Most diet trials in the best journals fail even the most basic of quality control measures.
Lawrence GostinDiet is a vital health determinant yet studies are weak. Why? Unlike drug trials, where Pharma & @NIH invest big $, the food industry has no incentive for good studies. It'll hurt their bottom line. We need major public funding. Excellent @nytimes op ed.
In 2018, Facebook introduced Ad Archive as a platform to improve transparency in advertisements related to politics and “issues of national importance…
Lawrence GostinMost think anti-vaxxers are organic, grassroots. No! In fact, 54% @facebook ads spreading misinfo are funded by only 2 groups: "World Mercury Project" led by Robert Kennedy Jr. & "Stop Mand Vac." Vested ints w/ deep pockets spread false, harmful messages.
Ebola uncovered policy flaws. A bioweapons treaty might show a fix, says Rebecca Katz.
Lawrence GostinOur wonderful team from @GUGlobalHealth@RebeccaKatz5 has a must read in @nature. She calls on WHA to convene periodic meetings of #IHR states parties to review the Regs, find collective solutions to implementation & deal w/ new biosecurity challenges
Better data on health disparities and commitment to interventions focused on the determinants of inequality are essential, argue Eric Friedman and colleagues
Income inequality is growing,1 fuelling both right wing populism2 and demands for...
Lawrence GostinWe've made vital progress on health. But so many left behind. Nothing is more important to #globalhealth than fairness. This article must be read to understand the depth of injustice. It offers an exciting solution: nat'l health equity action programs
Vaccination is one of public health's greatest achievements, responsible for saving
billions of lives. Yet, 20% of children worldwide are not fully protected, leading
to 1·5 million child deaths annually from vaccine-preventable diseases. Millions...
Dengue afflicts nearly 400 million people worldwide every year, but a vaccine has remained elusive. New research offers a path forward.
Lawrence GostinGreat news @NEJM TAK-003 vaccine 80% effective in preventing dengue. 30-fold rise in infections since 1970; 2018, 100 mil infections. In 2015, Dengvaxia caused scare in Philippines, making some dengue worse. Even today, public shys away from all vaccines
“A deafening silence” is how Sarah Hawkes, Director of the Centre for Gender and Global
Health at University College London (UCL), UK, recalls the reaction to a 2013 Lancet
Viewpoint on gender and global health that she wrote with her husband Kent...
Healthy Societies is an initiative that brings together policy-makers, academics and other stakeholders from a range of sectors and assembles the best available evidence to advocate for a world where everyone enjoys better health and well-being...
Earlier this year, the Lancet Commission on Obesity called for “a radical rethink of business models, food systems, civil society involvement, and national and international governance” to address the interlinked [...]More...
Predict, a government research program, sought to identify animal viruses that might infect humans and to head off new pandemics.
Lawrence GostinUS Cuts funds for key surv program for dangerous animal viruses w/ potential to infect humans. Ending program makes us more vulnerable to lethal pathogens like Ebola & MERS. @nytimes. That is what happens when populist leaders retreat into isolation.
A clinical trial conducted during an epidemic in a violent swath of Congo proved that two new drugs can sharply reduce death rates from Ebola, a virus that has crossed oceans to strike victims in the U.S. and Europe.
Lawrence GostinThe always lucid @betswrites@WSJ describes the heroic wok of Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum who despite violent attacks pioneered a powerful #Ebola Rx. The tragedy of a sustained DRC epidemic turned into an opportunity to conduct successful clinical trials.
Objective To examine the associations of vegetarianism with risks of ischaemic heart disease and stroke.
Design Prospective cohort study.
Setting The EPIC-Oxford study, a cohort in the United Kingdom with a large proportion of non-meat eaters,...
Lawrence GostinHere is a good reason to eat healthy fish. New UK prospective cohort finds fish eaters & vegetarians had lower rates of ischaemic heart disease than meat eaters.@bmj_latest
The GHS Index will highlight individual country needs, boost compliance with international standards, and create better understanding of global capabilities to prevent, detect, and respond to biological threats.