Doctors and immunologists implement a new approach for melanoma treatment
(Estonian Research Council) Worldwide, the incidence rates of skin cancer, like other types of cancer, is increasing. People in Europe and the Nordic countries are, compared to other areas of the world, at a higher risk of developing skin cancer due to their predominantly light and sun-sensitive skin type. The number of new cases of cancer in Estonia and Nordic countries has reached the same level as in sunny Australia, New Zealand and Florida. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Public Hospitals to Go Digital
[The Herald] Zimbabwe's public health institutions will have all patients' records available in digital form at any health facility after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) partnered Estonia in a project whose pilot phase will be launched within six months. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 23, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: UAE, Estonian Experts Deal Seeks to Computerise Public Hospitals
[New Zimbabwe] The United Arab Emirates government, in partnership with Estonian e-Health experts, has unveiled a hospital computerisation programme that seeks to improve operations at the country's public health institutions with Sally Mugabe Hospital (formerly Harare Central Hospital) set to anchor the pilot project. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 23, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The fentanyl epidemic in Estonia: opportunities for a comprehensive public health response - Uusk üla A, Jarlais DD, Vorobjov S.
Jo Kimber and colleagues have announced a public health crisis in response to the record number of drug-related overdoses in Scotland, England, and Wales. Illicitly manufactured fentanyl emerged in Estonia in 2003, and, within a year, replaced heroin a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Statistics and Stories – Time to Change the Refugee Narrative?
Rohingya refugees carry blankets at a camp in Bangladesh. Credit: Naimul Haq/IPSBy Farhana Haque RahmanROME, Nov 25 2019 (IPS) Statistics and stories. When aid agencies appeal for funding to tackle the latest refugee crisis and journalists do their reporting, then these are the two narratives most chosen — one impersonal and the other upfront and individual. The sheer numbers can feel overwhelming. The UN refugee agency UNHCR says more than 70 million people are currently displaced by conflict, the most since the Second World War. Among them are nearly 26 million who have fled their countries (over half under the age...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Farhana Haque Rahman Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Featured Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Towards an urban political geography of transport: unpacking the political and scalar dynamics of fare-free public transport in Tallinn, Estonia - K ębłowski W, Tuvikene T, Pikner T, Jauhiainen JS.
In this article, we study the largest existing fare-free public transport (FFPT) programme, launched in 2013 in Tallinn, Estonia. Instead of focusing solely on the rationale and impact of fare-free public transport in terms of finances and travel patterns,... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Country Visit to Estonia to Discuss Policies Relating to Antimicrobial Resistance
Source: European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Published: 9/16/2019. This 34-page report summarizes a visit to Estonia from March 25-29, 2019, by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Commission's Directorate General for Health and Food Safety to assist the country in the preparation of its national strategy for tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) based on a One Health perspective. It concludes that a One Health approach to tackle AMR issues in Estonia is not yet established, and outlines considerations that could be helpful in reviewing and ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sex disparities in premature adult mortality in Estonia 1995-2016: a national register-based study - Rahu K, Rahu M, Zeeb H.
OBJECTIVES: To quantify sex disparities in cause-specific premature adult mortality in Estonia, to determine the causes of death with the largest differences, to provide insight into related behaviours and to offer some guidance to public health policy-mak... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Operative versus non-operative treatment for 2-part proximal humerus fracture
(Estonian Research Council) Although increasingly used, the benefit of surgical treatment of displaced 2-part proximal humerus fractures has not been proven. This trial evaluates the clinical effectiveness of surgery with locking plate compared with non-operative treatment for these fractures. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Police officers consider environmental crimes less important than conventional misconducts
(Estonian Research Council) Formally, environmental protection is a major global priority. At the same time, however, environmental crimes are not only extensive, but also expanding. Security elite, however, tend to underestimate their severity and tackling environmental crime is generally considered of little importance at law enforcement institutions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Population-scale DNA test paves way to personalised medicine
Estonian citizens could become significantly healthier following the launch of a pioneering nationwide DNA testing programme. The aim is to provide tailored treatment, preventive care and lifestyle advice, building on the work of an EU-funded project that is making personalised medicine effective and affordable for all. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 27, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Overweight men are inhibiting childbirth
(Estonian Research Council) About 15% of couples in fertile age have experienced fertility problems. Men contribute to 50% of the cases when a couple cannot achieve the desired pregnancy. The proportion of overweight men has tripled in parallel with the increase in fertility problems worldwide. The doctoral thesis conducted at the University of Tartu Institute of Clinical Medicine confirmed that central obesity affects fertility parameters negatively. To alleviate their fertility problems, men should pay attention to their lifestyle. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New commitments galvanized in support of Every Woman Every Child to help advance the UHC agenda
In the margins of the 74th United Nations General Assembly,Every Woman Every Child hosted a high-level event and reception -Delivering Together for the Health and Well-being of Women, Children and Adolescents to Advance Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in partnership with the Government of Norway, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn& Child Health (PMNCH) and EWEC-LAC. The reception featured welcome remarks from Ms. Amina J Mohammed, the UN Deputy Secretary General, a keynote address by H.E. Ms. Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia and Co-Chair of the EWEC High Level Steering Group, and remarks by Mr. Aksel Jakobsen,...
Source: WHO Maternal, Newborn and Child Health - May 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: adolescent health [subject], adolescent, youth, young people, teen health, teenager, adolescence, adolescents, child health [subject], children's health, children, young child, child, maternal health [subject], maternal mortality, maternal, antenatal care Source Type: news

Latitudinal gradient of plant phylogenetic diversity explained
(Estonian Research Council) The most discussed global pattern of species diversity along the latitudinal gradient has now an evolutionary explanation: museum vs cradle hypothesis broken into pieces. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 26, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Smart nanoparticles help improve treatment of peritoneal tumors
(Estonian Research Council) Research carried out at the University of Tartu Faculty of Medicine used nanoparticles for the development of new imaging and treatment methods for peritoneal cancers. Tests showed that precision-guided anticancer nanoparticles have improved efficacy and reduced side effects. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Croatia to Start the Exchange of ePrescriptions and Patient Summaries
For summer season, Croatia will dispense ePrescriptions for Finnish citizens and allow the access of Czech patient summaries, while Croatians travelling Estonia can get their ePrescriptions dispensed there. These exchanges will now be possible as the eHealth Network, comprising e-health agencies in Europe, agreed on 2 April 2019 that (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - April 16, 2019 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Development Research and Development Source Type: news

Unconventional Warfare and New Technologies Could Help Baltic States Deter Russian Intimidation, Aggression
Amid concerns that Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are vulnerable to Russian intimidation and hybrid warfare, a new RAND Corporation report concludes that unconventional defense plans could help deter and counteract Russian aggression. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - April 15, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Unconventional Approaches Could Help Deter Russian Intimidation and Aggression Against the Baltic States
Amid concerns that Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are vulnerable to Russian intimidation and hybrid warfare, a new RAND Corporation report concludes that unconventional defense plans could help deter and counteract Russian aggression. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - April 15, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Severe blunt trauma in Finland and Estonia: comparison of two regional trauma repositories - Saar S, Brinck T, Laos J, Handolin L, Talving P.
PURPOSE: Evolving trauma system of Estonia has undergone several reforms; however, performance and outcome indicators have not been benchmarked previously. Thus, we initiated a baseline study to compare demographics, management and outcomes of severely inj... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

The black storks in Estonia are suffering from loneliness
(Estonian Research Council) One-third of the nests of the black stork in Estonia are inhabited by single birds who cannot breed due to lack of partner. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 6, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Links between adolescents' relationships with peers, parents, and their values in three cultural contexts - Tamm A, Kasearu K, Tulviste T, Trommsdorff G.
The study examined associations among adolescents' perceived mother-child and father-child relationship quality (intimacy, conflict, and admiration), perceived peer acceptance, and their values (individualism and collectivism) in a sample of 795 Estonian, ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Estonia Houses The Biggest Biobank In Europe
With a clear vision of improving its healthcare system and create national value in the biotech sector, Estonia managed to create the biggest biobank in Europe (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 30, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Yiannis Mouratidis, Contributor Source Type: news

Britain is worse off for GP cover than Malta, Romania and Estonia, figures reveal
The UK has fewer GPs per person than Romania, Malta and Estonia. In official statistics, Britain was ranked 16th out of 21 countries for family doctors with just 76 per 100,000 inhabitants. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

First EU Citizens Using ePrescriptions in other EU Country
The first EU patients can use digital prescriptions issued by their home doctor when visiting a pharmacy in another EU country: Finnish patients are now able to go to a pharmacy in Estonia and retrieve medicine prescribed electronically by their doctor in Finland. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - January 24, 2019 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Development Research and Development Source Type: news

A parent-oriented alcohol prevention program "Effekt" had no impact on adolescents' alcohol use: findings from a cluster-randomized controlled trial in Estonia - Tael- Öeren M, Naughton F, Sutton S.
AIM: To evaluate the effectiveness of a universal parent-oriented alcohol prevention program ("Effekt") in Estonia. The main objective of the program was to delay and reduce adolescents' alcohol consumption by maintaining parental restrictive attitudes tow... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Drug Overdose Mortality Rates Highest in United States
Highest average annual percentage of change from 2001 to 2015 seen for Estonia, then U.S. (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - November 16, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Study of human rights violations faced by women who use drugs in Estonia - Kontautaite A, Matyushina-Ocheret D, Plotko M, Golichenko M, Kalvet M, Antonova L.
BACKGROUND: Estonia continues to have the highest prevalence of HIV among people who inject drugs, and the highest overdose mortality, in the European Union. In August 2017, the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA), the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Networ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Researchers have assembled Eurasian perch genome
(Estonian Research Council) Eurasian perch (Latin name Perca fluviatilis) genome, which is three times smaller than the human genome, yet contains about a billion nucleotides and more than 23,000 genes, discovered Estonian and Finnish scientists. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 30, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Development of the Brief Addiction Therapist Scale (BATS)
Key findings A literature review and three-round Delphi survey facilitated the development of a Brief Addiction Therapist Scale (BATS), designed to evaluate the delivery of substance use treatment in routine practice. Practitioner feedback, and validation in four clinical samples including two multi-site studies, suggests the scale has good psychometric properties and high inter-rater reliability. In initial feedback practitioners and experts have been positive, supporting its utility, ease of use and importance. Research team Dr Gillian Tober, Head of Research and Training Leeds Addiction Unit, Leeds and York Partnersh...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - October 29, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Alcohol Insights Source Type: news

Value: A Balancing Act
There are perhaps few buzzwords bandied around in pharma circles as much in recent years as ‘value’. Companies are actively competing to stress value over volume and highlight their zealous efforts to go well ‘beyond the pill’ and deliver real value for every stakeholder in healthcare, from the patient up.A cynic might suggest that such talk is simply pharma marketing speak but, with ever-tightened purse strings, payers are demanding that pharma delivers on its promises, as they seek to understand how much bang for their buck they can expect when they purchase drugs.“We are over the tipping po...
Source: EyeForPharma - October 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ross Davies Source Type: news

Value: A Balancing Act
There are perhaps few buzzwords bandied around in pharma circles as much in recent years as ‘value’. Companies are actively competing to stress value over volume and highlight their zealous efforts to go well ‘beyond the pill’ and deliver real value for every stakeholder in healthcare, from the patient up.A cynic might suggest that such talk is simply pharma marketing speak but, with ever-tightened purse strings, payers are demanding that pharma delivers on its promises, as they seek to understand how much bang for their buck they can expect when they purchase drugs.“We are over the tipping po...
Source: EyeForPharma - October 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ross Davies Source Type: news

ESMO advocacy for patient-centred care takes on global dimension
(European Society for Medical Oncology) Supportive and palliative care should be an integral part of cancer treatment (ESMO Position Paper, 2017). To maintain the spotlight on the topic, on Friday, 19 October, a special session at the ESMO 2018 Congress will be dedicated to this subject and followed on Sunday by the formal recognition of 20 newly-accredited Designated Centres of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care. For the first time, institutions from Japan, Denmark, Estonia and Qatar feature among the laureates. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Smarter data analysis strategies will improve infertility treatment in the future
(Estonian Research Council) Scientists from Tartu have discovered a simple way how to improve infertility treatment in the future. The results of the study, published in Human Reproduction, a top journal in the field, can be used in precision medicine to account for the variability in each female patient's menstrual cycle. This personalised approach will first and foremost benefit those couples, who have experienced repeated IVF failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Estonia: Health System Review.
Authors: Habicht T, Reinap M, Kasekamp K, Sikkut R, Aaben L, van Ginneken E Abstract This analysis of the Estonian health system reviews recent developments in organization and governance, health financing, health care provision, health reforms and health system performance. In 2017, the Estonian government took the historic step of expanding the revenue base of the health system, which has been a longstanding challenge. However, in terms of percentage of GDP it remains a small increase and long-term financial sustainability could still pose a problem. That said, if these additional funds are invested wisely, they ...
Source: Health systems in transition - October 3, 2018 Category: Health Management Tags: Health Syst Transit Source Type: news

Scientists discovered 20 new gnat species in Brazil
(Estonian Research Council) In cooperation of scientists from Estonia, Finland and Brazil 20 new species of gnat were found in Brazilian Atlantic Forest. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 21, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Plant growth-promoting bacteria enhance plant salinity tolerance
(Estonian Research Council) Soil salinity is a serious problem in crop production, but the work of scientists helps to relieve it. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 19, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Ginger.io names new CEO, Estonian prime minister joins board of cryptocurrency fitness platform, and other digital health hires
Also in hires: Voice assistant AI startup Notable appoints VC partner Annie Lamont to its board, and DarioHealth taps Olivier Jarry as its next CCO and president.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - September 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Study of bird migration tricky due to hybridization
(Estonian Research Council) Hybridization, the inter-breeding of bird species, is a widespread phenomenon, which is best illustrated in Estonia by the lesser spotted eagle and the greater spotted eagle. However, due to the fact that the migration strategies of both bird species are completely different, studying their offspring, or hybrids, helps ornithologists discover a lot about their migration secrets. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 22, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Understanding soil through its microbiome
(European Molecular Biology Laboratory) Soil is full of life, essential for nutrient cycling and carbon storage. To better understand how it functions, an international research team led by EMBL and the University of Tartu (Estonia) conducted the first global study of bacteria and fungi in soil. Their results show that bacteria and fungi are in constant competition for nutrients and produce an arsenal of antibiotics to gain an advantage over one another. Nature publishes the results on Aug. 1, 2018. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 1, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Cardiac injuries at Estonian major trauma facilities: a 23-year perspective - Einberg M, Saar S, Seljanko A, Lomp A, Lepner U, Talving P.
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Cardiac injuries are highly lethal lesions following trauma and most of the patients decease in pre-hospital settings. However, studies on cardiac trauma in Estonia are scarce. Thus, we set out to study cardiac injuries admitted to Est... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Family engagement within the context of assessment in child protection practice: the case of Estonia - V älba E, Toros K, Tiko A.
Engagement in the context of child protection is of significant international interest, as the participation of family is a central notion in child and family social work. Drawing on in-depth, semistructured interviews with a sample of 26 child protection ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Polyvictimization and the associations between poor self-perceived health, dissatisfaction with life, and sexual dysfunction among women in Estonia - Lippus H, Laanpere M, Part K, Ringmets I, Karro H.
The severe impact of different forms of violence on health has been demonstrated in a substantial number of studies. At the same time, it has been acknowledged that different forms of violence tend to co-occur, such that many survivors of violence have bee... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

In nearly zero energy buildings special attention must be paid to window design
(Estonian Research Council) For the last two years TT Ü Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Research Group led by Professor Hendrik Voll (currently holding the position of TT Ü Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs), with support from personal research funding (PUT, i.e. funding for high level research projects), has been seeking solutions for daylight and solar shading for nearly zero energy buildings in cold climates. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 1, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Dropping out because of the others: bullying among the students of Estonian vocational schools - Beilmann M.
Although it is arguably a fundamental democratic or human right of a child to feel safe at school, many children and adolescents have to face peer victimisation in schools on a daily basis, and occasionally through several levels of education. Long-term vi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Estonian traffic behaviour monitoring studies 2001-2016: overview and results - Ess J, Antov D.
One of the most significant factors affecting road safety is human. Estonia has improved road safety dramatically since its re-independence in 1991, and among the other reasons, this has happened due to changes in behavior of road users. Likely, at the sam... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Harnessing The Power Of Data For An Aging Population
A digital overhaul of health systems can transform outcomes for elders and all people in need of healthcare alike. Estonia serves as an important example of what can be achieved with government leadership, innovative technology, and a commitment to improving efficiencies in health. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 25, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: William A. Haseltine, Contributor Source Type: news

How Estonia Is Harnessing The Power Of Data For An Aging Population
A digital overhaul of health systems can transform outcomes for elders and all people in need of healthcare alike. Estonia serves as an important example of what can be achieved with government leadership, innovative technology, and a commitment to improving efficiencies in health. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 25, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: William A. Haseltine, Contributor Source Type: news

Towards Universal Health Coverage: Tackling the Health Financing Crisis to End Poverty
Good evening. Your Excellency President Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia, (Source: WHO Director-General speeches)
Source: WHO Director-General speeches - April 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: director-general [subject], director-general [subject], director-general [subject], health financing [subject], health economics, health systems financing, universal health coverage [subject], universal health care, universal access, Speech [doctype] Source Type: news

Estonia will screen nearly one-tenth of its population ’s DNA to assess their disease risk
Some 100,000 of Estonia's 1.3 million residents will provide blood samples to determine their genetic information in a programme funded by the state that aims to provide lifestyle advice. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news