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Weapons of mass participation: social media, violence entrepreneurs, and the politics of crowdfunding for war -
This article focuses on two aspects of this phenomenon. First, I arg... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Patterns of civilian and child deaths due to war-related violence in Syria: a comparative analysis from the Violation Documentation Center dataset, 2011-16 - Guha-Sapir D, Schl üter B, Rodriguez-Llanes JM, Lillywhite L, Hicks MH.
We describe demographic, spatial, and temporal patterns of direct deaths of civilians and opposition combatants from conflict-related violence in 6 year... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Thanks, Mr President! Bloomberg Says Trump Pulling Out of Paris Agreement Has Been a ‘Rallying Cry’ for Green Lobby
More than six months after President Donald Trump announced he would pull the U.S. out of the global climate deal known as the Paris Agreement, about 50 world leaders, as well as major U.S. business executives and U.N. officials gathered in the French capital for a daylong climate summit, insisting that Trump’s decision had no impact—and indeed, might well have mobilized the rest of the world to unite on a key issue. “The fact that President Trump has a different view has been a rallying cry for the pro-environmentalists groups. And that has been very helpful,” former New York Mayor Michael Bloomber...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Vivienne Walt / Paris Tags: Uncategorized Environment France Source Type: news

Violence shuts schools, deprives children of medical care in Syria's East Ghouta, warns UNICEF
Five of the more than 130 children who require immediate medical evacuation have died as they could not access treatment they needed due to the continuing violence across Syria's eastern Ghouta, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported, adding that most schools are closed there. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - December 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Psychopathology and associated risk factors among forcibly displaced Syrian children and adolescents - Gormez V, K ılıç HN, Orengul AC, Demir MN, Demirlikan Ş, Demirbaş S, Babacan B, Kınık K, Semerci B.
This study investigates prevalence of psychopathology and associated risk factors in refugee children in Turkey. Of a total of 218 children aged 9-15 years,... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Nearly 1 in 4 civilians killed in Syria is a child, Lancet study says
Evidence that aerial bombing has killed more civilians — one quarter of them children — than opposition fighters in Syria has been published in one of the world's best known medical journals. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Rohingya Exodus Is a “Major Global Humanitarian Emergency”
IOM Director General William Lacy Swing (right) visits Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. Photo courtesy of IOMBy Naimul HaqDHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 5 2017 (IPS)In less than four months, over 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled brutal persecution in Myanmar to seek safety across the border in Bangladesh. They are now crowded into camps across a stretch of 30 kms in Cox’s Bazar, a southeastern coastal region of the small South Asian nation.The UN migration agency, International Organisation for Migration (IOM), has appealed to the international community for urgent funds. Over 344 million dollars was pledged recently...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Naimul Haq Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Projects Bangladesh humanitarian relief Inte Source Type: news

Grow your own: the race to create body parts in the lab
From replacement skin to entire new organs, regenerative medicine is finally leaving its early scandals – and the controversial ‘earmouse’ – behind. Could it one day provide a cure for birth defects, blindness and diabetes?Two years ago, Hassan ’s father was faced with questions that he had no good answers for. “Why do I have this disease?” his seven-year-old son asked him. “Why do I have to live this life?”Hassan was born with a rare genetic skin condition, called epidermolysis bullosa, that causes fragile, blistering skin. His first blister appeared when he was a week...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 5, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Tags: Medical research Health Doctors Society Stem cells Diabetes Biology Science Source Type: news

Twelve Countries Pledge to Protect Health Workers and Facilities in Conflict Areas
Aftermath of an attack on a health facility in Aleppo, Syria. Photo courtesy of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), a member of the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition.December 05, 2017IntraHealth International, as co-secretariat of theSafeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, applauds a newdeclaration by Franceand 11 other UN member states to take concrete actions to protect health workers in conflict areas around the world.Areport by the coalition documents attacks on health workers or facilities in 23 countries in conflict or political unrest last year. Health workers were arrested, assaulted, kidnapped, ...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbales Source Type: news

Syria: Residents Returning to Raqqa Face Booby Traps and Landmines
In ten days,  49 patients with blast injuries arrived at the MSF clinic in a neighborhood in eastern Raqqa.Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - November 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

Syria: Residents Returning to Raqqa Face Booby Traps and Landmines
Field newsSyria: Residents Returning to Raqqa Face Booby Traps and LandminesNovember 30, 2017Six weeks after Raqqa wasretaken from the  so-called Islamic State, former residents of the Syrian city and its surrounding areas are returning to find their homes in ruins and their streets and fields littered with the dangerous remnants of war, including booby traps, landmines, ammunition, and rockets. From November 19 to 28, 49 patients with blast injuries arrived at the M édecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) clinic in a neighborhood in eastern Raqqa. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - November 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

Syria: Bombing and Shelling in East Ghouta Overwhelm Medical Services
In the last two weeks MSF-supported facilities have received 24 mass casualties and treated over 500 wounded patients.  Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - November 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jess Brown Source Type: news

Syria: Bombing and Shelling in East Ghouta Overwhelm Medical Services
Press releaseSyria: Bombing and Shelling in East Ghouta Overwhelm Medical ServicesNovember 27, 2017Doctors Without Borders/M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls for urgent medical supplies and respect for International Humanitarian Law protecting medical facilities  (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - November 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jess Brown Source Type: news

Correlations and forecast of death tolls in the Syrian conflict - Fujita K, Shinomoto S, Rocha LEC.
The Syrian armed conflict has been ongoing since 2011 and has already caused thousands of deaths. The analysis of death tolls helps to understand the dynamics of the conflict and to better allocate resources and aid to the affected areas. In this article, ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

UN agency gravely concerned by lack of medical services in Syria ’ s eastern Ghouta
Despite escalating violence and increasing humanitarian needs, life-saving medicines, medical equipment, and surgical supplies are being prevented from entering eastern Ghouta in Syria and the plan to transfer critically ill patients to hospitals elsewhere has not been approved, the United Nations health agency has warned. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO gravely concerned by deteriorating situation in eastern Ghouta, Syrian Arab Republic
22 November 2017, Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic – Seven people have been killed and 42 people injured in Damascus city and surrounding areas in recent days. In eastern Ghouta, Rural Damascus, local health authorities report that during a 4-day period alone from 14 to 17 November, 84 people were killed, including 17 children and 6 women; and 659 people were injured, including 127 children and 87 women. During the same period, more than 200 surgical operations were conducted in eastern Ghouta’s overwhelmed and under-resourced hospitals. Despite escalating violence and increasing humanitarian needs, life-savin...
Source: WHO EMRO News - November 22, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Syria: car explosion strikes people fleeing fighting in northeast
Press releaseSYRIA: CAR EXPLOSION STRIKES PEOPLE FLEEING FIGHTING IN NORTHEASTNovember 20, 2017NOVEMBER 20, 2017 —A hospital supported by teams from Doctors Without Borders/M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in northeastern Syria received 52 patients after a car exploded near the city of al-Hasakah on November 17.The explosion killed and injured people as they fled fighting in Deir ez-Zor. Three of those who reached the MSF-supported hospital were in very critical condition, and other victims were likely unable to reach the hospital. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tim Shenk Source Type: news

Antibiotic resistance – tackling a danger of a different kind in the Syrian Arab Republic
Hanaya Raad is a Syrian pharmacist who has dedicated herself to spreading awareness on antibiotic resistance in her home country. A topic not covered in her out-dated university curriculum, Ms Raad first heard about antibiotic resistance after she graduated when it was mentioned in a practical course for pharmacists. On hearing about this mounting threat, Ms Raad and two of her fellow graduates Sarah Safadi and Nour Allahham took it upon themselves to take action. After digging further into the topic and educating themselves on the best course of action for pharmacists, Ms Raad and her colleagues approached the Syrian Phar...
Source: WHO Feature Stories - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: antimicrobial resistance [subject], Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Feature [doctype], Syrian Arab Republic [country] Source Type: news

Everyday Violence against Health Workers Takes a Toll —on Us All
November 20, 2017Attacks on health care range from catastrophic to casual. At what cost?During September in Syria, there were10 attacks on health care in 10 days. Air-to-surface missiles sought out and destroyed ambulances and hospitals and killed the people inside them.I follow the news. I ’d read thedevastating report by theSafeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition. So I knew that catastrophic attacks like this have escalated and that, in fact, 2016 was the worst year on record for such violence. War is a dangerous time for health workers and their clients, despite the Geneva Convention ’s ban on such cr...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Syria: “Nobody Cared About the Civilians” During Raqqa Offensive
Widespread devastation in Raqqa attests to the intensity of the fighting —and raises questions about the fate of the city’s residents.Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

Syria: “Nobody Cared About the Civilians” During Raqqa Offensive
Voice from the FieldSyria: “Nobody Cared About the Civilians” During Raqqa OffensiveNovember 15, 2017After a four-and-a-half –month offensive, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and an international coalition finally recaptured the city of Raqqa from the so-called Islamic State (IS). The widespread devastation in Raqqa attests to the intensity of the fighting and air strikes—and raises questions about the fate of the city’s residents, civilians who, from the start of the offensive, were trapped with no access to humanitarian aid. Here, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontiè...
Source: MSF News - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

Studying Medicine in Time of War Studying Medicine in Time of War
Few things are as challenging as studying to become a doctor in the middle of a war zone. Unfortunately, that is the current situation for medical students in Syria.Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Med Students Commentary Source Type: news

Aid Groups Sound Alarm on DRC Crisis
By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Nov 13 2017 (IPS)The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis and the international community must step in before it worsens, humanitarian agencies warn. The escalation of ethnic clashes in southeastern DRC in recent months has left millions displaced and on the verge of starvation.In the past year alone, the conflict has displaced nearly 2 million, 850,000 of whom are children and some of whom have fled to the neighboring nations of Angola and Zambia. DRC already had the highest number of new displacements in the world in 2016.Last month, the U...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Climate Change Crime & Justice Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Peace Religion TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Lab notes: skin makes me cry, plus a zombie supernova in the sky
In a world full of sad news and“harmless” radioactive clouds drifting over Europe, one piece this week stood as a beacon of hope, warmed the cockles of our hearts and mixed any other metaphor you ’d care to chuck in there. The story of scientists saving the life of a seven-year-old Syrian boy bygrowing a whole new skin for him was incredibly moving – and just plain incredible science-wise. That plus a“transformational” new prenatal DNA test that detects Down ’s, Edwards and Patau syndromes with 95% accuracy means that it’s been a pretty darn good week for medical research. An...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 10, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Tash Reith-Banks Tags: Science Source Type: news

Scientists grow replacement skin for boy suffering devastating genetic disorder
Seven-year-old boy suffering illness causing untreatable wounds over 80% of his body has had his skin replaced by new, genetically modified epidermisScientists have grown a replacement, genetically modified skin to cover almost the entire body of a seven-year-old Syrian boy who was suffering from a devastating genetic disorder.The treatment marks a rare and striking success for the field of regenerative medicine, which has been struggling to transform futuristic-sounding science into therapies that make a difference to patients. In the latest trial, the life of the young boy – whose illness had come close to killing ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 8, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Genetics Stem cells Medical research Science Biology Source Type: news

Refugees Lack Menstrual Supplies and Private, Safe Toilets Refugees Lack Menstrual Supplies and Private, Safe Toilets
Girls and women forced to flee their homes in Myanmar and Syria lack menstruation supplies and safe, private toilets, a new study finds.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Refugees lack menstrual supplies and private, safe toilets
(Reuters Health) - Girls and women forced to flee their homes in Myanmar and Syria lack menstruation supplies and safe, private toilets, a new study finds. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Satellite imagery reveals decline in ISIS oil production
(Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs) Oil production by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) steadily declined between 2014 and 2016, indicating that the group was financing itself in other ways, like taxation or extortion, according to a report issued by Princeton University and the World Bank. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

“Your voice is your weapon”: Taking on sexual harassment in Egypt
CAIRO, Egypt –“Your fear is controlling you,” instructor Amany Abdel-Aal told a roomful of women at a Wen-Do self-defence class, held in a cheerfully painted youth centre on the outskirts of Cairo.The students – most of them Syrian refugees – nodded in agreement.“Sometimes I want to do something but I can’t,” one woman admitted.Their fears are well founded. Most of Ms. Abdel-Aal ’s students have experienced sexual harassment. And they are not alone. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Syria: Responding to Humanitarian Needs in the Wake of the Raqqa Offensive
Field newsSyria: Responding to Humanitarian Needs in the Wake of the Raqqa OffensiveOctober 25, 2017The offensive on Raqqa that started in June 2016 ended on October 17 when the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supported by the international coalition, took control of the city, which has been cleared of fighters from the Islamic State (IS) group. However, the end of the battle in Raqqa doesn ’t mean that the war in this part of Syria is over—or that people in the region are no longer suffering. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - October 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

Syria: UN health agency steps up services for thousands of people in Raqqa
The United Nations health agency is stepping up the delivery of medicines and medical supplies to thousands of people in newly accessible areas of Raqqa. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Let ’s Harness the Egalitarian Spirit of Sport for Global Cohesion
Football match to raise awareness on environmental issues in Watamu, Kenya jointly organized by UNESCO, UN Environment and UN Information Center. Credit: @UNESCOBy Ann Therese Ndong Jatta and Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 24 2017 (IPS)24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948.In his message to the world the UN Secretary General, Mr Antonio Guterres remarked, “When we achieve human rights and human dignity for all people – they will build a peaceful, sustainable and just world”. Sport has proven to be a cost-effective and flexible tool in promoting peace and development obje...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ann Therese Ndong Jatta and Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Aid Democracy Education Gender Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Peace Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

PHR Condemns Russian Veto on Syria Chemical Weapons Investigation
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today condemned Russia ’s veto of a draft United Nations Security Council resolution extending the mandate of an investigative group looking into multiple chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The Joint Investigative Mechanism, established by the Council to look into who committed those attacks, is scheduled to release a r eport this week on the chemical attack that killed dozens of people in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - October 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ian Robinson obituary
Agricultural consultant who developed a system for rapidly assessing the quality of crops that could be used to warn experts of impending food crisesIan Robinson, who has died aged 72, helped to improve the lives of millions of people across the world with his work on monitoring crops and livestock in developing countries and conflict zones. In particular he developed a scoring system for rapidly assessing the quality and quantity of crops and farm animals, which could then be used to alert UN experts and aid organisations to impending food crises.Apart from the creation of such pioneering systems, Ian ’s life as an ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 23, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ken Booth Tags: Agriculture Africa Famine Farming United Nations Technology Wales Aberystwyth University Global development Source Type: news

ROTARY International argues that vaccine-derived polio, caused by polio vaccines, is somehow caused by NOT ENOUGH children being vaccinated
(Natural News) In a superior example of the circular “logic” of mainstream medicine, Rotary International has announced that a recent polio outbreak in Syria, caused by the polio vaccine itself, could have been averted if more kids had been vaccinated. That’s right: The polio vaccine is giving kids polio, so we should be sure to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gambia:3 Syrian Doctors Resident At AU Villa Fly Home
[Foroyaa] Three International doctors from Syria, have flown back to their country few weeks ago. This information was disclosed to this medium by their fellow Syrian doctor who preferred anonymity. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 23, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

More Than 130,000 Vaccine Doses Reportedly Destroyed In Syria After Attack
If confirmed, thousands of children are now at risk for deadly diseases. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How our visual memories are made | Mark Cousins
Meeting a young Syrian refugee inspires Mark Cousins to imagine how different our defining images can beWe have work lives and love lives, but we also have looking lives. If we ’re lucky enough to have eyesight, an inner photo album accrues throughout our lives. On its pages are the sunsets we’ve seen, the dead bodies, and many other defining images – these are the visual shocks and pleasures which help us understand and read emotion.In a refugee camp in Calais last year, I played football with a young teenage boy from Syria. We had no common language, but we had a laugh as we played. Afterwards I wondere...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 15, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Mark Cousins Tags: Memory Life and style Psychology Science Health & wellbeing Source Type: news

WHO says attack on Syria vaccine store leaves children at risk
LONDON (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Friday it had received reports of an attack on medical facilities in eastern Syria that had destroyed a store containing more than 130,000 vaccine doses against measles and polio. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Attack on vaccines sets back immunization efforts in eastern Syrian Arab Republic
The World Health Organization has received reports of an attack on medical facilities in eastern Syria that has destroyed the only vaccines cold room in al-Mayadeen district, Deir Ezzor Governorate. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, vaccines [subject], vaccine, vaccine safety, vaccine quality, Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Press release [doctype], Syrian Arab Republic [country] Source Type: news

Putin Welcomes Saudi Arabia Into His Middle East Sphere of Influence
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman arrived in Moscow on Wednesday in the first-ever official visit by a Saudi monarch to Russia, in a mission that signals an expanding Russian role in the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East as the Syrian civil war approaches an endgame. The king’s visit to Moscow would have been unthinkable just two years ago, when Russia intervened in the Syrian conflict on the side of President Bashar Assad. Russian airpower helped turn the tide of the war, supporting Assad’s troops as they moved to crush an armed insurrection that raged since 2011. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states side...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jared Malsin / Istanbul Tags: Uncategorized russia Saudi Arabia Source Type: news

Against All the Odds, Syria ’s National Soccer Team Is Close to Qualifying for the World Cup
As its cities lay in ruins and millions of its citizens continue to suffer the horrors of a vicious civil war, Syria has its eyes on a bright and unexpected goal this week: a long-sought World Cup spot. An underdog Syrian squad, ranked 75th in the world, has claimed credible draws with regional heavyweights like South Korea and Iran and beaten the likes of China, Qatar, and Uzbekistan to clinch a runners-up place and a chance to qualify for the first time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. They just have a few games standing in their way. “The important thing is that the team is determined to try and qualify for...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eli Meixler Tags: Uncategorized onetime Soccer Sports Syria World World Cup Source Type: news