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. Khasuntsev. “Institutional characteristic features of innovation systems development of BRICS countries.” Management Science and Engineering (ICMSE), 2011 International Conference on. IEEE, 2011. 16. Goguen F J, Connolly D J, CFA Global Wealth Creation: The Impacts on Emerging Markets’ Health Care, The Boston Company Asset Management, LLC (TBCAM) August 2012. 17. Ruger, Jennifer Prah; Ng, Nora Y. Emerging and Transitioning Countries’ Role in Global Health; St. Louis U. J. Health L. & Pol’y 253 (2009-2010). 18. Watt, Nicola F., Eduardo J. Gomez, and Martin McKee. “Global

Asbestos is still with us: repeat call for a universal ban

All forms of asbestos are proven human carcinogens. All forms of asbestos cause malignant mesothelioma, lung, and laryngeal cancers, and may cause ovarian, gastrointestinal and other cancers. No exposure to asbestos is without risk, and there is no safe threshold of exposure to asbestos. Asbestos cancer victims die painful lingering deaths. These deaths are almost entirely preventable. When evidence of the carcinogenicity of asbestos became incontrovertible, the concerned parties, including the Collegium Ramazzini, called for a universal ban on the mining, manufacture and use of asbestos in all countries around the world [1]. Asbestos is now banned in 52 countries [2], and safer products have replaced many materials that once were made with asbestos. Nonetheless, a large number of countries still use, import, and export asbestos and asbestos-containing products. And in many countries that have banned other forms of asbestos, the so-called "controlled use" of chrysotile asbestos continues to be permitted, an exemption that has no basis in medical science but rather reflects the political and economic influence of the asbestos mining and manufacturing industry. To protect the health of all people in the world — industrial workers, construction workers, women and children, now and in future generations — the Collegium Ramazzini calls again today on all countries of the world, as we have repeatedly in the past, to join in the international endeavor to ban all forms of asbestos. An international ban on asbestos is urgently needed.


In the current context, food safety crises often have a direct impact on the health of the European population. Such moments bring chaos and confusion among the population, about food consumption, food systems, the ethics of businesses involved in the agri-food chain, or about guaranteeing their consumers’ rights.

Although the level of consumer information has increased in recent years, there is a need for a uniform approach to all topics of interest to them, from quality, cost, authenticity, maintenance of food safety, to contaminants and fraud.

Choosing a diet generates multiple effects on the quality of human life. Europeans are concerned about how food products are produced and consumed and which are the short and long-term effects, with attention being shifted from providing sufficient food. However, food consumption patterns of European citizens often have negative health consequences, endangering the future and making it necessary to change the way we feed and consume them. From farms to restaurants, we need to redefine the assumed concept of adequate nutrition in the 21st century: sustainable diets from sustainable food systems.


Although reproduction involves (at least) two sexed bodies, men are often missing from in/fertility research. Surveys such as the widely-used Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) engage in often unintentional yet highly consequential practices of gendering. Here we identify two processes through which surveys have the potential to render male infertility invisible: defining the population at risk of infertility in an exclusionary way; and designing survey instruments to select out some groups/issues. Compiling information about survey samples and inclusion criteria in the DHS, and combining this with a qualitative examination of instrument design, we identify areas of men’s invisibility across time and place. While inclusion of men in DHS samples has increased over time, some men (e.g. single and divorced, transgender) remain missing in many survey settings. This is problematic from a reproductive justice perspective. Survey results, which both reflect and contribute to men’s invisibility, are widely used as an evidence-base for family and population policies. Moreover, reproductive health services are only made available to those whose reproductive health needs are recognized; men’s exclusion from the reproductive discourse contributes to the stratification of reproduction. Men’s underrepresentation in in/fertility data also reinforces the notion that reproduction is a woman’s domain, and so contributes to a system that places responsibility for reproduction on women. It is vital to explore how gender is enacted or ‘done’ in such research.

available data. A consecutive sample of English and Spanish-speaking dental patients was targeted to recruit 2,000 patients. Study participants were patients attending HP dental clinics for dental interventions or follow-ups and having 40% or less missing information (N=2,076, response rate 55%) about their OHRQoL or HRQoL as measured with the 49-item OHIP and the PROMIS v.1.1 Adult Global Health, respectively. Patients were asked to complete a printed battery of self-administered PROMs and informed consent at home. Data were collected from July 2014 to April 2016. The

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diabetes. Diabetes Spectrum . 2001;14:133-148. 56. Akram H, Ashraf G, Ijaz MA. The Impacts of Complex Social, Environmental, and Behavioral Factors on Obesity. International Journal of Basic Science in Medicine . 2018;3:94-98. 57. Al-Thani M, Al-Thani AA, Al-Mahdi N, et al. An overview of food patterns and diet quality in Qatar: findings from the National Household Income Expenditure Survey. Cureus . 2017;9(5). 58. World Health Organization. Global health risks: mortality and burden of disease attributable to selected major risks. https

) returned the questionnaire. Patients at least one year and no more than two years from the initial operation were included in the study. Questionnaires For the purpose of this study, the standardized questionnaires EORTC QLQ-C30 and QLQ-CR29 were utilized. The questionnaires were translated into Slovenian. The EORTC QLQ-C30 questionnaire consists of three scoring scales that grade function, symptoms, and global health. The scales include one or more questions. Each question has four response options from 1 = not at all to 4 = very much. A higher score corresponds to a

1 Introduction Metabolic syndrome has been recognised as a continuously growing global health problem and comprises a number of risk factors for developing cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus type 2. These factors include obesity, mainly abdominal, dysglycemia, arterial hypertension, high triglycerides levels and low HDL cholesterol levels [ 1 ]. Moreover, there is evidence that the metabolic syndrome is a major causing factor for developing certain types of cancer and that it negatively affects the overall cancer morbidity. There are 1.1 billion