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February 09, 2006

US plans massive data sweep
The US government is developing a massive computer system that can collect huge amounts of data and, by linking far-flung information from blogs and e-mail to government records and intelligence reports, search for patterns of terrorist activity.
Read article at Christian Science Monitor (USA)

February 03, 2006

When Trust in Doctors Erodes, Other Treatments Fill the Void
The most telling evidence of Americans' dissatisfaction with traditional health care is the more than $27 billion they spend annually on alternative and complementary medicine, according to government estimates. In ways large and small, millions of people are taking active steps to venture outside the mainstream, whether by taking the herbal remedy echinacea for a cold or by placing their last hopes for cancer cure in alternative treatment, as did Coretta Scott King, who died this week at an alternative hospice clinic in Mexico.
Read article at New York Times (USA)

February 01, 2006

Medical corruption 'global issue'
Corruption in healthcare systems remains a global problem in both poor and rich countries, and more must be done to stamp it out, a report says. Anti-corruption body Transparency International looked at the more than $3 trillion (1.7 trillion) the world spends on health services each year.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

January 30, 2006

Primary care about to collapse, physicians warn
Primary care -- the basic medical care that people get when they visit their doctors for routine physicals and minor problems -- could fall apart in the United States without immediate reforms, the American College of Physicians said on Monday.
Read article at Reuters.com

January 24, 2006

3D structure of HIV is 'revealed'
The 3D structure of the virus which causes Aids has been revealed for the first time, scientists say. The variable size and shape of HIV has made it hard to map, the team said in the journal Structure. So the UK-German team took hundreds of images of viruses that are 60 times smaller than red blood cells, and used a computer programme to combine them.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

January 10, 2006

Record Share Of Economy Spent on Health Care
Rising health care costs, already threatening many basic industries, now consume 16 percent of the nation's economic output -- the highest proportion ever, the government said yesterday in its latest calculation.
Read article at WashingtonPost.com

August 13, 2005

'Laughter therapy' doctor Patch Adams honoured in Peru, calls Bush 'fascist'
A U.S. doctor known for his signature use of "laughter therapy" and social activism used his acceptance speech for a health care award to blast President George W. Bush and materialism in society.
Read article at MedBroadcast.com

July 27, 2005

The ABCs of tort reform
Most people have heard of tort reform, a movement to reshape the way consumers can access the courts by restricting their right to sue and limiting the awards they could receive. But not that many people, including some with strong opinions, actually know what it's all about.
Read article at Bankrate.com

July 8, 2005

G8 leaders agree $50bn aid boost
The G8 summit has ended with an agreement to boost aid for developing countries by $50bn (£28.8bn). The debt of the 18 poorest nations in Africa is also being cancelled. On trade, there was a commitment to work towards cutting subsidies and tariffs.
Read article at BBCNews.com

July 2, 2005

Gates Foundation Awards $436.6M to 43 Research Projects Targeting Public Health in Developing Countries
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Monday awarded $436.6 million to 43 research projects addressing public health problems in developing countries, including the development of vaccines for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Read article at MedicalNewsToday.com

June 8, 2005

Humanitarians Launch Campaign to Fight Disease in Poor Nations
Nobel laureates, scientists and humanitarian groups called Wednesday for stepped up investment in new drugs, vaccines and diagnostic tests for diseases that are maiming and killing millions of people in poor countries. Of the nearly 1,400 new medicines approved between 1975 and 1999, only 1 percent were developed for tuberculosis or tropical diseases mainly confined to poor nations.
Read article at DailyNewsCentral.com

May 20, 2005

U.S. Consumers Increasingly Using Web Sites to Find Health Information
One in three US residents used the Internet to find information on a medical problem in 2004, according to a survey released Tuesday. Researchers from the Pew Internet and American Life Project surveyed more than 900 people -- of which two-thirds were regular Internet users -- and found that since 2002 more people are using the Internet to find information on diet and nutrition or particular doctors or hospitals.
Read article at MedicalNewsToday.com

May 13, 2005

AIDS Activists Go After Vitamin Salesman
A South African court on Friday opened a hearing against a self-styled nutrition guru who claims that anti-retroviral medicines are poisonous and that his own "natural" multivitamin therapies are more effective against the AIDS virus.
Read article at ABCNews.com

May 5, 2005

South African Health Minister Defends Progress Against AIDS Despite Criticisms
Stressing the benefits of olive oil, garlic and beetroot, South Africa's health minister on Thursday said good nutrition was just as important as anti-retroviral medicines for people infected with the AIDS virus and that her government would not be pressured into meeting U.N. treatment targets. Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, long accused by health activists of not doing enough to combat the spread of AIDS and resisting the use of anti-AIDS drugs, said far too little was known about the side-effects of the drugs.
Read article at ABCNews.Go.com

April 25, 2005

"The Truth About the Drug Companies" A Book Review
The title of this book, The Truth About the Drug Companies, contradicts its message. One of author Marcia Angell’s main points is that the truth is most definitely not out there. Enough is known, however, to provide a shocking tale of how drug companies manipulate America’s drug approval and patent system to keep competitors out and prices obscenely high. Angell does not provide the more important story of how the rush to increase consumption of new and high-priced drugs is maiming and killing Americans every day of the year. But as she shows, drug companies are incredibly secretive, especially when it comes to their financial situation. And since making money is the almost the sole purpose of the modern pharmaceutical industry, the secrecy is virtually total.
Read article at RedFlagsWeekly.com

More churches entering field of healthcare
At the Church Health Center, the nation's largest faith-based, non-profit primary health clinic, no insurance is no problem. It has treated tens of thousands of working people without health coverage in Memphis, one of the nation's poorest big cities. They are employed by businesses that don't offer health benefits or that hire part-time workers who can't afford health-plan premiums.
Read article at CSMonitor.com

April 22, 2005

India launches national rural health mission
The Indian government announced a plan to increase staffing levels and improve the infrastructure in rural hospitals last week. It also intends to use village women to track the health needs of their own communities. The health ministry has ear-marked 67bn rupees (£0.8bn;$1.5bn; €1.2bn) this year (2005-6) for the National Rural Health Mission, dubbing it a fresh effort to correct "striking inequalities" between urban and rural health services in India. But health activists have said that the plan would require more funding and complementary changes to India's medical education system for it to work. The mission will raise a cadre of 250 000 women volunteers designated as accredited social health activists over the next three years, virtually one from every village or cluster of villages, across 18 states with weak rural health infrastructure.
Read article at BMJ.com

April 20, 2005

Global Health Corps Proposed to Fight AIDS
The federal government should create a corps of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, lab technicians and computer specialists and deploy them in the hard-hit countries targeted by the Bush administration's five-year, $15 billion global AIDS program, according to a panel of experts. That was the idea outlined yesterday by a group asked to come up with specific suggestions on how to create one of the key manpower components of the administration's ambitious AIDS plan.
Read article at WashingtonPost.com

April 19, 2005

Fast Food Seeks Influence in WTO
U.S. fast-food giants, in a move reflecting the crucial role of agricultural subsidies at the World Trade Organization, are for the first time injecting themselves into trade talks in a big way. A coalition hatched largely by Yum Brands Inc., the Louisville, Ky., operator of Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants, is trying to recruit Yum's rivals and food processors to lobby for free food trade, as the WTO's Doha Round of trade negotiations heads for a climactic meeting in December in Hong Kong.
Read article at WSJ.com (Subscription needed)

April 1, 2005

Wolfowitz is the wrong choice for the World Bank says British Medical Journal
The nomination of Paul Wolfowitz to head the World Bank is the wrong choice and should be rejected, says an editorial in this week's BMJ. Wolfowitz's reputation as the chief mover for the war on Iraq - a development disaster - sits uncomfortably with a job whose main role is multilateral international development, writes Kamran Abbasi, BMJ Deputy Editor. Many countries that Wolfowitz will be required to help are critical of America's war on Iraq and its motives.
Read article at MedicalNewsToday.com

March 31, 2005

Half of All Cancer Deaths Preventable: Report
More than 60 percent of all cancer deaths could be prevented if Americans stopped smoking, exercised more, ate healthier food and underwent recommended cancer screenings, the American Cancer Society reported on Thursday. Americans could realistically cut the death rate in half, the report says. This year 1.368 million Americans will learn they have cancer and 563,700 will die of it.
Read article at Reuters.com

Public morally obliged to take part in scientific research, says leading ethicist
The public has a moral obligation to support and take part in scientific research, says a leading ethicist in the Journal of Medical Ethics. John Harris, Professor of Bioethics at the Institute of Medicine, Law and Bioethics at the University of Manchester, does not advocate making it a legal requirement for people to get involved. But he contends that compulsion is, in principle, justifiable, and in certain circumstances, may be justified.
Read article at MedicalNewsToday.com

March 25, 2005

Falling EU population will affect healthcare provision
The European Union is facing unprecedented demographic change, according to the European Commission, which is so concerned at the implications of a falling population that it has issued a consultation paper on the subject. The native population of the EU's 25 member countries grew by only 0.04% in 2003, and of the 10 countries that joined the EU last year, all except Cyprus and Malta saw their populations decline.
Read article at BMJ.com

Sponsors 'manipulate' scientists
One in 10 research scientists is under pressure to tailor findings to suit the work's sponsor, a survey suggests. Women are more likely to be targeted than men, according to the poll of 358 scientists carried out by two unions.
Read article at BBCNews.com

March 24, 2005

The World on Wolfowitz
Last week, President Bush tapped Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz for the World Bank presidency. Wolfowitz, who has no experience in international finance and only a brief record in the developing world as U.S. ambassador to Indonesia, remains a polarizing figure for his role in the Iraq war and the global war on terror. Since the announcement the editorial pages of papers worldwide have struggled to assess what this move indicates for the Bank, American foreign policy, and the fight to end global poverty.
Read article at Alternet.org

Report Emphasizes Shortfall in Medicare
The two independent trustees overseeing Social Security and Medicare broke with the Bush administration's trustees yesterday, saying Medicare's financial problems far exceed Social Security's and are in urgent need of attention. Republican Thomas R. Saving and Democrat John L. Palmer said Social Security's condition has changed little since they joined the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees in 2000. But in the trustees' report released yesterday, they wrote that Medicare's prospects have "deteriorated dramatically" with rising medical costs and the addition in 2003 of a prescription drug benefit.
Read article at WashingtonPost.com

March 17, 2005

Discussion paper on ethics of research in developing countries
finds problems in practice

Applying international guidance on healthcare-related research in developing countries in practice is often fraught with difficulty, according to a Discussion Paper published today by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. The ethics of research related to healthcare in developing countries: a follow-up Discussion Paper reports that existing guidelines are often inconsistent and inappropriate for the developing country setting.
Read article at MedicalNewsToday.com

March 14, 2005

Pacemakers Can Cause Heart Failure
People with the most common pacemaker types are more likely than similar people without pacemakers to die from or be hospitalized for gradual heart failure, sometimes within six months, according to a large study confirming doctors' belief the life-saving devices actually harm some patients.
Read article at RedNova.com

March 10, 2005

Cancer Most Common in North America
Men and women in North America are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than in any other region in the world. Worldwide, the report shows that there were 10.9 million new cancer cases diagnosed and 6.7 million cancer deaths reported in 2002.
Read article at WebMD.com

February 26, 2005

Two New Virusses Reported Belonging to AIDS Family
American scientists said Friday that they had discovered two new human viruses in Africa that belong to the same family, retroviruses, as the virus that causes AIDS. So far, the scientists said, the new viruses have not been linked to any disease, but they are being monitored out of concern that they or similar retroviruses might conceivably spawn another epidemic.
Read article at NYTimes.com

February 18, 2005

South Africa Reports 57% Jump in Deaths, AIDS Blamed
South Africa Friday reported a 57 percent jump in deaths between 1997 and 2002, providing a startling -- if indirect -- picture of the rocketing toll of the country's AIDS epidemic. Releasing figures from a widely awaited national mortality study, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said reported deaths leapt to 499,268 in 2002 from 318,287 in 1997.
Read article at Reuters.com

Threat to human health as bird flu 'adapting to mammals'
Bird flu could be far more prevalent and humans more susceptible than previously thought, according to new research by British scientists. A team at Oxford University, who studied a number of deaths in Vietnam, concluded that avian influenza, as it is formally known, is "progressively adapting to mammals". In the case of a four-year-old Vietnamese boy, the child died from a bird flu-related disease despite not displaying breathing problems or other obvious symptoms, the Oxford University researchers said. This finding has prompted fears that the spread and impact of avian influenza has been underestimated.
Read article at Scotsman.com

February 17, 2005

World's population reaches 6.5 billion this year, could reach 7 billion by 2012, UN says
The world’s population has reached 6.5 billion this year, a billion more than 1993, despite low fertility in developed countries and high mortality in developing countries, a new United Nations report says.
Read article at NewsIsFree.com

Cancer killing millions in Europe
Cancer is killing millions of Europeans - and a concerted effort on preventing its most common forms is needed to stop rates rising further, experts warn. Research published in the Annals of Oncology estimates there were more than 1.7 million cancer deaths in Europe in 2004 and another 2.9 million new cases.
Read article at BBCNews.com

February 3, 2005

Public Shows Mistrust of Health Care
There's something unhealthy about the American health care system, according to a survey released this week by the non-profit medical research alliance Research!America. The survey, conducted in January, found that 64 percent of Americans claim they are not getting adequate health care, and 60 percent say the U.S. health care system is not the best in the world.
Read article at RedNova.com

January 25, 2005

Gates' $750m vaccination pledge
The foundation run by Microsoft magnate Bill Gates has announced it is dedicating $750m (£400m) to a worldwide infant vaccination programme. Mr Gates said the donation would help save millions of children's lives. "Supporting children's immunisation is undoubtedly the best investment we've ever made," he said in a statement.
Read article at BBC.co.uk

January 24, 2005

US bank of stem cells 'is dangerously contaminated'
America's approved bank of human embryonic stem cells is contaminated and possibly dangerous to patients, scientists said yesterday. The discovery marks a major setback for the United States and its efforts to dominate what many see as the next revolution in medical technology. President George W Bush has said that embryonic stem cell research "is at the leading edge of a series of moral hazards".
Read article at Netdoctor.co.uk

January 23, 2005

Vitamin users in last-ditch bid to stop ban on supplements
Consumers and producers of popular vitamin and mineral supplements used by thousands every day will this week make a last-ditch attempt to prevent a European Union directive from banning them.
Read article at Independent.co.uk

January 21, 2005

Bush to Boost AIDS Funds; Critics Say More Needed
President Bush will propose $3.2 billion for next year to combat the spread of AIDS globally, one of the few increases in what is expected to be a tight foreign aid budget, administration and congressional sources said on Friday. Administration officials said Bush was fulfilling his commitments on AIDS funding, but critics charged the funding levels were inadequate. In his 2003 State of the Union address, Bush pledged $15 billion over five years to help combat the spread of HIV/AIDS, mostly in Africa and the Caribbean.
Read article at Reuters.com

January 20, 2005

The new European Healthcare Agenda
“I am grateful for the opportunity to take part in this conference, which I feel is a very timely event. The issue of healthcare is of great concerns to citizens – but this has always been the case.” New EU Health  and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou
Read article at Europa.EU.int

January 18, 2005

Germany develops maximum safe levels for vitamin, mineral intake
A group of experts in Germany has established a risk assessment model for deducing ‘maximum safe levels’ of nutrients provided in supplements and fortified foods.
Read article at NutraIngredients.com

January 17, 2005

IAEA Chief to Talk Cancer, Crops, Nutrition on Africa Visit
International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei is in Ghana and Nigeria this week on a routine visit to see how the tools of nuclear science and technology are helping these countries meet critical needs. He will  inaugurate a radiotherapy cancer treatment centre in Ghana, where the Agency is working on numerous other projects, including ways to use isotopes to bolster crop yields, improve human nutrition and detect drug resistance in malaria.
Read article at IAEA.org

January 14, 2005

Tobacco Industry Worked to Thwart Lung Cancer Link
Tobacco companies were working as recently as three years ago to contradict research that strengthened the scientific link between smoking and cancer, a new report based on industry documents claims.
Read article at MedicineNet.com

High blood pressure set to soar
More than 1.5 billion people will have high blood pressure by 2025, and the world's poorest countries will be worst hit, warn US experts. Three-quarters will be from developing countries, Tulane University researchers estimate.
Read article at BBCNews.com


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