffe 2

Introducing a business-focused twist on a classic WordPress theme.


Upload Once, Blog Anywhere: Photos from Google

Wouldn’t it be great if you could browse, search, and insert photos from your Google account right to your blog posts and pages? Now you can.


The ABCs of cervical cancer prevention in remote locations

In 2014, DB Peru launched The Amazon Community-Based Participatory Cervical Cancer Prevention Programme as a collaborative approach to screening and treatment of cervical cancer in Lower Napo River (LNR) communities in the Peruvian Amazon. In the remote LNR, shaping a programme that addressed community needs, such as health literacy and improving access to healthcare, as well as ensuring a high level of clinical gynaecological care, was a challenge. In preparation, we collated a range of diverse resources from around the world. We gathered knowledge at international conferences, spoke to professionals at the coal-face of cancer prevention in low-resource settings, sourced donations from a range of companies, and collaborated with local government services. Most importantly, we worked beside communities to understand their needs, and shape local solutions to education, screening and treatment of cervical cancer.


Refugees, asylum-seekers and undocumented migrants and the experience of parenthood: a…

To synthesize the recent qualitative literature and identify the integrative themes describing the parenthood experiences of refugees, asylum-seekers and undocumented migrants.


Access to medicines and hepatitis C in Africa: can tiered pricing and voluntary licencing…

The recent introduction of Direct Acting Antivirals (DAAs) for treating Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) can significantly assist in the world reaching the international target of elimination by 2030.


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