Health

Dietary fat is good? Dietary fat is bad? Coming to consensus

Which is better, a low-fat/high-carbohydrate diet or a high-fat/low-carbohydrate diet -- or is it the type of fat that matters? In a new paper featured on the cover of Science magazine's special issue on nutrition, researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston Children's Hospital, and colleagues with diverse expertise and perspectives on

2018-11-16T12:26:16+00:00 Tags: |

Medical expenses are pushing more baby boomers into poverty

Medical costs are rapidly increasing in America. New data from the U.S. shows these costs are pushing millions of Americans, including seniors, into poverty. The 2017 Supplemental Poverty Measure(SPM) shows that medical expenses were the largest contributor to increasing the number of Americans living in poverty. When medical expenses were accounted for, an additional 10.9 million people were

2018-11-16T02:54:00+00:00 Tags: |

What is Sustainable Health?

It is easy to imagine a sustainable health and care system – it goes on forever within the limits of financial, social and environmental resources. The challenge is the current approach to delivering health and care cannot continue in the same way and stay within these limits. A sustainable health and care system is achieved

2018-11-14T19:05:06+00:00 Tags: |

Assessing the environmental risk of pharmaceuticals

AstraZeneca’s Jason Snape, outlined his company’s approach to the environmental risk assessment of human medicinal products and what more needs to be in place to accomplish sustainable healthcare. In October, Heath Europa attended CleanMed Europe 2018 at Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. This event, which explores sustainable healthcare, is designed to address the

2018-11-13T10:37:53+00:00 Tags: |

Leading researchers call for a ban on widely used insecticides

Public health experts have found there is sufficient evidence that prenatal exposure to widely used insecticides known as organophosphates puts children at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders. In a scientific review and call to action published in PLOS Medicine, the researchers call for immediate government intervention to phase out all organophosphates. "There is compelling evidence that

2018-11-12T08:18:29+00:00 Tags: |

Social media use increases depression and loneliness, study finds

Few prior studies have attempted to show that social-media use harms users' well-being, and those that have either put participants in unrealistic situations or were limited in scope, asking them to completely forego Facebook and relying on self-report data, for example, or conducting the work in a lab in as little time as an hour.

2018-11-11T07:22:26+00:00 Tags: |

Here’s 5 Ways Sustainable, Smart, Healthy Homes Will Dominate

In the wake of the midterms, focus on Americans' dynamic of pain points and solutions resumes. Healthcare, and who will pay for it looms large as a pain point. Housing, and who's working on innovative design, engineering, and construction that plays a role in people's health outcomes, will be at least a big part of

2018-11-08T07:15:36+00:00 Tags: |

Sixteenth Street awarded $1 million to study, address social determinants of health

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers will receive $1 million in funding from the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for a project aimed at addressing social determinants of health. The goal of the project is to reduce housing instability and address health inequities among Sixteenth Street’s patients and

2018-11-06T14:22:11+00:00 Tags: |

Medical expenses are pushing more baby boomers into poverty

Medical costs are rapidly increasing in America. New data from the U.S. shows these costs are pushing millions of Americans, including seniors, into poverty. The 2017 Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) shows that medical expenses were the largest contributor to increasing the number of Americans living in poverty. When medical expenses were accounted for, an additional

2018-11-05T05:29:09+00:00 Tags: |

The Netherlands’ journey towards more sustainable healthcare

In October, doctors, sustainability managers, pharma companies and more came together at CleanMed Europe 2018 to discuss how best to address the environmental impact of the healthcare sector on a local, regional and global level. The three-day event, which took place in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, this year’s European Green Capital, was organised by Radboud University

2018-11-01T10:10:44+00:00 Tags: |

The Astana Declaration: the future of primary health care?

Primary health care is in crisis. It is underdeveloped in many countries, underfunded in others, and facing a severe workforce recruitment and retention challenge. Half the world's population has no access to the most essential health services. Yet 80–90% of people's health needs across their lifetime can be provided within a primary health-care framework—from maternity

2018-10-31T07:14:53+00:00 Tags: |

New Platform Could Help Local Food Banks Manage Stock and Resources

SAINT JOHN – A researcher at UNB plans to help change the way food banks manage their resources as well as gain some much-needed insight into some of the province’s most vulnerable communities. Milad Pirayegar and his team plan to build a platform that will collect food bank data and also enable food banks to

2018-10-30T15:29:21+00:00 Tags: |

Lifestyle medicine: a new medical specialty?

Educational developments suggest that lifestyle medicine is in the ascendance. Anna Sayburn asks if it could it help reduce chronic disease—and whether it places blame on patients Lifestyle medicine’s adherents talk enthusiastically of fixing the broken medical model and saving the NHS. Does the launch of a new diploma and its introduction to the curriculum

2018-10-29T08:58:36+00:00 Tags: |

Redefining Healthcare with Design of the Green Hospital

 The design of eco-friendly, energy-efficient, green construction projects has been gaining attention in all quarters, from the construction of private homes, office buildings, to large buildings such as hospital complexes. In the health sector, the so-called “Green Hospital” is a concept that is beginning to redefine how healthcare facilities are built to protect the environment

2018-10-28T09:22:48+00:00 Tags: |

The Netherlands’ journey towards more sustainable healthcare

In October, doctors, sustainability managers, pharma companies and more came together at CleanMed Europe 2018 to discuss how best to address the environmental impact of the healthcare sector on a local, regional and global level. The three-day event, which took place in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, this year’s European Green Capital, was organised by Radboud University

2018-10-25T09:01:21+00:00 Tags: |

Drug Companies, Not ‘Middlemen’, Are Responsible For High Drug Prices

As pharmaceutical companies have faced more heat for their pricing practices, they’ve found someone else to blame: “middlemen” who extract discounts from drugmakers. But in fact, if it weren’t for middlemen like wholesalers and pharmacy benefit managers, drug prices would be even higher. When Donald Trump was running for President in 2016, he promised to

Poverty tied to worse heart health among U.S. teens

(Reuters Health) - Adolescents from low-income families are more likely than their affluent peers to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease like obesity, inactivity, poor nutrition and tobacco use, a U.S. study suggests. Income inequality has long been linked to disparities in heart disease risk among adults. The new study examined nationally representative data collected

2018-10-23T08:07:35+00:00 Tags: |

Health, Income, & Poverty: Where We Are & What Could Help

Poverty has long been recognized as a contributor to death and disease, but several recent trends have generated an increased focus on the link between income and health. First, income inequality in the United States has increased dramatically in recent decades, while health indicators have plateaued, and life expectancy differences by income have grown. Second,

2018-10-22T18:56:14+00:00 Tags: |