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Geo-medicine: Mapping our pollution exposures

Originally posted on greendistrict:

My latest post on The Atlantic’s Cities website explores geo-medicine, a new field that uses GIS mapping to correlate environmental conditions to health risks like heart attacks and cancer. There’s even a free app that allows you to map the types of toxic exposures in everyplace you’ve ever lived and correlate them to the likelihood of developing cancer or dying of a heart attack.

Beyond charting the potential for your own personal doomsday, however, geo-medicine has many other applications: It can allow doctors to zoom in on a patient’s life to create a geographically enhanced medical history. Or it can zoom out to give public health officials, city planners and activists detail-rich insights on how to improve the well-being of entire communities.

Check out my story and let me know what you think!

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June 1, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Counterfeit Drugs: The Silent Epidemic

Originally posted on Do No Harm:

A third of malaria drugs in the world are counterfeit. These are the findings of the Lancet Infectious Diseases research (reported by BBC here). These findings spur concern because counterfeit malaria drugs not only make the treatment of malaria not effective but are also likely to cause drug resistant malaria strains. This problem, however, is not limited to malaria drugs.

As much as 15% of medicines in the world are counterfeit thus causing 100,000 deaths worldwide according to the WHO. The increase of counterfeit drugs across the world in the last decade is both a consequence and a symptom of one phenomenon: the globalization of drugs production and distribution. The supply chain of medicines has become increasingly fragmented and scattered across the globe with raw material extraction taking place in one country and ingredients synthesis and formulation in another country. This globalized supply chain has two implications:

1. It makes the…

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Public Health + Urban Planning

Originally posted on Plan for the Public:

The main focus of this blog is to explore the connection between public health and urban planning. These two diverse fields have a direct relationship with one another, which is often overlooked. Historically these two disciplines have operated independently, without collaboration. We believe that we can form healthier, more fulfilling future for our communities through the integration and application of these two fields. The following chart shows the relationship between public health and urban planning and how they have a continual direct effect on one another.

Urban planning is the process that regulates development in neighborhoods, cities, and regions. Planners deal with all the components that make up a metro region; transportation systems, the economy, natural resources, urban design, and physical facilities. These all come together to define our cities.

Our built environment influences behavior and choices of people based on what is available and convenient. In turn this…

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FDA’s Global Engagement

Janice Flahiff:

” According to FDA, 40% of drugs (generic and prescription) consumed in the U.S. are manufactured outside of the U.S.”

Originally posted on Regulatory Compliance Digest:

Product safety has gone global.  It is one of the byproducts of our growing global village.  Despite the volume and variety of domestically produced products, U.S. consumers continue to show increasing demand for imported goods of all kinds.  Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has responsibility for ensuring the safety of most of the products Americans consume, the agency’s work has gone global.  It is an expanding regulatory frontier. 

In April 2012, FDA published a report, which documents how the agency works (through overseas inspections and collaborations with foreign governments) to ensure that the imported foods, medical products, and other goods it regulates meet the same high standards for safety and quality set for products manufactured domestically. One major area involves medical products.

 The Global Drugstore

 According to FDA, 40% of drugs (generic and prescription) consumed in the U.S. are manufactured outside of the U.S.  Few…

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Runners Can Improve Health and Performance With Less Training, Study Shows

Not a runner myself (lucky if I can jog 30 minutes some days!).
But thought this might be of interest to some of you…

From the 30 May 2012 article at ScienceDaily

The new 10-20-30 training concept can improve both a person’s running performance and health, despite a significant reduction in the total amount of training. This is the conclusion of a study from University of Copenhagen researchers just published in the scientific Journal of Applied of Physiology.

Over the course of seven weeks, runners were able to improve performance on a 1500-metre run by 23 seconds and almost by a minute on a 5-km run — and this despite a 50 per cent reduction in their total amount of training. These are just some of the results from a research project involving 18 moderately trained runners following the 10-20-30 training concept developed by researchers from the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.

In addition to enhancing running performance, the runners from the project also had a significant decrease in blood pressure and a reduction in cholesterol in the blood.

“We were very surprised to see such an improvement in the health profile considering that the participants have been running for several years,” says Professor Jens Bangsbo, Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, who heads the project.

“The results show that the very intense training has a great potential for improving health status of already trained individuals,” says Professor Bangsbo….

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Just Making Two Lifestyle Changes Spurs Big And Lasting Results

English: Half a dozen home-made cookies. Ingre...

English: Half a dozen home-made cookies. Ingredients: butter, flour, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, soda, salt, and chocolate chips. Français : Demie-douzaine de cookies fait-maison. Ingrédients: beurre, farine, sucre en poudre, œufs, vanille, soda, sel et grain de chocolat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the 30 May 2012 article at Medical News Today

Simply ejecting your rear from the couch means your hand will spend less time digging into a bag of chocolate chip cookies.

That is the simple but profound finding of a new Northwestern Medicine study, which reports simply changing one bad habit has a domino effect on others. Knock down your sedentary leisure time and you’ll reduce junk food and saturated fats because you’re no longer glued to the TV and noshing. It’s a two-for-one benefit because the behaviors are closely related.

The study also found the most effective way to rehab a delinquent lifestyle requires two key behavior changes: cutting time spent in front of a TV or computer screen and eating more fruits and vegetables. …

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The psychiatric profile of the U.S. patient population across age groups

From the article at the May 2012 issue of Open Journal of Epidemiology

[Abstract]     Introduction: As the U.S. population undergoes continuous shifts the population’s health profile changes dynamically resulting in more or less expression of certain psychiatric disorders and utilization of health-care resources. In this paper, we analyze national data on the psychiatric morbidity of American patients and their summated cost in different age groups. Methods: The latest data (2009) on the number of hospital discharges and national bill (hospital charges) linked with psychiatric disorders were extracted from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS). Results: National data shows that mood disorders are the largest diagnostic category in terms of percentage of psychiatri-crelated discharges in the 1 – 17 years age group. The proportion decreases gradually as age progresses while delirium, dementia, amnestic and other cognitive disorders increase exponentially after 65 years of age. Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders as well as alcohol and substance-related disorders peak in the working age groups (18 – 64 years). From an economic point of view, mood disorders in the 18 – 44 age group has the highest national bill ($5.477 billion) followed by schizophrenic and other psychotic disorders in the same age group ($4.337 billion) and mood disorders in the 45 – 64 age group ($4.310 billion). On the third place come schizophrenic and other psychotic disorders in the 45 – 64 age group ($3.931 billion). Conclusion: This paper illustrates the high cost of psychiatric care in the U.S., especially the large fraction of healthcare money spent on working-age patients suffering from mood disorders. This underlines psychiatric cost-efficiency as a vital topic in the current healthcare debate.

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[Infographic] Love Helps: How Relationships and Marriage Affect Health, Happiness and Finance

I usually don’t post items that from sites with advertising.
[Disclaimer: reposting this infographic is not meant as an endorsement of any advertising at FrugalDad]

However, this infographic seems have information from good resources.
Two of the links, however were broken.The other two had good references to trusted sources but only seemed to include heterosexual relations.

Correction: All the links work and have good references from trusted sources.

Enjoy!

From the 31 May 2012 posting at FrugalDad

love helps infographic

June 1, 2012 Posted by | health, Psychology | , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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