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  • [Corrections] Correction to Lancet Glob Health 2019; 7: e236–48

    Posted 2019-02-12 23:30:02 by: The HealthFolk Team

    Asundi A, Beliavsky A, Liu XJ, et al. Prevalence of strongyloidiasis and schistosomiasis among migrants: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Glob Health 2019; 7: e236–48—In this Article, Dr Zeno Bisoffi's first affiliation should have been listed as “Centre for Tropical Diseases, IRCCS Sacro Cuore Don Calabria Hospital, Negrar, Verona, Italy”. This change has been made as of Feb 12, ...

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  • [Correspondence] Gender income gap among physicians and nurses in Peru: a nationwide assessment

    Posted 2019-02-07 23:30:11 by: The HealthFolk Team

    The difference in salary among male and female health professionals has received important attention in the past few years. In the USA, an unadjusted estimation showed that male physicians earn on average 25% more than women.1 Overall, several studies done in high-income countries have found that male physicians earn around US$10 000–19 878 more than women yearly.1,2 Similarly, within nurse practitioners in the USA, where women represent around 90% of the workforce labour, male nurses earn around $7000–12 000 more than do female nurses yearly, with trends remaining constant over ...

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  • [Editorial] Lifting the veil on cancer treatment

    Posted 2019-02-03 23:30:02 by: The HealthFolk Team

    Cancer is one of the toughest global health issues to tackle. Its burden is large and rising, with 9·6 million deaths in 2017 according to the Global Burden of Diseases—an increase of 25% over a decade. The complexity and diversity of the disease in terms of aetiology, symptomatology, and prognoses make it a challenge for health systems lacking the capacity for screening, diagnosis, therapy, and palliation. In many low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), where the brunt of the disease burden is being borne, cancer services are not being prioritised and although a large proportion of cancers, 30–50%, is thought to be preventable, comprehensive cancer prevention strategies are not the ...

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  • [Comment] Cervical cancer: lessons learned from neglected tropical diseases

    Posted 2019-02-03 23:30:02 by: The HealthFolk Team

    Despite improvements in reducing the incidence of cervical cancer and its associated mortality, and global optimism for the prospects of its eradication,1 cervical cancer is not a disease of the past—it is a disease of the poor. Every 2 minutes a woman is lost to cervical cancer. Most of these women live in low-income ...

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  • [Comment] Preventable losses: infant mortality increases in Venezuela

    Posted 2019-01-24 23:30:07 by: The HealthFolk Team

    The health-care system collapse underway in Venezuela is a cause of utmost concern for its people and, increasingly, for the wider region. Declines in provision of basic services, such as childhood immunisation, malaria control, water, sanitation, and nutritional support, have led to increasing morbidity and mortality rates from an array of preventable diseases, including malaria, measles, and diphtheria. Secondary and tertiary care have also been greatly affected, due to declining investment, out-migration of providers, and spiralling hyperinflation that has driven the country and its people into ...

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  • [Articles] Trends in infant mortality in Venezuela between 1985 and 2016: a systematic analysis of demographic data

    Posted 2019-01-24 23:30:04 by: The HealthFolk Team

    Our conservative estimation indicates that Venezuela is in the throes of a humanitarian crisis. The increase in infant mortality rate in 2016 compared with 2008 takes the country back to the level observed at the end of the 1990s, wiping out 18 years of expected progress, and leaves the Venezuelan Government far from achieving the target of nine deaths per 1000 livebirths stated in the UN Millennium Development ...

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  • [Comment] Importance of tuberculosis vaccination targeting older people in China

    Posted 2019-01-07 23:30:05 by: The HealthFolk Team

    Given that existing tuberculosis interventions and strategies are not going to enable achievement of WHO's goal to eliminate tuberculosis by 2050,1 better diagnostics, treatments, and innovative tools such as new tuberculosis vaccines are urgently needed. Although there have been rapid advances in tuberculosis vaccine clinical research over the past decade, mathematical modelling studies, which can provide a method to predict the potential future impact of vaccine, are still uncommon. In The Lancet Global Health, Rebecca Harris and colleagues2 pioneer a model to estimate the influence of age-targeted vaccination with varying vaccine characteristics in ...

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  • [Articles] Age-targeted tuberculosis vaccination in China and implications for vaccine development: a modelling study

    Posted 2019-01-07 23:30:03 by: The HealthFolk Team

    Adolescent-targeted tuberculosis vaccines, the focus of many development plans, would have only a small impact in ageing, reactivation-driven epidemics such as those in China. Instead, an efficacious post-infection vaccine delivered to older adults will be crucial to maximise population-level impact in this setting and would provide an important contribution towards achieving WHO goals. Older adults should be included in tuberculosis vaccine clinical development and implementation ...

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  • [Articles] Effect of the Bolsa Familia Programme on the outcome of tuberculosis treatment: a prospective cohort study

    Posted 2018-12-21 23:30:03 by: The HealthFolk Team

    BFP alone had a direct effect on tuberculosis treatment outcome and could greatly contribute to the goals of the WHO End TB ...

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  • [Comment] Social protection interventions could improve tuberculosis treatment outcomes

    Posted 2018-12-21 23:30:03 by: The HealthFolk Team

    Eradication of poverty in all forms remains a global challenge identified by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.1 Tuberculosis is a disease of poverty and its transmission is perpetuated by malnutrition, overcrowding, HIV and AIDs, and other conditions associated with socioeconomic and social determinants of health.1,2 Ending the tuberculosis epidemic is a target of the Sustainable Development Goals that requires the implementation of various biomedical, public health, and socioeconomic interventions in addition to research and ...

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