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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

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

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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


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


[Articles] Community resource centres to improve the health of women and children in informal…

This community resource model seems feasible and replicable and may be protocolised for expansion.


Medicaid’s lasting impressions: Population health and insurance at birth

Publication date: March 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 177 Author(s): Heeju Sohn This article examines lasting mortality improvements associated with availability of Medicaid at time and place of birth.


Innovation: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Impact – Shedding New Light on Child Brain…

Link: Innovation: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Impact – Shedding New Light on Child Brain…


Perceived discrimination and low back pain among 28,532 workers in South Korea: Effect…

Publication date: March 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 177 Author(s): Nagyeong Lee, Hyoju Sung, Ji-Hwan Kim, Laura Punnett, Seung-Sup Kim Objectives This study investigated the association between workplace discrimination and low back pain among Korean workers and explored the role of labor union in the association.


State, USAID Working To Develop Implementation Plan For Mexico City Policy; NGOs Remain…

U.S. News & World Report: Global Gag Order Leaves NGOs Confused, U.S. Agencies Scrambling “Weeks after President Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum banning federal funds for foreign nonprofits that perform or advise patients about abortion, the effects of the order are still not clear because officials in the U.S. and abroad are still trying…More


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


What do we palliate? Caring for the sick and the poor

José1 is a man in his sixties from rural Guatemala with cancer spread to his bones. He describes deep aches of his shoulders and hips, Read More


Socioeconomic status and risk factors for non-communicable diseases in low-income and lower-middle-income countries

Non-communicable disease behavioural risk factors such as tobacco smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, and unhealthy eating are socially patterned in high-income countries, with individuals of low socioeconomic status generally experiencing a higher burden of risk factors.1,2 However, the direction of the association between socioeconomic status and behavioural risk factors has changed over time. Unhealthy behaviours were more frequent in high socioeconomic groups at the beginning of the 20th century, but the burden later shifted towards the disadvantaged socioeconomic groups.


Ambiguous expectations for intersectoral action for health: a document analysis of the Danish…

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Sensitivity of measuring the progress in financial risk protection to survey design and its…

Publication date: April 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 178 Author(s): Chunling Lu, Kai Liu, Lingling Li, Yuhong Yang Reliable and comparable information on households with catastrophic health expenditure (HCHE) is crucial for monitoring and evaluating our progress towards achieving universal financial risk protection.


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