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

 
 

The great escape: Why awareness of mortality can be bad for health

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Photo: An emergency exit sign [27/08/2015] People with low self-esteem use a variety of escape mechanisms to avoid thinking about their own mortality, new research reveals.The great escape: Why awareness of mortality can be bad for health - Read more

One in 5 over-65s who drink alcohol do so at unsafe levels

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Photo: An older man drinking beer [26/08/2015] One in five older people who drink alcohol are consuming it at unsafe levels - over 21 units of alcohol for men and 14 units for women each week - according to a study by King's College London. The research in inner-city London, published in BMJ Open, found these unsafe older drinkers are more likely to be of higher socioeconomic status.One in 5 over-65s who drink alcohol do so at unsafe levels - Read more

Cellphone data can track infectious diseases

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Photo: Smartphones lying next together [21/08/2015] Tracking mobile phone data is often associated with privacy issues, but these vast datasets could be the key to understanding how infectious diseases are spread seasonally. Cellphone data can track infectious diseases - Read more

The trick comes with age: being less tired

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Photo: Older couple sleeping together in bed [18/08/2015] The elderly are doing something right. New research into the effects of age on sleep suggests our older community sleep less, but report better quality sleep, and feel more awake during the day.The trick comes with age: being less tired - Read more

Mobile technology may improve health behaviors

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Photo: Man measures his heart rate via watch and app [14/08/2015] Smartphone applications and wearable sensors have the potential to help people make healthier lifestyle choices, but scientific evidence of mobile health technologies' effectiveness for reducing risk factors for heart disease and stroke is limited, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Mobile technology may improve health behaviors - Read more

Using online health forums to serve underserved communities

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Photo: Vagelis Hristidis [14/08/2015] University of California, Riverside researchers recently published a paper on how people use social media and online health forums can help reach underserved communities and prevent the spread of misinformation.Using online health forums to serve underserved communities - Read more

Best practices in hospital care

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Photo: Nurse doing a survey with a patient [11/08/2015] Based on responses to questionnaires and letters sent to CEOs and medical personnel from a nationwide sample of 53 hospitals, Johns Hopkins investigators have identified a handful of best practices they say are most likely to give patients a positive hospital experience, a sense of satisfaction and the feeling they come first.Best practices in hospital care - Read more

Hygiene: More evidence needed to clean hospital rooms

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Photo: dialysis machine [11/08/2015] Tray tables, bed rails, light switches, and toilets: All are common vectors for swapping germs between patients and health care workers. While a new systematic overview points to several promising cleaning tactics of these "high-touch surfaces," there's a lack of evidence as to which is the most effective at reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).Hygiene: More evidence needed to clean hospital rooms - Read more

Improving health information exchange in ERs

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Photo: Nurses running with a patient lying in hospital bed [10/08/2015] An emergency physician-led workgroup has published five primary and seven secondary recommendations about how to maximize the value of health information exchange (HIE) in emergency departments. Improving health information exchange in ERs - Read more

Neurological disease: 'Hidden epidemic' through modern living?

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Photo: Motorway in a city covered by smog [07/08/2015] Modern living could be responsible for an 'almost epidemic' increase in neurological brain disease, according to new research from Bournemouth University.Neurological disease: 'Hidden epidemic' through modern living? - Read more

 
 

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