World Health Day

Home to a diverse landscape of forests, grasslands and the tallest dunes in North America, Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado is a great place explore and stay active. With no designated trails in the sand, visitors can hike or sand sled throughout the park’s entire 30 square mile dunefield. Photo of a double rainbow over the dunefields by Eric Magayne (www.sharetheexperience.org).

Ever since 1950, the World Health Organization (WHO) has celebrated World Health Day to draw attention to different issues impacting global health over the years. This April, it hopes to highlight the challenges and opportunities associated with food safety, under the slogan “From farm to plate, make food safe.” Explore this year’s theme with a selection of free articles and chapters from a variety of nutrition sources.

  1. Foods, exposures, and lifestyle risk factors in pregnancy and breastfeeding” in Nutrition and Lifestyle for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
  2. Sustainable diets” in Oxford Handbook of Nutrition and Dietetics (Second Edition)
  3. Food and nutrition” in Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health (6 ed.) 
  4. Principles for building public-private partnerships to benefit food safety, nutrition, and health research” in Nutrition Reviews 
  5. Foodborne illness: is it on the rise?” in Nutrition Reviews
  6. Safety of probiotics: translocation and infection” in Nutrition Reviews

Image Credit: ”Better nutrition, better education for students” by Gates Foundation. CC BY NC-ND 2.0 via Flickr.

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By her twenties, Nellie Bly was one of the most influential investigative journalists in the world. The show American Horror Story: Asylum features the intrepid muckraker Nora Winters, who is clearly based on Bly.

Nellie Bly (the pen-name of Elizabeth Jane Cochrane) started her career writing investigative articles on the plight of women working in factories. Editorial insisted that, since she was female, she would be better suited to writing about topics like fashion and cooking. Both Bly and the fictional Winters resisted these assignments–besides, they were terrible at cooking. 

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Protect yourself from mosquito bites

Reduce your chance of infection from vector borne illness by doing the following:

  • Apply an approved mosquito repellent to exposed skin and clothing.
  • Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks to protect exposed skin.
  • Wear light coloured, tightly woven clothing - mosquitoes are attracted to darker colours and can still bite through thin clothing.
  • Avoid wearing scented perfumes, deodorants and personal products.
  • Avoid the hours between dusk and dawn - periods when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Make sure all windows and doors in your home have screens that are in good condition.
  • Protecting yourself when travelling to locations where serious mosquito borne diseases may be common.

Eliminate standing water sites around your home

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Reflections on World Health Day

Long before “globalization” was a commonly used term, diplomats and medical professionals recognized that healthy populations required the focus and attention of all nations and the broader global community. This idea led to the formation of the World Health Organization (WHO), the first specialized United Nations agency to which every member state subscribed.  The date on which the WHO was established, April 7, 1948, has been recognized since as World Health Day.

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Smoking for two? Passive smoking causes irreversible damage to children’s arteries

A new study published in the European Heart Journal indicates that exposure to passive smoking in childhood causes irreversible damage to the structure of children’s arteries. The thickening of the arteries’ walls associated with being exposed to parents’ smoke, means that these children will be at greater risk of heart attacks and strokes in later life. The researchers from Australia and Finland say that exposure to both parents smoking in childhood adds an extra 3.3 years to the age of blood vessels when the children reach adulthood.

Read more about the study from European Heart Journal.

Image: 11:00 A.M. Newsies at Skeeter’s Branch. They were all smoking. St. Louis, MO, May 1910. Public Domain via Flickr.

World Health Day - Monday April 7th

April 7th is World Health Day, a day sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness of a certain global health issue each year and campaign for change. This year, the WHO is focusing on the massive global health issue that is vector-borne disease. This includes life-threatening diseases like malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and more diseases that are spread by the bite of insects like mosquitoes, ticks and sandflies.

Vector-borne diseases infect millions of children and adults every year, killing many and leaving families and communities devastated. With better research and prevention methods, we can see a world with much less devastation from these diseases and the people living in the most affected parts of the world can finally move past this looming danger and live longer, healthier lives.

The WHO sponsors many events for World Health Day and has all the information you could need to get involved in local events and global health campaigns on their website, so check them out, spread the word and let’s fight for a better, healthier world together!

Increasing numbers of Antibiotic resistant strains are one of the emerging threats in the clinical environment and a great challenge to the researchers. Although Antibiotic overusage doesn’t directly induce resistance, it helps the proportion of resistant strains in the community to increase by positive selection. Since the introduction of Penicillin into the clinical environment about 60 years ago, the frequency of cases of resistant strains have grown exponentially.

Let’s be aware, and contribute with our part by sharing what we know with others.

7 April is World Health Day

The theme of World Health Day 2014 is “Small bite, big threat.” We’ve put together a selection of papers from Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene and International Health, which looks at vector prevention and control, interventions, and surveillance in resource-limited countries.

Image: World Health Organization Flag by United States Mission Geneva. CC-BY-2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

It's #WorldHealthDay! This year, the World Health Organization is reminding everyone that mosquitoes, flies, ticks and bugs can pose a major health risk. Diseases such as malaria, dengue, and yellow fever are preventable, yet they have the biggest impact on some of the world’s poorest people. Good Neighbors is doing our part by distributing mosquito nets to families in Chad and Malawi.

10 Beauty Products You Never Knew Are Ruining The Environment

Since today, April 22, is Earth Day, it’s as good a time as any to think about environmental things a little bit more. Did you know that most of the cosmetics industry is really, really bad for our planet? Again, it’s something no one really wants to think about, but we need to start. We have to be aware that the things we’re using could be completely messing up the environment – not just for us, but for the animals that live out there as well.