The effect of youth unemployment and economic recession in health. Some unexpected results from Spain

  picture credit The effects of the economic crisis on mental health have been a recurring matter of speculation and research in the past years. The WHO already published a report on the subject in 2011.  Only last month, several studies/data were widely reported in the media: a study from the US showing a sharp […]

New in Knowledge Translation series: Review of interventions and a new decision tool for reaching undersreened populations

The latest addition to our series entitled “Knowledge synthesis, translation and exchange” has just been published and it is a great one, if I might say so myself! Mavis Jones, Brenda Ross, Alyssa Cloth and Laura Heller from Canada, aimed to answer the question: “which interventions have been found effective in supporting underscreened people to […]

Public Health Fun! Bring it on!

Time flies! You can tell that by looking at old pictures. I avoid doing that, so I prefer looking at my old blog posts. It has been almost one year since I last blogged about public health fun! Unacceptable and, hence, about to be corrected. By looking for new public health games, I came across […]

Global health in the center of Europe: upcoming European Conference in Basel, Switzerland

Are you interested in Global Health? We are! So we are very happy that the upcoming (the 9th to be precise) European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health is going to be held here in Switzerland (Basel, from 6-10 September 2015). This Congress’ main focus is summarized in the following sentence: “Driving the best […]

New special issue: Communication Technology, Media Use and the Health of Our Kids

picture credit   Who amongst us – parent or not- has not wondered what are the effects on using computers, mobile phones and the internet for children and young adolescents? The media certainly talk about the subject (here is the most recent example!) Children and young adults seem to constantly use them- at home, at […]

Online gaming and online risk behaviours predict cyberbullying in adolescents

*picture credit   As part our special issue “Communication Technology, Media Use and the Health of our Kids“, Fong-Ching Chang and colleagues just published a study on online gaming and online risk taking and how they predict cyberbullying perpetration and victimization in adolescents in Taiwan. The study used questionnaire data from 2,315 students in Taiwan, […]

Differences in infant health in South America are socially and economically driven

picture credit Racial and ethnic disparities in infant health are common worldwide and of particular interest in countries that are highly ethnically admixed, like many South American countries. We recently published a study that aimed to examine disparities in birth weight and gestational age by ethnic ancestry between 2000-2011 in 8 South American countries. Data […]

Combined smoking and drinking: most common health threat for job seekers

In developed countries, the vast majority of preventable causes of premature morbidity and mortality in the developed countries are accounted for by behaviour-related health risk factors, such as smoking and physical inactivity. Unemployment, on the other hand, is associated with poorer physical and mental health and elevated risk for premature mortality. In a study we […]

Computer gaming and Internet use may be harmful to young people’s social relations.

    Although concerns are often raised about the effects of computer gaming and internet use on social relations amongst adolescents, the results of relevant studies have been contradictory. We recently published a study that aimed to investigate whether perceived problems with computer gaming and internet use are associated with young people’s social relations. The […]

Health disadvantage of Eastern European immigrants in Western Europe

According to literature, immigrants tend to have poorer health than native-born people. Between 1950 and 1990 an estimated 12 million people left Eastern European countries and a lot of them resided in Western Europe. In a study we just published, the authors sought to investigate whether immigrants from Eastern European countries above 50 years of […]

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