Is Cold and Dark Weather a Trigger for Heavy Drinking?
There is a commonly held belief that winter conditions — that are characterized by extreme cold and low sunlight — are connected to heavy drinking. Whenever we think of countries in Northern Europe we instantly think of sub-zero temperatures, dark clouds and polar landscapes. We also imagine its inhabitants tucked in a bar drinking their sorrows away. What creates this image is the perception that strong spirits and binge drinking are a staple of many Northern countries. However, scientific and factual evidence shows a more nuanced picture. Statistical Verdict The argument that countries with a colder climate e...
Source: Psych Central - November 29, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Claudiu Revnic Tags: Addictions Substance Abuse alcohol use Alcoholism heavy drinking Holiday Blues Holiday Season Public Health Winter Source Type: news
Central Asian and Eastern European Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance: Annual Report 2017
Source: World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe. Published: 6/2018. This 143-page report describes antimicrobial resistance (AMR) data gathered through the Central Asian and Eastern European Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (CAESAR) network from nine countries in the World Health Organization European Region – Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Montenegro, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Switzerland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey – and Kosovo. The aim of the report is to provide guidance and inspiration to countries that are building or strengthening their n...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Tuberculosis CURED in 90% of cases with new drug hailed by doctors as 'game changer'
Doctors in Belarus tested the method, which uses the drug bedaquiline with other antibiotics, on 168 patients. The country has one of the highest rates of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the world. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Did post-Soviet Russians drink themselves to death?
By Vladimir Popov and Jomo Kwame SundaramMOSCOW and KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 2018 (IPS)Although initially obscured by The Economist, among others, the sudden and unprecedented increase in Russian adult male mortality during 1992-1994 is no longer denied. Instead, the debate is now over why?Having advocated ‘shock therapy’, a ‘big bang’, ‘sudden’ or rapid post-Soviet transition, Jeffrey Sachs and others have claimed that the sudden collapse in Russian adult male life expectancy was due to a sudden increase in alcohol consumption, playing into popular foreign images of vodka-binging Russian me...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Vladimir Popov and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Europe Global Governance Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news
History of the war and wars of history: teaching the Second World War and the Holocaust in post-Soviet Belarus - Zadora A.
Belarus is the only post-Soviet state to have fully adopted the interpretation of both the former Soviet authorities and today's Belarusian political regime on the fundamental role played by the Second World War in the construction of the country's histori... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news
Chernobyl Is Now the World ’s Unlikeliest Green Energy Experiment
A hundred yards from the rusting ruins at the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, a gossamer array of almost 4,000 photovoltaic panels sits atop a thick concrete slab capping a grave of radioactive waste. When it comes to clean energy, it’s hard to think of a less likely place than Ukraine’s infamous Chernobyl nuclear plant. But final preparations are being made to generate electricity again, this time using safer power from the sun. It’s part of the country’s plan to reduce dependency on increasingly unreliable Russian gas deliveries and disrupted coal supplies. Dominated by the 300 f...
Source: TIME: Science - March 13, 2018 Category: Science Authors: James M Gomez and Kateryna Choursina / Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized Bloomberg Chernobyl energy onetime Source Type: news
Alcohol, pattern of drinking and all-cause mortality in Russia, Belarus and Hungary: a retrospective indirect cohort study based on mortality of relatives - Horvat P, Stefler D, Murphy M, King L, McKee M, Bobak M.
AIMS: To assess the relationship between alcohol intake frequency and mortality among males and females in three Eastern European populations, and to estimate the additional mortality risk posed by a combination of frequent drinking, binge drinking and oth... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news
Namibia:Dentistry Graduates in Limbo Over Internship
[New Era] Windhoek -The majority of the 24 dentistry graduates from universities in Russia, Ukraine, China and Belarus are unhappy that they cannot put their skills to good use because not all of them have been accommodated in an internship programme. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news
Belarusian mushrooms found to be contaminated with radioactive cesium
(Natural News) A shipment of Belarus mushrooms has been seized by French officials due to low-level radiological contamination. As reported by Yahoo.com, customs officials discovered that the 3.5-ton shipment, coming through Frankfurt, Germany, contained traces of cesium-137 or radiocaesium. Though the shipment of mushrooms wasn’t stated to be a health threat, they will still be... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
France Stops Large Shipment of Radioactive Belarusian Mushrooms France Stops Large Shipment of Radioactive Belarusian Mushrooms
France has stopped a large shipment of Belarus mushrooms contaminated with radioactivity from Chernobyl, but there is no link with a radioactive cloud from Russia last month.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news
France stops large shipment of radioactive Belarus mushrooms
PARIS (Reuters) - France has stopped a large shipment of Belarus mushrooms contaminated with low-level radioactivity probably from Chernobyl and not linked to a radioactive cloud that appeared in southern Russia last month, officials said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
France stops large shipment of radioactive Belarusian mushrooms
PARIS (Reuters) - France has stopped a large shipment of Belarus mushrooms contaminated with radioactivity from Chernobyl but there is no link with a radioactive cloud from Russia last month. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
Nitric oxide: Experimental analysis of its role in brain tissue in simulated ischemia
(Pensoft Publishers) A joint study conducted by scientists at the National Academy of Sciences in Belarus and Kazan Federal University in Russia, looks at the role of nitric oxide (NO) in brain tissue in simulated ischemia in rats. The study seeks to cast light on NO as a signalling molecule in a modeled ischemic and hemorrhagic insult. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Two wheelchairs and a stroller: Overcoming barriers to parenthood in Belarus
MOZYR, Belarus – When Anya Shevko, 29, became pregnant, she had to weigh herself at a recycling centre because the local maternity clinic did not have suitable scales. Even visiting the clinic was difficult because Anya is in a wheelchair – and so is her husband, Zhenya, 36. But the couple persisted, and when their daughter was born last year, they became the first wheelchair users in Mozyr to start a family. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news
Zydus and Pharm Aid Ltd. enter into an exclusive agreement for vaccine technology in Russia
Through this agreement, Zydus gains access to the public and private market segments in the Russian Federation, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - September 19, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news
Russia ’s Latest War Games Are Causing Jitters in Europe
(MINSK, Belarus) — Russia and Belarus began major war games Thursday, an operation involving thousands of troops, tanks and aircraft on NATO’s eastern edge practicing how to hunt down and destroy armed spies, among other maneuvers. The Zapad (West) 2017 maneuvers, which are mainly taking place in Belarus this year, have caused concern among members of the Western military alliance and in neighboring countries. Some NATO members, including the Baltic states and Poland, have criticized a lack of transparency about the exercises and questioned Moscow’s real intentions. Russia and Belarus say the exercises, w...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yuras Karamanau / AP Tags: Uncategorized Baltic states Belarus Eastern Europe onetime Poland russia Source Type: news
Russia ’s Zapad Military Drills Seek to Send a Message to the World
The Zapad drills, Russia’s premier military exercises, have begun. The primary goal in these quadrennial war games is to prepare Russian troops for a major war – by some European estimates, as many as 100,000 could take part in the manoeuvres from Sept. 14-20 – with their “presumed opponents” being the U.S. and its allies. But no less important is the message these games seek to send to the world: the Russian military, nearly three decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, is once again a force to be feared. Russia’s neighbors have gotten the message, and some fear the Russians may hav...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Simon Shuster Tags: Uncategorized Belarus NATO russia Source Type: news
Belarus: “My doctors told me, ‘This is the only chance’”
Field newsBelarus: “My doctors told me, ‘This is the only chance’”August 30, 2017Yury*, 38, is celebrating a moment he thought would never arrive: he has been cured of extensively drug-resistanttuberculosis (XDR-TB). This moment is also a milestone for Doctors Without Borders/M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF): Yury is the first patient to complete MSF’s tuberculosis treatment program inBelarus, run in close cooperation with the Ministry of Health. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - August 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Clinton Krute Source Type: news
The dead bodies of Bobruisk, Belarus 1941-45 - Straede T.
This paper traces the massacres of Jews and Soviet prisoners of war in November 1941 in the city of Bobruisk, Eastern Belarus. Sparked by a current memorial at one of the killing sites, the author examines the historic events of the killings themselves and... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news
‘We have a chance to show the truth’: into the heart of Chernobyl
Three decades after the nuclear disaster, the concrete protecting the reactor is starting to crack. Yet people still live there – and a new virtual reality project will take many more inside the ‘death zone’At first they thought it was just a fire, then the chickens started to turn black. When it comes to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, everyone has a vivid detail that is snagged in the memory; the absurdities or the obscenities. It might be the local village that, once evacuated, was claimed by a mob of pigs. Or the way milk would turn to white powder whenever the residents of Pripyat (the town built a f...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 9, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Simon Parkin Tags: Chernobyl nuclear disaster Nuclear power Virtual reality Technology Ukraine Europe World news Russia Energy Cancer Health Environment Society Source Type: news
Decades After Chernobyl, Wildlife Thriving Inside Exclusion Zone
In a wide departure from the notion that Chernobyl's exclusion zone is an inhospitable, desolate tundra, researchers have found animal populations are actually thriving in the region, no longer burdened by humanity's impact. The area has been uninhabited since the 1986 meltdown of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, which killed 31 people and forced all residents to evacuate from more than 1,000 square miles. But a new study published Monday in the journal Current Biology found flourishing numbers of large wildlife, including wolves, elk, foxes and wild boar, inside the Belarusian part of the exclusion zone. "Within th...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 5, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news
Belarus: health system review.
Authors: Richardson E, Malakhova I, Novik I, Famenka A Abstract This analysis of the Belarusian health system reviews the developments in organization and governance, health financing, healthcare provision, health reforms and health system performance since 2008. Despite considerable change since independence, Belarus retains a commitment to the principle of universal access to health care, provided free at the point of use through predominantly state-owned facilities, organized hierarchically on a territorial basis. Incremental change, rather than radical reform, has also been the hallmark of health-care policy, a...
Source: Health systems in transition - November 11, 2014 Category: Health Management Tags: Health Syst Transit Source Type: news
Belarusian Organization Calls on the EU to Expand Sanctions Against Belarus During Upcoming Review
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Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE) - October 14, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news
July's top stories: French banks fund Belarusian hospital
This month Belarus has announced plans to seek a €115m loan from French banks to construct a new hospital in Minsk, while Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, has inaugurated neuroservices and medical specialities wards. (Source: Hospital Management)
Source: Hospital Management - August 1, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news
French banks to fund new Belarusian hospital
Belarus is seeking a €115m loan from French banks to construct a new hospital in Minsk, according to the country's ambassador to France. (Source: Hospital Management)
Source: Hospital Management - July 8, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news
Aggressive Tx Worked for Chernobyl Cancer Patients (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Belarusian children who developed thyroid cancer in the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear accident have responded well to a well-established treatment algorithm, German researchers found. (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - April 26, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news