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Indian government health insurance reduced mortality among poor

Indian government health insurance reduced mortality among poor

A government program to provide health insurance for catastrophic illness to households below the poverty line in Karnataka, lowered both mortality rates and out-of-pocket expenses for the residents, according to a recent evaluation published in the leading global health journal The BMJ . Continue reading

Sandwiches a major contributor to dietary sodium intake

Sandwiches a major contributor to dietary sodium intake

Sandwiches make up a substantial part of the American diet and are a significant contributor to daily energy and sodium intake. By closely analyzing data from the federal nationwide dietary intake survey known as “What We Eat in America NHANES 2009-2010,” a team of Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers found that on any given day 49 percent of U.S. adults eat at least one sandwich, and sandwiches account for one-fifth of total daily sodium intake Continue reading

Sesame Street goes to jail: Physicians should follow

Sesame Street goes to jail: Physicians should follow

More than two million people are incarcerated in the United States, the highest incarceration rate in the world. So perhaps it comes as no surprise that last year the popular children’s television series Sesame Street introduced a character that has an incarcerated father. Continue reading

Cancer medicine: New, improved, expensive and exploited?

Cancer medicine: New, improved, expensive and exploited?

Two studies published in the October 2014 issue of Health Affairs by a University of Chicago health economist examine spending on oral anti-cancer drugs as well as a federal program designed to help the poor, which researchers say instead helps hospitals boost profits. The first study, by Rena M. Continue reading

Doctors prescribe more painkillers to women, study confirms

Doctors prescribe more painkillers to women, study confirms

Regardless of the pain type, age and social class, women are more likely to be prescribed analgaesia than men. Continue reading

Pain words stand out more for those experiencing it

Pain words stand out more for those experiencing it

Ache, agony, distress and pain draw more attention than non-pain related words when it comes to people who suffer from chronic pain, a York University research using state-of-the-art eye-tracking technology has found. “People suffering from chronic pain pay more frequent and longer attention to pain-related words than individuals who are pain-free,” says Samantha Fashler, a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Health and the lead author of the study Continue reading

Too many stroke patients miss window to regain crucial functions

Too many stroke patients miss window to regain crucial functions

Too many stroke patients in Canada are not getting the rehabilitation they need to return to a healthy, active life, according to a new study which will be presented at the Canadian Stroke Congress in Vancouver. Continue reading

Guernsey’s health board resigns

Guernsey’s health board resigns

unable to retrieve full-text contentGuernsey’s Health and Social Services Department board resigns following a review of midwifery supervision. Continue reading

New pathway linking the brain to high blood pressure identified

New pathway linking the brain to high blood pressure identified

New research by scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) and the Ottawa Heart Institute has uncovered a new pathway by which the brain uses an unusual steroid to control blood pressure. The study, which also suggests new approaches for treating high blood pressure and heart failure, appears today in the journal Public Library of Science (PLOS) One . “This research gives us an entirely new way of understanding how the brain and the cardiovascular system work together,” said Dr. Continue reading

CDC team assisting Ebola response in Dallas, Texas; Investigation of first U.S. Ebola case underway

CDC team assisting Ebola response in Dallas, Texas; Investigation of first U.S. Ebola case underway

Ten experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — supported 24/7 by the CDC’s full Emergency Operations Center and Ebola experts in CDC’s Atlanta headquarters — have arrived in Texas and are working closely with Texas state and local health departments to investigate the first Ebola case in the United States. Nine members of the CDC team arrived last night and one arrived Oct. 1, 2014. Continue reading