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Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Subject guide for all QUB Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences students and staff

QUB Global and Public Health current awareness bulletins

This bulletin, for QUB Global and Public Health students and staff, contains links to some of the latest papers on global/public health topics. These might help to trigger research ideas in students who are unsure of topics to pursue for essays, dissertations etc.

To receive new issues of this bulletin via email, please contact Richard Fallis, Subject Librarian for Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences.

May 2024

Big alcohol: universities and schools urged to throw out industry-funded public health advice 10.1136/bmj.q851

The cost of inaction on health equity and its social determinants 10.1136/bmjgh-2023-012690

Effectiveness and safety of COVID-19 vaccines on maternal and perinatal outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis 10.1136/bmjgh-2023-014247

Estimated health effects from domestic use of gaseous fuels for cooking and heating in high-income, middle-income, and low-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analyses 10.1016/S2213-2600(23)00427-7 

Exploring the intersection of the medical metaverse and healthcare ethics: future considerations and caveats 10.1016/j.glohj.2024.02.005

Future proofing health in response to climate change and rapid urbanisation in Africa 10.1136/bmj-2023-076476

Grief and bereavement support for parents in low- or middle-income countries: a systematic review 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2024.01.023

Interventions to address antimicrobial resistance: an ethical analysis of key tensions and how they apply in low- income and middle-income countries 10.1136/bmjgh-2023-012874

A legal mapping of 48 WHO member states' inclusion of public health emergency of international concern, pandemic, and health emergency terminology within national emergency legislation in responding to health emergencies 10.1016/S0140-6736(24)00156-9

Opportunities and challenges for financing women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health in the context of climate change 10.1136/bmjgh-2023-014596

Planetary health risks in urban agriculture 10.1016/j.glohj.2024.02.007

Prevalence, perceptions, and experiences of frailty among older migrants from low- and middle-income countries to high income countries: a mixed method systematic review 10.1016/j.archger.2024.105360

Refocusing the World Health Organization’s Model List of Essential Medicines on the needs of low and middle income countries 10.1136/bmj-2023-077776

Shaping urban environments to improve respiratory health: recommendations for research, planning, and policy 10.1016/S2213-2600(23)00329-6

Social prescribing in the metaverse: a new frontier for primary care practice 10.1016/j.glohj.2024.02.006

Towards universal access: a review of global efforts in ear and hearing care 0.1016/j.heares.2024.108973

Under-5 mortality surveillance in low-income and middle-income countries: insights from two Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems in rural Gambia 10.1136/bmjgh-2023-014937  

Workplace interventions to reduce the risk of SARS‐CoV‐2 infection outside of healthcare settings (updated Cochrane intervention review) 10.1002/14651858.CD015112.pub3


Sources: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Jun); BMJ, The (8th, 16th and 24th Apr); BMJ Global Health (Apr); Cochrane Library (Apr); Global Health Journal (Mar); Hearing Research (Apr); Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (May); Lancet, The (13th-19th Apr); Lancet Respiratory Medicine, The (Mar-Apr)

April 2024

Assessing the impact of temperature on the duration of COVID-19 transmission in Terengganu, Malaysia: Implications for public health strategies (no DOI)

Association between gut microbiota development and allergy in infants born during pandemic-related social distancing restrictions 10.1111/all.16069

Child and adolescent immunisation in the UK: current issues 10.1016/j.paed.2023.12.001

Community views on active case finding for tuberculosis in low‐ and middle‐income countries (Cochrane qualitative review) 10.1002/14651858.CD014756.pub2

Disparities in genetic testing for breast cancer among black and Hispanic women in the United States 10.1016/j.clinimag.2023.110066

The effect of immigration policy reform on mental health in people from minoritised ethnic groups in England 10.1016/S2215-0366(23)00412-1

Ending disease in Africa: control, elimination, and eradication efforts for neglected tropical diseases, scoping review of the literature in the WHO African Region since 1990 (WHO situation report)

Global age-sex-specific mortality, life expectancy, and population estimates in 204 countries and territories and 811 subnational locations, 1950–2021, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic 10.1016/S0140-6736(24)00476-8

The global issue of female genital mutilation 10.1016/j.jpeds.2024.113906

The hidden toll of the pandemic on nonrespiratory patients 10.1016/j.healthpol.2024.105035

Household vaping bans and youth e-cigarette use 10.1111/add.16335

How climate change is changing vaccination planning 10.1136/bmj.q360

Impacts of active travel interventions on travel behaviour and health: results from a five-year longitudinal travel survey in Outer London 10.1016/j.jth.2024.101771

The individual-level effects of social media campaigns related to healthy eating, physical activity, and healthy weight 10.1002/osp4.731

A journey in science: molecular vaccines for global child health in troubled times of anti-science 10.1186/s10020-024-00786-y

Minimum unit pricing for alcohol saves lives, so why is it not implemented more widely? 10.1136/bmj-2023-077550

Prevalence of energy drink consumption world-wide 10.1111/add.16390

Prioritising early childhood to promote the nation’s health, wellbeing and prosperity (report by the Academy of Medical Sciences)

Social determinants of health framework to identify and reduce barriers to imaging in marginalized communities 10.1148/radiol.223097

A spatial examination of alcohol availability and the level of disadvantage of schools in Ireland 10.1186/s12889-024-18261-y

What is health equity and why do children need it now more than ever? 10.1016/j.paed.2023.12.002


Academy of Medical Science website (Feb); Addiction (Jan-Mar); Allergy (Feb); BMC Public Health (Mar); BMJ (Mar); Clinical Imaging (Mar); Cochrane Library (Mar); Health Policy (May); Journal of Pediatrics (Mar); Journal of Transport and Health (Mar); Lancet, The (Mar); Lancet Psychiatry, The (Mar); Medical Journal of Malaysia, The (Mar); Molecular Medicine (Mar); Obesity Science and Practice (Jan); Paediatrics and Child Health (Mar); Radiology (Feb); WHO website (Jan)

March 2024

Association of blood heavy metal concentrations with hearing loss 10.1016/j.puhe.2023.10.019

Behavioural evidence on COVID-19 vaccine uptake 10.1016/j.puhe.2023.10.046

Cognitive dysfunction after COVID-19 10.1136/bmj-2023-075387

Consumption of energy drinks by children and young people 10.1016/j.puhe.2023.08.024

Education, incentive, and engineering‐based interventions to promote the use of seat belts (new Cochrane intervention review) 10.1002/14651858.CD011218.pub2

Examining excess mortality associated with the COVID-19 pandemic for renters threatened with eviction 10.1001/jama.2023.27005

An exploration of the influencing factors for effective public health messaging during disasters 10.1016/j.puhe.2023.12.023

Exposure-response associations between chronic exposure to fine particulate matter and risks of hospital admission for major cardiovascular diseases 10.1136/bmj-2023-076939

Health disinformation use case highlighting the urgent need for artificial intelligence vigilance: weapons of mass disinformation 10.1001/jamainternmed.2023.5947

How much do Europeans know about the link between alcohol use and cancer? 10.1186/s13104-024-06707-w

Human stem cell-based embryo models – UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) research briefing, 29th February 2024

The independent and joint risks of alcohol consumption, smoking, and excess weight on morbidity and mortality 10.1016/j.puhe.2023.10.035

Measles outbreaks: Investing in patient relationships through GP continuity will be key to boosting MMR confidence 10.1136/bmj.q221

Nutritional status among earthquake survivors 10.1016/j.puhe.2023.11.028

Oral killed cholera vaccines for preventing cholera 10.1002/14651858.CD014573

Quality indicators for evaluating cancer care in low-income and middle-income country settings 10.1016/S1470-2045(23)00568-5 

Relationship between climate change and skin cancer and implications for prevention and management 10.1016/j.puhe.2023.12.003

Short term exposure to low level ambient fine particulate matter and natural cause, cardiovascular, and respiratory morbidity among US adults with health insurance 10.1136/bmj-2023-076322

The social and health consequences of the war for Ukrainian children and adolescents 10.1016/j.puhe.2023.10.044

Structural and intermediary determinants in sexual health care access in migrant populations 10.1016/j.puhe.2023.11.031

Understanding vaccination hesitation among health professionals 10.1016/j.puhe.2023.10.029

US workers during the COVID-19 pandemic: uneven risks, inadequate protections, and predictable consequences 10.1136/bmj-2023-076623


BMC Research Notes (Feb); BMJ (1st & 21st Feb); Cochrane Library (Jan); JAMA (20th Feb); JAMA Internal Medicine (Jan); Lancet Oncology, The (Feb); Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) website (Feb); Public Health (Jan-Mar)