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The guilt of the working mother: Health consequences or media malpractice?

A recent study reports that the children of working mothers are more likely to have a slightly higher body mass index(BMI) than those with stay-at-home moms. The study found that for every five months a mother worked, her child was likely to gain an extra pound above the average for his or her age. One…

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Caloric labeling has yet to phase children and teens

When I look at a menu in a restaurant and find that the item I was going to order contains half of my daily caloric intake, I tend to steer away, for fear of having to buy bigger jeans if nothing else. However, a new study published in the International Journal of Obesity finds that…

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Shortage of health workers prompts media messages by the Global Health Workforce Alliance

Last month, leaders and innovators in global health from around the world gathered in Thailand to share experiences of and solutions to problems facing health workers. In addition to organizing the meeting, the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) used a variety of health communications strategies and methods to raise awareness about health workers, the critical…

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Commentary: How does globalization shape health communication?

Have you ever reflected on how the field of interdisciplinary health communication is shaped by globalization?  Globalization comes with baggage: sometimes, it is perceived as ‘progress.’ Other times, as a oppressive force that keeps the rich, rich and the poor, poor. Still I reflect on how the process, itself, shapes our research and practice. Consider…

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Ultrasounds available with the help of smartphones

The FDA approved a smartphone-based portable medical ultrasound unit last week, according to an article in Time. The system requires little equipment—just a wand, some gel and a Windows Mobile-enabled smartphone, according to the article. Because of its small size, MobiUS could be helpful in remote or rural locations, and could provide opportunities for easy…

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