Despite their greater life expectancy, the adults of today are less “metabolically” healthy than their counterparts of previous generations. That’s the conclusion of a large cohort study which compared generational shifts in a range of well established metabolic risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Assessing the trends, the investigators concluded that “the more recently born generations are doing worse”, and warn “that the prevalence of metabolic risk factors and the lifelong exposure to them have increased and probably will continue to increase.”
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world.”— Mister Rogers
A timeline to store my health history would come in handy for me. I am really bad remembering the date of past medical procedures, the beginning of experienced symptoms, details of received treatments…
HealthKeep is a social, private health network and might be the solution. The network claims to be secure and anonymous and can be used to create a health timeline, store health records and connect to other people experiencing similar symptoms. I like the aspect of not losing health-related information and receiving social support, but I am a little worried people rely to much on non-professional medical advice through the network.
I am convinced the online, open-access and peer-reviewed journal can help to bridge the gap between research and practice in global health and provide valuable support for health program planners, implementers, and evaluators. The journal focuses -different than other health journals- on practical program implementation issues, detailed information on program components and implementation processes.
Key topics are related to health issues (e.g. child health, HIV/AIDS), programming models (e.g. community-based services, private-sector approaches), and cross-cutting issues (e.g. mHealth/eHealth, monitoring and evaluation). The website offers also instructions for interested authors, global health job listings, and comprehensive alert services.
The blog Thumbs and Ammo is a collection of images featuring famous movie scenes. As you may notice, the images are slightly adapted and the movie characters transfer from holding a gun into a thumbs-up position.
Baby Can Wait is a NPO with great resources for teenagers and parents regarding sexual health and conversations about relationships and sex. The posters raise awareness about the importance of open dialogs and highlight the consequences of having unprotected sex.
I stumbled upon PIC.tv, a great health promotion resource I want to share with you. The Public Internet Channel features episodes (English/Spanish) around social issues, such as unemployment, diabetes, or teen pregnancy.
The channel provides additional material that comes with the entertainment-educational episodes / documentaries and includes amongst other things discussion guides, curriculums, and graphics that can be used by teachers or health care providers.