The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

An indexed, bimonthly journal of international public health issues. Articles include original research, opinion pieces, and analysis of current events in all aspects of the philosophy, science, and practice of public health.

Articles from Vol. 126, No. 1, January

2005 - A Year in Public Health
Before looking ahead to the challenges that 2006 will bring, three important figures in public health gave JRSH some thoughts on the year gone by. Each contributor has been well-known in the field for many years, but took on new significance to The Society...
A Survey of the Physical Health Screening of All In-Patients in a Residential Rehabilitation Population
AbstractAim: It has been noted for many years that people with severe and enduring mental illness frequently have poor physical health. Their physical health needs often go unrecognised by the mental health team. This study aims to investigate the physical...
Aunty State
'Aunty' BBC is lining up a second series of 'Honey, We're Killing the Kids' to show us how to raise healthy children, and the less said about Gillian McKeith and Jamie Oliver the better! Health has hit it big in show business. Jacob Lonsdale asks whether...
Body Mass Index of Kuwaiti Children Aged 3-9 Years: Reference Percentiles and Curves
AbstractAim: The suitability of using the standards for body mass index (BMI), produced in the US by the National Center for Health Statistics, for assessing overweight and obesity among children in Kuwait and other Arabian Gulf countries has not been...
Caregiver Perspectives in Oral Healthcare in an Institutionalised Elderly Population without Access to Dental Services: A Pilot Study
AbstractAim: The provision of dental services to elderly populations is a complicated area. When clients are cognitively impaired, a new set of variables are introduced as care can be influenced by designated family members, caregivers or administrators,...
Cutting Edge
Why is it that, when faced with a nice healthy plate of brussel sprouts, we are compelled to garnish it with a slab of high-cholesterol butter or fatty gravy? According to the authors of this paper it's because we, like the lucky laboratory mice they...
Editorial
Helping people to feel better about themselves and their environment is an essential aspect of health promotion.We have learned to realise that day-to-day stresses in our lives may trigger occasional minor health problems or cause flare-ups in relationships....
Improving the Mental and Emotional Well-Being of Looked after Children: Connecting Research, Policy and Practice
AbstractThe relationships between research, policy and practice in improving the mental and emotional well-being of looked after children are complex. There is a growing body of research that demonstrates that children in state care (or 'looked after...
Media Maladies
Turkeys contemplating Christmas must have felt rather confused this year: would they end up as traditional fare with stuffing and cranberry sauce, or would they be culled in a last-ditch effort to quell the inexorable spread of bird flu?Certainly the...
New Toolkit for Water and Healthy Ageing in Care Homes
UKThe Society has contributed to a new toolkit and website to assist care managers, care caterers and other service providers with the information and resources to develop best practice in regard to consumption of water in care homes for older people.The...
'Operation Miracle' Rolled out across Caribbean
LATIN AMERICAMore than 75,000 visually impaired people across the Caribbean and Latin America have so far benefited from free ophthalmic treatment in Cuba as a part of Misión Milagro, 'Operation Miracle'.The scheme, in which patients are flown to Cuba...
Periodontitis and Pregnancy
AbstractThere is an increasing amount of evidence suggesting a systemic link between periodontal disease in the pregnant mother and pre-term low birth weight (PLBW). Severe periodontitis affects at least 10% of the general population. The aetiology of...
Policy and Politics
While those of us with merely average levels of intelligence have been utterly distracted by the 'will they, won't they' of smoking bans around the world, renowned intellectual agitator George Monbiot has pointed out that 'passive driving' is killing...
Public Health Response to Biological and Chemical Weapons: WHO Guidance
3, Public health response to biological and chemical weapons: WHO guidance Edited by J P Perry Robinson. Published by the World Health Organization, Geneva 2004. Second edition. Paperback 340pp. ISBN 92-4-156286-2 Free to download from www. who.int/csr/...
Rejection of Next-Day Pill Is 'Ideology Trumping Science'
USAThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s rejection of a next-day contraceptive pill for over-the-counter purchase has been denounced as 'ideology trumping science'.The FDA's decision was subject to an inquiry by the Government Accountability Office...
Society Meeting in Scotland
SOCIETYThe Society hosted a dinner in Edinburgh to strengthen links with members in Scotland at the end of October last year. MSPs and Government officials attended, together with members and officers of Health Scotland and the NHS Boards, leading health...
Southern Africa Facing Famine
AFRICAA report from the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) has warned that a number of Southern African countries are facing a very poor harvest and, in consequence, starvation, due to erratic rainfall.Crop harvests are expected to be lower...
The Assessment and Implementation of Mouth Care in Palliative Care: A Review
AbstractAim: From a review of the literature it is evident that the importance and maintenance of oral health for patients with cancer is recognised as an integral part of basic nursing care and yet from practical observation in the hospital environment...
Third World Health: Hostage to First World Wealth
2. Third world health: hostage to first world wealth By Théodore H MacDonald. Published by Radcliffe Publishing, Oxford 2005. Paperback 312pp. Price £35.00 ISBN 1-85775-769-6Had it come sooner before the anticlimax that was the G8 meeting this July,...
World-Wide Rises in Obesity: Minimal Hopes of Control
The occurrence of obesity has increased dramatically within recent decades.1 The US population has been declared to be "the fattest nation on earth",2 with 33% being obese and 4% severely so.3 Additionally, teenagers have the highest reported level of...