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Improving medicines for children in Canada

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Photo: Mother with her child at the doctor [19/09/2014] A new expert panel report, Improving Medicines for Children in Canada, released today by the Council of Canadian Academies, addresses the importance of developing safe and effective medicines for children. Each year about half of Canada's seven million children use at least one prescription drug. Much of this prescribing is done off-label creating potential health risks. Improving medicines for children in Canada - Read more

Back pain - does relief come from sport medicine?

Photo: Title of MEDICA video [17/09/2014] Prof. Frank Mayer from the University of Potsdam talks about nonspecific back pain and deficits of the neuromuscular system in the trunk that are a possible cause. Jürgen Fischer and Dr. Peter Stehle from the German Federal Institute of Sports Science explain the backgrounds of the project “Back Pain”.Back pain - does relief come from sport medicine? - Read more

Surgical safety checklists: patient safety to check off

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[08/09/2014] You find out after surgery that the left knee was treated instead of the right one. Although such mistakes rarely happen, they can have serious consequences – both for the patient and the image of the physician and the hospital.Surgical safety checklists: patient safety to check off - Read more

Health and migration

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Photo: Passport in a hand [01/09/2014] Migration has a significant influence on the health sector, including in Austria. The healthcare sector faces challenges due to migrants' different social status, background and gender, according to Christine Binder-Fritz and Anita Rieder from the Institute of Social Medicine at the Centre for Public Health at the Medical University of Vienna Vienna.Health and migration - Read more

Medicaid reimbursements may affect cancer screening rates among beneficiaries

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Photo: Doctor is talking to a patient [26/08/2014] A recent study has found that in states with higher Medicaid payments for office visits, Medicaid beneficiaries were more likely to be screened for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer. The findings may help policy makers address barriers to access to care and improve the use of recommended cancer screening services.Medicaid reimbursements may affect cancer screening rates among beneficiaries - Read more

Diabetes mellitus: dangerous consequences, good prevention options

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[22/07/2014] Diabetes is a lifestyle disease that could result in dangerous consequences for the individual patient and the entire society. However, you can successfully stop this disease with targeted prevention methods.Diabetes mellitus: dangerous consequences, good prevention options - Read more

Efforts to cut unnecessary blood testing bring major decreases in health care spending

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Photo:  Glass tube filled with blood [02/07/2014] Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center used two relatively simple tactics to significantly reduce the number of unnecessary blood tests to assess symptoms of heart attack and chest pain and to achieve a large decrease in patient charges.Efforts to cut unnecessary blood testing bring major decreases in health care spending - Read more

Health at the workplace - also in old age

Health at the workplace - also in old age [17/06/2014] Burnout syndrome, nutritional disturbances, depression – job-related stress is becoming an increasingly frequent cause of long absences from work. Many employers are aware of this, and actively contribute in promoting the health of their employees. The City of Cologne, Germany, also noticed that it needs to promote the health of its employees. Health at the workplace - also in old age - Read more

Study on chronically ill patients: “Coaching can save money“

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[10/06/2014] The German Technician Health Insurance (German: Techniker Krankenkasse) conducted a study on the Topic “Phone coaching helps seriously ill patients and saves money“. We spoke with Günter van Aalst about the interesting findings. Study on chronically ill patients: “Coaching can save money“ - Read more

Signglasses system opens the universe to deaf students

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Photo: Man wearing signglasses [02/06/2014] Ordinarily, deaf students are left in the dark when they visit a planetarium. With the lights off, they can't see the ASL interpreter who narrates their tour of outer space. With the lights on, they can't see the constellations of stars projected overhead. That's why a group at Brigham Young University (BYU) launched the "Signglasses" project.Signglasses system opens the universe to deaf students - Read more

Sports and Cancer: No Panacea, but a Necessary Aid

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[02/06/2014] When are sports healthy, how often should you engage in sports and what effect do sports have on the body – over the past few decades, there were always different answers to these questions. Many studies that were conducted in the past however confirm the assumption that sports and exercise always support health, even if someone is already sick.Sports and Cancer: No Panacea, but a Necessary Aid - Read more

Quality in health care: "It is about the welfare of treated patients"

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[22/05/2014] Measuring quality in health care is not easy. Controlling it doesn’t just provide challenges for the medical sector, but also for policy makers. This is why measuring and representation systems for quality in hospitals as well as improvement concepts are being developed at the IGES Institute.Quality in health care: "It is about the welfare of treated patients" - Read more

“The most important aspect in a service is always information”

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[08/05/2014] Medicine is no occult science anymore – books and magazines, documentaries and the internet help everyone to understand the human body and its diseases. Quality is paramount in this respect, since misinformation can mislead patients. The Health Media Award offers guidance also for lay people: it honors useful and effective information services.“The most important aspect in a service is always information” - Read more

mHealth Alliance: “Mobile health has the potential to improve healthcare for millions”

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[02/05/2014] Whether in remote areas or in a large city – people everywhere need good healthcare. Thanks to mobile health, more and more people can get medical help, even in poor regions of the world.mHealth Alliance: “Mobile health has the potential to improve healthcare for millions” - Read more

New Methods: Tracking the HI Virus with High-resolution Microscopy

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Photo: Aidssign [11/04/2014] Experts from science and industry are working on new methods of microscopy and advancing microscopy technology to improve our ability to study and understand the molecular processes of HIV infection. New Methods: Tracking the HI Virus with High-resolution Microscopy - Read more

New Prediction Model: Patient Survival after Paracetamol-related Liver Failure

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Photo: Pills [10/04/2014] In the UK paracetamol toxicity is the most common cause of ALF and has a high mortality rate. It is estimated that 150 to 200 deaths and 15 to 20 LTs occur as a result of poisoning each year in England and Wales. New Prediction Model: Patient Survival after Paracetamol-related Liver Failure - Read more

Anxiety: Health Workers Inadequately Trained to Treat Minority Ethnic Groups

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Photo: Question mark over people [09/04/2014] Health professionals are suffering from severe professional anxiety because they are being inadequately trained to treat minority ethnic groups – with their treatment often based on cultural stereotypes, research has found.Anxiety: Health Workers Inadequately Trained to Treat Minority Ethnic Groups - Read more

Occupational Health: “Employees, who like to contribute their talents, stay healthy”

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[08/04/2014] Dr. Walter Kromm, Master of Public Health, is not just a general practitioner, but also a health advisor for management professionals. During his many years of practical experience, he kept realizing how important employee health is for the health of an entire company.Occupational Health: “Employees, who like to contribute their talents, stay healthy” - Read more

HIV: Dealing with Lifelong Treatment in Africa

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Photo: HIV in Africa [31/03/2014] Since 2004, the number of patients on antiretroviral drugs increased 24-fold in Sub-Saharan Africa to 6.9 million. HIV has become a chronic disease which demands lifelong strict adherence to treatment.HIV: Dealing with Lifelong Treatment in Africa - Read more

Point-of-Need Analysis: Diagnosis on the Home Couch

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Photo: Man making a blood sugar test at home [25/03/2014] Sakari Kulmala, Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Aalto University (Finland), is developing analytical equipment with applications ranging from health care to the identification of counterfeit products.Point-of-Need Analysis: Diagnosis on the Home Couch - Read more

Physical Activity: When Mothers are Active So Are Their Children

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Photo: Mother and child [24/03/2014] Parents are strong influences in the lives of young children, with patterns of behaviour established in the early years laying the foundation for future choices. A new study suggests that, when it comes to levels of physical activity, it is mothers who set (or don't set) the pace. Physical Activity: When Mothers are Active So Are Their Children - Read more

World Tuberculosis Day - 03/24/2014

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Photo: World Tuberculosis Day [20/03/2014] „Find. Treat. Cure.“ – This sounds simple, but describes the possible solution for a global healthcare burden: tuberculosis. It is intended to defeat the disease until 2050. This is especially difficult in South-East Asia and Africa, because the healthcare systems there “miss” a lot of the patients. The campaign “Find. Treat. Cure.” aims to raise awareness for them.World Tuberculosis Day - 03/24/2014 - Read more

Emergencies: Trauma Center Closures Increase Odds of Death

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Photo: Ambulance [17/03/2014] Injured patients who live near trauma centers that have closed have higher odds of dying once they reach a hospital, according to a new analysis by UC San Francisco researchers.Emergencies: Trauma Center Closures Increase Odds of Death - Read more

World Kidney Day - 03/13/2014

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Photo: Official logo of World Kidney Day [12/03/2014] Up to 1 800 liters – this much blood flows through both human kidneys each day. As long as the organs are healthy, they filter metabolic end-products and toxic substances from the blood and control the body’s water balance. They also regulate the blood pressure this way.World Kidney Day - 03/13/2014 - Read more

Smoking: Smokers' Brains Biased Against Negative Images

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Photo: Smoking [11/03/2014] What if the use of a product influenced your perception of it, making you even more susceptible to its positive aspects and altering your understanding of its drawbacks? This is precisely what happens with cigarettes in chronic smokers, according to a recent study by the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and Université de Montréal.Smoking: Smokers' Brains Biased Against Negative Images - Read more

Teenagers: Energy Drinks Linked to Health Risks

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Photo: A can [07/03/2014] The uplifting effects of energy drinks are well advertised, but a new report finds consumption among teenagers may be linked with poor mental health and substance use.Teenagers: Energy Drinks Linked to Health Risks - Read more

Healthcare: Promise of Value-based Payments in Remains Unproven

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Photo: Patient and doctor [05/03/2014] After a decade of experimentation with reforms that give health providers financial incentives to improve performance, relatively little is known about how to best execute such strategies or judge their success, according to a new RAND Corporation report.Healthcare: Promise of Value-based Payments in Remains Unproven - Read more

Seminars for Physicians: “Physicians are obligated to continue their education for the safety of their patients“

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[04/03/2014] Continuing education is an integral part of the medical profession, because research continuously delivers new findings that sooner or later make their way into patient treatments. How does an event need to be organized to provide the highest level of benefit for the participants? MEDICA.de spoke with Eva Ningel, Managing Director for beta seminare bonn berlin GmbH (bsbb). Seminars for Physicians: “Physicians are obligated to continue their education for the safety of their patients“ - Read more

Training: Helping Teachers Promote Healthy Lifestyles

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Photo: Children and teacher eating [14/02/2014] Research by the University of Southampton suggests new teachers could be better trained to help them promote health and lifestyle issues to children in schools.Training: Helping Teachers Promote Healthy Lifestyles - Read more

UK: Thatcher's Policies Condemned for Causing 'Unjust Premature Death'

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Photo: Union Jack, Red Bus, Signs of London [13/02/2014] Dr Alex Scott-Samuel and colleagues from the Universities of Durham, West of Scotland, Glasgow and Edinburgh, sourced data from over 70 existing research papers, which concludes that the former prime minister's legacy "includes the unnecessary and unjust premature death of many British citizens, together with a substantial and continuing burden of suffering and loss of well-being."UK: Thatcher's Policies Condemned for Causing 'Unjust Premature Death' - Read more

World Cancer Day - 02/04/2014

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Photo: Official logo of World Cancer Day [29/01/2014] If it can’t get any better, you should stop – says a proverb. Yet, there are counterexamples. A successful health awareness campaign needs to be continued unconditionally, for example, even if many people already noticed it. World Cancer Day, taking place annually at February 4th, is one of these campaigns.World Cancer Day - 02/04/2014 - Read more

Cancer: Does Europe Have Enough Medical Oncologists?

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Photo: Cancer [20/01/2014] The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) has welcomed a recent survey that shows the number of medical oncologists in Western Europe appears to be keeping pace with the rising toll of cancer.Cancer: Does Europe Have Enough Medical Oncologists? - Read more

Birth: How Much Does it Cost to Have a Baby in a Hospital?

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Photo: Baby in a suit holding a dollar [17/01/2014] Women giving birth in California can face a huge cost difference in their hospital bills, according to a new UC San Francisco study. Birth: How Much Does it Cost to Have a Baby in a Hospital? - Read more

Nutrition: Choice Architecture of Healthy Food

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Photo: Food Label [08/01/2014] The use of color-coded "traffic light" food labels and changes in the way popular items are displayed appear to have produced a long-term increase in the choice of more healthful food items among customers in a large hospital cafeteria.Nutrition: Choice Architecture of Healthy Food - Read more

Clinical Trials: „Registry-embedded clinical trials are the way of the future“

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[06/01/2014] Even medical risk products are not always tested as thoroughly as would be necessary – be it because of criminal energy, lack of know-how or financial reasons. A revision of clinical trial procedures could not only fix loop holes and methodological flaws. Products and methods could also be brought into general medical care more quickly under new rules.Clinical Trials: „Registry-embedded clinical trials are the way of the future“ - Read more

Safety in the Operating Room: “Switzerland is on the Cutting Edge”

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[06/01/2014] In the operating room, it is especially important for the used devices to be safe and tolerable to the human body. Switzerland also shares this point of view. MEDICA.de spoke with Dr. Christoph Röder from the University of Bern about approval procedures and regulations that are being pursued in Swiss operating rooms.Safety in the Operating Room: “Switzerland is on the Cutting Edge” - Read more

Health System: Broader Health Insurance Linked to Better Care

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Photo: Waiting room [13/12/2013] Compared with other New England states, health status and preventive care improved in Massachusetts after reform - especially for poor and near-poor.Health System: Broader Health Insurance Linked to Better Care - Read more

Training Centers: “German medical technology is in demand worldwide, but there is often a lack of skilled personnel”

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[01/12/2013] Markus Kamann is CEO of Paderborn-based Society for Project and Service Management and he knows how high the demand for modern medical technology from Germany is abroad. But technology alone is not enough. It also has to be properly applied, maintained and repaired. It is this expertise which is taught in the gpdm’s technical training centers.Training Centers: “German medical technology is in demand worldwide, but there is often a lack of skilled personnel” - Read more

"The way things currently look, red tape will increase even more"

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[22/11/2013] The current revision of the Medical Devices Regulation in Brussels will not please everyone. The rearrangement is too confusing, the rules are far too complicated for everyday work, the persons concerned say. The real goal, to improve the patients safety, would not be reached. MEDICA.de spoke with Jan Wolter, Head of Medical Technology, SPECTARIS German Hightech Industry Association."The way things currently look, red tape will increase even more" - Read more

Cervical Cancer: Leadership Void Slows Efforts

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Photo: Kentucky [13/11/2013] Indiana University public health researchers found that the opportunity for significant progress in addressing cervical cancer is being squandered -- not because of a lack of money, but because of a void of leadership and organization at the state levels.Cervical Cancer: Leadership Void Slows Efforts - Read more

Aging: Learning New Skills Keeps an Mind Sharp

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Photo: An older couple [22/10/2013] Older adults are often encouraged to stay active and engaged to keep their minds sharp, that they have to "use it or lose it." But new research indicates that only certain activities — learning a mentally demanding skill like photography, for instance — are likely to improve cognitive functioning.Aging: Learning New Skills Keeps an Mind Sharp - Read more

“We established a professionally independent, transparent quality oncology audit”

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[22/10/2013] Quality improvement and management play an ever-increasing role in medicine. This affects not only patient safety, but also the treatment process. The independent certification of a treatment network is a tool to raise the success of treatments. It also creates a positive image in the eyes of patients and healthcare payers.“We established a professionally independent, transparent quality oncology audit” - Read more

Pertussis: Teen Vaccinations

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Photo: Child with doctor [21/10/2013] Widespread vaccination of adolescents for pertussis was associated with lower rates of infant hospitalizations for the respiratory infection than would have been expected had teens not been inoculated according to new research.Pertussis: Teen Vaccinations - Read more

Older Adults: Delaying Age Rather Than Fighting Fatal Diseases

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Photo: Aging happily [15/10/2013] A new study shows that research to delay aging and the infirmities of old age would have better population health and economic returns than advances in individual fatal diseases such as cancer or heart disease.Older Adults: Delaying Age Rather Than Fighting Fatal Diseases - Read more

Personality: A Key Factor In Health Care Use

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Photo: Consulting [27/09/2013] Psychiatrists and psychologists have long understood that an individual's personality can define how he or she views the world around them, reacts to situations, and interacts with others. It now appears that personality traits can be linked to the frequency with which older adults use expensive health care services. Personality: A Key Factor In Health Care Use - Read more

Air Pollution: Death and Disability Down 35 Percent in the US

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Photo: Air pollution [24/09/2013] A new study by Arden Pope from Brigham Young University concludes that improvements in U.S. air quality since 1990 have sparked a 35 percent reduction in deaths and disability specifically attributable to air pollution.Air Pollution: Death and Disability Down 35 Percent in the US - Read more

Men's Health: "To promote the health of a target group, we have to address their interests and resources"

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[23/09/2013] Medicine considers the difference in treating men and women with gender medicine. Health promotion and prevention also carefully factor in target group specific characteristics. The Men’s Health Portal of the German Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) is a point of contact for specific health questions and information about men on the internet.Men's Health: "To promote the health of a target group, we have to address their interests and resources" - Read more

Drug Resistance: UK Is Not Funding Research Enough

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Photo: Research [13/09/2013] Study of funding awarded to antimicrobial resistance research projects in the UK calls for political leadership and sustained and targeted spending.Drug Resistance: UK Is Not Funding Research Enough - Read more

Urban Living: Education Protects Women From Obesity

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Photo: woman [09/09/2013] Research into the rise in obesity associated with the burgeoning industrial and service sectors in low- and middle-income countries found that education is a key factor in reducing the negative impact on women’s health.Urban Living: Education Protects Women From Obesity - Read more

USA: Poor Blacks Likely to Get Worse Nursing Home Care

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Photo: Old hands [04/09/2013] Prof. Latarsha Chisholm conducted a study, which found that nursing homes that serve predominantly black residents tend to struggle financially and provide lower quality care than nursing homes with no black residents.USA: Poor Blacks Likely to Get Worse Nursing Home Care - Read more

Smoking: Short-term Cessation Reverses Endothelial Damage

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Photo: Cigarettes [03/09/2013] Eight weeks of smoking cessation reverses the endothelial damage caused by smoking, according to a research of Dr. Yasuaki Dohi from Japan.Smoking: Short-term Cessation Reverses Endothelial Damage - Read more

Finances: Chronic Illness and Food Insecurity

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Photo: Salad [02/09/2013] Research findings provide direct evidence that people with chronic diseases are more likely to be food insecure - that is suffering from inadequate, insecure access to food as a result of financial constraints.Finances: Chronic Illness and Food Insecurity - Read more

HIV/AIDS: Growing Burden Shifts to Other Regions

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Photo: AIDS [30/08/2013] Patients attending clinical nurse specialist clinics do not get inferior treatment to that offered by consultant rheumatologists, the results of a major new clinical trial have revealed.HIV/AIDS: Growing Burden Shifts to Other Regions - Read more

Hospital Performance: Readmission Rates Are Not the Indicator

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Photo: Emergency sign [27/08/2013] Readmission rates of adult patients to the same hospital within 30 days are an area of national focus and a potential indicator of clinical failure and unnecessary expenditures.Hospital Performance: Readmission Rates Are Not the Indicator - Read more

Public Health: Well-being Not a Priority for Workaholics

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Photo: Workaholic [27/08/2013] Working overtime may cost you your health, according to a Kansas State University doctoral researcher. Sarah Asebedo conducted a study using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979.Public Health: Well-being Not a Priority for Workaholics - Read more

Genetics: “The procedure with as few additional findings as possible should be chosen for analysis”

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[22/08/2013] Genome analysis is able to reveal risks for the development of specific diseases like cancer or Alzheimer’s. But if an analysis shows dispositions that are relevant to health and that originally were not searched for, both physicians and patients face a problem. They might not know how to evaluate the impact of this knowledge and how to deal with it.Genetics: “The procedure with as few additional findings as possible should be chosen for analysis” - Read more

Public Health: Elevated Blood Pressure in Black Patients

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Photo: Measuring blood pressure [14/08/2013] Black patients preoccupied with racial concerns have higher blood pressure than those who are not, according to results of new Johns Hopkins-led research.Public Health: Elevated Blood Pressure in Black Patients - Read more

Grandparents and Grandchildren: Strong Relationships Reduce Depression

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Photo: Grandparents and grandchild [12/08/2013] A new study shows that grandparents and grandchildren have real, measurable effects on each other's psychological well-being long into grandchildren's adulthood.Grandparents and Grandchildren: Strong Relationships Reduce Depression - Read more

Nutrition: Children Born Small Should Get Moving

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Photo: Baby [09/08/2013] Female mice who were growth restricted in the womb were born at a lower birth weight, but were less active and prone to obesity as adults, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital in a report.Nutrition: Children Born Small Should Get Moving - Read more

Drugs: More Opioid Dependence Treatment Needed

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Photo: Drugs [08/08/2013] A new report from Simon Fraser University researcher Bohdan Nosyk calls for the expansion of heroin and opioid medical treatment to stem the increase of overdose deaths.Drugs: More Opioid Dependence Treatment Needed - Read more

Transplantations: Making as Many Organs Viable as Possible

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[01/08/2013] Implants can be used to heal and replace many parts of the human body, but these technologies are limited: organs are too complex to copy. Patients often need a donor organ to survive. But nowadays there are more and more potential recipients for organs and less and less willing donors. Medical technology thus has the task to make as many organs as possible viable for donation.Transplantations: Making as Many Organs Viable as Possible - Read more

Virology: “It is critical to have networks to fight against viral diseases”

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[22/07/2013] Many viral infections take a harmless course or can be prevented completely through vaccination. On the other hand, some infectious diseases that are known for a long time cannot be cured or prevented yet. Other viruses again just recently become focused by research as a potential health risk for humans since they have only been found in animals before.Virology: “It is critical to have networks to fight against viral diseases” - Read more

Donation: Eyes Are the Prize

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Photo: Eye [15/07/2013] Far more people are willing to donate their eyes to research than actually are registered to donate, according to a study led by a Michigan State University student.Donation: Eyes Are the Prize - Read more

Medical Technology Exports: German Technology for International Markets

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[15/07/2013] The German export business of medical technology is booming as wealth is growing and quality of life is rising in many countries around the world: the need for health care is also increasing there.Medical Technology Exports: German Technology for International Markets - Read more

Public Health: Aging Population and Emergency Departments

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Photo: Waiting room [09/07/2013] As the population gets older, and the baby boomers begin to enter their 60's and 70's, one might assume that the number of trips to the emergency department will also increase.Public Health: Aging Population and Emergency Departments - Read more

Social Media: Infectious Disease Research Gets a Boost

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Photo: Coronavirus [02/07/2013] While public health officials around the world are on alert about the pandemic potential of new disease threats, a team from Penn State University is developing innovative new systems and techniques to track the spread of infectious diseases, with the help of news websites, blogs, and social media.Social Media: Infectious Disease Research Gets a Boost - Read more

Medical Technology Exports: Demand Is Increasing

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[01/07/2013] Exports move all over the world. Countless goods – ranging from foods to technology – from hundreds of countries travel the world every day and supply the different markets. The medical technology sector is also a part of this. The demand for medical equipment keeps increasing and prompts more and more companies to offer their products in foreign markets.Medical Technology Exports: Demand Is Increasing - Read more

Training Centers: “German medical technology is in demand worldwide, but there is often a lack of skilled personnel”

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[01/07/2013] Markus Kamann is CEO of Paderborn-based Society for Project and Service Management and he knows how high the demand for modern medical technology from Germany is abroad. But technology alone is not enough. It also has to be properly applied, maintained and repaired. It is this expertise which is taught in the gpdm’s technical training centers.Training Centers: “German medical technology is in demand worldwide, but there is often a lack of skilled personnel” - Read more

Cola and Honey: Exploring Food Riddles in Rhythm Disturbances

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Photo: Rhododendron and a bee [25/06/2013] Drinking excessive amounts of cola and eating honey made from the pollen of Rhododendrons can cause unusual syncope (fainting) and symptoms of arrhythmia, report two case studies.Cola and Honey: Exploring Food Riddles in Rhythm Disturbances - Read more

Facebook: Boost In Organ Donor Registration

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Photo: Like-Button [19/06/2013] A social media push boosted the number of people who registered themselves as organ donors 21-fold in a single day, Johns Hopkins researchers found, suggesting social media might be an effective tool to address the stubborn organ shortage in the United States.Facebook: Boost In Organ Donor Registration - Read more

Heart Diseases: Gender Differences Among Patients

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Photo: Man und woman sleep [18/06/2013] Many women get too little sleep, despite considerable evidence showing the importance of sleep to overall health. Now a new study of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) has discovered another reason why inadequate sleep may be harmful, especially to women and their hearts.Heart Diseases: Gender Differences Among Patients - Read more

World Blood Donor Day - 06/14/2013

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Photo: Blood types [11/06/2013] „Blood is a quite peculiar juice” is what Mephisto from Goethe’s “Faust” already knew and the vernacular says “Blood is thicker than water” to back him up. Both statements have a point from a medical perspective: The blood stream transports oxygen and nutrients through the body and sustains us this way. And nearly half of the blood is made of solid components, especially red blood cells.World Blood Donor Day - 06/14/2013 - Read more

IT & Security: “The use of mobile devices in hospitals is grossly negligent”

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[10/06/2013] By now, mobile devices are constant companions for many people. However, we often do not consider that cell phones or tablets send signals that may impact other technical devices in their operation. This can have fatal consequences for patients in a hospital.IT & Security: “The use of mobile devices in hospitals is grossly negligent” - Read more

Infections: Malaria's Deadly Grip Revealed

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Photo: Blood [07/06/2013] Researchers have identified how malaria parasites growing inside red blood cells stick to the sides of blood vessels in severe cases of malaria. The discovery may advance the development of vaccines or drugs to combat severe malaria by stopping the parasites attaching to blood vessels.Infections: Malaria's Deadly Grip Revealed - Read more

Flu: School-located Vaccination Programs

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Photo: Vaccination [07/06/2013] Offering flu vaccines at elementary schools could expand vaccination rates and reduce costs, according to a new study.Flu: School-located Vaccination Programs - Read more

Determination of Death: Experts Call for International Consensus

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Photo: Anaesthesia [03/06/2013] The criteria used to diagnose both circulatory and brain death in a patient are subject to variability and as such can be controversial. Anaesthesiologists play an important role in procedures related to the determination of death. So experts will call for international consensus.Determination of Death: Experts Call for International Consensus - Read more

Telemedicine: “The portal is meant to facilitate an overview of telemedicine projects in Germany”

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[03/06/2013] Telemedical applications enable doctors to diagnose and treat health problems via telecommunication. That way, telemedicine can for example alleviate the looming doctors shortage in Germany by connecting specialists with patients in rural areas. But still only few telemedicine services are currently introduced into the regular health care coverage provided by the health insurance companies.Telemedicine: “The portal is meant to facilitate an overview of telemedicine projects in Germany” - Read more

Acitivity: Pedometer Program Motivates Participants

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Photo: Pedometer [31/05/2013] Indiana University researchers found that a program using pedometers to monitor how much people move was effective at increasing physical activity, decreasing sitting time, and helping participants drop some pounds.Acitivity: Pedometer Program Motivates Participants - Read more

Surgery: More Deaths Closer to the Weekend

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Photo: Friday [29/05/2013] Patients undergoing planned surgery appear more likely to die if they have their operation at the end of the week. Researchers at Imperial College London looked at over four million elective procedures conducted in NHS hospitals in England between 2008 and 2011.Surgery: More Deaths Closer to the Weekend - Read more

Healthcare: Breakup of Physician Drug Company Relationship Cut Cost

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Photo: Doctor and drug company concultant [21/05/2013] A new report suggests that improved health care and significant reductions in drug costs might be attained by breaking up the age-old relationship between physicians and drug company representatives who promote the newest, more costly and often unnecessary prescription drugs.Healthcare: Breakup of Physician Drug Company Relationship Cut Cost - Read more

Public Health: 50 Percent Increase in ICU Admissions

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Photo: Patient hand [15/05/2013] A study of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) researchers offers an in-depth look at hospitals nationwide and admissions to intensive care units (ICU). The study finds a sharp increase — nearly 50 percent — in ICU admissions coming from United States’ emergency departments.Public Health: 50 Percent Increase in ICU Admissions - Read more

Malaria: Tool Shows which Kids at Greatest Risk

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Photo: Child with malaria with doctors [10/05/2013] Researchers at Michigan State University have identified a test that can determine which children with malaria are likely to develop cerebral malaria, a much more life-threatening form of the disease.Malaria: Tool Shows which Kids at Greatest Risk - Read more

Blue Hospital Concept: “We offer hospitals an independent sustainability certification”

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[08/05/2013] Just because green plants sprout from the ground, it doesn’t mean that the sky is blue. There are numerous green areas in Shanghai for example, yet the air is very polluted. To act in an ecologically conscious manner, you need to focus on sustainability. Hospitals and clinics also want to achieve this at this point and are being certified through different processes.Blue Hospital Concept: “We offer hospitals an independent sustainability certification” - Read more

Nanomaterial Toxicity: Stage for Policies to Address Health Risks

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Photo: Laboratory [07/05/2013] For the first time, researchers from institutions around the United States have conducted an identical series of toxicology tests evaluating lung-related health impacts associated with widely used engineered nanomaterials (ENMs).Nanomaterial Toxicity: Stage for Policies to Address Health Risks - Read more

Healthcare: Toxic Metals Found in Lipstick

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Photo: Lipstick [06/05/2013] Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley's School of Public Health tested 32 different lipsticks and lip glosses commonly found in drugstores and department stores. They detected lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and five other metals, some of which were found at levels that could raise potential health concerns.Healthcare: Toxic Metals Found in Lipstick - Read more

Women: Postcode Inequality for Cancer Diagnosis

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Photo: Woman with doctor [02/05/2013] Hundreds of women with breast cancer living in England's most deprived areas would have better survival rates if they were diagnosed at the same stage as those who lived in affluent areas.Women: Postcode Inequality for Cancer Diagnosis - Read more

Leukemia: High Treatment Costs Harming Patients

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Photo: Blood clots [29/04/2013] The increasing cost of treatments for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in the United States has reached unsustainably high levels and may be leaving many patients under- or untreated because they cannot afford care, according to a study.Leukemia: High Treatment Costs Harming Patients - Read more

Health Insurance Survey: 84 Million People Were Uninsured

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Photo: Waiting room [26/04/2013] Eighty-four million people ― nearly half of all working-age adults in the United States ―went without health insurance for a time last year or had out-of-pocket costs that were so high relative to their income they were considered underinsured, according to the Commonwealth Fund 2012 Biennial Health Insurance Survey.Health Insurance Survey: 84 Million People Were Uninsured - Read more

Deep Brain Stimulation: “With brain stimulation, you reach ethical limits to some extent”

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[22/04/2013] Deep brain stimulation is used to treat Parkinson’s disease, tremor or dystonia, but also in cases of psychiatric disorders like depressions or addictions. But the procedure is not only able to heal: Stimulating the human brain with implanted electrodes can also improve cognitive performance.Deep Brain Stimulation: “With brain stimulation, you reach ethical limits to some extent” - Read more

Antibiotics: Development Progresses Slowly

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Photo: Pills [18/04/2013] Despite the desperate need for new antibiotics to combat increasingly deadly resistant bacteria, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved only one new systemic antibiotic since 2010. That drug was approved two and a half years ago.Antibiotics: Development Progresses Slowly - Read more

AIDS: Training Gives Kids of Patients a Leg Up

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Photo: Children [12/04/2013] A simple in-home training program for caregivers can give children of AIDS patients a better shot at prosperity by improving their early-childhood development, according to a study led by a Michigan State University (MSU) researcher.AIDS: Training Gives Kids of Patients a Leg Up - Read more

World Health Day - 04/07/2013

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Photo: Heart within globe [07/04/2013] The World Health Organization celebrates its founding April 7th in 1948 with the World Health Day. This day is dedicated to another current health topic each year. In 2013, the focus is on high blood pressure (hypertension).World Health Day - 04/07/2013 - Read more

Nurses: Key Role to Reduce Deaths

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Photo: Abilities of nurses [20/03/2013] A report by World Health Organization and University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing shows that nursing and midwifery can have major impact on lifestyles changes and health outcomes.Nurses: Key Role to Reduce Deaths - Read more

HPV: Parents Won’t Vaccinate Their Daughters

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Photo: Teen at the doctor [18/03/2013] A rising percentage of parents say they won’t have their teen daughters vaccinated to protect against the human papilloma virus, even though physicians are increasingly recommending adolescent vaccinations, a study by Mayo Clinic and others shows.HPV: Parents Won’t Vaccinate Their Daughters - Read more

Medical Devices: Proposal for New Regulation

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Photo: European flags [14/03/2013] In a position paper, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) welcomes the European Commission’s (EC’s) proposals for a new regulation to govern the evaluation and approval of medical devices as an important step towards improving patient safety.Medical Devices: Proposal for New Regulation - Read more

Acute Aortic Dissection: Mortality Near 1 Percent per Hour

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Photo: Heart [13/03/2013] The belief among medical professionals in the 1950s that the mortality rate for type A acute aortic dissection during the initial 24 hours was one to two percent per hour appears to hold true in the contemporary era of treatment, based on a review of the large-scale IRAD registry of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Scientific Sessions.Acute Aortic Dissection: Mortality Near 1 Percent per Hour - Read more

National Health: UK Lags Behind Europe

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Photo: Health in UK [12/03/2013] A new paper reveals that UK lags behind much of Europe on key measures of health: British people spend more time with chronic illness and disability than most Europeans. Young adults are hit hard by alcohol and drug use.National Health: UK Lags Behind Europe - Read more

Interviews Concerning Health Politics

[05/03/2013] Good health is human's most precious thing. Since that applies to everyone politics concerned with health turn into an interesting, sometimes explosive subject. MEDICA.de speaks with managers, experts and politicians about news from health politics.Interviews Concerning Health Politics - Read more

Children: Personalized Medicine Eliminates Need for Drug

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Photo: Genes [01/02/2013] Using genome-wide analysis, investigators at the University of Montreal have potentially eliminated a lifetime drug prescription that two children with a previously unknown type of adrenal insufficiency had been receiving for 14 years. Children: Personalized Medicine Eliminates Need for Drug - Read more

Health Care: Digital Diagnostic Tools Lead to Patient Dissatisfaction

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Photo: Doctor and patient [28/01/2013] A University of Missouri researcher says the increased use of computerized clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) leads to greater patient dissatisfaction and could increase noncompliance with preventative care and treatment recommendations.Health Care: Digital Diagnostic Tools Lead to Patient Dissatisfaction - Read more

Management: Success for Primary Care Networks

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Photo: Stethoscope and calender [28/01/2013] A newly-released study on early adoptees of the Primary Care Network (PCN) initiative proposes that their success lies with three key elements: strong leadership, a redefined, inclusive workspace and allowance for creative discord.Management: Success for Primary Care Networks - Read more

World Cancer Day - 02/04/2013

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[28/01/2013] World Cancer Day 2013 will focus on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration by the Union of International Cancer Control (UICC): Until 2020, public attitudes towards cancer will improve. Under the tagline "Cancer - Did You Know?" damaging myths and misconceptions about the disease will be dispelled this year.World Cancer Day - 02/04/2013 - Read more

Rotavirus: Vaccinating Children Protects Adults

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Photo: Vaccination [24/01/2013] Pediatric rotavirus vaccination also indirectly protects unvaccinated adults from the highly contagious cause of severe diarrhea and vomiting, suggests a new study. The findings suggest pediatric immunization against the virus may be more cost effective than previously thought, given rotavirus-related health care costs among adults.Rotavirus: Vaccinating Children Protects Adults - Read more

Hypertension: Black Patients Not Prescribed Diuretics Enough

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Photo: Measuring blood pressure [23/01/2013] A research study of more than 600 black patients with uncontrolled hypertension found that less than half were prescribed a diuretic drug with proven benefit that costs just pennies a day, report researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College.Hypertension: Black Patients Not Prescribed Diuretics Enough - Read more

Gender Medicine: Women Suffer from the Male Patient Pattern

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[22/01/2013] Gender medicine was born in the U.S. in the 90s. Since 2003, German researchers have also been focusing on gender differences for therapies. When it comes to a heart attack for instance, men generally complain about chest pain. Women on the other hand describe several symptoms, which often results in a delayed diagnosis.Gender Medicine: Women Suffer from the Male Patient Pattern - Read more

Patients: Weight Gain After a Knee Replacement Surgery

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Photo: Knees [16/01/2013] Patients who undergo knee replacement surgery may be at risk of gaining more weight than their peers who have not had the surgery, according to a five-year study led by a Virginia Commonwealth University professor.Patients: Weight Gain After a Knee Replacement Surgery - Read more

USA: Health Disadvantages in All Groups

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Photo: Population [15/01/2013] On average, Americans from all ages and socioeconomic groups die sooner and experience higher rates of disease and injury than people in other high-income countries, says a new report from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine.USA: Health Disadvantages in All Groups - Read more

Women: Low Wages Linked with Hypertension

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Photo: Doctor and patient [04/01/2013] Workers earning the lowest wages have a higher risk of hypertension than workers with the highest wages, according to new research from University of California Davis.Women: Low Wages Linked with Hypertension - Read more

US Hospitals: Study Reports Racial Disparities in Treatment

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Photo: Girl in Hospital [02/01/2013] When researchers investigated the link between racial disparities and appendicitis outcomes in children, they found that the type of hospital —community, children's or county— affects the patients’ odds of developing a perforated appendix.US Hospitals: Study Reports Racial Disparities in Treatment - Read more

Telestroke Networks: Cost-effective for Hospitals, Good for Patients

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Photo: Patient in hospital [18/12/2012] Telestroke networks that enable the remote and rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke can improve the bottom line of patients and hospitals, researchers report.Telestroke Networks: Cost-effective for Hospitals, Good for Patients - Read more

USA: Increase of Health Insurance Premiums

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Photo: Dollars and stethoscope [18/12/2012] According to a new Commonwealth Fund report, average premiums for employer-sponsored family health insurance plans in the United States rose 62 percent between 2003 and 2011. Health insurance costs rose far faster than incomes in all states.USA: Increase of Health Insurance Premiums - Read more

Age: Longevity Increases Not Benefitting Everybody

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Photo: Elderly people [17/12/2012] Global lifespans have risen dramatically in the past 40 years, but the increased life expectancy is not benefitting everybody equally, say University of Toronto researchers. In particular, adult males from low- and middle-income countries are losing ground.Age: Longevity Increases Not Benefitting Everybody - Read more

Report: Massive Shifts in the World Health Landscape

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Photo: World Health [14/12/2012] Globally, health advances present most people with a devastating irony: avoid premature death but live longer and sicker. That is one of the main findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010).Report: Massive Shifts in the World Health Landscape - Read more

Healthcare: Europe Should Implement Personalized Medicine

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Photo: Pills and European flag [12/12/2012] A new report by the The European Science Foundation’s (ESF) membership organization, the European Medical Research Councils (EMRC), sets out key recommendations for the introduction and implementation of personalized medicine into healthcare.Healthcare: Europe Should Implement Personalized Medicine - Read more

Physicians: One in Four Uses Social Media Daily

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Photo: Physician on computer [11/12/2012] A new survey shows that about one in four physicians uses social media daily or multiple times a day to scan or explore medical information, and 14 percent use social media each day to contribute new information, according to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.Physicians: One in Four Uses Social Media Daily - Read more

Surgery: Checklist Can Reduce Costly Complications

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Photo: Surgical team [10/12/2012] As the nation grapples with surging health care costs, researchers have confirmed two simple cost-effective methods to reduce expensive postoperative complications — communications team training and a surgical checklist.Surgery: Checklist Can Reduce Costly Complications - Read more

High-cost Care: Hospices Restrict Patient Enrollment

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Photo: Nurse and patient [10/12/2012] In a national survey of enrollment policies at hospices, researchers have found that the majority of hospices in the United States have at least one enrollment policy that could restrict access for terminally ill Medicare patients with high-cost medical needs.High-cost Care: Hospices Restrict Patient Enrollment - Read more

Quarterly Medical Co-pays Abolished: “The health insurance companies will be compensated”

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[10/12/2012] It annoys patients, physicians and the medical staff in Germany: the quarterly medical co-pay. After nine years, on January 1, 2013, it will now be abolished again much to the delight of all involved. However, this decision raises some concerns. MEDICA.de asked Christian Albrecht, spokesperson for the German Federal Ministry of Health, what consequences the abolition bears.Quarterly Medical Co-pays Abolished: “The health insurance companies will be compensated” - Read more

Health Insurance: Finding Physicians May Be Problematic

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Photo: Accept or refuse [06/12/2012] Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expected to result in up to 50 million currently uninsured Americans acquiring some type of health insurance coverage. However, newly insured patients may have trouble finding primary care physicians.Health Insurance: Finding Physicians May Be Problematic - Read more

Health Care: Defining Career Paths to Improve Systems

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Photo: Health care professionals meeting [05/12/2012] The sheer number of efforts aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of the health care system in United States – ranging from portions of the national Affordable Care Act to local programs at individual hospitals and practices – reflects the urgency and importance of the task.Health Care: Defining Career Paths to Improve Systems - Read more

Influenza: College Students Report Low Vaccination Rate

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Photo: Vaccination [04/12/2012] College football and basketball games may provide more than a way for students to show school spirit – they could help prevent the flu, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.Influenza: College Students Report Low Vaccination Rate - Read more

Public Funding: What Counts as a Disease?

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Photo: Qustionary [04/12/2012] While some states of the human body are clearly considered diseases, others are not. But the classification influences whether treatment can be funded publicly. The Finnish FIND Survey tried to shed some light on this distinction among health care professionals, politicians and laypeople.Public Funding: What Counts as a Disease? - Read more

Patients: More Involvement in Decision-Making Necessary

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Photo: Doctor with patient [30/11/2012] Everywhere, there is a clear need for the systematic improvement of patient safety. Patient safety cannot be improved by simply making new rules. A new model of adaptive safety-management is already being used at Vaasa Central Hospital in Vaasa, Finland.Patients: More Involvement in Decision-Making Necessary - Read more

Cell Research: Asia Faces Challenges and Opportunities

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Photo: Stem cell research [28/11/2012] The Hinxton Group, an international working group on stem cell research and regulation, approaches relationships of tension in the field of stem cell research with a new consensus statement that focuses on Japan and China.Cell Research: Asia Faces Challenges and Opportunities - Read more

Substance Dependence: Negative Messages Less Effective

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Photo: Skull with cigarette [27/11/2012] What types of public messages will most likely deter drug and alcohol abuse or risky behavior? Negatively framed messages may not be an effective way to reach those most in need of persuasion, suggests a new study by researchers from Indiana University and Wayne State University. Substance Dependence: Negative Messages Less Effective - Read more

World AIDS Day Report: 50 Percent Drop in New HIV Infections

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Photo: Red ribbon and the earth [26/11/2012] A new World AIDS Day report: Results, by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), shows that unprecedented acceleration in the AIDS response is producing results for people.World AIDS Day Report: 50 Percent Drop in New HIV Infections - Read more

Tuberculosis: New Test Could Improve Treatment

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Photo: Man coughing [22/11/2012] A new rapid test for tuberculosis (TB) could substantially and cost-effectively reduce TB deaths and improve treatment in southern Africa — a region where both HIV and tuberculosis are common — according to a new study by Harvard School of Public researchers.Tuberculosis: New Test Could Improve Treatment - Read more

Diabetes: Options for Leaders to Reduce Costs

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Photo: Insulin test [16/11/2012] Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes calls for national decision makers to consider local experience in reducing disparities in diabetes as health reform implementation advances.Diabetes: Options for Leaders to Reduce Costs - Read more

Social Media: Physicians Fail to Disclose Conflicts of Interest

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Photo: Doctor on computer [12/11/2012] As the use of Twitter and other social media by physicians and patients rises, more and more physicians seem to forget to do what many consider crucial for building doctor-patient trust: disclose potential conflicts of interest.Social Media: Physicians Fail to Disclose Conflicts of Interest - Read more

Diagnostics: Collaboration for the Developing World

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Photo: Virus in sight [09/11/2012] The International Diagnostics Centre (IDC), a global research collaboration hub, at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) will to undertake innovative research on new diagnostic tests to diagnose patients faster, more accurately and cost effectively.Diagnostics: Collaboration for the Developing World - Read more

Smoking Bans: Fewer Hospitalizations and Deaths

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Photo: Smoking publicly [09/11/2012] Laws that end smoking at work and other public places result in significantly fewer hospitalizations for heart attacks, strokes, asthma and other respiratory conditions, a new analysis from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) has found.Smoking Bans: Fewer Hospitalizations and Deaths - Read more

Hospital Mortality Rates: Financial Incentives May Improve

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Photo: Foot [08/11/2012] New research into controversial pay-for-performance schemes has suggested they may help to save the lives of National Health Service (NHS) patients. A “significant” fall in mortality rates for certain conditions emerged in a study into the use of incentives at hospitals in the North West of England.Hospital Mortality Rates: Financial Incentives May Improve - Read more

Korean Men: Increased Risk for Death from Cancer

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Photo: Korean man [07/11/2012] Measuring blood levels of high-sensitive C-reactive protein, an important marker of inflammation, in apparently cancer-free men could potentially help identify those at increased risk for death from cancer, in particular lung cancer, according to a research.Korean Men: Increased Risk for Death from Cancer - Read more

International markets: You need competent partners if you want to make it

[01/11/2012] Having an amazing product isn’t always enough to make it in the international marketplace. Market know-how is required as well as, for instance, the right certification mark so that the product meets the respective standards of a country. CSA International has specialized in developing such standards and in making this data available as well as supplying test and certification services.International markets: You need competent partners if you want to make it - Read more

Public Health: Ethnic Disparities in Breast Cancer Survival

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Photo: African american woman [30/10/2012] Disparities in survival after breast cancer persisted across racial/ethnic groups even after researchers adjusted for multiple demographics, such as patients' education and the socioeconomic status of the neighborhood in which they lived, according to a study.Public Health: Ethnic Disparities in Breast Cancer Survival - Read more

Children with Cancer: Hispanic Caregivers Impacting Care

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Photo: Child with cancer [29/10/2012] Language barriers and the immigration status of caregivers appear to impact the care of Hispanic children with cancer and affect the experience of the families within the medical system, according to a study.Children with Cancer: Hispanic Caregivers Impacting Care - Read more

Healthcare Interventions: Experts Call for More Rigorous Evidence

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[26/10/2012] Leading clinicians and health researchers from across Europe say much greater emphasis must be placed on the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of treatments and other healthcare interventions to ensure patients receive the best care available.Healthcare Interventions: Experts Call for More Rigorous Evidence - Read more

Europe: Improving Medical Research Education

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[26/10/2012] Fostering and improving medical research education is crucial to biomedical research and clinical patient treatment, and as such it has been identified as the main challenge in every joint European Science Foundation (ESF) - European Research Medical Councils (EMRC) strategy report. Europe: Improving Medical Research Education - Read more

Health Care Services: Strategy for "Choosing Wisely"

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[24/10/2012] Cutting the expenses associated with "low-value" medical tests and treatments – such as unnecessary imaging tests and antibiotics for viral infections that won't benefit from them – will require a multi-pronged plan targeting insurance companies, patients, and physicians, according to a study of the University of Pennsylvania.Health Care Services: Strategy for "Choosing Wisely" - Read more

Young People: Epidemic of Prescription Drug Abuse

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[17/10/2012] A new study by the University of Colorado Denver reveals that today's adolescents are abusing prescription pain medications like vicodin, valium and oxycontin at a rate 40 percent higher than previous generations.Young People: Epidemic of Prescription Drug Abuse - Read more

HIV: Decline in Deaths for Most Men and Women

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[12/10/2012] Overall death rates due to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection declined over time between 1993 and 2007 for most men and women by race/ethnicity and educational levels, with the largest absolute decreases for nonwhites, but rates remain high among blacks, according to a study.HIV: Decline in Deaths for Most Men and Women - Read more

Canada: Fast-tracked Drug Approvals Can Put Public at Risk

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[11/10/2012] Drugs streamed into Health Canada's accelerated review process are more likely to be withdrawn from the market or earn a serious safety warning than those that undergo the standard review, according to a study of York University.Canada: Fast-tracked Drug Approvals Can Put Public at Risk - Read more

Public Health: Superheroes Needed to Tackle Timebomb

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[10/10/2012] The research, an international collaboration from the Universities of Leeds, Alberta and Wisconsin, calls for government and policy makers to recognise the role that public health leaders can play in addressing these significant health challenges.Public Health: Superheroes Needed to Tackle Timebomb - Read more

Health Economics: State Deregulation of Open-heart Surgery

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[08/10/2012] The Certificate of Need, a form of state government regulation for open-heart surgery, has been designed to keep mortality rates and health care costs down. A new study suggests that neither is the case, but that deregulation is beneficial to patients.Health Economics: State Deregulation of Open-heart Surgery - Read more

Medicine and Technology: “Higher education is needed more and more“

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[08/10/2012] Since the demands on medical personnel keep increasing, more and more hospital facilities are looking for higher educated staff. High-school graduates (“Abiturienten”) and prospective specialists also wish for new possibilities to study for jobs such as medical technician, surgical assistant, physiotherapist or midwife.Medicine and Technology: “Higher education is needed more and more“ - Read more

Public Health: Messages Can Influence Infectious Disease Stigmas

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[01/10/2012] Crafting public health messages about a disease may create stigmas that influence how likely people are to endorse certain interventions, such as isolating infected persons, forcing treatment on them and mapping their location, according to a Penn State researcher.Public Health: Messages Can Influence Infectious Disease Stigmas - Read more

Asthma: Inner City and Suburbs Children Have Different Illnesses

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[26/09/2012] In a new study researchers from the University of Wisconsin in Madison investigated viral respiratory illnesses and their possible role in the development of asthma in urban versus suburban babies.Asthma: Inner City and Suburbs Children Have Different Illnesses - Read more

World Heart Day: Heart Health Starts Earlier than You Think

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[25/09/2012] On World Heart Day, 29th September, the World Heart Federation is calling for people – specifically mothers who are gatekeepers to the home – to take action now to protect their own heart health, as well as that of their children and families to safeguard future generations.World Heart Day: Heart Health Starts Earlier than You Think - Read more

USA: Pacific Islanders Have High Obesity and Smoking Rates

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[25/09/2012] In the first study to detail the health of Pacific Islanders living in the United States, University of Michigan researchers have found alarmingly high rates of obesity and smoking.USA: Pacific Islanders Have High Obesity and Smoking Rates - Read more

Global Trade: Economic Pressures Altering Disease Risk

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[21/09/2012] The pressures of global trade may heighten disease incidence by dictating changes in land use. A boom in disease-carrying ticks and chiggers has followed the abandonment of rice cultivation in Taiwanese paddies, say ecologist Chi-Chien Kuo and colleagues, demonstrating the potential for global commodities pricing to drive the spread of infections.Global Trade: Economic Pressures Altering Disease Risk - Read more

Transplantation: Half of Kidney Recipients Are Minorities

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[20/09/2012] The largest United States multicenter study of living kidney transplant donor chains showed that 46 percent of recipients are minorities, a finding that allays previous fears that these groups would be disadvantaged by expansion of the donor pool through this type of exchange process.Transplantation: Half of Kidney Recipients Are Minorities - Read more

New Device: Electronic Jewelry for Health

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[13/09/2012] Bracelets and amulets are in the works at Dartmouth’s Institute for Security, Technology, and Society. Rather than items of mere adornment, the scientists and engineers are constructing personal mobile health (mHealth) devices — highly functional jewelry, as it were.New Device: Electronic Jewelry for Health - Read more

LED: The Dangers of Exposure to Light at Night

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[13/09/2012] A panel of world experts discussed “Light Pollution and its Ecophysiological Consequences” and shed light on the extent of the dangers and harm that night-time artificial lighting causes, emphasizing that it is the short wavelength illumination that we have come to know as “eco-friendly illumination” that is causing the most harm (primarily LED lighting).LED: The Dangers of Exposure to Light at Night - Read more

Children: Access to Care Differ by Parents' Immigrant Status

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[11/09/2012] Health is an important part of development, with links to how children do cognitively and academically, and it's a strong predictor of adult health and productivity. A new study of low-income families in the United States has found that children's health and access to health care services differ according to the immigrant status of their parents.Children: Access to Care Differ by Parents' Immigrant Status - Read more

UK: Diabetes Problem in Minority Ethnic Populations

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[11/09/2012] Half of all people of South Asian, African and African Caribbean descent will develop diabetes by age 80 according to a study of the Wellcome Trust and British Heart Foundation.UK: Diabetes Problem in Minority Ethnic Populations - Read more

Elderly: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Increases Mortality

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[10/09/2012] Untreated severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular mortality in the elderly, and adequate treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) may significantly reduce this risk, according to a new study from researchers in Spain.Elderly: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Increases Mortality - Read more

Health System: Improving Care and Reducing Costs

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[07/09/2012] America's health care system has become too complex and costly to continue business as usual, says a new study from the Institute of Medicine. Inefficiencies, an overwhelming amount of data, and other economic and quality barriers hinder progress in improving health and threaten the nation's economic stability and global competitiveness.Health System: Improving Care and Reducing Costs - Read more

Preeclampsia: A Significant Long-term Health Risk

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[06/09/2012] Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have determined that preeclampsia is a significant risk factor for long-term health issues, such as chronic hypertension and hospitalizations later in life.Preeclampsia: A Significant Long-term Health Risk - Read more

Non-invasive Diagnostic Imaging: Costs Down Since 2006

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[05/09/2012] According to a study, overall non-invasive diagnostic imaging (NDI) costs to Medicare Part B dropped 21 percent from 2006 to 2010. The study reveals that medical imaging is not a driver of escalating Medicare costs.Non-invasive Diagnostic Imaging: Costs Down Since 2006 - Read more

PACS Network: Lower Costs and Less Radiation Exposure

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[04/09/2012] According to a study, using a combination of the Internet and compact discs (CD) to transfer images during inter-hospital transfer is associated with much lower repeat imaging rates, suggesting that regional PACS networks may be useful for reducing cost and radiation exposure associated with trauma.PACS Network: Lower Costs and Less Radiation Exposure - Read more

Arrhythmia Treatment: Gaps Between Eastern and Western Europe

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[31/08/2012] The EHRA White Book by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) reports on the current status of arrhythmia treatments in the 54 member of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) countries and has been published every year since 2008.Arrhythmia Treatment: Gaps Between Eastern and Western Europe - Read more

Infections: African Antimalarial Research Bears First Fruit

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[30/08/2012] A recently discovered compound from the aminopyridine class, code named MMV390048, caused quite a stir at the Expert Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) of Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) meeting in Toulouse, France.Infections: African Antimalarial Research Bears First Fruit - Read more

USA: Medical Exemptions from School Vaccination Requirements

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[30/08/2012] In states where medical exemptions from vaccination requirements for kindergarten students are easier to get, exemption rates are higher, potentially compromising herd immunity and posing a threat to children and others who truly should not be immunized because of underlying conditions, according to a study.USA: Medical Exemptions from School Vaccination Requirements - Read more

UK: Inconsistent Consultant Websites Could Try Patients’ Patience

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[27/08/2012] There is a lack of consistency in the amount of information available to patients to help them make informed choices about their healthcare, say researchers at Northumbria University.UK: Inconsistent Consultant Websites Could Try Patients’ Patience - Read more

United Kingdom: Public Health Needs a Radical Shake Up

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[22/08/2012] Professor Gerard Hastings from the Institute for Social Marketing at the University of Stirling argues that marketing by multinational corporations "threatens our mental wellbeing, exacerbates inequalities, and encourages unsustainable consumption."United Kingdom: Public Health Needs a Radical Shake Up - Read more

Diabetic Patients: Investing in Quality of Care Reduces Costs

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[20/08/2012] University of Minnesota School of Public Health researchers have found that medical group practices can reduce costs for patients with diabetes by investing in improved quality of care.Diabetic Patients: Investing in Quality of Care Reduces Costs - Read more

Economy: Use of Retail Medical Clinics Continues to Grow

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[20/08/2012] Fast-growing retail medical clinics are attracting more older patients and delivering more preventive care, particularly flu shots and other vaccinations, according to a new study from the RAND Corporation.Economy: Use of Retail Medical Clinics Continues to Grow - Read more

Urology: Self-referral Can Increase Distance for Treatment

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[15/08/2012] Men with prostate cancer in Texas may be driving more than three times farther than needed to obtain radiation oncology treatments for their cancer when treated at a urology-owned radiation oncology practice versus other facilities, according to a study.Urology: Self-referral Can Increase Distance for Treatment - Read more

Trauma Care: Spending More - No Higher Survival Rates

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[13/08/2012] A large-scale review of national patient records reveals that although survival rates are the same, the cost of treating trauma patients in the western United States is 33 percent higher than the bill for treating similarly injured patients in the Northeast.Trauma Care: Spending More - No Higher Survival Rates - Read more

Patient-Physician Relationship: Role of Governments and Legislation

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[09/08/2012] The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends principles for the role of federal and state governments in health care and the patient-physician relationship.Patient-Physician Relationship: Role of Governments and Legislation - Read more

Medicaid: Poorest Americans at Risk

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[07/08/2012] Health coverage for the poorest Americans could be in jeopardy in many states as a result of the United States Supreme Court's ruling last month on the Affordable Care Act, according to a new legal analysis.Medicaid: Poorest Americans at Risk - Read more

Europe: Economic Development Does Not Eradicate Dysentry

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[06/08/2012] Researchers of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have found that a bacterium that emerged centuries ago in Europe has now been spreading globally into countries undergoing rapid development and industrialization.Europe: Economic Development Does Not Eradicate Dysentry - Read more

Uruguay: Tobacco Control Strategy is Delivering Results

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[03/08/2012] The International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (the ITC Project) launched a new report on the effectiveness of tobacco control policies in Uruguay.Uruguay: Tobacco Control Strategy is Delivering Results - Read more

Early Treatment: Earning Potential for People with HIV

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[02/08/2012] In a first-of-its-kind health campaign in Uganda, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill show that adults with HIV who had less severe infections could work more hours per week, and their children were more likely to be enrolled in school.Early Treatment: Earning Potential for People with HIV - Read more

Nurse Staffing: Burnout Linked to Hospital Infections

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[01/08/2012] Nurse burnout leads to higher healthcare-associated infection rates (HAIs) and costs hospitals millions of additional dollars annually, according to a study of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.Nurse Staffing: Burnout Linked to Hospital Infections - Read more

“Physiotherapy” Studies: “On an international level, people have long since recognized that academization is necessary“

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[01/08/2012] Until a few years ago, you could become a physiotherapist in Germany if you went through a 3-year vocational training while attending a technical school. Today, you can also study this discipline, similarly like in the U.S., where people who study physiotherapy are the norm. “Physiotherapy” Studies: “On an international level, people have long since recognized that academization is necessary“ - Read more

Hot Asphalt: Higher Cancer Rates in Roofers

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[30/07/2012] A University of Colorado Cancer Centre study shows that roofers have higher PAH blood-levels after working a shift and that these high levels of PAHs are linked with increased rates of DNA damage, and potentially with higher cancer risk.Hot Asphalt: Higher Cancer Rates in Roofers - Read more

Celiac Disease: Medical Follow-up Is Less Than Optimal

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[26/07/2012] Follow-up exams for patients with celiac disease are often inadequate and highly variable, according to a new study of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA).Celiac Disease: Medical Follow-up Is Less Than Optimal - Read more

CVD: Half of Deaths Could Be Avoided with Regulation

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[25/07/2012] Population level prevention produces greater impacts on cardiovascular diseases (CVD) than individualised approaches, according to the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).CVD: Half of Deaths Could Be Avoided with Regulation - Read more

Agencies: Dangerous Caregivers for Elderly

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[12/07/2012] Agencies place unqualified, possibly criminal caregivers in homes of vulnerable seniors. Study shows ways of prevention. Agencies: Dangerous Caregivers for Elderly - Read more

Switzerland: Recommendations of Federal Office of Public Health Reinforced

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[06/07/2012] Several clinical trials have looked at whether the number of hip fractures and the horrendous costs associated with them can be reduced by administering prophylactic vitamin D. The results have been inconsistent. Researchers working with Heike Bischoff-Ferrari from the Centre on Ageing and Mobility at Zurich University have now produced a new overview of the data. Switzerland: Recommendations of Federal Office of Public Health Reinforced - Read more

Personalized Medicine: Patients on the wrong path

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[02/07/2012] While many physicians immediately think of biomarkers, genetic fingerprinting and new possibilities for cancer treatments when they hear the key words personalized medicine, most patients view the issue differently. They rightly assume that means they receive a treatment that places them in the center – and not just their genes. Personalized Medicine: Patients on the wrong path - Read more

Europe: Time to Act on COPD

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[21/06/2012] The European COPD Coalition (ECC) is using the presence of a major international conference on lung health in Birmingham in England (COPD8) to call for lung testing to be a basic health right for all across Europe and better training for healthcare professionals.Europe: Time to Act on COPD - Read more

Prosthetic Hands: Development Stagnated for Twenty Years

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[14/06/2012] The development of body-powered prosthetic hands has stagnated for over twenty years. That is the main conclusion of a study by researchers from Delft University of Technology and the University of Groningen into this type of prosthesis.Prosthetic Hands: Development Stagnated for Twenty Years - Read more

Treatment: Web-based Tool Helps Children with Asthma

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[14/06/2012] New study results from Seattle Children's Research Institute found that parents who used an interactive website to track their child's usage of asthma controller medications, improved compliance with asthma controller medication use.Treatment: Web-based Tool Helps Children with Asthma - Read more

Surgical Site Infections: Rehospitalisations Add Costs

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[04/06/2012] Preventing further complications in patients who develop infections after surgery to replace a knee or hip could save the United States healthcare system as much as 65 million Dollars annually, according to an analysis of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.Surgical Site Infections: Rehospitalisations Add Costs - Read more

Low Vitamin D: Diet Increases Stroke Risk

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[25/05/2012] Japanese-American men who did not eat foods rich in vitamin D had a higher risk of stroke later in life, according to results of a 34-year study of the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.Low Vitamin D: Diet Increases Stroke Risk - Read more

Cardiac Death: Costs of Screening Children

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[10/05/2012] A study by Doctor Laurel K. Leslie from the Tufts Clinical and colleagues has evaluated the lifesaving benefits and costs of screening programs for the prevention of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in children and adolescents. The authors found that screening can save lives.Cardiac Death: Costs of Screening Children - Read more

Higher Prices: US Spends Far More for Health Care Than 12 Industrialised Nations

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[04/05/2012] The United States spends more on health care than 12 other industrialised countries yet does not provide "notably superior" care, according to a new study from The Commonwealth Fund. Higher Prices: US Spends Far More for Health Care Than 12 Industrialised Nations - Read more

Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program: ”It was and is our aspiration to structure residency training and education“

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[02/05/2012] What can future medical specialists expect during the time of their training and education, which areas will they have gotten to know and what quality is attached to the apprenticeship. Depending on the hospital and location in Germany, this question has to be answered differently. Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program: ”It was and is our aspiration to structure residency training and education“ - Read more

California's Medi-Cal Caregivers: Majority Live in or Near Poverty

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[12/04/2012] The demand for caregivers is growing rapidly as California's population ages, but the majority of state's Medi-Cal caregivers earn poverty or near-poverty wages and have poor access to health care and food, a new study from the University of California Los Angeles Centre for Health Policy Research has found.California's Medi-Cal Caregivers: Majority Live in or Near Poverty - Read more

Gender Determination: “Intersexuality is not a disease“

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[10/04/2012] Most people are clearly female or male. Nature however – human nature as well – also knows other gender types. Intersexuality has always been around in the world and now it is time for society and medical science to finally accept it.Gender Determination: “Intersexuality is not a disease“ - Read more

Medical Technology: BVMed Annual Report 2011/12

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[28/03/2012] The German Medical Technology Association BVMed advocates for a better coordination and promotion of advances in medical technology. "The comprehensive and coordinated cooperation of governmental departments must be further advanced”, states BVMed chairman Doctor Meinrad Lugan in the newly published Annual Report 2011/12.Medical Technology: BVMed Annual Report 2011/12 - Read more

USA: One in Four HIV Patients Do Not Stay in Care

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[07/03/2012] Only about 75 per cent of HIV/AIDS patients in the United States remain in care consistently, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study of patients across the USA is the first to provide a comprehensive national estimate of HIV care retention and information about patients who are most likely to continue their treatment over time.USA: One in Four HIV Patients Do Not Stay in Care - Read more

Where Pain Lives: Race and Neighborhood Status Linked with Chronic Pain

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[05/03/2012] Living in a poor neighborhood was linked with worse chronic pain for young adults, according to a study by the University of Michigan Health System, but young black patients faced difficulties with pain management no matter where they lived.Where Pain Lives: Race and Neighborhood Status Linked with Chronic Pain - Read more

Product development: “If you fail early, you will reach your goal faster“

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[01/03/2012] Medical devices are becoming increasingly complex and develop faster and faster technically. Modern medicine would be unthinkable without the use of new and more delicate equipment. But there can also be risks to patients, since a comprehensible handling cannot be guaranteed in all cases – it can’t even be excluded in experienced medical specialists. Product development: “If you fail early, you will reach your goal faster“ - Read more

Adults over 65: Virtual Colonoscopy Effective Screening Tool

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[23/02/2012] Computed tomography (CT) colonography can be used as a primary screening tool for colorectal cancer in adults over the age of 65, according to a new study. Some previous medical studies have found no significant difference in the diagnostic accuracy of CT colonography, also known as "virtual colonoscopy," and traditional optical colonoscopy.Adults over 65: Virtual Colonoscopy Effective Screening Tool - Read more

Home Visits for Asthma: A Win for Both Patients and Payers

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[22/02/2012] Nearly 1 in 10 children have asthma, according to government statistics, and in low-income parts of Boston, nearly 16 per cent of children are affected. A program called the Community Asthma Initiative (CAI), developed and implemented in 2005 by clinicians at Children's Hospital Boston, demonstrates the potential to dramatically reduce hospitalisation and emergency department visits for asthma.Home Visits for Asthma: A Win for Both Patients and Payers - Read more

Healthcare: Diabetes Rates Vary Widely in Developing Countries

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[06/02/2012] Rates of diabetes vary widely across developing countries worldwide, according to a new analysis led by Doctor Longjian Liu of Drexel University’s School of Public Health.Healthcare: Diabetes Rates Vary Widely in Developing Countries - Read more

Facing Forgetfulness: Recognising the Early Stages of Alzheimer‘s Disease

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[01/02/2012] Diagnosing advanced Alzheimer‘s nowadays is no longer difficult. And yet, to detect the so-called “progressive neurodegenerative brain disease with memory loss as the leading symptom“ early on, basic diagnostic methods are not sufficient. Facing Forgetfulness: Recognising the Early Stages of Alzheimer‘s Disease - Read more

Health and Costs: Traffic-Related Air Pollution

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[27/01/2012] A research team led by University of Massachusetts Amherst with colleagues in California and Switzerland have revised the cost burden sharply upward for childhood asthma and for the first time include the number of cases attributable to air pollution, in a study.Health and Costs: Traffic-Related Air Pollution - Read more

Drug-Cost: Anti-Malaria Drug Synthesised with Oxygen and Light

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[19/01/2012] It will be possible to provide medication for the 225 million malaria patients in developing countries at an affordable price. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam have developed a very simple process for the synthesis of artemisinin, the active ingredient that pharmaceutical companies could only obtain from plants up to now.Drug-Cost: Anti-Malaria Drug Synthesised with Oxygen and Light - Read more

Cirrhosis: High Rates of Disability and Health Care

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[12/01/2012] Older patients with cirrhosis have significant functional disability, require twice the amount of informal care giving, and contribute added strain on the health care system, according to University of Michigan research. Given the increase in obesity and aging of those with hepatitis C (HCV), researchers expect the prevalence of cirrhosis to climb among older Americans.Cirrhosis: High Rates of Disability and Health Care - Read more

Drug Research: Fewer Animal Experiments Thanks to Nanosensors

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[04/01/2012] Experiments on animals have been the subject of criticism for decades. The number of tests involving laboratory animals has in fact gone up. Now, researchers of the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State Technologies EMFT in Munich, Germany have found an alternative approach: they hope sensor nanoparticles will reduce the need for animal testing.Drug Research: Fewer Animal Experiments Thanks to Nanosensors - Read more

Emotional Relationship: Study Links Quality of Mother-toddler Relationship to Teen Obesity

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[27/12/2011] The quality of the emotional relationship between a mother and her young child could affect the potential for that child to be obese during adolescence, a new study by Ohio State University suggests.Emotional Relationship: Study Links Quality of Mother-toddler Relationship to Teen Obesity - Read more

Sexualised Violence in War: “We offer traumatised women holistic support“

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[22/12/2011] Sexual violence against women is a taboo subject in many countries around the world. Especially in war zones and regions of conflict, violence and rape is a part of the horrific and traumatizing every day experience of women and girls. The victims are being ignored in society and rarely find support and sympathy for their situation.Sexualised Violence in War: “We offer traumatised women holistic support“ - Read more

Infectious Disease: Unconventional Approach to Control HIV Epidemics

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[08/12/2011] Because PrEP is based on the same drugs used to treat HIV-infected individuals, the big public health fear is that the dual use of these drugs will lead to skyrocketing levels of drug resistance. But in a new study, researchers of University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) say the exact opposite is likely to happen.Infectious Disease: Unconventional Approach to Control HIV Epidemics - Read more

Germany’s Electronic Health Insurance Card: “Data protection for the insured person is unquestionably guaranteed”

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[08/12/2011] Since October 2011, Germany’s electronic health insurance card (“elektronische Gesundheitskarte” eGK) has been adopted into the everyday lives of patients and physicians for good. After a long and tedious process, it finally meets the required regulations to ensure data protection for the insured.Germany’s Electronic Health Insurance Card: “Data protection for the insured person is unquestionably guaranteed” - Read more

Kidney Patients: Survival Rates in Germany are Better than in the U.S.

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[05/12/2011] In complex cases of kidney failure, medical care in Germany evidently operates better than in the United States. Scientists at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin were able to show that German patients who have an increased risk of rejection reactions due to prior immunisation have better survival rates than people with diseases of similar severity in the US.Kidney Patients: Survival Rates in Germany are Better than in the U.S. - Read more

USA: Guns in the Home Part of Comprehensive Preventive Health Care

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[11/11/2011] This June, a law took effect in the state of Florida limiting physicians' ability to ask patients about firearm ownership. In September, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of the law, citing that the law impeded doctors' Constitutional right to freedom of speech. Now researchers analysed available data around firearm injuries and prevention.USA: Guns in the Home Part of Comprehensive Preventive Health Care - Read more

Health Care: Poorer Countries Have Worse Stroke Outcomes

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[02/11/2011] People living in poor countries or countries that spend proportionately less on health-care are about 30 per cent more likely to have a stroke, a new study shows. They are also more likely to die from a stroke within 30 days, have a stroke at a younger age or have a hemorrhagic stroke – a more severe type caused by a burst blood vessel bleeding in or near the brain.Health Care: Poorer Countries Have Worse Stroke Outcomes - Read more

Alzheimer’s Disease: Many Patients Get Drugs with Opposing Effects

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[27/10/2011] You wouldn’t break your car while stepping on the gas - or wash down a sleeping pill with espresso. Yet many people taking common Alzheimer’s disease medications - cholinesterase inhibitors - are given medications with anticholinergic properties, which oppose their effects. Group Health Research Institute scientists investigated how often that happens.Alzheimer’s Disease: Many Patients Get Drugs with Opposing Effects - Read more

Maternal Mortality: “Every mother who dies due to pregnancy or giving birth is one too many”

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[10/10/2011] Celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Heidi Klum show us how it’s done: Pregnancy and birth are celebrated like a lifestyle event. Pregnancy while working 60 hours a week? No problem. Return directly after birth lithe and lissom to work? Not only for models a must.Maternal Mortality: “Every mother who dies due to pregnancy or giving birth is one too many” - Read more

Health Prevention: “It is an investment in our economic development“

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[22/09/2011] Prevention is the best medicine, according to the proverb. To internalise this wisdom into as many people as possible is the most important goal of the health prevention. With a view to rising illnesses such as diabetes, mental disorders or adiposity, it is becoming more and more important. Health Prevention: “It is an investment in our economic development“ - Read more

Toxicology: Polonium Poisoning Case Sheds Light on Infection Control Practices

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[14/09/2011] A new study uses a famous case of international intrigue and murder to shed new light on the risks health care workers face while treating patients with radiation poisoning.Toxicology: Polonium Poisoning Case Sheds Light on Infection Control Practices - Read more

Study: Aerobic Exercise May Reduce the Risk of Dementia

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[09/09/2011] Any exercise that gets the heart pumping may reduce the risk of dementia and slow the condition's progression once it starts, reported a Mayo Clinic study. Researchers examined the role of aerobic exercise in preserving cognitive abilities and concluded that it should not be overlooked as an important therapy against dementia.Study: Aerobic Exercise May Reduce the Risk of Dementia - Read more

Radiation Sickness: "There is no specific treatment"

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[08/09/2011] Many years ago in Chernobyl, now Fukushima (Japan) - when it comes to nuclear accidents, human lives are in danger. Not only in the moment of the accident, but for many years later. Because the disease-causing rays have a life-long effect on our health and can be the cause of cancer even in the following generation.Radiation Sickness: "There is no specific treatment" - Read more

Medicines: Cheap Drugs Could Save Thousands of Lives

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[08/09/2011] A major new international study involving researchers from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg and Sahlgrenska University Hospital has revealed that aspirin, statins, beta blockers and ACE inhibitors are prescribed far too infrequently.Medicines: Cheap Drugs Could Save Thousands of Lives - Read more

Global Market Research: Hiring Index jumps 17.6 Percent in the Second Quarter with Research and Development Spending on the Rise

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[07/09/2011] The ZRG Global Life Science Hiring Index posted a surprising jump in Q2 hiring, logging a 17.6 percent increase from Q1. The Index now stands at 90.9, a 34 percent increase from average 2010 hiring levels.Global Market Research: Hiring Index jumps 17.6 Percent in the Second Quarter with Research and Development Spending on the Rise - Read more

Probiotics Industry: New Polymer Research

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[06/09/2011] A protective delivery vehicle that shuttles friendly bacteria safely through the stomach to the intestines could provide a major boost for the probiotics industry. The new technology could also be used for the delivery of certain drugs and even increase calcium absorption, according to research at the University of York.Probiotics Industry: New Polymer Research - Read more

EurSafety Health-net: "You can learn a lot in many different areas from each other"

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[01/09/2011] To be able to fight resistant hospital bacteria effectively and for the long term, it is getting more and more important to collaborate throughout Europe and internationally with different stakeholders of medical facilities. Now one European project is making this its primary goal. The German-Dutch collaboration is meant to strengthen patient safety and protection against infections.EurSafety Health-net: "You can learn a lot in many different areas from each other" - Read more

Attack of the microorganisms: Medical Science and Technology against hospital-acquired Infections

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[01/09/2011] Time and again it sweeps through the media and we hear of serious diseases, like for instance MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), which attack patients in hospitals. Needless to say these diseases happen, but they have long ago come to the forefront of hygiene experts, who fight with a vengeance to prevent essentially “man-made” infections in clinics and hospital facilities.Attack of the microorganisms: Medical Science and Technology against hospital-acquired Infections - Read more

Unemployment: Three-quarters of Those Without Jobs Are Skipping Health Care

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[26/08/2011] Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of people who lost their health insurance when they lost their jobs over the last two years said that they skipped needed health care or did not fill prescriptions because of cost, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. Unemployment: Three-quarters of Those Without Jobs Are Skipping Health Care - Read more

Dementia: An underestimated problem

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[01/08/2011] Dementia is a disorder caused by malfunctions in brain performance, from which in Germany alone approximately 1.2 million people are suffering from. Since dementia mostly appears in the third phase in one’s life and the number of affected people is increasing constantly, all industrial nations are facing entirely new challenges.Dementia: An underestimated problem - Read more

Study in Africa: HIV Medications Prevent HIV Infection

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[14/07/2011] An international study led by the University of Washington's International Clinical Research Center has demonstrated that individuals at high risk for HIV infection who took a daily tablet containing an HIV medication experienced significantly fewer HIV infections than those who received a placebo pill. Study in Africa: HIV Medications Prevent HIV Infection - Read more

Global Market Research: Life Science Hiring Index Highlights Growth In Medical Device Jobs

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[28/06/2011] An industry indicator has reported that medical device and diagnostics segment and the European market is driving job growth in the life science sector.Global Market Research: Life Science Hiring Index Highlights Growth In Medical Device Jobs - Read more

Health Reform: Law Will Insure Nearly All Uninsured Women by 2014

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[11/05/2011] The new health reform law will expand health insurance coverage to nearly all uninsured women and will make health care more affordable for millions of women through premium subsidies beginning in 2014 and new rules. Some of them, already in place, will protect women from high costs, according to a Commonwealth Fund report.Health Reform: Law Will Insure Nearly All Uninsured Women by 2014 - Read more

Brain Death and Organ Donation: “There is still a significant need for research“

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[09/05/2011] Someone who dies of brain death for instance due to an aneurysm, can save lives with his organs – if he, depending on state specifications, owns a organ donor card, has not excluded himself from organ donation or relatives express the probable wishes of the deceased. Yet there are still too few organ donors compared to potential organ recipients. Brain Death and Organ Donation: “There is still a significant need for research“ - Read more

Reports: Accountable Care Organisations May Curb Costs and Improve Care

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[19/04/2011] If implemented successfully, accountable care organizations (ACOs) have the ability to achieve better care, better population health, and lower costs, according to a new report released today by the Commonwealth Fund Commission. Reports: Accountable Care Organisations May Curb Costs and Improve Care - Read more

Health Congress: “Patients experience innovation in different ways“

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[08/04/2011] What does innovation mean to patients and are medical innovations actually well received by patients? At the trade show Gesundheitskongress des Westens (The Western Health Congress) on March 15, 2011 in Essen Germany, MEDICA.de spoke with consumerist Wolfgang Schuldzinski. Health Congress: “Patients experience innovation in different ways“ - Read more

Selective Control: Anxiety Pathways in the Brain

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[10/03/2011] Scientists at Stanford University recently used light to activate mouse neurons and precisely identify neural circuits that increase or decrease anxiety-related behaviors. Selective Control: Anxiety Pathways in the Brain - Read more

New Study: Americans Have Higher Rates of Most Chronic Diseases Than Counterparts in England

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[09/03/2011] Researchers announced today that despite the high level of spending on healthcare in the United States compared to England, Americans experience higher rates of chronic disease and markers of disease than their English counterparts at all ages.New Study: Americans Have Higher Rates of Most Chronic Diseases Than Counterparts in England - Read more

International Women's Day: Providing a 'Red Alert' for Women's Hearts

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[08/03/2011] Today on International Women's Day, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is calling for action to reduce the gender disparities that are currently resulting in women receiving second rate cardiovascular (CV) care. Studies published show a persistent under-utilisation of guideline recommended treatments for heart disease in women compared to men. International Women's Day: Providing a 'Red Alert' for Women's Hearts - Read more

Injection Drug Users: Little Decline in Hepatitis C Infections

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[31/01/2011] A recent 20-year study of injection drug users (IDUs) in Baltimore found a significant decline in new cases of HIV infection but only a slight decline in new cases of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Injection Drug Users: Little Decline in Hepatitis C Infections - Read more

Study: Workers Most Invested in Their Jobs Have Highest Stress Levels

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[25/01/2011] A workplace's key employees may be at the greatest risk of experiencing high levels of work stress, according to a new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).Study: Workers Most Invested in Their Jobs Have Highest Stress Levels - Read more

Forensic Medicine: "We are not just dealing with dead bodies“

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[22/01/2011] It’s well-known that reality and fiction sometimes are much farther apart than you would think. Popular US crime drama series have long since shown us that and sketch a smart image of the job of forensic pathologists: they perform autopsies, identify and solve homicide cases like clockwork. Everyday life in a forensic medical Institute though is reflected to a lesser extent in this case.Forensic Medicine: "We are not just dealing with dead bodies“ - Read more

HIV Infection: Sex, Race, and Geography Influence Health

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[18/01/2011] Women, nonwhites, and people in the southern United States who were newly infected with HIV and followed for an average of four years experienced greater HIV/AIDS-related morbidity compared to men and people of other races living in other regions of the country. HIV Infection: Sex, Race, and Geography Influence Health - Read more

Seriously Injured Patients: Helicopter Transport Increases Survival

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[06/01/2011] Severely injured patients transported by helicopter from the scene of an accident are more likely to survive than patients brought to trauma centers by ground ambulance, according to a new study.Seriously Injured Patients: Helicopter Transport Increases Survival - Read more

Health Gap: No Change In Between England's Richest and Poorest

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[17/12/2010] Significant health inequalities still exist between the country's richest and poorest according to the latest findings from the biggest annual survey of health in England, The Health Survey for England. Health Gap: No Change In Between England's Richest and Poorest - Read more

Organ Donation: "There is a long waiting list for donated organs“

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[22/11/2010] Death is an unpopular subject that is often not talked about. Many people have an especially tough time to confront the issue of their own death while they are still in the midst of their life. Particularly when it comes to the question of whether to donate their organs, people are at a loss. Organ Donation: "There is a long waiting list for donated organs“ - Read more

Cancer Center: “We feel the economic pressure enormously“

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[08/10/2010] If you are referred to a hospital as a tumor patient, you will need complete treatment care and usually intensive therapy. Administrative proceedings and political requirements on the hospital end are added, all of which are not always easily carried out.Cancer Center: “We feel the economic pressure enormously“ - Read more

Prevention: Cancer Deaths Fall, But Prevention Still Lags Behind

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[13/09/2010] Although overall mortality from cancer is decreasing in the European Union, its incidence increased by almost 20 percent, from 2.1 million new cases in 2002 to 2.5 million in 2008. Prevention: Cancer Deaths Fall, But Prevention Still Lags Behind - Read more

Mumps: Vaccine Coverage Should Be Improved

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[27/08/2010] Although immunity to mumps is high in the United States, mumps vaccine coverage must be maintained and improved to prevent future outbreaks.Mumps: Vaccine Coverage Should Be Improved - Read more

Sleep Medicine: “There Are No Registered Sleep Experts in Private Practice“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[23/08/2010] Sleep makes up a third of our life and thus is a very important part of us. Even so, we foster a paradoxical relationship with it. For many people the natural need for sufficient sleep is either a forced recovery or a longed-for desire, usually in the knowledge that a life of constant sleep deprivation is unhealthy. Sleep Medicine: “There Are No Registered Sleep Experts in Private Practice“ - Read more

Palliative Care: “We want to help patients until the end to achieve the best possible quality of life or to maintain it.“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[08/07/2010] If you receive the diagnosis of a disease with a high probability of death, it feels like you are standing on the edge of an abyss. Palliative health care professionals attend to critically ill patients until the end of their lives, so they will not fall into this abyss.Palliative Care: “We want to help patients until the end to achieve the best possible quality of life or to maintain it.“ - Read more

Certification Madness: Exorbitance Creates a Mess

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[01/07/2010] Lately, framed certificates are hanging on the walls of many doctor’s offices. These are certificates, which thus far we were used to seeing at an auto-dealer’s garage and craft enterprises. Here as well as there it’s all about quality, i.e. the quality of offered services. Certification Madness: Exorbitance Creates a Mess - Read more

H1N1 Flu Outbreak: Employers Took Many Measures to Protect Employees

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[24/06/2010] In response to the H1N1 flu, most employees at U.S. businesses say their company took measures to protect them from illness, such as encouraging sick employees to stay home, according to a national poll of employees by researchers from the Harvard Opinion Research Program at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). H1N1 Flu Outbreak: Employers Took Many Measures to Protect Employees - Read more

Cancer: Survivors Fear Costs for Medical Care

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[15/06/2010] A new analysis has found that two million cancer survivors did not get needed medical services in the previous year because of concerns about cost. The study raises the concern that the long-term health and well-being of cancer survivors could suffer because patients have financial worries about their care.Cancer: Survivors Fear Costs for Medical Care - Read more

Uninsured Patients: Higher Odds of Dying from Stroke

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[11/06/2010] An analysis of over 150,000 hospital discharges in the US has revealed that there are significant insurance related differences in hospital mortality, length of stay, and costs among working-age Americans (age 18-64 years) hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), stroke, or pneumonia. Uninsured Patients: Higher Odds of Dying from Stroke - Read more

US-Health Care Reform: “The System Remains Fragmented"

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[25/05/2010] The American health care system includes latest and state-of-the-art methods of treatment - as well as the highest health care costs per capita worldwide. In December 2009 the US-Senate passed officially President Obama's most important domestically aim: the health care reform.US-Health Care Reform: “The System Remains Fragmented" - Read more

Nurses: Can Wage Regulation Be Deadly?

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[17/05/2010] A new study links regulated wages for nurses with increased deaths in UK hospitals. It suggests that government regulation of nurses' pay leads to higher death rates in U.K. hospitals.Nurses: Can Wage Regulation Be Deadly? - Read more

Medical Care: Children's Health Suffers Due to Bills

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[03/05/2010] When the high cost of health care forces families to forgo paying for basic household expenses, such as rent, utilities or food, children's health suffers, according to new research.Medical Care: Children's Health Suffers Due to Bills - Read more

Wolfgang Zöller: “Patients Have a Lot of Rights“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[22/04/2010] In the past, doctors were unchallenged authorities, but times are changing. These days, if patients are in doubt about the right treatment, they voice their concern. If they have become the victim of a medical malpractice, they also don’t shy away from going to court. A new law soon intends to inform them about their patient rights even more. Wolfgang Zöller: “Patients Have a Lot of Rights“ - Read more

Profit: Health Insurers Invest in Fast-Food

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[20/04/2010] Harvard researchers have detailed the extent to which life and health insurance companies are major investors in the fast-food industry – to the tune of nearly two billion U.S. dollars.Profit: Health Insurers Invest in Fast-Food - Read more

Health Care: Educate Individuals to Prevent Costs

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[09/04/2010] Educating individuals about the costs of healthcare could save money and lead to a more efficient use of the healthcare system, policy researchers report.Health Care: Educate Individuals to Prevent Costs - Read more

Insurance: Value-Based Seems Beneficiary

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[26/02/2010] Charging less for more effective treatments could reduce health care costs while improving health.Insurance: Value-Based Seems Beneficiary - Read more

Survey: Majority Without Advance Medical Directives

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[19/02/2010] Approximately 66 percent of respondents to a Maryland telephone survey do not have advance medical directives, according to a new report.Survey: Majority Without Advance Medical Directives - Read more

"Twitter" in the Operating Theatre: "Relatives Are Left Alone In Front Of Their Computer Screens"

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[08/02/2010] What used to be a secret journal is today a public Blog. One can find more and more private and personal information on the internet that is accessible to everyone. In the USA, there are even hospitals that give live accounts of every incision made in an operation, on the internet. "Twitter" in the Operating Theatre: "Relatives Are Left Alone In Front Of Their Computer Screens" - Read more

IQWIG: "It Is Essential That a New Leader Is Really Neutral"

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[01/02/2010] It was briefly mentioned in the coalition agreement, now it is out in the open: the Institute for Quality and Economy in the Health System (IQWIG) is losing its infamous leader Peter Sawicki. MEDICA.de talked with health economist Juergen Wasem about the relevance of this decision for the future of the IQWIG and the successor of this position. IQWIG: "It Is Essential That a New Leader Is Really Neutral" - Read more

Mental Illnesses: Second Leading Cause of Time Off Work

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[01/02/2010] An interdisciplinary team of researchers has evaluated the economic impact of mental illness in Spain, and estimated their social cost. Mental Illnesses: Second Leading Cause of Time Off Work - Read more

Health Care System: The Future Lies in A Fixed Premium

( Source: MEDICA.de )

The Future Lies in A Fixed Premium [01/02/2010] Well over four months ago, the power in Berlin was handed over – since then, the Union (of CDU/CSU) and Free Democratic Party (FDP) have been in charge. The coalition intends to create a new structure for the Health Care System in the long run. Just exactly how this is going to be done is still a bit hazy in the coalition contract and leaves a lot of room for speculation. Health Care System: The Future Lies in A Fixed Premium - Read more

Per Capita Premium: „Top Earners Will Not Necessarily Get to Pay Less“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

„Top Earners Will Not Necessarily Get to Pay Less“ [01/02/2010] The controversial per capita premium is coming. That is what the Black-Yellow coalition in Germany intends to implement. Unfortunately, politicians are still fairly mum about further details. MEDICA.de spoke with Thomas Drabinski, member of the Chair for Finance, Social Politics and Health economics at the University of Kiel, about what a per capita premium could actually look like. Per Capita Premium: „Top Earners Will Not Necessarily Get to Pay Less“ - Read more

Medical Technology: "Innovations must also make economic sense."

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[22/01/2010] Due to an ever growing demand, the market for medical technology is an attractive one. At the same time, such innovations become increasingly complex, and their marketing is tied to the consent of medical insurance companies to cover the costs. A recent study describes the behaviour of medical technology companies in regards to innovations.Medical Technology: "Innovations must also make economic sense." - Read more

Drugs: Growing Number of Misuse Among Adults

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[11/01/2010] Increasing substance abuse levels among older adults is likely to create a sharp rise in need for treatment services in the next decade, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Drugs: Growing Number of Misuse Among Adults - Read more

Lower Income: Rising Mortality in People with Diabetes

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[04/01/2010] While mortality from diabetes has declined in Canada, the income-related mortality gap is increasing, with lower income groups faring worse than higher income groups.Lower Income: Rising Mortality in People with Diabetes - Read more

New Subject Palliative Care: „Doctors Have to Accept that Life Is Limited.”

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[01/01/2010] For decades, dealing with dying patients was no topic for German medical students, even though most doctors have to face death. Finally the subject palliative care has become part of the curriculum. MEDICA.de spoke to Christof Müller-Busch, President of the German Association for Palliative Medicine, about the rising number of patients with old-age diseases and actors in palliative seminars. New Subject Palliative Care: „Doctors Have to Accept that Life Is Limited.” - Read more

Cost-Effectiveness: Randomized Clinical Trials Unrealistic

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[11/12/2009] Cost-effectiveness studies are widely used to guide prescribing policy. However, a new study suggests that cost-effectiveness analyses based on data from randomized controlled trials may not be realistic enough to accurately inform policy. Cost-Effectiveness: Randomized Clinical Trials Unrealistic - Read more

Personal Assistance: „Most People Do not Benefit from the New Law“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[08/12/2009] Staying in the hospital is anything but comfortable, even for people without handicap. For disabled people, who need a personal assistant, it is more than that. In the worst case, it could be life-threatening as many hospitals are not prepared for the special patients and the nursing staff is often unable to cope. A new law in Germany is to produce relief. Personal Assistance: „Most People Do not Benefit from the New Law“ - Read more

Treatment for People in Need: „I Hope That I Will Have Only Few Patients“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

„I Hope That I Will Have Only Few Patients“ [01/12/2009] No Advent without Christmas tales! Who does not know the story of the heart- and ruthless Ebenezer Scrooge who is converted by three Christmas ghosts? It is imaginary though. The people of the German town Bad Segeberg can tell a fully true Christmas story: Shortly after the holidays, a socially engaged physician will open a local practice for poor people – and treat completely free of charge.Treatment for People in Need: „I Hope That I Will Have Only Few Patients“ - Read more

Diabetes: Cases to Double, Costs to Triple by 2034

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[27/11/2009] In the next 25 years, the number of Americans living with diabetes will nearly double, researchers report. Over the same period, they say, spending on diabetes will almost triple, rising from 113 billion U.S. dollars to 336 billion U.S. dollars.Diabetes: Cases to Double, Costs to Triple by 2034 - Read more

MEDICA 2009: Concluding Statement

( Source: MEDICA-tradefair.com )

[22/11/2009] The Director of MEDICA, Horst Giesen, is very satisfied with MEDICA 2009. He gives a resumé about the medical technology trade fair and how the highlights have been perceived.MEDICA 2009: Concluding Statement - Read more

Health Care: Web-Based Nutrition Program Reduces Costs

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[17/11/2009] Researchers have shown that an internet-based diet and exercise program shows promise as a low-cost benefit to lower healthcare costs for those at higher risk for healthcare utilization. Health Care: Web-Based Nutrition Program Reduces Costs - Read more

Webpage: Risk of Dying in US and Europe Compared

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[13/11/2009] A new web site, DeathriskRankings.com, allows users to explore differences in the probability of dying across European countries and U.S. states for men and women of different ages and races. Webpage: Risk of Dying in US and Europe Compared - Read more

Costs: Doctors Forced to Talk About Money

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[09/11/2009] As health insurers require people to base more treatment decisions on out-of-pocket costs, physicians should learn to talk to patients about money, according to researchers.Costs: Doctors Forced to Talk About Money - Read more

AGnES Project: „There Is Sufficient Work For Everybody“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[09/11/2009] The problem in Germany is that in many rural regions a lack of doctors persists. The solution may be that mobile assistants relieve general practitioners by rendering home visits on the doctor's behalf. The idea was realised successfully, received a lot of criticism – and has been part of general care for six months. AGnES Project: „There Is Sufficient Work For Everybody“ - Read more

32. German Hospital Conference: „We Pin Our Hopes on a Change of the Political Style“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[01/11/2009] „Angie“ remains Chancellor. Yet this seems to be the only analogy between the old grand coalition and the new black-yellow one in Germany. As it remains to be seen how federal politics will develop, the hospital employees at MEDICA 2009 will discuss hard what to expect of the new government. 32. German Hospital Conference: „We Pin Our Hopes on a Change of the Political Style“ - Read more

People with a Learning Disability: "A Lack of Expert Knowledge Prevents Right Treatment“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[22/10/2009] In Germany, people normally relate the occurrence of a 2-class system in healthcare to the different treatment of patients with a statutory health insurance and a private health insurance. But there is more to it. Another 2-class system exists concerned with medical treatment of people with a learning disability compared to those without.People with a Learning Disability: "A Lack of Expert Knowledge Prevents Right Treatment“ - Read more

Uninsured: Illness Devastates Older Adults’ Finances

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[20/10/2009] For the more than four million uninsured adults in the United States nearing retirement age, a serious illness often spells financial disaster, according to a recent study.Uninsured: Illness Devastates Older Adults’ Finances - Read more

Health Care System: Only Half of Medical Students Understand

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[15/10/2009] Researchers' findings show students could benefit from curriculum that teaches more medical economics and better explains insurance strategies.Health Care System: Only Half of Medical Students Understand - Read more

Health Coverage: Uninsured Means Higher Costs Later

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[09/10/2009] The costs of expanding health care coverage are partly offset by future Medicare savings, according to new research. Expanding health coverage might not cost as much as assumed.Health Coverage: Uninsured Means Higher Costs Later - Read more

Special Organ Donation Tasks: „They Are not less Important for Saving Human Lives“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[08/10/2009] 80 per cent of all Germans would donate organs after their death, but only 17 per cent possess an organ donation pass with the consequence that kidney, heart and liver for transplants are scarce goods. Special Organ Donation Tasks: „They Are not less Important for Saving Human Lives“ - Read more

Decubitus: The Unknown (Part 1)

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[15/09/2009] by Wiebke Heiss/MEDICA.de It hits people that lie in hospitals, nursing homes or at home. Nobody knows how many exactly suffer from a bedsore but experts estimate that the costs sum up to many millions of Euros. However, it is possible to prevent a decubitus - not always, though. Decubitus: The Unknown (Part 1) - Read more

Transplantations: Women, Blacks and Medicare Recipients Are Disadvantaged

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[14/09/2009] Patient race, gender and insurance status influence decisions about who will go on to receive liver transplants, according to a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study. Transplantations: Women, Blacks and Medicare Recipients Are Disadvantaged - Read more

Advance Directive: „The Basic Problem Remains“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[07/09/2009] Self-determination is important to most people - also when approaching the end of their lives. Up to now, it has not always been clear whether an advance directive is absolutely valid when being challenged. A new law coming into effect on 1st September is supposed to establish legal clarity - and to strengthen the patient's wishes. Advance Directive: „The Basic Problem Remains“ - Read more

U.S. Workers: Job Insecurity Leads to Health Problems

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[01/09/2009] Persistent job insecurity poses a major threat to worker health, according to a new study. U.S. Workers: Job Insecurity Leads to Health Problems - Read more

Ireland: Mandatory Fortification of Folic Acid May Be Unnecessary

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[27/08/2009] Persistently present levels of unmetabolized folic acid found in the Irish population indicate that introducing mandatory food fortification may result in an ‘overdosing’ effect. Ireland: Mandatory Fortification of Folic Acid May Be Unnecessary - Read more

Health Fund: “Health Insurance Companies Are Frozen because of Additional Fees like a Deer Caught in Headlights”

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[21/08/2009] The highly controversial health fund was established on January first. Seven months later experts believe that the fund will show a deficit of about four billion euros by the end of the year. Health Fund: “Health Insurance Companies Are Frozen because of Additional Fees like a Deer Caught in Headlights” - Read more

Swine Flu Vaccination: „We Do Not Expect Heavy Side-Effects“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[10/08/2009] More and more people contract the swine flu virus every day. In Germany, over 9000 patients have been registered until now. Thus, over 25 million Germans are supposed to be vaccinated this autumn. However, critics worry about potential side-effects. Swine Flu Vaccination: „We Do Not Expect Heavy Side-Effects“ - Read more

US Industries: Suffering from Increasing Health Costs

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[07/08/2009] A new study has linked the rapid growth in health care costs in the United States with job losses and lower output among industries that commonly provide workers with health insurance. US Industries: Suffering from Increasing Health Costs - Read more

Health Insurance: Individual Market Failing Consumers

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[31/07/2009] The individual health insurance market is not a viable option for the majority of uninsured U.S. American adults, a new report from The Commonwealth Fund finds. Health Insurance: Individual Market Failing Consumers - Read more

Rating Physicians: „As if a Pedestrian Should Judge a Car Driving Past“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[22/07/2009] Teachers and lecturers, but also hotels and restaurants – a lot of persons and objects can be rated via internet. As from 2010, physicians may be next in line since the German health insurance company AOK wants to install a rating portal. Critics fear that doctors could be in the digital pillory that way. Rating Physicians: „As if a Pedestrian Should Judge a Car Driving Past“ - Read more

Swine Flu: Health Departments Get Mixed Marks

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[20/07/2009] State and local health departments get mixed marks for efforts to convey information about the H1N1 virus to the public using their Web sites immediately after U.S. officials declared a public health emergency in April. Swine Flu: Health Departments Get Mixed Marks - Read more

Gender in Medicine: The Slight Difference (Part 1)

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[15/07/2009] by Wiebke Heiss/MEDICA.de In everyday life people keep being concerned with the apparently big difference between men and women. However, only slowly sex and gender start being of great importance in medicine bringing advantages for all patients – male or female.Gender in Medicine: The Slight Difference (Part 1) - Read more

Rating Physicians: „We Need to Prevent Conditions like those on American Idol”

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[08/07/2009] Teachers and lecturers, but also hotels and restaurants – a lot of persons and things can be rated via internet. As from 2010 physicians may be next in line since the German health insurance company AOK wants to install a rating portal. Supporters see many advantages for patients in such a website. Rating Physicians: „We Need to Prevent Conditions like those on American Idol” - Read more

Long-Term Care: Costs often Exceed the Yearly Income

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[02/07/2009] Combine long-term care expenses with other basic expenses and a Los Angeles senior living alone will need twice the median income to survive, according to new data released by the Californian Center for Health Policy Research. Long-Term Care: Costs often Exceed the Yearly Income - Read more

Health Insurance: Economic Benefits Would Outweigh Costs

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[24/06/2009] Extending health insurance coverage to all children in the U.S. would be relatively inexpensive and would yield economic benefits that are greater than the costs, according to new research conducted at Rice University's Baker Institute. Health Insurance: Economic Benefits Would Outweigh Costs - Read more

Cancer Screening: Little Certainty with Risks (Part 1)

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[15/06/2009] by Wiebke Heiss/MEDICA.de Screenings for cervical, breast, colorectal and skin cancer are all part of public health insurance in Germany, millions of healthy people go routinely to the doctor. Despite the fact, that the benefit for most measures has not yet been proven. Even worse: Most patients do not get proper information about the risks.Cancer Screening: Little Certainty with Risks (Part 1) - Read more

Black Patients: New Medicare Policy May Pose Risk

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[24/04/2009] A change in Medicare reimbursement policy could make it more difficult for African Americans with kidney disease to access dialysis services, suggests a new study.Black Patients: New Medicare Policy May Pose Risk - Read more

Mexico: Insurance Programme Shows Promise

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[14/04/2009] As America considers healthcare reforms, it may have lessons to learn from Seguro Popular, Mexico's plan to improve healthcare for its estimated 50 million uninsured citizens, suggests Ryan Moore, co-author of a new study.Mexico: Insurance Programme Shows Promise - Read more

Surgical Checklists: „It Is Too Early to Pass a Law“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[08/04/2009] Surgeons at Helios Kliniken in Germany use a checklist during surgery since 1 April. The WHO developed the surgical safety checklist which is to lead doctors and nurses through the surgery process systematically. By using the checklist surgery should get more safety. Surgical Checklists: „It Is Too Early to Pass a Law“ - Read more

Mental Diseases: „We Pay Much More Attention to Them Than Before“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[09/03/2009] In the year 2020, mental diseases might be the second widespread illness, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). They rank among the most expensive illnesses. The health system and the economy have to shoulder this. Mental Diseases: „We Pay Much More Attention to Them Than Before“ - Read more

Unpublished Study Results: „More Americans Died Than In The Vietnam War“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[09/02/2009] Even though negative study results are as important as positive ones for researchers and physicians, they are published much less frequently. It is the patients who bear the partly serious consequences.Unpublished Study Results: „More Americans Died Than In The Vietnam War“ - Read more

Disease Control: „In Long Years of Detail Work“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

„In Long Years of Detail Work“ [01/02/2009] Just as Don Quixote tilts at windmills, so do countries, health organisations, epidemiologists and physicians fight against tiny disease agents. The noble aim: eradicating the pathogens and making them sink into oblivion. They succeed only in the rarest of cases.Disease Control: „In Long Years of Detail Work“ - Read more

Physicians on the Countryside: „If Nothing Changes We Are at the Beginning of a Supply Problem“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[22/01/2009] Ten years ago in Germany, laws aimed to avert a physician surplus. Now, the tide has turned –especially in many rural areas it has become difficult to find successors for practices of retiring physicians. The situation is so tense that 68-year-old doctors now do not have to return their license which means: physicians work as long as they consider it appropriate.Physicians on the Countryside: „If Nothing Changes We Are at the Beginning of a Supply Problem“ - Read more

Health Insurance: "You Can't Always Get What You Want"

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[01/01/2009] The quest for supporters of the health fund is like looking for a needle in a haystack. The politicians who were mainly involved in the implementation of the fund refused an interview in unison. Only the statuory health insurancy AOK who is seen as one of the winners of the health fund agrees to an interview. The insurancy, however, does not show enthusiasm about the changes. Health Insurance: "You Can't Always Get What You Want" - Read more

Health Insurance: "You Can't Always Get What You Want"

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[01/01/2009] The quest for supporters of the health fund is like looking for a needle in a haystack. The politicians who were mainly involved in the implementation of the fund refused an interview in unison. Only the statuory health insurancy AOK who is seen as one of the winners of the health fund agrees to an interview. The insurancy, however, does not show enthusiasm about the changes. Health Insurance: "You Can't Always Get What You Want" - Read more

Germany: An Overview of the Health Care Reform

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[01/01/2009] Long before the introduction on 1 January 2009, a great many critical voices occurred in regard of the German health fund which is the principal item of the health care reform that came into effect in 2007. The consequences the reform has for insured people and which areas of the whole reform package is already valid – an overview. Germany: An Overview of the Health Care Reform - Read more

Germany: An Overview of the Health Care Reform

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[01/01/2009] Long before the introduction on 1 January 2009, a great many critical voices occurred in regard of the German health fund which is the principal item of the health care reform that came into effect in 2007. The consequences the reform has for insured people and which areas of the whole reform package is already valid – an overview. Germany: An Overview of the Health Care Reform - Read more

Health Fund: „Many People Are Losing“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[01/01/2009] Everybody being insured through compulsory health insurance in Germany now pay the same fee regardless which services are being offered or which ones the clients make use of. This is supposed to be a kind of public solidarity – claims the Federal Ministry of Health. Critics are not so sure about this. Health Fund: „Many People Are Losing“ - Read more

Health Fund: „Many People Are Losing“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[01/01/2009] Everybody being insured through compulsory health insurance in Germany now pay the same fee regardless which services are being offered or which ones the clients make use of. This is supposed to be a kind of public solidarity – claims the Federal Ministry of Health. Critics are not so sure about this. Health Fund: „Many People Are Losing“ - Read more

US Election: “Health Care Already Is a Real Economic Problem”

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[22/10/2008] The fate of millions of uninsured people will be impacted by the US election on November 4. The health system is one of the running election campaign’s main issues. The Democrat Barack Obama and the Republican John McCain pursue different approaches to long existing health insurance problems in the States. US Election: “Health Care Already Is a Real Economic Problem” - Read more

Imaging: To Be in the Know with Every Detail (Part 1)

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[15/10/2008] by Wiebke Heiss / MEDICA.de Word has it that back in the ancient world those sentenced to death sometimes had been cut open in order to catch a glance of the insides of living men. About 100 years ago, science succeeded to allow this look without hurting people. The discovery of X-rays started a rapid development in medical imaging.Imaging: To Be in the Know with Every Detail (Part 1) - Read more

Lack of Organs: „Role of Doctors Underestimated“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[01/10/2008] In 2007, 12,000 patients waited for a donor organ in Germany but only 1,313 people donated an organ. Lack of Organs: „Role of Doctors Underestimated“ - Read more

Health Regions: „Sick Room Should Rather Look Like a Hotel Room“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[15/09/2008] Germany gets older and older, health care becomes more and more expensive – new structures in care are needed. This is why the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has tendered the competition „health region of the future“. The aim: regions should elaborate their strengths and thus lead to new concepts in health economy. The best ones will be promoted from 2009 onwards. Health Regions: „Sick Room Should Rather Look Like a Hotel Room“ - Read more

Results Smoking Ban: „It Will Take Three to Five Years“

( Source: MEDICA.de )

[01/02/2008] The non-smoker protection in Germany is not regulated uniformly by law: In Bavaria for example it is forbidden to smoke in public since the first of January 2008, while people in Northrhine-Westfalia are allowed to smoke in public until July.Results Smoking Ban: „It Will Take Three to Five Years“ - Read more

 
 

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