Salt reduction policies in Syria before the crisis. What about after?

  Whenever I hear about salt reduction policies, I cannot help thinking about this paper looking into the salt content in staff canteens of salt policy makers, that we talked about (together with other fun studies) in a previous blog post. (this study showed that the salt content 18 staff canteens of salt policy makers […]

Big differences between diagnosed and undiagnosed hypertension in USA and Ireland

  According to the World Health Organisation, 1 billion people are affected by hypertension, which makes it a global health issue. There are not a lot of studies comparing hypertension prevalence rates between the United States and Europe, especially in older adults. In a study we recently published, Irene Mosca and Rose Anne Kenny ¬†compared […]

Differences in self-rated congitive disability between first and second generation immigrant children

  Although there is some international ambiguity, studies in the US show more frequently a self-reported health advantage among immigrants. In study we just published, Emma KT Benn uses a method that aims to reduce selection bias when studying immigrant populations: children who were born outside the US and immigrated with their foreign-born parents were […]

Priority setting for cardiovascular disease control and prevention

  According to the World Health Organisation, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) kill millions of people every year, and nearly 80% of NCD deaths occur in low and middle income countries (this amounts to 29 million deaths!). Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) account for most NCD deaths; so naturally, preventing and control CVDs should be a priority, especially in […]

Does chronic low level arsenic exposure reduce lung function?

  According to the World Health Organisation, arsenic exposure in drinking water is a hazard to human health. The association of arsenic exposure and lung cancer risk has been studied quite extensively; the association of such exposure, however, to non-malignant respiratory diseases. In a recently published study, Das Debangshu** and colleagues aimed to investigate the […]

Cycling to school among youth: distance matters more than beauty

  Amsterdam. Even if you have never been there, you surely have seen images of bicycles flooding the city. In fact, there are more bicycles than humans in this town (!) and this is partly due to a “cycling culture” present in the Netherlands (where 80% of people cycle at least once per week). Children […]

More computer=less sleep=worse health? A study of 15 year olds in 3 countries

  Parents often complain that their children spend too much time in front of their computer and are worried about what effect this might have to their children’s’ health. After recent reports in the news that children who spend more time in front of a screen are more likely to experience emotional distress, anxiety and […]

To combine or not to combine? Specific vs general self-reported health indicators

  In many population surveys, health status is represented either by self-reported specific measures or by single questions general health indicators, like the Self-Rated Health (SRH) and the Global Activity Limitation Indicator (GALI). Both of those indicators have been found to be associated with morbidity and disability, while the SRH also predicts mortality (which is […]

Health policy analysis in Turkey: cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus

  Last month, thousands of people walked in Istanbul, showing their support to the obesity prevention program. Obesity is a major health concern in Turkey, leading- amongst others- to cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and diabetes mellitus (DM). Those two diseases are quite prevelant in Turkey: Ischemic hear disease is the number one cause of death there […]

Child labour and child health- A study from Egypt

    Last week, a report on child labor in US tobacco fields from Human Rights Watch made it to a¬† lot of news headlines. We might not used in reading about child labor in the US, however the data about child labor globally are shocking: The International Labor Organisation (ILO) estimates that there are […]

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