Further Integration: The latest update to the MHTF & PLOS Maternal Health Collection

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 10, 2014December 3, 2015Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post originally appeared on blogs.plos.orgIn November 2013, PLOS Medicine and the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) called for submissions to the third year of the MHTF-PLOS Collection on Maternal Health. Today we announce an exciting new update to the Year 3 Collection, including original 11 research articles and a policy forum, all recently published in PLOS.This continued collaboration between the MHTF at Harvard School of Public Health and PLOS Medicine is reflected in this latest collection update, highlighting recently published work that ties in with the current theme, “Integrating Health Care to Meet the Needs of the Mother–Infant Pair”. Chosen with the aim to contribute to a better understanding of how and when to comprehensively integrate maternal and infant health care, this year’s theme includes work on conditions such as HIV, malaria, exposure to environmental risks, and other situations that have a significant impact on both maternal and infant health.Featured work in this latest updateA policy forum by Jenny Hill and colleagues highlights the importance of prioritizing pregnant women, as a high risk group, for delivery of long lasting insecticide treated nets through antenatal clinics. Delivering free or subsidized long-lasting insecticide treated nets (or vouchers) to pregnant women is a key approach for controlling malaria and increases coverage and use by both pregnant women and their infants.Published in August, a cross-sectional survey, conducted by Joseph Sam Kanu et al., focused on knowledge and the reported practices of women in rural Sierra Leone. Interviewing women with children of <5 years, they collected and calculated the scores to assess knowledge and current practices. Results showed that the knowledge of maternal and child health held by many women in the country is significantly inadequate. The authors have suggested increasing health promotion activities in order to ensure women are well-informed on various health and environmental issues for the sake of their health and that of their offspring.Further research has concentrated on the effectiveness of a community health worker (CHWs) project for the improvement of maternal and newborn health in rural Kenya. The authors, Mary B. Adam and colleagues, used a quasi-experiment design alongside birth histories to estimate the impact of CHWs health messages on the health of women and their babies who received these messages. The women who were exposed to the health messages by CHWs held greater knowledge of maternal and newborn care and a higher proportion of these women delivered under skilled birth attendance.Through this collection we hope to provide a platform for the dissemination of new evidence and analysis of conditions that affect both mothers and infants, whilst keeping in mind the role that the integration of care provides in the context of Universal Health Coverage in the Post-2015 development agenda.www.ploscollections.org/maternalhealthPost authored by Jennifer Horsley, Editorial Project Coordinator, PLOS CollectionsShare this:last_img read more

Yes we are still talking about the legal fistfigh

first_imgYes, we are still talking about the legal fistfight between Google and Oracle. To recap, Google and Oracle have been in a legal dispute since 2010 over Google’s use of Java in its operating system Android. Since then, the two have been at each other’s throats in court. More recently Google had a huge win in 2016 when a federal jury found Google’s use of the Java APIs was in fair use and therefore exempt from copyright law. Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed that verdict and found that Google’s use of Java was not in fair use. “There is nothing fair about taking a copyrighted work verbatim and using it for the same purpose and function as the original in a competing platform,” the appeals court ruled, according to Bloomberg. What happens next? Now the case will go the a federal court in California that will determine how much Google, now Alphabet Inc. will owe Oracle. Bloomberg states Google could owe billions. Oracle has been asking for $8.8 billion in damages. “We are disappointed the court reversed the jury finding that Java is open and free for everyone,” Google spokesman Patrick Lenihan said in a statement, according to Reuters. “This type of ruling will make apps and online services more expensive for users.”Since this ongoing case, Google has replaced Oracle’s proprietary Java APIs with the open-source version, OpenJDK. “The Federal Circuit’s opinion upholds fundamental principles of copyright law and makes clear that Google violated the law. This decision protects creators and consumers from the unlawful abuse of their rights,” Dorian Daley, Oracle executive vice president of general counsel and secretary, said in a statement. If you think this will be the last we will hear from Google or about this case, think again. Until next time…last_img read more