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Electronic records tied to fewer hospitalizations

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Switching from paper to electronic medical records at health clinics led to “modest reductions” in the number of people with diabetes that went to the emergency room or were hospitalized, in a new...

 

Health research is essential for progress towards universal health coverage

BEIJING - At the launch of the “World health report 2013: Research for universal health coverage”, WHO today called on countries to continue investing in local research in order to develop a system of universal health coverage tailored...

 

Sanofi starts late-stage test for Clostridium vaccine

PARIS (Reuters) – Sanofi said on Monday it had started late-stage trials involving 15,000 people to test a vaccine against Clostridium difficile infections (CDI), the main cause of diarrhea in hospitals... Read on: Reuters: Health News

 

World Bank’s Jim Yong Kim: A doctor’s bold prescription to cure poverty

The physician is relentlessly hopeful, a characteristic that differentiates him from many global leaders… Read on: globeandmail – Report on Business

 

Stem-cell therapy wipes out HIV in two patients

LONDON (Reuters) – Two men with HIV have been off AIDS drugs for several months after receiving stem-cell transplants for cancer that appear to have cleared the virus from their bodies, researchers reported on Wednesday... Read on: Reuters:...

 

New death from SARS-like coronavirus MERS as health experts meet

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said another person had died of the SARS-like coronavirus MERS, and six new cases were registered, in statements on Thursday and Friday as international experts gather in Cairo to discuss the epidemic... Read...

 

S Korea tops global healthcare improvement table; Spain comes last

S Korea tops global healthcare improvement table; Spain comes last. Ipsos used a scorecard based on net findings and a gap score analysis of the 15 nations to establish an overall score for each on the Report Card, and also gave them a letter...

 

SARS-like virus has high mortality rate in Saudi Arabia, specialists say

A new virus responsible for an outbreak of respiratory illness in the Middle East may be more deadly than SARS, according to a team of infectious disease specialists who recently investigated a set of cases in Saudi Arabia… Read on: The...

 

Obesity called a disease by U.S. doctors group

The American Medical Association has voted to recognize obesity as a disease, while doctors in Canada say they also treat it as such. CBC | Health News

 

Use prescription meds properly, save $200 billion a year

The good news from IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics: Using prescription medicines properly could save $ 200 billion in annual U.S. healthcare costs. More good news, at least for the pharma business: The institute's ideas for saving...

 

Saudi Arabia says 4 more die from new respiratory virus related to SARS

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia says four more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths to 32 in the kingdom at the centre of the growing crisis. Overall, nearly 40 people have...

 

PAHO/WHO Urges Countries Of The Americas To Work Toward 100% Voluntary Altruistic Blood Donation

In Latin America and the Caribbean, only 41% of blood supplies are obtained through voluntary altruistic blood donation, the safest way to collect blood, according to the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)....

 

Britain to regulate electronic cigarettes as non-prescription medicines

Healthcare authorities around the world are grappling with how to deal with the battery-driven devices, which allow users to inhale nicotine-laced vapour and are increasingly popular as an apparently less harmful alternative to smoking. globeandmail...

 

New vaccine drives Africa meningitis cases to lowest in decade

LONDON (Reuters) – Case numbers in Africa’s meningitis season this year were the lowest in 10 years thanks to a cheap new vaccine designed to treat a type of the disease common in the so-called meningitis belt, the World Health Organization...

 

Older drugs aren’t just cheaper, they’re better, study says

Generic drugs already have cost on their side when competing with pricey brands. But according to a new study in Health Affairs, older meds may actually be more effective, too. FiercePharma News