March News & Views

Firstly this month, a study in the American Journal of Infection Control looked at vaccine compliance and parents’ stance on childhood vaccination. The study found that 85% of the Muslim parents surveyed support vaccination and were significantly more likely to be pro-vaccination than other parents from different religious affiliations.

While the sample size was small for this study, it would be interesting to see it replicated with a larger sample size with a further exploration of the reasons for the minority of Muslim parents being either anti-vaccination or hesitant about getting their children vaccinated.

Read “The behind-the-scenes activity of parental decision-making discourse regarding childhood vaccination” here

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A team from the University of Birmingham will be conducting a systematic review investigating the role of imams and mosques in health promotion in Western societies.

The systematic review protocol, published in the journal Systematic Reviews, states that the review will look at, amongst other things, studies done in Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa.

BIMA aims to protect and promote the health of patients and the public, and with projects like Lifesavers and the Ramadan Initiative, we look forward to reading the final published review to identify what is being done and how much of it in the field of health promotion in the British Muslim population.

Read “The role of imams and mosques in health promotion in Western societies—a systematic review protocol” here

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And finally this month, another article relevant to Ramadan, which is now only 2 months away. Further to last month’s featured article on fasting and its positive impact on blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride/HDL/LDL levels, an article this month in the journal Nutrition reviews the health benefits of religious fasting, including Ramadan, Orthodox Christian, and Buddhist fasting.

Read “Unraveling the metabolic health benefits of fasting related to religious beliefs: A narrative review here

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