Monthly Archives: September 2018

World Contraception Day Quiz


Today is World Contraception Day, an annual campaign aimed at improving awareness of contraception and enabling people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health. Take our quiz and test your knowledge on some of the global issues around contraception and barriers to sexual health.


Highlighting the vulnerability of infant children of women prisoners in Australia


Although women prisoners are recognized as a vulnerable population, there is no routine data collection or reporting on the number of children that might be affected by their mother’s incarceration, or how they might be affected. A study published in Health and Justice links available administrative data in Australia in order to generate population level statistics that might help understand those children’s needs and inform service delivery.

Health Open Access

A changing climate for the health community


Addressing and adapting to climate change has rapidly become a key objective for the health community. Lead author of a recent article published in Infectious Diseases of Poverty, Madeleine Thomson, argues that to achieve this goal we must train the next generation of health researchers, policy makers and practitioners to be climate smart and utilize increasingly sophisticated and accessible climate measuring technologies.


Exposure to nanoparticles can activate herpesvirus viruses in the lungs – Winner of the Particle and Fibre Toxicology Best Paper Award 2018


Particle and Fibre Toxicology presents the ‘Best Paper of the Year’ award each year based on citations, downloads and impact. In this Q&A blogpost, we speak with Heiko Adler and Tobias Stöger, authors of this year’s winner ‘Nanoparticle exposure reactivates latent herpesvirus and restores a signature of acute infection’.).

Biology Health

The effects of public pre-kindergarten attendance on first grade literacy achievement: a district study


Does preschool influence childrens’ literacy positively? Several findings from a recent study published in the International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy suggest that it does. The policy decision to expand public preschool to a universal and better funded system in the US requires more evidence demonstrating that this is an impactful investment for children.


Do you like reading? Promoting reading attitudes of girls and boys


Since the beginning of the century, we have known that there is a gender gap between girls and boys when it comes to reading habits and reading achievement, suggesting that girls have a more positive attitude. What are the differences and how do they come about? How can we improve students’ reading engagement? A recently published article in Large-scale Assessments in Eduction provides an overview on where we stand in this new challenge for educational policy.