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NEWS via TurkishPress: World’s population at risk from organism-borne diseases

March 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

World’s population at risk from organism-borne diseases Tuesday, March 11, 2014 GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) has released information stating that more than half of the world`s population is at risk from vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue. Diseases such as these are commonly found in tropical and sub-tropical regions and places where access to safe drinking-water and sanitation systems is problematic. They are spread via vectors which are small organisms, such as mosquitoes, sandflies and ticks, which transmit pathogens and parasites from one infected person, or animal, to another causing serious disease in human populations. Vector-borne diseases account for an estimated 17 percent of the world`s infectious diseases with the most deadly being malaria, which caused an estimated 660,000 deaths in 2010, according to WHO. However, the world`s fastest growing vector-borne disease is dengue, with a 30-fold increase in cases of the disease over the [...]

NEWS via HeritageDaily: 17th- and 18th-century risk of disease through Migration

March 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

17th- and 18th-century risk of disease through Migration HERITAGE March 3, 2014 – No comments The fate of migrants moving to cities in 17th- and 18th-century England demonstrates how a single pathogen could dramatically alter the risks associated with migration and migratory patterns today. Cities have always been a magnet to migrants. In 2010, a tipping point was reached for the first time when, according to the World Health Organization, the majority of the world’s population lived in cities. By 2050, seven out of 10 people will have been born in – or migrated to – a city. One hundred years ago, that figure was two out of 10. Today, cities are generally the safest places to live. If you live in one, you’re likely to be richer than someone living in a rural environment. If you’re richer, you’re likely to live longer. If you live in a city, you have better access to hospitals and healthcare, and you’re more likely to be immunised. But that was not always the [...]

NEWS: Doctors selling their practices – Jul. 16, 2013

July 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

A growing trend in the United States is to see less doctors practicing. We are seemingly suffering a brain drain of doctors who want to have their own private practice, but end up giving up their specialties to work for a hospital instead. Top reasons that doctors are calling it quits: 1. Doctors are tired of the hassle of filing insurance claims 2.Doctors are tired of collecting payments from patients 3. Doctors want to only focus on medicine 4.The unknowns of Obamacare, though the problem of doctors bailing from their practice started long before the plan was put into place. In a country that likes to tout itself as the most developed in the World, the United States is ranks 38th in the World for quality of health systems [World Health Organization 2000 report). Ironically, the United States also ranked 1st for expenditure per capita.  We spend the most but receive less care. Is it possible that a market driven health care system is the reason we are failing? [...]
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