Monthly Archives: February 2015

Cost-Effectiveness of Vitamin D and Calcium

By |February 16th, 2015|

Cost-effectiveness of vitamin D and calcium supplementation in the treatment of elderly women and men with osteoporosis

Background: The supplementation with vitamin D and calcium has been recommended for elderly, specifically those with increased risk of fractures older than 65 years. This study aims to assess the cost-effectiveness of vitamin D and calcium supplementation in elderly […]

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Health-Related Behaviours Among Adolescents

By |February 16th, 2015|

Cultural, social and intrapersonal factors associated with clusters of co-occurring health-related behaviours among adolescents

Background: Adverse health-related behaviours (HRBs) have been shown to co-occur in adolescents. Evidence lacks on factors associated with these co-occurring HRBs. The Theory of Triadic Influence (TTI) offers a route to categorize these determinants according to type (social, cultural and intrapersonal) and […]

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Appointment of UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis

By |February 16th, 2015|

WHO welcomes the appointment of the new United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Tuberculosis (TB), Dr Eric P. Goosby, M.D.

Dr Goosby’s extensive and high-level experience in global health and diplomacy give him the perfect background for this critical role. Despite recent gains, tuberculosis remains a serious public health issue – fueled in part by the […]

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Are Barbie and Ken too cool for school? A case-control study on the relation between gender and dropout

By |February 16th, 2015|

Background: As school dropout is an important public health problem that needs to be addressed, we set out to examine whether and how, beyond the well-known effects of sex, gender beliefs and self-reported masculinity and femininity are related to school dropout. Methods: The study used a case-control design, consisting of 330 dropout cases and 330 […]

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Microbiological safety of glasses dispensed at 3D movie theatres

By |February 16th, 2015|

Recent popularity of three-dimensional movies raised some concern about microbiological safety of glasses dispensed into movie theatres. In this study, we analysed the level of microbiological contamination on them before and after use and between theatres adopting manual and automatic sanitation systems. The manual sanitation system was more effective in reducing the total mesophilic count […]

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WHO New Regional Director for Africa

By |February 16th, 2015|

WHO Executive Board appoints Dr Matshidiso Moeti as new Regional Director for Africa
The WHO Executive Board, currently holding its 136th session, has appointed Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti as the new Regional Director for WHO’s Africa Region. Dr Moeti was nominated Regional Director by the health ministers of the 47 Member States of the WHO African […]

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