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This week is International Men’s Health Week and it’s a great opportunity for individuals and families to reflect on the state of men’s health in their local community. 

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Since 1990, diabetes and other musculoskeletal disorders have replaced diarrheal diseases and vision problems as leading causes of years lived with disability, or YLDs, for women; falls now rank higher for men.

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Tobacco will contribute to 8 million deaths worldwide by 2030 if smoking isn’t quickly cut back says the World Health Organisation.

To explain to people what I do I say …

That is always a bit of a struggle! I tell them we are going to change the concept of cardiac rehabilitation by using Telemedicine. We are utilising mobile phone text messages, an innovative concept for cardiac rehab and knowledge translation.  So far so good, the majority of participants have provided positive feedback. 

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The Institute’s innovative AMOUNT trial is investigating the use of modern technology as a treatment tool for stroke patients, as well as those who have suffered from heart attack and brain injury.

On May 15th the Chinese ‘Salt Substitute and Stroke Study’ (SSaSS) held its first annual meeting at Yanqi Lake. More than 50 participants joined the meeting to report on the progress of the study and to exchange their various experiences.

PEDro, the world-leading Physiotherapy Evidence Database, was featured at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress in Singapore on 1-4 May this year.

Kate Hunter is a Senior Research Fellow in the Injury Division at The George Institute, has over ten years’ experience in injury prevention research and has produced several reports and guidelines for government and non-government organisations. Kate is a recipient of a Poche Centre for Indigenous Health Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

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Wearing motor-cycle helmets is an effective way of reducing risk and yet, the wearing rate remains low in India and other low and middle income  countries. For the first time, the new motor-vehicle rules which have been presented in the Indian  Parliament recently highlight measures addressing child safety, and this must be extended to enforce motor-cycle helmet wearing in children.

A major national daily from India, The Hindu, has highlighted key research from The George Institute for Global Health in The Global Surgery 2030 Commission, published in The Lancet medical journal.