Many thousands of people stop and reduce their smoking every year.
As smoking continues its inexorable southward journey toward single-digit percentages of populations being smokers, it’s common to hear people say the smokers who remain are all “hard core”, heavily dependent…
Over the 23 days, we saw just 20 people vaping: 15 in Paris, one in Lyon, one in Calvi, one in Barcelona and two in Madrid.
Every traveller forms impressions about patterns of frequently or seldom seen cultural differences when visiting other countries. You see far fewer women than men on the streets of more conservative Islamic…
Health technology such as apps is changing doctor and patient interaction for the better.
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New tests and drugs have always impacted health care. But completely different kinds of emerging technologies will soon radically alter how health care is both accessed and delivered.
Lost in the crowd.
Anorexia and bulimia only account for around half of eating disorders yet too often they're the only ones we take seriously.
Mathematical models can help allocate medical resources.
Mathematicians are a secret weapon when it comes to preparing for outbreaks of diseases like Ebola.
The case for compensation is worthless: the value of nothing is nothing.
Imagine you were about to buy a property and were advised that in two years time, a major freeway would be built two hundred metres away, greatly diminishing the value of your purchase. Then imagine you…
Increasing human-wildlife interactions pose threats not only to public health, but also to conservation, and well-being.
Public health is not the only way to manage epidemic outbreaks like the Ebola virus.
From one hand-held habit to another.
Services like Facebook and YouTube may have the upper hand when it comes to getting people to give up cigarettes.
From disease spreaders to scientists.
Convincing the public to not just take part in but to design and run research programmes is providing new behavioural insights for doctors.
If achieved, the huge task of cleaning up India will significantly contribute to improving public health.
India's Modi-led progress on sanitation, rivers and life insurance is overshadowed by the need for a professionally staffed public health service.
Health workers rest outside a quarantine zone at a Red Cross facility in eastern Sierra Leone in this file picture from December last year.
African health leaders do not often get the chance to tell the stories of their public health achievements and challenges.
West Ham: higher score.
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How Premier League teams would be arranged if table was according to their area's health.
But when academics retire it’s far from clear what this means.
When your local butcher or grocer retires, it’s perfectly clear what this means. They are no longer there in the shop when you next go in. Someone else has taken over, or the shop has changed to another…
Pennsylvania has added thousands of new gas wells over the past decade.
Study of Pennsylvania, which has had a surge in unconventional drilling with fracking, suggests a link between fracking and higher levels of radon.
Doctors will be asking: am I needed here?
Plaid Cyrmu's manifesto promises greater expenditure, but at what cost?
It’s better to build a fence at the top of a cliff than spend a fortune on ambulances and treatment facilities to care for all those who fall.
* This is the first in an occasional series of articles on must-read, indispensible papers in public health. Forty-one years ago when I started working in public health, there was a parable someone would…
Vital but routine public health measures are often compromised in the weeks following natural disasters.
Any public health assessment of Vanuatu should include the identification of immediate needs and associated risks, as well as put in plans for mitigating future natural disasters.
The tobacco industry warned smokers would use special covers to conceal the large-scale graphic warnings on packs. This hasn’t happened.
There is near-universal agreement that Australia’s implementation of tobacco plain packaging in December 2012 has seen the most virulent opposition ever experienced from the global tobacco industry.
Studies suggest friends, family members and even colleagues of smokers or obese people are more likely to smoke or be obese themselves.
The leading cause of death in the world are a group of illnesses known as non-commmunicable diseases. But a growing body of evidence shows they're actually social contagions.
Australian supermarket chains don’t go beyond compliance with industry and regulatory standards, and a patchy collection of additional animal welfare requirements.
Animal welfare and environmental sustainability are important ethical issues but Australian supermarkets don't do much about them. Germany's Aldi Süd chain could teach them a thing or two.