Epidemiology is the science of public health, hence it is fitting that we cover the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) 48th Annual Meeting here on PLOS Public Health Perspectives. The meeting runs this week, from the 16th to 19th of … Continue reading »
Today we warmly welcome guest writer Sean Sinden to PLOS Public Health Perspectives. His biography is at the end of the post. The practice of null hypothesis testing has traditionally been used to interpret the results of studies in … Continue reading »
The 12 recommendations for cancer prevention are as follows:
1. Do not smoke. Do not use any form of tobacco.
2. Make your home smoke-free. Support smoke-free policies in your workplace.
3. Take action to be a healthy body weight.
4. Be physically active in everyday life. Limit the time you spend sitting.
5. Have a healthy diet:
Eat plenty of whole grains, pulses, vegetables, and fruits Limit high-calorie foods (foods high in sugar or fat) and avoid sugary drinks Avoid processed meat; limit red meat and foods high in salt 6. If you drink alcohol of any type, limit your intake. Not drinking alcohol is better for cancer prevention.
7. Avoid too much sun, especially for children. Use sun protection. Do not use sunbeds.
8. In the workplace, protect yourself against cancer-causing substances by following health and safety instructions.
9. Find out if you are exposed to radiation from naturally high radon levels in your home. Take action to reduce radon levels.
10. For women: Breastfeeding reduces the mother’s cancer risk. If you can, breastfeed your baby. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increases the risk of certain cancers. Limit use of HRT. 11. Ensure your children take part in vaccination programmes for:
Hepatitis B (for newborns) Human papillomavirus (HPV) (for girls) 12. Take part in organised cancer screening programmes for:
Bowel cancer (men and women) Breast cancer (women) Cervical cancer (women)
Those of you who know me know that I’m a video game nerd. And comic book nerd. And just nerdy nerd in general. So when I read an article that used World of Warcraft to model disease outbreaks, I jumped … Continue reading »
If you ever read public health research, you’ve probably encountered the term “Student’s t-test,” or just “t-test.” The experimenters will do this magical test, and suddenly conclude that everything is awesome. But even when you’re familiar with the t-test and … Continue reading »
This post originally appeared on Mr Epidemiology on 16 April 2012. The negative health effects of sedentary behaviour are a hot topic gaining scientific and popular attention. News outlets have emphasised that sitting is killing us. Given the tsunami-like obesity epidemic that has … Continue reading »
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