Monthly Archives: January 2011

Academic resource: your guide to conferences around the world

Since conferences have been on my mind for the past month or so (our conference is this coming week), I thought I would share a great resource for finding conferences in any field.  Conference Alerts allows you to search for … Continue reading

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Conference Alert: World Congress of Epidemiology 7-11th August 2011

The World Congress of Epidemiology will be held this year, 7-11th August, in Edinburgh, Scotland.   Please click here for more details and how to register.  This year’s theme focuses on “Epidemiology for Tomorrow’s World.”

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Call for papers: Challenges of changing health behaviours

There’s a call for papers for a special issue of Social Science & Medicine journal on challenges of changing health behaviours if anyone is interested.  Please see their website for submission instructions.  Deadline for submission is 28th February 2011. From … Continue reading

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Truthiness, or, what I learned from clinical trials

I don’t often turn to the New Yorker for my science news, but a copy of this recent article, “The Truth Wears Off” by Jonah Lehrer, left unclaimed on top of my shared work photocopier, caught my attention.  It focuses … Continue reading

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Migrants face organ donation challenges in the US

Recent article on the New York Times about the difficulty faced by patients awaiting organ donations from a non-US citizen family member.  Sometimes I conflate issues facing migrants and ethnic minorities and speak of them as one group.  This article is … Continue reading

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Public Health – focus on China

This month’s Public Health journal takes a look at Health Services in China. Definitely worth a look.  A snippet of the table of contents is pasted below with links to papers. 3 The challenges of healthcare reforms in China Original … Continue reading

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Conference Alert: Ethnicity and Health Dissemination Conference

We are holding our dissemination conference on Wed. 2nd February 2011 in Edinburgh, UK .  It’s going to be very exciting as we’ll be presenting some of the preliminary findings from our 2 year study on how to modify health … Continue reading

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New CDC Report on Health Disparities and Inequalities in the US

The CDC has just released a report on Health Disparities and Inequalities in the US for a wide range of health problems.   For a brief summary of some of the findings, which highlight that health outcomes are very much influenced … Continue reading

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Reading about sendentary lifestyles and its harms at my desk makes me feel bad

A little fear mongering never hurt anyone, which explains why the NY Times published this article yesterday on the hazards of a sedentary lifestyle.  It was the cat picture that really inspired me to probe further (cat picture reproduced for … Continue reading

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Lowering standards for better physical activity outcomes

Instead of promoting gradual increases in activity, Canada lowers its standards so more people can meet physical activity recommendations.  Thoughts?

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