Planned Improvements Will Reduce Mixed Sex Accommodation Throughout Somerset’s Community Hospitals, England

May 25, 2009

Hospital facilities upgrades due for completion by June 2009. Measures to reduce and eventually eliminate mixed sex wards and washing facilities throughout Somerset’s 13 community hospitals are nearing completion. Last year the government pledged to reduce mixed sex accommodation throughout all England’s NHS hospitals. All hospitals have now stepped up their efforts to deliver this goal.

Somerset Community Health, (the service provision arm of Somerset Primary Care Trust) recently completed a review of the measures it needed to take in order to reduce mixed sex accommodation and washing or toileting facilities within its community hospitals.
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Is There Any Medicine That Would Immediately Reduce Edema?

April 15, 2009

Question:

I treated my ankles which had a skin rash with some Clobetasol. About 4 days later, both knees and my lower thighs developed edema, which could be reduced with legs elevated. It hasn`t gotten any worse, but I think the edema is a result of perhaps applying too much Clobetasol. I was searching the web and found out not too worry unless the edema lasted longer than 2 weeks. I`m assuming the steroid will eventually work its way through my blood system. Is there any food or over the counter drug I should take to hasten this? Would a doctor be able to prescribe a medicine that would act immediately to reduce the edema? I hope this goes away on its own. The Clobetasol treatment was a one time application, but I covered both ankles perhaps too generously. I`ve had no other previous incidents of edema in my claves, knees and lower thighs. Thank you.

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Vitamin Supplements Do Not Reduce Cancer Risk, More Evidence

January 17, 2009

US researchers studying the effect of beta carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E, either singly or in combination, on over 7,000 women found the supplements did not reduce their risk of getting cancer compared to women who did not take the supplements. However an expert who reviewed the study said that while the overall message was there was no link, it uncovered some interesting evidence that should not be overlooked.

The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was the work of researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts and is published in the 30 December Advance Access online issue of the Read the rest of this entry »


Pope’s Annual Peace Address Condemns Efforts To Reduce Birth Rates In Developing Countries

January 15, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI in his annual peace message on Thursday attacked campaigns in some developing countries that are aimed at limiting birth rates to help economic development, particularly campaigns that he said promote abortions, Reuters reports. In his message, “Fighting Poverty To Build Peace,” the pope criticized international campaigns to reduce birth rates that he said “sometimes [use] methods that respect neither the dignity of the woman, nor the right of parents to choose responsibly how many children to have.” He added, “Graver still, these methods often fail to respect even the right to life. The extermination of millions of unborn children, in the name of the fight against poverty, actually constitutes the destruction of the poorest of all human beings.” Population growth does not necessarily lead to increased poverty in a country, Benedict said, adding that developed nations with the highest birth rates “enjoy better opportunities for development” and that “population is proving to be an asset, not a factor that contributes to poverty.”
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Efforts To Reduce Payments To Medicare Advantage Plans Expected From Obama Administration, Congress

January 11, 2009

The incoming Obama administration and Democratic-led Congress likely will cut payments to private Medicare Advantage plans in 2009, an aide to Senate Democrats said Monday during a briefing sponsored by the journal Health Affairs, CQ HealthBeat reports (Weyl, CQ HealthBeat, 11/24). According to The Hill, a “longstanding ideological battle between liberals and conservatives over the propriety of turning over a growing portion of the Medicare entitlement to private companies is meeting head-on with the need for Congress to make cuts to certain programs in order to finance other priorities.”
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Improved Access To Safe Abortion Needed To Reduce Maternal Death Rate In Ghana, Advocate Says

January 11, 2009

Ghana’s government should increase efforts to encourage safe abortion procedures and provide reproductive health education to reduce its maternal mortality rate, Jehu Appiah — country director of Ipas Ghana — said in a recent speech during an advocate training meeting at the University of Ghana, Ghana’s Statesman reports. According to Appiah, unsafe abortion procedures account for 30% of maternal deaths in Ghana. Many Ghanaians overlook the 1985 law that legalized abortion, Appiah said, adding that government enforcement is needed to ensure safe access to abortion procedures. Appiah said cultural and religious beliefs also contribute to maternal deaths from unsafe abortions. He added that women often “opt for abortion whenever they get pregnant” and “use all sort of means to just get rid of the pregnancy because of public ridicule.”
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BlueCross BlueShield Association President Serota Discusses Proposal To Expand Health Insurance, Reduce Costs

January 9, 2009

The New York Times on Saturday published an interview with Scott Serota, president and CEO of the BlueCross BlueShield Association, in which he discussed a health care proposal recently adopted by the BCBSA board. The four-point proposal would seek to expand health insurance to more U.S. residents, reduce costs and improve quality of care. According to Serota, the impetus for the BCBSA board was that “what is discussed in virtually all forums as health care reform is really health care financing reform.” He said that “the real underlying issue, which is that the entire health care delivery system needs to be modified,” has not received adequate national attention.
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