First-ever global study finds massive health care inequity

SEATTLE – A first-ever global study finds massive inequity of access to and quality of health care among and within countries, and concludes people are dying from causes with well-known treatments. “What we have found about health care access and quality is disturbing,” said Dr. Christopher Murray, senior author of the study and Director of

2017-05-23T07:24:01+00:00 Tags: |

This New Drug Could Stop the No. 1 Cause of Childbirth Death

A new drug currently used to stop bleeding in combat and car crashes is being explored as a solution to save mothers’ lives during childbirth. Each year, uncontrollable bleeding after childbirth — known as postpartum hemorrhage — takes the live of more than 100,000 women in poor and middle-income countries, according to the World Health

Newly discovered brain network offers clues to social cognition

Scientists call our ability to understand another person’s thoughts—to intuit their desires, read their intentions, and predict their behavior—theory of mind. It’s an essential human trait, one that is crucial to effective social interaction. But where did it come from? Working with rhesus macaque monkeys, researchers in Winrich Freiwald’s Laboratory of Neural Systems at The

2017-05-23T07:03:10+00:00 Tags: |

Living in a poor area increases the risk of anxiety in women, but not men

Women living in the most deprived areas are over 60 per cent more likely to have anxiety as women living in richer areas. However, whether men live in poorer or richer areas seems to make very little difference to their anxiety levels, according to new research we conducted at the University of Cambridge. The disorder that

2017-05-18T06:56:17+00:00 Tags: |

Poor pay, training impede India’s health workers

Nearly a million workers — forming the frontline of India’s faltering public health system — are inadequately trained and are underpaid, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of Health Ministry data, imperilling the country’s healthcare efforts. Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) — considered to be voluntary workers — are paid a honorarium by the government and most

2017-05-17T08:36:58+00:00 Tags: , |

High levels of exercise linked to nine years of less aging at the cellular level

Despite their best efforts, no scientist has ever come close to stopping humans from aging. Anti-aging creams, lotions, potions, crystals and wizard spells can’t stop Old Father Time. But new research from Brigham Young University reveals you may be able to slow one type of aging—the kind that happens inside your cells. As long as

2017-05-17T08:26:39+00:00 Tags: |

Statement on Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

On 9 May, WHO was informed of a cluster of undiagnosed illness and deaths including haemorrhagic symptoms in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province in the north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), bordering Central African Republic. On 11 May, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo informed WHO that

2017-05-15T17:02:18+00:00 Tags: |

The Global Gap In Health Care Dollars For Young And Old Is Huge

The United States spends a lot of money taking care of the health needs of old people. In 2010, for example, each person 65 and older received $18,424 in health care services. That's five times more than the $3,628 in spending per child under 18, and three times more than the $6,125 per working-age adult,

2017-05-14T09:25:02+00:00 Tags: |

Nearly one in three drugs found to have safety concerns after FDA approval

How often are safety concerns raised about a drug after it's been approved by the FDA? Nicholas Downing, MD, of the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and colleagues have found that for drugs approved between 2001 and 2010, nearly 1 in 3 had a postmarket safety event. The team defines postmarket safety

2017-05-11T07:48:11+00:00 Tags: |

Childhood Bullying Linked to Health Risks in Adulthood

Childhood bullying may lead to long-lasting health consequences, impacting psychosocial risk factors for cardiovascular health well into adulthood, according to a study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The unique study tracked a diverse group of over 300 American men from first grade through their early thirties and the

2017-05-11T07:22:26+00:00 Tags: |

South Africa: Is ‘All-in-One Healthcare’ a Dream?

Imagine walking into a primary healthcare clinic in the rural Eastern Cape where a nurse is able to diagnose complex forms of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). She uses a small, portable machine that resembles a Soda Stream cold drink maker. With this device the nurse can also measure the amount of virus in the blood of

2017-05-09T08:17:50+00:00 Tags: , |

Living in a poor area increases the risk of anxiety in women, but not in men

Women living in the most deprived areas are over 60% more likely to have anxiety as women living in richer areas.  However, whether men lived in poorer or richer areas made very little difference to their anxiety levels, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. Read more at the University of Cambridge

2017-05-07T08:40:16+00:00 Tags: |

‘Exercise-in-a-pill’ boosts athletic endurance by 70 percent

Salk Institute scientists, building on earlier work that identified a gene pathway triggered by running, have discovered how to fully activate that pathway in sedentary mice with a chemical compound, mimicking the beneficial effects of exercise, including increased fat burning and stamina. The study, which appears in Cell Metabolism on May 2, 2017, not only

2017-05-04T06:38:34+00:00 Tags: |

Getting likes on social media posts doesn’t lift your mood

These are the findings of a preliminary study presented at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Conference in Brighton on Wednesday 3 May 2017, by Dr Martin Graff from University of South Wales. A total of 340 participants recruited via Twitter and Facebook completed personality questionnaires. They were also asked to say how much they agreed

2017-05-04T06:39:21+00:00 Tags: |

Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will test out the world’s first malaria vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline

Malaria has been a problem for humans for over 2,000 years, and still kills in high numbers; 429,000 people—most of them children—died from the mosquito-borne disease in 2015. Fortunately, scientists finally have a vaccine that’s ready to be deployed. In a statement on April 24, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced it would be launching

Legal marijuana stores lead to increases in property crime

Legal marijuana shops are linked to higher levels of property crime in nearby areas, according to a nearly three-year study in Denver. Researchers found that crime isn’t higher in the area immediately surrounding marijuana outlets. But adjacent areas saw about 84 more property crimes per year than neighborhoods without a nearby marijuana store. In Denver,

2017-04-30T19:57:45+00:00 Tags: |

Scientists predict academic achievement from DNA alone

Scientists from King's College London have used a new genetic scoring technique to predict academic achievement from DNA alone. This is the strongest prediction from DNA of a behavioural measure to date. The research shows that a genetic score comprising 20,000 DNA variants explains almost 10 per cent of the differences between children's educational attainment

2017-04-30T19:45:05+00:00 Tags: |

Diagnosed autism linked to maternal grandmother’s smoking in pregnancy

Scientists from the University of Bristol have looked at all 14,500 participants in Children of the 90s and found that if a girl’s maternal grandmother smoked during pregnancy, the girl is 67 per cent more likely to display certain traits linked to autism, such as poor social communication skills and repetitive behaviours. The team also

2017-04-30T19:40:33+00:00 Tags: |