Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Men's Health Week 2015

This week (15th-21st June) is International Men's Health Week. Men's Health Week aims to heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages. Each year, individual countries focus upon a specific theme. The theme for 2015 in Ireland is: 'Creating culture change - it's time for a new script'.

In Ireland:

  • Men die, on average, four and a half years younger than women do
  • Males have higher death rates than women for all of the leading causes of death
  • Poor lifestyles are responsible for a high proportion of chronic diseases
  • Late presentation to health services leads to a large number of problems becoming untreatable
          (www.mhfi.org, 2015)

Some useful resources on men's health include:

  • The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) provides an A-Z of men's health with general information on men's health topics as well as links to relevant publications and reports.
  • RCSI has access to a number of resources which may be of interest;. Searching RCSI library's Clinical Key database for 'men's health' will provide you with detailed information on the topic from a number of sources including ebooks and journals. You can access Clinical Key through the 'Find Articles: Databases' section of the library's website


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