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Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

01 Jun 2010

ESSAY
Is the increasing policy use of Impact Assessment in Europe likely to undermine efforts to achieve healthy public policy?
In the past decade policymakers commitment to Impact Assessment has grown considerably across Europe, at EU and member state level

EVIDENCE BASED PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY AND PRACTICE
"My story is like a goat tied to a hook".  Views from a marginalised tribal group in Kerala (India) on the consequences of falling ill: a participatory poverty and health assessment
Although there is a paucity of studies exploring the health of Indigenous populations in low income regions, especially South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, there is evidence that they tend to have the poorest health outcomes worldwide

DEBATE - HEALTH IN ALL POLICIES: NORTH AND SOUTH
Tackling social inequalities in health in the Nordic countries: targeting a residuum or the whole population
During the last decades public health programmes have been introduced by the governments of the Nordic countries

Putting health in all welfare policies: is it warranted? A Southern European perspective
The modern Welfare State has been characterised as a major achievement of modern civilisation, although it needs some urgent reforms in order to survive

The state of Health in All policies (HiAP) in the European Union: potential and pitfalls
The Health in All Policies approach was initiated and brought up to the European agenda during the Finnish presidency in 2006

Learning lessons from past mistakes: how can Health in All Policies fulfil its promises?
Although health promotion was conceptualised to act from an explicit social model of health, in practice activity has frequently been focused on individual behaviour change, primarily by means of health education

RESEARCH REPORT
Mortality and causes of death among drugged drivers
Premature death may be one of the health consequences following drug abuse.  Studies conducted among drug users admitted to detoxification or treatment programmes have shown that the mortality of drug users is high

Relatedness and HLA-DRB1 typing may discriminate the magnitude of the genetic susceptibility to tuberculosis using a household contact model
Tuberculosis is an important health problem in Brazil.  The incidence rate of the disease in the Northeastern city Recife is about 100/000 000 overcrowding and poverty being the major environmental risk factors

Uptake of treatment for osteoporosis and compliance after bone density measurement in the community
Large studies interrogating dispensing databases have shown that a significant proportion of patients starting oral bisphosphonate therapy fail to carry on taking this drug after one year

Changing stroke mortality trends in middle aged people: an age-period-cohort analysis of routine mortality data in persons aged 40 to 69 in England
Mortality from stroke has substantially declined in England and Wales over the last five decades

The impact of social context on socio-demographic risk factors for suicide: a synthesis of data from case-control studies
Suicide is a major cause of premature mortality resulting in over one million deaths worldwide per year

Socio-economic status, ethnicity and geographical variations in acceptance rates for renal replacement therapy in England and Wales: an ecological study
End stage renal disease is loss of kidney function to a point usually below a glomerular filtration rate of less than 15ml/min/1.7m where life is not sustainable without treatment

Inequalities in cardiovascular disease mortality: the role of behavioural, physiological and social risk factors
Socio-economically disadvantaged adults are more likely to experience premature death from cardiovascular disease and have higher disease prevalence rates than their more advantaged counterparts

Polypharmacy and its correlates in village health clinics across 10 provinces of Western China
Polypharmacy, the concurrent use of multiple drugs, is of a major concern worldwide for its associations with drug related adverse events, poor adherence, medication errors, underprescribing and increased healthcare cost

SHORT REPORT
Impact of tobacco control policies on exhaled carbon monoxide in non-smokers
Exposure to secondhand smoke has been shown to be responsible for a wide range of diseases and premature deaths in non smokers