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The Lancet: Sierra Leone researchers call for improved health surveillance and … – Science Codex

Posted: Sunday, July 06, 2014

Researchers working in Sierra Leone today [Saturday 5 July] suggest priority actions needed to tackle the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa. In a letter to The Lancet, the researchers call for improvements in access to diagnostic technologies and health-care resources, as well as improved disease surveillance and health communication. At present, there is little incentive for patients to seek professional diagnosis of suspected Ebola, say the authors, with most…

New England Journal of Medicine: Pro-Assisted Suicide, Pro-Rationing, Anti … – LifeNews.com

Posted: Friday, July 04, 2014

New England Journal of Medicine: Pro-Assisted Suicide, Pro-Rationing, Anti-Hobby Lobby by Wesley J. Smith | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 7/4/14 11:20 AM Print Email<!–Email–><!–Email–> The New England Journal of Medicine is a cultural wrecking ball. Whenever it turns to ethics, it reliably sides with the culture of death–pro assisted suicide and health care rationing–or against conscience rights of those who dissent from the reigning moral orthodoxy. For…

Doctors forced to act as a surrogate social service, says British Medical Journal – The Independent

Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2014

Almost all [94 per cent] GPs have seen their workload rise in the past year, as the effects of welfare cuts have taken hold. People are increasingly turning to them for help in appealing against controversial health assessments which can see benefits cut or stopped. And more than two thirds [68 per cent] of doctors warn that the health of their patients is suffering as a result of austerity driven…

The Lancet: Infectious disease remains a concern in U.S. – W*USA 9

Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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Noroviruuses are major cause of diarrhea and vomiting: Lancet – TheHealthSite

Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2014

New estimates have suggested that noroviruses cause around a fifth of all cases of acute gastroenteritis (diarrhoea and vomiting) across all age groups. Noroviruses are responsible for almost a fifth (18 per cent) of all cases worldwide. According to the authors, new estimates highlight the importance of developing norovirus vaccines. Lead author Dr Benjamin Lopman from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the USA, said including data from 48 countries and…

Lancet lauds health success – Financial Express Bangladesh

Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2014

British medical journal The Lancet has published Bangladesh’s success story in cutting 40 per cent maternal deaths in the previous decade and says it can be a lesson for countries lagging behind. Researchers who wrote the Bangladesh chapter in this prestigious journal released on Monday also look into what explains this reduction. Maternal deaths decreased to 194 per 100,000 births in 2010 from 322 in 2001 in Bangladesh. ‘We used…

One stop shop for healthcare information, medical research now online – Hindu Business Line

Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2014

Medical students and doctors in India can access healthcare information, including research articles from multiple reputed medical journals, courtesy an online initiative by Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD). Explaining how the medical initiative ‘Univadis’ was different from the explosion of information already available on the Internet, MSD Managing Director KG Ananthakrishnan told Business Line that the portal had tie-ups with different independent medical journals, including the Lancet and BMJ, providing…

Arnold S. Relman, New England Journal of Medicine editor, dies at 91 – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Arnold S. Relman, a physician and writer who as the longtime editor of the New England Journal of Medicine helped shape debates about health care, how it is developed and how it is paid for, died June 17 — his 91st birthday — at his home in Cambridge, Mass. The cause was melanoma, his son John Relman said. First published in 1812, the New England Journal of Medicine is regarded…

A Cure for HIV is a Major Scientific Priority, New Lancet Review Emphasizes – Infection Control Today

Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Huge advancements have taken place in HIV treatment and prevention over the past 10 years, but there is still no cure or vaccine. The findings are part of a review into the global HIV epidemic published in The Lancet, co-authored by Monash University professor Sharon Lewin. The review shows that because of advancements in treatment, people with the virus are living longer. Overall,…

Indian story of kickbacks in British Medical Journal – Daily News & Analysis

Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Corruption in Indian health care has hit the headlines of the prestigious British Medical Journal, which has termed it cancerous and said it is “ruining doctor-patient relationship”. An Australian doctor who witnessed how bribes and kickbacks are routine has written about his Indian experience in the journal’s latest edition. Dr David Berger tells readers how a marketing executive of a private heart clinic approached him with an envelope full of…

The Lancet: Rate of hospitalization for severe heart attacks in China … – Science Codex

Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The rate of hospitalisation for the most serious type of heart attack, ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), more than quadrupled in China between 2001 and 2011, according to new research published in The Lancet. The study, funded by the Chinese government, evaluates medical records, care processes, and outcomes for 13,815 hospital admissions for STEMI in 162 hospitals across China. It shows that in 2001, there were an estimated 3•7 hospital…

RCOG statement on new Lancet series on midwifery care globally – HealthCanal.com

Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014

The Series includes four papers looking at midwifery services and focuses on a new framework for maternal and newborn care, estimates of the effects of increased midwifery care, case studies of countries that have improved their maternal and newborn health and priority research areas to improve quality of care.  The first paper looks at a new framework for maternal and newborn care which describes the characteristics of care that…

The Lancet: Midwifery matters ‘more than ever’ – Science Codex

Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014

Midwifery has a crucial part to play in saving the lives of millions of women and children who die during and around the time of pregnancy, according to a major new Series, published in The Lancet. The Series, produced by an international group of academics, clinicians, professional midwives, policymakers and advocates for women and children, is the most critical, wide-reaching examination of midwifery ever conducted. It shows the scale of…

The Lancet: Midwifery matters ‘more than ever’ – Science Codex

Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014

Midwifery has a crucial part to play in saving the lives of millions of women and children who die during and around the time of pregnancy, according to a major new Series, published in The Lancet. The Series, produced by an international group of academics, clinicians, professional midwives, policymakers and advocates for women and children, is the most critical, wide-reaching examination of midwifery ever conducted. It shows the scale of…

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Oldest ever schistosomiasis egg found may be … – HeritageDaily

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014

The discovery of a schistosomiasis parasite egg in a 6200-year-old grave at a prehistoric town by the Euphrates river in Syria may be the first evidence that agricultural irrigation systems in the Middle East contributed to disease burden, according to new Correspondence published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Schistosomiasis is a disease caused by several species of flatworm parasites that live in the blood vessels of the bladder and intestines….

Dr. Arnold Relman, 91; ex-NE Journal of Medicine editor – Boston Globe

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014

Eloquent and forceful on the page or the podium, Dr. Arnold Relman led the New England Journal of Medicine for more than 13 years, raising a sometimes lonely voice to warn about the dangers of for-profit medicine when many in politics and his profession raced to embrace a free market approach. Dr. Relman also was one of the nation’s foremost writers about the rising cost of health care. Persistent to…

The Lancet’s Manifesto For Planetary Health: Loons On The Loose – Forbes

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014

I’ve mentioned the Lancet’s idea of gaining international socialism under the guise of public health here before. What I hadn’t realised was the misunderstandings of the real world that underpin their aims. Fortunately I am now better informed as a result of reading this interview with Martin McKee of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Health, one of the report’s authors. Professor McKee shows that as an economist he’s,…

Dr. Arnold Relman, ex-NE Journal of Medicine editor, dies at 91 – Boston Globe

Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dr. Arnold Relman, who as editor of the New England Journal of Medicine took an august research publication and expanded its reach to make it a forum where a rapidly evolving field’s most important economic, ethical, and public policy debates were argued, died early Tuesday morning on his 91st birthday. Eloquent and forceful on the page or the podium, he raised his sometimes lonely voice in the early 1980s to…