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Complete smoking ban leads to marked rise in smoking cessation efforts
The public has made significantly more enquiries to a national Quitline for smokers, and demand for nicotine replacement treatment vouchers has increased, following a total ban on smoking in indoor public places in New Zealand, according to a letter in this week's BMJ. (2005-11-10)

The 1848 Public Health Act And Its Relevance To Improving Public Health In England Now
1998 is the 150th anniversary of the Public Health Act. Chief Medical Officer, Sir Kenneth Calman, reflects on today's public health challenges. He argues that the public are allies of the medical professions, not enemies, but doctors need to communicate with the public more effectively, especially about risk and uncertainty. (1998-08-27)

International public health expert Jeffrey Koplan addresses emerging infectious diseases conference
Many of the dominant public health topics of the past two years, including smallpox, SARS, avian influenza, and mad cow disease, illustrate the complex relationship between the science of public health and infectious diseases and the practice of public health and politics. Dr. Jeffrey Koplan will bring his personal views and experiences to bear on the critical interactions among government and the scientific and public health communities. (2004-03-01)

Lockdown or lockup
Because of wide variation in demographic, case definition, testing and other parameters, comparisons are difficult. Future comparisons based on number of cases will be even more arbitrary as increased testing will skew the clinical to sub-clinical ratios. (2020-05-05)

Healthcare watchdog calls for government rethink on public role in NHS decision-making
Independent healthcare charity the King's Fund has called on the Government to rethink its policy on public involvement in health care strategy, in a paper in this week's BMJ. (2004-01-15)

Annual Meeting now offering CME and CE
Participants can earn continuing education contact hour credits in Nursing (CNE), and Medicine (CME for physicians and non-physicians) during the SDMPH Annual Meeting 2016. One continuing education credit is earned for every 60 minutes of educational content. The maximum is 16.75 credits. (2016-07-21)

New consent rules may threaten our health
Undue emphasis on patient consent and over-zealous application of guidelines on confidentiality would prejudice disease surveillance and seriously threaten the health of the general public, doctors report in this week's BMJ. (2002-05-16)

The importance of public service broadcasting in politics and society
A new article finds that people living in countries with public service broadcasting are better informed about government and politics, are more trusting of other people, and have more positive civic attitudes. (2016-01-13)

Britain needs more preparation for responding to public health emergencies
The United Kingdom needs to be better equipped and organised to deliver health protection in the event of public health emergencies and major disasters. Though better prepared than some other countries, many years of under-investment leaves us vulnerable, warn public health specialists in this week's BMJ. (2001-12-06)

Climate engineering should not be considered a public good, new research shows
According to researchers, including faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York, calling climate engineering a public good misrepresents the technical definition of a public good and doesn't account for the potentially negative impacts of climate engineering. (2019-10-31)

Statement of concern on detention of Drs. Kamiar and Arash Alaei by Iranian authorities
Barry R. Bloom, dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, today expressed (2008-08-08)

Inaugural meeting of Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health begins July 29
In keeping with its vision, the newly formed Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health aims to provide attendees with resources, organizational structure, and the means to sustain interprofessional interaction and discourse related to the discipline of disaster medicine and public health. (2015-07-08)

Use science to drive public health practice, says book by Saint Louis University faculty
A new book written by four Saint Louis University School of Public Health faculty members offers systematic way of drawing from research to create a plan of action to address public health issues. (2003-02-05)

Waiting for Godot Metaphor
Author suggests a gradated Pandemic Index as an initial effort. (2020-08-28)

Norhealth leads the way for public health information systems
Norhealth is an interactive web-based health information system that has created a knowledge base for health promotion and prevention strategies in Norway. An article about Norhealth has been published in the September issue of Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. (2008-10-22)

Role Of Government Branches In Tobacco War
Litigation alone won't solve the problem and may not be the best way to change tobacco control policy, according to a new University of Michigan study. (1998-11-10)

Teenage pregnancy is not a public health problem
Teenage pregnancy is not a public health problem, but is really a reflection of what is considered to be socially, culturally, and economically acceptable in the United Kingdom, argue researchers in this week's BMJ. (2001-12-13)

COVID-19- to COVID-20
Addressing concurrent co-morbidities: we are dealing more with a 'syndemic.' (2020-10-07)

BU researchers: Pornography is not a 'public health crisis'
Researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) have written an editorial in the American Journal of Public Health special February issue arguing against the claim that pornography is a public health crisis, and explaining why such a claim actually endangers the health of the public. (2020-01-09)

COVID-19 from response to recovery: a Rx for success
The medical response can be optimized and thus limit the socio-economic damage by turning down the national level of fear and beginning the recovery process by reopening the economy in a methodical way. This can be accomplished through application of individual and community risk management at the local level that is not compatible with Nation-wide or State-wide blanket interventions. This will mitigate a follow-on, multi-pronged Public Health crises fueled by unemployment and educational disruption. (2020-04-22)

COVID-19: Yin and yang and herd immunity
With no guarantee that a vaccine will be available soon, and even if one is developed it will take considerable time to administer to large numbers of people before the virus is eliminated. (2020-07-08)

College part of new NIHR School for Public Health Research
The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry is one of just eight health research institutions in England to be chosen as a collaborator in the new National Institute for Health Research School for Public Health Research. (2012-04-17)

Visible public health leadership needed to boost vaccine coverage
Public health expert Professor John Ashton is calling for local directors of public health to provide visible leadership to address the recent systematic deterioration of vaccine coverage levels. Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, he describes recent falls in the uptake of other preventative programs, including bowel, breast and cervical cancer and aortic aneurysm. (2019-06-05)

American Society for Microbiology honors Mary J.R. Gilchrist
The 2009 American Society for Microbiology Gen-Probe Joseph Public Health Award is being presented to Mary J.R. Gilchrist, Ph.D., D(ABMM), director, Bureau of Laboratory Science, Department of Public Health, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston. This award recognizes a distinguished microbiologist who has exhibited exemplary leadership and service in the field of public health. (2009-06-08)

How to build the plane while flying
In this study the authors show that clinical guidelines can still be created in the midst of a pandemic. (2020-06-16)

Higher levels of cooperation for provision than for maintenance of public goods
A research team was able to show that people are less willing to cooperate to maintain public goods than to provide new ones. The investigators took a closer look at the paradigm of reciprocity: I will only cooperate if others do so as well. The results were published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour. (2017-08-30)

Who will play with WHO?
Dr. Skip Burkle, eminent Harvard scholar and humanitarian, discusses future options available for health-related non-governmental organizations and the required educational and training requirements for healthcare provider accreditation on a global level. (2016-07-12)

Priorities for health systems strengthening efforts from the US CDC
In this week's PLoS Medicine, Peter Bloland and colleagues from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lay out the agency's priorities for health systems strengthening efforts. (2012-04-03)

Public health should be part of Canada's missing and murdered Aboriginal women inquiry
Public health should be involved in Canada's national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women, because many factors underlying family and interpersonal violence are linked to mental health issues, substance abuse, low income and other public health issues, urges an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2016-02-29)

A new book considers the interaction between public spaces and drug use
Dr. Stephen Parkin, a Research Fellow in Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield, has published a book focusing on how public spaces affect more harmful episodes of injecting drug use. (2013-08-02)

Public health leaders call for coordinated communication response to COVID-19
On Thursday in the National Academy of Medicine's Perspectives, public health leaders including CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy Distinguished Lecturer Scott Ratzan, MD called for informed and active public policy leadership to employ strategically coordinated health communication and outreach on COVID-19 and other emerging global health threats. (2020-03-05)

2012 Pacific Global Health Conference
Hawaii is to host the 2012 Pacific Global Health Conference, which is expected to attract leading health professionals from across the globe. (2012-09-17)

UCLA gets $4.8 million to create Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center
The UCLA School of Public Health has received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention totaling $4.8 million over four years to create a Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center. The PERRC will facilitate research to strengthen and improve the ability of federal, state and local public health agencies to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and human-induced disasters -- including terrorism. (2009-10-13)

Are we "Waiting for Godot"-- A metaphor for Covid-19
Since the discovery of COVID-19, a warlike analogy is frequently used to define our interaction with the virus, but in many ways we may be at war with ourselves. (2020-08-03)

Risk based approach will optimize socioeconomic recovery
COVID-19 is not the only public health crisis in the United States. There is a danger that extreme mitigation could result in a disastrous socio-economic situation which could potentially case a greater public health crisis. (2020-04-07)

British public supports use of personal data for health research
The British public supports the use of personal medical data, without consent, for public health research, finds a study published on bmj.com today. Most people also think that cancer registration should be required by law. (2006-04-27)

Is UK shale gas extraction posing a risk to public health?
More needs to be done to investigate the risks to human health that extracting shale gas poses, suggests a personal view published on bmj.com today. (2014-04-17)

COVID-19: Are we handling this the right way?
COVID-19: Herd Immunity needs to be considered. (2020-06-08)

Public health needs a radical shake up, say experts
Public health needs a radical shake up if it is to enable good health to flourish, say experts on bmj.com today. (2012-08-21)

NHS should have an independent regulator
The NHS should have an independent regulator like other public utilities in the UK, argues a senior doctor in this week's BMJ. (2005-10-20)

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