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Public Health Dialogue: are we ready to tackle inequality?

Public Health Dialogue: are we ready to tackle inequality? | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
For many working in the public health sector, reducing inequalities is their raison d'etre. As April draws closer, there is both excitement and anxiety about the future of public health. Are we ready to tackle public health inequalities?
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Strong Girl tactics: One campaign song aims to strike a blow for women

Strong Girl tactics: One campaign song aims to strike a blow for women | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

Malala Yousafzai among high-profile supporters of all-African track designed to promote focus on women and girls in sustainable development targets. 

Nine female musicians from seven African countries have come together on a new song calling for women and girls to be central to the fight against poverty.

In a shift from previous anti-poverty music campaigns that have been criticisedfor ignoring African musicians and misrepresenting the continent, the video from the One campaign features an all African-cast of some of the continent’s brightest stars.

The song, called Strong Girl, features Victoria Kimani, from Kenya, Vanessa Mdee, from Tanzania, Arielle T, from Gabon, Gabriela, from Mozambique, Judith Sephuma, from South Africa, Waje, from Nigeria, Selmor Mtukudzi, from Zimbabwe, Yemi Alade, from Nigeria and 14-year-old South African rapper called Blessing.

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Sanità a rischio crash: urgenza ‘digitale’ per salvare la nave

Sanità a rischio crash: urgenza ‘digitale’ per salvare la nave | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Presentato oggi a Roma alla presenza del ministro Beatrice Lorenzin il libro ‘La tempesta perfetta? Il possibile naufragio del servizio sanitario nazionale: come salvarlo?’
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How Doctors Deliver Bad News

How Doctors Deliver Bad News | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Doctors are trying new ways of solving an old problem—how to tell patients they aren’t going to get well.

The doctor in the grainy video is standing up, shifting uncomfortably as he spouts medical jargon that members of his patient’s family don’t understand.

When the reality sets in—that their father and husband is dead—the family’s intense emotions fluster the doctor. He awkwardly suggests an autopsy before rushing away to respond to his chirping beeper.

It is a low-budget training video that Andrew Epstein, a medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, uses often as he teaches medical students the art of breaking bad news.

   
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Inactivity Tracker: a tracker that will reward you for doing absolutely nothing.

Inactivity Tracker: a tracker that will reward you for doing absolutely nothing. | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

You've heard of the FitBit and other trackers that promote exercise and activity. Now there's a tracker that will reward you for doing absolutely nothing.

Kmart is tapping into the fitness tracker trend with an "inactivity tracker" meant to promote the retailer's Joe Boxer pajama brand.

Like the FitBit, the Inactivity Tracker connects to a mobile app, available on iOS and Android. Unlike other trackers, the app rewards users for laziness, or what it calls "chill time," rather than fitness, allowing them to reach levels like "Couch Commander," "Cryogenic" and "You Rock!" So people can feel better about binge watching Netflix's "Daredevil" and lounging on the couch instead of enjoying the sunny spring weather.

The effort, created by FCB in Chicago, puts Joe Boxer in the spotlight during a usually quiet season for the brand, which is known primarily for quirky holiday spots like "Show Your Joe."

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Marketing des influenceurs

Marketing des influenceurs | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Influenceur, influencer est un individu qui par son statut, son exposition médiatique peut influencer les comportement de consommation dans un univers donné

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Doctors may be missing many cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia in women

Doctors may be missing many cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia in women | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

Doctors may be failing to detect large numbers of gonorrhea and chlamydia infections in women if they don't test patients' throats and rectums for the sexually transmitted diseases, researchers at Johns Hopkins University report.

Current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call for rectal and pharyngeal screening for the two infections only in HIV-infected men (and men at risk for HIV) who have sex with other men. But when the researchers looked at the health records of 4,402 women at two Baltimore clinics for sexually-transmitted diseases, they found that large numbers of cases would have been missed if "extragenital testing" had not been conducted.

All the women (as well as nearly 6,000 men in the study) had reported extragenital exposure during sex. The researchers determined that 30.3 percent of gonorrhea infections and 13.8 percent of chlamydia cases would have been missed if the tests hadn't been performed.


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Entreprise. Ces sociétés qui cultivent le bien-être au travail

Entreprise. Ces sociétés qui cultivent le bien-être au travail | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
La notion de « bien-être au travail », c'est vraiment une nouveauté ? Les suicides au techno-centre Renault ou chez France Télécom ont été un choc. Ce qui est touché là, c'est une « économie de la connaissance », censée ne pas user la santé.

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Philippe-Didier Gauthier's curator insight, May 9, 2:09 PM

#DémarchePortfolio  Une démarche simplement citoyenne. 

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Il y en a qui le mettent en oeuvre...et ca marche souvent en termes de motivation!

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How Top-Ranked Companies Develop Leaders

How Top-Ranked Companies Develop Leaders | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
The most profitable companies know the CEO plays a critical role in whether leadership development affects the business.  Today's business environment requires dramatically different capabilities than traditional disciplines. Quality, service and innovation are no longer competitive advantages, they are minimum requirements. Unpredictable, globalized competitive forces, game-changing technology innovations and the speed of change itself create powerful and often conflicting pressures for business and its leaders. But it is the CEO who bears the ultimate responsibility for guiding an organization to long-term success.

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Claude Emond's curator insight, May 10, 8:44 AM

good discussion of the generational issues in developing leaders

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Home - Women in the States

Home - Women in the States | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
The Status of Women in the States provides data on women’s progress in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States overall.The data can be used to raise awareness, improve policies, and promote women’s equality. Explore the data here!
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Making Prevention a Priority for Our Future - Huffington Post

Making Prevention a Priority for Our Future - Huffington Post | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
If prevention were a national priority, how would our lives change? That question is followed by another one, which is: What will happen 10 years from now in terms of the health of Americans?

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Six alarming health trends every woman needs to know

Six alarming health trends every woman needs to know | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

Researchers at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research recently crunched nearly two decades worth of national data to gauge female wellness across the country -- and uncovered a roster of disturbing health trends.

While certain indicators have generally improved in recent years -- national mortality rates from heart disease and breast cancer have dipped, for example -- several others show a need for prompt attention, said Cynthia Hess, study director at IWPR.

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Online communities can be an effective channel for health

Online communities can be an effective channel for health | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
According the Journal of Medical Internet Research “Online communities can be an effective channel for caregivers, especially women, to seek and offer information required for managing clubfoot-related uncertainty. To enhance communication with parents, health care institutions may need to invest additional resources in user-friendly online information sources and online interactions with caregivers of children with special illnesses such as clubfoot. Furthermore, explorations of information-seeking and information-provision behaviors in online communities can provide valuable data for interdisciplinary health research and practice.” So why are pharma marketers continuing to ignore the needs of online health seekers ?

According to recent research “nearly 80% of respondents participate in online groups to help others by sharing information and experiences. 41% participate in groups to be seen as someone knowledgeable. Only a relatively small percentage use networks and community to persuade others to adopt their point of view or buy a product of service. It has long been known in the community world that community is no place for a vendor booth – it is for the exchange of ideas and not the waving of sales flags. This is especially true as patients become consumers of healthcare and explore treatment options and costs. In short health portals and drug.com websites are part of the information gathering but online communities can provide real value to patients as they share experiences.

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A note to administrators and librarians: Those that fund research are responsible for funding its dissemination.

A note to administrators and librarians: Those that fund research are responsible for funding its dissemination. | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Only when the bulk of research comes with funds to pay author-side fees will publishers feel comfortable moving to new open business models. But who should be responsible for paying these new autho...
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“La banalité de Heidegger” Jean-Luc Nancy, 2014 - YouTube

“Die Banalität Heideggers” – Enregistrement audio (en français) d'une conférence donnée par Jean-Luc Nancy au Martin-Heidegger-Institut (Bergische Universitä...

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A blood test for early detection of breast cancer metastasis

A blood test for early detection of breast cancer metastasis | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

 "Research findings from Lund University in Sweden now provide new hope for a way of detecting metastases significantly earlier than is currently possible.

 The chances of being cured of breast cancer have increased in recent decades, however if the tumour has metastasised, the disease remains essentially incurable. One reason for this could be that the metastases are detected late, after they have grown enough to cause symptoms or be seen on a radiological scan. If they could be found sooner, it might be possible to treat the new tumours. Research findings from Lund University in Sweden now provide new hope for a way of detecting metastases significantly earlier than is currently possible.

The discovery was made by a research team led by Lao Saal, M.D. Ph.D, and is based on what is known as cell-free circulating DNA – small fragments of genetic material from different cells which circulate in the blood. It is normal to have low amounts of such DNA material in the blood, but in the case of diseases such as cancer, these amounts can increase. Furthermore, in cancer patients, the circulating DNA contains the genetic mutations which are specific to the tumor.

 Lao Saal and his colleagues used previously gathered material from a breast cancer study which has been underway in Lund since 2002. The material contained samples from surgically removed tumours from patients with non-metastatic disease as well as blood samples taken from the patients at regular intervals during the years in which they were followed up.

The tumour samples contained many genetic changes, which constituted a "fingerprint" specific to each tumour. Researchers then looked in the blood samples for circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) with the same fingerprint. Although the study is fairly small – it is based on material from only 20 women –the results are striking."


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Susan Zager's curator insight, May 18, 12:55 PM

To see the full research article published in Embo press go to: http://embomolmed.embopress.org/content/early/2015/05/12/emmm.201404913


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Stigma as a barrier to mental health care - PsyPost

Stigma as a barrier to mental health care - PsyPost | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Over 60 million Americans are thought to experience mental illness in a given year, and the impacts of mental illness are undoubtedly felt by millions more ...
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Superfici ed essenze. L'analogia come cuore pulsante del pensiero - Douglas R. Hofstadter, Emmanuel Sander,

Superfici ed essenze. L'analogia come cuore pulsante del pensiero - Douglas R. Hofstadter, Emmanuel Sander, | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Ci troviamo tutti sempre alle prese con una massa vorticosa di sensazioni: una superficie caotica in cui il cervello deve districarsi e provare a individuare l'essenza di quello che sta succedendo. Ma come fa? Alla base della nostra attività mentale non c'è il ragionamento logico ma uno strumento cognitivo più raffinato: l'analogia, ovvero la percezione, spesso inconsapevole, di similarità profonde tra ciò che succede adesso e ricordi o concetti familiari immagazzinati chissà dove o come nel nostro cervello. Con una serie di esempi che spaziano dalle osservazioni ingenue ma talvolta geniali dei bambini al progresso imprevedibile della scienza (come la lenta sfilata di sottili analogie che hanno guidato Einstein alla comprensione completa della formula E = mc2), dagli errori del discorso, pervasivi ma raramente notati, all'incanto poco apprezzato della traduzione letteraria, Hofstadter e Sander portano al massimo grado la loro capacità di immergersi nell'articolata complessità del sapere. Il risultato è questa nuova visione dell'analogia come cuore del pensiero, presentata in un'opera destinata, come l'ormai leggendario "Gödel, Escher, Bach", a lasciare una traccia importante nella saggistica mondiale.
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The Leadership Paradox

The Leadership Paradox | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Leadership development plans should include opportunities unique to a specific leadership role’s requirements and address competencies relating to risk factors. Identifying companies good at developing leaders is an old research topic, but competitive rankings don’t offer insight into what causes success and failure. This void led management and sales research firm Chally Group Worldwide to launch the Global Leadership Research Project in 2010 to shed light on companies’ leadership development efforts and substantiate the return on investment winning organizations provide for their shareholders and employees.
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Economic inequality is bad for our health | Toronto Star

Economic inequality is bad for our health | Toronto Star | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
A new study confirms what experts have long known: improving the health of Torontonians must begin with fighting poverty. 

The powerful relationship between poverty and health has been documented for nearly two centuries. We have long known that a person’s economic position is the strongest predictor of their health status. Being poor means dying sooner and dying sicker.

Toronto Public Health report released earlier this week concludes that poverty is literally imprinting itself on the lives of Torontonians. The findings presented in the report are grim. Over the past decade, health inequalities between the rich and the poor have persisted. In some cases, they have grown wider. In other words, opportunities to be healthy in the city of Toronto remain as unequally distributed as ever. The report rightfully attributes these inequalities to the social determinants of health — a term that refers to a diverse range of factors including income, education, employment and housing.

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Petition: Fibromyalgia is a real Illness with no cure.

Petition: Fibromyalgia is a real Illness with no cure. | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Please sign to raise awareness of condition known as Fibromyalgia, a life-changing illness for which there is no cure (59315 signatures on petition)

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Stiglitz: Inequality Is Not Inevitable. The Great Divide - NYTimes.com

Stiglitz: Inequality Is Not Inevitable. The Great Divide - NYTimes.com | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Our current brand of capitalism is an ersatz capitalism. For proof of this go back to our response to the Great Recession, where we socialized losses, even as we privatized gains. Perfect competition should drive profits to zero, at least theoretically, but we have monopolies and oligopolies making persistently high profits. C.E.O.s enjoy incomes that are on average 295 times that of the typical worker, a much higher ratio than in the past, without any evidence of a proportionate increase in productivity.

If it is not the inexorable laws of economics that have led to America’s great divide, what is it? The straightforward answer: our policies and our politics.

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How companies decide whether to give experimental drugs to dying patients

How companies decide whether to give experimental drugs to dying patients | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Joshua Hardy, an 8-year-old from Fredericksburg, Va., came very close to dying last March. He was battling a life-threatening infection that he developed after receiving a bone marrow stem cell transplant when his doctors recommended he try a medicine called Brincidofovir, then in the final phase of clinical trials.
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A horrifying reminder of what life without vaccines was really like

A horrifying reminder of what life without vaccines was really like | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

1955 --- A patient suffering from infantile paralysis reads a comic book attached to the rim of his iron lung. The iron lung maintains breathing for the patient by operating his lungs.

The patient is placed on the sliding bed, shoved into the cabinet and the shield tightly locked. A rubber collar, which fits so snugly that almost no air can pass, is adjusted about the patient's neck. A switch is turned, and the cabinet begins its work.”

This is how a 1930 article in “Popular Mechanics” described an “an artificial lung on wheels.” Better known as a tank respirator or iron lung, the machine pictured above was once a cutting-edge and living saving treatment for victims of polio. And it is a chilling reminder of what life without vaccines looked like -- and why we should worry about efforts to prevent kids from getting the shots that protect them, and other children, from diseases like measles.

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Scott Gibboney's curator insight, May 10, 1:08 AM

Let me always count my blessing and how rich with good health I really am.

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The death of the statistician

The death of the statistician | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
And the rise of the data scientist. These pictures speak better than words. They represent keyword popularity according to Google. These numbers and charts are…
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