Health

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+00:00Tags: |

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+00:00Tags: |

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+00:00Tags: |

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+00:00Tags: |

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+00:00Tags: |

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+00:00Tags: |

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+00:00Tags: |

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+00:00Tags: |

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+00:00Tags: |

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+00:00Tags: |

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+00:00Tags: |

Simple stickers may save lives of patients, athletes and lower medical costs

Purdue University researchers have advanced a sticker solution moving it several steps closer to reality. The research was recently published in ACS Advanced Materials and Interfaces. "For the first time, we have created wearable electronic devices that someone can easily attach to their skin and are made out of paper to lower the cost of

2018-10-21T06:19:39+00:00Tags: |

Prescription for Poverty

Drug companies as tax dodgers, price gougers, and influence peddlers New Oxfam research shows that four pharmaceutical corporations—Abbott, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & CO (MSD), and Pfizer—systematically stash their profits in overseas tax havens. They appear to deprive developing countries of more than $100 million every year—money that is urgently needed to meet the health

2018-10-17T09:16:32+00:00Tags: |

No sweat required: Hypertension treatment mimics effect of exercise

Hypertension researchers at The University of Toledo have shown that by increasing the body's supply of beta hydroxybutyrate, a chemical produced predominantly by the liver, it is possible to regulate high blood pressure without reducing sodium intake or increasing exercise. "Our team found that high salt consumption lowered levels of circulating beta hydroxybutyrate. When we

2018-10-17T08:31:45+00:00Tags: |

Sustainability Efforts in Healthcare Lagging

Sustainability has become a major buzzword in the corporate world. In 2015-2016, eighty percent of Fortune 500 companies produced sustainability reports, and seventy percent reported their carbon footprints last year. But not all sectors are equal in this regard. Health care companies are some of the largest companies in the U.S., but a new analysis

2018-10-16T07:58:04+00:00Tags: |

Medical packaging revamp cures sustainability concerns

With a revamped shipping material design, OptumRx reportedly has become the first pharmacy care company to launch fully sustainable packaging for drug shipments. The upgraded packaging replaces polystyrene blocks with cotton-fiber pads, while providing temperature and physical protection for delicate medications in transit. “Our priority is ensuring people get the high-quality medications they need, when

2018-10-13T08:05:51+00:00Tags: |

Modifiable dementia risk factor in older adults identified

For older adults, it may seem as though the die is already cast regarding their odds of developing dementia, but new research from the University of Pittsburgh has identified a dementia risk factor among older adults that should be modifiable even well into old age. The study, which draws on data collected from following hundreds

2018-10-19T16:39:22+00:00Tags: |