/Tag: health

Poverty and ill health: the ugly bedfellows blighting millions of lives

Deprivation is robbing people of years of good health from their 30s onwards, driving people out of work and reinforcing poverty as they head towards retirement age. A huge new study by the Health Foundation shows the impact, as poverty piles pressure on NHS services. More than 14 million people in England now have more

2018-12-11T14:47:41+00:00Tags: |

Adequate investment in child nutrition prevents poverty in adulthood – UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF) said adequate investment in nutrition will save no fewer than 33 per cent of Nigerian children from poverty in adulthood. This is one of the highlights of a two-day Media Dialogue with Journalists/Interface With On Air Personalities (OAPs) On Child Malnutrition In The Northeast, orgnised by UNICEF in collaboration

2018-12-09T09:22:41+00:00Tags: |

Number of uninsured children increases for first time in decade

Dive Brief: The number and percentage of uninsured children in the U.S. increased for the first time in more than a decade in 2017, according to a new Georgetown University Health Policy Institute report. About 276,000 fewer children had health insurance in 2017 compared to the previous year. The percent of uninsured children increased from

2018-12-03T07:45:51+00:00Tags: |

Why pregnancy brings distress for women in Sierra Leone

Pregnancy is not the harbinger of joy in Sierra Leone. Instead, it brings distress, sufferings and death. When Hawa Kamara of Thompson Bay went into labour, her husband, Joseph Dumbuya, had to rush her to a hospital because of the complications that she had developed. Hawa had reposed faith in a traditional birth attendant for

2018-12-02T10:52:38+00:00Tags: |

The potentially deadly bacterium that’s on everyone’s skin

Forget MRSA and E. coli. There's another bacterium that is becoming increasingly dangerous due to antibiotic resistance -- and it's present on the skin of every person on the planet. A close relative of MRSA, Staphylococcus epidermidis, is a major cause of life-threatening infections after surgery, but it is often overlooked by clinicians and scientists

2018-11-30T06:12:55+00:00Tags: |

Modicare off to a mixed start

A research note from industry analyst GlobalData concludes that India’s new national insurance scheme Ayushman Bharat has potential to be a “game changer,” while warning that there are “policy issues which need to be addressed by the government to make it sustainable for all the stakeholders.” The program is designed to cover the hospitalization costs

2018-11-29T06:32:59+00:00Tags: |

Help Wanted

Lack of reliable, affordable access to surgery kills more people around the world each year than HIV, tuberculosis and malaria combined. In addition to the unquantifiable human suffering, this lack of surgical care is expected to cost the global economy some $12 trillion by 2030 in lost productivity. Yet, this dark picture, described in the

2018-11-26T11:59:41+00:00Tags: |

Why the U.S. health care system should be reformed

Invoking the ancient healing commitment to “first, do no harm,” the AMA’s guiding principle is individuals who have health insurance should not lose their coverage as a result of efforts to reform the U.S. health system. That is because the evidence shows that uninsured patients live sicker and die younger than patients with insurance coverage.

2018-11-23T08:23:47+00:00Tags: |

Amazon’s employee clinic could reshape primary care

Reports that Amazon is planning to open a primary care clinic in its Seattle headquarters are neither entirely surprising nor would it be the first big company to offer healthcare on premises. Boeing and Disney do it. John Deere, too. Most recently, Henry Ford Health System and automotive giant GM announced plans for direct employer-contracted

2018-11-20T13:48:32+00:00Tags: |

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+00:00Tags: |

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 10.9 million people were

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

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+00:00Tags: |

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+00:00Tags: |

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+00:00Tags: |

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+00:00Tags: |