Mental Health Services Funding and Development in Kwazulu-Natal: A Tale of Inequity and Neglect (Original Articles) (Report)

Mental Health Services Funding and Development in Kwazulu-Natal: A Tale of Inequity and Neglect (Original Articles) (Report)

It is estimated that 14% of the global burden of disease is attributable to neuropsychiatric disorders, with depressive illness, anxiety disorders, substance abuse and psychotic disorders contributing the greatest proportion. (1) Over 30% of disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) are attributed to mental disorders which are expected to rise significantly over the next 2 decades. (2,3) Co-morbidity […]

Hispanics' Use of Internet Health Information: An Exploratory Study (Report)

Hispanics’ Use of Internet Health Information: An Exploratory Study (Report)

INTRODUCTION A paradox in Internet health information technology is that it is free and available to all; yet, for large segments of the US population, it is not within reach [13]. Disparity in Web access, or the “digital divide,” is especially pronounced among Hispanics [1-3].[dagger] Few studies have explored how Hispanics seek and use Internet […]

Community Health Workers in South Africa: Where in This Maze Do We Find Ourselves? (Primary Health Care)

Community Health Workers in South Africa: Where in This Maze Do We Find Ourselves? (Primary Health Care)

Using lay members in the community to provide health care is a practice with a long history in South Africa. (1) The development and implementation of community health worker (CHW) programmes grew during the 1970s and 1980s, following the Alma-Ata Declaration (2) and in response to the inadequate provision of primary health care under apartheid. […]

Metals (Micro Nutrients Or Toxicants) & Global Health (Clinical Report)

Metals (Micro Nutrients Or Toxicants) & Global Health (Clinical Report)

Mythological stories from the Far East and the West have referenced the importance of metals and metalloids in numerous human activities ranging from farming, armor, archery and to use in medicine indicating their role and importance in human life. The era of industrial revolution brought to forefront the use of metals in industrial machines to […]

An Approach to Terrorism Preparedness: Parkland Health and Hospital System (Local Perspectives on Bioterrorism)

An Approach to Terrorism Preparedness: Parkland Health and Hospital System (Local Perspectives on Bioterrorism)

In response to growing concerns regarding domestic terrorism, the 104th Congress passed Public Law 104-201, the National Defense Authorization Act, for fiscal year 1997. In addition to providing the nation’s first responders (i.e., law enforcement agencies, fire departments, emergency medical services, emergency planners, and health care personnel) with training regarding emergency response to weapons of […]

Balancing Between Two Goods: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and Ethical Compliancy Considerations for Privacy-Sensitive Materials in Health Sciences Archival and Historical Special Collections (Report)

Balancing Between Two Goods: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and Ethical Compliancy Considerations for Privacy-Sensitive Materials in Health Sciences Archival and Historical Special Collections (Report)

INTRODUCTION Special collections professionals in institutions with health sciences history collections balance on a legal and ethical tightrope of preserving and providing access to the historical record, while at the same time respecting the confidences of those whose lives are reflected in the records. Although a great deal of information is available on the topics […]

Epidemiology to Public Health Intervention for Preventing Cardiovascular Diseases: The Role of Translational Research (Report)

Epidemiology to Public Health Intervention for Preventing Cardiovascular Diseases: The Role of Translational Research (Report)

Introduction Translational research has been characterized as “effective translation of the new knowledge, mechanisms and techniques generated by advances in basic science research into new approaches for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases which is essential for improving health” (1). A translational researcher has been defined as “someone who takes something from basic research to […]