PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES

Is there any difference between population health and public health?

  Population health is defined as the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group. (3,4) These groups are often geographic populations such as nations or communities, but can also be other groups such as employees, ethnic groups, disabled persons, prisoners, or any other defined group. The …

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All you need to know about public health

Public health, the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting physical and mental health, sanitation, personal hygiene, control of infectious diseases, and organization of health services. From the normal human interactions involved in dealing with the many problems of social life, there has emerged a recognition of the importance of community action …

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Why you should consider pursing a career in public health

This is why you should consider a career in public health Public health is the science and art of creating healthy communities through education, research and promotion of healthy lifestyles. In public health, the focus is on health promotion and disease/injury prevention, in contrast to the medical model of care, which focuses more heavily upon …

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African Leaders launch a continent wide campaign for a malaria free Africa

This campaign is aimed at empowering Africans to take a stand in the fight against a deadly disease MALARIA. Zero Malaria Starts with Me was launched following reports that malaria cases have increased for the first time in more than a decade to reignite a society-wide movement to get back on track efforts that contributed …

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Health information and health products online

Using the internet to find health and medical information can help you make more informed decisions about your health, but it is not a substitute for seeing a doctor. Although some health information available on the internet can be valuable, you need to be aware of the risks because medical misinformation or ‘cyberquackery’ is rife. …

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Determinants of Health | Healthy People 2020

What makes some people healthy and others unhealthy? How can we create a society in which everyone has a chance to live a long, healthy life? Healthy People 2020 is exploring these questions by: Developing objectives that address the relationship between health status and biology, individual behavior, health services, social factors, and policies. Emphasizing an …

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The Role of Public Health in Mental Health Promotion

  Mental illness contributes a substantial burden of disease worldwide. Globally, approximately 450 million persons suffer from mental disorders (1), and one fourth of the world’s population will develop a mental or behavioral disorder at some point during their lives (2). Mental disorders account for approximately 25% of disability in the United States, Canada, and …

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Europe | Public health services

Public health services   Public Health is defined as “the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society” (Acheson, 1988; WHO). Activities to strengthen public health capacities and service aim to provide conditions under which people can maintain to be healthy, improve their health and wellbeing, …

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Appendix 4:  Adult Health Assessment Sample Questions

This list of brief health assessment questions is organized by behavior or risk and sorted alphabetically.4-7 In some cases, you can choose one of two options (A or B, not both). Questions marked with are suitable for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) health risk assessment. The topic headings …

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How social class affects health

The unequal distribution of power, money and resources also creates health inequities. Nowhere is this clearer to witness in Australia than in the fact that the richest 20% of the population can expect to live an average of six years longer than the poorest 20%. Australians who are socially disadvantaged by income, employment status, education …

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What are social models of health?

Social models of health recognize that our health is influenced by a wide range of individual, interpersonal, organisation, social, environmental, political and economic factors. They encourage us to have a deeper understanding of health than a focus on biology, physiology and anatomy and to recognize that: Health, and what makes people healthy, can only be …

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“Dog flu”could be the next disease pandemic – Study

Recently, scientists found domestic dogs to have a flu virus that poses a potential to infect humans.  The researchers from Icahn School of Medicine in New York sequenced the genomes of 16 influenza viruses obtained from pet dogs in southern China and found they contained segments similar to the H1N1 strain responsible for the 2009 swine …

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The mysterious disease “X” could be another disease pandemic- Scientists’ continuously warn.

The world health organisation (WHO) released a list of diseases that has a potential of becoming a global pandemic in future of which disease “X” was included.  This report is contained in the 2018 edition of the organization’s annual review of the Blueprint list of priority diseases .The document stipulated that Disease “X” signifies the knowledge that …

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Nigerians to pay more for alcohol and cigarette- Federal Government

Nigeria one of the highly religious countries globally is among the world’s top ten markets for alcohol and the highest consumer of alcohol. According to the World Health Organization estimates, an average Nigerian consumes about 12.28 litres of alcohol per annum. In March this year, the president Muhammadu Buhari approved the new excise duty for …

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New disease alert: Nipah virus kills 14 in India

A Nipah virus disease (NiV) outbreak was reported from Kerala, India on 19 May 2018. This is the first NiV outbreak in South India. As of 31 May, there are 16 deaths, 16 confirmed cases and 12 suspected cases. The two affected districts are Kozhikode and Mallapuram. Nipah virus is currently on the World Health …

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World –No- Tobacco Day: Tobacco consumption still a threat to our society

The use of Tobacco kills nearly seven million people annually, and more than 900 000 of these people are exposed to second-hand smoke; these deaths occurring among people between ages of 25 to 40. In fact, tobacco kills up to one half of all its users and remains one of the leading preventable causes of …

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Shocking Implications of Child Malnutrition: celebrating Nigerian Children

Proper nutrition is essential during childhood to ensure proper organ function, healthy growth, strong immune system, cognitive and neurological developments (World Health Organization, 2012). Nutritional status of a child plays a major role in the survival of that child due to the synergistic relationship between disease and malnutrition (De Onis, 2012; Katona & Katona, 2008). …

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Latest: Cholera outbreak kills 12 in North Eastern Nigeria.

  The latest cholera outbreak in the northeast Nigeria may have infected close to 134 people and killed 12 according to a medical official. “So far 12 people have died from the disease and there are many more cases”, said Ezra Sakawa, medical director of the general hospital for Mubi, the town where the disease has struck. …

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