May 282016
 

Exercises in Epidemiology: Applying Principles and Methods


By (author): Noel S. Weiss

Most epidemiology workbooks are used as supplements to existing texts. The student reads the chapter, finds the answers, and fills in the right blanks. This is good for understanding basic principles and methods, but for students looking for real-world examples to sharpen their skills, there is Exercises in Epidemiology. This easy-to-use workbook features:

– Over 100 questions drawn from actual studies
– Answers conveniently provided behind each question, allowing students to compare notes with a senior epidemiologist
– Seven chapters organized around basic epidemiologic principles, such as confounding, cohort studies, and multiple causal pathways
– Case examples that increase in complexity and difficulty throughout each chapter, neatly reflecting the increase in skill in applying principles to previously unseen situations
– Questions designed to assist students in identifying and overcoming limitations in design or analytic approach

This book can serve to extend students’ knowledge of epidemiology beyond material presented in class or in textbooks, and in so doing can better equip them to deal with real-world issues they will face in their careers.

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May 232016
 

Handbook of Spatial Epidemiology (Chapman & Hall/CRC Handbooks of Modern Statistical Methods)


Handbook of Spatial Epidemiology explains how to model epidemiological problems and improve inference about disease etiology from a geographical perspective. Top epidemiologists, geographers, and statisticians share interdisciplinary viewpoints on analyzing spatial data and space–time variations in disease incidences. These analyses can provide important information that leads to better decision making in public health.

The first part of the book addresses general issues related to epidemiology, GIS, environmental studies, clustering, and ecological analysis. The second part presents basic statistical methods used in spatial epidemiology, including fundamental likelihood principles, Bayesian methods, and testing and nonparametric approaches. With a focus on special methods, the third part describes geostatistical models, splines, quantile regression, focused clustering, mixtures, multivariate methods, and much more. The final part examines special problems and application areas, such as residential history analysis, segregation, health services research, health surveys, infectious disease, veterinary topics, and health surveillance and clustering.

Spatial epidemiology, also known as disease mapping, studies the geographical or spatial distribution of health outcomes. This handbook offers a wide-ranging overview of state-of-the-art approaches to determine the relationships between health and various risk factors, empowering researchers and policy makers to tackle public health problems.

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May 212016
 

Medical Practice Variations (Health Services Research)


This title deals with internationally documented variations inmedical practice and health service that exist across countries as well as regions across a specific country. Such variationsraise critical concerns about the quality, equity and efficiency of health care resources across the world. Health services researchers have long been aware of large variations in the use of medical care across regions and medical providers. In the 1930s, the British pediatrician J.A. Glover observed that the rates of tonsillectomy in British schoolchildren varied widely, depending on the district where the students lived and the doctors who examined them. This volume provides a contextual landscape for the study of health care utilization through the lens of medical practice variations. It is grounded in the pioneering work by medical care epidemiologist, Dr. John Wennberg, who revealed wide variations in elective surgical rates across small areas in the U.S. and his findings that these variations were generally not explained by differences in population illness rates or patient preferences but rather, there were strong associations between supply of health care resources, such as hospital beds and physicians and health care utilization.

This volume introduces the concept of medical practice variations and its early history, outlines established concepts and frameworks, with an overview of methods used to understand the variations in medical care

. It makes the case for outcomes research in determining what works in health care and policy reforms to rationalize how care is delivered. Each chapter synthesizes the current published literature in the field and covers a description of medical practice variations in the area, determinants of these variations and outcomes. It outlines the most current research on specific types of utilization such as inpatient care, emergency services, elective surgery, primary care, obstetric and gynaec

ological care, mental health care and end-of-life care, among others. Studies of variation in condition-specific care focus on common conditions such as acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, stroke, diabetes and procedures such as cancer surgery and joint replacement. Special topics include health care spending and quality, shared decision making and disparities.

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May 102016
 

Asbestos: Risk Assessment, Epidemiology, and Health Effects, Second Edition


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The first edition of Asbestos: Risk Assessment, Epidemiology, and Health Effects received critical acclaim due to the interdisciplinary nature of its content. Editors Ronald Dodson and Samuel Hammar have carefully kept this popular focus while updating and expanding the topics covered in the first edition with the help of internationally known experts. While there are hundreds of books available on many different aspects of asbestos, none contain the encyclopedic, comprehensive coverage you will find here.

See What’s New in the Second Edition:

  • Definitions of asbestos by different methodologies and the potential impact that those forms have on health
  • Internationally accepted sampling/analytical schemes
  • Findings of major asbestos-related diseases that continue to increase in most industrialized countries where asbestos is widely used
  • Information on asbestos-induced diseases in biological systems
  • Expanded regulations chapter

Copiously illustrated with diagrams, tables, and photographs, including some in color, the book remains an interdisciplinary resource on the major issues in asbestos exposure and human health, with coverage that spans history, pathology, and epidemiology as well as sampling, analysis, and regulatory issues. The editors’ expertise and careful updating set this book apart, making it a comprehensive resource that interlinks diverse specialties. They provide an updated and expanded state-of-the-art discussion of important interdisciplinary factors associated with asbestos-related issues in an easy-to-use reference.

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May 062016
 

Latex Intolerance: Basic Science, Epidemiology, and Clinical Management


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This comprehensive, definitive, and long overdue reference deals specifically with all the manifestations of latex intolerance including irritation, allergic contact dermatitis, and contact urticaria. Each chapter presents the latest research in skin irritation, contact dermatitis, and contact urticaria. The well-illustrated textbook also covers in-depth basic science and clinically relevant practical issues such as the management of latex intolerance and hand dermatitis. Experts with a special interest in this area from the UK, Europe, and the US provide a balanced international perspective to this first major book dedicated to latex intolerance.
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May 032016
 

Public Health Intelligence: Issues of Measure and Method


The first textbook on public health intelligence presents in depth the key concepts, methods, and objectives of this increasingly important competency. It systematically reviews types of evidence and data that comprise intelligence, effective techniques for assessment, analysis, and interpretation, and the role of this knowledge in quality health service delivery. The book’s learner-centered approach gives readers interactive context for mastering the processes of gathering and working with intelligence as well as its uses in informing public health decision-making. And its pragmatic framework will help establish standards for training, practice, and policy, leading to continued improvements in population health.

This path-breaking resource:

  • Offers a comprehensive, up-to-date introduction to public health intelligence, a core area of public health competency.
  • Is suitable for both graduates’ and healthcare professionals’ training and development for national and international contexts.
  • Helps readers apply theory to real-life scenarios, from multi-professional perspectives.
  • Features activities, case studies, and discussion tasks for easy reader engagement.
  • Anticipates and examines emerging developments in the field.

Public Health Intelligence – Issues of Measure and Method is bedrock reading for postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students in public health, global health, health policy, health service management, nursing, medicine, statistics, epidemiology, quantitative methods, health intelligence, health inequality, and other allied healthcare fields. It is also a salient text for public health practitioners and health policymakers.

“This book is a ‘must-read’ for students contemplating a career in Public Health or for anyone who is already in practice. The breadth of chapters from respected authors provide a detailed overview and critique of issues related to public health intelligence. A key strength of the book is that it is written with both students and practitioners in mind.”

Gurch Randhawa, PhD, FFPH, Professor of Diversity in Public Health & Director, Institute for Health Research, University of Bedfordshire, UK

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Apr 252016
 

The Fever of 1721: The Epidemic That Revolutionized Medicine and American Politics


By (author): Stephen Coss

More than fifty years before the American Revolution, Boston was in revolt against the tyrannies of the Crown, Puritan Authority, and Superstition. This is the story of a fateful year that prefigured the events of 1776.

In The Fever of 1721, Stephen Coss brings to life an amazing cast of characters in a year that changed the course of medical history, American journalism, and colonial revolution, including Cotton Mather, the great Puritan preacher, son of the president of Harvard College; Zabdiel Boylston, a doctor whose name is on one of Boston’s grand avenues; James and his younger brother Benjamin Franklin; and Elisha Cooke and his protégé Samuel Adams.

During the worst smallpox epidemic in Boston history Mather convinced Doctor Boylston to try a procedure that he believed would prevent death—by making an incision in the arm of a healthy person and implanting it with smallpox. “Inoculation” led to vaccination, one of the most profound medical discoveries in history. Public outrage forced Boylston into hiding, and Mather’s house was firebombed.

A political fever also raged. Elisha Cooke was challenging the Crown for control of the colony and finally forced Royal Governor Samuel Shute to flee Massachusetts. Samuel Adams and the Patriots would build on this to resist the British in the run-up to the American Revolution. And a bold young printer James Franklin (who was on the wrong side of the controversy on inoculation), launched America’s first independent newspaper and landed in jail. His teenage brother and apprentice, Benjamin Franklin, however, learned his trade in James’s shop and became a father of the Independence movement.

One by one, the atmosphere in Boston in 1721 simmered and ultimately boiled over, leading to the full drama of the American Revolution.
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Apr 182016
 

HIV/AIDS: Global Frontiers in Prevention/Intervention


By (author): Cynthia Pope, Renee T. White, Robert Malow

HIV/AIDS: Global Frontiers in Prevention/Intervention provides a comprehensive overview of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. The unique anthology addresses cutting-edge issues in HIV/AIDS research, policymaking, and advocacy.

Key features include:

· Nine original essays from leading scholars in public health, epidemiology, and social and behavioral sciences

· Comprehensive information for individuals with varying degrees of knowledge, particularly regarding methodological and theoretical perspectives

· A look into the future progression of HIV transmission and scholarly research

HIV/AIDS: Global Frontiers in Prevention/Intervention is will serve as a precious resource as a textbook and reference for the university classroom, libraries, and researchers

 

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Apr 162016
 

Sleep: A Closer Look at the Damaging Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Health and Wellbeing


By (author): Joey Lott

Is Insomnia Ruining Your Life?

Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? Do you wake up in the middle of the night feeling anxious or running to the bathroom? Do you feel like it’s ok to skimp a bit on sleep in order to work more or party harder? Believe it or not, sleep affects everything you do. We spend nearly a third of our lives sleeping, but many of us aren’t doing it very well. Millions of Americans suffer from sleep disorders—everything from insomnia to nocturia to sleep apnea—leading to lost productivity and even dangerous accidents. Chronic sleep deprivation has even been associated with serious diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Healthy Habits Can Create Unhealthy Sleep

Could your healthy diet be wreaking havoc on your sleep schedule? Is your exercise regime causing more harm than good? Many diets inadvertently lead to stress in the body by restricting carbs, fats, proteins, or calories, and this can override your efforts and ability to sleep well! Maybe it’s time to bring back that bedtime snack. Stress is sleep’s #1 enemy.

Solve the Sleep Riddle Once and For All

Sleeping in on the weekends isn’t enough to solve the sleep equation. Getting good rest requires a specific strategy, that can feel overwhelming if you don’t have the right information, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. In Sleep, the latest book by author Joey Lott, you’ll discover a comprehensive sleep program that will have you catching more zzzz’s in no time. Learn to sync up with the Earth’s natural rhythms in a way that requires no special equipment, weird New Age chanting or complicated techniques. The info here is easy to learn and easy to implement. If you’ve ever struggled with insomnia or fatigue and are ready to finally feel rested and fully restored, then this is the book for you.

Available on Kindle and paperback.

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Apr 162016
 

The Great American Health Hoax: The Surprising Truth About How Modern Medicine Keeps You SickHow to Choose a Healthier, Happier, and Disease-Free Life


By (author): Raymond Francis

Described as “one of the few scientists who has achieved a breakthrough understanding of health and disease,” Raymond Francis draws deeply from his years of personal experience and professional training. A chemist and a graduate of MIT, Raymond exposes the truth about why the conventional approaches to health and disease aren’t working. In The Health Hoax, Francis blends wisdom from his previous books with new information and research, then he pulls out all the stops and creates a simple roadmap to health so that you can get well, stay well and never be sick again.

Francis believes that, through education, we can put an end to the epidemic of chronic disease while providing a solution to the biggest social and economic problem of this century?the costs of global aging.

In The Health Hoax, Francis exposes the truth about how to stay healthy and introduces us to a way of life that can become a “highway to health”, while he quite effectively demonstrates that we really don’t have to be sick. Then, he reminds us that not only is there absolutely no fun in being sick, but we are going broke trying to pay the cost. Francis realizes that the only solution for individuals and society as a whole is to maintain health. But health is a solution that we must choose, and once we make that choice, we must learn how to achieve it.

Fortunately, learning how to be healthy has never been easier?The Health Hoax makes it simple. Because the human organism is a magnificent self-regulating, self-repairing system, it is capable of being completely functional and in excellent health for well over 100 years of vital, productive life. We are the sum of everything that goes into our system – it is our job to support it. When we make the choice to properly care for ourselves, our bodies will reward us with the gift of good health and long life. All we need is a tool to help us master the elements of health that are the most important. This book is that tool. It will empower you to choose health and never be sick again!

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