Migrants and refugees face higher risk of developing ill-health, says UN report on displaced people in Europe
European authorities are “struggling” to meet the needs of irregular migrants and refugees who are wrongly accused of spreading sickness among host communities, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, at the launch of its first report on the subject. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

ACOs Saving Medicare $$, but MedPAC Members See Need for Changes
(MedPage Today) -- Beneficiaries who switch ACOs tend to cost Medicare more (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - January 21, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Superbugs, Anti-Vaxxers Make WHO ’ s List Of 10 Global Health Threats
(CNN) — From climate change to superbugs, the World Health Organization has laid out 10 big threats to our global health in 2019. And unless these threats get addressed, millions of lives will be in jeopardy. Here’s a snapshot of 10 urgent health issues, according to the United Nations’ public health agency: Not vaccinating when you can One of the most controversial recent health topics in the US is now an international concern. “Vaccine hesitancy — the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines — threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-prevent...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Local TV Source Type: news

Strangers in the Land: A Congolese Murder Case
A man walks down the street. It's a street in a strange world. Maybe it's the Third World. Maybe it's his first time around. He doesn't speak the language. He holds no currency. He is a foreign man. He is surrounded by the sound. The sound! Cattle in the marketplace, scatterlings and orphanages. He looks around, around.By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Jan 21 2019 (IPS)I thought about this song by Paul Simon while I in 2011 spent a few weeks in Kinshasa. I was a foreign man in a strange world, surrounded by sights and sounds, completely dependent on my new-found Congolese friends. When our taxi got stuck in a traffic jam and...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

As Shutdown Enters Second Month, Health Risks Rise
Public health and medical groups fear " long-lasting health consequences " of the government shutdown as it enters its second month. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 21, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Source Type: news

The health impact of (sexual) torture amongst Afghan, Iranian and Kurdish refugees: A literature review - Dehghan R.
BACKGROUND: Amongst Muslim majority countries, torture is reported most in Afghanistan and Iran. In addition, despite the significant impact of sexual violence on individuals and public health, the issue has been poorly researched amongst victims of tortur... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Serial multiple mediation analyses: how to enhance individual public health emergency preparedness and response to environmental disasters - Hong Y, Lee T, Kim JS.
Recent environmental disasters have revealed the government's limitations in real-time response and mobilization to help the public, especially when disasters occur in large areas at the same time. Therefore, enhancing the ability to prepare for public hea... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Predictive model and determinants of under-five child mortality: evidence from the 2014 Ghana demographic and health survey - Aheto JMK.
BACKGROUND: Globally, millions of children aged below 5  years die every year and some of these deaths could have been prevented. Though a global problem, under-five mortality is also a major public health problem in Ghana with a rate of 60 deaths per 100... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Transnational child sexual abuse: outcomes from a roundtable discussion - Merdian HL, Perkins DE, Webster SD, McCashin D.
The phenomenon of men who travel across international borders to engage in child sexual abuse presents significant public health, legal, diplomatic, cultural, and research challenges. Briefed in the current scope of this issue by relevant stakeholders acro... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Sport-based youth development interventions in the United States: a systematic review - Whitley MA, Massey WV, Camir é M, Boutet M, Borbee A.
BACKGROUND: The growing number of sport-based youth development interventions provide a potential avenue for integrating sport meaningfully into the U.S. public health agenda. However, efficacy and quality must be reliably established prior to widespread i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Risk factors for peer victimization among middle and high school students - Vidourek RA, King KA.
Peer victimization at school is a pressing public health issue. Peer victimization has a deleterious impact on the victim and can lead to lifelong negative outcomes such as depression. The purpose of the present study is to examine peer victimization and p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Brexit: Concerns over medicines, EU workers and the poor
A report by Public Health Wales looks at the potential consequences of any form of Brexit. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Inequalities shift 'needs political and societal intervention'
Historically ingrained health inequalities in England won’t be reversed by measures in the long-term plan, which require bigger “political and societal” interventions, according to a public health expert whose work contributed to the plan. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 21, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Raising an Active and Healthy Generation Raising an Active and Healthy Generation
Physical inactivity among young people is becoming an increasingly important public health issue. What strategies may help boost exercise in this population?Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics Journal Article Source Type: news

Researchers for the first time identify neurons in the human visual cortex that respond to faces
(Bar-Ilan University) A new study identifies the neurons in the human visual cortex that selectively respond to faces. The researchers showed that the neurons in the visual cortex (in the vicinity of the Fusiform Face Area) responded much more strongly to faces than to city landscapes or objects. In an additional experiment, the neurons exhibited face-selectivity to human and animal faces that appeared within a movie. The results provide unique insights into human brain functioning at the cellular level during face processing. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

In China, a link between happiness and air quality
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) In a paper published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, a research team led by Siqi Zheng, the Samuel Tak Lee Associate Professor in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Center for Real Estate, and the Faculty Director of MIT China Future City Lab, reveals that higher levels of pollution are associated with a decrease in people's happiness levels. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study: On Facebook and Twitter your privacy is at risk -- even if you don't have an account
(University of Vermont) New research shows that on social media, like Facebook, privacy can be at risk, even if a person doesn't have an account. Scientists at the University of Vermont demonstrated that a person's identity and actions can be predicted from their friend's posts and writings online. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FSU research sheds light on spinal cord injuries
(Florida State University) A natural immune system response may be responsible for inflicting additional harm in the weeks and months after a spinal injury. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Early prediction of Alzheimer's progression in blood
(DZNE - German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases) Scientists at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research and the University Hospital Tuebingen show that a protein found in the blood can be used to precisely monitor disease progression of Alzheimer's long before first clinical signs appear. This blood marker offers new possibilities for testing therapies. The study was carried out in cooperation with an international research team and published in the journal Nature Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Blood test detects Alzheimer's damage before symptoms
(Washington University School of Medicine) A simple blood test reliably detects signs of brain damage in people on the path to developing Alzheimer's disease -- even before they show signs of confusion and memory loss, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Genetic study reveals possible new routes to treating osteoarthritis
(Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) In the largest genetic study of osteoarthritis to date, scientists have uncovered 52 new genetic changes linked to the disease, which doubles the number of genetic regions associated with the disabling condition. Scientists analyzed the genomes of over 77,000 people with osteoarthritis. Their findings revealed new genes and biological pathways linked to osteoarthritis, which could help identify starting points for new medicines. Researchers also highlighted opportunities for existing medicines to be evaluated in osteoarthritis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How our brains distinguish between self-touch and touch by others
(Link ö ping University) Our brains seem to reduce sensory perception from an area of our skin when we touch it ourselves, according to a new study from Link ö ping University, Sweden, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS. The finding increases our understanding of how the brain distinguishes between being touched by another person and self-touch. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mouse studies show 'inhibition' theory of autism wrong
(University of California - Berkeley) Today's main hypothesis about the cause of autism symptoms is that neurons receive too little inhibition or too much excitation, causing hyperexcitability. This excessive spiking interferes with normal brain function. UC Berkeley neuroscientists demonstrated that while inhibition does decrease in the brains of mice models, the changed balance between excitation and inhibition doesn't affect spiking. The altered balance seems to be a compensatory mechanism that stabilizes brain activity in response to the disorder. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How concussions may lead to epilepsy
(Society for Neuroscience) Researchers have identified a cellular response to repeated concussions that may contribute to seizures in mice like those observed following traumatic brain injury in humans. The study, published in JNeurosci, establishes a new animal model that could help improve our understanding of post-traumatic epilepsy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Implantable device curbs seizures and improves cognition in epileptic rats
(Society for Neuroscience) A protein-secreting device implanted into the hippocampus of epileptic rats reduces seizures by 93 percent in three months, finds preclinical research published in JNeurosci. These results support ongoing development of this technology and its potential translation into a new treatment for epilepsy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mice pass on brain benefits of enriched upbringing to offspring
(Society for Neuroscience) Mice growing up in a basic cage maintain lifelong visual cortex plasticity if their parents were raised in an environment that promoted social interaction and physical and mental stimulation, according to a multigenerational study published in eNeuro. The research suggests life experience may be transmitted from one generation to the next through a combination of changes in gene expression and parental caretaking behavior. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Youthful cognitive ability strongly predicts mental capacity later in life
(University of California - San Diego) Early adult general cognitive ability is a stronger predictor of cognitive function and reserve later in life than other factors, such as higher education, occupational complexity or engaging in late-life intellectual activities. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Unexpected link found between feeding and memory brain areas
(Baylor College of Medicine) Researchers reveal an unexpected connection between the lateral hypothalamus and the hippocampus, the respective feeding and the memory centers of the brain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Managing gender dysphoria in adolescents: A practical guide for family physicians
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) As a growing number of adolescents identify as transgender, a review aims to help primary care physicians care for this vulnerable group and its unique needs. The review, published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) looks at emerging evidence for managing gender dysphoria, including social and medical approaches for youth who are transitioning. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Researchers conduct first population-based study of suicide risk in people with autism
(University of Utah Health) Researchers at the University of Utah Health conducted the first population-based study of suicidality in individuals with ASD in the United States. The 20-year retrospective study found that for individuals with autism, particularly females, the risk of suicide has increased through time compared to their non-autistic peers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Our genes affect where fat is stored in our bodies
(Uppsala University) A recent study from Uppsala University has found that whether you store your fat around the trunk or in other parts of your body is highly influenced by genetic factors and that this effect is present predominantly in women and to a much lower extent in men. In the study, which is published in Nature Communications, the researchers measured how fat was distributed in nearly 360,000 voluntary participants. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How long do people need to be monitored after fainting?
(The Ottawa Hospital) For the first time, physicians in the Emergency Department (ED) have evidence-based recommendations on how best to catch the life-threatening conditions that make some people faint. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Delaying newborn baths increases rates of breastfeeding
(Cleveland Clinic) While it has been standard practice for decades to whisk newborns off to a bath within the first few hours of their birth, a new Cleveland Clinic study found that waiting to bathe a healthy newborn 12 or more hours after birth increased the rate of breastfeeding exclusivity during the newborn hospital stay. The paper was published Jan. 21 in the Journal for Obstetrics, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Parents still following folklore methods for cold prevention
Poll reveals non-evidence-based advice is common Related items fromOnMedica Texting can improve flu jab uptake Public Health Wales renews call for parents to take children for MMR jab GPs in catch-up campaign to target a million children with MMR Put families at heart of helping obese children Parental illness linked to children's increased use of health services (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 21, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Chief medical officer launches push for flu jab drive
Thousands of adults missing out, warns CMO Related items fromOnMedica Cardiac experts urge patients to get flu vaccine Influenza Flu is at ‘moderate’ levels, says Public Health England Childhood vaccine uptake slumps in England (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 21, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

No benefit to contraception pill intervals — according to guidance
Women can ‘safely’ take fewer or no hormone-free breaks Related items fromOnMedica Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided Funding cuts leave contraceptive services in jeopardy Deprived women 60% less likely to have any antenatal care Tackling obesity ‘must be made a national priority’ Scotland sets out its Public Health priorities (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 21, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Health Outcome Framework may include measure on loneliness
Consultation launched to make framework more relevant Related items fromOnMedica Scotland sets out its Public Health priorities Deprivation strongly linked to mortality, report shows Experts urge radical action on mental health crises UK child health near bottom in Europe Health decisions based on ‘politics’ not ‘evidence’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 21, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Threefold rise in homeless people visiting A & E
GPs also report rise in homeless patients Related items fromOnMedica Health Outcome Framework may include measure on loneliness Scotland sets out its Public Health priorities Experts urge radical action on mental health crises Deprivation strongly linked to mortality, report shows GPs urged to prescribe ‘social activities’ to combat loneliness (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 21, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Measles Outbreaks Show Why Anti Vaxxers Made WHO's 10 Global Health Threats
Clark County, Washington, has declared a public health emergency due to a measles outbreak, another example of why " vaccine hesitancy " is on the World Health Organization's 2019 list of 10 global health threats. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 20, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Measles Outbreak Show Why Anti Vaxxers Made WHO's 10 Global Health Threats
Clark County, Washington, has declared a public health emergency due to a measles outbreak, another example of why " vaccine hesitancy " is on the World Health Organization's 2019 list of 10 global health threats. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 20, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

How To Maximize Departments' of Medicine Performance
(MedPage Today) -- Johns Hopkins shares managerial and organizational strategies (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - January 20, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Trump Compromise to End Shutdown Meets Immediate Resistance
(MedPage Today) -- Temporary " Dreamers " protections for wall funding a " non-starter, " says Pelosi (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - January 20, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Pro-Vaccination Message Should Be Apolitical, As NYT Argues But Fails To Demonstrate
Vaccination is a critically important public health measure. Anti-vaccination disinformation needs to be countered in a non-political fashion, as the NYT Editorial Board argues but fails to demonstrate. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 20, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: David Shaywitz, Contributor Source Type: news

EXPOSED: Vaccine deep state plot to seize NaturalNews.com domain and criminalize all speech that questions vaccine propaganda
(Natural News) The World Health Organization, a criminal cartel front for the vaccine industry, has just declared war on the so-called “anti-vax” movement. The W.H.O. is the same group that spiked vaccines given to women in Africa with abortion / infertility drugs. The W.H.O. is also the same fraudulent group that falsely declared H5N1 bird... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Consultation aims to strengthen country capacity in monitoring progress towards national and ...
20 January 2019, Amman, Jordan ‒ Around 80 experts and participants representing key senior stakeholders from Member States of WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region will take part in a consultative meeting on strengthening health information systems from 21 to 23 January 2019 in Amman, Jordan. The consultation aims to identify and address critical gaps and needs in national health information systems and capacities in order that progress towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), universal health coverage and other national and subnational priorities can be monitored. The consultation also reaff...
Source: WHO EMRO News - January 20, 2019 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Brain training app improves users' concentration, study shows
(University of Cambridge) A new 'brain training' game designed by researchers at the University of Cambridge improves users' concentration, according to new research published today. The scientists behind the venture say this could provide a welcome antidote to the daily distractions that we face in a busy world. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

One-Dose Malaria Tx; New Option in MS: It's PodMed Double T! (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include treatment of multiple sclerosis, malaria treatment, overprescription of antibiotics, and fecal transplant for ulcerative colitis. (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - January 19, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Seven UNIST researchers named 'world's most highly cited researchers'
(Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology(UNIST)) Seven faculty members of South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) have distinguished themselves with inclusion in the Global Highly Cited Researchers 2018 List. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UNIST student wins prestigious 2018 Red Dot Award: Design concept
(Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology(UNIST)) A student, affiliated with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has been named a winner of the 2018 prestigious " Red Dot Award " for design concept. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

' A Bridge, Not a Destination': What We Heard This Week
(MedPage Today) -- Quotable quotes from MedPage Today's sources (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - January 18, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news