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Cash rewards have a positive impact on low income families’ health in New York City, a study found

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 10 marzo 2018

Lifepath announced the publication of its new study on the health impacts of Opportunity NYC–Family Rewards, a conditional cash transfer programme in New York City aimed at improving population health by making cash transfers conditional on engaging in a number of activities, including school attendance, preventive health care use and employment participation for parents. Family Rewards was the first conditional cash transfer program for low-income families in the US. The study, published in the March issue of Health Affairs, a leading health policy journal, found that Family Rewards had small but meaningful effects on the use of some preventive health services, especially dental care. In addition, the programme had a positive impact on parents’ perceptions of their health as well as their level of hope, mainly through improvements in reported financial well-being. This study is a collaboration between King’s College London, Columbia University and MDRC – a nonprofit, social policy research organization – as part of Lifepath, a project funded by the European Commission with the aim of investigating the biological pathways underlying social differences in healthy ageing.Dr. Emilie Courtin, Research Fellow at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, King’s College London (UK), and her colleagues found that participation in the program was associated with an increased probability of having had at least two dental check-ups in the past year (by 13% in adults and by almost 15% in children 42 months after the program started). This is a very important effect, as oral health care is one of the largest unmet health care needs in the US, and the single largest among children. Family Rewards also had positive effects on health insurance coverage and receiving treatment for any medical condition. Participants were also less likely to forgo medical care due to cost. These effects translated into modest improvements in health status as measured by parental self-rated health and level of hope.
Family Rewards was created by the New York City’s Center for Economic Opportunity (now NYC Opportunity) in partnership with MDRC and Seedco. It was privately funded and offered to more than 4,700 low-income families in six of New York City’s most deprived communities – two each in the boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. It operated from 2007 to 2010 and distributed a total of $20.6 million in cash transfers to participating families, with an average of $8,674 per household. So far, the programme had already shown positive effects regarding reduction in poverty and material hardship, and improvement in perceived financial well-being and graduation rates for children. This new study further explores its effects on health and health care use.
“On top of New York City’s strong existing social safety net, Family Rewards has led to some improvements in health care access and perceived health of poor families” said Dr. Emilie Courtin, lead author of the study. Dr. Courtin added “A key strength of the study is its design. Family Rewards was evaluated in a randomized-controlled trial – the gold standard for finding out if a program like this works.” Conditional cash transfer programmes are becoming a prevalent policy for improving the education and health outcomes of poor children in developing countries, since their introduction in Mexico and Brazil in 1997. They have been implemented with the support of the World Bank and other international financial institutions in many countries, particularly in South East Asia and Latin America.Conditional cash transfer programmes aim to increase human capital investment among poor households to break the intergenerational transmission of poverty and generate individual as well as societal benefits. Interventions across Latin America have led to significant increases in the use of health services, including the number of visits to health facilities and receipt of prenatal care and paediatric examinations. Evidence shows that the interventions have also improved some health outcomes – in particular, developmental, nutritional and cognitive measures among children.“Strong evidence on what works, and also what doesn’t work, is essential for understanding the potential and limitations of conditional cash transfer programs,” said James Riccio of MDRC. “Conditional cash transfer programmes have been increasingly popular in low- and middle-income countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia,” explained Professor Paolo Vineis, Chair of Environmental Epidemiology within the School of Public Health at Imperial College London and co-ordinator of the Lifepath project. “However, programmes with different types of behavioural conditionality are also gaining ground in various developed countries. Our study can help bring lessons, positive and negative, and inform the design of similar experiments in Europe.”

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PerkinElmer to Present at Cowen and Company 38th Annual Health Care Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 marzo 2018

PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE: PKI), a global leader committed to innovating for a healthier world, today announced that the Company will present at the Cowen and Company 38th Annual Health Care Conference on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 2:50 pm ET at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston.
Robert F. Friel, PerkinElmer’s chairman and chief executive officer, will provide an overview of the Company and its strategic priorities.A live audio webcast of the presentation will also be available on the Investors section of the Company’s website at A replay of the presentation will be posted on the PerkinElmer website after the event and will be available for two weeks following.
PerkinElmer, Inc. is a global leader focused on innovating for a healthier world. The Company reported revenue of approximately $2.3 billion in 2017, has about 11,000 employees serving customers in more than 150 countries, and is a component of the S&P 500 Index. Additional information is available through 1-877-PKI-NYSE, or at

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Beverly Capasso Named Broward Health President/CEO

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 febbraio 2018

Beverly CapassoInterim Broward Health President/CEO Beverly Capasso today was named its President/CEO during back-to-back public meetings of the Board of Commissioners of the North Broward Hospital District, which operates as Broward Health.
The selection of Capasso, who was named interim President/CEO in May of 2017, follows a year-long national search that attracted more than 375 applicants. Ultimately, Commissioners rejected all of the applicants and voted 4 to 1 in favor of making Capasso the President/CEO of Broward Health, one of the nation’s largest public healthcare systems.Commissioner Nancy Gregoire, recently appointed to the Broward Health Board of Commissioners by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, made the motion that Capasso serve as President/CEO.“I understand there has been immense improvement at Broward Health even within the last 18 months, and I understand it’s still improving,” said Gregoire. “As long as I’m on this board, I hope we will continue to improve.”At a special meeting and regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners held earlier today, the Board weighed input from community leaders, as well as from the medical and leadership teams of Broward Health, before making a final decision. All five Broward Health Commissioners participated in the special meeting and regular meeting of the Board.Capasso was appointed Broward Health’s interim President/CEO after serving on the North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners. Capasso previously served as CEO at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami. She has also held senior management positions at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston and as Chief Nursing Officer at Miami’s North Shore Medical Center, part of Tenet Healthcare. In addition to her executive positions, she has years of experience as a registered nurse working in critical care and emergency departments.“I am humbled and honored to accept,” said Capasso. “We have stabilized Broward Health and will continue to stabilize Broward Health for our patients and our community and for the 8,000 employees of Broward Health.” (photo: Beverly Capasso)

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Broward Health Names New CEO for Broward Health Coral Springs

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 gennaio 2018

Jared M. SmithBroward Health has named Jared M. Smith, CPA, chief executive officer of Broward Health Coral Springs.“With Jared’s extensive hospital operations experience, we are confident that he will provide strong leadership to support our continued growth at Broward Health Coral Springs,” said Beverly Capasso, interim president and CEO of Broward Health. “He is a visionary and decisive leader with a proven track record of success in high-performing healthcare organizations.”As chief executive officer of Broward Health Coral Springs, Smith is responsible for leading hospital operations, working closely with the management team and medical staff to expand services and provide high-quality care.With more than 23 years of healthcare experience, Smith was a leader within the Tenet Healthcare organization, most recently serving as the national service line administrator for cardiac and vascular services. Previously, he served as chief operating officer (COO) of Delray Medical Center, a 536-bed quaternary care facility and teaching hospital. In addition to leading the day-to-day operations of the medical center, Smith was responsible for implementing nearly $100 million of major program development initiatives.He also led the efforts of Tenet’s first proton center in Palm Beach and he chaired the COO group of the coastal division, comprised of 17 hospitals. Smith began his career at Deloitte & Touche working for many major hospital systems. He was later recruited by Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach to serve as the director of strategic development, planning and government relations.Smith holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and a Master of Science in taxation from the University of Miami. He is a certified public accountant in the state of Florida. (photo: Jared M. Smith)

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HealthTrust Names John J. Young, M.D. Chief Medical Officer

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 gennaio 2018

JohnYoungHealthTrustSMtoday announced the appointment of John J. Young, M.D. as chief medical officer, effective Feb. 5, 2018. As CMO, Dr. Young will champion clinical integration in decision-making to advance providers’ clinical and financial performance. Dr. Young previously served as national medical director for LifePoint Health where he led strategic initiatives related to quality, patient safety, service line development, performance measurement and clinical operations across the 72-hospital system. Dr. Young succeeds Michael J. Schlosser, M.D. who was named chief medical officer for HCA Healthcare’s National Group.Dr. Young is a board-certified physician in internal medicine, critical care, cardiology and interventional cardiology with more than 20 years of clinical and healthcare management experience. He has participated in over 100 clinical trials and authored or coauthored 90 articles, book chapters and monographs. Dr. Young holds numerous fellowships including the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), the American College of Cardiology (FACC), the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (FSCAI), and the American Heart Association (FAHA). He received medical and MBA degrees from The Ohio State University and a B.S. in chemistry and biochemistry from Wright State University. “I am excited to have John’s goal-oriented approach and physician engagement experience at the helm,” said Ed Jones, HealthTrust president and CEO. “I am confident John’s analytical skills and operator perspective will be catalysts for enhancing our service line capabilities and fostering best clinical practices across our membership.” (photo: John J. Young, M.D)

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Broward Health Expands Compliance Program

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 14 gennaio 2018

Nicholas HartfieldBroward Health today announced the expansion of its Compliance Program and the promotion of Nicholas Hartfield to the position of Vice President, Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer. The announcement was made by Beverly Capasso, Broward Health Interim President/CEO, who said Hartfield will report directly to the Board of Commissioners of the North Broward Hospital District, which operates as Broward Health. Hartfield previously served as Broward Health’s director of focused arrangements, comprised mainly of Broward Health’s contracts with its physician providers. He also oversaw the review of all contracts as part of compliance with the Corporate Integrity Agreement. Prior to joining Broward Health, he was director of auditing, monitoring and investigations in the Office of Compliance & Ethics at Jackson Health System in Miami, Florida.Hartfield’s experience includes the supervision and performance of audits of policies and procedures, departments, clinics, physician groups, hospitals, and vendors, as well as the supervision and performance of investigations of alleged violations of policies and procedures or local, state and federal regulations and laws.Hartfield was also a special agent for the Jefferson Parish Office of Inspector General in Jefferson, La. His primary responsibility was performing criminal, civil, and administrative investigations of Jefferson Parish government officials, departments, agencies, special districts, and individuals or entities receiving funds from the Parish.Hartfield was also a lead investigator with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Zone 7 Program Integrity Contractor for the State of Florida, based in Miramar. His primary responsibility was to investigate potential fraud, waste, or abuse committed against the Medicare program in Florida. He was also a supervisor in the Special Investigations Unit for Humana, Inc., supervising 10 special investigators, four special investigator assistants, and one lead investigator who investigated potential fraud, waste, or abuse.Hartfield graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, and received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is a certified fraud examiner through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and a health care anti-fraud associate through America’s Health Insurance Plans. (photo: Nicholas Hartfield)

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2 Day Summit: The Cyber Health Summit

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 gennaio 2018

miamiMiami. The “The Cyber Health Summit” conference has been added to Research’s offering. The Cyber Health Summit is the ONLY TED-Style’ cyber security summit and will take place in March 2018, on Miami’s beachfront. Armed with the sun and sand, we will gather industry leaders to speak, collaborate, teach, lead workshops, roundtables, panels, breakout and interactive sessions. Through this two-day summit, based in collaborative conversation and content, we will create synergistic solutions with endpoint production. We will leave inspired and empowered, armed with a new family to fight the cyberbattlefront.There is an unprecedented vulnerability with the intersection of the cyber network and the clinical setting. Health technology companies are creating woven threads underneath the healthcare umbrella that improve patient care and provider efficiency, but it also creates a breach space with truly no benchmark. This network is expanding at an exponential rate and breach goes beyond loss of revenue, clients, production and has an automatic serious nature. It effects human lives. We must look at how pharmaceutical, technology and clinical innovation, designed with little to no cybersecurity in mind, fits into the larger healthcare spectrum.One of the primary challenges that the industry faces, is the inherent secrecy. We strive to innovate and shake industry issues to their core. Rather than fearing the future, and running corporations with outdated risk, we must shift the industry away from secrecy, toward collaboration and create a culture that values it. Empowering corporate structures to leverage insights will create a platform for attendees and speakers alike, to develop effective and proactive take home strategies.

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DermTech Announces Health Canada Approval

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 gennaio 2018

DermTechDermTech, Inc., the global leader in non-invasive molecular dermatology, announced today that its licensee, DermTech Canada Inc. has received approval to market DermTech’s Pigmented Lesions Assay (PLA) and non-invasive biopsy kit for the detection of melanoma in Canada. DermTech Canada will market and sell the PLA, and samples will be processed at DermTech’s central laboratory in La Jolla, California. Provincial coverage approvals are in process, initially focused on British Columbia and Ontario, and are expected to expand across Canada.“Health Canada’s approval of the license to market our assay in Canada is a further validation of the utility of our cancer detection platform and a strong statement about the potential demand for a non-invasive alternative to surgical biopsies. We will be working closely with our Canadian licensee to leverage our sales and marketing expertise ensuring a successful launch across Canada,” stated Dr. John Dobak, CEO of DermTech, Inc.“We are very excited to receive such rapid approval from Health Canada and are enthusiastic about our upcoming Canada-wide launch to bring DermTech’s important new cancer diagnostic to Canadian patients. We look forward to working closely with the DermTech US team to make this roll-out a success,” said Douglas Horne, CEO of DermTech Canada Inc. (photo: DermTech)

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Health Mart and APCI Celebrate Pharmacists on Florida Independent Pharmacy Day

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 26 ottobre 2017

Coopers_group“American Pharmacists Month draws attention to the fact that pharmacists are consistently voted one of the most trusted healthcare professionals, as well as the most accessible healthcare provider in communities across the nation,” said Chris Dimos, senior vice president of marketing and business strategy, McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical. “With a variety of public policy issues and legislation impacting the independent pharmacy – and by extension, patients across the state of Florida – we felt it was important to kickstart a dialogue with Florida legislators about the critical role independent pharmacists play every day.”State Rep. Jay Trumbull, representing Florida’s 6th District, is just one of the legislators supporting his local independent pharmacy, Coopers Drugs in Panama City. Trumbull’s office toured Coopers Drugs and visited with staff to begin an ongoing conversation regarding potential legislation in the state. The visit will launch efforts in October, with more than 20 independent pharmacists participating statewide on Oct. 27, with additional support from APCI. “APCI supports Main Street America and interaction with elected officials, because lack of involvement in healthcare policymaking empowers others to determine your future,” said Bill Eley, director of legislative affairs, APCI.Health Mart and APCI support Florida independent pharmacists, like Dr. Aneesh Lakhani, in engaging legislation and showcase the role pharmacists play in improving patient outcomes. “October is a time for us to celebrate pharmacy in general and it also gives us an opportunity to display all the different things we do,” said Dr. Aneesh Lakhani, owner and head pharmacist at Garden Drug in Oakland Park. “So many people rely on their independent pharmacist as their go-to person for healthcare. We want to showcase the services of local pharmacists for legislators so they can see firsthand how we are out there, every day, fighting to improve the healthcare outcomes of our patients.” For more information about Florida Independent Pharmacy Day, visit (photo: Coopers_group)

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Community Health Systems Completes Divestiture of Two Washington Hospitals

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 settembre 2017

Franklin, TennesseeFranklin, Tennessee. Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CYH) announced today that subsidiaries of the Company have completed the sale of two Washington hospitals, 214-bed Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center in Yakima and 63-bed Toppenish Community Hospital in Toppenish, to Regional Health. The effective date of the transaction is September 1, 2017.The two hospitals included in this transaction are part of the 30 planned hospital divestitures discussed on the Company’s second quarter 2017 earnings call.Community Health Systems, Inc. is one of the largest publicly traded hospital companies in the United States and a leading operator of general acute care hospitals in communities across the country. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns, leases or operates 135 affiliated hospitals in 20 states with an aggregate of approximately 22,000 licensed beds. The Company’s headquarters are located in Franklin, Tennessee, a suburb south of Nashville. Shares in Community Health Systems, Inc. are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CYH.” More information about the Company can be found on its Statements contained in this news release regarding potential transactions, operating results, and other events are forward-looking statements that involve risk and uncertainties. Actual future events or results may differ materially from these statements. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Community Health Systems, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K, current reports on Form 8-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. These filings identify important risk factors and other uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Dubai Health Authority Implements Masimo Patient SafetyNet™

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 agosto 2017

dubai-franchise-expo-uaeDubai. Masimo Patient SafetyNet enables information from bedside monitors, such as Masimo Root® with the Radical-7® or wearable Radius-7® Pulse CO-Oximeter®, to be accessible from a central viewing station. When changes occur in measured values, which may indicate deterioration in a patient’s condition, Patient SafetyNet automatically sends wireless alerts directly to clinicians, wherever they may be. In addition, Patient SafetyNet can automate the transfer of patient data, including admission data, vital signs, early warning scores (EWS), and other physiological parameters, directly to hospital electronic medical record (EMR) systems, helping to improve clinician workflows and reduce the possibility of transcription errors.Dr. Andreas Taenzer and colleagues found in an 11-month study conducted at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center that using Patient SafetyNet and Masimo SET® pulse oximetry as part of a comprehensive alarm management strategy reduced rescue events by 65% and intensive care unit transfers by 48%, and as a result, reduced costs by $1,480,000.1,2 In a subsequent article, they announced that after five years, Dartmouth-Hitchcock had had zero preventable deaths or instances of brain damage due to opioids since the installation of Patient SafetyNet.2 In 2016, after ten years, they reported achieving a 50% reduction in unplanned ICU transfers and a 60% reduction in rescue events, despite increases in patient acuity and occupancy. The two Dubai Health Authority medical centers implementing Patient SafetyNet are Dubai Hospital (625 beds), which provides general medical and surgical care, and Latifa Hospital (367 beds), which specializes in maternal and child care. Dubai Hospital installed its first Patient SafetyNet in 2013. Latifa Hospital is in the process of installing four systems, with a further system planned for Dubai Hospital. “We are excited to deepen our partnership with Masimo,” said Humaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board and Director General of Dubai Health Authority. “The Dubai Health Authority’s mission is to develop an integrated and sustainable healthcare system that ensures our comprehensive services achieve the highest international standards, and we believe that Masimo’s monitoring devices, now even more connected to hospital infrastructure through the power of Patient SafetyNet, will help us meet that goal.” “Patient SafetyNet, in conjunction with Masimo SET® pulse oximetry, enables continuous supplemental monitoring of active patients in post-surgical wards and can help save the lives of patients on opioids, among many other benefits,” said Joe Kiani, Founder and CEO of Masimo. “We applaud the Dubai Health Authority, dedicated to providing no less than the best health care in the world, for recognizing the importance of implementing such a proven and powerful centralized monitoring and patient surveillance system.”

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“Innovation in medical sciences and public health”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 maggio 2017

Cagliari_panoramaCagliari dal 19 al 20 maggio Teatro Lirico, in Via Sant’Alenixedda “Innovation in medical sciences and public health”. L’innovazione medica degli ultimi anni ha allungato l’aspettativa di vita grazie a scoperte diagnostiche e terapeutiche soprattutto contro i tumori e le malattie cardiovascolari. Il simposio internazionale “Innovation in medical sciences and public health”, vede riuniti esperti internazionali e italiani che si confronteranno sulle più recenti acquisizioni nella ricerca e nella pratica clinica. Il simposio è organizzato dal Dipartimento di Scienze Mediche e Sanità Pubblica dell’Università di Cagliari ed è promosso dalla Fondazione Internazionale Menarini.
In apertura, venerdì 19 maggio, si parlerà della rivoluzione immunologica nel trattamento dei tumori solidi degli effetti endocrini della buona generazione di farmaci anti-tumorali. Nel pomeriggio di venerdì focus sull’innovazione in cardiologia e l’aterosclerosi. Sabato 20 maggio apertura sulla genetica e i trapianti d’organo, per proseguire con la metabolomica (la scienza che studia e misura i processi cellulari dell’organismo umano) e chiudere sull’utilizzo dei farmaci anticoagulanti.

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Icy conditions threaten migrants’ health

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 gennaio 2017

migrantsThe Agency’s latest summary identifies pressing fundamental rights issues that need addressing in various EU Member States. Some of the main findings include: In many countries new arrivals continue to fall. For example, arrivals to Greece in December 2016 dropped 98% compared to the same month in 2015. However, the extreme cold in south eastern Europe severely affected people on the move resulting in some, including children, dying from or being hospitalised with frostbite. Others were made to wait in the cold in self-made tents in transit zones for the chance to apply for asylum; as a result at the Hungarian-Serbian border every second person is sick, many with fever, colds or the flu.
Overcrowding remains a persistent problem at hotspot and reception facilities with many housed in buildings without heating despite the harsh weather. Immigration detention also continues to be common practice in many Member States and is increasing in some places.
Problems in accessing protection procedures continue to be reported during initial registration and asylum processing. Unaccompanied children can be left waiting in transit zones for admission for over two months and families for over six months. Lack of information and a shortage of interpreters further exacerbate the situation.
People facilitating the arrival of migrants without profit continue to be prosecuted and sometimes imprisoned in various countries. In Denmark, migrants helping family members or others arrive may be expelled in addition to a fine or a prison sentence.
When it comes to returns, there is concern about the lack of information and advance notice in some countries; for example in Austria a child was taken from school during a lesson. In Sweden, the police increasingly ask municipal services for help in locating undocumented migrants who have dependent children and receive benefits.
Child protection remains problematic in many countries. The lack of standardised methods for assessing age, overburdened or insufficient numbers of guardians, too few places in adequate and secure facilities, and little attention being paid to the child’s right to be heard remain common concerns. Hate speech online and off, and violent crime continue to remain high with intolerance in society and in public speech against asylum seekers and migrants on the rise. In Germany, the media refrain from naming reporters covering demonstrations as a result of violent attacks. In northern Italy, the regional governing party has called on mayors to name places associated with the Muslim community to strictly control Islamic worship in the region.
In some countries the political response to the migration situation is hardening. Legislative initiatives in several Member States aim at reducing basic benefits, restricting family reunification and facilitating and accelerating returns. However, especially over the Christmas period, there have been numerous charitable and civil society initiatives to support migrant groups in many Member States.
The European Commission asked the Agency to collect data about the fundamental rights situation of people arriving in Member States particularly affected by large migration movements. The reports cover 14 Member States: Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. FRA has published overviews since September 2015. The next focus will be on torture and trauma. (photo: migrant)

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The sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 marzo 2016

Barack ObamaEach time the anniversary of this achievement has come around, I’ve thought about the people who stood with Barack every step of the way as he fought to bring quality, affordable health care to people across this country. Today, thanks to the people in our community, more than 20 million Americans have health insurance who didn’t have it before. A young woman who previously would have been charged higher premiums because of her gender no longer faces that kind of discrimination. A young man who just graduated from college can now stay on his parents’ insurance for a few more years while he makes his way in the world. These are the kind of meaningful changes the Affordable Care Act continues to bring to the lives of Americans all over this country. And after coming this far, we simply cannot go backwards. That’s why we need to make sure we elect leaders who will protect Obamacare for future generations, and we need your help to get that done.

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Achieving Health Throught Antimicrobial Stewardship

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 febbraio 2016

istituto superiore sanitàRoma, 11 febbraio 2016 – ore 9.00 Istituto Superiore di Sanità – Aula Pocchiari Viale Regina Elena, 299 La resistenza delle infezioni batteriche agli antibiotici è stata definita una delle maggiori e più urgenti criticità a livello globale. Ministero della Salute, ISS e Società Scientifiche si confrontano sulle strategie da mettere in campo per contrastare le malattie infettive, le antibiotico resistenze e le infezioni virali.

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Primo manuale organico sulla mobile health

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 settembre 2015

senato-della-repubblica[1]Un pacchetto di App in grado di sostituire progressivamente i “vademecum” e i manualetti che tutti, da sempre, siamo abituati a vedere sulle scrivanie dei medici o nelle tasche dei loro camici, e anche – finalmente – il primo trattato organico, curato da un team multidisciplinare coordinato dal Presidente della Società Italiana di Telemedicina e Sanità Elettronica (SIT), che analizza in modo strutturato tutti i temi e le questioni ancora aperte legate alla cosiddetta “Sanità digitale”.Realizzate con il contributo incondizionato di Mediolanum Farmaceutici, “Laborsadelmedico” – questo il nome delle App – e “App medicali nella borsa del medico” – titolo del libro curato dal professor Gianfranco Gensini, in collaborazione con il professor Velio Macellari e la dottoressa Ornella Fouillouze – sono stati presentati oggi nella Sala Nassirya del Senato della Repubblica.“Laborsadelmedico – spiega il professor Gensini, Presidente della Società Italiana di Telemedicina e Sanità Elettronica(SIT) – rappresenta il primo frutto dello sforzo, devo dire ambizioso, di raccogliere in un unico pacchetto di app gli strumenti necessari per far fronte a tutti i problemi della pratica clinica quotidiana, dal calcolo di punteggi o di dosaggi alla decisione dell’approccio terapeutico da seguire, ad esempio, in caso di affezioni per cui esistono opzioni diverse o importanti elementi amministrativi di cui tener conto, come le Note dell’Aifa. Queste app, inoltre, potranno tornare utili al medico anche per affrontare problemi infrequenti, che si incontrano di rado nella clinica, e le cui soluzioni possono esser rammentate o chiarificate con qualche rapido ‘tap’”.“Lo smartphone è ormai uno strumento quasi onnipresente nelle attività quotidiane, e con la convergenza dei diversi canali di comunicazione lo sarà ancora di più in futuro. Mi sembra quindi un esempio di lungimiranza aver sfruttato questa piattaforma per facilitare il lavoro del medico e per promuovere l’aderenza del paziente alle prescrizioni del curante: queste app sono ausili che tutti possono avere con sé in qualsiasi momento e questo è un vantaggio fondamentale” – dice il senatore

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United Kingdom at Expo Milano 2015

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 agosto 2015

regno unito exporegno unito expo1The participation at Expo Milano 2015 by the United Kingdom highlighted the testimony of how important British innovations in science, technology and supply to consumers represent a valuable contribution to address the global food challenge. Choices and food policies are related to the health and wellbeing of every individual. Specifically, the decisions taken by the industrialized nations (including the United Kingdom) regarding food can have significant consequences for the entire world population, above all on the availability of food in developing countries.
Visitors to the pavilion will have the opportunity to come into contact with the UK’s leading expertise in the creative industries of the agro-food display cases and discover the innovations introduced at every stage of the food chain. From agricultural technology to food security, from functional foods to logistics, opening global markets to international collaborations, and many other issues will be addressed.

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Environment targets should meet health priorities at the European Parliament

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 luglio 2015

Brussels. The european parliamentCommittee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) will vote on the National Emission Ceilings Directive – a key legislative dossier of the Clean Air Policy Package proposed by the European Commission in December 2013.
From the perspective of the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma, the air we breathe is directly impacting our health and should be cleaned up with ambitious legislation on pollution reduction and sufficient investment to make it possible. This was clearly expressed at the Policy Event of the Interest Group – “Allergy and Asthma Patients Need Clean Air in Europe” – held on the 1 July at the European Parliament co-hosted by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Sirpa Pietikäinen and Nessa Childers. Every year, over 400,000 Europeans die prematurely because of air pollution. Current EU air quality standards are obsolete and not in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) air quality guidelines. Although the EU is currently reviewing the National Emission Ceilings Directive (NEC) on air pollution levels, the discussions held at Council have weakened the initial proposal and suggest flexible air pollution limits until 2030. The European Parliament will have the chance to express its vision further on Wednesday during the vote on the NEC Directive in the ENVI Committee.No air pollution level is healthy. During the Policy Event, Thomas Verheye, responsible for the NEC dossier at the European Commission, reminded that delaying emission reduction in Europe will not help industry whilst costing thousands of lives: “A strong voice from the health community can help overcome undue resistance to taking further cost-effective action on air pollution.” In order to balance the debate, the health community “can help to convince others that healthy citizens mean a healthy economy”, he assured. Furthermore, the President of the EAACI Professor Antonella Muraro, highlighted the detrimental costs of inaction for the health of European citizens over the years to follow. She stated that “breathing dirty air heavily influences the severity of allergic manifestations not only in adults but also in children with huge impact on the health of the next EU generations if no actions are taken to counteract this issue.” This was confirmed by the President of the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) Ms Christine Rolland who pointed out that, by 2025, half of the European population will suffer from at least one type of allergy and for them the health effects due to air pollution can be devastating and lead to a significantly reduction of their quality of life.According to Professor Buters, Chair of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) working group on aerobiology and air pollution, the EU should prioritise regulating Particulate Matter (PM 2.5) and Nitric Oxide (NO), which are most dangerous for human health. Ms Anne Stauffer, representing the pan-European NGO Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), further stressed the harmful effects of mercury, ammonia and methane. She called for binding 2025 targets, as an intermediate step to reach the 2030 targets envisaged in the Commission’s NEC proposal, and to have more ambitious legislation adopted by the Council and the Parliament.EAACI and EFA are coordinating the secretariat of the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma, and are jointly committed to raising awareness about the huge personal, social and economic burden of allergy and asthma in Europe and the need to tackle them through evidence-based and patient-centred policies at EU level.Both organisations therefore call the European Parliament Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) to stand next to citizens and patients and adopt a clear legislation to put the European Union on track to protect its citizens from dirty air.

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No gender equality without sexual and reproductive health and rights says IPPF report

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 17 marzo 2015

new-yorkUnited Nations, New York: Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is not possible without sexual and reproductive health and rights. This was the message given by speakers from the Permanent Missions of Uruguay, Denmark and Costa Rica to the United Nations, UN Women and UNFPA at a high-level panel event organised by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) today.The event held in New York on the 20th anniversary of the Beijing+20 Platform for Action during the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), launched IPPF’s report “ Sexual and reproductive health and rights- the key to gender equality and women’s empowerment.”The new report sets out specific recommendations to governments, multilateral organisations and the donor community including:
• Making sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality a reality: Sexual and reproductive health and rights must be included in the post 2015 sustainable development framework and in governments’ national plans within gender and health ministries.
• Sustaining the success of sexual and reproductive health interventions: Investment in the full range of sexual and reproductive health and rights services must be continued and increased and the post-2015 sustainable development financing framework must prioritize the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls.
• Engaging men and boys as partners in gender transformative change: Men and boys must be involved as partners in programmes on sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
• Measure the things that matter: Governments must invest in the collection of robust data. This includes working with UN agencies to increase data collection and disaggregate data by sex and age and increase examination of links between sexual and reproductive health and rights and the empowerment of women and girls.
• Eliminating sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls: Domestic laws to protect women and girls from sexual and gender based violence in line with international obligations must be enforced. Sexual violence must be addressed as part of women’s political participation, peacebuilding and post conflict reconstruction.Opening the event, IPPF Regional Director for the Western Hemisphere, Carmen Barroso said, “We can tackle inequalities and change things. This goes to the very heart of poverty eradication and development goals. Sexual and reproductive health and rights give women the ability to control their fertility which, in turn, affects many other aspects of their lives – employment, education, family life, and social and economic participation. It’s the freedom from which all other freedoms flow.”Talking on Uruguay’s prioritization of gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights, Honorable Gonzalo Koncke, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Uruguay said, “Furthering policies on sexual and reproductive health is the only way to achieve higher levels of happiness, freedom and well-being so people can enjoy a fuller life.”Stefan Kovacs, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Denmark, said in his speech, “Denmark has a long history for supporting and promoting women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights. The right to sexual and reproductive health is key to women’s ability to take charge of their own lives.” Preethi Sundaram, IPPF Policy and Advocacy officer, and author of the report said: “The report assesses what we have long suspected – that sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are the cornerstone of gender equality. When women are able to realize their sexual and reproductive rights, their lives can be transformed.”

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The Caritas response to the Ebola crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 28 settembre 2014

imagesMonsignor Robert J. Vitillo, Geneva delegate to the United Nations for Caritas Internationalis, departs Friday 26 September for Liberia to assist with strengthening the Caritas response to the Ebola crisis. Caritas is the worldwide Catholic humanitarian aid network.Msgr. Vitillo has extensive experience with major health crises, having worked on the Church’s HIV and AIDS response for more than 25 years.In Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, Caritas networks and local Church groups that have worked on HIV prevention are now also reaching villages and remote dioceses with public health information about Ebola. These efforts also help to prevent stigma, discrimination, and misinformation about this major health challenge.“Any major health crisis puts a strain on already weak health care systems. We’ve seen that with HIV and AIDS over the years,” says Msgr. Vitillo. “Caritas members on the ground are now educating people to prevent the spread of Ebola and providing other support, like food assistance and help for orphans, widows, as well as those who have recovered from the disease.”

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