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Broken Lives: A Health Crisis in Palestine

The Arabic word samoud means steadfast perseverance. However, the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip Read More

The burden of the gift of aid

The splendor of Lake Atitlán is unreal. No water should be so blue, no sky so clear, no hills so lush. The lake is a Read More

To Use or Not to Use: the Clinical Dilemma of Antimicrobials

    Understandably frustrated after 4 weeks of mild coughing, a nicely dressed businesswoman had come for an evaluation. I looked for infection in her Read More

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Facial appearance-based evaluations of patients in healthcare context

Publication date: June 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 182 Author(s): Katia Mattarozzi, Valentina Colonnello, Francesco De Gioia, Alexander Todorov Purpose Prior research has demonstrated that healthcare providers’ implicit biases may contribute to healthcare disparities.


The effects of women’s education on maternal health: Evidence from Peru

Publication date: May 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 180 Author(s): Abigail Weitzman This article examines the causal effect of women’s education on maternal health in Peru, a country where maternal mortality has declined by more than 70% in the last two and a half decades.


County-level racial prejudice and the black-white gap in infant health outcomes

Publication date: Available online 10 April 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine Author(s): Jacob Orchard, Joseph Price Objective Black mothers are 60 percent more likely than white mothers to have preterm births and twice as likely to have a baby with low birth weight.


Concrete health opportunities

Cities will determine the health and wellbeing of populations in the 21st century: Threat or opportunity? Building a case for action The environment in which we move, work, learn, play, and eat determines our potential to achieve good health. Concrete jungles, food desserts, roads which resemble car parking lots, overpowering air and noise pollution, obesogenic environments, and isolation among density are not uncommon features of urban living – all of which predispose to physical and psychological ailments. Urbanisation, most notably mega, rapid or unplanned, currently poses a huge threat to human and environmental health, but is equally an unprecedented opportunity for action. In 2016, over 50 percent of the global population were urban dwellers


Pacifique Ntirenganya: A Passionate Global Health Leader

Photo by Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In HealthNtirenganya in Harper, Liberia, in November 2016. Wearing a white shirt and glasses, Remy Pacifique Ntirenganya smiled into a computer screen while calling a colleague in Boston over Skype. He moved around a room of colorful wall hangings, trying to get a better signal in a staff house outside Rwinkwavu Hospital, a public facility Partners In Health supports in Rwanda. The call was squeezed between his evening jog and a visit to a warehouse to check medical supplies


WHO issues ethics guidance to protect rights of TB patients

World TB Day 2017 – Unite efforts to leave no one behind


Welfare reform negatively impacts the health of single moms

Publication date: May 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 180 Author(s): Kimberly Narain, Marianne Bitler, Ninez Ponce, Gerald Kominski, Susan Ettner The Personal Responsibility Work Opportunity and Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 imposed time limits on the receipt of welfare cash benefits and mandated cash benefit sanctions for failure to meet work requirements.


Investing In Nutrition Critical To Improving Health Of Women, Girls, Paves Way For Reaching…

Huffington Post: Proper Nutrition Is Essential To Empowering Women And Girls Kristen Ostling, senior manager for advocacy and global impact, and Samantha Grills, policy and advocacy officer, both at the Micronutrient Initiative “…By investing in nutrition, societies become more sustainable and equal — a point most starkly reflected by the fact that 12 of the…More


Broken Lives: A Health Crisis in Palestine

Muhammad Ashiq, Creative Commons

The Arabic word samoud means steadfast perseverance. However, the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip Read More


Why We March for Food and Health in 2017

In Canada, our southern neighbour casts a long shadow, and 2017 commenced with a deep distemper in my community of practice on food and health. I had conversations with friends that ranged from glum (celebrating food seemed a bit pointless now, didn’t it?), to restrained (working for policy change in the health field has always been a long game), to bellicose (in a world where reality had been upended, direct confrontation was needed, now). The malaise suffused everything. I buried myself in the reassuring solitude of writing, and learned that others were trying to do the same. I tried to change my media habits: alternately glued to or avoiding social media; taking out new subscriptions to newspapers and magazines.


A rapid review of the rate of attrition from the health workforce

Attrition or losses from the health workforce exacerbate critical shortages of health workers and can be a barrier to countries reaching their universal health coverage and equity goals.


Child mortality, commodity price volatility and the resource curse

Publication date: April 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 178 Author(s): Yousef Makhlouf, Neil M.


Comprehensive Approach, Greater Collaboration Needed To Achieve Global Access To Medicines

STAT: The global challenge of access to medicines Gregg Alton, executive vice president of commercial and access operations ALA for corporate and medical affairs at Gilead Sciences “Recent reports on the issue of access to medicines in developing countries are a clear reminder that biopharmaceutical companies — including Gilead Sciences — have an obligation to…More


The burden of the gift of aid

The splendor of Lake Atitlán is unreal. No water should be so blue, no sky so clear, no hills so lush. The lake is a Read More


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