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Growth is not enough

This op-ed was originally published in Project Syndicate.

Following the steep economic downturns brought about by COVID-19, policymakers should be asking or rethinking fundamental questions. None is more fundamental than whether rapid economic growth is the best way to drive development and help struggling communities escape poverty.

For good reason, economic growth has long been

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

2020-08-15T08:07:11-05:00Tags: |

Novel compound sparks new malaria treatment hope

A novel class of antimalarial compounds that can effectively kill malaria parasites has been developed by Australian and US researchers.

In preclinical testing, the compounds were effective against different species of malaria parasites, including the deadly Plasmodium falciparum, and at multiple stages of the parasite lifecycle. The compounds target a previously unexplored parasite pathway and could

2020-03-05T17:49:17-06:00Tags: |

How caloric restriction prevents negative effects of aging in cells

If you want to reduce levels of inflammation throughout your body, delay the onset of age-related diseases, and live longer, eat less food. That’s the conclusion of a new study by scientists from the US and China that provides the most detailed report to date of the cellular effects of a calorie-restricted diet in rats.

2020-03-04T06:26:00-06:00Tags: |

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: |

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 increases

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 tissue.

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

Why people gain weight as they get older

Many people struggle to keep their weight in check as they get older. Now new research at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has uncovered why that is: Lipid turnover in the fat tissue decreases during ageing and makes it easier to gain weight, even if we don’t eat more or exercise less than before. The study

2019-09-22T18:31:04-05:00Tags: |

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 and

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

Human heart study explores risk of sedentary lives

Major physical changes occurred in the human heart as people shifted from hunting and foraging to farming and modern life. As a result, human hearts are now less “apelike” and better suited to endurance types of activity. But that also means those who lead sedentary lives are at greater risk for heart disease.

Those are the main

2019-09-19T18:06:05-05:00Tags: |

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 firms can

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, Norway

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

This is how to upgrade Nepal’s rural health

Deukali Shahi, 26, looks relieved after delivering a healthy baby girl, but her calmness belies her traumatic childbirth. Her eyes fill with tears as she speaks haltingly of the previous baby she lost and the desperation she felt this time to reach the hospital fast enough so this one would live.

Soon, Shahi is overcome with

2019-08-29T13:34:50-05:00Tags: |

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

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 setting,

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