Great Expectations: The Future of Public Health after 2015

As Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be ending in 2015, the world is waiting to see new agenda on health as well as on other sectors of development. With fewer than a 1000 days remaining for achieving the targets of MDGs, it is very much justified to ask: What do we want for health in the post-2015 era? So 2015 is a year of immense significance for public health; this is the year of new transition.

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Bollywood delivers 14.3 billion tobacco images to Indian audiences each year

Dr. Soumyadeep B

Top grossing Bollywood films deliver about 14.3 billion separate tobacco images to Indian audiences (in terms of numbers of images multiplied by numbers of viewers)—many more than the estimated 920 million images delivered by Hollywood films screened to UK audiences, a study has found.

The study, published in Heart Asia, said that the association between young people’s use of tobacco products and the depiction of tobacco use in films in India has already been established.1

For the new study, researchers from Imperial College London, in collaboration with an Indian non-governmental organisation called Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth, analysed …


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Bangladesh: Rana Plaza is a parable of globalisation

Participation, Power and Social Change Research at IDS

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The garment factory collapse in Savar in Bangladesh is a parable of globalisation. The visceral images needed to make world headlines are there, as dead and broken bodies are pulled from the rubble for a fourth and fifth day. If there are any more survivors, as the tapping sounds of life fade out, they will have endured 100 hours trapped under the concrete and steel of the profit machine of a political youth leader – which description, by the way, translates in Bangladesh as ‘thug’.

Stories of heroism and agony and the criminal apathy of officials stirred up yet another round of mass violence in Dhaka. Factories were attacked and inevitably, someone died. This is with the secular-Islamic clash surrounding the Shahbag movement for justice for war crimes still bubbling in the background. There is a domestic politics angle to Rana Plaza, including the political lessons of the…

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Does Scholarly Open-Access Publishing Increase Author Misconduct?

5,000 Open Access (OA) journals now in JournalTOCs, the free current awareness service for researchers

Roddy Macleod's Blog

JournalTOCs, the current awareness service for researchers, scholars and students, now contains the latest Tables of Contents of 5,000 Open Access (OA) journals.  The total number of journals included in JournalTOCs is over 20,800 and so those 5,000 OA titles make up just less than 25% of the overall content.

As the Wikipedia explains: “Open-access journals are scholarly journals that are available online to the reader “without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.””

The remaining 15,800 or so journals in JournalTOCs are either subscription journals, or free or partially free journals.

The exact figures of how many journals are included in JournalTOCs will vary from day to day.  This is because the total figure includes only those journals that JournalTOCs has managed to harvest at any time.  Therefore, if a computer server which hosts a journal or collection…

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Criteria for Determining Predatory Open-Access Publishers (2nd edition)

Research Impact: Scholarly Communication @ Carleton University

Vanity publishers are taking advantage of the open access movement. These publishers scour professional email lists, soliciting article submissions for a cost. They could have false-front or non-existent peer review processes.

If you receive an email asking you to publish, make sure you research that publisher, and verify that their name does not appear on Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers.

Make sure to also take a look at Beall’s Criteria for Determining Predatory Open-Access Publishers (2nd edition) for many useful tips.

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Malnutrition remains major threat to Indian women, even though mean BMI is rising

Dr. Soumyadeep B

Women in India face the twin problems of obesity and undernutrition, whereby the “fat are becoming fatter” while the “thin continue to remain thin,” a study published last month in PLOS Medicine shows.1

Researchers from the University of Toronto and Harvard School of Public Health found that as India underwent massive social, economic, and demographic changes the mean body mass index of Indian women rose. However, the obese and overweight, like their counterparts in other low and middle income nations, have been …

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