Ron's Corner ( 37 Posts )

June 26 2016 Sunday 09:50 AM

Soap

Modified Date 26-Jun-2016 What is the most important medicine in the world?  This medicine has saved more people than virtually all others. Answer:  Soap Soap has had a long history, and we are proud to say that one of the places of origins is Egypt. Origins of cleanliness developed in Egypt 2500 years ago. The Egyptians harnessed water and brought this into central baths. Indeed it was a privilege to have access to these facility.         Grand beauty was thought to come to those who bathed.  Cleopatra had here own special recipe for baths, including Milk a ...

June 20 2016 Monday 10:45 AM

Filth and Global Health

Modified Date 20-Jun-2016  They hygiene movement world wide at the end of the 1800s world wide played a major impact on improving health. Prior to 1900 with the poor elimination of feces, food, and lack of individual hygiene lead to massive epidemics associated with vermin.       By Edal Anton Lefterov - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16005971 Rates have been a common plague of mankind since the dawn of man.  It appears that the Plague was spread world wide in relation to the spread of rats.  A major reason for this has been the lack of san ...

June 19 2016 Sunday 01:55 PM

My Mother would say: Wash your hands after you go to the toilet

Modified Date 19-Jun-2016 The 19th century sanitary revolution arose from Snow's discovery, reinforced by the work of others: William Farr, physician and vital statistician, the first Compiler of Abstracts in the newly created office of the English Registrar General; the bacteriologists, Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch; the pathologist-sanitarian Rudolph Virchow; the social reformers and early public health specialists, Edwin Chadwick, Lemuel Shattuck, John Simon, soon battalions of others. Human settlements were the seedbed for civilizations, but in the absence of adequate hygiene and sanitation, they were hotbeds o ...

June 15 2016 Wednesday 10:39 AM

Eradication of smallpox is the best known example of WHO’s accomplishments

Modified Date 15-Jun-2016 Eradication  of smallpox is the best known example of WHO’s accomplishments. Indeed, the benefits of smallpox eradication for public  health are very impressive. In 1967, when WHO started international eradication efforts, smallpox, was estimated to have afflicted up to 15 million people annually, of whom some two million died with millions more left disfigured and sometimes blind.  With the amazing global cooperation,  in 1980, WHO was able to certify that the disease had been eradicated. If smallpox were not eradicated, there would have been 350 million new victi ...

June 07 2016 Tuesday 01:58 PM

Brush your teeth and wash your hands for Global Health

Modified Date 07-Jun-2016 http://www.pitt.edu/~super1/lecture/lec32311/008.htm Primordial prevention describes efforts to reduce the onset of the risk factors known to predispose people to certain diseases. Primary prevention includes efforts to control the underlying cause or condition that results in disability. Examples include (a) maternal antiretroviral therapy to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and (b) fortification of the food supply to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida and iodine deficiency disorders. Secondary prevention aims at preventing an existing illness or injury ...