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New tool helps 5 million Canadians without regular healthcare

To mark International Digital Health Week a Canadian dietician has developed a digital health tool that aims to fill the void for the almost 5 million Canadians who do not have access to a regular healthcare provider.

Does Brexit mean a U.S. healthcare model for the U.K.?

One of the hotly discussed topics in relation to Britain’s exit from the European Union is whether the planned trade deal with the U.S. will lead to the precious National Health Service being partly subsumed by U.S. private healthcare.

WHO pledges to support digital health expansion

Digital health initiatives have been given a boost by the World Health Organization, which has pledged to help with the development of new technology while also working on a governance structure.

Essential Science: Edging towards a universal flu vaccine?

Virologists are edging closer to developing a universal flu vaccine, based on an antibody that attaches to a protein. Given that flu viruses require this protein to reproduce in the body, this could provide the basis for a ‘universal’ vaccine.

Better health effects by exercising before breakfast

Bath - When is the best time to workout, in order to maximize the health-effects? The answer, according to a new study, is early – undertaking an exercise routine prior to breakfast. This is because more fat is burnt.

Dog ownership is associated with longer life

A new study finds that dog ownership is associated with longer life. This finding is especially so when it applies heart attack and stroke survivors, where owning a dog was found to lower the risk of death for those who live alone.

Best hospital cities of 2019 revealed

A new survey shows the 100 leading hospital cities globally, drawn from data relating to infrastructure, the medical workforce, education, quality of care, satisfaction, treatment efficiency, citizen accessibility, and other factors.

AI adoption and investments growing among health industry leaders

AI has proven to be a transformative force in entertainment, retail, technology but has struggled to gain traction in healthcare, until now. A new survey finds a recent surge in AI for healthcare investments.

Indiana health system breach impacts 68K patients Special

Indiana-based Methodist Hospitals is currently notifying 68,039 patients that their protected health information may have been exposed in a data breach. Peter Goldstein, CTO and co-founder, Valimail provides an assessment.

Venezuelans turn to alternative medicine amid shortages

Caracas - The small waiting room at the home of self-styled healer "Brother Guayanes" in Caracas' rundown Petare district fills up quickly with patients -- business has never been better.

Social media is driving more people to self-care

Social media appears to be driving more people towards self-caring and, at the same time, shunning conventional healthcare services. One poll finds 70 percent of U.S. adults have used social media to find a medical answer.

Study: The most and least stressed U.S. cities revealed

With workplace-related stress alone costing society more than $300 billion per year, understanding and addressing stress levels is important. A new survey from WalletHub presents the most stressed and least stressed cities in the U.S.

Microsoft helps to develop the ‘high-tech’ hospital of the future

Microsoft is working with a U.S.-based healthcare network to develop the hospital of the future. The technology firm has paired up with Providence St Joseph to develop a health-space in the Seattle area.

Global health procurement: Low-income countries pay too much

A sweeping study into global health procurement finds that some low-income countries are paying over twenty times more for generic drug products. Lifesaving medicines continue to remain out of reach for many of those who need them the most.

Aspirin may be 'safe' for brain-bleed strokes

Edinburgh - People who have suffered a stroke can reduce the risk of a future strike by taking aspirin each day, according to a new study. As aspirin thins the blood, some medics had previously been cautious about recommending the drug to patients.

Handheld ultrasound scanners developed for rural Africa

To aid rural medicine in rural Africa, a new handheld ultrasound device has been developed. The device is portable, resembling a smartphone and could help to revolutionize medical diagnosis in remote areas.

Best and worst U.S. states for children’s healthcare identified

The U.S. is marking ‘Every Kid Healthy Week’, which runs from April 22. While the nationwide campaign is important, a review of state-by-state data reveals disparity in terms of child welfare, according to WalletHub.

Care workers cross Europe's east-west divide

Leoben - Every two weeks, Alena Konecna packs her bags to leave her own mother and daughter at home in Slovakia and travel some 400 kilometres (250 miles) across the border into Austria to take care of someone else's mother.

How the pharmaceutical industry is implementing serialization

New legislation requiring pharmaceutical companies to implement 'serialization' is coming into force. This means that no counterfeit product should enter the supply chain and no legitimate product is diverted from its intended destination.

Study: Majority of healthcare orgs are laggards to DX

The healthcare landscape is changing. The on-demand patient increasingly favors digital technology and platforms. However, only a small minority of healthcare organizations are implementing new technologies.

DHS sends out cyber warning about medical devices Special

Following new independent research, the Department of Homeland Security has re-issued a warning about cybersecurity vulnerabilities in medical devices. Dr. May Wang explains more about the issues behind the warning.

Lights go out on Venezuela's kidney patients

Caracas - Alfredo Quintero's kidneys failed five years ago, so he needs dialysis three times a week just to stay alive.But Venezuela's massive power outage that caused chaos in the South American country left Quintero in a panic, with dry mouth and nausea.

Healthcare reports highest number of data breaches: Study

A new study finds that healthcare entities have reported the highest number of data breaches of any industry for figures relating to 2018, many of which are linked to ‘sextortion’. This is based on a review undertaken by Beazley Breach plc.

Q&A: Deploying telemedicine to cut hospitalizations Special

All nursing homes are dealing with the challenge of trying to care for higher acuity patients on tight budgets. To assist with cost control and as a means of lowering hospitalization rates, telemedicine can assist as Central Island Healthcare explain.

Portugal nurses suspend strike but vow to fight on

Lisbon - A nurses' strike in Portugal which brought non-essential operations to a standstill for nearly three weeks over demands for higher pay ended on Wednesday after a union called it off, the government said.

Innovation in remote patient monitoring

London - Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust Hospital's at-home team are deploying a new AI-enabled wearable device to remotely monitor patients after they are discharged from the hospital.

Q&A: Improving healthcare with the IoT Special

The Internet of Things has numerous applications in healthcare, ranging from remote monitoring to smart sensors and medical device integration. Such technology can aid patients to keep safe and healthy.

Deadly drug-resistant TB a 'blinking red' global threat

New Delhi - Deadly, drug-resistant tuberculosis -- as lethal as Ebola and tough to treat in even the best hospitals -- is a "blinking red" worldwide threat, the head of a global health fund warned in an interview with AFP.

Bubba Sparks talks about pole vaulting, healthcare and technology Special

Acclaimed pole vaulter Bubba Sparks chatted with Digital Journal about his outlook on the sport for 2019, and he opened up about his work in the healthcare industry, and how technology has shaped and molded the field.

Epiphany in Portugal: pipes, drums -- and cigarettes for the kids

Vale De Salgueiro - Bagpipes, drums -- and kids smoking cigarettes: in this Portuguese village, locals celebrate the Christian festival of Epiphany in a fashion that raises eyebrows elsewhere.
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