Thursday, 3 April 2014

52 weeks of public health research, part 13

Posted by Melanie Rimmer, Emily Henderson & Martin White

From Melanie Rimmer: Reminds me of the old days of searching journals by hand, card index files, the smell of old books, dusty shelves festooned with dead flies, and the volume you needed was always the one missing from the shelf. Without doubt computer searching is better, but somehow sterile. I miss the romance (but not the dead flies).

From Emily Henderson: Celebrating our new status as a WHO Collaborating Centre! The Centre for Public Policy and Health at Durham University is now a WHO CC on Complex Health Systems Research, Knowledge and Action, which links with Fuse’s new Complex Systems Research Programme.

From Martin White: It never ceases to amaze me how the irony of juxtaposing public health stories (this one courtesy of our very own Blog Editor) with junk food promotions entirely escapes newspaper editors. Nowhere more than in the free dailies that litter our public transport. This piece about a systematic review on financial incentives is rather good, which makes me think it may even have been written by Dr Adams.

From MartinWhite: When a small glass of coke contains 9 teaspoons of sugar, it is hardly surprising that the Coca Cola Corporation is investing heavily in ‘changing the conversation’. Coca Cola wants us to forget about the sugar and do exercise instead to burn it off. Their marketing is widespread in the Alps, as well as in professional sport, leisure and educational settings. Someone tell them why this isn’t the answer please…


Just to remind you:
Each Thursday of 2014 we’ll try and post around four pictures on the Fuse blog that capture our weeks in public health research, from the awe-inspiring to the everyday and mundane. Given that more of the latter than the former exists in my life, I foresee problems compiling 208 images worth posting on my own. So this is going to have to be a group project. Send me an image (or images) with a sentence or two describing what aspect of your week in public health research they sum up and I’ll post them as soon as I can. You don’t have to send four together – we can mix and match images from different people in the same week.

Normal rules apply: images you made yourself are best; if you use someone else’s image please check you’re allowed to first; if anyone’s identifiable in an image, make sure they’re happy for it to be posted; nothing rude; nothing that breaks research confidentiality etc.

Also, this doesn’t mean we wont also be posting words. You word-based posts are, as always, much appreciated.

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