Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Challenges In Conflict Data Collection: Assessing The Spatial Characteristics Of Nutritional Status In Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq

BY HAMDIA AHMAD, TABAN K. RASHEED, LISA R. PAWLOSKI, AND KEVIN M. CURTIN It has been well-documented that significant difficulties arise when conducting field research in conflict areas.1 This article documents the process of collecting nutritional, anthropometric, and spatial data in a conflict region. Specifically, data were collected from more than 1,000 participants in the […]

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Posted by on August 30th, 2012 1 Comment

Pivotal Powers and Emerging Global Threats

BY EVA BUSZA1 In recent years, we have witnessed the emergence of a core group of states from the Global South which are on track to become the future center of global economic dynamism and power: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS).2 Today, these countries account for approximately 40 per cent of the […]

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Posted by on October 12th, 2011 No Comments

Measuring Access to Radio Health Communications in Rural Guatemala

BY KATHRYN JACOBSON, JILL NELSON & KAREN OWEN Limited access to health information and services is one of the many challenges common to rural residents around the world, especially those who live in low income countries.  One way to reach out to isolated populations is through radio communications that can provide timely and locally-appropriate information […]

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Posted by on March 28th, 2011 No Comments

The Nutrition Transition: Evidence from Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Chile

BY LISA R. PAWLOSKI, JEAN B. MOORE, NIGEL WATERS AND XINIA FERNANDEZ ROJAS INTRODUCTION Obesity is increasingly becoming an epidemic in industrialized nations, particularly in the U.S., where one out of every three adults is obese. However, the U.S. is not alone with this emerging public health crisis.  In Europe, rates of obesity among adults […]

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Posted by on June 1st, 2010 No Comments

Establishing the Taiwan Genetic Data Bank

BY TONY YANG The completion of the Human Genome Project marked the dawn of a bold new era — the era of the genome in biology and medicine.  There has been growing biomedical research on relating population-based genomic analyses to diseases.  This is a transformation from investigating a small group of individuals to analyzing the […]

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Posted by on March 13th, 2010 No Comments

Long-term Care and Migrant Health Workers: Considering Responsibilities

BY LISA ECKENWILER Thanks in part to over a century of progress in public health and medicine, many people are enjoying longer lives.  These changing demographics are generating a greater need for long-term care (LTC).  In the US, while there has been considerable debate concerning the nature and extent of future LTC needs given declining […]

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Posted by on March 12th, 2010 1 Comment

Medical Tourism: Strategy for Containing Health Care Cost Increases and Immigration Pull

BY ERIN A. COX AND ARUN K. SOOD Who will foot the premium bill for your unexpected knee surgery?  Who will pay the astronomical emergency room bill from the car accident that occurred while you were without health care?  These are very realistic problems in American society today.  Health care costs are at an all […]

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Posted by on March 11th, 2009 No Comments

The Interface Between HIV/AIDS Status, Household Nutrition, Agricultural Production & Household Welfare in Uganda

BY DAWN C. PARKER WITH MACTION KOMWA Although HIV/AIDS has no boundaries, the most affected region is sub-Saharan Africa, where 25 of the 40 million people globally living with the virus live. The epidemic has eroded the ability of rural African households to produce food and other agricultural products, generate income, and care for and […]

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Posted by on November 21st, 2007 No Comments

Globalization & Public Health Research

BY KATHRYN H. JACOBSEN In 2003 several individuals who ate at a chain restaurant near Pittsburgh died from hepatitis A virus. The outbreak was eventually linked to green onions imported from Mexico. Oddly enough, people who live in the United States are in some ways at greater risk of death from hepatitis A than populations […]

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Posted by on November 21st, 2007 No Comments

Nutrition Education as a Global Health Intervention: Effects Among Nicaraguan Adolescent Girls

BY LISA PAWLOSKI Adolescent girls in developing countries are often considered a nutritionally at-risk group. Nutritional anthropologists study the impact of nutrition on adolescent growth and development and the sociocultural factors which influence nutritional status. Ten years ago, I examined the nutritional status of adolescent girls living in Mali, West Africa, and found them to […]

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Posted by on November 21st, 2007 No Comments