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Let's treat violence like a contagious disease

Let's treat violence like a contagious disease | Public Health for undergraduate medical students | Scoop.it
Physician Gary Slutkin spent a decade fighting tuberculosis, cholera and AIDS epidemics in Africa. When he returned to the United States, he thought he'd escape brutal epidemic deaths. But then he began to look more carefully at gun violence, noting that its spread followed the patterns of infectious diseases. A mind-flipping look at a problem that too many communities have accepted as a given. We've reversed the impact of so many diseases, says Slutkin, and we can do the same with violence. (Filmed at TEDMED.)
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Zika virus pregnancy case confirmed in Spain - first in Europe - BBC News

Zika virus pregnancy case confirmed in Spain - first in Europe - BBC News | Public Health for undergraduate medical students | Scoop.it
Spain confirms that a pregnant woman has been diagnosed with the Zika virus - the first such case in Europe.
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Male suicide is a public health crisis – why are we still ignoring it?

Male suicide is a public health crisis – why are we still ignoring it? | Public Health for undergraduate medical students | Scoop.it
“Things like that don’t happen to people like me”. That’s what I’d told myself for years. What did I have to be depressed about? Nothing at all, actually, but that isn’t the way it works. There’s nothing to make you reconsider your assumptions quite like sitting in a room with someone you’ve never met while they ask you to rank your suicidal feelings on a scale of one to 10. I doubt I’ll ever forget what the doctor told me, or the way he said it. “Please don’t spend too much time by yourself, that would be a risk”, as if he was telling me not to drink too many fizzy drinks.
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UK child death rate: a scandal with a clear link to poverty

UK child death rate: a scandal with a clear link to poverty | Public Health for undergraduate medical students | Scoop.it
Nearly five in every thousand babies born in Britain will not live to their fifth birthday, and experts say inequality is to blame
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The UK does particularly badly on under-five mortality; there is one outstanding link factor: deaths rise with socio-economic deprivation.

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A Milestone in Africa: No Polio Cases in a Year

A Milestone in Africa: No Polio Cases in a Year | Public Health for undergraduate medical students | Scoop.it
Health experts are quietly celebrating, while remaining on guard for a possible resurgence of a formerly widespread disease.
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Cautious optimism...

Question for students: There have been no cases for a year. Why Africa be declared polio-free yet? Read this article to find out.

 

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Imperial Festival 2015: SARS and H1N1 – how do pandemics spread so quickly? with Harriet Mills

The Black Death took three years to infect Europe, whereas 2009's swine flu pandemic crossed the world in three months. In our highly connected world, the ...
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Interesting video capture of a full length lecture covering the spread of communicable diseases and emerging infections.

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PUBLIC HEALTH: Scientists tackle the 'difficult problem' of how warming spreads Lyme disease

PUBLIC HEALTH: Scientists tackle the 'difficult problem' of how warming spreads Lyme disease | Public Health for undergraduate medical students | Scoop.it
Climate change is increasing not only the range in which Lyme disease-carrying ticks can survive -- ticks are moving into warming Canada and other northern locations -- but the amount of time in which ticks can feed, according to a recent study...

Via SustainOurEarth
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Health effects of climate change - making the uncommon common!

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WHO on Twitter

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Dr Chan: Universal health coverage single most powerful concept that public health has to offer #HealthforAll pic.twitter.com/BRW085CIJo
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Public Health has made so many attempts at reducing health inequalities and differential access to health care with mixed results. Here (Universal Health Coverage) is one measure that could really help to push the Health for All  agenda - is it too much to ask???

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BMJ Blogs: The BMJ » Blog Archive » Anand Bhopal: Alcohol in society—the search for nuance in a fractious debate

BMJ Blogs: The BMJ » Blog Archive » Anand Bhopal: Alcohol in society—the search for nuance in a fractious debate | Public Health for undergraduate medical students | Scoop.it
Alcohol is a historical part of British culture, and pubs remain central to communities across the country. Yet the same liquor is also responsible for filling A&E departments; absorbing police time; and adversely affecting millions through dependency, addiction, social problems, and disease.
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Minimal alcohol pricing legislation, even though backed by compelling evidence, has been shelved in favour of a ban on below cost selling leaving the medical profession to deal with the resulting problem.

Undergraduate and postgraduate medical education curricula require public health to be recognised as core to the modern doctor’s duties in order to address the societal problems caused by excessive alcohol consumption. 

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Willingness to Pay for Public Health Policies to Treat Illnesses

JHE: http://t.co/40MnxueqjE Willingness to Pay for Public Health Policies to Treat Illnesses
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This study has explored a number of patterns in popular support, and thus willingness to pay, for publicly funded health care policies—a topic of considerable relevance in this era of debate over health care reform. The authors identified a considerable aversion, in the general population, to the prospect of “paying for socialized medicine.” The massive influence of self-interest in willingness to pay

for alternative policies is also consistent with observed patterns of support for publicly versus privately provided health care in current healthcare debates.

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As Asian Cities Grow, so Do Public Health Concerns

As Asian Cities Grow, so Do Public Health Concerns | Public Health for undergraduate medical students | Scoop.it
Smoking, junk food, and and alcohol use are wreaking havoc among poor migrants in Asian capitals.

Via Flora Moon
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Benefits of urbanization: Increased access to education, health services, electricity, water (even if often of dubious quality), income-earning opportunities, and the sense of being at the social center of things...

But in addition to focusing on providing basic services, decent and safe housing, and transportation infrastructure, planners and policymakers need to add PUBLIC HEALTH to the list!

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Visualised: how Ebola compares to other infectious diseases

Visualised: how Ebola compares to other infectious diseases | Public Health for undergraduate medical students | Scoop.it
David McCandless visualises how the deadliness and infectiousness of Ebola compares to other pathogens
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This is a great visual (see the graph within the article) which puts Ebola and other communicable diseases into context really nicely!

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UK Faculty of Public Health :: FPH Student Associates

If you are enrolled on a higher education course then you can become a Student Associate of FPH for only £25.
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Studying public health and have an interest in developing your career

By joining FPH as a student associate you'll be able to connect to the professional home of public health and will be kept informed of FPH work as they support your professional development and campaign on public health issues.You'll also gain opportunities to participate in this work through specialist networks and events.

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Rubella screening to end in England - BBC News

Rubella screening to end in England - BBC News | Public Health for undergraduate medical students | Scoop.it
Pregnant women will no longer have rubella screening in England, officials announce.
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National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse - Joint Strategic Needs Assessment support

National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse - Joint Strategic Needs Assessment support | Public Health for undergraduate medical students | Scoop.it
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Support packs for prevention and treatment of substance misuse, and smoking.

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Antibiotic prescribing is higher in deprived areas of England

Antibiotic prescribing is higher in deprived areas of England | Public Health for undergraduate medical students | Scoop.it
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Teaching Med Students About Health Disparities Builds Their Confidence | Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Teaching Med Students About Health Disparities Builds Their Confidence | Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Public Health for undergraduate medical students | Scoop.it
Albert Einstein College of Medicine offers a course that teaches medical students how to manage their implicit bias and address health disparities.
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'Social Determinants of Health' and 'Inequalities in Health' - terms every medical student should know and understand well...

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Public Transportation Improves Public Health

Public Transportation Improves Public Health | Public Health for undergraduate medical students | Scoop.it
A growing number of academic studies indicate that there is a strong correlation between the use of public transportation and physical well-being.

Via UnderstandingSociety
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Regular use of public transport improves health because of the increases in physical activity such as walking or cycling to bus stops and train stations... Time to take a look at how you travel to Uni or work???

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How pandemics spread - Mark Honigsbaum - YouTube

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-pandemics-spread In our increasingly globalized world, a single infected person can board a plane and spread ...
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This video explains how easy it is for communicable diseases to spread and cause pandemics in today's world. What makes some diseases spread more easily than others? 

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23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health? - YouTube

Check out our new website http://www.evanshealthlab.com/ Follow Dr. Mike for new videos! http://twitter.com/docmikeevans A Doctor-Professor answers the old q...
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Great little video that covers the evidence for the benefits of physical activity very succinctly.

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Student BMJ: A career in public health

Student BMJ: A career in public health | Public Health for undergraduate medical students | Scoop.it
The new website features articles especially commissioned for medical students, selected articles from the BMJ, a new Events calendar, Education and Career Zones.
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A must-read article for anybody considering a career in Public Health. It gives a good idea of what the specialty involves, the career pathways, and how to prepare and plan for entry to specialty training.

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WHO | “Ageing well” must be a global priority

A major new Series on health and ageing, published in "The Lancet", warns that unless health systems find effective strategies to address the problems faced by an ageing world population, the growing burden of chronic disease will greatly affect...
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Although people are living longer, they are not necessarily healthier than before – nearly a quarter (23%) of the overall global burden of death and illness is in people aged over 60, and much of this burden is attributable to long-term illness caused by diseases such as cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, heart disease, musculoskeletal diseases (such as arthritis and osteoporosis), and mental and neurological disorders. This long-term burden of illness and diminished wellbeing affects patients, their families, health systems, and economies, and is forecast to accelerate. For example, latest estimates indicate that the number of people with dementia is expected to rise from 44 million now, to 135 million by 2050.

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WHO | 10 facts on polio eradication

WHO | 10 facts on polio eradication | Public Health for undergraduate medical students | Scoop.it
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80% of the world’s population now live in certified polio-free regions. The world can be freed of the threat of polio but this needs everyone's commitment, from parent to government worker and political leader to the international community.

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From evidence into action: opportunities to protect and improve the nation’s health - Publications - GOV.UK

From evidence into action: opportunities to protect and improve the nation’s health - Publications - GOV.UK | Public Health for undergraduate medical students | Scoop.it
Strategic document setting out Public Health England's priorities for the next 5 years.
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Seven priorities for Public Health, 2014:

seven priorities:
1) tackling obesity particularly among children; 
2) reducing smoking and stopping children starting;
3) reducing harmful drinking and alcohol-related
hospital admissions;
4) ensuring every child has the best start in life;
5) reducing the risk of dementia, its incidence and
prevalence in 65-75 year olds;
6) tackling the growth in antimicrobial resistance; and
7) achieving a year-on-year decline in tuberculosis
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Ebola's lesson? Get real on public health - Sacramento Bee

Ebola's lesson? Get real on public health - Sacramento Bee | Public Health for undergraduate medical students | Scoop.it
Want to fend off a health scare? Forget Ebola. Get a flu shot, vaccinate your children, get some exercise and drop the gun.
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As one Internet meme has put it, Americans are more likely to marry a Kardashian right now than to discover they have the disease!!!



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