Perspectives in Public Health

Articles from Vol. 130, No. 5, September

Blending Skills for Water Gain
Colin Gordon, an International Development Executive at Cardonald College Glasgow, proposes an approach to improve water utilization for water-stressed countries that blends skills development with enterpriseTwo problems, one solutionMany countries,...
Calcium and Magnesium in Drinking-Water: Public Health Significance
Calcium and Magnesium in Drinking-Water: Public health Significance By The World Health Organization. Published by WHO Press, 2009. Paperback 180pp. Price $40.00. ISBN 978-92-4-156355-0.Calcium and magnesium are essential for human health. The main source...
Cutting Edge
Living close to convenience stores makes you fat, according to new research. Testing the association between women's BMI and their food environment also showed that the greater number of restaurants within a five-minute walk of a woman's home, the higher...
Diary
22nd September 2010, 28 Portland Place, W1B 1LY London followed by the Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London W1W 6JJRSPH AGM and Annual Conference and Awards CeremonyWe hope you will join us at the RSPH AGM and the Annual Conference to celebrate...
Epidemiology: A Very Short Introduction
Epidemiology: A Very Short Introduction By Rodolfo Saracci. Published by Oxford University Press, 2010. Paperback 144pp. Price £7.99. ISBN 978-0-19- 954333-5.Against a plethora of epidemiology textbooks ranging from detailed reference manuals to quick...
Guest Editorial
Water WorldHave we lost our respect for water? Water and sanitation was once the cornerstone of public health but is now a peripheral concern, as if the hardwon progress no longer needs much consideration: this is far from the case. In this water-themed...
Heart Development Affected by Maternal Diet
Research funded by the wellcome Trust and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) suggests that a pregnant mother's diet may be able to interact with her unborn child's genes and influence the type or severity of birth defect.Congenital heart disease is the...
How Health Professionals Can Leverage Health Gains from Improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Practices
AbstractEmerging evidence suggests that widespread failure in coordination and collaboration between the health and WaSH sectors contributes to the substantive disease burden associated with inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH). This results...
If You Have Health You Have Hope, If You Have Hope You Have Everything
David Clapham, Principal Environmental Health Manager at Bradford Council, questions the emphasis on making the developed world's clean water even cleaner, while ignoring the fact that dirty water is the best many in the world can hope forIn 1990 Ron...
Interim Report: Review of Evidence of the Health Impact of Famine in Ethiopia
AbstractHistorical accounts of famines in Ethiopia go as far back as the 9th century, however, evidence on its impact on health only started to emerge from the 15th century onwards. Unfortunately, famine has been endemic in Ethiopia in the last few decades....
Media Maladies
Sex and germs: always a risky mixture.First the sex - as featured in a lively, postwatershed, but still slightly coy offering on Channel 4 - The Sex Education Show. Actually, sex didn't quite feature. Instead it was much talked about, hinted at, and...
Men's Health
Men live shorter lives than women. Men also have higher morbidity rates for all the most serious health conditions. Men living in better material circumstances have longer and healthier lives than women living in poorer communities, of course - but actually...
Need for Community Water Fluoridation in Areas with Suboptimal Fluoride Levels in India
Dr Srinivas Sulugodu Ramachandra, Senior Lecturer at Kanti Devi Dental College, Dr Srikrishna Sulgodu Ramachandra, Assistant Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India, and Dr Mala Rao, Director of the Indian Institute of Public Health, argue...
Note from Professor of Foodservice
Dear editor,The often quoted, or rather misquoted, passage from Samuel Coleridge's (1772 - 1834):The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, '...water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink', is as relevant today as it was then. with something like 71% of the...
Plumbing - Vital to Global Health
Robert D Burgon, Chairman of the World Plumbing Council, highlights the role that plumbing makes in protecting healthMany UK-based health professionals will be well aware of the improvements in public health that took place in London in the middle of...
Policy and Politics
A short tale of some known knowns, some known unknowns and one major unknown unknownI am writing this in early July, which means that reading it, you know a lot more about the coalition government's policy direction for public health than I do, as neither...
The Implication of Water on Public Health: The Case of China
In China, water resources are both inadequate and unevenly distributed. Professor Emily Chan and Professor Sian Griffiths from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, discuss the impact of water quantity, quality, cost and development on public health in...
Treatment of Tuberculosis: Guidelines for National Programmes (4Th Edition)
Treatment of Tuberculosis: guidelines for national programmes (4th Edition) By The World Health Organization. Published by WHO Press, 2010. Paperback 157pp. Price $25.00. ISBN 978 92 4 154783 3Tuberculosis is a serious worldwide epidemic, causing nearly...
Water and Health: A Forgotten Connection?
AbstractThere are frequent and doom-laden messages concerning impending water shortages but the consequential negative effects on the availability of waters for healing and the factors underlying the decline in the use of water therapies in some parts...
Water: The Elixir of Life
We have come full circle with this themed issue in addressing the topic of water. Our very first edition* of the Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health in 1879 highlighted the 'first principles of sanitary work',1 'on certain points...
Will Drivers for Home Energy Efficiency Harm Occupant Health?
AbstractThe UK government has committed to an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, with housing accounting for 27% of total current emissions. There are several drivers both to reduce emissions from homes and to reduce fuel poverty, promoting a...