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More than 355,000 children vaccinated against polio in hard to reach areas of Syria.

Source: World Health Organization, UN Children's Fund Country: Syrian Arab Republic UNICEF, the World Health Organisation and partners have completed the first round of a vaccination campaign in response to the recent outbreak of vaccine-derived polio in Syria. DAMASCUS, 18 August 2017 – UNICEF, the World Health ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

EU-funded digital health tool tested to help immigrants.

EU-funded software to help immigrants access healthcare services in European countries was tested for the first time this summer in Spanish health centres.

- EurActive - UK

Chuck Jones directed this Oscar-winning government-funded cartoon promoting universal health care .

"So Much for So Little" is a 1949 Warner Brothers cartoon promoting universal health care. It was funded by the federal government and directed by Chuck Jones, with music by Carl Stallings, and narrated by Frank Graham. It won the Academy Award in 1950 for Documentary Short Subject. From Open Culture: While our country ...

- Boing Boing - US

20-plus health care stats that will blow you away.

You'll never guess how much America spends per capita on health care.        


Karachi ranked among worst cities of the world to live in.

Karachi has been named among the least liveable cities of the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit — the research and analysis division of The Economist Group — in a report released earlier this week.Karachi maintains its 134th rank in the listing of 140 cities, only managing to fare better than Port Moresby, Dhaka, ...


IDG Contributor Network: Can the US Senate secure the Internet Of Things?.

As a free and open internet continues to come under assault by the FCC’s proposal to effectively end net neutrality, investors, programmers, and internet-users of all stripes have vociferously voiced their support of the Internet of Things and the open web that enables it. It appears those voices have been heard, as ...

- Network World - US

A raise erased by higher healthcare costs.

Question: After my husband receives his annual review and cost-of-living raise, he will be in a new pay bracket. When this happens, the cost of his health insurance will increase as well -- way beyond the raise he would receive -- so he will be bringing home significantly less in his paycheck....

- Los Angeles Times - US

EPA Provides New Jersey $70 Million for Wastewater and Drinking Water Improvements.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it has awarded nearly $70 million to New Jersey to help finance water infrastructure projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment. The funds will primarily be used to upgrade wastewater and drinking water systems throughout the state. In ...

- WebWire - US

Many Southeast Los Angeles County Residents Not Satisfied With Lead Contamination Cleanup.

For years, residents in parts of southeast Los Angeles County have heard from media reports and public health experts about potential lead contamination around their homes, schools and businesses. The contamination stems from a former battery recycling plant that operated in Vernon for years before it closed its doors. In ...

- WebWire - US

Engineering Better Refugee Health Care.

Although governments and humanitarian-aid groups have made efforts to provide basic health care to refugees, they have struggled to ensure that such care is delivered reliably. Biomedical engineers have an opportunity, as well as a responsibility, to bring their expertise to bear on this problem.

- Project Syndicate - US

Atlanta digital health company Sharecare scores logo on Hawks uniforms .

Atlanta-based Sharecare Inc. signed a multi-year deal to appear on Hawks uniforms beginning in the 2017-18 season. Financial details were not disclosed. Sharecare is a social website aimed at consumers seeking health-related answers. The company — a mashup of Yahoo! Answers, WebMD and LinkedIn — is co-founded by WebMD ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

It shouldn't take generous strangers to help patients cope with drug prices

The inherent goodness of people was made clear this week when a pair of readers offered to pay for a 75-year-old Encino man's prescription meds after the drug maker imposed a $1,100 deductible to be eligible for financial assistance. Meanwhile, the warped priorities of our for-profit healthcare...

- Los Angeles Times - US

Attacks on hospitals in warzones have far reaching consequences

Over the last two years, more than 100 medical facilities managed or supported by the international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières have been bombed in conflict zones around the world. According to a World Health Organisation report, there were 896 attacks on ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Baby flamingo getting new shiny blue booties is the cutest thing you'll see today

This baby flamingo is getting back on his feet , with shiny new booties. Meet Squish, a greater flamingo who was abandoned as an egg. SEE ALSO: Behold South Korea's adorable new First Dog He was found by zoo keepers in Singapore's Jurong Bird Park, and incubated until he was born on June 7. Squish standing on his own on ...

- Mashable! - US

Obamacare? Trumpcare? These mums just want something to help their kids

Jessica Michot is a Democrat, Angela Lorio is a Republican. Both are desperate to save the federal health funding that is keeping their sons, born prematurely, alive.

- ABC News - AU

Study of e-cigarettes in UK teenagers gives mixed signals

LONDON - A British study into smoking and e-cigarette use among UK teenagers has produced mixed results, prompting scientists to caution against altering policy decisions or public health advice until evidence becomes clearer.

- Reuters - US

Study of e-cigarettes in UK teenagers gives mixed signals

A British study into smoking and e-cigarette use among UK teenagers has produced mixed results, prompting scientists to caution against altering policy decisions or public health advice until evidence becomes clearer. The research, published online in the British Medical Journal's specialised Tobacco Control journal on ...

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A 2:15 Alarm, 2 Trains and a Bus Get Her To Work by 7 AM

From a report on The New York Times: Sheila James starts her Monday, and the workweek, at 2:15 a.m. This might be normal for a baker or a morning radio host, but Ms. James is a standard American office worker. She is 62 and makes $81,000 a year as a public health adviser for the United States Department of Health and ...

- Slashdot - US

The Health Benefits of Wind and Solar Exceed the Cost of All Subsidies

New submitter TheCoroner writes: A paper in Nature Energy suggests that the benefits we receive from moving to renewables like wind and solar that reduce air pollution exceed the cost of the subsidies required to make them competitive with traditional fossil fuels. Ars Technica reports: "Berkeley environmental engineer Dev ...

- Slashdot - US

New software to greatly improve monitoring of children in care

GOVERNMENT is streamlining services within the child protection sector with the launch of the Child Case Management System , incorporating the Social and Health Management software.Developed by Canadian software development company, Avocette, the software allows child protection officers to upload and track cases of ...

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Sensex plunges 208 pts; Infosys tanks 7% as Sikka resigns

The BSE benchmark Sensex fell nearly 208 points and Infosys tanked over 7 per cent in early trade after Vishal Sikka resigned as MD and CEO with immediate effect.Besides, weak global cues on a deadly attack in Spain and rising concerns over the fate of US President Donald Trumps economic agenda also influenced investors ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Trump hasn't contacted Latinx ACA outreach coalition, Congressional Hispanic Caucus aims to fix that

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price Thursday, demanding he meet with members about Affordable Care Act open enrollment. Members were prompted by recent reports that no one from the Trump administration had reached out to key members of the Latinx ...

- ThinkProgress - US

Varied Republican Response To Charlottesville Raises Questions On Legislative Ability

After their failed health care efforts, Republican lawmakers are regrouping for the coming fight this fall to overhaul the entire federal tax code. But President Trump's handling of the racist-fueled violence in Charlottesville shows in stark terms how hard it is to keep the party on the same page.

- NPR - US

Anti-Choice Lawmakers Are Hurting the Economy, According to New Studies

Today, it's a pity that America's anti-choice population — which includes the majority of lawmakers throughout rural states — is unwilling to listen to the moral and public health-related justifications for protecting access to birth control and abortion. It's a pity that women having autonomy over their bodies and the ...

- Mediaite - US

At Senator Menendez’s Trial, Stakes Are High for Democrats

If Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat, is convicted by early January, his replacement is likely to be a Republican, which could affect the health care bill.

- New York Times - US

Is New Anti-HIV Campaign Doing More Harm Than Good?

The campaign, which promotes the HIV prevention pill PrEP , is taking a bold approach with the slogans, Expletive without fear' and fearless expletive.' To better understand this controversial approach, Dr. Robert Bolan the chief medical officer at the Los Angeles LGBT center and the Director of Advocacy & Policy Research ...

- Yahoo! News - US

NAFTA renegotiation: Separating fact from fiction

While most of this summer's news from Capitol Hill has centered around health care, North Korea, and the investigation into the Trump campaign's Russia ties, the White House has been quietly moving forward on one of its signature promises to voters: a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement , with talks ...

- Brookings - US

Health benefits of wind and solar power offset all subsidies

Estimated economic benefits of renewables in the US is $87 billion.

- Ars Technica UK - US

The seven tactics unhealthy industries use to undermine public health policies

African governments efforts to improve health are being undermined by corporations luring clientele. Reuters/Baz RatnerAcross Africa there are examples of governments trying to introduce policies that improve health, and protect the environment only to find their efforts undermined by unhealthy corporations, and their ...

- The Conversation - UK

E-cigarettes are a gateway to real cigarettes for Britain's young

MilsiArt/ShutterstockYoung people in Britain who use e-cigarettes are nearly four times more likely to start smoking cigarettes than their non-vaping peers, our latest study has found. When e-cigarettes first entered the market a decade ago, they were considered to be as dangerous as cigarettes. But views have changed since ...

- The Conversation - UK

CEOs to move their White House talks underground

Still eager to work on tax reform, infrastructure and health care, business leaders will focus on Trump aides and agency officials.


The Cleveland Clinic is pulling its 2018 fundraiser from Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort

Evan Agostini/Getty ImagesThe Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit health care network, announced on Thursday that it no longer plans to hold a 2018 fundraising gala at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s exclusive Palm Beach, Florida club. “After careful consideration, Cleveland Clinic has decided that it will not ...

- Business Insider - US

White House Will Temporarily Hand Out Subsidies to Obamacare Health Insurers

The White House said that it will provide subsidies for health insurers for August, despite President Donald Trump's previous threats that he would end the subsidies after the fallout of the failed Senate vote to repeal Obamacare.

- Breitbart - US

Row 'puts HIV patients at risk'

Health networks are raising concerns about a possible shortage of drugs for patients with HIV/Aids following a dispute over who should handle the procurement of medical supplies for the universal healthcare scheme.

- BangkokPost - TH

How controversial science can make it harder to get an abortion

An abortion can be an emotional experience that raises questions about a woman's relationships, past regrets, and future. She might want to confide in someone about these feelings in the following weeks, months, or years. Abortion opponents have taken that complex reality to a disturbing extreme, with the hope of ...

- Mashable! - US

Government must apologise over rebuild debacle

The Prime Minister owes the public of Otago and Southland an apology and then he must come up with an unredacted copy of the business case for the Dunedin hospital rebuild, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.

- Scoop NZ - NZ

Cleveland Clinic Yanks Fundraiser From Trump's Mar-A-Lago Club

The Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit health care network, announced on Thursday that it no longer plans to hold a 2018 fundraising gala at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump's exclusive Palm Beach, Florida club. “After careful consideration, Cleveland Clinic has decided that it will not hold a Florida fundraiser at ...

- TPM News - US

Hispanic Caucus Demands Meeting With Trump's HHS Over Latino Outreach Fail

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Thursday demanded an “urgent meeting” with the Department of Health and Human Services about the Trump administration's plan for outreach to Latino communities ahead of Obamacare's open enrollment period this fall. Six Latino lawmakers requested the meeting, writing in ...

- TPM News - US

White House: Gov't to make health law payments this month

WASHINGTON " The White House says President Donald Trump will make this month's payments to insurers under the health-care law he wants to repeal and replace.Trump has repeatedly threatened to end the payments, which help reduce...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Why a pill with barely any health benefits could be the 'most important' new supplement in 20 years

ShutterstockProbiotics — pricey supplements designed to support the trillions of bacteria blossoming in our guts — have become a big business, with a market that is projected to exceed $57 billion in the next five years. "Probiotics are probably the single most important new food category to emerge in the ...

- Business Insider - US

Funding urgently needed to ensure life-saving health services in north-east Syria

Source: World Health Organization Country: Syrian Arab Republic WHO urgently requires US$ 20 million to scale up its response in north-east Syria and meet the critical health needs of civilians remaining in Ar-Raqqa and displaced populations in all locations.WHO urgently requires US$ 20 million to scale up its ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Amit Shah hails govt move to make knee implants affordable

BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday described central governments move to drastically bring down knee implants cost as "historic" and said the new initiative has brought the surgery within the reach of poor.Shah, in a blog, said the Modi government by reducing the knee implant and cardiac stent costs has realised "Sarve ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

THINKING ALOUD: Do we need international healthcare accreditation?

Providing healthcare, especially quality healthcare of an adequate and acceptable standard, is a complex and challenging process. Healthcare services can be provided either by the public sector or private sector, or by a combination of both.

- TheCitizen - TZ

'Do I really need this test?': Overdiagnosis leading to unnecessary treatments, doctors say

A coalition of Australian healthcare organisations says too many patients are being diagnosed with medical conditions that do not pose a threat to them, leading to unnecessary treatments that cause more harm than good.

- ABC News - AU

Salleh: DAP should not blame BN over illegal factory

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 — The DAP-ruled Penang Government should not point fingers at Barisan Nasional after failing to solve the problem of illegal factories operating in the state, causing health hazard to the public. Communications and...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Retailers, tech, health care companies lead US stocks higher

NEW YORK " U.S. stocks are rising Wednesday as retailers including Urban Outfitters and Target climb. That's helping retailers recover some of the sharp losses they took a day earlier. Health care and technology companies are...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Cambodian medic jailed after infecting more than 100 people with HIV

An unlicensed Cambodian medical practitioner who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for infecting more than 100 villagers with HIV on Thursday acknowledged his mistake in reusing syringes and told an appeal court that he only sought to provide health care for his community. A court in the northwestern province of ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Scientists are calling the way Americans drink 'a public health crisis'

Getty Images High-risk drinking rose about 30% between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013. Heavy drinking can cause high blood pressure, heart problems, stroke, cancer and infections, and liver problems. These biggest increases were seen among women, older adults, minority groups, and people with low education or income levels. ...

- Business Insider - US

'Unchecked Mass Migration' Could Cause Deadly Disease Outbreak, Claims Report

Mass immigration could potentially lead to a deadly public health crisis in the United States, according to a new report.

- Breitbart - US

Republican-controlled states might be Trump's best hope to reform health care

Early on in this year's health care debate, we wrote about how the interests of Republican governors and their federal co-partisans in Congress would not necessarily line up. Indeed, as Congress deliberated options to repeal and replace' the Affordable Care Act, several GOP governors came out against the various proposals. ...

- Brookings - US