Dear GANM community,
In this week’s edition of the GANM library we bring to you three articles that discuss health in the context of maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, and the environment.
Van Tulleken, C., Wright, C., Brown, A., McCoy, D., Costello, A. (2020). Marketing of breastmilk substitutes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lancet, 396 (10259). DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)32119-X
In this article the topic of marketing breastmilk substitutes is addressed and discussed. With the current pandemic many companies have donated milk powder to communities across the globe which violates national laws and the WHO code. This situation has caused researchers and health advocates to call for improved implementation and enforcement of the WHO code, with severe sanctions for violators.
Brown, B. P., Hebert, L. E., Gilliam, M., Kaestner, R. (2020). Association of highly restrictive state abortion policies with abortion rates, 2000-2014. JAMA Network Open, 3(11):e2024610. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.24610
Do highly restrictive state policies on abortion coincide with lower abortion rates? In this article published in JAMA a cohort of 1178 counties in 18 states evaluated state policies and abortion rates. Findings included an association between high restrictive policy climate and significantly lower abortions leading to a 17% decrease from the median abortion rate for women.
Noel, C. W., Sutradhar, R., Li, Q., et al. (2020). Association of immigration status and chinese and south asian ethnicity with incidence of head and neck cancer. JAMA Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2020.4197
Is immigration status in addition to being of Chinese and South Asian ethnicity associated with increased risk of cancer? In a recent article publish in JAMA researchers looked at this association in relation to head and neck cancer. A cohort of 3,328,434 individuals were studied in Canada in which low rates of head and neck cancer were observed. The authors believe immigration could serve as a protective factor against cancer.