Month: May 2020

Problematic internet use in children and adolescents: Associations with psychiatric disorders and impairment

Children today seem like they were born with an iPad in hand. Toddlers might not be potty trained yet, but they know how to switch from one app to the other, Facetime their grandparents and even change WiFi networks. Researchers are still unsure as to what effects this precocious use of technology, particularly increased use of the internet, will have on children. In an attempt to address this important question, we analyzed data from the openly shared Child Mind Institute Healthy Brain Network. Children ages 7-15—and their parents—answered questions about their internet use, how well they sleep, how much...

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What’s age got to do with it? Age gaps in schistosomiasis control

A typical lakeshore scene at an intestinal schistosomiasis hotspot. Preschool-aged children, school-aged children, and adults all contact infested water daily. Image credit: Poppy Lamberton The World Health Organization has just updated their Road Map for Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) 2021-2030. This draft document was developed with stakeholders and outlines key actions for the control and elimination of NTDs including achieving the goal of schistosomiasis elimination as a public health problem (currently defined as less than 1% prevalence of heavy infections). While progress has been made towards schistosomiasis control targets, the new Road Map highlights the importance of extending current...

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BMC Series Highlights – April

BMC Public Health – The NHS visitor and migrant cost recovery programme – a threat to health? In April 2014 the UK government launched the ‘NHS Visitor and Migrant Cost Recovery Programme Implementation Plan’ which set out a series of policy changes to recoup costs from ‘chargeable’ (largely non-UK born) patients. In England alone roughly 75% of all diagnoses of Tuberculosis (TB) will be made in people born abroad. Because of this, the authors of this manuscript set out to assess the impact of the Cost Recovery Programme (CRP) on the quality of healthcare received by those not eligible...

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Quadrivalent HPV vaccine is protective against genital warts

What is HPV? Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted infectious agent and is increasingly common in young people. HPV is linked to several cancers – especially cervical cancer – and genital warts (GW). How high is the burden of HPV related diseases? Every year, a large number of women and men are affected by the anal, cervical, oropharyngeal, penile, and vaginal cancers linked to HPV. Cervical cancer is the 3rd most common malignancy among women worldwide, with more than 300,000 deaths in 2018 alone. Besides cervical cancers, GWs are also common manifestations of genital HPV infection. Although usually...

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Does where we live make us lonely?

Loneliness is not a twenty first century creation. Nor is it the result of the physical distancing, self-isolation and distant and remote social relationships we are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. Like joy or sorrow, loneliness can be seen as part of being human. It has been described and experienced by people of different ages, across different cultures and in different historical periods. What is loneliness? Loneliness is the feeling or response we have when our social relationships fail to match our expectations or desires. This could be because the quality of the relations is superficial or lacking...

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