Research Topics

Research Topics are peer-reviewed article collections that focus on current and relevant themes in science. Suggested, organized, and led by top researchers, they bring together contributions by experts from around the world to stimulate collaboration and promote the interchange of ideas to help resolve important issues in this constantly changing and demanding world. 
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Though man has evolved very little physically and genetically since civilization arose about 5,000 years ago and even since the origins of Homo sapiens in Africa, the way in which we live has changed considerably and continues to change. The study of this process, which has its parallels in classical Darwinian evolution is called “Cultural Evolution”. An interesting and very relevant aspect of cultural evolution is how societies differ and how this affects their success, including how long and well people live. This is particularly pertinent at the moment, as we may apply the theory of cultural evolution to try to understand the extreme differences in the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on countries throughout the world. Why has this disease been more than 10 times more infective and 25 times more deadly in the USA, Brazil, and various European countries compared to South Korea? Another appropriate question would be why other countries have not closely studied how South Korea was able to achieve such low case and mortality rates, with almost no impact on their economy. Tremendous investment has been made in a search for solutions to deal with the pandemic, resulting in thousands of research publications, but very little attention has been given to examining why the effect of the pandemic has varied so much worldwide. The wakeup call of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has so strongly affected all aspects of our life during the last two years, should motivate us to reflect on how our understanding of cultural evolution can help us prepare for future pandemics and find solutions to other human health problems, including COVID-19 comorbidities, such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and cancer, which also vary considerably among societies and countries.
This Research Topic welcomes contributions, in the form of original research and review articles, including opinions, which investigate how cultural differences and cultural evolution affect human health. 
Papers that combine theoretical and empirical findings are welcome. Topics of interest include:
• Comparisons of how societies have dealt with COVID-19 and other major health problems and the results of interventions.
• How culture affects the frequency and impacts of disease problems, including obesity, cancer, heart disease, and autoimmune diseases.
• Health issues related to social norms.
• How culture affects what people accept and believe and how this affects their health
• Government policies that affect human health.
• Challenges, criticism, and ethical issues related to vaccination.
• Cultural differences in diet and the impact on human health.
• Public obedience of health policies
• Social media impacts on human health
We encourage contributions from academics and others researching health policies, including how the public views and acts on health issues. We are interested in how health policy and practice compare across countries and how it affects longevity and other measures of human well-being.
Keywords: Cultural Evolution, COVID-19, Vaccination, Quarantines, Pandemic, Health Policies, Human Diets
Topic Editor:
David De Jong
Genetics Department
Ribeirão Preto School of Medicine
University of São Paulo
Contribute a manuscript to this Research Topic
Submit via our online submission system at under the Publish tab and include “Research Topic: Cultural Evolution as a means to understand worldwide differences in the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and human health overall” after the title of your manuscript.

Increasing and aging populations with more chronic illnesses are straining health services in both developed and developing countries. E-health services may improve access to quality health information and improve self-management and thereby help alleviate the burden on health services. In addition, e-health can improve the quality of health services by increasing shared decision-making and by empowering patients.
E-health can be defined as the use of information and communication technology for the enablement or improvement of health care. A rapid technological development with increasing Internet access around the world and the pervasiveness of smartphones makes e-health relevant to all. E-health has expanded from web-based services to health apps, online video services, and social media, and new services and technologies are constantly being presented.
We welcome papers that address e-health services, especially from medical, psychological, and societal perspectives. The description of e-health services and their use, studies of why e-health services are used, the various outcomes of using such services, and how e-health services impact traditional health services are examples of topics that are within the scope of this Special Issue.
Keywords: E-health Services, Telemedicine, Social Media and Health, Health, Network with E-health, IOT with E-health, Mathematics with E-health, Communications with E-health, Computer Science and technology with E-health, Engineering with E-health
Topic Editors:
Osamah Ibrahim Khalaf
Al-Nahrain University
Baghdad, Iraq
Malik Alazzam
Lone Star College 
Victory Center
Houston, TX, USA
Kingsley A. Ogudo
University of Johannesburg 
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Submit via our online submission system at under the Publish tab and include “Research Topic: INTELLIGENT SOLUTIONS IN E-HEALTH AND MEDICAL COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES” after the title of your manuscript.

In 2019, Vietnam reached the 12th position in scientific production in Asia, producing over 12,000 publications, according to the Scimago Journal & Country Rank, up from about 400 in 2000, showing a remarkable trend towards improvement. Investigators throughout the country have sought to insert Vietnam into the mainstream of world-class research. Herein, we present research concerning various areas of medical care, including autism, cardiovascular disease markers, hypertension, ischemic stroke, molecular diagnosis of cancer, neurological pathologies, novel cancer surgery techniques, and osteoporosis. This research topic special session demonstrates the diversity of medical research developed in Vietnam as well as the quality of their scientific studies. Besides adapting new techniques to local conditions, these studies demonstrate problems unique to this region of the world. We hope that this initiative helps insert Vietnam into the mainstream of international scientific investigation. We also believe that it will serve as encouragement to researchers from Vietnam and other countries in Southeast Asia, and those from other emerging countries, to continue to conduct and publish quality scientific investigations, so that they can effectively participate in the worldwide efforts to improve human health conditions.

The manuscripts were selected and submitted by a coalition of Vietnamese medical science researchers