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Contemporary issues in screening

Edited by Fred Paccaud

Screening is a key tool in the field of prevention i.e., looking for early signs of disease where intervention makes difference in outcome. As diagnostic tests and tools develop, there are ever more fields where screening is now and will in the future be considered as essential elements of preventive care both for individuals and populations. This series in Public Health Reviews provides an overview of several highly topical areas such as chronic renal disease, frailty in older people, lung cancer, and explores more general issues associated with developments in public health genomics and cardiovascular risk in children in low and middle income countries. There is also a timely reminder of the risks of over-diagnosis, and the need to balance harms and benefits within new and existing screening programmes.

Publication charges for this collection were funded by ASPHER. Articles have undergone the journal's standard peer-review process overseen by the Guest Editor, who declares no competing interests.

  1. Content type: Review

    The prevalence of mental health concerns and risky health behaviours among young people is of global concern. A large proportion of young people in New Zealand (NZ) are affected by depression, suicidal ideatio...

    Authors: Felicity Goodyear-Smith, Rhiannon Martel, Margot Darragh, Jim Warren, Hiran Thabrew and Terryann C. Clark

    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2017 38:20

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  2. Content type: Commentary

    The concept of frailty as a health dimension in old age is recent and has its origin in the development of geriatric medicine. Initially an unformulated clinical intuition, it is now defined by a diminished ph...

    Authors: Brigitte Santos-Eggimann and Nicolas Sirven

    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2016 37:7

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  3. Content type: Commentary

    Cardiovascular disease (CVD), mainly heart attack and stroke, is the leading cause of premature mortality in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Identifying and managing individuals at high risk of CVD is...

    Authors: Pascal Bovet, Arnaud Chiolero, Fred Paccaud and Nick Banatvala

    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2015 36:13

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  4. Content type: Commentary

    Overdiagnosis is the diagnosis of an abnormality that bears no substantial health hazard and no benefit for patients to be aware of. Resulting mainly from the use of increasingly sensitive screening and diagno...

    Authors: Jean-Luc Bulliard and Arnaud Chiolero

    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2015 36:8

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  5. Content type: Review

    Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the leading cause of death worldwide. Individual detection and intervention on CVD risk factors and behaviors throughout childhood and adolescence has been advocated as a stra...

    Authors: Clemens Bloetzer, Pascal Bovet, Joan-Carles Suris, Umberto Simeoni, Gilles Paradis and Arnaud Chiolero

    Citation: Public Health Reviews 2015 36:9

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