• Cost Shifting Eye Care: Sustainable Health Care Model?

    Cost Shifting Eye Care: Sustainable Health Care Model?

    Dr. Gullapalli Rao is an ophthalmologist and founder of the Hyderabad-based  L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI). The Institute, which opened in 1986 and provides primary eye care to underserved populations using a cost-shifting model, one that’s become quite popular in public health in developing countries – take from those who can pay full price and help cover the costs of

  • Samahope: Crowdfunding Health

    Samahope: Crowdfunding Health

    By Lindsay Hebert The sixteen women on my computer screen need help. Natasha is three years old and requires $550 for a burn operation. Efreda was divorced by her husband because of her fistula condition; surgery will cost $1,000. When I refresh the page, a new tiling of faces appears. The questions facing potential donors on Samahope.org are not new.

  • WHO Member States make progress on noncommunicable diseases

    WHO Member States make progress on noncommunicable diseases

    9 NOVEMBER 2012 | GENEVA - The first-ever global monitoring framework to combat several of the world’s biggest killers has been agreed this week by WHO Member States. The framework comprises nine voluntary global targets and 25 indicators to prevent and control diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease and other noncommunicable diseases. The draft framework aims to

  • ‘Smoke-free’ laws lead to fewer hospitalizations and deaths

    ‘Smoke-free’ laws lead to fewer hospitalizations and deaths

    Laws that end smoking at work and other public places result in significantly fewer hospitalizations for heart attacks, strokes, asthma and other respiratory conditions, a new UCSF analysis has found. The research provides evidence that smoke-free laws that cover workplaces, restaurants and bars have the biggest impacts on hospitalizations, reduce health care costs and also raise quality of life, the

  • 20 million lives saved through TB care and control

    20 million lives saved through TB care and control

    17 OCTOBER 2012 | WASHINGTON DC - An estimated 20 million people are alive today as a direct result of tuberculosis (TB) care and control, according to the WHO Global tuberculosis report 2012. “In the space of 17 years, 51 million people have been successfully treated and cared for according to WHO recommendations. Without that treatment, 20 million people would have died,”

  • World Faces Rising Oral Health Care Crisis, Says Leading International Dental Organization

    World Faces Rising Oral Health Care Crisis, Says Leading International Dental Organization

    HONG KONG, Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – The world is experiencing a large and growing crisis in access to oral healthcare that, if left unchecked, risks an unmanageable explosion of oral disease, especially in developing countries, according to a report issued today by Geneva-based FDI World Dental Federation, the principal representative body for more than 1 million dental practitioners worldwide. Oral disease affects

  • Back to the elements

    Back to the elements

    Carbon is everywhere, almost. Carbon is in the atmosphere, proteins, cells, plants, food, and so on. The sixth element of the periodic table, carbon is one of the earliest discovered elements, posited to have been discovered by the Egyptians and Sumerians in 3750 BC. It was formally listed as an element more than 5,000 years later in 1789 by the

  • Global Hypertension Experts Launch First-of-its-Kind Online Resource to Help Healthcare Professionals Address Most Challenging Form of Hypertension

    Global Hypertension Experts Launch First-of-its-Kind Online Resource to Help Healthcare Professionals Address Most Challenging Form of Hypertension

    ERLANGEN, Germany and BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Power Over Pressure steering committee today announced the launch of the world’s first online resource created to help healthcare professionals improve diagnosis and develop solutions for treatment-resistant hypertension, an urgent and growing public health issue that affects 120 million people worldwide.1,2 Developed by global hypertension experts and endorsed by

 

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