Politics and Policies:
- The Obama administration has released rules for health exchanges. The regulations have outlined minimum standards that the states must meet to set up and run these health insurance marketplaces by a deadline of January 1st 2014 (Source: http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/daily-reports/2012/march/13/health-exchange-rule.aspx , http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/12/obama-health-care-law-blu_n_1339286.html ).
- China has launched US $125 billion program of health-care reform to ensure universal health coverage. Majority of funding will go to public health and primary health care. Low income people will be subsidized to enroll in social health insurance programs (Source: http://www.verticalnews.com/articles/6704766.html ).
- The lower house of the legislature of Wisconsin has passed a bill that would force school staff on classroom sex education indicates a preference for abstinence for abstinence, not contraception (Source: http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/11721074-wisconsin-will-teach-sexual-abstinence-in-schools- ).
- South Africa is on its way to launch mobile health (mhealth) services in May in Johannesburg (Source: http://www.pr.com/press-release/397775 ).
- The government of Ghana has increased the number of health training schools in the Upper West Region to help address the healthcare needs of people (Source: http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/health/artikel.php?ID=233058 ).
- Researchers in Australia have developed a new technique that identifies and tracks the location of diseased proteins inside cells which can help to treat diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s (Source: http://www.news.com.au/technology/sci-tech/australian-researchers-develop-new-protein-tracking-technique-which-could-help-treat-brain-disease/story-fn5fsgyc-1226303483944 ).
- The researchers at Georgetown university discovered the “Greedy” gene that makes you eat more even when you are full (Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2116792/Georgetown-University-Medical-Centre-Scientists-discover-greedy-gene-makes-eat-full.html ).
- The study done by Israel’s Institute of Technology shows that the antioxidants found in the tea called polyphenols destroy a number of compounds in the mouth that can lead to bad breath , tooth decay and even oral cancer (Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/Green-tea-can-beat-bad-breath-cancer/articleshow/12323727.cms ).
- The researchers at the West Virginia University School of Medicine have discovered that those people who sleep for less than seven hours at night have a risk of developing heart disease and those sleeping less than five hours have a double risk for this disease (Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Sleep/health-problems-linked-lack-sleep/story?id=15930879 ).
- The researchers with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases at the U of C’s Faculty of Medicine have discovered the cause and cure of Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis. They found that the damage or death of neurons within a patients gut is aided by proteins known as “pannexins”. They have also discovered the drugs which can be used to block them to prevent the cell death in gastrointestinal tract (Source: http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/University+Calgary+scientists+make+breakthrough+Inflammatory+Bowel/6321398/story.html ).
- A study done by in 2008 by the World Health Organization reveals that the maximum number of deaths due to cancer among the women in India are due to cervical cancer (Source: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/235082/screening-cancer-not-womens-priority.html ).
- According to a recent study, eating white rice might be linked to the development of type 2 diabetes (Source: http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/16/10721069-white-rice-may-increase-your-risk-of-diabetes ).
- A study done in Rice University in Houston indicate that the immigrants who are bilingual are healthier than those who speak just one language (Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/two-languages-are-better-than-one-for-immigrants-health-study-finds/article2371383/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=Life&utm_content=2371383 ).
- The researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine have generated a mutant version of a protein whose modifies shape renders it more potent than the natural protein while reducing its toxicity. This protein, known as interleukin-2 or IL-2 is a master regulator of the immune system (Source: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-03-scientists-boost-potency-side-effects.html ).
- Scientists at UCLA Johnson’s Center has uncovered a new mechanism for drug resistance (vemurafenib resistance) in melanoma patients (Source: http://www.esmo.org/no_cache/view-news.html?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=1401&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=585 ).
- The scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (USCF) have suggest that mild dilation of blood vessels in retina may signal cognitive decline in women (Source: http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/03/19/eye-disease-may-signal-cognitive-decline/36191.html ).
- The researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Magee-Women’s Research Institute have found that gene mutations contribute to fibroid development (Source: http://www.upmc.com/MediaRelations/NewsReleases/2012/Pages/Gene-Mutations-Fibroid-Development.aspx ).
- Researchers at Yale University School of Public Health have created a map which pinpoints areas of eastern United States where people have highest risk of contracting Lyme disease (Source: http://newtownbee.com/News/2012-03-16__12-09-35/New+Map+Pinpoints+Lyme+Disease+Risk+Areas ).
Diseases & Disasters
- Breast cancer on rise among the African women (Source: http://www.voanews.com/english/news/health/Breast-Cancer-on-the-Rise-among-African-women-Say-Experts–142962875.html ).
- Nigeria is one of three polio-endemic countries in the world. The resistance to polio vaccine has been mostly responsible of this deadly disease out breaks in this country. President Goodluck Jonathan has created a new task force to eradicate this disease by 2015 (Source: http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/Polio-Still-a-Problem-in-Parts-of-Nigeria-142660566.html ).