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Bringing Neglected Tropical Diseases Out Of The Silo

Bringing Neglected Tropical Diseases Out Of The Silo

A man with symptoms of the deadly NTD African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), is examined by Dr Victor Kande in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The number of people requiring treatment for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) decreased from 2.19 to 1.65 billion between 2010 and 2021 – an impressive 25 percent decline. However, interlinked challenges, …

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Vitamin C May Offset Negative Impacts of Smoking While Pregnant in Child's Lung Function

Vitamin C May Offset Negative Impacts of Smoking While Pregnant in Child’s Lung Function

Taking vitamin C supplements while smoking during pregnancy was associated with a 17% improvement in forced expiratory flow (FEF) and a 40% decrease in wheezing in offspring at age 5, according to one study. “The trajectory of airway function from early in life and continuing through adulthood may be an important risk factor for the …

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California's Highly Educated Immigrants - Public Policy Institute of California

California’s Highly Educated Immigrants – Public Policy Institute of California

With robust job growth and low unemployment, California’s post-pandemic economy looks strong on many measures, and the state must take actions to sustain this growth and address future needs. One important issue is the job market’s rising demand for highly educated workers. California’s immigrant workers are increasingly college educated and will be critical to the …

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State and Territorial Health Officials Applaud FDA's Decision to Improve US Blood Supply

State and Territorial Health Officials Applaud FDA’s Decision to Improve US Blood Supply

ARLINGTON, Will, Jan. 30, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) commends the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new proposal to conduct individual risk assessments for blood donors. This will ensure that the United States has a safe and robust blood supply and that blood donation policies reflect the best …

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LGBTQ groups sue Utah over ban on transgender surgeries, treatments

LGBTQ groups sue Utah over ban on transgender surgeries, treatments

It’s only been a few days since Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed a bill to ban transgender surgeries for Utah children and teens, as well as prohibit new hormonal treatments for minors — and the new law is already headed toward a legal challenge. The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah and the National Center …

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Health care spending in the US nearly double of other wealthy nations: report – The Hill

Health care spending in the US nearly double of other wealthy nations: report – The Hill

Story at a glance In the US, health care spending made up 17.8 percent of GDP in 2021. This is nearly double that of other high income countries. Obesity rates are also higher in the US In 2021, the US spent 17.8 percent of GDP on health care, nearly double the average of 9.6 percent …

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Australian Health Dep't failed to manage risks in expanding telehealth: state auditor

Australian Health Dep’t failed to manage risks in expanding telehealth: state auditor

The Australian National Audit Office has conducted a review of the expansion of telehealth services across the country by the Department of Health and Aged Care in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. FINDINGS Based on the state audit, the department fell short in governance, risk management, and evaluation of the telehealth expansion. While it made …

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Government Lets Health Plans That Ripped Off Medicare Keep the Money

Medicare Advantage plans for seniors dodged a major financial bullet Monday as government officials gave them a repossession for returning hundreds of millions of dollars or more in government overpayments — some dating back a decade or more. The health insurance industry had long feared the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would demand repayment …

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Alaska tribal entities to receive federal land transfers for health care facilities

Alaska tribal entities to receive federal land transfers for health care facilities

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in Anchorage, Alaska on Dec. 30, 2021. (Lyndsey Brollini/KTOO) The Tanana Tribal Council and two Alaska Native health consortia will receive land transfers from the federal government. President Biden signed a bill in December that gives Indian Health Service (IHS) land to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) …

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