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News on public health research and national as well as international health policies. Edited by MEDICA.de and several associations.

 
 

More people discuss end-of-life wishes with loved ones

Photo: Older couple, the woman cares for the man [20/04/2015] Discussing end-of-life wishes with loved ones can be difficult, but new research from the University of Missouri shows more individuals are engaging in advance care planning. Advance care planning includes discussing end-of-life care preferences, providing written end-of-life care instructions and appointing a durable power of attorney for health care.More people discuss end-of-life wishes with loved ones - Read more

Tango dancing benefits Parkinson's patients

Photo: A couple dancing tango [17/04/2015] Dancing the Argentine tango could have potential benefits for people at certain stages in the development of Parkinson's disease (PD), according to findings in a new study by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital - The Neuro, McGill University and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.Tango dancing benefits Parkinson's patients - Read more

Heart attack: High risk in divorced women

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Photo: Woman holding her breast [15/04/2015] Divorced women suffer heart attacks at higher rates than women who are continuously married, a new study from Duke Medicine has found. A woman who has been through two or more divorces is nearly twice as likely to have a heart attack when compared to their stably-married female peers, according to the findings.Heart attack: High risk in divorced women - Read more

New guidance on contact precautions for hospital visitors

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Photo: Washing hands under a valve [13/04/2015] Leading infectious diseases experts have released new guidance for healthcare facilities looking to establish precautions for visitors of patients with infectious diseases. The guidance looks to reduce the potential for healthcare visitors in spreading dangerous bacteria within the healthcare facility and community.New guidance on contact precautions for hospital visitors - Read more

Synchronization of the womb's clock with mother's body clock

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Photo: Pregnant woman on a sofa [08/04/2015] If you are trying to have a baby, a good night's sleep is more important than ever. A new research report appearing in The FASEB Journal shows that the womb has its own "body clock" that needs to synchronize with the mother's body clock to ensure optimal conditions for fetal growth and development. Synchronization of the womb's clock with mother's body clock - Read more

Vaccine activates the immune system response against Ebola

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Photo: Ebola [07/04/2015] The initial results of a clinical Phase I trial of a potential vaccine against the dreaded Ebola virus are now available at the Hamburg-Eppendorf University Medical Center (UKE). As this trial was being conducted, scientists in Geneva (Switzerland), Lambaréne (Gabon), and Kilifi (Kenya) were also testing the “rVSV-ZEBOV” vaccine on a total of 158 healthy adult volunteers.Vaccine activates the immune system response against Ebola - Read more

Lessons to be learned from Ebola epidemic

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Photo: Woman using hand desinfectant [31/03/2015] While the international response to the Ebola epidemic that started in early 2014 included unprecedented measures that appeared to be gaining control of the outbreak by the end of the year, the past year has also revealed critical weaknesses in the global public health system.Lessons to be learned from Ebola epidemic - Read more

When clocks are set forward, life satisfaction declines

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Photo: Clock with roman numeral [27/03/2015] According to a recent study based on data from the SOEP and the UK study Understanding Society, people’s life satisfaction declines when they lose an hour to daylight savings time.When clocks are set forward, life satisfaction declines - Read more

Improving communication for better patient care

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Photo: Doctor talking to patient lying in hospital bed [26/03/2015] Coordinating patient care between hospital clinicians and primary-care physicians is a significant challenge due to poor communication and gaps in information-sharing strategies, according to a study led by physicians at the School of Medicine of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.Improving communication for better patient care - Read more

Patients want more information about medical imaging risk

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Photo: Doctor holding MRI image [24/03/2015] A substantial gap exists between patient expectations and current practices for providing information about medical imaging tests that use radiation, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. Researchers said the findings highlight a need for better communication as medicine enters an era of patient-centered care.Patients want more information about medical imaging risk - Read more