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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: |

What is Sustainable Health?

A sustainable health and care system is achieved by delivering high quality care and improved public health without exhausting natural resources or causing severe ecological damage. It may also be useful to think about the relationship between sustainability and health in three distinct ways moving from a narrow focus to a broad focus. The resources

2019-08-17T09:51:49-05:00Tags: |

C. difficile now adapted to spread in hospitals

Scientists have discovered that the gut-infecting bacterium Clostridium difficile is evolving into two separate species, with one group highly adapted to spread in hospitals. Researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and collaborators identified genetic changes in the newly-emerging species that allow it to thrive on the Western sugar-rich

2019-08-14T07:34:28-05:00Tags: |

Non-smokers can get emphysema from air pollution

Long-term exposure to air pollution was linked to increases in emphysema between 2000 and 2018, according to a new study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), both part of the National Institutes of Health. Emphysema, usually associated with smokers, is a chronic

2019-08-13T12:23:57-05:00Tags: |

Psychology Can Help Prevent Deadly Childhood Accidents

Injuries have overtaken infectious disease as the leading cause of death for children worldwide, and psychologists have the research needed to help predict and prevent deadly childhood mishaps, according to a presentation at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. “Many different factors contribute to unintentional injuries, so if we are able to stop

2019-08-12T09:21:07-05:00Tags: |

A New Platform to Improve Health Care in Senegal

Beginning in June, Senegal’s Agency for Universal Health launched (SunuCMU), a website that the agency hopes will streamline health care in the country. The website is a part of the Minister of State Mohammad Abdallah Dionne’s plan for digitalization. He aims to make Senegal’s health care system effective and sustainable. Using SunuCMU, Senegal hopes

2019-08-10T08:46:59-05:00Tags: |

The 10 Most Sustainable Hospitals In The World

When someone heads to the hospital, the primary thought on their mind is feeling better. Few give pause to consider how caring for their health impacts the well-being of the planet. However, medical facilities create a tremendous amount of waste daily and consume single-use plastics, energy, and water voraciously. Facilities that go above and beyond

2019-08-08T07:21:47-05:00Tags: |

Healthcare industry is a major source of harmful emissions

Climate change presents an unprecedented public health emergency and the global healthcare sector is contributing to the worldwide crisis, argues Jodi Sherman, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology at the Yale School of Medicine in a commentary published Aug. 2 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "The healthcare industry is responsible for responding to

2019-08-08T07:15:27-05:00Tags: |

New book explores innovations in global health

Poor access to care in low- and middle-income countries due to high costs, geographic barriers, and a shortage of trained medical staff has motivated many organizations to rethink their model of health service delivery. Many of these new models are being developed by private sector actors, including non-profits, such as non-governmental organizations, and for-profits, such

2019-08-05T07:33:15-05:00Tags: |

EU Healthcare Systems: A Reallocation of Resources

On behalf of the European Commission, international health experts are now making a series of recommendations designed to place reallocation in healthcare systems on a real, value-based foundation. With the current pressure to utilize resources more efficiently, they believe that the European solidarity-based healthcare system can only be sustained in this way. The Ludwig Boltzmann

2019-08-05T07:26:41-05:00Tags: |

Ministry of Health Promotes Vegan Path to Sustainable Future

Sustainability and the Health Sector is all about how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the health sector. The primary action recommended for food sustainability is to reduce meat and dairy intake. Not only is the production of red meat in particular very resource intensive, the over-consumption is detrimental to health, with processed meats being

2019-08-02T07:24:15-05:00Tags: |

Sustainable Savings

One popular idea for lowering the nation’s ballooning health care spending is to change the way insurers pay provider organizations for their care. Instead of paying a fee for each service rendered—a model that can encourage the unscrupulous use of more services even when the benefit is dubious—reformers suggest giving clinical practices a global yearly

2019-08-01T06:33:46-05:00Tags: |

What medical students should understand about quality improvement

As a medical student stepping into the clinical setting with fresh eyes that veteran physicians entrenched in the day-to-day delivery of care no longer have, you may be able to spot changes that can be made to improve the quality of care patients receive and find ways to make the system more efficient for everyone.

2019-07-31T07:47:41-05:00Tags: |

Sustainable savings on medical care

One popular idea for lowering the nation's ballooning health care spending is to change the way insurers payprovider organizations for their care. Instead of paying a fee for each service rendered—a model that can encourage the unscrupulous use of more services even when the benefit is dubious—reformers suggest giving clinical practices a global yearly budget

2019-07-26T08:31:43-05:00Tags: |

Understanding the drivers of a shift to sustainable diets

One of the 21st century's greatest challenges is to develop diets that are both sustainable for the planet and good for our bodies. An IIASA-led study explored the major drivers of widespread shifts to sustainable diets using a newly developed computational model of population-wide behavioral dynamics. High meat consumption -- especially of red and processed

2019-07-24T07:42:27-05:00Tags: |

Dietary supplements don’t improve heart health or put off death

In a massive new analysis of findings from 277 clinical trials using 24 different interventions, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have found that almost all vitamin, mineral and other nutrient supplements or diets cannot be linked to longer life or protection from heart disease. Although they found that most of the supplements or diets

2019-07-18T09:47:41-05:00Tags: |

Making sustainable medical devices: five top tips

The need for sustainable manufacturing practices is more pressing than ever and medical devices are no exception. Medical Technology caught up with thought leaders from across the industry to pull together five top tips for manufacturers. According to the UK Government, plastic waste in the oceans is set to treble within the next decade. Everyday

2019-07-17T09:31:01-05:00Tags: |

Safe, cheap and sustainable: Clean water technology for Africa

Mozambique is one of 16 sub-Saharan countries belonging to the Southern Africa Development Community. Around 40% of the community's population has no access to safe water - that's around 130 million people. The small town of Ressano Garcia, near the border with South Africa, illustrates the gravity and urgency of the situation. "Right now, 14,000

2019-07-16T05:15:34-05:00Tags: |