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Comparison and validation of screening tools for substance use in pregnancy: a cross-sectional study conducted in Maryland prenatal clinics

Introduction Prescription-drug use in the USA has increased by more than 60% in the last three decades. Prevalence of prescription-drug use among pregnant women is currently estimated around 50%. Prevalence of illicit drug use in the USA is 14.6% among pre ...

Visual-motor integration and fine motor skills at 61/2 years of age and associations with neonatal brain volumes in children born extremely preterm in Sweden: a population-based cohort study

Objectives This exploratory study aimed to investigate associations between neonatal brain volumes and visual–motor integration (VMI) and fine motor skills in children born extremely preterm (EPT) when they reached 61/2 years of age. Setting Prospective po ...

Transmission of ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae and their mobile genetic elements--identification of sources by whole genome sequencing: study protocol for an observational study in Switzerland

Introduction Extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae were first described in relation with hospital-acquired infections. In the 2000s, the epidemiology of ESBL-producing organisms changed as especially ESBL-producing Escherich ...

[Editorial] Examining humanitarian principles in changing warfare

Violence in war must have a limit. Those who are not participating in the hostilities should be protected to prevent war from sinking into barbarity. Today, this is safeguarded by international humanitarian law (IHL), of which the cornerstones are the four ...

[Editorial] What's next for Indigenous health in Australia?

Last week, the independent Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee released a 10 year review of the government's Closing the Gap Strategy, ahead of the annual report. The 2008 Council of Australian Governments' Closing the Gap Strategy was deve ...

[Editorial] Asthma in US children

Around 6 million children in the USA are affected by asthma, making it the most common chronic lung disease in childhood. Last week, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published their monthly Vital Signs report, which analyses asthma d ...

[Comment] Amending the EU Withdrawal Bill: a safeguard for health

Detailed analyses of the health consequences of Brexit have focused on its negative effects on the UK's National Health Service, food security, international cooperation to combat threats to health, medicines regulation, and medical research.1 Faced w ...

[Comment] Offline: Apostasy against the public health elites

“Epidemiology is built on a history of convincing experiments…We need to get better at using randomised controlled trials as knowledge translation in the public health field”, wrote Anne Cockcroft last year. Who could disagree? The centrality of randomised ...

[World Report] Yemeni health under relentless pressure

Renewed calls for funding, reports of increasing conflict, and the ongoing blockade of the Red Sea ports draw the picture of a worsening humanitarian situation in Yemen. Sharmila Devi reports. ...

[World Report] End of a cholera epidemic in South Sudan declared

An announcement on Feb 7 declared the end of a cholera epidemic in South Sudan. Talha Burki reports on controlling an epidemic in a country in the midst of civil war. ...

[Perspectives] Schizophrenia

Dementia praecox, dementia paranoides, catatonia, hebephrenia, stupefaction—just the terms historically associated with schizophrenia could fill up a short essay on the subject. The contentious and surprisingly short history of this diagnosis draws out som ...

[Perspectives] Gabriel Leung: working for a healthier Hong Kong

In 2008, when he was a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), Gabriel Leung was invited to join government service as Hong Kong's Under Secretary for Food and Health. As an academic, he was accustomed to offerin ...

[Perspectives] Medical 3D printing and the physician-artist

It was psychologically impossible to prepare for the first patient I met who had catastrophic facial deformity. Medical training helped me respond to his sensory defects: sight, sound, smell, and taste. However, when one person meets another, we connect vi ...

[Correspondence] Dengue vaccination: a more balanced approach is needed

Media reports have cast doubt on the safety of dengue vaccination, resulting in the suspension of school-based immunisation programmes in the Philippines.1 The main concern about the vaccine is the risk of severe disease in children naive to dengue virus. ...

[Correspondence] Germany's contribution to global health

4 years after the adoption of Germany's first global health strategy,1 an expansion of Germany's role in global health is being observed and praised.2 Despite being a “latecomer” in this field,2 a lot of achievements have been made over the past ...

[Correspondence] Germany needs to catch up in global health research

It is encouraging to read about Germany's engagement with the wider world and that Germany is taking responsibility for global health issues on a level that has not been seen before. However, key issues are missing in the description of the German hea ...

[Correspondence] Germany must invest in its global health academic workforce

At the launch of The Lancet's Germany and health Series in Berlin, passionate calls were heard for Germany to assume a leadership role in global health. ...

[Correspondence] Germany's expanding role in global health

In their Series paper on Germany's expanding role in global health (July 3, 2017, p 898),1 Ilona Kickbusch and colleagues draw attention to the country's fragmented public health infrastructure. The authors call for an enabling network or platfor ...

[Correspondence] Germany's expanding role in global health

In their Series paper, Ilona Kickbusch and colleagues1 criticise Germany's higher education sector preparedness for global health, citing Kaffes and colleagues.2 We agree with Kickbusch and colleagues' view but want to stress that progress has be ...

[Correspondence] Germany's expanding role in global health – Authors' reply

Germany's role in global health is expanding, as we outlined in our contribution to the recent Series on Germany and health.1 Manfred Wildner and colleagues rightly argue that this expansion requires a strong domestic public health sector, yet Germany ...

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