Ideas and trends can be as contagious as viruses. Seemingly unrelated, small events can
mount to epidemic proportions, and “the slightest push” in “just the right place” will
change everything. This is what Malcolm Gladwell (2000) calls the Tipping Point, a
unique moment “when everything can change all at once.”
After decades of changes, health care is approaching this transforming moment—
and we want to be among those who deliver the push in the right place, creating a new
system, a “virtual health system,” that delivers the greatest good to the greatest number.
The study of behaviours that influence health and the factors determining
which individuals will and will not perform such behaviours has become a
key area of research within health psychology. As the second edition of this
book testifies, there is a considerable and impressive body of research in this
area. The purpose of this book is to provide in a single source an overview
of current research and practical details of how to apply the most widely
used social cognition models to the prediction of the performance of health
Twenty-one targets for health for all have been set, which specifically spell out the needs of the
whole European Region and suggest the necessary actions to improve the situation. They will
provide the “benchmarks” against which to measure progress in improving and protecting
health, and in reducing health risks. These 21 targets together constitute an inspirational
framework for developing health policies in the countries of the European Region.
The truth about you
you are a thoroughly good person.you deserve a wonderful life, full
of success, happiness, joy, and excitement.you are entitled to have
happy relationships, excellent health, meaningful work, and financial
independence. these are your birthright. this is what your life
is meant to include.
you are engineered for success and designed to have high levels
of self-esteem, self-respect, and personal pride. you are extraordinary;
there has never been anyone exactly like you in all the history
of mankind on earth.
This book pioneers life-saving innovations and assists in the combat against world
hunger and food shortages that threaten human essentials, such as water and energy
supply. Floods, droughts, fires, storms, climate change, global warming and
greenhouse gas emissions can be devastating, altering the environment and,
ultimately, the production of foods.
This book aims to strengthen the knowledge base dealing with Air Pollution. The book consists of 21 chapters dealing with Air Pollution and its effects in the fields of Health, Environment, Economy and Agricultural Sources. It is divided into four sections. The first one deals with effect of air pollution on health and human body organs. The second section includes the Impact of air pollution on plants and agricultural sources and methods of resistance. The third section includes environmental changes, geographic and climatic conditions due to air pollution....
Ten years ago when I wrote the foreword to the first edition of this book, the
concept of women’s health was changing at a rapid pace. The focus was just
shifting from solely reproductive issues and biological factors, to an expanded
perception that women’s health encompasses biological, familial, cultural, economic,
emotional, psychological, and behavioral elements of each woman and her
sociopolitical environment, beyond just the reproductive organs and across her
The use of fibre optic sensors in structural health monitoring has rapidly accelerated in recent years. By embedding fibre optic sensors in structures (e.g. buildings, bridges and pipelines) it is possible to obtain real time data on structural changes such as stress or strain. Engineers use monitoring data to detect deviations from a structure’s original design performance in order to optimise the operation, repair and maintenance of a structure over time.
Acknowledging the tremendous changes in the health care system, this book offers a current and fresh perspective on nursing in the 21st century. A departure from the "medical model", its emphasis on client education, shifting delivery of care, and a collaborative approach fosters a practical view of the challenges the student will encounter in the workplace. Core content areas are covered in detail, including pathophysiology, normal and high-risk pregnancy, and women's health across the life-span.
The delivery of mental health services to infants, toddlers, preschoolers,
and their families involves a complex interweaving of skills that
straddle disciplines and test boundaries. Provision of such services is
a testament to the strength of practitioners who struggle to balance the
necessary knowledge base, application strategies, and self-awareness
required by the work.
Women with disabilities need good health. Good health is more than the absence
of disease. When a disabled woman has good health it means she experiences
well-being—of her body, mind, and spirit.
Women with disabilities can take charge of their own health when they have
information that affirms their own experience of their bodies and health needs. They
can also use this information to change the way people think about disability. As
women with disabilities take charge of their lives, they will gain respect and support in
In September 2006, as a result of advocacy by international and national non-governmental
organisations (NGOs), the United Nations (UN) General Assembly finally adopted the target of
universal access to reproductive health. This health key issues guide explores issues relating to
universal access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services using a rights-based
approach. The guide examines factors that inhibit access to and use of SRH services, and
discusses methods for removing barriers to care and improving access.
Genetically modified foods and food products derived from genetically engineered
organisms are among a number of biotechnological developments intended
to improve shelf life, nutritional content, flavor, color, and texture, as well as
agronomic and processing characteristics. Although in popular parlance the term
genetically modified often is used interchangeably with genetically engineered,
in this report genetic modification refers to a range of methods used to alter the
genetic composition of a plant or animal, including traditional hybridization and
The world today is changing at a tremendous speed; advances in technology
and communication and changes in the political, economic, demographic
and social changes, all touch our lives. These changes also impact on health
care provision, and the delivery of health services. The aim of this book is to
empower would – be leaders of nursing and allied health professions to be
effective. Leadership in health care is a high priority in the UK and, at the
time of writing, is top of the list for the National Health Service Federation.
Desai et al. (2004) provide a meta-analysis of health effects from household solid fuel air
pollution. Health effects were categorized by level of evidence from the research
literature. Relative risk ratios associated with solid fuel use, relative to clean fuels such
as LPG, were derived for each health outcome (table 3.1).
The national and global
mortality and DALY estimates presented by WHO (2007) reflect the relative risk ratios in
Desai et al, limiting the health effects to ALRI in children u5, and COPD and lung cancer
in adult women and men.
Someone with a physical illness or disability often needs hands-on or
stand-by assistance with activities of daily living (see page 19). People
with cognitive impairments usually need supervision, protection or verbal
reminders to do everyday activities. The way long-term care services are
provided is changing. Skilled care and personal care are still the terms used
most often to describe long-term care and the type or level of care you
If you already have health problems that are likely to mean you will need
long-term care (for example, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease), you
probably won’t be able to buy a policy. Insurance companies have medical
underwriting standards to keep the cost of long-term care insurance
affordable. Without such standards, most people would not buy coverage
until they needed long-term care services.
Some states have a regulation requiring the insurance company and the
agent to go through a worksheet with you to decide if long-term care
insurance is right for you.
Anomalous climatic outcomes such as higher temperatures, intense rainfall and flood, frequent and severe droughts are now at the new level. Without appropriate adaptation measures, climate change is bound to exacerbate vulnerability of society, place food security and human health at risk, threaten the lives of growing urban population and impede the goal of attaining sustainable development. The human and social dimensions of climate change, including climate policy, are essential parts of our response to the many challenges emanating from climate change....
By adopting the brain healthy strategies detailed in Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, you can outsmart your genes, put the brakes on aging, and even reverse the aging process. If you change your brain,…
Environmental health decision making can be a complex undertaking, as
there is the need to navigate and find balance among three core elements: science,
policy, and the needs of the American public. Much of environmental
health decision making started in the 1950s and 1960s and was focused on
health effects of simple environmental exposures. However, scientific knowledge
has rapidly changed as new technologies and new insights into the complexity
of environment–health interactions have emerged.