The Costs for senior’s Medicare Part D premiums will remain stable.
Massachusetts Governor signs health care cost containment bill.
Medicaid official outlines state flexibility in health law’s Medicaid expansion.
Dementia has been added to the list of national health priority areas in Australia, following a meeting of federal and state health ministers in Sydney.
Uganda’s government sued over maternal healthcare.
Spain will modify the controversial plan to deny public healthcare to undocumented immigrants. They would now be treated under same system used for temporary foreign visitors to Spain.
A grant of 690,000 from the African Water Facility (AWF) will support Kenya Rainwater Association (KRA) to build resilience to droughts through rain water harvesting management (IRHM).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say that the HIV pill is also for people at risk of getting this deadly infection- woman, heterosexual men.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Lucentis for treatment of diabetic macular edema- a life threatening eye disease that occurs in people with diabetes.
Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) working with the University of Colorado has embraced PartoPen and Partgraph technology to reduce maternal mortality and life threatening complications.
The researchers say that changing diets, urbanization and increasing sedentary lives has resulted in steep rise in obesity among many the African nations (Sub-Saharan Africa). They called it ‘thrifty gene hypotheses’.
According to a new study the way red meat is cooked can affect cancer risk. It was found that men who ate more than 2.5 servings of red meat cooked by any high temperature method (broiling or grilling etc.) were 40% more likely to have advanced prostate cancer than men who rarely did so.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there is a slight drop in high school students who smoke cigarettes but sharp increase in percentage of black students who smoked cigars.
A recent study indicates that babies born to mothers who are overweight or obese in sub-Saharan Africa who are obese more likely die in the first two days after their birth.
Researchers at Duke University Health System have found a promising stem cell therapy for preventing osteoarthritis after a joint injury, using a type of stem cell, called mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs).
According to a study conducted by University of Minnesota researchers investigating in quality of care for diabetic patients reduces their costs.
A recent research found that the breast cancer survivors with higher body fat had higher mean concentration of Serum amyloid A protein and C-reactive protein than women with lower body fat. Both of them are related to worse survival rates.
According to a research article planning and management instruments in healthcare area are limited in Brazil.
A study reconfirmed the usefulness of bendiocarb on anopheles populations (this mosquito causes malaria) resistant to pyrethroids.
A research study shows that percentage of exercise repetitions (by Parkinson’s disease patients) completed of those agreed with a physiotherapist in a six week personalized exercise program reduced with patient’s age but better compliance with medication was seen with age.
A study found that Asian females have very low prevalence of postpartum hemorrhage and compared to those of Europe.
Study found that the ionizing radiations might triggers mechanisms that might favor the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
According to Australian researchers persistent heavy marijuana use damages the brains memory and learning capacity.
In a study involving twins it was found that fainting could be triggered by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
In a study done in Australia it was found that overqualified immigrants who are not able to find a job of their qualification after three years are likely to suffer from depression.
A research showed that men who did weight lifting reduced their chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
Diseases and Disasters:
A West Nile virus epidemic has prompted a public health emergency in Dallas County in Texas. Nine people are reported to be killed by infection with this virus.
A 6.2 magnitude earthquake killed at least 87 people and injured 400 in northwestern Iran on Saturday (Aug, 11).
Typhoon Haikui struck China on Wednesday. It has caused flooding and stranded hundreds of people.
Sliced apples packages distributed to fast-food and grocery chains being recalled due possible listeria contamination.
Queensland health authorities have rejected swine flu reports.
Queensland doctors are concerned with an outbreak of the sexually transmitted disease, syphilis, in states northwest.
Mexico kills 8 million birds infected with bird flu.
The CDC says 145 cases of the influenza A (H3N2) variant have been found in four United States states since mid-July. This new strain in humans continues to spread.
According to the CDC just one drug is left to fight against resistant Gonorrhea.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joins the World Health Organization to recognize the World Hepatitis Day July 27.
Politics and Policies:
Obama administration announces ground-breaking public-private partnership to prevent health care fraud. It is designed to share information and best practices in order to improve detection and prevent payment of fraudulent health care billings.
Doctors petition for limits on painkillers. They have urged the FDA to curtail the overuse and abuse of prescription painkillers by changing the labeling directions on how and when physicians should prescribe them.
African health experts- policy makers, advocates and researchers are meeting in Kampala, Uganda to reaffirm national and regional commitments to achieving Millennium Development Goal (MGD) 5, to ensure the health of girls and women become a regional priority.
A number of public health organizations in South Africa have extended their support for the amendments on the Tobacco Products Control Act which is meant to support the non-smokers.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new inhaled drug for the treatment of the lung disease COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
According to congressional budget office Supreme Court health care law leaves 3 million more uninsured.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will award inpatient rehabilitation facilities $140 million increase in Medicaid payments under the IRF prospective payment system in fiscal year 2013.
Singapore ratifies ILO (International Labor Organization) framework for occupational health and safety.
The Australian Health Department wants to outsource its operational and management responsibilities for the personally controlled e-health record system to a single provider.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awarded Colorado Health Insurance Cooperative Inc. a $69.4 million loan to launch a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan in Colorado.
Hospitals in Iowa provided $1.4 billion community benefits (health screenings, support groups etc.) in 2011.
$6.1 Million “Innovation Grant” awarded to test comprehensive care physician model.
Energy, health care dominates agenda on the eve of Canada’s annual summer summit.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that adult mortality rates fell after three states (New York, Maine, Arizona) Medicaid expansions.
Study finds drop in death rate in states that follow lines of Obama health law.
A new technique uses PET/CT imaging with a compound called choline (F-Flourocholine) to help doctors to detect prostate cancer earlier.
Trial signals major milestone in hunt for new TB drugs. The results presented at the 2012 International AIDS Conference reveal progress in the pursuit of an antiretroviral- compatible TB treatment for the patients with TB/HIV co-infection.
The results of a study of HIV treatment policies in 23 countries show that governments have made improvements to get better antiretroviral treatment (ART) to more people but implementation of innovative community-based strategies is lagging behind.
According to study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, lung function may decline slower in smokers with sufficient vitamin D levels as compared to smokers who are vitamin D deficient.
A study shows that people with serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are 2.6 times more prone to developing cancer.
A study shows that inactivity puts 1 in 3 adults at risk for disease.
According to a study some people are more physically active may be due to their genetic predisposition while evolutionary factors and the obesity, might also play a role in it.
Researchers have identified various successful and promising interventions to improve the opportunities for regular physical activity. Promoting exercise and community events through mass media campaigns as well as decision prompts and signage to motivate people are among the few identified as successful examples.
A study shows new way of delivering anti-scarring drug reduces the need for repeat injections by 40 percent. This process reduces post-surgical scarring of glaucoma patients.
Study shows that information and communication technologies could be an effective way of encouraging millions of people worldwide to become more physically active.
A paper in the Lancet says physical inactivity should be recognized as a pandemic.
Researchers have found that the drug resistant HIV is on rise in Africa.
Study suggests that short, cumulative exercise sessions are beneficial for health especially for maintaining a healthy blood pressure.
According to the Ugandan health officials, about 14 people in western Uganda have been killed by the infection with the deadly Ebola virus. There is no cure or vaccine for the treatment or prevention from this deadly infection in Uganda. National emergency task force has been set up to prevent the spread of disease.
The typhoid outbreak in Zimbabwe is suspected to be caused by the consumption of contaminated water.
Mysterious nodding disease afflicts young Ugandans.
The House Committee on Appropriations released a draft of the FY 2013 Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and related Agencies appropriations bill. It provides the funding levels for global health programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the John E. Fogarty International Center.
Heads of State endorse the establishment of the African Public Health Emergency Fund (APHEF).
AIDS research road map issued by the international AIDS specialists- hope of eventual AIDS cure revived. The priorities of new cure research strategy will be- determine why HIV hibernates and persists, why people are naturally resistant, develop strategies to make them more naturally resistant etc.
African women to gain access to innovative contraception. The UK Department for International Development (DFID), the US Agency for International Development, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Pfizer and PATH (the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health) partnership plans to produce 12 million doses of contraceptive between 2013 and 2016.
iAFya mobile health application launched in East Africa. This personal health service on phone answers everyday health questions- from basic information to professional health advice.
UCB launches Neupro(R) in the U.S. to treat Parkinson’s disease and Restless Legs syndrome.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Onyx blood cancer drug Kyprolis (Carfilzomib).
National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded study suggests that egg therapy helps children to overcome their allergies.
The researchers at Stanford University and at the Howard Hudges Medical Institute have worked on getting genome maps from 91 sperms and were able to create a personal map of the DNA within the sperm. They were also able to capture an image of the new mutations that formed within each sperm cell as the DNA changed to create more genetic diversity.
Scientists have discovered a link between cancerous cervical cells and those in the esophagus. They also found out that these cancerous cells are the remnants of a process known as embryogenesis, which failed to disappear and get replace by the adult cells.
Tool created by the researchers help to track real time changes in the brain of patients undergoing deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease, depression and Tourette.
The researchers at the California Institute of Technology have revealed that certain changes in the over reactive immune system of mice could cause behaviors similar to those found in autism. This study has helped to find a link between irregularities in the immune system and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Researchers turn skin cells to brain cells. They have generated the type of human neuron which is specifically damaged by the Parkinson’s disease (PD) and used various drugs to stop the damage.
Scientists have designed a pen like tool to more effectively stop seizures.
The researchers at the University of Dundee have showed through their study that a cheap gout drug- allopurinol- is helpful to treat heart pain.
A new study shows that the vitamin C may lower gout risk in men. It showed that consuming at least 1500 milligrams per day of this vitamin reduces the odds of gout by 46 percent.
The researchers in the Milk Quality Improvement Program at Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have identified the predominant spore-forming bacteria in milk and their unique enzyme activity, the knowledge of which can be used to protect the quality and shelf life of dairy products.
Scientists grow sweat glands from newly identified stem cells. They devised a strategy to purify and molecularly characterize the different kinds of stem cell populations that make up the complex sweat duct and gland in skin.
A team of researchers have demonstrated the role of Lactobacillus reuteri as a beneficial probiotic organism which produces an antimicrobial substance known as reuterin, which may protect intestinal epithelial cells from infection by the foodborne bacterial pathogen Salmonella.
Scientist develop a new line of approach for combination therapy against melanoma. It involves combating the interaction between the protein MDM4 and the tumor suppressor p53.
A research shows that Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) testing in HIV positive women may help reduce frequent cervical cancer screening.
A study says that bacteria outbreak (which can cause gastroenteritis) in Northern Europe is due to ocean warming.
Discovery of anti-inflammatory effects of abscisic acid in the lungs could prove crucial to healing influenza.
Latest studies have revealed that patients with spinal cord injury and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis may benefit from cell transplantation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fatal car crash risk highest among young drivers. Its July issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report found that about 22 percent of the motor vehicle deaths among the U.S. residents with young people ages 15 to 24.
A study shows that women with high stress jobs may be more likely to have a heart attack.
Diseases and Disasters:
Heavy rains kill about 37 people in Beijing (China).
U.S. whooping cough outbreak could be worst in half century.
The doctors say that the survivors of movie massacre likely to develop depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).