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Zoonotic Diseases in Cambodia

At least sixty percent of all emerging infectious diseases start their life in animals. These zoonotic diseases, as they are known, are a particular problem in Asia. Two French organisations are monitoring illnesses in animals, such as bird flu, in Cambodia to avoid outbreaks in humans.
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Malnourished Children in Haiti

One in five children in Haiti is malnourished. US organisation Meds & Food for Kids (MFK) is treating 8,000 children with a high energy, nutritious peanut paste. Taken over six weeks, the course helps children to gain 4 grammes per kilogramme of weight per day. MFK employees grow, roast and grind the peanuts locally and is hoping to grow enough peanuts in the future to be able to export them to other countries in need.
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Hypertension in China

In the last 10 years the proportion of people with high blood pressure in China has almost doubled - from 10 to over 18% of the population. A key contributing factor is unhealthy lifestyles, so the government has gone on the offensive by organising community education campaigns on healthy living. Banks are also taking part by making it possible for people to check their blood pressure at the same time as checking their bank balance.
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Treating and Preventing Diarrhoea in Bangladesh

Approximately 20,000 people suffering with diarrhoea are admitted to the main hospital in Matlab in rural Bangladesh every year. Most of them are from poor backgrounds who do not have proper toilets and washing facilities. The hospital treats patients, including those suffering from cholera, by replacing lost fluids and also educates them about how to prevent diarrhoea in the future.
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Public Health Approaches to Reducing U.S. Infant Mortality

Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Wanda Barfield discuss important new updates in infant mortality reduction. Since the initial presentation of "Public Health Approaches to Reducing U.S. Infant Mortality" in 2012:
• Overall rates of infant deaths have continued to decline
• Risk factors for mortality such as preterm birth have been reduced
• CDC has launched the tips from former smokers campaign focusing on the need to stop smoking during pregnancy
• Large collaborative initiatives were started to address geographic disparities and improve quality of care to pregnant women

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Video Focus

Food System Thinking

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has been applying big-picture thinking to the food system since 1996, and has been educating the public, policymakers and advocates on key food system issues. The Center has focused on issues such as the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture and the resulting increase in antibiotic-resistant organisms, the public health risks of arsenic in some agricultural antibiotics, and the "food desert" phenomenon whereby some communities cannot easily access healthy foods. The Center funds research on these and other food system issues, and also tries to translate its research findings into policy. It often partners with impacted communities to both conduct the research and disseminate the findings. More.

Public Health 101

US Public Health Service PSA, 1980

Romper Room-based animated spot in which Mr. Do-Bee stresses the importance of treating "lazy eye" before age 6.

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Epidemiology & BioStatistics

Public Health Approaches to Reducing U.S. Infant Mortality

Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Wanda Barfield discuss important new updates in infant mortality reduction. Since the initial presentation of "Public Health Approaches to Reducing U.S. Infant Mortality" in 2012:
• Overall rates of infant deaths have continued to decline
• Risk factors for mortality such as preterm birth have been reduced
• CDC has launched the tips from former smokers campaign focusing on the need to stop smoking during pregnancy
• Large collaborative initiatives were started to address geographic disparities and improve quality of care to pregnant women
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Health Behavior

Health Belief Model

An overview of the Health Belief Model, one of the most common models in the public health field. More.

Health Services

What if Your Hotel Bill Was Like a Hospital Bill?

Health care costs are notoriously opaque, often leaving patients saddled with unexpectedly high bills and making it challenging for them to understand their expenses. To make matters more complicated, doctors, nurses and other caregivers are seldom in a position to understand how their decisions impact what patients pay for care.
 
The Costs of Care Teaching Value Project aims to change this by empowering caregivers with the information they need to deflate medical bills. Learn more at www.CostsOfCare.org
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Community Health

It Takes a Village: Building Healthier Communities

Partnership for a Healthy Community presents a talk on the importance of community in building health care.    More.

Environmental Health

Food System Thinking

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has been applying big-picture thinking to the food system since 1996, and has been educating the public, policymakers and advocates on key food system issues. The Center has focused on issues such as the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture and the resulting increase in antibiotic-resistant organisms, the public health risks of arsenic in some agricultural antibiotics, and the "food desert" phenomenon whereby some communities cannot easily access healthy foods. The Center funds research on these and other food system issues, and also tries to translate its research findings into policy. It often partners with impacted communities to both conduct the research and disseminate the findings. More.

Global Health

Treating and Preventing Diarrhoea in Bangladesh

Approximately 20,000 people suffering with diarrhoea are admitted to the main hospital in Matlab in rural Bangladesh every year. Most of them are from poor backgrounds who do not have proper toilets and washing facilities. The hospital treats patients, including those suffering from cholera, by replacing lost fluids and also educates them about how to prevent diarrhoea in the future. More.