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2008-09-02 03:00:10

By Satcher, David Higginbotham, Eve J Reducing and eliminating disparities in health is a matter of life and death. Each year in the United States, thousands of individuals die unnecessarily from easily preventable diseases and conditions. It is critical that we approach this problem from a broad public health perspective, attacking all of the determinants of health: access to care, behavior, social and physical environments, and overriding policies of universal access to care, physical...

2008-09-02 03:00:10

By Braithwaite, Kisha The constitution of the World Health Organization states that "The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being."1(p1) Although this perspective is notable and has proven to be significant in promoting the quality of life among individuals worldwide, it is unfortunate that this resounding message is often not heard-and too often overlooked- by many parts of American society. Sadly, this basic human right...

2008-09-01 18:00:25

By PETER ELSON IT ALWAYS astonishes me that in this tiny fogbound island built on a rocky outcrop of coal, there should be such a range of accents. Commuting eastwards by train from Liverpool the change in voices and, indeed, attitudes they embody always comes as a surprise. But the divisions run far deeper than that. Social inequalities create an astonishing difference in life expectancy for people who live just a few miles apart in many of our cities. The low, probable age of death...

2008-09-01 15:00:21

By TODD, Rebecca Ancient Maori eating habits are coming under the spotlight in a bid to improve modern diets and wellbeing. The Social Report 2008, which has just been released, shows health-related outcomes for both Maori and Pacific people have not improved in several areas, such as obesity rates, hazardous drinking and participation in physical activity. Partly as a result of high-fat diets, Maori have, on average, the poorest health of any ethnic group in New Zealand, with...

2008-08-30 09:00:22

By Maty, Siobhan C Lynch, John W; Raghunathan, Trivellore E; Kaplan, George A Objectives. We examined the association between childhood socioeconomic position and incidence of type 2 diabetes and the effects of gender and adult body mass index (BMI). Methods. We studied 5913 participants in the Alameda County Study from 1965 to 1999 who were diabetes free at baseline (1965). Cox proportional hazards models estimated diabetes risk associated with childhood socioeconomic position and combined...

2008-08-29 18:00:39

ALMOST half of unskilled workers in Northern Ireland suffer from long-standing illness, a report warned yesterday. And in the Republic those at risk of poverty were significantly more likely to harbour a chronic condition, the crossborder dossier added. The paper from Irish state agency Combat Poverty called for action to tackle ill health among the poor. It said: "There is compelling evidence of health inequalities. "This evidence underlines the need for concerted action on the...

2008-08-29 15:00:18

Social environment key factor for health inequities: WHO GENEVA, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- A lot of people in the world can not enjoy good health because of the social environment where they are born, live, grow, work and age, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report on Thursday. Biology does not explain why a girl in Lesotho is likely to live 42 years less than another in Japan, and why the risk of a woman dying during pregnancy and childbirth is 1 in 17,400 in Sweden, while in...

2008-08-29 00:00:36

By James Macintyre People are dying "on a grand scale" around the world because of social injustice brought about by a "toxic" combination of bad policies, politics and economics, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said yesterday. Avoidable health problems caused by social factors - as opposed to biology and genetics - are causing large-scale health inequalities in the UK, the WHO's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health has found after a three-year study. Evidence showed that...

2008-08-28 15:01:07

Social injustice is killing people on a grand scale, said the World Health Organization's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health in Switzerland. A three-year investigation by the WHO's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health was presented Thursday to WHO Director General Dr. Margaret Chan. "(The) toxic combination of bad policies, economics and politics is, in large measure responsible for the fact that a majority of people in the world do not enjoy the good health that...

2008-08-27 03:00:24

By Anonymous Access Annual Meeting online program now and plan ahead SIR Michael Marmot, an internationally recognized leader on health inequalities, will be the keynote speaker at APHA's 136th Annual Meeting in San Diego, the Association announced in June. Marmot, PhD, MPH, MBBS, FRCP, FFPHM, FMedSci, will speak during this year's opening session, which will take place Sunday, Oct. 26, from noon to 2 p.m. Marmot is chair of the World Health Organization's Commission on Social...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.