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Homeless alcoholics typically began drinking as children

Homeless alcoholics typically began drinking as children

A phenomenological study offers detailed insights into homeless, alcohol-dependent patients often stigmatized by the public and policymakers as drains on the health care system, showing the constellation of reasons they are incapable of escaping social circumstances that perpetuate and exacerbate their problems The study, published online in Annals of Emergency Medicine , was conducted at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, which has a long history of service to the city’s indigent population. Continue reading

Measuring fine dust concentration via smartphone

Measuring fine dust concentration via smartphone

Big cities in the smog: Photos from Beijing and, more recently, Paris clearly illustrate the extent of fine dust pollution. But what about our direct environment? What is the pollution concentration near our favorite jogging route? Continue reading

Rural microbes could boost city dwellers’ health, study finds

Rural microbes could boost city dwellers’ health, study finds

The greater prevalence of asthma, allergies and other chronic inflammatory disorders among people of lower socioeconomic status might be due in part to their reduced exposure to the microbes that thrive in rural environments, according to a new scientific paper co-authored by a University of Colorado Boulder researcher. The article, published in the journal Clinical & Experimental Immunology , argues that people living in urban centers who have less access to green spaces may be more apt to have chronic inflammation, a condition caused by immune system dysfunction Continue reading

Trust overpays staff £1m in error

Trust overpays staff £1m in error

5 January 2013 Last updated at 11:22 ET A London NHS trust has overpaid its staff by a total of nearly £1m a year since 2010, documents have revealed. In one case, a doctor was paid £4,000 a month by Barts and the London NHS Trust for nearly four years for on-call duties he or she was not doing. Continue reading

Emigration of children to urban areas can protect parents against depression

Emigration of children to urban areas can protect parents against depression

ScienceDaily (Dec. 3, 2012) — Parents whose children move far away from home are less likely to become depressed than parents with children living nearby, according to a new study of rural districts in Thailand. The study, led by scientists at King’s College London, suggests that children who migrate to urban areas are more likely to financially support their parents, which may be a factor for lower levels of depression. Continue reading

Residents believe vacant land threatens community, physical and mental health

Residents believe vacant land threatens community, physical and mental health

ScienceDaily (Nov. 30, 2012) — As public health researchers continue efforts to understand the effects of neighborhood conditions on health, residents themselves can provide valuable insights regarding public health issues and potential solutions. A new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania uses in-depth interviews with local residents to examine perspectives on how vacant land affects community, physical, and mental health Continue reading

Homicide spreads like infectious disease

Homicide spreads like infectious disease

ScienceDaily (Nov. 29, 2012) — Homicide moves through a city in a process similar to infectious disease, according to a new study that may give police a new tool in tracking and ultimately preventing murders. Using Newark, N.J., as a pilot case, a team of Michigan State University researchers led by April Zeoli successfully applied public health tracking methods to the city’s 2,366 homicides between 1982 and 2008. Continue reading

Strike begins at three hospitals

Strike begins at three hospitals

20 November 2012 Last updated at 04:59 ET Clerical and administration staff at three NHS hospitals in West Yorkshire have begun a three-day strike in a row over potential job cuts. Unison members at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust held a one-day strike earlier in November after 74 employees were sent redundancy letters. Continue reading

Tougher end-of-life rules planned

Tougher end-of-life rules planned

3 November 2012 Last updated at 10:49 ET Relatives of terminally-ill patients would have to be consulted before a decision to withdraw food or water is taken, under new government proposals. It comes after some patients were placed on the Liverpool Care Pathway – designed to relieve suffering – without their relatives’ knowledge. The government wants to ensure families are told of life and death decisions Continue reading

Concern over NHS end of life care

Concern over NHS end of life care

1 November 2012 Last updated at 12:57 ET It is “completely wrong” for terminally ill patients to be put on a “pathway” to death without relatives being consulted, a health minister has said. Norman Lamb has called a meeting of doctors and patients to discuss worries about the Liverpool Care Pathway – which can see water and food withdrawn. Continue reading