Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health

Volume 2, Issue 1, March 2012
Review Article

1. Can pervasive sensing address current challenges in global healthcare?

Louis Atallah, Benny Lo, Guang-Zhong Yang
Pages: 1 - 13
Important challenges facing global healthcare include the increase in the number of people affected by escalating healthcare costs, chronic and infectious diseases, the need for better and more affordable elderly care and expanding urbanisation combined with air and water pollution. Recent advances in...
Research Article

2. The social context of tobacco products use among adolescents in Lebanon (MedSPAD-Lebanon)

Naim Bejjani, Charbel El Bcheraoui, Salim M. Adib
Pages: 15 - 22
Background: Current data from the Middle East suggest a rapid increase in the incidence of smoking water-pipes (narguileh in Lebanon) in parallel with cigarettes. The social context in which these two behaviors are initiated and associated has not been studied. Methods: Data from a standardized questionnaire...
Research Article

3. Consensus recommendation for meningococcal disease prevention in children and adolescents in the Middle East region

Atef Shibl, Haysam Tufenkeji, Mohamed Khalil, Ziad Memish, The Meningococcal Leadership Forum (“MLF”) Expert Group
Pages: 23 - 30
Facing the availability of the new generation of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccines (Menveo®, Menactra® and others pending for license) and their recent implementation in Saudi Arabia, experts from 11 countries of the Middle East region met at a “Meningococcal Leadership Forum” (MLF), which...
Research Article

4. Mean temperature and humidity variations, along with patient age, predict the number of visits for renal colic in a large urban Emergency Department: Results of a 9-year survey

G. Cervellin, I. Comelli, D. Comelli, T. Meschi, G. Lippi, L. Borghi
Pages: 31 - 38
Background: A marked geographic variability has been reported in stone disease, partially attributed to the Mean Annual Temperature (MAT), as well as to the seasonal fluctuations of climatic conditions. Accordingly, peaks in Emergency Department (ED) visits for renal colic are commonplace during the...
Research Article

5. Why are inaccurate tuberculosis serological tests widely used in the Indian private healthcare sector? A root-cause analysis

Szymon Jarosławski, Madhukar Pai
Pages: 39 - 50
Serological tests for tuberculosis are inaccurate and WHO has recommended against their use. Although not used by the Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP), serodiagnostics are widely used in the private sector in India. A root-cause analysis was undertaken to determine why serological tests...
Research Article

6. Tooth loss in institutionalized coronary heart disease patients of Punjab Institute of Cardiology, Lahore, Pakistan

Syed Akhtar Hussain Bokhari, Ayyaz Ali Khan, Javaid Ashraf Ansari, Rabail Alam
Pages: 51 - 56
Objective: To observe frequency and possible association of tooth loss with prevalent coronary heart disease in Pakistani population. Methodology: Angiographically determined coronary heart disease (CHD) patients of Punjab Institute of Cardiology, Lahore, Pakistan, and healthy individuals were enrolled...
Research Article

7. Patterns of antituberculous drug resistance in Eastern Saudi Arabia: A 7-year surveillance study from 1/2003 to 6/2010

Liaqat Ali Chaudhry, Nagamani Rambhala, Ali Saad Al-Shammri, Jaffar A. Al-Tawfiq
Pages: 57 - 60
Objective: To examine the patterns of antituberculous drug resistance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in patients with pulmonary and extra-pulmonary tuberculosis in the Eastern province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Methods: This is a retrospective study of antibiotic susceptibility of 1681 non-repetitive...