Scientists call for climate projections as part of more robust biodiversity conservation
(The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture) Research in the Peruvian Andes highlights critical climate threats to montane forests and urges for current conservation plans to take climate projections into account. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 16, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

In Peru, authorities allowed secret burials of virus victims
Herman Wong and dozens of other people were clandestinely buried almost a year ago in Iquitos, a city in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Variation in non-external and external causes of death in Peru in relation to the COVID-19 lockdown - Calderon-Anyosa RJC, Bilal U, Kaufman JS.
INTRODUCTION: Lockdowns are designed to slow COVID-19 transmission, but they may have unanticipated relationships with other aspects of public health. Assessing the overall pattern in population health as a country implements and relaxes a lockdown is rele... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Road traffic injuries and substance use among emergency department patients in the Dominican Republic and Peru - Cherpitel CJ, Witbrodt J, Ye Y, Monteiro MG, M álaga H, Báez J, Valdés MPL.
OBJECTIVE: To report demographic and substance use characteristics and risk of road traffic injury (RTI) from alcohol use, cannabis use, and combined use in a sample of emergency department patients from two countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Tracking how COVID-19 is changing life expectancy
As a demographer — someone who studies how human populations grow and change — UCLA professor of sociology Patrick Heuveline typically spends time each year traveling around the world, talking to people about their hopes for their families and their dreams for the future.“Demography is obviously all about numbers — but at its core, it’s about people’s lives,” he said.A big part of understanding demographics is understanding mortality, which is why in 2020 Heuveline ’s research took on a grim new reality. He began tracking worldwide COVID-19 deaths and interpreting what those ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 2, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Factors associated with frequent marijuana consumption in young people before admission to juvenile detention centers in Peru - Al-Kassab-C órdova A, Cornejo-Venegas G, Gacharna-Madrigal N, Baquedano-Rojas C, De La Borda-Prazak G, Mejia CR.
This study is relevant to policy makers because it expands the knowledge regarding drug use in vulnerable youth, allowing health authorities to reduce marijuana con... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

AstraZeneca used ‘outdated and potentially misleading data’ that overstated the effectiveness of its vaccine, independent panel says
The company and Oxford University had announced Monday that a clinical trial in the United States, Chile and Peru showed 79 percent efficacy. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

AstraZeneca ’s U.S. Study May Answer Some of the Lingering Questions About Its Vaccine
This study puts to bed any doubts that this isn’t a highly effective vaccine against COVID-19 disease and COVID-19 symptoms,” says Mene Pangalos, executive vice president for biopharmaceuticals research and development at AstraZeneca. AstraZeneca’s vaccine is based on technology developed by scientists at Oxford University’s Jenner Institute, and involves using a chimpanzee adenovirus modified so it cannot cause the cold infection it normally does. The chimp virus acts as a vehicle to deliver genes into the body, where it encodes the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein; cells then process the protein so the im...
Source: TIME: Health - March 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

AstraZeneca's COVID-19 Shot Completely Prevented Severe Disease
The vaccine was 79 percent effective at blocking symptomatic infections, according to data from a Phase 3 trial in the US, Chile, and Peru. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - March 22, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Dartmouth-led team awarded NASA grant to assess changes in biodiversity hotspot in Peru
(Dartmouth College) The Madre de Dios River watershed in southeastern Peru is a tropical biodiversity hotspot in the Amazon and home to uncontacted Indigenous peoples, which has come under threat in recent years due to an expansion in artisanal and small-scale gold mining. Through a NASA grant, researchers from Dartmouth, Wake Forest University and the Centro de Innovaci ó n Cient í fica Amaz ó nica (CINCIA), will use remotely sensed data to examine how gold mining has affected land cover in the region. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

As Peru Battles COVID-19, Tuberculosis Finds New Footing As Peru Battles COVID-19, Tuberculosis Finds New Footing
The resulting lack of diagnostic testing and inconsistent treatment is masking a rising tuberculosis caseload, doctors fear.Undark (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 9, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Demographic Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic: An Overview
One year after the pandemic was officially declared, the enormous demographic impact of the coronavirus is becoming increasingly evident as more data are compiled and analyzed. Credit: United Nations.By Joseph ChamieNEW YORK, Mar 2 2021 (IPS) The demographic impact of the coronavirus one year after being declared a pandemic on 11 March 2020 has been enormous. The picture that emerges is one of significant consequences on the levels and trends of the key components of demographic change: mortality, fertility and migration. In terms of mortality, the reported number of Covid-19 deaths worldwide is approaching 3 million, with...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joseph Chamie Tags: Global Headlines Health Population Source Type: news

CT adds fuels to debate over pharaoh's death in ancient Egypt
CT has offered fresh clues about the killing of a significant pharaoh who rule...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: 3D printing helps mummy speak from beyond the grave Phase-contrast CT captures microscopic details of mummy Micro-CT reveals hawk mummy is actually a human fetus CT, 3D printing bring Egyptian mummy back to life CT, MRI find atherosclerosis in mummy hearts Cincinnati Children's scans mummy from Peru NY museum uses CT to identify mummy's gender (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - March 1, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

500 well-connected people in Peru received Chinese vaccine ahead of essential workers
Around 500 politically-connected people in Peru received doses of the Chinese Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine last year before it was... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: World's Tropical Forests and People Imperiled By Legal Rollbacks Under Covid-19
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Mexico City -- Brazil, Indonesia, Colombia, Peru and DR Congo have weakened regulations to boost economic growth (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 19, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

20.5m years of life may have been lost to Covid across 81 countries, study finds
Data shows Covid has taken far greater toll than flu, to which it is often dismissively comparedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 20.5 million years of life may have been lost to the coronavirus pandemic in 81 countries of the world, according to a new study that exposes the fallacy that those who die would have soon done so even if they had not caught Covid-19.While Covid deaths are often compared dismissively to those from flu, which kills many elderly and frail individuals every year, the study shows the coronavirus has taken a significantly greater toll. In those countries that...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 18, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Tags: Coronavirus Health UK news World news Infectious diseases Science Society Peru Belgium Croatia South Korea Greece Americas Asia Pacific Europe Source Type: news

Epigenetic mechanisms allow native Peruvians to thrive at high altitudes
(SMBE journals (Molecular Biology and Evolution and Genome Biology and Evolution)) Scientists reveal the epigenetic mechanisms that enable humans to survive at extremely high altitudes in the Andes (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Gilmore receives funding for postdoctoral fellowship program
(George Mason University) Michael Gilmore, Associate Professor, School of Integrative Studies, received $40,334 from ACEER Foundation for the CHSS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.As part of this arrangement, the postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Brian Griffiths, will devote 25 percent of his time to teaching and will assume a 1:1 spring/fall load. The fellow also will co-lead at least one field course per academic year to the Peruvian Amazon with Gilmore, pending CDC travel guidelines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 5, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Violence at school and bullying in school environments in Peru: analysis of a virtual platform - Arhuis-Inca W, Ipanaqu é-Zapata M, Bazalar-Palacios J, Quevedo-Calderón N, Gaete J.
BACKGROUND: School violence and bullying are prevalent problems that affect health in general, especially through the development of emotional and behavioral problems, and can result in the deterioration of the academic performance of the student victim. T... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Impact of natural disasters on consumer behavior: case of the 2017 El Ni ño phenomenon in Peru - Alatrista-Salas H, Gauthier V, Nunez-Del-Prado M, Becker M.
El Ni ño is an extreme weather event featuring unusual warming of surface waters in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. This phenomenon is characterized by heavy rains and floods that negatively affect the economic activities of the impacted areas. Under... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson ’s COVID-19 Vaccine Results Are Better Than They May Sound
Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies announced on Jan. 29 that its one-shot COVID-19 vaccine is 66% effective in protecting against disease, but 85% effective against preventing severe disease—results that could make it especially valuable in the effort to vaccinate parts of the world with weak health care systems. By comparison, the vaccines already authorized in the U.S.—one from Moderna and one from Pfizer-BioNTech—each require two doses, spaced three to four weeks apart. Janssen’s vaccine can also be stored in normal refrigerators, unlike Moderna’s and Pfizer-BioN...
Source: TIME: Health - January 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Announces Single-Shot Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Met Primary Endpoints in Interim Analysis of its Phase 3 ENSEMBLE Trial
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., January 29, 2021 – Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) (the Company) today announced topline efficacy and safety data from the Phase 3 ENSEMBLE clinical trial, demonstrating that the investigational single-dose COVID-19 vaccine in development at its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies met all primary and key secondary endpoints. The topline safety and efficacy data are based on 43,783 participants accruing 468 symptomatic cases of COVID-19. The Phase 3 ENSEMBLE study is designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine candidate in protecting moderate to severe CO...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - January 29, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Our Company Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Announces Single-Shot Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Met Primary Endpoints in Interim Analysis of its Phase 3 ENSEMBLE Trial
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., January 29, 2021 – Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) (the Company) today announced topline efficacy and safety data from the Phase 3 ENSEMBLE clinical trial, demonstrating that the investigational single-dose COVID-19 vaccine in development at its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies met all primary and key secondary endpoints. The topline safety and efficacy data are based on 43,783 participants accruing 468 symptomatic cases of COVID-19. The Phase 3 ENSEMBLE study is designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine candidate in protecting moderate to severe COVID-19, wit...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - January 29, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Our Company Source Type: news

With All Eyes on Covid-19, Drug-Resistant Infections Crept In
The spread of other dangerous germs is surging — a result, in part, of the chaotic response to the pandemic. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matt Richtel Tags: Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns Drug Resistance (Microbial) Candida Auris (Fungus) Hygiene and Cleanliness Bacteria Nursing Homes Infections Hospitals Elder Care Fungi Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Peru Source Type: news

Maqsoda Maqsodi to Join IntraHealth as New Chief Program Officer
January 29, 2021IntraHealth International is thrilled to welcome Maqsoda Maqsodi as our new chief program officer, beginning February 1, 2021.As a member of the executive team, Maqsodi will lead IntraHealth’s Center for Program Delivery and Learning and oversee global health projects in more than 30 countries. She brings over 17 years of experience in project leadership and management, including in conflict and post-conflict settings. Maqsodi has worked in Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, India, Bolivia, and Peru.“I am so happy to be welcoming Maqsoda to our ...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Search for oxygen tank refills routine for Peruvians
A new routine has emerged for many of the residents of the densely populated city on the outskirts of Peru's capital (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Dengue —an Epidemic Within a Pandemic in Peru
International Year of Volunteers: A volunteer ombudsman in Peru helps a local woman with her problem, 2001. Credit: UN PhotoBy Carmen ArroyoUNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 2021 (IPS) While the world is grappling with the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Peru is still dealing with an epidemic that it has not been able to control—the mosquito-borne viral disease known as dengue. With almost 56,400 confirmed cases as of December, Peru is suffering the worst dengue epidemic since 2017, when the virus infected over 68,000 people. The illness, coupled with the novel coronavirus crisis, has left thousands of people exposed to m...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Carmen Arroyo Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food Security and Nutrition Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition F Source Type: news

Coronavirus Anxiety Scale: new psychometric evidence for the Spanish version based on CFA and IRT models in a Peruvian sample - Caycho-Rodr íguez T, Vilca LW, Carbajal-León C, White M, Vivanco-Vidal A, Saroli-Araníbar D, Peña-Calero BN, Moreta-Herrera R.
The aim of the study was to analyze the psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the Coronavirus Anxiety Scale (CAS), using Item Response Theory (IRT) and Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA). The participants were 790 Peruvians, selected through a ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Immigration, perceived discrimination and mental health: evidence from Venezuelan population living in Peru - Mougenot B, Amaya E, Mezones-Holgu ín E, Rodriguez-Morales AJ, Cabieses B.
BACKGROUND: The association between international migration and mental health is conditioned to several factors, and discrimination may play a significant role. Currently, Peru is one of the principal Venezuelan migrant-receiving countries in Latin Americ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Haunted by Forced Sterilizations, Peruvian Women Pin Hopes on Court Hearing Haunted by Forced Sterilizations, Peruvian Women Pin Hopes on Court Hearing
A 25-year legal battle by thousands of indigenous Peruvian women who say they were forcibly sterilized during a 1990s birth control drive will go before a judge on Monday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

The character of conflict: a bioarchaeological study of violence in the Nasca highlands of Peru during the Late Intermediate Period (950-1450 C.E.) - McCool WC, Tung TA, Coltrain JB, Accinelli Obando AJ, Kennett DJ.
This study uses osteological and radiocarbon datasets combined with formal quantitative analyses to test hypotheses concerning the character of conflict in the Nasca highlands during the Late Intermediate Period (LIP, 950-1450 C.E.). We devel... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Fear of crime examined through diversity of crime, social inequalities, and social capital: an empirical evaluation in Peru - Hern ández W, Dammert L, Kanashiro L.
Latin America is a violent region where fear of crime is well spread but still not fully understood. Using multilevel methods for a large and subnational representative household survey (N  = 271,022), we assess the determinants of fear of crime in Peru... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Hundreds of agricultural workers were maintaining a blockade of the key Pan-American Highway in the north of Peru on Thursday to protest...
(Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Peru announces mandatory 14 day quarantine in government facilities (if you don't have a home) for anyone entering the country,...
A través de un decreto supremo, el Ejecutivo señaló que la cuarentena la deberán cumplir los peruanos, extranjeros residentes en el Perú... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Global virus rules for Christmas: Tough, mild or none at all
In Peru, you can’t drive your car on Christmas (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Hope Thrives on Action
Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot WaitBy Yasmine SherifNEW YORK, Dec 23 2020 (IPS-Partners) As Mohammed, a Palestine refugee with impaired vision who attends a specialized UNRWA programme for children with disabilities, told us during our mission to Lebanon a week ago: “I was worried. I was worried that I could not continue my education because the programme was going to be cut. Now I have hope that I can continue to study and make my dream come true.” As 2020 comes to a close and we reflect on Education Cannot Wait’s mission this past year, two things stand out: hope and action. Amidst multipl...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Yasmine Sherif Tags: Education Health Humanitarian Emergencies Source Type: news

Showy orchids to scaly desert dwellers – Kew presents 'new' species
Botanists list plants newly discovered or named by scientists in 2020RBG Kew selects 10 of 156 species officially named this yearThe ugliest orchid in the world, a toadstool found at Heathrow airport, UK, and a potential food source from Peru, among showstoppers on listOrchids account for more than a third of the newly named speciesConcerns that several of these rare species, already threatened by habitat clearance, face extinctionContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 17, 2020 Category: Science Tags: Kew Gardens Plants Fungi Biology Conservation Environment Science Source Type: news

‘Ugliest orchid in the world’ among 2020's new plant discoveries
Kew Gardens botanists also named a new toadstool found at Heathrow airport and a bizarre scaly shrub from NamibiaThe “ugliest orchid in the world”, a toadstool discovered at Heathrow airport, and a bizarre scaly shrub have topped a list of new species named by scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and their collaborators in 2020.The researchers said the 156 new plants and fungi highlighted the amazing diversity of species that remain to be found, with the potential to provide new crops, medicines and gardener ’s favourites. One is amorning glory plant, whose sweet purple tubers are already eaten ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 17, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Damian Carrington Environment editor Tags: Plants Kew Gardens Environment Science Source Type: news

China's Sinopharm Covid vaccine: how effective is it and where will it be rolled out?
Trials have claimed 86% efficacy, but Peru has suspended tests because of ‘an adverse event’ and there is concern about lack of transparencyRead all our coronavirus coverage hereTrials in the United Arab Emirates have shown that China ’s Sinopharm vaccine has 86% efficacy. So what is the Chinese treatment, where is it being trialled and will it challenge the vaccines being developed in western countries?Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 14, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Helen Davidson Tags: Coronavirus China Science Peru United Arab Emirates Source Type: news

Peru halts trial of China Covid vaccine after patient suffers neurological problems
The government plans to roll out the vaccination process in the next three months (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus latest: Peru suspends trials of China’s Sinopharm vaccine after ‘adverse event’
(Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - December 14, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

China's Sinopharm vaccine: how effective is it and where will it be rolled out?
Trials have claimed 86% efficacy, but Peru has suspended tests because of ‘an adverse event’ and there is concern about lack of transparencyRead all our coronavirus coverage hereTrials in the United Arab Emirates have shown that China ’s Sinopharm vaccine has 86% efficacy. So what is the Chinese treatment, where is it being trialled and will it challenge the vaccines being developed in western countries?Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 14, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Helen Davidson Tags: Coronavirus China Science Peru United Arab Emirates Source Type: news

Contesting everyday violence: resilience pathways of gay and transgender youth in Peru - Suarez EB, Logie C, Arocha JF, S ánchez H, Shokirova T.
This study explored youth responses to violence in two cities: Lima and Ayacucho. We sou... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Heart Disease Is World's No. 1 Killer
China had the highest number of heart disease deaths last year, followed by India, Russia, the United States and Indonesia. Heart disease death rates were lowest in France, Peru and Japan, where rates were six times lower than in 1990. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mine ponds cause toxic mercury pollution in the Peruvian Amazon
In the past 35 years, there has been a 670% increase in the extent of pits in heavily mined watersheds. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Striking Peruvian workers temporarily erected new blockades on the Pan-American Highway on Saturday, a day after they had ended a...
Peru farmworkers block Pan-American Highway again in pay dispute (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Even the Pandemic Hasn ’t Made Public-Health Icon Paul Farmer Lose Hope
“Am I allowed to be a normal human and say, ‘How are you?'” asks Dr. Paul Farmer as soon as our Zoom call connects. It’s an apt introduction for a man who became a living legend in the global health world mostly by being a normal human who does extraordinary things–starting with co-founding the Boston-based nonprofit organization Partners in Health (PIH) in 1987, before graduating from Harvard Medical School. Since then, PIH and its global staff of 18,000 have helped strengthen health systems in the “clinical deserts” of Haiti, Rwanda, Peru, Russia and numerous other countries. PIH...
Source: TIME: Health - December 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Magazine Public Health Second click Source Type: news

Researchers explore population size, density in rise of centralized power in antiquity
(University of Maine) A University of Maine-led group of researchers developed Power Theory, a model emphasizing the role of demography in political centralization, and applied it to the shift in power dynamics in prehistoric northern coastal societies in Peru. To test the theory, the team created a summed probability distribution (SPD) from 755 radiocarbon dates from 10,000-1,000 B.P. Researchers found a correlation between the tenets of Power Theory and power structure changes in early Peruvian societies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Impact of COVID-19 lockdown policy on homicide, suicide, and motor vehicle deaths in Peru - Calderon-Anyosa RJC, Kaufman JS.
Although lockdown measures to stop COVID-19 have direct effects on disease transmission, their impact on violent and accidental deaths remains unknown. Our study aims to assess the early impact of COVID-19 lockdown on violent and accidental deaths in Peru.... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Mine ponds amplify mercury risks in Peru's Amazon
(Duke University) The proliferation of pits and ponds created in recent years by miners digging for gold in Peru's Amazon has altered the landscape and amplified the risk of mercury poisoning, a new study shows. In some watersheds, there's been a 670% increase in land area covered by abandoned mining pits that have filled in with water. Low-oxygen conditions in these ponds accelerate the conversion of submerged mercury, a leftover from the mining, into highly toxic methylmercury. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news