While a lot of people place emphasis on losing weight, you don’t see much as much press about waist size. However, the fact of the matter is that having a suitable waist size is even more important than being the right weight. This is because a big waist circumference is linked to a variety of [...]
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On our Lab Notes page CalorieLab’s editors select and rank the day’s essential health news items in real time. Readers can suggest, vote and comment on items. Below are brief summaries of this past week’s (May 18, 2013 through May 25, 2013) Lab Notes items. To see today’s items, visit Lab Notes.
40% of US adults who’ve been prescribed medication for chronic illnesses ignored their doctor?s orders in the past year. 20% of men, 32% of women, and 56% of those aged 18-34 have either stopped taking their meds altogether or never even started.
Heat related deaths in NYC are projected to rise in the future.
The human body provides a fertile garden for fungus, say researchers.
Some bottled varieties of green tea may actually be fancy sugar water with few antioxidants, says ConsumerLab.com.
Don’t you even think about swimming when you’re suffering from diarrhea! As part of the ninth annual Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week, the CDC wants everyone to remember that you shouldn’t swim with diarrhea.
Children living in a household with two married parents are less likely to be obese, find researchers from Rice University and the University of Houston.
Fish oil supplements can modestly increase levels of adiponectin, a hormone in the bloodstream that’s associated with a lower risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Whether calcium comes from supplements or food, it helps women live longer, claim researchers in Canada.
NYU researchers who followed 222 males for an average 33 years found that those with ADHD as children were twice as likely to be overweight or obese as adults, probably due to such ADHD behavior patterns as poor impulsive control and planning skills.
According to a survey of nearly 140,000 American workers, the occupation most linked to obesity is transportation worker, such as bus and truck drivers, with a 36% obesity rate, followed by production workers at 28% and office workers at 26%.
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The Journal of Community Informatics (http://ci-journal.net)
Abstract submissions due June 15, 2013
Full papers due September 1, 2013
Anticipated publication date February 1, 2014
The international peer-reviewed Journal of Community Informatics (http://ci-journal.net/) is a medium for the communication of research of interest to a global network of academics, community informatics practitioners and national and multilateral policy makers. A special issue of the journal will be devoted to examining the relationship between Community Informatics and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Community Informatics (CI) is the study and practice of enabling communities and the grassroots to improve their lives through Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs). This special issue will focus on how community-based use of ICTs can contribute to both the achievement of specific MDG targets and the development of the post-2015 global development agenda. The issue is expected to be published in early 2014 and thus provide inputs to ongoing discussions on the finalization of a new global development agenda.
Call for papers
The field of Community Informatics seeks to explore the potential of ICTs and their applications for social and economic development at the community level. It particularly seeks to ensure that marginalized individuals and communities can benefit from the opportunities that ICTs can provide. Active and meaningful participation by people at the community/grassroots level is arguably one critical element for the successful achievement of the MDGs ? and any other development priorities, for that matter. As demonstrated in different parts of the world, ICTs enable the participation of people and give voice to the voiceless.
For this special issue, we are inviting original, unpublished research, points of view, case studies, reviews and field notes. All research papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed. Insights and analytical perspectives from practitioners and policy makers in the form of notes from the field or case studies are also encouraged. These will not be peer-reviewed but will be assessed as to their suitability for publication.
Expected topics in this special issue include:
1. National and local policies needed to foster synergies between CI and the MDGs
2. Local government, CI and ICTs: how to create a sound ecosystem for development and MDG achievement?
3. Enabling communities to participate in local MDG decision making processes via ICTs
4. CI and access to information and open data related to MDG development priorities
5. CI and local participation strategies to meet MDGs
6. CI and social inclusion of groups targeted in MDGs
7. CI and local MDG related capacity development: can ICTs close or widen the gap?
8. The potential role for CI in the post-2015 global development agenda;
9. Assessing the empirical evidence on the role of community ICTs in the MDGs to date
And specifically related to individual MDG targets:
10. Using community-based ICTs to address extreme poverty and hunger
11. CI approaches to achieving universal primary education;
12. CI contributions to the promotion of gender equality and women's empowerment
13. CI influence to in the elimination of child mortality and achievement of maternal health
14. CI approaches to combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
15. CI and environmental sustainability
16. CI as a component of national and regional health information systems
17. CI contributions to developing global MDG partnerships
Special Issue Editors:
Charles Dhewa ? CEO, Knowledge Transfer Africa (Pvt) Ltd, email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Jude Genilo ? Head, Media Studies and Journalism Department, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Raul Zambrano ? Cluster Leader, Senior Policy Advisor, ICTD and e-governance, UNDP, email@example.com
Chris Zielinski ? CEO, International Alliance on Information for All, firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Issue Assistant
Michel Castagné ? email@example.com
Abstracts should be sent to the Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 30, 2013.
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