Understanding Leprosy on World Leprosy Day
Leprosy is a chronic and progressive disease that primarily affects the skin and peripheral nervous system. Leprosy has been with us for thousands of years. There is evidence of the disease as far back as 4000 BC, in ancient Egypt. In 1873, Norwegian physician Dr. Gerhard Armauer Hansen discovered that leprosy was caused by a bacterium.  Today, we call this bacterium Mycobacterium leprae, and we often refer to leprosy as Hansen’s Disease, in honor of Dr. Hansen. While leprosy caused significant morbidity and mortality in the past, cases today are rare and are curable with proper treatment. How Is Leprosy Transmitte...
Source: GIDEON blog - January 28, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Uri Blackman Tags: News Leprosy Source Type: blogs
Rabies – a dumb disease
Dog vaccination programs are the most effective way to prevent Rabies Rabies is endemic to over 150 countries, and according to the World Health Organization, 99% of all transmissions to humans are from dogs, potentially bringing into question the animal’s status as the ‘man’s best friend’. In Europe, southern Africa, and parts of North America, most cases are acquired from wild carnivores; mongooses, and vampire bats in Latin America and the Caribbean. In more recent years, humans have acquired rabies from inhalation of aerosols in bat caves, ingestion of dogs and cats for food, ticks, cart-scratches...
Source: GIDEON blog - September 28, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Kristina Symes Tags: Epidemiology News Source Type: blogs
Repression in Mozambique Is Stoking an Islamist Insurgency, Risking Wider Unrest
While Southern Africa has largely remained immune from violent extremism, the situation in northern Mozambique threatens to destabilize the country and could potentially spread to other parts of the region. To effectively counter the growing threat, the government could devise a less heavy handed approach. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - June 4, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: Hilary Matfess; Alexander H. Noyes Source Type: blogs
How Does Sleeping Well Impact Brain Detoxification?
You're reading How Does Sleeping Well Impact Brain Detoxification?, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Have you been sleeping well lately? We all know that getting enough sleep is an important part of living a healthy and engaged life. Of course, getting a good night's sleep keeps you sharp during the day, and recent science has also shown how important it is in learning and memory. Sleep is not only good for helping you pay attention in class or remembering what you did yesterday though, it also helps keep ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - December 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Wilson Tags: featured health and fitness self improvement better sleep brain health science of sleep Source Type: blogs
Counterproductive Counterinsurgency: Is Mozambique Creating the Next Boko Haram?
Despite recent claims of ties to the Islamic State, the threat in Mozambique from the Islamist insurgent group al-Sunnah wa Jamaah appears to be domestic, with scarce evidence of direct ties to international extremist groups. But if the Mozambique government continues to respond in a heavy-handed manner, the threat is likely to grow, with potentially devastating effects for the country and region. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - September 2, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: Hilary Matfess; Alexander H. Noyes Source Type: blogs
Screens For The Poor, Human Connection For The Rich – Even In Healthcare?
Not so long ago, worries about the digital divide represented the anxiety that the rich will have access to more information and more possibilities in every area of life compared to those who cannot afford connected digital devices. Currently, trends show that human connection might become a luxury good for the rich, while poor families might not be able to afford living screen-free in the future. We asked how would that translate into healthcare and what could we do to ensure the treasure of human contact to everyone in the coming decades. Is digital detox becoming a luxury good? Although the techno-dystopian sci-fi...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 6, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Future of Medicine addiction development divide gap Healthcare human human connection human contact inequality low-income poor rich screen smart smartphone society technology Source Type: blogs
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Source: Nursing Blogs at Johns Hopkins University - April 5, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Editor Tags: On the Pulse Spring 2019 empowerment feminism gay rights gender equity global LGBTQ Mozambique peace corps transgender Source Type: blogs
Bringing Emergency Medicine to Eswatini
BY ADERONKE SUSAN AKAPO, DO; KATHLEEN ANNE ROCCO, MD; EDWARD KAKISH, DO; & KRIS BRICKMAN, MDEswatini, known as Swaziland until April 2018, is a small South African country approximately the size of New Jersey. It has 1.3 million people, and is bordered by South Africa and Mozambique.The country primarily comprises rural tribal areas with two major cities, Manzini and Mbabane, in the central portion of the country. Eswatini holds the unfortunate distinction of having the highest HIV rate in the world—approximately 26 percent of its population. Emergency medicine within this small country is clearly in its developme...
Source: Going Global - December 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: blogs
Africa Is A Hotspot For Digital Health
Digital health in Africa is booming, and that’s the greatest news since the invention of broadband internet connection. The flourishing of disruptive solutions might go down to the fact that instead of relying on traditional infrastructure and a conventional healthcare system, populations in Africa need cheap, easily accessible and genuinely problem-solving technologies. Why, when and how have they got there? Read on! Disrupted infrastructure should be … Africa has the world’s worst health record. The birth-continent of the homo sapiens bears one-quarter of the global disease burden, yet it spends only 1 percent of t...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Healthcare Policy 3d printing Africa digital digital health digital technology Innovation mhealth mobile mobile health smartphone Source Type: blogs
A radical new theory proposes that facial expressions are not emotional displays, but “tools for social influence”
Expressing sadness or seeking protection? By Emma Young You’re at a ten-pin bowling alley with some friends, you bowl your first ball – and it’s a strike. Do you instantly grin with delight? Not according to a study of bowlers, who smiled not at a moment of triumph but rather when they pivoted in their lanes, to look at their fellow bowlers. That study provided the earliest evidence for a controversial hypothesis, the Behavioural Ecology View (BECV) of facial displays, outlined in detail in a new opinion piece in Trends in Cognitive Sciences. Carlos Crivelli at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK and Alan Fridlun...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - May 2, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Emotion Faces Social Source Type: blogs
The 10 Most Innovative Health Technologies Saving Millions In The Developing World
There are striking differences in the general social, economic or political background of the developed and developing country-groups, and developing countries are in dire need for creative and innovative medical solutions. Here are the 10 most innovative health technologies which could save millions of lives in these corners of the Earth. Imagine two babies being born at the exact same time: a little girl in Sweden and a baby boy in Mozambique. What are their chances for a long, healthy life? In the Scandinavian country of the easily assemblable IKEA furniture and the most secure car in the world, life expectancy in 2015...
Source: The Medical Futurist - July 19, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: 3D Printing in Medicine Bioethics Healthcare Design Longevity Africa future GC1 India Innovation Personalized medicine technology Source Type: blogs
Innovative technologies could save millions of lives in the developing world
Imagine two babies being born at the exact same time: a little girl in Sweden and a baby boy in Mozambique. What are their chances for a long, healthy life? In the Scandinavian country of the easily assemblable IKEA furniture and the most secure car in the world, life expectancy in 2015 reached 81.98 years, while in the South African Mozambique with 11.64 billion dollar in public debt and deep political insecurity, life expectancy in 2015 was only 52.94 years. In case one of the babies falls ill, the differences in their chances for getting to the doctor in time and receiving adequate treatment is also striking. In Sweden,...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 27, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Bertalan Mesko, MD, PhD Tags: Tech Mobile health Source Type: blogs
Where Do K-1 Visa Holders Come From?
Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were killed last week in a gun battle with police after they committed a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. Malik entered the U.S. on a K-1 visa, known as the fiancé visa, accompanied by Farook. Their attack is the first perpetrated by somebody on the K-1 visa - igniting a debate over increasing visa security. The government issued approximately 262,162 K-1 visas from 2005 to 2013 – 3177 or 1.21 percent of the total to Pakistani citizens. Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) SECURE Act identifies 34 countries as particularly terror-prone. There were 32,363 K-1 visa, 12.34 pe...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 7, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs
Protecting The Women’s Health Movement On A Global Scale
This article is part of a series of blog posts by leaders in health and health care who participated in Spotlight Health from June 25-28, the opening segment of the Aspen Ideas Festival. This year’s theme was Smart Solutions to the World’s Toughest Challenges. Stayed tuned for more. Recently, I took part in the second annual Spotlight Health at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which gathered an amazing audience and speakers from around the world to talk about the most pressing global health challenges and to propose innovative solutions for these issues. I had the pleasure to share panels and discussions with more than...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - September 14, 2015 Category: Health Management Authors: Estefania Palomino Tags: Equity and Disparities Featured Global Health Population Health Public Health Quality Abortion Aspen Ideas Festival Colombia Purvi Patel Reproductive Health Spotlight Health Women's Health Source Type: blogs