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19
Jun

Early childhood development essential to helping more children

249 million children under five are at risk of not reaching developmental potential, implementing low-cost interventions could reverse this trend An estimated 43 percent—249 million—of children under five in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) are at an elevated risk of poor development due to extreme poverty and stunting, according to findings from The Lancet’s new Series,

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15
Jun

Humanitarian medicine is more than a technical exercise

What a sad indictment of our times that the Turkey Hub of the Health Cluster, a UN-activated humanitarian health coordination body, has begun to calculate the confirmed number of attacks against hospitals in Syria. Mohamed Elamein and colleagues, as part of the Lancet Series on health in humanitarian crises, present evidence on the use of the Monitoring

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9
Jun

Excess weight and multimorbidity: people’s health experience in risk

Prospective cohorts have greatly advanced our understanding of the causes of premature death and disease occurrence. This knowledge has subsequently been used to improve public health through disease prevention, ranging from policies to control tobacco and alcohol for entire populations, to guidelines for blood pressure and lipid management in individual patients. In particular, analyses of

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9
Jun

Where is the science in humanitarian health?

In 1948, in the aftermath of the partition of India and Pakistan, a journal article on the health situation of refugees and internally displaced persons stated that “this report is based entirely on impressions”. Another of the earliest articles about a humanitarian emergency, the East Bengal cyclone in 1970, stated that “relief supplies and volunteers poured

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9
Jun

Health in Humanitarian Crises

Large-scale humanitarian crises are ongoing in Syria, Afghanistan, Central African Republic, DR Congo, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen among others. This Lancet Series of four papers and accompanying Comments assesses the evidence base for health interventions in humanitarian crises and finds significant variations in the quantity and quality of evidence. It brings

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6
Jun

Why access to health care is a national security issue

Early last month, US House Republicans rammed through the American Health Care Act, a remarkably regressive piece of legislation that, among other flaws, would be disastrous for pandemic planning and preparedness. The bill eliminates funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which was created under the 2010 Affordable Care Act to invest in vaccination programs, electronic

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31
May

GOP health care bill nothing short of a disaster

“It’s hard to find good news in this report for anyone in the health care industry”, said Tom Bulleit, a partner in the health practice of law firm Ropes & Gray. The report was released just weeks after Republicans narrowly passed a health bill through the House of Representatives. “We’re not going to pass that

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