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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044369/law-as-a-fixture-between-the-one-health-interfaces-of-emerging-diseases
#1
Alexandra L Phelan, Lawrence O Gostin
A One Health approach calls for multisectoral and multi-institutional cooperation and partnership across the interfaces of human, animal and ecosystem health risks. Without strong governance, these interfaces risk detaching, leaving gaps in capacities to prevent, detect and respond to emerging and persisting public health threats. As a crucial component of governance, law can act as the fixture between interfaces. We examine some of the many forms and foci of law and propose that the process of law-making, implementation and evaluation can provide a benefit for strengthening law as a fixture between One Health interfaces...
June 1, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029975/distressed-setting-and-profound-challenges-pandemic-influenza-preparedness-plans-in-the-eastern-mediterranean-region
#2
Mamunur R Malik, Zaeem Ul Haq, Quaid Saeed, Ruth Riley, Wasiq M Khan
BACKGROUND: Influenza pandemics are unpredictable and can have severe health and economic implications. Preparedness for pandemic influenza as advised by the World Health Organization (WHO) is key in minimizing the potential impacts. Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework is a global public-private initiative to strengthen the preparedness. A total of 43 countries receive funds through Partnership Contribution (PC) component of PIP Framework to enhance preparedness; seven of these fall in the WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Region...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981239/-diabetes-care-pathways-and-the-diabetic-convention-in-2017
#3
V de Brouckère, L Plat
Diabetes is a chronic, pandemic disorder which has a growing impact on healthcare costs and leads to severe micro- and macro-vascular complications. In 2009, Belgium introduced " care trajectories " (CT), a program which allows multidisciplinary management of this disease. CT is built on a partnership between three parties: the patient (central to the concept), the general practitioner (GP) and the diabetologist. The GP is responsible for the medical management according to an individualized care plan. The specialist's task is to update the GPs' knowledge and to coach them...
2017: Revue Médicale de Bruxelles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28977398/pharmaceutical-lobbying-and-pandemic-stockpiling-of-tamiflu-a-qualitative-study-of-arguments-and-tactics
#4
Andreas Vilhelmsson, Shai Mulinari
Background: Little is known about how pharmaceutical companies lobby authorities or experts regarding procurement or the use of vaccines and antivirals. This paper investigates how members of Denmark's pandemic planning committee experienced lobbying efforts by Roche, manufacturer of Tamiflu, the antiviral that was stockpiled before the 2009 A(H1N1) pandemic. Methods: Analysis of interviews with six of seven members of the Danish core pandemic committee, supplemented with documentary analysis...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28961800/zika-virus-and-reproduction-facts-questions-and-current-management
#5
Sylvie Epelboin, Emmanuel Dulioust, Loïc Epelboin, Alexandra Benachi, Françoise Merlet, Catherine Patrat
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV) is an arthropod-borne virus of the family Flaviviridae, genus Flavivirus. ZIKV is currently the focus of an ongoing pandemic and worldwide public health emergency. Although originally isolated in 1947, its pathogenesis was poorly known and very few documented infections were published until recently. Its route of transmission and its impact on reproduction and pregnancy have only recently begun to be disclosed. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: This review summarizes the most recent knowledge about ZIKV infection and pathogenesis and focuses on its impacts on male and female genital tracts, including the risks of sexual transmission and to pregnancy...
August 9, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935231/pandemic-legislation-in-the-european-union-fit-for-purpose-the-need-for-a-systematic-comparison-of-national-laws
#6
Elizabeth M Speakman, Scott Burris, Richard Coker
Sound governance is central to effective pandemic management. Key international legal instruments governing pandemic management in the European Union (EU): the International Health Regulations (2005) and Decision 1082/13 require EU Member States to develop national plans and invite them to establish national legal frameworks to support compliance with this international legislation. Although Member States may design the legal framework as they choose, the strongest instrument of pandemic governance is national legislation...
October 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906234/an-integrated-needs-based-approach-to-health-service-and-health-workforce-planning-applications-for-pandemic-influenza
#7
Gail Tomblin Murphy, Stephen Birch, Adrian Mackenzie, Janet Rigby, Joanne Langley
Healthcare systems must be responsive to the healthcare needs of the populations they serve. However, typically neither health services nor health workforce planning account for populations' needs for care, resulting in substantial and unnecessary unmet needs. These are further exacerbated during unexpected surges in need, such as pandemics or natural disasters. To illustrate the potential of improved methods to help planning for these types of events, we applied an integrated, needs-based approach to health service and workforce planning in the context of a potential influenza pandemic at the provincial level in Canada...
August 2017: Healthcare Policy, Politiques de Santé
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892450/2015-pandemic-influenza-readiness-assessment-among-us-public-health-emergency-preparedness-awardees
#8
Thomas J Fitzgerald, Danielle L Moulia, Samuel B Graitcer, Sara J Vagi, Stephanie A Dopson
OBJECTIVES: To assess how US Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) awardees plan to respond to an influenza pandemic with vaccination. METHODS: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the Pandemic Influenza Readiness Assessment, an online survey sent to PHEP directors, to analyze, in part, the readiness of PHEP awardees to vaccinate 80% of the populations of their jurisdictions with 2 doses of pandemic influenza vaccine, separated by 21 days, within 16 weeks of vaccine availability...
September 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880856/update-increase-in-human-infections-with-novel-asian-lineage-avian-influenza-a-h7n9-viruses-during-the-fifth-epidemic-china-october-1-2016-august-7-2017
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James C Kile, Ruiqi Ren, Liqi Liu, Carolyn M Greene, Katherine Roguski, A Danielle Iuliano, Yunho Jang, Joyce Jones, Sharmi Thor, Ying Song, Suizan Zhou, Susan C Trock, Vivien Dugan, David E Wentworth, Min Z Levine, Timothy M Uyeki, Jacqueline M Katz, Daniel B Jernigan, Sonja J Olsen, Alicia M Fry, Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner, C Todd Davis
Among all influenza viruses assessed using CDC's Influenza Risk Assessment Tool (IRAT), the Asian lineage avian influenza A(H7N9) virus (Asian H7N9), first reported in China in March 2013,* is ranked as the influenza virus with the highest potential pandemic risk (1). During October 1, 2016-August 7, 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China; CDC, Taiwan; the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection; and the Macao CDC reported 759 human infections with Asian H7N9 viruses, including 281 deaths, to the World Health Organization (WHO), making this the largest of the five epidemics of Asian H7N9 infections that have occurred since 2013 (Figure 1)...
September 8, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855380/the-ghost-of-pandemics-past-revisiting-two-centuries-of-influenza-in-sweden
#10
Martin Holmberg
Previous influenza pandemics are usually invoked in pandemic preparedness planning without a thorough analysis of the events surrounding them, what has been called the 'configuration' of epidemics. Historic pandemics are instead used to contrast them to the novelty of the coming imagined plague or as fear of a ghost-like repetition of the past. This view of pandemics is guided by a biomedical framework that is ahistorical and reductionist. The meaning of 'pandemic' influenza is in fact highly ambiguous in its partitioning of pandemic and seasonal influenza...
September 2017: Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831947/an-inter-regional-us-blood-supply-simulation-model-to-evaluate-blood-availability-to-support-planning-for-emergency-preparedness-and-medical-countermeasures
#11
Arianna Simonetti, Hussein Ezzeldin, Mark Walderhaug, Steven A Anderson, Richard A Forshee
OBJECTIVES: Planning for a response to threats like pandemics or mass casualty events is a national priority. The US blood supply system can be particularly vulnerable to such events. It is important to understand the impacts of emergency situations on blood availability and the resiliency of the US blood supply system. METHODS: On the basis of the Stock-and-Flow simulation model of the US blood supply system, we developed an inter-regional blood transfer system representing the action of multiple blood collectors and distributors to enable effective planning of strategies to minimize collection and donation disruptions to the blood supply system in the event of a national emergency...
August 23, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817330/readiness-to-vaccinate-critical-personnel-during-an-influenza-pandemic-united-states-2015
#12
Danielle L Moulia, Stephanie A Dopson, Sara J Vagi, Thomas J Fitzgerald, Amy Parker Fiebelkorn, Samuel B Graitcer
OBJECTIVES: To assess the readiness to vaccinate critical infrastructure personnel (CIP) involved in managing public works, emergency services, transportation, or any other system or asset that would have an immediate debilitating impact on the community if not maintained. METHODS: We analyzed self-reported planning to vaccinate CIP during an influenza pandemic with data from 2 surveys: (1) the Program Annual Progress Assessment of immunization programs and (2) the Pandemic Influenza Readiness Assessment of public health emergency preparedness programs...
October 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753109/anticipation-and-response-pandemic-influenza-in-malawi-2009
#13
Evanson Z Sambala, Lenore Manderson
BACKGROUND: In 2006, Malawi developed a national influenza plan to mitigate, prevent and manage the burden of infection should an outbreak occur. In 2009, it translated its contingency plan to respond to the unfolding influenza pandemic. However, little is known of how Malawi translated its national influenza plan into response actions, or the success of these responses. OBJECTIVE: To investigate how Malawi translated its preparedness plan and so broaden our understanding of the outcomes of the responses...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727521/ethical-guidance-for-disaster-response-specifically-around-crisis-standards-of-care-a-systematic-review
#14
REVIEW
Jonathon P Leider, Debra DeBruin, Nicole Reynolds, Angelica Koch, Judy Seaberg
BACKGROUND: Terrorism, disease outbreaks, and other natural disasters and mass casualty events have pushed health care and public health systems to identify and refine emergency preparedness protocols for disaster response. Ethical guidance, alongside legal and medical frameworks, are increasingly common components of disaster response plans. OBJECTIVES: To systematically review the prevalence and content of ethical guidance offered for disaster response, specifically around crisis standards of care (CSCs)...
September 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717769/end-of-life-care-in-latin-america
#15
REVIEW
Enrique Soto-Perez-de-Celis, Yanin Chavarri-Guerra, Tania Pastrana, Rossana Ruiz-Mendoza, Alexandra Bukowski, Paul E Goss
Cancer has become a global pandemic with disproportionately higher mortality rates in low- and middle- income countries, where a large fraction of patients present in advanced stages and in need of end-of-life care. Globally, the number of adults needing end-of-life care is greater than 19 million, and up to 78% of these patients are living in low- and middle- income countries. In the Americas alone, more than one million people are in need of end-of-life care, placing an enormous burden on local health systems, which are often unprepared to meet the challenge presented by this complex patient population...
June 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700622/modelling-the-emergence-of-influenza-drug-resistance-the-roles-of-surface-proteins-the-immune-response-and-antiviral-mechanisms
#16
Hana M Dobrovolny, Catherine A A Beauchemin
The emergence of influenza drug resistance has become of particular interest as current planning for an influenza pandemic involves using massive amounts of antiviral drugs. We use semi-stochastic simulations to examine the emergence of drug resistant mutants during the course of a single infection within a patient in the presence and absence of antiviral therapy. We specifically examine three factors and their effect on the emergence of drug-resistant mutants: antiviral mechanism, the immune response, and surface proteins...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693034/large-scale-physical-activity-data-reveal-worldwide-activity-inequality
#17
Tim Althoff, Rok Sosič, Jennifer L Hicks, Abby C King, Scott L Delp, Jure Leskovec
To be able to curb the global pandemic of physical inactivity and the associated 5.3 million deaths per year, we need to understand the basic principles that govern physical activity. However, there is a lack of large-scale measurements of physical activity patterns across free-living populations worldwide. Here we leverage the wide usage of smartphones with built-in accelerometry to measure physical activity at the global scale. We study a dataset consisting of 68 million days of physical activity for 717,527 people, giving us a window into activity in 111 countries across the globe...
July 20, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671715/the-critically-endangered-western-chimpanzee-declines-by-80
#18
Hjalmar S Kühl, Tenekwetche Sop, Elizabeth A Williamson, Roger Mundry, David Brugière, Genevieve Campbell, Heather Cohen, Emmanuel Danquah, Laura Ginn, Ilka Herbinger, Sorrel Jones, Jessica Junker, Rebecca Kormos, Celestin Y Kouakou, Paul K N'Goran, Emma Normand, Kathryn Shutt-Phillips, Alexander Tickle, Elleni Vendras, Adam Welsh, Erin G Wessling, Christophe Boesch
African large mammals are under extreme pressure from unsustainable hunting and habitat loss. Certain traits make large mammals particularly vulnerable. These include late age at first reproduction, long inter-birth intervals, and low population density. Great apes are a prime example of such vulnerability, exhibiting all of these traits. Here we assess the rate of population change for the western chimpanzee, Pan troglodytes verus, over a 24-year period. As a proxy for change in abundance, we used transect nest count data from 20 different sites archived in the IUCN SSC A...
September 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622344/protecting-an-island-nation-from-extreme-pandemic-threats-proof-of-concept-around-border-closure-as-an-intervention
#19
Matt Boyd, Michael G Baker, Osman D Mansoor, Giorgi Kvizhinadze, Nick Wilson
BACKGROUND: Countries are well advised to prepare for future pandemic risks (e.g., pandemic influenza, novel emerging agents or synthetic bioweapons). These preparations do not typically include planning for complete border closure. Even though border closure may not be instituted in time, and can fail, there might still plausible chances of success for well organized island nations. OBJECTIVE: To estimate costs and benefits of complete border closure in response to new pandemic threats, at an initial proof-of-concept level...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614365/modelling-community-control-strategies-to-protect-hospital-resources-during-an-influenza-pandemic-in-ottawa-canada
#20
Patrick Saunders-Hastings, Bryson Quinn Hayes, Robert Smith, Daniel Krewski
BACKGROUND: A novel influenza virus has emerged to produce a global pandemic four times in the past one hundred years, resulting in millions of infections, hospitalizations and deaths. There is substantial uncertainty about when, where and how the next influenza pandemic will occur. METHODS: We developed a novel mathematical model to chart the evolution of an influenza pandemic. We estimate the likely burden of future influenza pandemics through health and economic endpoints...
2017: PloS One
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