8 What fitness secret for staying young and healthy did actress Helen Mirren stun daytime television audiences with in May? There were flu outbreaks, Meghan Markle’s fitness tips and cancer-zapping hats – but how healthy is your memory of the year’s medical headlines? DOCTOR DRAMAS 1 Last January saw one of the worst winter flu outbreaks for 40 years. What unofficial nickname was given to the particularly aggressive strain that laid millions low? 2 In April, Prince Philip underwent which common yet life-changing operation? 3 In September, doctors were advised by the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges to stop confusing patients with medical jargon and write to them in plain English instead. What do the following commonly misunderstood medical terms – flagged in the Academy’s new guidelines – actually mean? a) Myocardial infarction. b) Idiopathic. c) Chronic. 4 Millions of patients with back pain are needlessly prescribed strong painkillers, … [Read more...] about Which Strictly star took supplements for horses with dodgy knees and what did actress Helen Mirren stun daytime TV audiences with in May? Find out in our brilliant NEW YEAR HEALTH QUIZ
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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA — Friday marked the grand opening of the new South County behavioral health facility, which the county says will increase access to behavioral health and primary care services for people of all ages. It will serve as a base for services and programs, such as the county's first mobile mental health unit for children and young adults. The mobile unit, staffed by bilingual and monolingual medical professionals, targets young people from ages 5 to 21 and offers mental health crisis intervention and stabilization services. It was funded thanks to a $416,000 state grant. Watsonville and other areas will be served by the mobile office. Sixty-two percent of all youth clients served by County Behavioral Health live in the South County region, according to county officials. Get more information on behavioral health services offered by the county here. See more photos of the opening: Subscribe … [Read more...] about New Behavioral Health Center Opens In Santa Cruz County
Seema Verma, the federal official in charge of Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, has blasted into the limelight after more than two years operating in the shadows of the Department of Health and Human Services.And not in a good way. Verma is locked in a feud with her boss, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, that has become so bitter that the two of them were summoned to the White House on Wednesday for an intervention by Vice President Mike Pence (for whom Verma worked when he was Indiana governor) and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. The implication is that they’ll have to find a way to work together or one or the other, if not both, will be out on the street. This shameless policy will exclusively target poor parents who are disproportionately women, black and living in rural areas. Joan Alker, Georgetown University, on a South Carolina program approved by Seema Verma As the power struggle has heated up, Verma has been the subject of news … [Read more...] about Column: Medicare boss Seema Verma is a threat to public health programs
Audit rules Victoria's public health system as 'highly vulnerable' to cyber attacks The Victorian Auditor-General's Office finds health system could suffer the same fate as the UK's National Health Service and Singapore's SingHealth. The Victorian Auditor-General's Office (VAGO) has labelled the state's public health system as highly vulnerable to cyber attacks, with a report flagging that security weaknesses within the Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) own technology arm are increasing the likelihood of a breach in 61% of the state's health services.In Security of Patients' Hospital Data [PDF], VAGO said the state's public health system is in a similar position to its international peers in both the United Kingdom and in Singapore when they were respectively breached in 2017 and 2018.SEE ALSO: NHS offers Singapore advice on healthcare security"There are key weaknesses in health services' physical security, and in their logical security, which covers password management … [Read more...] about Audit rules Victoria’s public health system as ‘highly vulnerable’ to cyber attacks
The worsening air pollution in Delhi is a classic example of how our lives are closely intertwined with the ramifications of global warming and climate change. The polluted air, the depleting groundwater table, and unpredictable rainfall patterns are severely impacting agriculture and thus overall public health, say experts.“Delhi’s air pollution is seen as a direct result of stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana. But how many of us have thought about why it was not happening 20-30 years ago?”asked Dr. Rashneh Pardiwala, founder and director, Centre for Environmental Research and Education, at the Asia Society India Centre’s discussion on the impact of the environment on public health in India, on Wednesday.The discussion was opened by photographer, filmmaker and former editor for National Geographic Traveller India Ashima Narain with a presentation of images depicting the impact on the poor.Dr. Pardiwala said India’s groundwater table had decreased by 61% … [Read more...] about Climate, pollution impacts public health, say experts
Home Health Wellness Wellness oi-Amritha K By Amritha K on December 12, 2019 Anyone who has ever been around a lot of green is absolutely aware of the benefits it can have on your overall health. Not only can plants brighten up your surroundings, but they can also lift your mood as well. From acting as solutions to various health problems to a mood-lifter, these green wonders can help relieve digestion problems, relax your anxiety levels and soothe your burns; to name a few. Different plants have varied properties which make them beneficial on so many levels. Be it a flowering plant, a moss or a vascular plant, plants play multifaceted roles of food, medicines, non-food products and also for aesthetic pleasure. Science proves that interacting with plants, both indoors and outdoors, is beneficial to one's physical and mental health. Irrespective of age, the benefits can be reaped by planting some in your garden or keeping some on your work desk. In the recent years, there … [Read more...] about Did You Know That Indoor Plants Are Good For Your Mental And Physical Health?