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Malaria, is the end in sight?

Malaria is an illness that sickened 228 million people worldwide in 2018—405,000 of whom died. By far the greatest number affected live in Africa’s poorest countries. Africa was home to 92 percent of the malaria cases and it was where 93 percent of the malaria-related deaths took place, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

2020-02-03T09:13:36-06:00Tags: |

Fighting Neglected Diseases

Imagine you are in a business course and are given the following scenario: Your marketing department has found an opportunity for your business. It has identified a clear problem that, with research, time and heavy investment your company can solve. This solution comes with the caveat that you will be creating a product for a

2019-12-14T14:27:46-06:00Tags: |

Shockingly Simple Way to Protect Your Heart: Brush Your Teeth

Brushing teeth frequently is linked with lower risks of atrial fibrillation and heart failure, according to a study published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Previous research suggests that poor oral hygiene leads to bacteria in the blood, causing inflammation in the body. Inflammation

2019-12-11T13:24:12-06:00Tags: |

Antimicrobial resistance is drastically rising

The world is experiencing unprecedented economic growth in low- and middle-income countries. An increasing number of people in India, China, Latin America and Africa have become wealthier, and this is reflected in their consumption of meat and dairy products. In Africa, meat consumption has risen by more than half; in Asia and Latin America it

2019-10-08T12:31:48-05:00Tags: |

Hydrogel to repair heart

Ventrix, a University of California San Diego spin-off company, has successfully conducted a first-in-human, FDA-approved Phase 1 clinical trial of an injectable hydrogel that aims to repair damage and restore cardiac function in heart failure patients who previously suffered a heart attack. The trial is the first to test a hydrogel designed to repair cardiac

2019-09-24T19:06:28-05:00Tags: |

Hospitals Post Price Lists, Consumers Are Asked To Check Up On Them

With much fanfare, federal officials required hospitals nationwide this year to post their “list” prices online. But it’s not yet clear how many are doing it, even as the government has taken the rare step of asking consumers to monitor hospital compliance. Most hospitals appear to be complying with the rule, according to hospital officials

2019-09-20T07:34:03-05:00Tags: |

How Health Systems Are Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change

The human and health impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly hard to ignore. Extreme weather events are disrupting more and more lives and businesses while also exacerbating chronic health conditions like asthma, expanding the range of infectious diseases, and worsening mental illness. In 2018, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimated that to

2019-09-18T09:17:10-05:00Tags: |

How sustainable design can transform health care

Dubbed a “sustainability superstar” by a national property awards judging panel, the $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital is setting the standard for green health care in Australia. Just 1% of the 2000-plus Green Star buildings around Australia are in the healthcare sector. Most of Australia’s greenest buildings are offices. But if banks and law

2019-09-02T20:00:52-05:00Tags: |

Sedentary lifestyle for 20 years doubles mortality risk

Two decades of a sedentary lifestyle is associated with a two times risk of premature death compared to being physically active, according to results from the HUNT study presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. Study author Dr Trine Moholdt of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim,

2019-09-01T19:24:01-05:00Tags: |

USC’s Street Medicine team brings the hospital to the homeless

Nurse Gabrielle Johnson grabs a backpack bursting with medical supplies from the backseat of her Chevy Colorado and jogs across under a freeway overpass in Boyle Heights to see her first patient. Brett Feldman, a physician assistant, is right alongside her. “Hey Bill!” Johnson called out toward a group of tents on the left side

2019-08-28T08:54:28-05:00Tags: |

How to start a digital healthcare revolution in Africa in 6 steps

Nowhere is better positioned to benefit from the digital revolution in healthcare than Africa, where technology can help tackle the rising burden of disease and major obstacles in infrastructure and the environment. However, realizing the promise of digital healthcare technology, while avoiding its potential pitfalls, will require a comprehensive, systematic approach based on the principles

2019-08-27T06:52:27-05:00Tags: |

Too Many Health Wearables and Apps Are Digital Snake Oil

As more technology firms produce wearables, apps and connected medical devices that claim to help people live better or treat diseases, we need to draw a line between digital wellness and digital medicine. The entire health care industry needs to implement rigorous standards that can help differentiate between truly therapeutic products and the digital equivalent

2019-08-26T12:39:45-05:00Tags: |

Cut Junk Food Intake in Kids: Address Emotions

Teacher training followed by classroom education with information, activities, and emotional support improves lifestyles in teachers and students, according to research to be presented at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology.(1) The study suggests that knowledge alone is insufficient to change behaviour. "Numerous studies have addressed health issues in the school

2019-08-25T19:28:02-05:00Tags: |

America’s packaged food supply is ultra-processed

Americans are overexposed to products that are high in energy, saturated fat, sugar and salt, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study that reports the United States packaged food and beverage supply in 2018 was ultra-processed and generally unhealthy. Since about 80% of Americans' total calorie consumption comes from store-bought foods and beverages (packaged and

2019-08-22T07:05:13-05:00Tags: |

Flavonoid-rich diet protects against cancer

Consuming flavonoid-rich items such as apples and tea protects against cancer and heart disease, particularly for smokers and heavy drinkers, according to new research from Edith Cowan University (ECU). Researchers from ECU's School of Medical and Health Sciences analysed data from the Danish Diet, Cancer and Health cohort that assessed the diets of 53,048 Danes

2019-08-22T06:52:39-05:00Tags: |

Health in Africa: 5 priorities for the G-7 Biarritz Summit

Despite increasing threats to multilateralism, the G-7 countries assemble August 24-26 in Biarritz, France, with the fight against inequality at the core of this year’s priorities. In a bid to forge a renewed partnership with the developing world, African partners are also invited to the table. This is a welcome focus, particularly for global health,

2019-08-20T06:38:42-05:00Tags: |