Month: August 2018

Missed opportunities to reduce violence against women and girls: how the Ghanaian media is falling short

Worldwide, 1 in 3 women experience some form of gender-related violence.  Exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) doubles a woman’s risk of depression and alcoholism and can have an impact on her risk of AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections and on her children’s health. In its report on prevention of violence against women and girls (VAWG), the UN Commission on the Status of Women named many stakeholders in prevention efforts.  Among these are mass and new media, which play a big part in contributing to and maintaining gender stereotypes that can lead to cultures of violence and victim-blaming....

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On the prevalence of cybercrime across Europe

This blog has been cross posted from SpringerOpen blog. The public and, hence governments, have always worried about crime. Therefore, policymakers have always put energy in collecting enough information on crime in order to be able to tell what is going on. As researchers and policymakers, we know a lot about ‘traditional’ offline crime. This is, among other things, because it is well defined, and we know how to measure it. We know, for instance, that crime increased a lot since WWII, stabilized, and then started declining in the nineties. This ‘crime drop’ has puzzled crime scientist, but it is...

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On alcohol consumption across the life-course and risk of cardiovascular disease: Lessons learned

Every year 17.7 million people die from cardiovascular disease (CVD), making it the leading global cause of mortality. Its onset is thought to be influenced not only by genetic factors and age-associated changes but also by a variety of lifestyle behaviors, including smoking, physical activity and diet. The impact of alcohol consumption on CVD risk remains a topic of debate, even controversy. It has been theorized that lower levels of alcohol intake could have a cardioprotective effect, such that moderate drinkers may be less at risk of some forms of CVD compared to heavy drinkers and non-drinkers. However, research...

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Exploring the OncoGenomic Landscape of cancer

Screenshot of the OncoGenomic Landscapes resource. The background represents the oncogenomic profiles organization of a cohort of Breast Carcinoma patients and, on top of it, we overlay the profiles of a second cohort from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) initiative, highlighting the regions of the landscape occupied by patients showing mutations in the CCND1 driver gene. Cancer sequencing initiatives have generated genomic data for thousands of patients and tumor types, permitting the identification of hundreds of driver mutations responsible for uncontrolled cell proliferation. The analyses of these molecular profiles are, for the first time, enabling precision oncology, where patients...

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Think bigger: it’s not just what you eat

As the first independent scientific session of the American Society for Nutrition, Nutrition 2018 rewarded attendees with mind blowing research findings from all over the world and offered a dynamic platform for researchers to communicate and network. Research on nutrition science has evolved to a stage where not only what people eat is of interest, but the accessibility of food, as well as the impact of eating behaviors, gut microbiota and physical activity are all integral to addressing key issues such as obesity and delivering healthy lifestyles. Vegetarian diet has a variety of health benefits According to a 13...

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