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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Apr 162016

Contemporary Consumer Health Informatics (Healthcare Delivery in the Information Age)

This innovative reference examines how consumer health informatics (CHI) can transform healthcare systems stressed by staffing shortages and budget constraints and challenged by patients taking a more active role in their care. It situates CHI as vital to upgrading healthcare service delivery, detailing the relationship between health information technologies and quality healthcare, and outlining what stakeholders need to learn for health IT systems to function effectively. Wide-ranging content identifies critical issues and answers key questions at the consumer, practitioner, administration, and staff levels, using examples from diverse conditions, countries, technologies, and specialties. In this framework, the benefits of CHI are seen across service domains, from individual patients and consumers to healthcare systems and global health entities.

Included in the coverage:

  • Use of video technology in an aged care environment
  • A context-aware remote health monitoring service for improved patient care
  • Accessibility issues in interoperable sharing of electronic health records: physician’s perspective 
  • Managing gestational diabetes with mobile web-based reporting of glucose readings
  • An organizing vision perspective for developing and adopting e-health solutions
  • An ontology of consumer health informatics 
Contemporary Consumer Health Informatics combines blueprint and idea book for public health and health informatics students, healthcare professionals, physicians, medical administrators, managers, and IT practitioners.

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Apr 092016

Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children

Public health officials state that vaccines are safe and effective, but the truth is far more complicated. Vaccination is a serious medical intervention that always carries the potential to injure and cause death as well as to prevent disease. Coercive vaccination policies deprive people of free and informed consent—the hallmark of ethical medicine. Americans are increasingly concerned about vaccine safety and the right to make individual, informed choices together with their healthcare practitioners. Vaccine Epidemic focuses on the searing debate surrounding individual and parental vaccination choice in the United States.

Habakus, Holland, and Rosenberg edit and introduce a diverse array of interrelated topics concerning the explosive vaccine controversy, including the ethics of vaccination mandates, corrupting conflicts of interest in the national vaccine program, and personal narratives of parents, children, and soldiers who have suffered vaccine injury.

Newly updated with additional chapters focusing on institutional scientific misconduct, mandates for healthcare workers, concerns about HPV vaccine development, and the story behind the Supreme Court’s recent vaccine decision, Vaccine Epidemic remains the essential handbook for the vaccination choice movement and required reading for all people contemplating vaccination for themselves and their children.

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Mar 312016

Epidemiology: A Very Short Introduction

By (author): Rodolpho Saracci

Epidemiology plays an all-important role in many areas of medicine, from discovering the relationship between tobacco smoking and lung cancer, to documenting the impact of diet, the environment, and exercise on general health, to tracking the origin and spread of new epidemics such as Swine Flu. It is truly a vital field, central to the health of society, but it is often poorly understood, largely due to misrepresentations in the media.

In this Very Short Introduction, an internationally recognized authority on epidemiology, Dr. Rodolfo Saracci, provides a wealth of information on this key field, dispelling some of the myths surrounding the study of epidemiology, and explaining what epidemiology is and how vital it is to the discovery, control, and prevention of disease in world populations. Dr. Saracci provides a general explanation of the principles behind clinical trials, and explains the nature of basic statistics concerning disease. He also looks at the ethical and political issues related to obtaining and using information concerning patients, and trials involving placebos.

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Mar 242016

USMLE Step 2 CK Lecture Notes 2017: Psychiatry/Epidemiology (USMLE Prep)

By (author): Kaplan

The official Kaplan Lecture Notes for USMLE Step 2 CK cover the comprehensive information you need to ace the USMLE Step 2 and match into the residency of your choice.

Up-to-date. Updated annually by Kaplan’s all-star faculty.
Highly illustrated. Includes color images and tables.
Learner-efficient. Organized in outline format with high-yield summary boxes.
Trusted. Used by thousands of students each year to succeed on the USMLE Step 2.
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This title will be released on September 6, 2016.


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Feb 282016

Essentials Of Epidemiology In Public Health

Features: Essentials of Epidemiology, Epidemiology, Public health
By (author): Ann Aschengrau, George R. Seage

Successfully tested in the authors’ courses at Boston University and Harvard University, this text combines theory and practice in presenting traditional and new epidemiologic concepts. Broad in scope, the text opens with five chapters covering the basic epidemiologic concepts and data sources. A major emphasis is placed on study design, with separate chapters devoted to each of the three main analytic designs: experimental, cohort, and case-control studies. Full chapters on bias, confounding, and random error, including the role of statistics in epidemiology, ensure that students are well-equipped with the necessary information to interpret the results of epidemiologic studies. An entire chapter is also devoted to the concept of effect measure modification, an often-neglected topic in introductory textbooks. Up-to-date examples from the epidemiologic literature on diseases of public health importance are provided throughout the book. The Third Edition is a thorough update that offers: • New examples, the latest references, and public health statistics. • Nearly 50 new review questions. • Updated discussion of certain epidemiologic methods. • New figures depicting epidemiologic concepts.
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Feb 252016

Rethinking Social Epidemiology: Towards a Science of Change

To date, much of the empirical work in social epidemiology has demonstrated the existence of health inequalities along a number of axes of social differentiation. However, this research, in isolation, will not inform effective solutions to health inequalities. Rethinking Social Epidemiology provides an expanded vision of social epidemiology as a science of change, one that seeks to better address key questions related to both the causes of social inequalities in health (problem-focused research) as well as the implementation of interventions to alleviate conditions of marginalization and poverty (solution-focused research). This book is ideally suited for emerging and practicing social epidemiologists as well as graduate students and health professionals in related disciplines.

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