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Will Stage 3 Meaningful Use help reduce health disparities?

Will Stage 3 Meaningful Use help reduce health disparities?

Are the requirements for eligible hospitals and professionals doing enough to help reduce disparities in healthcare? The answer to that question is no although the EHR Incentive Programs do have the potential to do so, claim the authors of a new action plan issued by the Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH). “We believe the ‘Meaningful Use’ EHR […]

50 years after March On Washington, health disparities still exist: Five ways to overcome

50 years after March On Washington, health disparities still exist: Five ways to overcome

On the 50th anniversary of the historic “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,” America has become a safer, more opportune society for all. But various critical disparities still exist for Black Americans, specifically in terms of the poorer quality of their health care and higher mortality rates compared to White Americans. While the reasons […]

Can NGOs and pharmaceutical firms partner to solve global health issues? Working together, NGOs and businesses have the potential to better tackle ailments from malnutrition to malaria

Can NGOs and pharmaceutical firms partner to solve global health issues? Working together, NGOs and businesses have the potential to better tackle ailments from malnutrition to malaria

A few weeks ago, in a remote Rwandan village, I met a nurse who had set up her own clinic to serve the local residents. From a single, brightly decorated room, she was prescribing medicines and administering basic care that patients might otherwise have to walk 15 miles or more to reach. It was late […]

Scientists grow mini brains from stem cells

Scientists grow mini brains from stem cells

We’ve seen beating heart tissue, windpipes and bladders all grown from stem cells. Now researchers have taken another important step forward by growing mini brains from these programmable cells. They’re not actually functioning brains — in the same way that a car with the engine on its roof or wheels on its hood isn’t a […]

Baby circumcisions in US hospitals on three-decade decline

Baby circumcisions in US hospitals on three-decade decline

The rate of circumcisions performed on newborn boys in U.S. hospitals dropped 6 percentage points over the past three decades, with an especially steep decline in Western states, according to U.S. government data released Thursday. The national rate declined to 58.3 percent in 2010 from 64.5 percent in 1979, according to the report from the […]

CVS cuts off docs who prescribe too many narcotics

CVS cuts off docs who prescribe too many narcotics

CVS Caremark Corp says it has taken the unusual step of cutting off access to powerful painkillers for more than 36 doctors and other healthcare providers found to prescribe the drugs at an alarmingly high rate. The drugstore chain, which was drawn into a government crackdown on prescription painkiller abuse last year, began revoking the […]

Opinion, money can dictate who gets organs

Opinion, money can dictate who gets organs

Needing a life-saving organ and getting one are two different things and the complicated process may not always be fair. Being added to the heart transplant list at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston was a difficult fight for 15-year-old Anthony Stokes. Until three days ago, he was deemed ineligible for a heart transplant based […]

How a Supercomputer May Have Finally Unlocked a Way to Beat HIV

How a Supercomputer May Have Finally Unlocked a Way to Beat HIV

There’s no easy answer for HIV; the sly virus uses our own immune cells to its advantage and mutates readily to shrug off round after round of anti-retrovirals. But thanks to the efforts researchers from the University of Illinois and some heavy-duty number crunching from one of the world’s fastest petaflop supercomputers, we may be […]

Genetic map of cancer reveals trails of mutation that lead to disease

Genetic map of cancer reveals trails of mutation that lead to disease

The first detailed map of genetic faults that cause cancers is published today, offering profound insights into the disease. The map describes more than 20 “genetic signatures”, or patterns of mutation, that alone or in combination drive 30 different types of cancer, including brain, lung, pancreas and breast tumours. Independent cancer specialists who have seen the […]

Good education policy can improve our health

Good education policy can improve our health

All too often we associate good education with better jobs and improved economic output. But good education is just as critical to develop a healthy nation. The health of a country’s people is closely tied to the level of education achieved. In general, those who drop out of high school lead shorter lives. Every additional […]