See also: Battling Infectious Diseases in the 20th Century: The Impact of Vaccines (free – classic 2015 page with interesting infographics) (RT @stefaniei)
This 29 open access articles are part of a special supplement published in Vaccine to address the challenges of Immunization Supply Chains.
Source: BMJ News ($)
“For every £1 invested in public health, £14 will subsequently be returned to the wider health and social care economy”. Based on the findings, the authors suggest that cuts to public health services are short sighted and represent a false economy, with substantial opportunity costs.
More commentaries on academic writing and the importance of making research understandable to all: ‘It’s time to make sure research is understandable to all’ – The Telegraph (free) AND Scientific language is becoming more informal – Nature (free)
See also: Why Were There Fewer Microcephaly Cases from Zika Last Year? – STAT (free)
Source: Global Health NOW Newsletter
In Brazil, there were many fewer cases of microcephaly than expected in 2016. The researchers are trying to find an explanation.
Source: STAT Newsletter
See also: WHO’s work on patient safety (free) AND WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication Safety (free) AND WHO Educational materials for medication safety (free)
See also: ACP: Stop Saddling Docs With Administrative Tasks – MedPage Today (free registration required)
“It’s time for all those involved in the healthcare industry to reevaluate and reduce the administrative task burden placed on clinicians” (from MedPage commentary above).
“In some trials, “deep learning” systems have outperformed human experts.”
Source: Global Health Now Newsletter
Very interesting read…
See also: Open science: The findings of medical research are disseminated too slowly – That is about to change – The Economist (free) AND Cooming Soom: Gates Open Research – Bill and Melinda Gates foundation (free) AND Gates Foundation joins shift towards open access platforms – Times Higher Education (free) AND Gates Open Research: the journey continues – F1000 Blog (free)
Another victory for open science.
Link to original article abstract ($ required for full-text): Direct-To-Consumer Telehealth May Increase Access to Care But Does Not Decrease Spending – Health Affairs
Costs have increased in this study because 88 percent of telehealth visits represented people who would not have gone to a doctor otherwise.
Going Under the Knife, With Eyes and Ears Wide Open – New York Times (free access to 10 articles per month)
“More and more surgeries are being performed with the patient awake and looking on, for financial and medical reasons”.
#WorldTBDay, 24 March 2017 – Highlights from Today’s Campaigns and Resources
1 – #WorldTBDay – World Health Organization Campaign (free)
See also: WHO’s work on TB (free)
News Release: WHO issues ethics guidance to protect rights of TB patients (free)
See also: Implementing the end TB strategy: the essentials (free)
5 #WorldTBDay – WHO treatment guidelines for drug-resistant tuberculosis (2016 update) – World Health Organization (free)
See also: WHO resources on drug-resistant tuberculosis (free)
7 – #WorldTBDay – The epidemiology, pathogenesis, transmission, diagnosis, and management of multidrug-resistant, extensively drug-resistant, and incurable tuberculosis – The Lancet Respiratory Medicine (free registration required)
“Rise of multi-drug resistant strains of tuberculosis could derail global efforts to eradicate the disease, according to a new report”
Editorial: Alcohol and cardiovascular disease (free)
See also: Alcohol and the Heart: Moderation Still Best – Generally higher risks seen with no or heavy drinking – MedPage Today (free registration required)
*Very interesting, but do we want to know?*
#WorldWaterDay (22 March 2017): Guidelines for drinking-water quality 2017 – World Health Organization (free)
See also: Drinking Water Fact Sheet – World Health Organization (free) AND Water sanitation hygiene – WHO Programme (free) AND World Water Day 2017 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (free)
Contradicting evidence from previous observational studies, dairy consumption was not associated with lower blood pressure.