Nearly every country wants universal healthcare (except for one)

In 2015, Leon Lederman had a very difficult decision to make. His medical debts were mounting, and he only had one asset valuable enough to cover his debt: his Nobel medal, which he won in 2012 for his work on subatomic particles. Although it represented decades of hard work, it had to be done. Lederman

2018-10-12T09:55:51+00:00 Tags: |

UN chief commends India’s progress towards Sustainable Development Goals

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday praised India’s progress on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular the pursuit of Sanitation for All and Affordable and Clean Energy, which featured heavily during day-two of his official visit to the country. Speaking at the closing session of the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention in New

2018-10-07T07:21:49+00:00 Tags: |

Rapid heart imaging technique may cut costs, boost care in developing world

A newly developed rapid imaging protocol quickly and cheaply diagnosed heart ailments in patients in Peru, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. In Peru, cardiovascular disease affects 3.2 million (16 percent of the adult population), leading to a significant

2018-10-03T18:13:13+00:00 Tags: |

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

2018-10-02T12:12:08+00:00 Tags: |

Fresh produce items notch high sustainability scores

The Sustainability Consortium Apples, pears, stone fruit, cucumbers, melons and squash scored at the top of the chart for sustainability in a recent study by The Sustainability Consortium. The group published product category data from the 2017 Sustainability Index and reported that, on a 100-point scale, those produce categories were among the highest ranked of

2018-10-02T12:06:25+00:00 Tags: |

5 ways green buildings are good for your health

Working in a sustainable building is good for people’s health and well-being, according to a growing body of research on the impacts of green buildings on occupants’ health and productivity. The green buildings concept was initially about reducing the environmental impact of buildings by improving factors such as energy efficiency and waste management. But as health and wellness

2018-10-01T08:20:33+00:00 Tags: |

Researchers create smartphone system that detects lead below EPA levels

The discovery of lead in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water drew renewed attention to the health risks posed by the metal. Now researchers at the University of Houston have created an inexpensive system using a smartphone and a lens made with an inkjet printer that can detect lead in tap water at levels commonly accepted as

2018-09-30T08:02:40+00:00 Tags: |

CDC: 1 in 5 US adults have chronic pain

Approximately 20% of adults in the United States have chronic pain, according to findings published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The release of the report coincides with Pain Awareness Month, which serves to raise awareness of the impact of pain, and the need to develop and implement safer, more effective pain interventions and alternatives

2018-09-27T08:57:19+00:00 Tags: |

Childhood poverty may have lasting effects on cognitive skills in old age

Children who grow up in poverty or who are otherwise socially and economically disadvantaged may be more likely in old age to score lower than others on tests of cognitive skills, according to a study published in the September 26, 2018, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Cognitive

2018-09-27T08:40:22+00:00 Tags: |

A Need for Change

It's a bright spot in a fairly dismal data landscape for communities with above-average shares of African-American residents: Three Atlanta-area counties, and one near Augusta, Georgia, have better outcomes in a U.S. News assessment of the drivers of health and well-being than most other areas with significant black populations. Yet in Georgia, that beacon of

2018-09-25T07:58:58+00:00 Tags: |

The Public’s Health: Extreme poverty is a global problem

Some time ago, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, a Catholic women’s religious order, told me that nothing had prepared her for the poverty she’d seen in Haiti, where she’d traveled with other sisters to help that country’s residents. No poverty in the United States, relayed the nun in distinct candor and

2018-09-24T07:40:47+00:00 Tags: |

New means to fight ‘un-killable’ bacteria in healthcare settings

Scientists at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) have identified new means of fighting drug-tolerant bacteria, a growing global threat as menacing as drug-resistant microbes. Little is known about the mechanisms leading to tolerance, a strategy that makes bacteria "indifferent" to antibiotics and almost "un-killable," which results in chronic infections extremely

2018-09-21T12:05:21+00:00 Tags: |

4 million children in UK too poor to have healthy diet

London (CNN)Nearly 4 million children in the UK live in households that struggle to afford fruit, vegetables and other foods conducive to a healthy lifestyle, according to a report by the Food Foundation. The organization's analysis found that the poorest fifth of families would have to spend 42% of their after-housing income on food to

2018-09-10T06:45:18+00:00 Tags: |

City start-up’s drones to deliver blood, medicines to rural areas

Three enterprising individuals, including one from Nagpur, in the age group of 23 to 25 are all set to transform and revolutionize the supply of blood to patients in remote, rural areas. They will be using drones to deliver not just blood but also vaccines, emergency medicines, anti-snake venom serum, and life-saving equipment like defibrillators

2018-09-07T07:32:26+00:00 Tags: |

This app wants to cure insomnia and cut patients’ costs in clinical trials

While the most talked-about issue related to sleep is how people struggle to stay awake during the day, some actually find it difficult to doze off. According to a 2017 meta-analysis by researchers, 15 percent of general Chinese population suffer from insomnia, with younger adults reporting increased frequency compared to older adults. Insomnia is a

2018-09-07T07:24:52+00:00 Tags: |