Public Health is an international, multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal. It publishes original papers, reviews and short reports on all aspects of the science, philosophy, and practice of public health. The journals serve all public health practitioners and researchers and those who manage public health services and systems.
This study was undertaken to investigate the occurrence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in Orang Asli (OA), the indigenous people of Peninsular Malaysia. OA consist of Negrito, Proto-Malay, and Senoi groups who collectively comprise only 0.76% of the population of Peninsular Malaysia. Owing to the challenges in accessing their remote villages, these groups are often excluded in larger government health surveys. Although tropical diseases were scourges in the past, with rapid national development, many OA communities have been gradually urbanized.
A routine review of hepatitis A travel vaccination recommendations was brought forward in June 2017 due to hepatitis A vaccine shortages and a concurrent outbreak in men who have sex with men (MSM). There were three objectives: first, to document the review process for changing the recommendations for the UK travellers in June 2017. Second, to study the impact of these changes on prescribing in general practice in 2017 compared with the previous 5 years. Third, to study any changes in hepatitis A notifications in June–October 2017 compared with the previous 5 years.
Being in public health, we know a thing or two about risk. Whether it is about individual behaviours, exposure to environmental hazards or contact with bacteria or viruses that are dealt with by healthcare services, we understand how certain things pose a risk to our health. At least as important, as population practitioners, we have an insight into what actions may militate the harm which such risks pose. Understanding the risk and how it can be more effectively managed is a theme which runs through this November issue of Public Health.
Although many risk factors for cancers have been well deﬁned, the effects of dietary inflammation have remained controversial. We aimed to summarize the association between the dietary inflammatory index (DII) and the risk of cancer.
Uptake of meningococcal ACWY (Men ACWY) vaccine amongst school leavers is suboptimal in London (9.9% compared to 17.4% nationally in 2015/16). This study explores service delivery barriers and elicits insights from general practice staff on their interaction with this cohort. The purpose was to inform the National Health Service England (London) public health commissioning team's strategy to improve Men ACWY vaccination uptake in London.
This study sought to evaluate whether government-assisted vs market-rate housing type influences the frequency of asthma symptoms or the quality of life scores among low-income urban children. In addition, the study sought to evaluate whether housing type influenced the success of in-home environmental and educational interventions in improving children's asthma symptoms or quality of life scores.