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Hospitals Post Price Lists, Consumers Are Asked To Check Up On Them

With much fanfare, federal officials required hospitals nationwide this year to post their “list” prices online. But it’s not yet clear how many are doing it, even as the government has taken the rare step of asking consumers to monitor hospital compliance. Most hospitals appear to be complying with the rule, according to hospital officials

2019-09-20T07:34:03-05:00Tags: |

How Health Systems Are Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change

The human and health impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly hard to ignore. Extreme weather events are disrupting more and more lives and businesses while also exacerbating chronic health conditions like asthma, expanding the range of infectious diseases, and worsening mental illness. In 2018, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimated that to

2019-09-18T09:17:10-05:00Tags: |

How sustainable design can transform health care

Dubbed a “sustainability superstar” by a national property awards judging panel, the $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital is setting the standard for green health care in Australia. Just 1% of the 2000-plus Green Star buildings around Australia are in the healthcare sector. Most of Australia’s greenest buildings are offices. But if banks and law

2019-09-02T20:00:52-05:00Tags: |

Sedentary lifestyle for 20 years doubles mortality risk

Two decades of a sedentary lifestyle is associated with a two times risk of premature death compared to being physically active, according to results from the HUNT study presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. Study author Dr Trine Moholdt of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim,

2019-09-01T19:24:01-05:00Tags: |

USC’s Street Medicine team brings the hospital to the homeless

Nurse Gabrielle Johnson grabs a backpack bursting with medical supplies from the backseat of her Chevy Colorado and jogs across under a freeway overpass in Boyle Heights to see her first patient. Brett Feldman, a physician assistant, is right alongside her. “Hey Bill!” Johnson called out toward a group of tents on the left side

2019-08-28T08:54:28-05:00Tags: |

How to start a digital healthcare revolution in Africa in 6 steps

Nowhere is better positioned to benefit from the digital revolution in healthcare than Africa, where technology can help tackle the rising burden of disease and major obstacles in infrastructure and the environment. However, realizing the promise of digital healthcare technology, while avoiding its potential pitfalls, will require a comprehensive, systematic approach based on the principles

2019-08-27T06:52:27-05:00Tags: |

Too Many Health Wearables and Apps Are Digital Snake Oil

As more technology firms produce wearables, apps and connected medical devices that claim to help people live better or treat diseases, we need to draw a line between digital wellness and digital medicine. The entire health care industry needs to implement rigorous standards that can help differentiate between truly therapeutic products and the digital equivalent

2019-08-26T12:39:45-05:00Tags: |

Cut Junk Food Intake in Kids: Address Emotions

Teacher training followed by classroom education with information, activities, and emotional support improves lifestyles in teachers and students, according to research to be presented at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology.(1) The study suggests that knowledge alone is insufficient to change behaviour. "Numerous studies have addressed health issues in the school

2019-08-25T19:28:02-05:00Tags: |

America’s packaged food supply is ultra-processed

Americans are overexposed to products that are high in energy, saturated fat, sugar and salt, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study that reports the United States packaged food and beverage supply in 2018 was ultra-processed and generally unhealthy. Since about 80% of Americans' total calorie consumption comes from store-bought foods and beverages (packaged and

2019-08-22T07:05:13-05:00Tags: |

Flavonoid-rich diet protects against cancer

Consuming flavonoid-rich items such as apples and tea protects against cancer and heart disease, particularly for smokers and heavy drinkers, according to new research from Edith Cowan University (ECU). Researchers from ECU's School of Medical and Health Sciences analysed data from the Danish Diet, Cancer and Health cohort that assessed the diets of 53,048 Danes

2019-08-22T06:52:39-05:00Tags: |

Health in Africa: 5 priorities for the G-7 Biarritz Summit

Despite increasing threats to multilateralism, the G-7 countries assemble August 24-26 in Biarritz, France, with the fight against inequality at the core of this year’s priorities. In a bid to forge a renewed partnership with the developing world, African partners are also invited to the table. This is a welcome focus, particularly for global health,

2019-08-20T06:38:42-05:00Tags: |

What is Sustainable Health?

A sustainable health and care system is achieved by delivering high quality care and improved public health without exhausting natural resources or causing severe ecological damage. It may also be useful to think about the relationship between sustainability and health in three distinct ways moving from a narrow focus to a broad focus. The resources

2019-08-17T09:51:49-05:00Tags: |

C. difficile now adapted to spread in hospitals

Scientists have discovered that the gut-infecting bacterium Clostridium difficile is evolving into two separate species, with one group highly adapted to spread in hospitals. Researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and collaborators identified genetic changes in the newly-emerging species that allow it to thrive on the Western sugar-rich

2019-08-14T07:34:28-05:00Tags: |

Non-smokers can get emphysema from air pollution

Long-term exposure to air pollution was linked to increases in emphysema between 2000 and 2018, according to a new study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), both part of the National Institutes of Health. Emphysema, usually associated with smokers, is a chronic

2019-08-13T12:23:57-05:00Tags: |

Psychology Can Help Prevent Deadly Childhood Accidents

Injuries have overtaken infectious disease as the leading cause of death for children worldwide, and psychologists have the research needed to help predict and prevent deadly childhood mishaps, according to a presentation at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. “Many different factors contribute to unintentional injuries, so if we are able to stop

2019-08-12T09:21:07-05:00Tags: |

A New Platform to Improve Health Care in Senegal

Beginning in June, Senegal’s Agency for Universal Health launched sunucmu.com (SunuCMU), a website that the agency hopes will streamline health care in the country. The website is a part of the Minister of State Mohammad Abdallah Dionne’s plan for digitalization. He aims to make Senegal’s health care system effective and sustainable. Using SunuCMU, Senegal hopes

2019-08-10T08:46:59-05:00Tags: |

The 10 Most Sustainable Hospitals In The World

When someone heads to the hospital, the primary thought on their mind is feeling better. Few give pause to consider how caring for their health impacts the well-being of the planet. However, medical facilities create a tremendous amount of waste daily and consume single-use plastics, energy, and water voraciously. Facilities that go above and beyond

2019-08-08T07:21:47-05:00Tags: |

Healthcare industry is a major source of harmful emissions

Climate change presents an unprecedented public health emergency and the global healthcare sector is contributing to the worldwide crisis, argues Jodi Sherman, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology at the Yale School of Medicine in a commentary published Aug. 2 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "The healthcare industry is responsible for responding to

2019-08-08T07:15:27-05:00Tags: |