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May Research Round-up

Each month, Vital Strategies reviews major journals for newly published research related to our programs and priorities. Our research roundup aims to offer insight into advances and trends in global health practice and understanding.

From our May roundup:

  • A new collection issue by The BMJ brings together a diverse group of authors to suggest solutions to accelerate the implementation of the commitments made at the UN General Assembly’s three high-level meetings on NCDs.
  • A study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that adults with food insecurity have elevated risk for cardiovascular disease, suggesting that policies which address food insecurity could improve cardiovascular health.
  • A study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine by researchers at Columbia University and the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that most e-cigarette use by young adults in the U.S. is not intended to help reduce smoking, and is instead related to more frequent and intense cigarette smoking.

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May Research Round-up

Noncommunicable Diseases

Series: Solutions for non-communicable disease prevention and control | The BMJ [Internet]. [cited 2019 May 20].

Manthey J, Shield KD, Rylett M, Hasan OSM, Probst C, Rehm J. Global alcohol exposure between 1990 and 2017 and forecasts until 2030: a modelling study.The Lancet [Internet]. 2019 May 7 [cited 2019 May 10];0(0).

Cardiovascular Disease & Hypertension

Meiqari L, Nguyen T-P-L, Essink D, Zweekhorst M, Wright P, Scheele F. Access to hypertension care and services in primary health-care settings in Vietnam: a systematic narrative review of existing literature. Global Health Action [Internet]. 2019 Jan 1 [cited 2019 Jun 6];12(1):1610253. 

Padwal R, Campbell NRC, Schutte AE, Olsen MH, Delles C, Etyang Aet al.Optimizing observer performance of clinic blood pressure measurement: a position statement from the Lancet Commission on Hypertension Group. Journal of Hypertension [Internet]. [cited 2019 Jun 10] ;37:000-000.

Vercammen KA, Moran AJ, McClain AC, Thorndike AN, Fulay AP, Rimm EB.Food Security and 10-Year Cardiovascular Disease Risk Among U.S. Adults. American Journal of Preventive Medicine [Internet]. 2019 May 1 [cited 2019 Apr 16];56(5):689–97.

Epidemic Prevention

Gunnlaugsson G, Hauksdóttir ÍE, Bygbjerg IC, Pinkowski Tersbøl B. “Tiny Iceland” preparing for Ebola in a globalized world. Glob Health Action. 2019;12(1):1597451.

Njuguna C, Jambai A, Chimbaru A, Nordstrom A, Conteh R, Latt A, et al.Revitalization of integrated disease surveillance and response in Sierra Leone post Ebola virus disease outbreak. BMC Public Health. 2019 Apr 2;19(1):364.

Obesity Prevention

Roberto CA, Lawman HG, LeVasseur MT, Mitra N, Peterhans A, Herring B, et al. Association of a Beverage Tax on Sugar-Sweetened and Artificially Sweetened Beverages With Changes in Beverage Prices and Sales at Chain Retailers in a Large Urban Setting. JAMA [Internet]. 2019 May 14 [cited 2019 May 15];321(18):1799–810.


Daftary A, Satyanarayana S, Jha N, Singh M, Mondal S, Vadnais C, et al. Can community pharmacists improve tuberculosis case finding? A mixed methods intervention study in India. BMJ Global Health [Internet]. 2019 May 1 [cited 2019 May 15];4(3):e001417.

Tobacco Control

Cho YJ, Thrasher J, Cummings M, Yong HH, Hitchman SC, McNeill A, et al.Cross-country comparison of cigarette and vaping product marketing exposure and use: findings from 2016 ITC Four Country Smoking and Vaping Survey. Tobacco Control [Internet]. 2019 May 30 [cited 2019 Jun 6];tobaccocontrol-2018-054650.

Olfson M, Wall MM, Liu S-M, Sultan RS, Blanco C. E-cigarette Use Among Young Adults in the U.S. American Journal of Preventive Medicine [Internet]. 2019 May 1 [cited 2019 May 6];56(5):655–63.

Wagoner KG, Berman M, Rose SW, Song E, Ross JC, Klein EG, et al. Health claims made in vape shops: an observational study and content analysis. Tobacco Control [Internet]. 2019 May 23 [cited 2019 Jun 6];tobaccocontrol-2018-054537.

Yu L, Cohen JE, Hoe C, Yang T, Wu D. Male smoking reduction behaviour in response to China’s 2015 cigarette tax increase. Tobacco Control [Internet]. 2019 May 30 [cited 2019 Jun 6] ;tobaccocontrol-2019-055053.


Swigart T, Hollowell J, Remes P, Lavoie M, Murray J, Belem M, et al. Can health promotion videos ‘go viral’? A non-randomised, controlled, before-and-after pilot study to measure the spread and impact of local language mobile videos in Burkina Faso. Global Health Action [Internet]. 2019 Jan 1 [cited 2019 Jun 6];12(1):1600858.

Astuti PAS, Kurniasari NMD, Mulyawan KH, Sebayang SK, Freeman B. From glass boxes to social media engagement: an audit of tobacco retail marketing in Indonesia. Tobacco Control [Internet]. 2019 May 29 [cited 2019 Jun 6] ;tobaccocontrol-2018-054833.