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Medical expenses are putting more seniors in poverty

A veteran who’s saved but can’t afford to retire because of the cost of his medications. A disabled man who’s had to delay refilling prescriptions because of cost and suffered tremors in the meantime. Those are some of the stories AARP Nebraska has collected recently as part of the national organization’s ongoing campaign urging state

2019-11-18T10:18:07-06:00Tags: |

Doctors give electronic health records ‘F’ rating, study says

On a scale that measures the user-friendliness of various everyday technologies, Google, not surprisingly, ranks right at the top. Microwave ovens, aren't far behind, followed by ATMs. Microsoft Excel hovers somewhere near the bottom. And then, well below that, when ranked by physicians, comes electronic medical records, according to a study published online in the

2019-11-15T08:09:54-06:00Tags: |

Labs push for sustainability

Scientific labs produce a ton of waste: plastic pipette tips and the plastic racks that hold them, plastic foam coolers that house chemicals and cells, surplus solvents that expire in storage. They also rack up big energy bills: special freezers keep experiments cold, high-tech vents keep air clean, and dedicated machines keep equipment sterile. But

2019-11-13T18:33:30-06:00Tags: |

Community Health Workers Fill Gaps in Rural Healthcare

Transportation is one of the biggest challenges to rural healthcare. Often, the most remote areas of the country do not have robust public transportation networks; and for those with access to transportation, they might have to travel for hours before reaching high-quality healthcare facilities. Patients managing a variety of health conditions are more likely to

2019-11-12T14:55:45-06:00Tags: |

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Any amount of running is linked to a significantly lower risk of death from any cause, finds a pooled analysis of the available evidence, published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. If more people took up running -- and they wouldn't have to run far or fast -- there would likely be substantial

2019-11-11T18:36:47-06:00Tags: |

Lack of cooling threatens public health and food security..

As temperatures hit record highs globally, significant populations are at increasing risk from lack of cooling access threatening a spike in global energy demand and profound climate impacts. This is according to Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) research– Chilling Prospects: Tracking Sustainable Cooling for All 2019. This year’s report finds that the public safety, health,

2019-11-10T07:47:50-06:00Tags: |

When For-Profits Aren’t Doing the Job, Nonprofits Replace Them

When a whole system is experiencing a problem, you often have to step out of the usual solution bank to address it. As we have recently noted, this has led more and more to nonprofits stepping into roles previously held primarily by for-profits when the profit motive is found to be warping the system. For

2019-11-08T08:32:57-06:00Tags: |

New report examines health and hardship in North Yorkshire

Dr Lincoln Sargeant’s analysis of poverty from a public health perspective argues that despite the changes that have taken place “there is still a striking similarity between poverty in the past and poverty today – they are still largely due to unemployment and low household income.” The 2019 Annual Report is called “Life in times

2019-11-05T07:19:06-06:00Tags: |

Study implicates flavored e-cigs in the teen vaping epidemic

A USC study has found that teens who vape candy- or fruit-flavored e-cigarettes are more likely to stick with the habit and vape more heavily, implicating flavors in the teen vaping epidemic. The study, published online Oct. 28 in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, could bolster calls for federal restrictions on

2019-10-28T18:07:49-06:00Tags: |

A look into the future of general practice

The newly updated Vision for general practice and a sustainable healthcare system (the Vision) aims to demonstrate how well-supported GP teams can deliver sustainable, equitable and high-value healthcare that benefits patients, providers and funders. Building on the 2015 edition, the Vision will form the basis of the college’s advocacy strategy for health system reform and

2019-10-25T08:54:53-06:00Tags: |

4 Principles for Improving Health Care Around the World

Convergent evolution occurs when similar environmental pressures produce similar adaptations in organisms from different evolutionary lineages. For example, the wings of insects, birds, and bats are similar in structure and share the same function — but evolved independently. In the same way, changes occurring among health systems across the world can be viewed through the

2019-10-23T08:03:42-06:00Tags: |

Your screen time may age you

Prolonged exposure to blue light, such as that which emanates from your phone, computer and household fixtures, could be affecting your longevity, even if it's not shining in your eyes. New research at Oregon State University suggests that the blue wavelengths produced by light-emitting diodes damage cells in the brain as well as retinas. The

2019-10-21T09:26:57-06:00Tags: |

Sustainable Halloween treats: Better for the planet and just as sweet

It's a given that Halloween treats are a little scary when it comes to kids' dental health. But they can also be scary from an environmental perspective: Many contain palm oil, which may be produced in a way that causes deforestation and horrifying outcomes for endangered rainforest animals. In September, the Toronto Zoo, the largest in

2019-10-20T17:39:18-06:00Tags: |

“Much of Modern Medicine May Become Infeasible”

The health care market is failing to support new antibiotics used to treat some of the world’s most dangerous, drug-resistant “superbugs,” according to a new analysis by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine infectious disease scientists. In a study published yesterday (October 7, 2019) in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a journal of the American Society

2019-10-13T10:06:02-06:00Tags: |

Cybersecurity: Ransomware attacks shut down clinics, hospitals

What’s the news: October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and it arrives not a moment too soon. Ransomware attacks across all industries grew by 118% in the first quarter of the year, according to the August 2019 McAfee Labs Threat Report, and recent news reports reveal that health care-related computer systems are becoming an increasingly

2019-10-09T12:52:53-06:00Tags: |

Aspirin may halve air pollution harms

A new study is the first to report evidence that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin may lessen the adverse effects of air pollution exposure on lung function. The team of researchers from the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, Harvard Chan School of Public Health, Boston University School of Medicine published their findings in

2019-10-06T06:52:41-06:00Tags: |

Antimicrobial resistance is drastically rising

The world is experiencing unprecedented economic growth in low- and middle-income countries. An increasing number of people in India, China, Latin America and Africa have become wealthier, and this is reflected in their consumption of meat and dairy products. In Africa, meat consumption has risen by more than half; in Asia and Latin America it

2019-09-25T12:05:33-06:00Tags: |