Japan Is Putting Stickers On The Elderly In Order To Track Them

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The initiative is designed to keep track of those with dementia. Ann Brenoff  The Huffington Post The Japanese city of Iruma is testing a free service intended to help find dementia patients who wander off. A local company there developed a one-inch waterproof QR code sticker that is affixed to a… Japan Is Putting… Read More »

The GOP should provide health insurance for all Americans

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Beginning in January, the Republican-controlled Congress, working with the incoming Trump administration, will have the opportunity to roll back the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replace it with a plan that is less driven by federal control and regulation. AEI James C. Capretta The starting point for this effort ought to be that everyone in the United States should have health insurance, protecting them against major medical expenses. It should be self-evident that… The GOP should provide… Read More »

The real reasons why childbirth is so painful and dangerous

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There is a long-standing idea that it is because we walk upright, but new research suggests that might not be the whole story BBC News Colin Barras Giving birth can be a long and painful process. It can also be deadly. The World Health Organization estimates… The real reasons why childbirth is so… Read More »

Losing sleep over discrimination? ‘Everyday discrimination’ may contribute to sleep problems

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December 22, 2016 – People who perceive more discrimination in daily life have higher rates of sleep problems, based on both subjective and objective measures, reports a study in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. Eurek Alert Wolters Kluwer The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. “Discrimination is an important… Losing sleep over… Read More »

Dear Surgeon General and public health agencies, anti-vaping polices are bad for public health

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In 1964, public health experts began an all-out assault on smoking when the Surgeon General released his landmark report on smoking and health. AEI Sally Satel Today, the reported smoking rate among adults is down to 15 percent. Still, cigarette smoking remains the… Dear Surgeon General and public… Read More »

Ottawa and provinces should get back to the table on health: Editorial

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Only from the mess of intergovernmental compromise will a better system emerge. The Star Adrian Wyld In opposition and on the campaign trail, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals often rightly denounced the Harper government’s complete abdication of federal leadership in intergovernmental affairs. But after this week’s failed… Ottawa and provinces should… Read More »

More Africans at risk of chronic illness: WHO

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NAIROBI Daily Nation City life and its modern trappings have brought bad habits to developing African nations that will see more die of chronic illness than infectious diseases by 2030, a study showed Tuesday. A World Health Organization (WHO) survey of… More Africans at risk of chronic… Read More »

Sign-ups for 2017 Affordable Care Act health plans run slightly ahead of last year

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The number of Americans signing up for 2017 health plans through is running slightly ahead of a year ago, even as President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican Congress prepare to dismantle the law that provides the coverage. The Washington Post Amy Goldstein Customers new to the Affordable Care Act marketplaces account for just 25 percent of the enrollment so far, however, compared with almost 40 percent at about the same time last year, according to figures released… Sign-ups for ... Read More »

Drug gives lung cancer patients four extra months

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Most lung cancer patients survived four months longer on an immunotherapy drug than those treated with chemotherapy, according to trial results published Monday. Daily Nation Importantly, they also experienced fewer side-effects, researchers reported in The Lancet medical journal. Patients with non-small-cell lung… Drug gives lung cancer patients four… Read More »

Healthcare workers call trauma from road collisions a ‘preventable disease’

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Health workers, researchers and Toronto city staff are now recognizing road safety as a public health problem. The Star By MEGAN DOLSKI, Staff Reporter A lot has changed for Mary Forrest since her husband and daughter dropped her off at a… Healthcare workers call… Read More »

Egypt pivots to medical tourism

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“Tour n’ Cure, what are you waiting for?” Al Monitor Ahmed Hidji With these words, English journalist and documentary filmmaker Tim Coleman ended a video message June 12, in which he relays his journey to being treated for the hepatitis C virus in Egypt, after having contracted it over 30 years ago. Coleman said in the video that his particular.. Egypt pivots to medical… Read More »

SickKids urged to do more on Motherisk scandal

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Children’s Aid Societies say hospital must help more with aftermath of testing probe. The Star Rachel Mendleson Children’s Aid Societies are calling on the Hospital for Sick Children to “step up” and own the role it played in the Motherisk scandal that saw faulty drug and alcohol hair tests used in thousands of child protection cases. Mary Ballantyne, executive director of the Ontario Association of… SickKids urged to do more on… Read More »

Colombia: Botched plastic surgeries and misogyny

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Colombian women, victims of unsafe plastic surgeries, struggle to find justice and understanding in a sexist society. Al Jazeera News Catalina Ruiz-Navarro In Colombia, more than 350,000 plastic surgeries are performed each year; that is, 978 procedures a day, 40 an hour and three procedures every five minutes. Plastic surgery is one of the most profitable branches of… Colombia: Botched plastic surgeries and… Read More »

More than 1,000 Russian athletes involved in doping conspiracy, investigator says

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The World Anti-Doping Agency says there is evidence of tampering involving 12 Russian medallists from the Sochi Olympics. The Star LONDON—A new report into systematic Russian doping has found that more than 1,000 Russian athletes from summer and winter sports were involved in or benefited from an organized conspiracy over a four-year period. World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren released… More than 1,000 Russian athletes involved in… Read More »

Euthanasia is not the answer for the vast majority

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On a daily basis Palliative Care Victoria receives distressed calls from people seeking help for a person who is dying and suffering needlessly. The Canberra Times Odette Waanders In hospitals, aged care facilities, and homes across Victoria people are dying difficult deaths without receiving palliative care and the support their carers need. Inadequate training of health professionals in… Euthanasia is not the answer for the… Read More »

Rights group urges Philippines action on HIV

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A human rights watchdog says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condom by men who have sex with men. Hurriyet Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday that HIV… Rights group urges… Read More »