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Coovadia's Paediatrics & Child Health - A Manual For Health Professionals In Developing Countries (Paperback, 7th Revised... Coovadia's Paediatrics & Child Health - A Manual For Health Professionals In Developing Countries (Paperback, 7th Revised edition)
D.F. Wittenberg; Edited by R. J. Green 1
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First published in 1984 and now in its seventh edition, Coovadia's Paediatrics and child health 7e is a comprehensive introductory textbook, highly regarded by academics and students alike.

This tried and tested best-seller is an introduction to paediatrics and child health emphasising a primary care approach from a southern African perspective to enable practitioners to deal effectively with local health problems. The book maintains a problem-based approach to facilitate a full evaluation of the sick child from a holistic perspective.

This is a clinical textbook dealing with the medical diagnosis and treatment of paediatric health issues. The nine parts cover the practice of paediatrics, focusing on associated disorders. The book maintains a problem-based approach to facilitate a full evaluation of the sick child from a holistic perspective. There are chapters devoted to social paediatrics and child health, as well as a comprehensive list of topics dealing with all aspects of childhood disease including oral and dental conditions, and dermatological or specialty surgical conditions.

It's aimed primarily at Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) students studying Paediatrics in their 4th, 5th or 6th year modules. Paediatrics is also incorporated in the Bachelors of Nursing (BCur) programme usually at 3rd and 4th year.

HIV and AIDS: Education, care and counselling: A multicultural approach (Paperback, 6th ed): A. Van Dyk, E.  Tlou, P. Van Dyk HIV and AIDS: Education, care and counselling: A multicultural approach (Paperback, 6th ed)
A. Van Dyk, E. Tlou, P. Van Dyk 3
R561 R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Save R106 (19%) Shipped within 15 - 20 working days

Since the first edition of HIV and AIDS Education, Care and Counselling was published almost 20 years ago, it has become the standard handbook in Africa for thousands of HIV and AIDS practitioners. However, ongoing HIV and AIDS research requires regular revisions to the handbook for it to remain current with developments in prevention and treatment. Consequently, this new edition has been updated with input from two new specialist co-authors. This has strengthened the multicultural and multidisciplinary approach of this edition to Africa's unique challenges.

Manual for Survival - A Chernobyl Guide to the Future (Paperback): Kate Brown Manual for Survival - A Chernobyl Guide to the Future (Paperback)
Kate Brown 1
R273 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R45 (16%) Shipped within 18 - 22 working days

'Remarkable . . . grips with the force of a thriller' Robert Macfarlane 'The most brilliant and essential book on Chernobyl since that of Nobel Prize-winner Svetlana Alexievich' Irish Times ** National Book Critics Circle Finalist 2019 ** The official death toll of the 1986 Chernobyl accident, 'the worst nuclear disaster in history', is only 54, and stories today commonly suggest that nature is thriving there. Yet award-winning historian Kate Brown uncovers a much more disturbing story, one in which radioactive isotopes caused hundreds of thousands of casualties, and the magnitude of the disaster has been actively suppressed. For years after, Soviet scientists, bureaucrats and civilians were documenting staggering increases in birth defects, child mortality, cancers and other life-altering diseases. Worried that this evidence would blow the lid on the effects of radiation release from Cold War weapons-testing, scientists and diplomats from international organizations, including the UN, tried to bury or discredit it. Brown also encounters many everyday heroes, often women, who fought to bring attention to the ballooning human and ecological catastrophe, and adapt to life in a post-nuclear landscape, where the dangerous effects of radiation persist today. Based on a decade of archival and on-the-ground research, Manual for Survival is a gripping historical detective story that brings to light the real consequences of Chernobyl - and the plot to cover them up. 'A troubling book, passionately written and deeply researched' Sunday Times

Society, Health And Disease In South Africa (Paperback): Leah Gilbert, Liz Walker, Silvie Cooper, Kezia Lewins, Rajohane... Society, Health And Disease In South Africa (Paperback)
Leah Gilbert, Liz Walker, Silvie Cooper, Kezia Lewins, Rajohane Matshedisho, …
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The onset of the quadruple burden of disease in South Africa, the challenges faced by the medical establishment to curtail the rapid growth of multiple epidemics, the inadequate response by the state to various inequities in the health system, and the public debates associated with it, have all combined to draw attention to the sociological aspects of health and disease. Sociology as a resource of knowledge and a unique analytical and conceptual perspective can be used to understand, explain and positively influence the course of health and disease in South African society and our responses to it. As a health practitioner or scholar you must be equipped with the skills to critically evaluate research and debates in your profession, be able to adapt to changes and contribute to the development of knowledge and best practice. This reader will familiarise you with relevant content and assist you to develop the analytical capacity and conceptual skills you will need. Society, Health and Disease in South Africa is authored by experienced educators and researchers in the fields of sociology, social work, anthropology, healthcare policy and practice.

I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That (Paperback): Ben Goldacre I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That (Paperback)
Ben Goldacre
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The very best journalism from one of Britain's most admired and outspoken science writers, author of the bestselling Bad Science and Bad Pharma. In Bad Science, Ben Goldacre hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science. In Bad Pharma, he put the $600 billion global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. Now the pick of the journalism by one of our wittiiest, most indignant and most fearless commentators on the worlds of medicine and science is collected in one volume.

De Haan's Health of Southern Africa (Paperback, 11th ed): S. Vasuthevan, Sindi Mthembu De Haan's Health of Southern Africa (Paperback, 11th ed)
S. Vasuthevan, Sindi Mthembu
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Now in its eleventh edition, De Haan’s Health of Southern Africa has been updated so that it is aligned with new as well as legacy nursing qualifications, and remains a ‘must-have’ source of information.

Text on the Sustainable Development Goals, antimicrobial stewardship and infection control practices surrounding Ebola have been added. The three chapters on environmental health have been revised and strengthened. All content focuses on the situation in southern Africa and the local burden of disease.

The Viral Storm - The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age (Paperback): Nathan D. Wolfe The Viral Storm - The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age (Paperback)
Nathan D. Wolfe
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In The Viral Storm award-winning biologist Nathan Wolfe - known as 'the Indiana Jones of virus hunters' for his work in jungles and rain forests across the world - shows the threat of a global pandemic is greater than we have ever imagined. The Viral Storm examines how viruses like HIV, swine flu, and bird flu have almost wiped us out in the past - and may do so in the future. It explores why modern life makes us so vulnerable to global pandemics, and what new technologies can do to prevent them. Wolfe's provocative vision may leave you feeling distinctly uncomfortable - but it will reveal exactly what it is we are up against. Nathan Wolfe is the Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University and Director of Global Viral Forecasting, a pandemic early warning system which monitors the spillover of novel infectious agents from animals into humans. Wolfe has been published in or profiled by Nature, Science, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Economist, Forbes and many others. Wolfe was the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship in 1997 and was awarded the National Institutes of Health (NIH) International Research Scientist Development Award in 1999 and the prestigious NIH Director's Pioneer Award in 2005. Reviews: 'An excellent piece of scientific gothic, rich in descriptions of the threat we face from emerging viruses' Nature 'Part autobiography, part warning ... enthralling' BBC Focus 'Quietly terrifying ... It's hard not to feel a bit feverish at times while reading' Boston Globe 'Wolfe has an important story to tell and as a virologist at the forefront of pandemic forecasting, he is the perfect person to tell it. He explains the science clearly and never stoops to sensationalism - the evidence of our increasing vulnerability to pandemics speaks for itself' Guardian 'The plague-ridden future imagined by this authoritative, measured, yet gripping book is extremely alarming' Sunday Times 'Nathan Wolfe is saving the world from near-inevitable pandemic ... a kick-ass book' Mary Roach, author of Stiff 'The world's most prominent virus hunter' New Yorker 'A good place to start preparing for what might come' New Humanist

One life at a time - A doctor's memoir of AIDS in Botswana (Paperback): Daniel Baxter One life at a time - A doctor's memoir of AIDS in Botswana (Paperback)
Daniel Baxter
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When Daniel Baxter, the medical director of a large community health centre in New York City, accepted an invitation to work in Botswana, he hardly knew where to find the country on a map. Yet he set out nonetheless, naively confident that he would do good by bringing his first-world expertise to help in the roll-out of Africa's first HIV/AIDS treatment programme. But Baxter's good intentions were quickly overwhelmed by the reality of AIDS in Africa, his misguided altruism engulfed by the sea of need around him. Lifted up by Botswana's remarkable and forgiving people and by the country's majestic beauty, Baxter soldiered on. His memorable encounters with those living with HIV/AIDS - their unfathomable woes assuaged by their oft-repeated declaration ''But God is good!'' - profoundly changed the way he thought about himself and his role as a doctor. Eight years later, when Baxter finally left Africa to return to the United States, he realised he was not so much the giver as the recipient of a great human gift. Compelling, humorous, courageous and often heart-breaking, One Life at a Time documents the extraordinary experiences of a fallible but compassionate doctor working at the front line of HIV/AIDS care in Botswana.

Migration, Health and Survival - International Perspectives (Hardcover): Frank Trovato Migration, Health and Survival - International Perspectives (Hardcover)
Frank Trovato
R2,679 Discovery Miles 26 790 Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

Publications in this field have, in general, been based predominantly on the experiences of individual national settings. Migration, Health and Survival offers a comparative approach, bringing together leading international scholars to provide original works from the United States, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, England and Wales, Norway, Belgium, and Italy. Variations in physical and mental health and mortality among migrants in relation to their host populations are examined and analysed in detail, with specific discussion of: the immigrant health and mortality advantage; the healthy migrant hypothesis; migrants as vulnerable populations; the long-term effects of acculturation on health; fast epidemiological transition among migrants; and the intergenerational transmission of mortality risk. The contributions in this volume enhance the reader's understanding of immigrant health and mortality conditions across these leading countries of immigration in the western world. This is an important reference for researchers of migrant studies as well as teachers of graduate level courses in population studies and allied disciplines. Practitioners involved in the provision of health care to immigrants and refugees will further benefit from the insightful analyses.

The Skilled Helper - A Client-Centred Approach (Paperback, 2nd edition): Gerard Egan The Skilled Helper - A Client-Centred Approach (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Gerard Egan
R713 R608 Discovery Miles 6 080 Save R105 (15%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

Now in its second edition, this adaption for Europe, Middle East and Africa of Gerard Egan's The Skilled Helper: A Client-Centred Approach teaches students a proven step-by-step counselling process to enable them to become confident and competent helpers.

Internationally recognised for its emphasis on the collaborative nature of the therapist-client relationship and the vital importance of a client-centred approach, the text offers a practical three-stage model which encourages a problem-managing and opportunity-developing approach to helping clients.

The book integrates the most relevant aspects of different theoretical orientations (humanistic, cognitive, behavioural, and solution-focused) into a pragmatic approach to helping.

Long Life Health Plan - How to Take Charge of Your Health (Hardcover): Long Life Health Plan - How to Take Charge of Your Health (Hardcover)
R555 R441 Discovery Miles 4 410 Save R114 (21%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

These are the key truths for long-life health: Illness may be preventable; damage can often be undone; good health can be a choice you make, not a pill you take; good health includes happiness; good health feels great to be healthy years from now, be healthy today.This book is based on these truths and shows us ways to assess the damage we have done to our health in the past, repair that damage, live healthily today and protect our future health.Exercise, nutrition, mental agility, the power of ftiendship are all tools to that health life plan.

Handbook on Gender and Health (Hardcover): Jasmine Gideon Handbook on Gender and Health (Hardcover)
Jasmine Gideon
R5,094 Discovery Miles 50 940 Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

This Handbook brings together a groundbreaking collection of chapters that uses a gender lens to explore health, healthcare and health policy in both the Global South and North. Empirical evidence is drawn from a variety of different settings and points to the many ways in which the gendered dimensions of health have become reworked across the globe. This collection includes insightful contributions from 56 leading authorities from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, offering a wealth of knowledge, theoretical reflection, and empirical detail on the essential elements surrounding gender and health. Topics covered include theoretical approaches to understanding gender and health, migration, sexuality, ageing, masculinities, climate change and sexual and reproductive rights. Split into four thematic sections, this book strives to develop a clear road map towards achieving gender justice in health. The Handbook on Gender and Health will be an important resource for researchers, students, as well as instructors of health policy and family and gender studies.

Practice Under Pressure - Primary Care Physicians and Their Medicine in  the Twenty-first Century (Paperback): Timothy Hoff Practice Under Pressure - Primary Care Physicians and Their Medicine in the Twenty-first Century (Paperback)
Timothy Hoff; Series edited by Rima D. Apple, Janet Golden
R709 Discovery Miles 7 090 Shipped within 18 - 22 working days

Why a book on primary care? 'Because,' according to Timothy Hoff, 'there is no other part of the health care system that is in greater trouble right now, and no other part that plays such an important role in people's lives. Primary care always receives less attention than sexier specialty counterparts like surgery and emergency medicine'. Through ninety-five in-depth interviews with primary care physicians (PCPs) working in different settings, as well as medical students and residents, ""Practice Under Pressure"" provides rich insight into the everyday lives of generalist physicians in the early twenty-first century - their work, stresses, hopes, expectations, and values. Hoff supports this dialogue with secondary data, statistics, and in-depth comparisons that capture the changing face of primary care medicine - larger numbers of younger, female, and foreign-born physicians. Primary care doctors may not deal with acute life-and-death situations on a minute-by-minute or daily basis; their value is in health promotion and prevention - giving patients the best chance to live long lives and avoid serious illness. But, for many Americans, the notion of prevention is out of vogue in a society that gets unhealthier by the year. Hoff even suggests that our increasing use of PCPs as mere gatekeepers to highly specialized services is furthered by a primary care physician community that has adapted to their evolving and politically constrained environment in ways that further their own demise. There is no simple, quick fix to what ails primary care and its practitioners in the United States today. ""Practice Under Pressure"" champions medical education reform and a rebranding of primary care careers, a new business model for delivering primary care services, and individualized attention to and support for groups that will soon dominate the ranks of generalist medicine, such as women and foreign-born physicians. In this first-of-its-kind sociological analysis of the primary care system in the United States, Hoff helps inform the current policy debate around national health reform and the key role of preventive care in producing greater access and quality within the U.S. health system.

From Pink to Green - Disease Prevention and the Environmental Breast Cancer Movement (Paperback): From Pink to Green - Disease Prevention and the Environmental Breast Cancer Movement (Paperback)
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From the early 1980s, the U.S. environmental breast cancer movement has championed the goal of eradicating the disease by emphasizing the importance of reducing--even eliminating exposure to chemicals and toxins. "From Pink to Green" chronicles the movement's disease prevention philosophy from the beginning.

Challenging the broader cultural milieu of pink ribbon symbolism and breast cancer "awareness" campaigns, this movement has grown from a handful of community-based organizations into a national entity, shaping the cultural, political, and public health landscape. Much of the activists' everyday work revolves around describing how the so called "cancer industry" downplays possible environmental links to protect their political and economic interests and they demand that the public play a role in scientific, policy, and public health decision-making to build a new framework of breast cancer prevention.

"From Pink to Green" successfully explores the intersection between breast cancer activism and the environmental health sciences, incorporating public and scientific debates as well as policy implications to public health and environmental agendas.

Health Equity and Nursing - Achieving Equity Through Policy, Population Health, and Interprofessional Collaboration... Health Equity and Nursing - Achieving Equity Through Policy, Population Health, and Interprofessional Collaboration (Paperback)
Margaret P Moss, Janice M. Phillips
R1,426 Discovery Miles 14 260 Shipped within 18 - 22 working days

Authored by highly respected nurse educators, leaders, and scholars, this text focuses on the power of nursing to make substantive contributions to improving the health of all populations. It delivers an in-depth examination and analysis of current issues and determinants of health as outlined by Healthy People 2020 and addresses AACN's Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.Along with principles, pathways, and imperatives pertinent to achieving health equity, the text discusses the evolution of thinking from eliminating health disparities to achieving health equity, and examines population-based and population-specific inequities in health status and outcomes. Highlighting the importance of interprofessional collaboration, it surveys timely initiatives, programs, and professionals-within and outside of the health sciences-who are important partners in efforts toward achieving health equity. Chapters are highly templated to include objectives, key concepts, critical-thinking questions, discussion questions, and resources. Key Features: Focuses on the power of nursing to make substantive contributions to improving the health of all populations Examines principles, pathways, and imperatives pertinent to achieving health equity Discusses economic, environmental, personal, social, and structural factors that impact health status and outcomes Highlights the importance of interprofessional collaboration in achieving health equity Addresses AACN's Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice Demonstrates key concepts and stimulates reflection through critical-thinking and discussion questions Purchase includes access to the eBook for use on most mobile devices or computers

EMF*D - 5G, Wi-Fi & Cell Phones: Hidden Harms and How to Protect Yourself (Hardcover): Joseph Mercola EMF*D - 5G, Wi-Fi & Cell Phones: Hidden Harms and How to Protect Yourself (Hardcover)
Joseph Mercola
R495 R396 Discovery Miles 3 960 Save R99 (20%) Shipped within 18 - 22 working days

"Want to know how EMFs impact your health? This book gives a masterful account of why our lives and our planet are becoming EMF*D up and what we can do about it." - Lloyd Burrell, author of EMF Practical Guide and founder of ElectricSense.com The hazards of electronic pollution may once have been the stuff of science fiction, but now we know they're all too real. And with the advent of 5G ultra-wideband technology, the danger is greater than ever. Dr. Joseph Mercola, one of the world's foremost authorities on alternative health, has mined the scientific literature to offer a radical new understanding of how electromagnetic fields impact your body and mind. In this first-of-its-kind guide, he reveals: - What EMFs (electromagnetic fields) actually are, where you find them in your daily life, and how they affect you - The toll that EMFs have been proven to take in conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and neuropsychiatric illnesses - Why you've been largely kept in the dark about this threat to your health - How you can actually repair the damage done by EMFs at a cellular level Practical strategies to protect yourself and your loved ones from EMFs at home, at work, and out in the world The coming 5G technology will be per-vasive and powerful. It will also be one of the largest public-health experiments in history - with no way of opting out. That's why you need to read this book. Now.

Digital Health Promotion - A Critical Introduction (Paperback): Ivy O'Neil Digital Health Promotion - A Critical Introduction (Paperback)
Ivy O'Neil
R402 Discovery Miles 4 020 Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

Searching the internet for health information or using health apps on mobile devices has become part of our daily routine, yet can be just as disempowering as empowering. This engaging overview critically examines the theoretical underpinning of digital health promotion and the use of digital tools and strategies to promote health. Ivy O'Neil investigates how modern technologies can enhance health services provision and increase the accessibility and efficiency of health communication and promotion. She also looks at the challenges they bring to the social model of health, as they often focus on the individual and neglect the many social, environmental and economic determinants of health. Digital technologies, O'Neil argues, can have negative as well as positive implications and may be contributing to the ever-widening health inequality gap, thereby failing to be compatible with health promotion principles and values. Offering a critical, practical and thoughtful overview of the application and usefulness of digital technology, this book will appeal to students of public health and health promotion, communication and policy.

Health Services Research and Analytics Using Excel (Paperback): Nalin Johri Health Services Research and Analytics Using Excel (Paperback)
Nalin Johri
R1,510 Discovery Miles 15 100 Shipped within 18 - 22 working days

Your all-in-one resource for quantitative, qualitative, and spatial analyses in Excel (R) using current real-world healthcare datasets. Health Services Research and Analytics Using Excel (R) is a practical resource for graduate and advanced undergraduate students in programs studying healthcare administration, public health, and social work as well as public health workers and healthcare managers entering or working in the field. This book provides one integrated, application-oriented resource for common quantitative, qualitative, and spatial analyses using only Excel. With an easy-to-follow presentation of qualitative and quantitative data, students can foster a balanced decision-making approach to financial data, patient statistical data and utilization information, population health data, quality metrics and cultivate analytical skills that are necessary in a data-driven healthcare world. Whereas Excel is typically thought of as limited to quantitative application, this book expands into other Excel applications based on spatial analysis and data visualization represented through 3D Maps as well as text analysis using the free add-in in Excel. Chapters cover the important methods and statistical analysis tools that a practitioner will face when navigating and analyzing data in the public domain or from internal data collection at their health services organization. Topics covered include importing and working with data in Excel, identifying, categorizing and presenting data, setting bounds and hypothesis testing, testing the mean, checking for patterns, data visualization and spatial analysis, interpreting variance, text analysis and much more. A concise overview of research design also provides helpful background on how to gather and measure useful data prior to analyzing in Excel. Because Excel is the most common data analysis software used in the workplace setting, all case examples, exercises, and tutorials are provided with the latest updates to the Excel (R) software from Office365 ProPlus and newer versions, including all important "Add-ins" such as 3D Maps, Meaning Cloud, and Power Pivots among others. With numerous practice problems and over 100 step-by-step videos, Health Services Research and Analytics Using Excel (R) is an extremely practical tool for students and health service professionals who must know how to work with data, how to analyze it, and how to use it to improve outcomes unique to healthcare settings. Key Features: Provides a competency-based analytical approach to health services research using Excel Includes applications of spatial analysis and data visualization tools based on 3D Maps in Excel Lists select sources of useful national healthcare data with descriptions and website information Chapters contain case examples and practice problems unique to health services All figures and videos are applicable to Office365 ProPlus Excel (R) and newer versions Containing over 100 step-by-step videos of Excel applications covered in the chapters and providing concise video tutorials demonstrating solutions to all end-of-chapter practice problems

Essentials of Health Information Management - Principles and Practices (Paperback, 2nd edition): Mary Jo Bowie Essentials of Health Information Management - Principles and Practices (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Mary Jo Bowie
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ESSENTIALS OF HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, Second Edition is the ideal book for first-semester students but can also be a useful resource for various health care organizations and medical offices. ESSENTIALS OF HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT is a comprehensive book that presents readers with both theoretical and practical applications of health information management. The authors' dynamic and unique approach to this topic is especially helpful to readers who respond to hands-on and visual learning.

From What Is to What If - Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want (Hardcover): Rob Hopkins From What Is to What If - Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want (Hardcover)
Rob Hopkins 1
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The founder of the international Transition Towns movement asks why true creative, positive thinking is in decline, asserts that it's more important now than ever, and suggests ways our communities can revive and reclaim it.

In these times of deep division and deeper despair, if there is a consensus about anything in the world, it is that the future is going to be awful. There is an epidemic of loneliness, an epidemic of anxiety, a mental health crisis of vast proportions, especially among young people. There’s a rise in extremist movements and governments. Catastrophic climate change. Biodiversity loss. Food insecurity. The fracturing of ecosystems and communities beyond, it seems, repair. The future―to say nothing of the present―looks grim.

But as Transition movement cofounder Rob Hopkins tells us, there is plenty of evidence that things can change, and cultures can change, rapidly, dramatically, and unexpectedly―for the better. He has seen it happen around the world and in his own town of Totnes, England, where the community is becoming its own housing developer, energy company, enterprise incubator, and local food network―with cascading benefits to the community that extend far beyond the projects themselves.

We do have the capability to effect dramatic change, Hopkins argues, but we’re failing because we’ve largely allowed our most critical tool to languish: human imagination. As defined by social reformer John Dewey, imagination is the ability to look at things as if they could be otherwise. The ability, that is, to ask What if? And if there was ever a time when we needed that ability, it is now.

Imagination is central to empathy, to creating better lives, to envisioning and then enacting a positive future. Yet imagination is also demonstrably in decline at precisely the moment when we need it most. In this passionate exploration, Hopkins asks why imagination is in decline, and what we must do to revive and reclaim it. Once we do, there is no end to what we might accomplish.

From What Is to What If is a call to action to reclaim and unleash our collective imagination, told through the stories of individuals and communities around the world who are doing it now, as we speak, and witnessing often rapid and dramatic change for the better.

Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Volume 33, 2013 - Healthy Longevity, A Global Approach (Hardcover, 33rd edition):... Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Volume 33, 2013 - Healthy Longevity, A Global Approach (Hardcover, 33rd edition)
Jean-Marie Robine, Carol Jagger, Eileen M. Crimmins
R2,055 Discovery Miles 20 550 Shipped within 18 - 22 working days

Developed countries and certain regions of economically emerging nations have displaying a rapidly growing population of the oldest-old-nonagenarians, centenarians, and supercentenarians. As this trend continues, we must redirect some of our research on aging to the experience of advanced old age and discovering individual and community factors that improve the quality of life during this life stage. This state-of-the science, multidisciplinary Annual provides a comprehensive discussion of the factors promoting healthy survival and/or ensuring a good quality of life for the oldest elderly. It features an international representation that includes Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Japan, and North America. The Annual disseminates the most current research regarding this population and notes gaps in our knowledge.

The book addresses ongoing demo-epidemiological changes regarding longevity, estimates of oldest-old populations, and prevalence of chronic and degenerative diseases, frailty, and old-age dependency. The meaning of healthy longevity as a theoretical concept is explored. Grounded in the fundamental issue of whether or not the prevalence of poor health or poor quality of life inevitably increases with age, recent research and ongoing studies from a variety of perspectives are presented from several nations. The book clarifies the known and hypothetical factors favoring healthy longevity, from genes to social integration. Additionally, chapters explore gender differences in age trajectories and changes over time. Special attention is given to the social and cognitive dimensions of healthy longevity. Key Features:

Disseminates new scholarly research about a rapidly growing segment of the population-the oldest old Offers multidisciplinary and international perspectives about the factors that promote healthy survival and improve quality of life Addresses the social and cognitive dimensions of healthy longevity Provides important information regarding health care costs for this population Includes the research of seasoned and emerging scholars

Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Volume 39, 2019 - Men's Health and Aging: Contemporary Issues, Emerging... Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Volume 39, 2019 - Men's Health and Aging: Contemporary Issues, Emerging Perspectives, and Future Directions (Hardcover)
Roland J. Thorpe
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This thirty-ninth volume of Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics focuses on men's health and aging. Cutting-edge chapters discuss the different complex factors that can lead to advancing our understanding on older men's health. The volume is organized in two sections: contemporary issues, and emerging perspectives about men's health and aging. The insightful chapters in the first section explore issues such as how experiences with social institutions earlier in life have an impact on men in late life, health and well-being of military veterans, biological determinants of men's health, and mental health of older men. The exciting chapters in the emerging perspectives section focus on pain, social isolation, and stress and faith as it relates to men's health in later life.The life expectancy of men aged 65 and older is increasing, and, as a result, there is a need to better understand how to maintain the independence and quality of life for older men. The contributions in this volume provide state-of-the-art science and keen insights into some future opportunities for intervening, promoting, and understanding older men's health. Key Features: Social Change, Social Institutions, and Cohorts: Contextualizing Men's Health in Later Life The Health of Male Veterans in Later Life Biological Determinants of Men's Health and Aging Mental Health of Older Men Social Isolation, Loneliness, and Health Among Older Men Stress, Faith, and Health Among Middle-Aged and Older African American Men

Making the American Mouth - Dentists and Public Health in the Twentieth Century (Paperback): Alyssa Picard Making the American Mouth - Dentists and Public Health in the Twentieth Century (Paperback)
Alyssa Picard
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"This important book has significant implications not only for historians but also for those interested in contemporary dental health policy." -Heather Munro Prescott, Central Connecticut State University "Picard describes how American dentists were involved in various social movements during the 20th century. Their involvement encompassed public health starting in the early part of the century, efforts to fluoridate the nation's water supplies to prevent tooth decay, social movements for racial and gender equity at mid-century, and the promotion of cosmetic services at the end of the century (a movement that continues today). It helps explain the obsession in the U.S. with having perfect teeth and a gleaming white smile. Recommended." -Choice "Good teeth signal social class and intellectual achievement in America, as Alyssa Picard knows well. In The Making of the American Mouth, she provides an engaging history of the evolution of American dentistry, including the profession's influence over our social norms and health policy. It's a book that anyone keen to understand and improve our current national state of oral health ought to read." -Health Affairs

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder For Dummies (Paperback): Charles H. Elliott, Laura L. Smith Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder For Dummies (Paperback)
Charles H. Elliott, Laura L. Smith 2
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Arguably one of the most complex emotional disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is surprisingly common. Furthermore, most people at some time in their lives exhibit a smattering of OCD-like symptoms.

"Obsessive Compulsive Disorder For Dummies" sorts out the otherwise curious and confusing world of obsessive compulsive disorder. Engaging and comprehensive, it explains the causes of OCD and describes the rainbow of OCD symptoms. The book shows readers whether OCD symptoms represent normal and trivial concerns (for example, a neat freak) or something that should be checked out by a mental health professional (for example, needing to wash hands so often that they become raw and red). In easy to understand steps, the authors lay out the latest treatments that have been proven to work for this disorder, and provide practical and real tools for living well long-term. Whether you or someone you care about has this disorder, "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder For Dummies" gives you an empathic understanding of this fascinating yet treatable mental disorder.

Curable - How an Unlikely Group of Radical Innovators Is Trying to Transform Our Health Care System (Hardcover): Travis... Curable - How an Unlikely Group of Radical Innovators Is Trying to Transform Our Health Care System (Hardcover)
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Smart metrics, slow thinking, off-label drugs, and a "Moneyball" prescription for fixing modern medicine The United States is fast becoming the sickest nation in the Western world. Cancer rates continue to rise. There is an epidemic of chronic disease in children. Even with all the money and modern innovations in science, the country's health care system is beyond broken. Clearly there is a glitch in the system. But what if the solution has been here all along, and we've just been too blind to see it? In Curable journalist and health care advocate Travis Christofferson looks at medicine through a magnifying glass and asks an important question: What if the roots of the current US health care crisis are psychological and systemic, perpetuated not just by corporate influence and the powers that be, but by you and me? It is now known that human perception is based on deeply entrenched patterns of irrational thought, which we attach ourselves to religiously. So how does this implicate the very scientific research and data that doctors rely on to successfully treat their patients? A page-turning inquiry into a "moneyball approach to medicine," Curable explores the links between revolutionary baseball analytics; Nobel Prize-winning psychological research on confirmation bias; wildly successful maverick economic philosophy; the history of the radical mastectomy and the rise of the clinical trial; cutting edge treatments routinely overlooked by regulatory bodies; and outdated medical models that prioritize profit over prevention. As stark as things are, Christofferson asks us to see health care not as a toppling house of cards, but as a badly organized system that is inherently fixable. How do we fix it? First we must reframe the conflict between doctors' intuition and statistical data. Then we must design better systems that can support doctors who are increasingly overwhelmed with the complexity of modern medicine. Curable outlines the future of medicine, detailing brilliant examples of new health care systems that prove we can do better. It turns out we have more control over our health (and happiness) than we think.

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