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Time for Schools to Act: Sleeping and Adolescents

This is a follow up to my two columns in CommonHealth offering a brief list of resources related to sleep and adolescents. A subject that has not been addressed by the school systems in Greater Boston.  The evidence on the case of sleeping is overwhelming but few schools are responding accordingly. The article by the New York Times is a good tool for parents to bring the attention of superintendents and principals. Time for a change.

New York TimesThe sputtering, nearly 20-year movement to start high schools later has recently gained momentum in communities like this one, as hundreds of schools in dozens of districts across the country have bowed to the accumulating research on the adolescent body clock.

Research Evidence Selected Resources

Great suggestion by one of my twitter friends on sleep and adolescents in GoPubMed

Filed under: Emergency, Media, Policy, psychology trauma, public health, Research

How should we define health? A MUST READ BMJ Article

The current WHO definition of health, formulated in 1948, describes health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”  At that time this formulation was groundbreaking because of its breadth and ambition. It overcame the negative definition of health as absence of disease and included the physical, mental, and social domains. Although the definition has been criticised over the past 60 years, it has never been adapted. Criticism is now intensifying, and as populations age and the pattern of illnesses changes the definition may even be counterproductive. The paper summarises the limitations of the WHO definition and describes the proposals for making it more useful that were developed at a conference of international health experts held in the Netherlands. Full article

Filed under: eHealth, Emergency, global health, obesity, Policy, public health, Research, Urgent

eHealth Research Evidence in 2011

eHealth Research Evidence (PubMed database) in 2011

by @bacigalupe

Selected References

Link to full references. Kudos to Open Source!! Still too many references are not available to everyone.

If you have a link to those unavailable here or you are the author, please share a link in the comments area)

Filed under: eHealth, global health, Media, public health, Research

The Mainstreaming of PAR in Health Care by Bacigalupe

Filed under: eHealth, global health, public health, Research

Book Review: How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman

Book Review:

How Doctors Think

by Jerome Groopman

Filed under: global health, public health, Research

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