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Action not words needed over biggest public health failure of our time: pneumonia | Larry Elliott

Global elite at Davos 2019 must do more than talk about real-world problemsDavos this year will be like Hamlet without the prince. Donald Trump was all set to be the star of the show for the second year running but has decided that giving a keynote address to a hall full of billionaires is politically problematical at a time when the US government is shut down.Emmanuel Macron is giving the World Economic Forum a miss for similar reasons. If you have been dubbed the president of the rich the last...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, US, Economics, World news, Davos, Theresa May, Hamlet, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron, Larry Elliott, Davos 2019


US regions where drug companies marketed hit hardest by opioids crisis

Researchers found increases in marketing were associated with higher prescribing and a higher rate of overdoses A new study has found that areas of America hit hardest by the opioids epidemic were the top regions where pharmaceutical companies marketed prescription opioids. Related: The making of an opioid epidemic – podcast Continue reading...
Tags: Health, US, America, West Virginia, Society, US news, Opioids, Opioids crisis


Restrictive surrogacy laws are forcing UK couples to the US

"Nobody could tell us why we couldn't have children, but we've been trying at this point for about 12 years," said Elizabeth Prior, 49, of Buckinghamshire.
Tags: Health, UK, US, Elizabeth Prior


Killings of transgender people in the US saw another high year

For decades, every year she's been active in the transgender community, Isa Noyola has attended a funeral for a friend.
Tags: Health, US, Isa Noyola


University of Utah to establish first-of-its-kind dark sky studies minor in the US

The W. M. Keck Foundation has awarded $250,000 to the University of Utah to establish a new undergraduate minor in dark sky studies, the first of its kind in the United States.
Tags: Health, US, University of Utah, W M Keck Foundation


US government concludes that HIV is untransmittable at undetectable levels

The National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases has reached an absolute conclusion: HIV+ cannot transmit the virus when carrying an undetectable viral load.
Tags: Health, Feature, Hiv, US, Lifestyle, Infectious Diseases, Ad Friendly, Undetectable, National Institute for Allergies


US flu season appears milder, one year after brutal one

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s early, but officials say the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter’s unusually brutal one. In most parts of the country right now, the flu strain causing the most illness is a somewhat milder virus. It tends not to cause as many hospitalizations and deaths […]
Tags: Health, New York, News, US, Nation


Using the Facebook Advertisement Platform to Recruit Chinese, Korean, and Latinx Cancer Survivors for Psychosocial Research: Web-Based Survey Study

Background: Ethnic minority cancer survivors remain an understudied and underrepresented population in cancer research, in part, due to the challenge of low participant recruitment rates. Therefore, identifying effective recruitment strategies is imperative for reducing cancer health disparities among this population. With the widespread use of social media, health researchers have turned to Facebook as a potential source of recruitment. Objective: We aimed to evaluate the feasibility and effect...
Tags: Health, Facebook, US, Walmart, United States, Facebook Participants, Facebook Advertisement Platform


Coca-Cola influences China’s obesity policy, BMJ report says

Institute funded by Coke promotes exercise over diet to protect sales, academic saysThe Coca-Cola Company has shaped China’s policies towards its growing obesity crisis, encouraging a focus on exercise rather than diet and thereby safeguarding its drinks sales, an academic investigation has alleged.Susan Greenhalgh, a Harvard academic and China scholar, says Coca-Cola has exerted its influence since 1999 through a Chinese offshoot of an institute founded in the US by the then Coca-Cola vice-pres...
Tags: Health, Europe, Coca Cola, Obesity, China, US, World news, Harvard, Food & drink industry, World Health Organization, Coke, Coca Cola Company, Susan Greenhalgh, Alex Malaspina, International Life Sciences Institute ILSI


Research provides clues for understanding and optimizing bone marrow transplants

Bone marrow transplants, which involve transplanting healthy blood stem cells, offer the best treatment for many types of cancers, blood disorders and immune diseases. Even though 22,000 of these procedures are performed each year in the US, much remains to be understood about how they work.
Tags: Health, US


US medical marketing reaches $30 billion, drug ads top surge

A new analysis shows annual spending by the U.S. health industry on ads and promotions has reached $30 billion. That includes advertisements for prescription drugs that were shown 5 million times on TV and elsewhere in 2016. That’s a huge increase in 20 years and just part of broad health industry efforts to promote drugs, […]
Tags: Health, Business, News, US, Nation


US cancer death rate hits milestone: 25 years of decline

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It’s been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report. Lower smoking rates are translating into fewer deaths. Advances in early detection and treatment also are having a positive impact, experts say. But it’s not all good news. Obesity-related […]
Tags: Health, New York, News, US, Nation


Researchers identify genetic risk factor for atypical heart attack in women

New research published by teams from Leicester, UK and Paris, France in collaboration with international partners from the US and Australia, has found a common genetic factor that confers a significant risk of atypical heart attacks in women.
Tags: Health, Australia, US, Paris France, Leicester UK


Freud versus Jung: a bitter feud over the meaning of sex

On 27 February 1907, at Berggasse 19 in Vienna, Sigmund Freud fell in love. The object of his affection was Carl Gustav Jung: 19 years younger than Freud, the young psychiatrist was already the clinical director of the prestigious Burghölzli Hospital and a professor at the University of Zurich. Jung had gained international recognition for his invention of the word-association test, and his practice was renowned for its gentle incisiveness. But when Jung read Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams...
Tags: Psychology, Sex, US, Mental Health, Brain, Vienna, Munich, United States, Judaism, Innovation, Consciousness, Mind, Sigmund Freud, Freud, Psychoanalysis, Clark University


More than 1 in 10 US adults has a food allergy, study finds

Blake Sorensen of Chicago has a routine: "Phone, keys, wallet, EpiPen. That's what I've become accustomed to."
Tags: Health, US, Chicago, Blake Sorensen


Scientists fix flawed plant genes, make plants grow 40% larger

Researchers in the US have genetically engineered a way of shortcutting photosynthesis to increase the size of tobacco plants by up to 40%.
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Why exercise alone won’t save us

Sedentary lifestyles are killing us – we need to build activity into our everyday lives, not just leave it for the gym. By Vybarr Cregan-ReidThis is the time of year when trainers are mined from under beds and gym kits are disinterred from the bottom drawer. Google searches relating to physical fitness peak in January. Many people even trawl the web to find out about “desk exercises” and “workouts on the go” in case they are too busy to use their new gym memberships.Our relationship with exercis...
Tags: Health, Google, UK, Fitness, US, Life and style, Society, Health & wellbeing, New Year, Vybarr Cregan ReidThis


Study finds wide variation in neuraxial analgesia use in pregnant women across US

Pain relief for pregnant women in labor is commonly given in the form of epidural, spinal or combined spinal-epidural blockade, which is collectively referred to as neuraxial analgesia.
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'We have a shower for pain relief': can Haiti's young midwives save a new generation?

The country has the highest maternal death rate in the Americas. But there’s a new solution: putting care in the hands of midwivesSylvie Delice was born on a hot, slow March afternoon in a clinic in Marigot, a coastal town in south Haiti. The labour was seven hours; her mother, Natalie, 24, a seamstress, was stoic throughout, helped by two midwives in pale pink scrubs. Sylvie arrived strong and healthy, and was named after her mother’s cousin. Natalie recovered well and went home the next day. T...
Tags: Health, UK, Africa, Americas, US, Society, World news, Afghanistan, Sudan, Midwifery, Haiti, Rwanda, Natalie, Sylvie, Marigot


The Surprising Meaning of Loneliness and How to Beat it

Loneliness is a common condition affecting around one in three adults.   The prevalence of loneliness has also increased over the past few decades. Compared to the 1980s, the number of people living alone in the US has increased by about one-third. When Americans were asked about the number of people that they can confide in, the number dropped from three in 1985 to two in 2004.  In the UK, 21% to 31% of people report that they feel lonely some of the time, and surveys in other parts of th...
Tags: Psychology, UK, London, Relationships, Friendship, Happiness, US, Resilience, Loneliness, Connection, Association, Miller, Coping, Cacioppo, Goossens, Masi


Congolese boy who traveled to US to have facial tumor removed dies

A Congolese boy who traveled to the United States to have a tumor removed from his face died Friday, the organization who sponsored him said in a statement.
Tags: Health, US, United States


Congolese boy dies in US after surgery for facial tumor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Congolese boy who traveled to Los Angeles to undergo surgery to remove a large tumor on his face has died after having an adverse reaction to anesthesia. The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, which sponsored 8-year-old Matadi Sela Petit’s travels and medical procedures, announced his death Saturday. The foundation headed by the […]
Tags: Health, News, US, Los Angeles, Ap, Nation, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Matadi, Sela Petit


How Juul made vaping viral to become worth a dirty $38 billion

A Juul is not a cigarette. It’s much easier than that. Through devilishly slick product design I’ll discuss here, the startup has massively lowered the barrier to getting hooked on nicotine. Juul has dismantled every deterrent to taking a puff. The result is both a new $38 billion valuation thanks to a $12.8 billion investment from Marlboro Cigarettes-maker Altria this week, and an explosion in popularity of vaping amongst teenagers and the rest of the population. Game recognize game, and Al...
Tags: Apple, Health, Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Ecommerce, Tobacco, South Park, Cdc, Opinion, Funding, Israel, US, Tech


Pennsylvania nurses inspired by teachers’ strikes to ‘fight the same fight’

After about 370 nurses protested drastic changes from hospital management, union officials expect more across the US in 2019Deep in the heart of Trump country, Indiana, Pennsylvania, the hometown of Jimmy Stewart served as the inspiration for Bedford Falls in the hit holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life. However, this year nurses say that one of the town’s largest employers, the Indiana Regional Medical Center (IRMC), is turning Stewart’s hometown into a Pottersville, the dystopian alternative ...
Tags: Health, Activism, Protest, US, Society, US news, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Nursing, US unions, Trump, Stewart, Jimmy Stewart, Bedford Falls, Pottersville, MeToo Movement


Rightwing populists ride wave of mistrust of vaccine science

Antivaxers are on the rise in countries such as Italy, Poland and France where the far right has made gainsAs long as there have been vaccines, there have been doubters. Some people have religious or philosophical reservations. Others are more anxious about the possible side-effects of a jab than about falling sick with a poorly understood disease.But now vaccine doubt is spreading faster and further than ever through social media, and populist rightwing politicians in Europe and the US are ridi...
Tags: Health, Europe, France, US, Society, World news, Ukraine, Italy, Poland, The far right, Vaccines and immunisation, Italy Poland


Digital Weight Loss Intervention for Parents of Children Being Treated for Obesity: A Prospective Cohort Feasibility Trial

Background: The prevalence of childhood obesity continues to increase, and clinic-based treatment options have failed to demonstrate effectiveness. One of the strongest predictors of child weight is parent weight. Parental treatment for weight loss may indirectly reduce obesity in the child. We have previously demonstrated the effectiveness among adults of a fully automated, evidence-based digital weight loss intervention (Track). However, it is unknown if it is feasible to deliver such a treatm...
Tags: Health, US, IQR


For type 2 diabetes patients who require an injectable drug, GLP-1-based drugs are preferred over insulin

That's a pretty big change:Diabetes Guidelines Updated: For patients with type 2 diabetes who require an injectable drug, a glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonist is preferred over insulin. https://buff.ly/2T0KowcGlucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1)-based therapies (eg, GLP-1 receptor agonists, dipeptidyl peptidase-4 [DPP-4] inhibitors) affect glucose control through several mechanisms, including:- enhancement of glucose-dependent insulin secretion- slowed gastric emptying- reduction of postprandia...
Tags: Health, Facebook, US, Diabetes, Dpp, GLP, Saxenda, Gila, Ves Dimov, Bydureon, Byetta Pen Lixisenatide, Victoza Dulaglutide, Trulicity Semaglutide


Juul Labs gets $12.8 billion investment from Marlboro maker Altria Group

After a long year fighting underage use of its products, Juul Labs has today struck a deal with Altria Group, the owners of Philip Morris USA and makers of Marlboro cigarettes. The deal values Juul at $38 billion, according to Bloomberg, and injects the company with a fresh $12.8 billion in exchange for a 35 percent stake in Juul Labs. Here’s what Juul Labs CEO Kevin Burns had to say in a prepared statement: We understand the controversy and skepticism that comes with an affiliation and partners...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Funding, US, Tech, Bloomberg, Fda, Juul, Cronos, Altria, Altria Group, Big Tobacco, Kevin Burns, Scott Gottlieb


Doctors rarely advice patients about healthy lifestyle changes

Too rarely do doctors give their patients advice about healthy lifestyle changes. A statistical analysis of US health data conducted by MedUni Vienna researchers together with international partners has shown that people suffering from obesity, diabetes and other high-risk conditions are much too rarely encouraged to eat more healthily and to take more exercise.
Tags: Health, US, MedUni Vienna


US adults aren’t getting taller, but still putting on pounds

The CDC, which has been tracking America's health for decades, reports that adults aren't getting any taller but we are still getting fatter. The average U.S. adult is overweight and just a few pounds from obese.
Tags: Health, News, Cdc, US, America, Nation



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