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New Content ItemCall for papers: Human rights as social and structural drivers of sexually transmitted infections

BMC Infectious Diseases BMC International Health & Human Rights are pleased to announce the launch of a new article collection on human rights infringements and social and structural drivers of sexually transmitted infections.  

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Methods to increase reporting of childhood sexual abuse in surveys

New Content Item​​​​​​​The sealed-envelope method was superior to face-to-face-interview in identifying cases of forced sex amongst primary school children, particularly for boys, indicating future surveys should make more use of confidential disclosure methods to detect childhood sexual abuse.

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Population level weight maintenance strongly associated with reduced incident diabetes risk

New Content ItemA study of over 33,000 people indicates that public health strategies aiming to prevent adult weight gain in the whole population have the potential to prevent twice as many cases of type 2 diabetes as strategies that target individuals at high risk of diabetes due to being obese.

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Opioid overdose prevention and naloxone rescue kits

New Content ItemThe opioid use and overdose crisis is persistent and dynamic, garnering much attention from the public, policymakers and public health officials. Naloxone access for opioid overdose rescue is one of the US Department of Health and Human Services’ three priority areas for responding to the opioid crisis.

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Thematic Series: Trends in research on indoor radon exposure and lung cancer in South Korea

New Content ItemConsisting of nine articles, this thematic series in Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine aims to review trends in studies on indoor radon exposure and lung cancer in South Korea.

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Living on the edge: precariousness and why it matters for health

New Content Item​​​​​​​Authors M McKee, A Reeves, A Clair and D Stuckler describe the concept of precariousness, its effect on population health, the growing precariousness of employment, of work, of housing, of food security. They describe, using the natural European experiment, how different policies either alleviate or worsen the impact of precariousness on health.

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Thematic series: The public health impact of the Syria crisis 

New Content ItemThrough a new series on the public health impact of the Syria crisis, the Editors of Conflict and Health aim to stimulate the submission of high quality and timely research papers that characterize the communities affected, explore delivery methods for public health interventions for urban refugees and in hard to reach settings, address the burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases and explore health policy and health systems issues. 

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Comparison of dementia recorded in routinely collected hospital admission data in England with dementia recorded in primary care

New Content ItemElectronic linkage of UK cohorts to routinely collected National Health Service (NHS) records provides virtually complete follow-up for cause-specific hospital admissions and deaths. The reliability of dementia diagnoses recorded in NHS hospital data is not well documented.

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Childhood anemia in Rural Haiti: the potential role of community health workers

New Content ItemChildhood iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is an important contributor to under-five mortality in the developing world. There is evidence that Community Health Worker (CHW) delivered programs to increase maternal knowledge of child health practices may decrease childhood IDA. This study reports findings on the association between a long standing CHW intervention and childhood anemia status in rural Haiti.

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Health Partnerships: an effective response to the global health agenda

New Content ItemWhat role can ‘Health partnerships’ play in addressing the disparities that exist in the availability of trained health personnel globally? Our latest article collection discusses these issues.

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The influence of marketing on the sports betting attitudes and consumption behaviours of young men

New Content ItemGambling can cause significant health and social harms for individuals, their families, and communities. While many studies have explored the individual factors that may lead to and minimise harmful gambling, there is still limited knowledge about the broader range of factors that may contribute to gambling harm. 

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Trends in equity in use of maternal health services in urban and rural Bangladesh

New Content ItemMaternal healthcare utilization is a major determinant of maternal mortality. Bangladesh is experiencing a rapid pace of urbanization with all future growth in population expected to be in urban areas. Health care infrastructure is different in urban and rural areas thus warranting an examination of equity in use rates of maternal healthcare. This paper addresses whether the urban–rural and rich-poor gaps in use of selected maternal healthcare indicators have narrowed or widened over the last decade.

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Thematic series: Smart healthy cities and regions

New Content ItemSmart healthy cities and regions are a new class of digitally-connected settlements powered by the Internet of Things (IoT). The latter is made of location-aware sensors and other components that connect our version of the world made of atoms, i.e., humans/our bodies, our devices, vehicles, roads, buildings, plants, animals, etc., with a mirror digital version made of bits. This enables cities and regions to be self-aware and dynamically reconfigurable in real- or near-real-time, based on changes that are continuously monitored and captured by sensors, similar to the way the internal biological systems of a living being operate and respond to their environment (homeostasis). IoT-powered smart cities and regions stand better chances of becoming healthier places. Data collected by various IoT sensors and processed via appropriate analytics can also help predict the immediate future with reasonable accuracy, which enables better planned responses and mitigation actions.

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Sickle cell disease and pregnancy outcomes: a study of the community-based hospital in a tribal block of Gujarat, India

New Content ItemSickle cell disease (SCD) is a hereditary blood disorder prevalent in tribal regions of India. SCD can increase complications during pregnancy and in turn negatively influence pregnancy outcomes. This study reports the analysis of tribal maternal admissions in the community-based hospital of SEWA Rural (Kasturba Maternity Hospital) in Jhagadia block, Gujarat.

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International organizations and migrant health in Europe

New Content ItemInternational organizations have defined and managed different aspects of migrant health issues for decades, yet we lack a systematic understanding of how they reach decisions and what they do on the ground. The present article seeks to clarify the state of knowledge on the relationship between international organizations and migrant health in Europe.

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Global cocaine intoxication research trends during 1975–2015

New Content ItemCocaine is subject to recreational abuse as a stimulant and psychoactive agent, which poses a major worldwide health problem. The aim of the present study was to perform a bibliometric analysis of publication related to cocaine intoxication an insight of the research trends at a global level to enable recommendations for future research strategies in this field.

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