Mission of this Blog
Editorial LineBlog en Sante’s mission is to shed light on interventional studies evidencing the efficacy of non-pharmacological interventions (NPIs) and health programs. In other words, it aims to make the practical results (operable means, procedures) – rather than the mechanisms (processes)– of research published in international scientific and medical journals accessible and available to all. The Blog offers information on modifiable health behaviors gathered from cohort studies. Therefore, the Blog cannot address specific issues relating to personal cases. Personal questions must be directed to healthcare professionals. Nothing can replace a consultation with your doctor. For any emergency, call 112 in Europe and 911 in the United States and Canada.
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Professor Gregory Ninot, a researcher and university scholar who has spent the last 20 years working on health prevention and the rehabilitation of chronically ill patients. The author intends to popularize a rapidly-expanding area of research often confined to specialized journals and which uses – mostly English-language – obscure terminology. Avoiding technical jargon whenever possible, the author highlights behavioral, RCT-based biological and technological innovations with a proven efficacy on health and quality of life. Blog en Sante has no commercial aim. Topic selection is based on relevance and on the quality of the methodology used to prove the efficacy of an NPI or of a health prevention program. The blog does not mean to provide exhaustive information. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the author.
Blog in Health’s Objectives- Highlight scientific and medical evidence for the fact that we can take action to improve our health and our quality of life in several areas: our diet, physical activity, sleep, leisure moments, thoughts and emotions, social relationships, work and home environment, - Encourage blog guests to consult the original articles at the source of our reviews, - Draw the public’s attention to the risks involved in complementary and alternative medicine practices which are not based upon rigorous interventional research, - Provide information about health programs for children, adults and the chronically ill, - Prevent confusion between the results of satisfaction surveys and those of treatment efficacy studies, - Provide an exchange and discussion platform for health and health prevention issues, - Foster dialogue with doctors and other healthcare and health prevention professionals, - Create a health reflex among individuals and their loved ones, - Educate the general public on the benefits, limitations and conditions inherent in health innovations, - Motivate individuals to participate in interventional studies to protect future generations, - Inform the general public on the research and concepts of behavorial, predictive and integrative medicine, of lifestyle sciences and positive health research. Error Disclaimer We do our very best to insure that the information provided on this site is accurate. Please report any residual errors via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. However, the publishers of Blog in Health cannot be held liable, in any way whatsoever, for the consequences arising out of the use of the information provided on this site.
Author of the Blog
Gregory Ninot is a Professor at Universite de Montpellier and the Executive Director Plateforme CEPS, an academic methodological hub at the crossroads of medical sciences and human sciences, monitoring clinical studies of non-pharmacological interventions (NPIs) and health programs. Pr. Ninot holds a PhD degree in Sports Sciences applied to Health (STAPS) and in Health Psychology. He has spent the last 20 years working on the evaluation of the efficacy of health prevention and rehabilitation strategies for people affected by chronic diseases. He has published 130 articles in international scientific and medical journals, 10 books and 16 book chapters. The idea for this blog stems from his passion for reading key scientific and medical research articles, and from his desire to share information with the general public which would otherwise remain within the realm of university programs, conferences and scientific journals.
TopicsBlog en Sante or Blog in Health in English covers eight topics: - Dietary Issues - Physical Activity - Sleep - Relaxing - Thoughts and Emotions - Social Relationships - Work - Homemaking A glossary is also available to facilitate the reader’s comprehension.
Blog en Sante posts reviews and summaries of original studies, article reviews, medical society opinions and health authority recommendations. Each post mentions the original document source and encourages its consultation. The original article may be accessed via the link to the scientific journal provided in the Blog post, or via a general (e.g., Google) or specialized (e.g., PubMed) search engine.
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Knowledge Based on Medical and Scientific EvidenceBlog in Health highlights the ways in which we can improve our health and our quality of life. The summaries in our posts are based on scientific facts – not just any facts – reported in human studies evidencing our ability to actively manage our health and our autonomy, our quality of life, and to make significant lifestyle changes. Positive change can be achieved via slight, non-constraining behavior modifications requiring a bit of will and persistence.
Relying on Evidence-based MedicineBlog in Health aims to extend the work of David Servan-Schreiber by giving it a sound, legitimate scientific basis. The Blog reviews high-evidence level interventional studies published in top medical and scientific journals. It encourages readers to adopt behaviors which efficacy on health and quality of life has been proven in studies meeting the stringent specifications of Evidence-based Medicine. Blog in Health also advises readers to go beyond popular and Internet-spread preconceived ideas and to refer to actual opinions and recommendations issued by medical societies and health authorities. Exercising Caution When Efficacy Has not Been Proved Basing this blog on the strongest evidence for efficacy speaks to the seriousness of our approach – particularly in a domain where many abuses are possible. While the exponential development of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) is helping to resolve many issues, all so-called therapeutic and prevention innovations still fail to use them. This does not mean that such innovations have no effect on health or quality of life; they may well benefit certain individuals. It does mean, however, that questions remain as to their efficacy, side effects, usefulness and administration requirements. This places limitations upon their use by the general population, their reach, and their reimbursement by healthcare agencies – an important concern for manufacturers and patients.
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