Medical Librarians' Uses and Perceptions of Social Tagging (Brief Communications) (Report)

Medical Librarians’ Uses and Perceptions of Social Tagging (Brief Communications) (Report)

INTRODUCTION In social tagging, in contrast to taxonomies developed by subject specialists using authorized terms (determined by professionals), people use their own keywords to describe websites for future discovery and retrieval. The resulting list of tags of information and objects is often termed a “folksonomy,” a classification done by untrained individuals (folks) [1]. According to […]

Preventing Hypertension--an Exercise in Social Engineering (Commentary)

Preventing Hypertension–an Exercise in Social Engineering (Commentary)

A large number of population surveys from different parts of the globe have consistently demonstrated hypertension to be a ubiquitous disease (1-5) encompassing all ethnic groups and geographic regions. The disease affects both sexes and more and more patients are turning up at younger ages. Hypertension is the leading member of the group of so […]

Health Financing Reform in Kenya--Assessing the Social Health Insurance Proposal (National Social Health Insurance Fund )

Health Financing Reform in Kenya–Assessing the Social Health Insurance Proposal (National Social Health Insurance Fund )

Kenya has had a history of health financing policy changes since its independence in 1963. Recently, significant preparatory work was done on a new Social Health Insurance Law that, if accepted, would lead to universal health coverage in Kenya after a transition period. Questions of economic feasibility and political acceptability continue to be discussed, with […]

Poverty Alleviation Programmes in India: A Social Audit.

Poverty Alleviation Programmes in India: A Social Audit.

The review highlights the poverty alleviation programmes of the government in the post-economic reform era to evaluate the contribution of these programmes towards reducing poverty in the country. The poverty alleviation programmes are classified into (i) self-employment programmes; (ii) wage employment programmes; (iii) food security programmes; (iv) social security programmes; and (v) urban poverty alleviation […]

Social Determinants of Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes in Indians (Report)

Social Determinants of Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes in Indians (Report)

Introduction Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is no longer limited to developed countries, it is widespread in developing countries (1,2). Additionally, the rate of increase in CVD in developing countries is twice as high as in developed countries (3). CVD also typically occurs at a younger age in developing countries: for example, about 52 per cent of […]

Widening Economic & Social Disparities: Implications for India.

Widening Economic & Social Disparities: Implications for India.

India is often characterized as an emerging economic super power. The huge demographic dividend, the high quality engineering and management talent, the powerful Indian diaspora and the emerging Indian transnational–knelling the optimism. In contrast, there is another profile of India which is rather gloomy. This is the country with the largest number of the poor, […]

Fromm Essays: Modern Man's Pathology of Normalcy Four Lectures Given at the New School for Social Research in 1953, From the The Pathology of Normalcy

Fromm Essays: Modern Man’s Pathology of Normalcy Four Lectures Given at the New School for Social Research in 1953, From the The Pathology of Normalcy

A brilliant meditation on mental health in the modern world; alienation; ways to overcome “the insane society”; a comprehensive analysis of prevailing concepts of mental health against Fromm’s views on overcoming destructive narcissism and social determinants of mental health; and a look at humankind’s alleged passivity in relation to dreams, child development, and psychology.