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WHO issues roadmap to scale up international response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa

WHO issues roadmap to scale up international response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a roadmap to guide and coordinate the international response to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in west Africa. The aim is to stop ongoing Ebola transmission worldwide within 6-9 months, while rapidly managing the consequences of any further international spread. It also recognizes the need to address, in parallel, the outbreak’s broader socioeconomic impact. Continue reading

Home is where the microbes are

Home is where the microbes are

A person’s home is their castle, and they populate it with their own subjects: millions and millions of bacteria. A study published tomorrow in Science provides a detailed analysis of the microbes that live in houses and apartments. Continue reading

Indoor mold poses health risk to asthma sufferers

Indoor mold poses health risk to asthma sufferers

Damp and mould in homes could pose a significant health risk to people with asthma according to a new study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. By critically reviewing the findings from 17 studies in eight different countries, the research has found that the presence of several types of mould can lead to breathing problems in asthma sufferers, as well as increasing the likelihood of developing the condition. The research has been conducted by a team at the University of Exeter Medical School and is the first time all of the information relating to mould and asthma has been gathered and analysed together. Continue reading

Tracking spending among commercially insured

Tracking spending among commercially insured

Recent growth in health care spending for commercially insured individuals is due primarily to increases in prices for medical services, rather than increased use, according to a new study led by researchers at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, published in the American Journal of Managed Care. There is increasing concern that consolidation in the health care marketplace will lead to increased prices faced by payers and, ultimately, consumers,” said Carrie Colla, PhD, assistant professor at The Dartmouth Institute and the study’s lead author Continue reading

Gang life brings deep health risks for girls

Gang life brings deep health risks for girls

Being involved in a gang poses considerable health-related risks for adolescent African American girls, including more casual sex partners and substance abuse combined with less testing for HIV and less knowledge about preventing sexually transmitted diseases, according to a new study. Continue reading

Sorting cells with sound waves

Sorting cells with sound waves

Researchers from MIT, Pennsylvania State University, and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. Their device, about the size of a dime, could be used to detect the extremely rare tumor cells that circulate in cancer patients’ blood, helping doctors predict whether a tumor is going to spread. Separating cells with sound offers a gentler alternative to existing cell-sorting technologies, which require tagging the cells with chemicals or exposing them to stronger mechanical forces that may damage them Continue reading

Nurse anesthetist care not equal to physician anesthesiologist-led care, comprehensive evidence-based review finds

Nurse anesthetist care not equal to physician anesthesiologist-led care, comprehensive evidence-based review finds

A recent literature review by the Cochrane Collaboration found no scientific evidence that care provided by a nurse anesthetist is as safe and effective as patient-centered, physician-led anesthesia care, prompting the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) to call for further examination to measure patient safety and anesthesia care delivery. The review, “Physician anaesthetists versus non-physician providers of anaesthesia for surgical patients,” attempted to assess the safety and effectiveness of physician-led versus nurse-led anesthesia care delivery. While the authors stated intent that they “hoped that this review may lead to an increase in confidence in the skills of NPAs nurse anesthetists within the anaesthetic community,” the comprehensive analysis could not support this premise. Continue reading

Cutting emissions pays for itself, study concludes

Cutting emissions pays for itself, study concludes

Lower rates of asthma and other health problems are frequently cited as benefits of policies aimed at cutting carbon emissions from sources like power plants and vehicles, because these policies also lead to reductions in other harmful types of air pollution. But just how large are the health benefits of cleaner air in comparison to the costs of reducing carbon emissions? MIT researchers looked at three policies achieving the same reductions in the U.S., and found that the savings on health care spending and other costs related to illness can be big — in some cases, more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation Continue reading

British Ebola patient to fly to UK

British Ebola patient to fly to UK

unable to retrieve full-text contentA British national who contracted the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone is being flown back to the UK on an RAF jet, the UK Department for Health says. Continue reading

Briton in Sierra Leone ‘has Ebola’

Briton in Sierra Leone ‘has Ebola’

unable to retrieve full-text contentA British national living in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus, the Department of Health says. Continue reading