Harnessing art and music to improve people’s health and wellbeing and promote better healthcare was the focus of the fourth seminar in the WHO Collaborating Centre’s series. During this seminar, Dr Diasy Fancourt, University College London, asked “Do the arts support our health? Results from basic, applied and population science studies; Professor Alastair Continue reading
It took Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) a trip to the past to figure out how best to deal with the future. Policymakers could do a lot worse than step back 20 years in time to reboot the Prime Minister’s commitment to reducing ‘the burning injustice’ of a nine-year gap in life expectancy between different areas of the country. Continue reading
Reflections on the London SciComm Symposium
The Cultural Contexts of Health project being developed by the University of Exeter WHO Collaborating Centre on Culture and Health in collaboration with WHO Europe Continue reading
Country singers value a good story. While the pain and joy of love is a common theme, domestic abuse, the waste of war, prison and poverty also figure. Ask Johnny Cash. The man in black was clear. He said that until ‘we make a few things right, you’ll never see me wear a coat of white’. Continue reading
Who gets lonely?
As an academic psychologist, I find working with older adults illuminating for all sorts of reasons. It’s particularly interesting to learn what they won’t discuss. Continue reading
Migration is central to the lives of a sizeable portion of today’s global population. In 2015, an estimated 244 million people were international migrants, whilst a further 740 million were estimated to migrate within their own country. Continue reading
Why do healers of different kinds attract people in so many places all over the world?
In some sites, both healers and self-treatment are popular because biomedical therapeutic options are unavailable or difficult to access. Continue reading
Developing guidance for policymakers on culturally informed approaches to public health is central to the work of the University of Exeter’s WHO Collaborating Centre on Culture and Health. Continue reading
For some time now, the old `doctor knows best’ attitude has been shifting in favour of dialogue with patients. Sometimes it is the better informed and more assertive patients who are driving the change, but clinicians, too, are becoming more attuned to factors such as gender, culture and faith which can influence experience, diagnosis and treatment. Continue reading
Dietary choices, cooking styles and eating habits are all influenced by a number of factors. In part, they are the product of personal preferences, but they are also determined by the availability and cost of food, by the ways in which food and nutritional advice are promoted and distributed, and by cultural values – those attitudes, beliefs and customs that shape our behaviour and help to dictate our choices. Continue reading