Population Briefs

Population Briefs is a magazine specializing in Social Science topics.

Articles from Vol. 10, No. 2, June

Approaches to Researching Women's Reproductive Health
Since the late 1980s, comprehensive studies from Egypt, India, Nigeria, and Turkey have revealed the widespread prevalence of reproductive tract and other gynecologic disorders. These findings have prompted researchers to expand this work to explore...
Bias against Women in South Asia Shortens Lifespan
All things being equal, women have an advantage over men in healthy life expectancy. In industrialized countries healthy life expectancy for women is about two years longer than for men. Researchers have cited both biological and environmental reasons...
Combating HIV on Multiple Fronts
Despite accounting for only approximately 1 percent of circulating immune system cells, dendritic cells are among the first such cells that encounter HIV following sexual or mother-to-child transmission of the virus by virtue of their position within...
Is Focus on Premarital Sex in Vietnam Warranted?
Sexual activity and its consequences, particularly HIV risk, have been a major focus of research on unmarried adolescents in Vietnam. A recently published study, however, suggests that other challenges may be more pressing for young people in that...
Making Public Pensions Sustainable
Mortality and fertility declines inevitably lead to increases in the proportions of the elderly within populations. Demographers expect population aging to become a widespread phenomenon in all world regions in the next few decades. This trend has...
Recent Publications
Biomedical Research Hamada, Anna L., Takeshi Maruo, Takashi Samoto, Shigeki Yoshida, Harold A. Nash, Irving M. Spitz, and Elof D.B. Johansson. "Estradiol/progesterone-releasing vaginal rings for hormone replacement therapy in postmenopausal women,"...
Review Finds Scarce Documentation on Quality-of-Care Efforts
In 1990, the Population Council's Judith Bruce, now director of the Gender, Family, and Development program, developed a framework for studying quality of care in family planning service delivery and listed its key dimensions. This tool provided a...