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  • [Editorial] Women's rights: never truly acquired?

    Posted 2017-03-01 00:00:00 dun: Mahammad A. Tafida

    “One is not born, but rather becomes, woman.” So wrote Simone de Beauvoir in her landmark 1949 book, The Second Sex. De Beauvoir's statement still remains an important principle for women and health. March 8 marks International Women's Day—a day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women worldwide. But International Women's Day also signals a moment to reflect not only on what has been achieved, but also what remains to be done. And there is, indeed, much more to be done if the goal of gender equity, Sustainable Development Goal 5, is to be ...

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  • [Comment] US reproductive health and rights: beyond the global gag rule

    Posted 2017-03-01 00:00:00 dun: Mahammad A. Tafida

    As one of his first actions as president, Donald Trump imposed and expanded the global gag rule, a sweeping policy that will cripple highly successful US family planning programmes in developing countries and seriously damage broader US global health efforts.1 This callous policy—ostensibly meant to counter abortion—might shock observers abroad, but is only the opening salvo in what is expected to be a broad-based assault on sexual and reproductive health and rights. President Trump has vowed to “put America first”; however, his policies would put the health of women last, around the world and most certainly in the ...

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  • [Comment] The price of delaying measles eradication

    Posted 2017-03-01 00:00:00 dun: Mahammad A. Tafida

    On September 27, 2016, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) verified that the Americas had eliminated endemic measles transmission.1 This phenomenal achievement provides irrefutable empirical evidence supporting the determination reached by a global technical consultation, convened by WHO in 2010, that global measles eradication is biologically, technically, and operationally feasible.2 The prospect of a world where no child dies because of measles has resonated with global leaders and all WHO regions have established goals to eliminate measles by 2020 or ...

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  • [Comment] Interpretation of dementia diagnosis and treatment trends in the UK over time

    Posted 2017-02-23 23:31:07 dun: Mahammad A. Tafida

    The study by Katherine Donegan and colleagues,1 published in The Lancet Public Health, provides a powerful analysis of routine data for dementia diagnosis rates and prescription practices over a period during which policies and practices have changed in the UK. The analysis presented in this Article uses the presence of codes in routine datasets indicating a dementia diagnosis during a 10 year period from 2005 to 2015. These data were extracted and examined in relation to prescribing practices and then linked to policy developments in the UK during this ...

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  • [Articles] Trends in diagnosis and treatment for people with dementia in the UK from 2005 to 2015: a longitudinal retrospective cohort study

    Posted 2017-02-23 23:31:06 dun: Mahammad A. Tafida

    Over the 10 years studied, there is evidence of a sustained positive change in diagnosis rates of dementia and in the quality of drug treatment provided to those diagnosed. The prescription of antidementia drugs more than doubled and the prescription of potentially hazardous antipsychotics halved after the introduction of national dementia strategies. These data support the formulation and delivery of national policy to improve the quality of care for people with ...

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