Archive | September, 2007

Hospitals can be dangerous to yourt health

September 27, 2007

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“Far and away, the most serious hospital risk is a medication error,” says Carolyn Clancy, MD, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in Rockville, Md. “All it takes is for someone to miss a decimal point and you could have a life-threatening mistake.” A 2006 report from the Institute of Medicine […]

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New global campaign promotes maternal, newborn & child health

September 27, 2007

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On 26 September 2007 Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg unveilled “Deliver Now” during the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting – part of a series of events to launch the campaign in New York. This is the second initiative of the Global Campaign for the Health MDGs. Prime Minister Stoltenberg will launch a “Network of Global […]

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Impact of Population-Wide Weight Loss Observed

September 27, 2007

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Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Cienfuegos, Cuba, and Loyola University had a unique opportunity to observe the impact of population-wide weight loss due to sustained reductions in caloric intake and an increase in energy output. This situation occurred during the economic crisis of Cuba in 1989-2000.“This is the first, and […]

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Thimerosal not the cause of autism, but…

September 27, 2007

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An article in this week’s New England Medical Journal, one more trying to determine how much danger, thimerosal in vaccines poses to children apparently finds no causal link. The problem is the weasel-words, circumlocutions and bad prose used to state the conclusion as well as the poor judgement of the study designers by including so […]

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ADA Seal of Acceptance Awarded to Chewing Gum

September 26, 2007

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To be considered for the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance, products must withstand demanding review in a variety of areas. Among other things, manufacturers must: Supply objective data from laboratory and clinical studies that support the product’s safety, effectiveness and promotional claims Submit ingredient lists for review and approval Provide evidence that manufacturing and laboratory facilities […]

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The Urgent Need to Reduce Sodium Consumption

September 26, 2007

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In a commentary from this week’s JAMA Stephen Havas, MD, MPH, MS; and associates state that approximately 16.7 million individuals worldwide, including 850 000 in the United States, annually die of cardiovascular diseases. Further, across populations, the progressive increase in blood pressure levels and the prevalence of hypertension with age are directly related to sodium […]

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Lack of access drives disease

September 25, 2007

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The American Cancer Society is doing something unprecedented in its latest publicity campaign to get Americans to sit up and take notice. Society CEO John R. Seffrin stated unequivocally earlier this month that transforming America’s broken health care system is the only way to defeat cancer. In his announcement urging a national debate on health […]

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Older Blacks and Latinos still lag behind whites in controlling blood sugar,

September 25, 2007

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A comprehensive new national study of middle-aged and older adults, published in the Sept. 24 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, was performed by a team from the University of Michigan and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Despite decades of advances in diabetes care, African Americans and Latinos are still far less likely […]

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New ‘Incision-Less’ Surgery To Stop Acid Reflux Disease

September 25, 2007

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A new workable secondary prevention technique to prevent esophageal reflux. Surgeons in the Oregon Health & Science University Digestive Health Center are the first and only in the United States to use a newly FDA-approved procedure known as EsophyX transoral fundoplication to stop the debilitating symptoms and complications of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, which […]

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Preventive Health Examinations in the United States

September 25, 2007

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A study reported in todays Archives of Internal Medicine, states that “No consensus exists on the appropriate content of preventive visits and that most counseling services occurred outside the annual physicals” The surveillance shows that while physicians talk about the value of prevention, few practice it, despite effectiveness when used. [Ateev Mehrotra; Alan M. Zaslavsky; […]

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