Jul 262016
 

Hypertension Primer: The Essentials of High Blood Pressure: Basic Science, Population Science, and Clinical Management


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Now in its thoroughly updated Fourth Edition, the Hypertension Primer is a comprehensive, readable source of state-of-the-art scientific and clinical information on hypertension. The book contains 171 short chapters by distinguished experts that cover every aspect of hypertension and its pathogenesis, epidemiology, impact, and management. Highlights of this edition include updated JNC 7 findings regarding special population therapy and clinical management. Chapters are grouped into three well-organized sections–basic science, population science, and clinical management–and each chapter is cross-referenced to other relevant chapters. Each chapter is easily digestible and begins with a bulleted list of key points.
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Jul 262016
 

Healthcare Technology Innovation Adoption: Electronic Health Records and Other Emerging Health Information Technology Innovations (Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management)


By (author): Tugrul U. Daim, Nima A. Behkami, Nuri Basoglu, Orhun M. Kök, Liliya Hogaboam

This book aims to study the factors effecting the adoption and diffusion of Health Information Technology (HIT) innovation. It analyses the adoption processes of various tools and applications, particularly Electronic Health Records (EHR), highlighting the impact on various sectors of the healthcare system, such as physicians, administration and patient care, while also identifying the various pitfalls and gaps in the literature.

With the various challenges currently facing the United States healthcare system, the study, adoption and diffusion of healthcare technology innovation, particularly HIT, is imperative to achieving national goals.

This book is organized into three sections. Section one reviews theories and applications for the diffusion of Health Care Technologies. Section two evaluates EHR technology, including the barriers and enables in adoption and alternative technologies. Finally, section three examines the factors impacting the adoption of EHR systems. This book will be a key source for students, academics, researchers, practitioners, professionals and policy-makers.

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Jul 242016
 

Human Resources in Healthcare: Managing for Success Second Edition


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By (author): Bruce J. Fried, Myren D. Fottler, James A Johnson

Human Resources in Healthcare: Managing for Success, Second Edition presents the techniques and practices behind effectively managing people—the healthcare industry’s most important asset. It provides the concepts and practical tools necessary for meeting the unique challenge of managing healthcare employees. A comprehensive resource, the book covers fundamental topics such as performance management and employee rights as well as more timely issues such as nurse workload management and managing diversity. This edition includes new information about: Healthcare workforce planning, nurse staffing, and workload Managing a diverse workforce and developing diversity programs Human resources budgeting and productivity analysis The unionization of physicians and nurses Strategies for retaining valuable staff Cases that illustrate key concepts are included, along with exercises that allow readers to apply and practice the information given
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Jul 242016
 

Tuberculosis (Deadly Diseases and Epidemics)


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By (author): Kim Renee Finer, I. Edward Alcamo

Experts in the field of microbiology tell the great detective stories of how some of the world’s best-known deadly disease-causing microbes were first isolated, identified, and studied. Readers learn how these deadly viruses and bacteria cause disease and what steps have been taken to eradicate them. Tuberculosis killed one out of every seven people living in the United States and Europe in the late 19th century. Today, tuberculosis is the second most fatal infectious disease, claiming the lives of two million people each year. Learn about this ancient disease that we are still striving to eliminate.
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Jul 222016
 

Cholesterol, Atherosclerosis and Coronary Disease in the UK, 1950-2000. (Wellcome Witnesses to Twentieth Century Medicine; Witness Se) (v. 27)


Cholesterol began to be accepted after the Second World War as a significant cause of atherosclerosis and associated conditions, such as coronary heart disease (CHD). This Witness Seminar, chaired by Professor Michael Oliver, discussed the increasing understanding of its basic science. Early epidemiological studies demonstrated the relationship between excess saturated fat consumption and elevated levels of cholesterol, although cholesterol alone did not explain all population differences among gender, class, or heritage. Work on lipoprotein metabolism pointed to the establishment of hyphercholesterolaemia as a major risk factor for CHD, culminating in the development of cholesterol-lowering drugs, particularly the successful statins, available in the UK from the early 1980s, and confirmed by randomized controlled trials. The role of diet in heart disease has remained controversial in the UK, notwithstanding the food industry’s introduction of functional foods such as cholesterol-lowering margarine. Later, recommended limits on the composition of dietary fat were agreed, and although extreme diets could reduce cholesterol, patient conformity remains difficult. Appendices on the diet-heart hypothesis and the development of lovastatin compliment the transcript. Contributors include Professor David Barker, Professor John Betteridge, Professor Gustav Born, Professor Richard Bruckdorfer, Professor George Davey Smith, Professor Paul Durrington, Professor David Galton, Dr Arthur Hollman, Professor Steve Humphries Professor Gordon Lowe, Professor Vincent Marks, Dr Paul Miller, Professor Jerry Morris, Professor Chris Packard, Professor Stuart Pocock, Professor Kalevi Pyörälä, Professor Thomas Sanders, Professor James Scott, Dr Elspeth Smith, Professor Anne Soutar, Professor Gilbert Thompson, Professor Hugh Tunstall-Pedoe, Professor Neville Woolf and Professor John S Yudkin. [251 words]
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Jul 122016
 

A Life Course Perspective on Health Trajectories and Transitions (Life Course Research and Social Policies)


This book examines health trajectories and health transitions at different stages of the life course, including childhood, adulthood and later life. It provides findings that assess the role of biological and social transitions on health status over time.

The essays examine a wide range of health issues, including the consequences of military service on body mass index, childhood obesity and cardiovascular health, socio-economic inequalities in preventive health care use, depression and anxiety during the child rearing period, health trajectories and transitions in people with cystic fibrosis and oral health over the life course. 

The book addresses theoretical, empirical and methodological issues as well as examines different national contexts, which help to identify factors of vulnerability and potential resources that support resilience available for specific groups and/or populations.

Health reflects the ability of individuals to adapt to their social environment. This book analyzes health as a dynamic experience. It examines how different aspects of individual health unfold over time as a result of aging but also in relation to changing socioeconomic conditions. It also offers readers potential insights into public policies that affect the health status of a population.

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Jul 112016
 

The Epidemiology of Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes


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As the incidence of childhood obesity continues to dramatically increase, the emergence of type 2 and the increasing incidence of type 1 diabetes in young people demonstrate that childhood diabetes, like adult onset diabetes, is a complex and heterogeneous condition presenting new obstacles to the practicing clinician. Epidemiology of Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes is the first source on the market to address this critical paradigm shift and offer insights and recommendations as to how clinicians can better care for this growing patient population.

Epidemiology of Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes:

  • is the first book devoted specifically to the epidemiology of diabetes in children and adolescents
  • examines the prevalence and clinical manifestations of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents
  • reviews clinical trials and outcomes, risk factors, complications, and interventions
  • includes practical discussions pertaining to environmental and behavioral risk factors, genetics, screening, treatment and prevention, and how they relate to the type 1 and 2 diabetes in adolescents
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Jul 092016
 

Obesogenic Environments


In a world where obesity has now reached epidemic proportions, a thorough understanding of the underlying causes of the problem is essential if society, public health initiatives and government policies are to successfully address the issue. The obesogenic environment describes all the possible influences that our environment presents which encourage overweight and obesity in individuals and populations.

Beginning with an overarching introduction to obesity and its implications for health and wellbeing, the book will move on to consider such crucial areas as eating behaviours and food environments, physical activity and the environment, the urban environment, methods, policy and future research directions.

  • Brings together expertise from across a range of disciplines
  • Written by a truly multidisciplinary team of international authors
  • Presents some of the most innovative thinking in the battle against obesity

This groundbreaking book brings together for the first time the knowledge of experts with backgrounds in nutrition and dietetics, policy, epidemiology, environmental sciences, medical sciences, town planning and urban design, transport, geography and physical activity in order to offer a multidisciplinary approach to public health, suggesting new and exciting ways to shape our environment to better support healthful decisions.

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Jul 082016
 

Plague (Deadly Diseases and Epidemics)


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Plague has erupted periodically throughout most of human history. The plague bacterium, Yersinia pestis, is transmitted by fleas found on many common mammals and through the air as victims develop respiratory symptoms and suffer from coughing spells. This easy transmission has made plague responsible for some of the highest death rates from any epidemic disease in history. “Plague, Second Edition” examines the disease from an epidemiological perspective. Studies of the historical European plague outbreaks, known as the Black Death, examine the role animals play in the spread of disease and the human cost of such a widespread outbreak. This revised edition includes new photographs and illustrations as well as updated statistics on modern plague outbreaks in the American Southwest. The chapters include: Historical Overview; Causes of the Plague; Cats, Rats, Prairie Dogs, and Squirrels; Diagnosis; Treatment; Prevention; The Problems of Antibiotic Resistance; Concerns for the Future; and, Hopes for the Future.
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Jul 082016
 

The End of the Obesity Epidemic


By (author): Michael Gard

Despite apocalyptic predictions from a vocal alliance of health professionals, politicians and social commentators that rising obesity levels would lead to a global health crisis, the crisis has not materialised. In this provocative follow up to his classic work of obesity scepticism, The Obesity Epidemic, Michael Gard argues that we have entered into a new, and perhaps terminal, phase of the obesity debate.

Evidence suggests that obesity rates are levelling off in Western societies, life expectancies continue to rise in line with rising obesity rates, and across the world policy-makers have remained largely indifferent and inactive in the face of this apparently deadly threat to our health and well-being. Dissecting and dismissing much of the over-blown rhetoric and ideological bias found on both sides of the obesity debate, Gard demonstrates that the science of obesity remains radically uncertain and that it is impossible to establish an objective ‘truth’ on which to base policy. His powerful and inescapable conclusion is that we should now mark the end of the obesity epidemic.

Offering a road map through the maze of claims and counter-claims, while still holding to a sceptical standpoint, this book provides an unparalleled anatomy of obesity as a scientific, political and cultural issue. It is essential reading for anybody with an interest in the science or sociology of health and lifestyle.

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