Health

Rural hospitals face growing sustainability threats

A multitude of challenges is threatening the stability of rural hospitals in America, a report from the American Hospital Association (AHA) found. Recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals is an ongoing challenge and expense, which is further complicated by geographic isolation. The report noted isolation could also be a barrier to professional development and continuing

2019-03-06T08:13:45-05:00Tags: |

Having more children slows down aging process

A study by Simon Fraser University researchers suggests that the number of children born to a woman influences the rate at which her body ages. The study led by health sciences professor Pablo Nepomnaschy and postdoctoral researcher Cindy Barha found that women who give birth to more surviving children exhibited longer telomeres. Telomeres are the

2019-03-04T09:30:37-05:00Tags: |

Conference Aims To Help More African-Americans Get Mental Health Care

African-Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience serious mental health issues than the general population, according to Integral Care, which provides mental health care in Travis County. To reduce the stigma of mental health issues and increase access to care, the organization is sponsoring the 19th annual Central Texas African American Family Support Conference.

2019-02-26T08:10:03-05:00Tags: |

CMS Aims to Address Senior Poverty, Social Determinants of Health

To drive down healthcare costs for Medicare beneficiaries, CMS is expanding policies to reduce prescription drug prices, increase community partnerships, and foster technological innovations that will address poverty and other social determinants of health among the elderly. These advancements are necessary, as older adults often face significant poverty challenges, said Cara V. James, Director of

2019-02-26T07:57:56-05:00Tags: |

Towards a sustainable system of drug development

Drug development has become the exclusive activity of large pharmaceutical companies. However, the output of new drugs has been decreasing for the past decade and the prices of new drugs have risen steadily, leading to access problems for many patients. By analyzing the history of drug development and the pharmaceutical industry, we identified the main

2019-02-27T07:09:19-05:00Tags: |

Sustainable medicine – SAMW

Today's medicine – a victim of its own success – faces ever-growing and increasingly costly demands. But medical services cannot expand indefinitely, as the financial resources required to pay for them are ultimately limited. The challenge lies in ensuring the long-term viability of the values, goals and tasks of medicine, so that high-quality medical services

2019-02-25T07:47:14-05:00Tags: |

Soda tax, sugary drink consumption down more than 50 percent in Berkeley

Consumption of sugary drinks in Berkeley's diverse and low-income neighborhoods dropped precipitously in 2015, just months after the city levied the nation's first soda tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. Three years later, residents in these neighborhoods reported drinking 52 percent fewer servings of sugary drinks than they did before the tax was passed in November 2014,

2019-02-22T06:47:44-05:00Tags: |

Kaiser’s Population Health Medical School Will Start Off Free

Kaiser Permanente’s new medical school will offer free tuition for the first five classes that enter the institution, the health system announced this week. The school, which will focus heavily on integrating population health management strategies into traditional physician education, has received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and plans to open

2019-02-21T15:33:02-05:00Tags: |

WHO Report Highlights Knowledge Gaps in Climate and Health Research

February 2019: The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a report that brings together all the health-related information from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15), and highlights knowledge gaps in climate change and health research. The WHO synthesis, which was published in October 2018, looks at

2019-02-20T08:09:21-05:00Tags: |

Children carry evidence of toxins from home flooring and furniture

Children living in homes with all vinyl flooring or flame-retardant chemicals in the sofa have significantly higher concentrations of potentially harmful semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in their blood or urine than children from homes where these materials are not present, according to a new Duke University-led study. The researchers presented their findings Sunday, Feb. 17

2019-02-18T12:27:03-05:00Tags: |

New molecules reverse memory loss linked to depression, aging

New therapeutic molecules developed at Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) show promise in reversing the memory loss linked to depression and aging. These molecules not only rapidly improve symptoms, but remarkably, also appear to renew the underlying brain impairments causing memory loss in preclinical models. "Currently there are no medications to treat

2019-02-16T16:15:18-05:00Tags: |

MIT’s New Policy Suggestions to Make Cures Accessible and Sustainable

Today, the MIT-based Financing and Reimbursement of Cures in the US (FoCUS) consortium released a series of large-scale policy and practice recommendations for financing new and upcoming curative and durable treatments to ensure broad patient access and healthcare system sustainability. The recommendations were released at a FoCUS-hosted conference at the National Press Club. The conference

2019-02-13T07:26:12-05:00Tags: |

Heated tobacco device causes same damage to lung cells as e-cigs and smoking

A new study that directly compares new heated tobacco devices with vaping and traditional cigarettes shows that all three are toxic to human lung cells. The study published in ERJ Open Research suggests that the new device, which heats solid tobacco instead of an e-liquid, is no less toxic to the cells than ordinary cigarette smoke. Researchers

2019-02-11T12:36:49-05:00Tags: |

Rural hospitals face growing sustainability threats on multiple fronts, AHA says

A multitude of challenges is threatening the stability of rural hospitals in America, a report from the American Hospital Association (AHA) found. Recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals is an ongoing challenge and expense, which is further complicated by geographic isolation. The report noted isolation could also be a barrier to professional development and continuing

2019-02-07T10:26:09-05:00Tags: |

Reprocessed Medical Devices Market to exceed $3 bn by 2024

The growing healthcare cost coupled with excessive prices of purchasing new medical devices creates requirement and demand for reprocessed medical devices this stimulates progress and development for reprocessing during the forecast timeframe. Moreover, the low price of reprocessed devices is foremost influence that encourages preference over new medical devices and is accountable for the increasing

2019-02-07T10:10:00-05:00Tags: |

Rise of the biosimilars

Biosimilar medicines, equivalent biological products which have no meaningful differences from the original or reference product in terms of quality, safety or efficacy, are playing an important role in providing choice for clinicians and increasing access for patients by driving down cost to the NHS. Warwick Smith, Director General of the British Biosimilars Association (BBA)

2019-02-06T08:44:31-05:00Tags: |

Simply shining light on ‘dinosaur metal’ compound kills cancer cells

A new compound based on Iridium, a rare metal which landed in the Gulf of Mexico 66 M years ago, hooked onto albumin, a protein in blood, can attack the nucleus of cancerous cells when switched on by light, University of Warwick researchers have found. The treatment of cancer using light, called Photodynamic therapy, is

2019-02-06T08:15:35-05:00Tags: |

The dangers of hidden fat: Exercise is your best defense

Scientists know that the type of fat you can measure with a tape isn't the most dangerous. But what is the most effective way to fight internal, visceral fat that you cannot see or feel? The answer: exercise. Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center analyzed two types of interventions -- lifestyle modification (exercise) and pharmacological

2019-02-04T08:11:44-05:00Tags: |

Study predicts worsening of opioid overdose crisis

A study from investigators at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute for Technology Assessment projects that the opioid overdose epidemic in the U.S. is likely to increase in coming years, and that measures based on restricting access to prescription opioids will have a minimal impact in reducing overdose deaths. In their report published in JAMA

2019-02-04T08:03:09-05:00Tags: |