When done right, the internet can be a useful alternative to seeing a doctor
Google may be a convenient way to get answers on your symptoms, but it is often misinformation, write Christopher Kelly and Marc Eisenberg
Everyone occasionally experiences new symptoms that can’t be readily explained or ignored. In most cases, people seek initial medical guidance from the one source they consider authoritative, available, trustworthy and non-judgemental. We are, of course, talking about Google – which, for many adults, has become a de facto primary care doctor.
Brexit: Flu vaccine 'could be airlifted into UK'
Drugs company Sanofi has plans to fly supplies of flu vaccine into the UK if other transport routes are disrupted after the country leaves the EU.
Hugo Fry, the managing director of its UK arm, told BBC Radio 5 live's Wake Up To Money that the flu vaccine was one it was not possible to stockpile.
"We prepare in different ways and have prepared many different routes into the UK," he said.
"If we have to in the end, we will airlift it in."
Health effects of eggs: Where do we stand?
Are eggs good for you or not? The 2015 to 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends the nutrient-dense food as a source of protein, but an article in JAMA this month made a stir when it reported an association between eating eggs and an increased risk of heart disease and early death.
Democracy linked to global health gains in low-, middle-income countries
The role of democracy in public health leads to dramatic decreases in deaths from noncommunicable diseases, HIV, cardiovascular disease and transportation injuries, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford and several other institutions.
Which countries eat the most meat?
You may have heard an increasing number of people vow to reduce their meat eating lately - or cut it out altogether. This often forms part of a bid to become healthier, reduce their environmental impact, or consider animal welfare.
A new project to tackle diabetes in Ethiopia
DWA CUAMM, December 2018. "On December 3rd, during a special event in Addis Ababa, Doctors with Africa CUAMM and the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) have launched a new project to tackle diabetes and hypertension in Ethiopia.
Strength in weakness: Fragile DNA regions key to vertebrate evolution
DNA regions susceptible to breakage and loss are genetic hot spots for important evolutionary changes, according to Stanford study. The findings may lead to new understanding of human evolution.
Public Health Work-Life Fit: Is It Possible To Have Both a Global Health Career and a Family?
Two driven MPH students fell in love. Then their work threatened to put 8,000 miles between them.
Antimicrobial Resistance Knows No Boundaries
European Union officials and global health bodies have called for help for poorer countries as growing resistance to antibiotics threatens to become a ‘global health tragedy’ and jeopardises Sustainable Development Goals in some parts of the world.
Why Doctors Hate Their Computers
Digitization promises to make medical care easier and more efficient. But are screens coming between doctors and patients?
On a sunny afternoon in May, 2015, I joined a dozen other surgeons at a downtown Boston office building to begin sixteen hours of mandatory computer training.
World Press Freedom Day 2018
The theme for the 25th celebration of World Press Freedom Day is “Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law”.
90–90–90 Treatment for All
An ambitious treatment target to help end the AIDS epidemic
By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status ...
Incident Management System
To enhance World Health Organisations Emergency Programme (WHE) response capability,
To enhance World Health Organisations Emergency Programme (WHE) response capability, WHE proposed the development of a series of training packages to build staff competencies, skills and knowledge, to enhance deployment and response capability.
Depression: A Global Public Health Concern
Depression is a significant contributor to the global burden of disease and affects people in all communities across the world. Today, depression is estimated to affect 350 million people.
Estimating HIV incidence and number of undiagnosed individuals living with HIV in the European Union/European Economic Area, 2015
Since 2011, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) incidence appears unchanged in the European Union/European Economic Area with between 29,000 and 33,000 new cases reported annually up to 2015.
Establishing a Global Vaccine-Development Fund
As the Ebola epidemic in West Africa continues, albeit at a much lower level than it reached in the spring, we still lack a vaccine that has been shown to be safe and effective.
Much attention has appropriately been directed at major disease targets such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), tuberculosis, and malaria, for which organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Wellcome Trust are providing considerable financial support. Similar attention has been devoted to the provision of currently licensed pediatric vaccines, which is supported by GAVI (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization).
Maternidad en la niñez
Enfrentar el reto del embarazo en adolescentes
Every day in developing countries, 20,000 girls below age 18 give birth. Nine in 10 of these births occur within marriage or a union. This has consequences on the health, education, employment and rights of an untold millions of girls. Full Report also in Español...