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Geophagy in the tropics: an appraisal of three geophagical materials
Geophagy in the tropics: an appraisal of three geophagical materials | SpringerLink
The eating of earthy substances, such as clay or chalk, practiced among various peoples as a custom or for dietary or subsistence reasons. All rights reserved. Zoology zoology the habit of some animals, esp earthworms, of eating soil. Copyright , , by Random House, Inc. Copyright The Gale Group, Inc.
Health and social impacts of geophagy in Panama
Women Health News. Geophagy is a human behaviour involving the ingestion of earthy substances such as soil and clay. There is no scientific consensus on the effects of geophagy on human health. This study was developed as a comprehensive diagnostic to assess the causes, social aspects and potential health impacts of geophagy among pregnant women in rural panama. There is no cultural or religious element to the practice; rather it seems to be driven by physiological desires tied to the smell of the material.
Background: There is limited information on influenza and respiratory syncytial virus RSV seasonal patterns in tropical areas, although there is renewed interest in understanding the seasonal drivers of respiratory viruses. Methods: We review geographic variations in seasonality of laboratory-confirmed influenza and RSV epidemics in global locations based on literature review and electronic sources. We assessed peak timing and epidemic duration and explored their association with geography and study settings. We fitted time series model to weekly national data available from the WHO influenza surveillance system FluNet to further characterize seasonal parameters. Results: Influenza and RSV activity consistently peaked during winter months in temperate locales, while there was greater diversity in the tropics.