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Health Literacy From A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate your Health Message

Health Literacy Consulting saves health professionals the time and expense of misunderstanding. Now, more than ever, patients and providers need to communicate in ways that are clear, simple, and understandable.
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Why Physicians Need ‘Right Compassion’

Why Physicians Need ‘Right Compassion’ | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
To be effective in relieving suffering, doctors must strike a balance between paucity and excess of empathy.


As a young doctor working in the E.R. my capacity for compassion, and that of my colleagues, was often stretched; this was particularly the case when my patients could be said to have brought misfortune on themselves. I saw drug addicts suffering overdose, teenagers retching after self-poisoning, thieves injured through being arrested, all treated more brusquely than other theoretically more blameless patients.


I tried hard to maintain empathy, reflecting that the overdosed, self-poisoned and criminal may no more have brought their problems on themselves than those with skiing or horse-riding injuries or heart palpitations through overwork.


But it’s complicated: I’ve stitched up many slashed wrists cut not through willfulness but as a release from intense anguish; I’ve attended alcoholics for whom alcohol was clearly a substitute for love.


I may not have always succeeded, but I always hoped that my humanity, or my professional duty to provide a high standard of care, would step in when my compassion was running low.



By GAVIN FRANCIS
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Population health promotion: Stratified approach for cardiovascular health

According to Dr. Fuster, "We are starting to experience a significant change in the way we deliver cardiovascular medicine with a focus on promoting health over treating disease. "As a result, we should expect to see a rise in ambulatory care and shorter hospital stays. This transition will require that cardiovascular specialists and health care workers are trained in ambulatory and home-based care."

In 2010, the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM) formed a committee, chaired by Dr. Fuster, which produced a report, entitled "Promoting Cardiovascular Health in the Developing World." The report stressed the importance of health promotion during a person's lifetime and the significant economic burden that cardiovascular disease places on our society. The authors proposed a stratified approach at 3 different age ranges in a person's life to effectively promote cardiovascular health.

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Could statins treat common cause of vision loss? - NHS Choices

Could statins treat common cause of vision loss? - NHS Choices | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

"Statins could be miracle cure for blindness," reports the Express, following a new study into dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the leading causes of blindness in adults.

AMD is a condition caused by damage to part of the back of the eye called the macula. It’s called "dry" or "wet", depending on whether fragile blood vessels have developed to try to repair the damage. There are treatments for wet AMD, but none for the much more common dry form.

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Big Pharma spending big to push patients to take their meds

Big Pharma spending big to push patients to take their meds | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

Drug companies around the globe are spending big to push patients to take their pills.

The pharma industry loses tens of billions in worldwide sales each year when patients don’t fill, or refill, their prescriptions.

So drug makers from London to Tokyo to Cambridge, Mass., are pouring money into programs aimed at cajoling — or nagging — patients to take every last pill their doctors prescribe. The companies are investing in smart pills that will send alerts when they haven’t been swallowed at the prescribed time. They’re subsidizing gift cards to thank patients who remember to refill. They’re paying patients to go on talk circuits to tout the virtues of taking medication properly.

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Are Seniors Getting Enough Medical Care or Too Much?

Are Seniors Getting Enough Medical Care or Too Much? | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Older patients can take an active role in their care by asking questions about medications, dosages, and treatment options.

For years, Sarah Beville’s doctors were able to effectively treat her for heart and kidney disease, even into her nineties. But when Beville’s one remaining kidney began to fail, she decided to move into a hospice. It was a difficult transition for Beville, who passed away this month at age 94. She had been extremely active in her community in Dinwiddie, Virginia, and was socializing regularly with friends until just a few weeks ago.

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The Origin of Intelligence | Big Think

The Origin of Intelligence | Big Think | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Michio Kaku:  In the entire universe the two greatest scientific mysteries are first of all the origin of the universe itself.  And second of all the origin of intelligence.  Believe it or not, sitting on our shoulders is the most complex object that Mother Nature has created in the known universe ...
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Spending of top three pharmaceutical companies (2014)

Spending of top three pharmaceutical companies (2014) | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
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Per un’etica dell’integrità in un’azienda

Summary: Having placed the phenomenon of corruption in the wider context of the current cultural and anthropological crisis and after recalling the ancient roots of the phenomenon, the author proposes an itinerary in six stages that is a sort of a minimal ethics in view of affirming and rooting ethical behaviors and prevent corruption in a business context. The six stages are: professionalism, respect, loyalty, honesty, responsibility, integrity. If corruption is a phenomenon of personal (cor-ruptum) and collective (cum-rumpere) breaking and disruption, which gives birth to duplicity, hidden and not transparent behaviors, integrity, on the contrary, is the attitude of fullness and consistency that manifests and produces the healthy character of the individual and the group. The author discerns in the corruption of the word a basic destructuring element of relational networks and also of relations internal to a business organization. He emphasizes the urgency of the recovery of an ethics of the word that alone enables the creation or reconstitution of trust, which is the necessary foundation for the good performance and livability of interpersonal, social, and corporate relations.

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Le donne e l’infarto. Dagli Usa un dossier su tutte le discriminazioni. Dai trials clinici su farmaci e device ai trattamenti terapeutici - Quotidiano Sanità

Le donne e l’infarto. Dagli Usa un dossier su tutte le discriminazioni. Dai trials clinici su farmaci e device ai trattamenti terapeutici - Quotidiano Sanità | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
L'American Heart Association ha pubblicato su Circulation il primo statement scientifico dedicato all’infarto nelle donne. Un documento di 32 pagine che analizza le tante differenze dell’infarto nei due sessi e fa luce sulle disparità di trattamento, che portano le donne ad avere esiti peggiori. Particolarmente a rischio di ‘discriminazione’ le minoranze etniche. E sono ancora poche le donne all’interno dei trial clinici su farmaci e dispositivi medici
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Researchers question design of fatal French clinical trial

Researchers question design of fatal French clinical trial | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

Scientists are voicing concerns over the design of a French drug trial that left one participant dead and several others with severe health problems — and they are calling for more information to be released.

The researchers, including those in the UK’s Royal Statistical Society (RSS), have examined a document that describes how the trial was conducted, and say that major pieces of information are still missing.

In particular, the researchers note a lack of information about whether the design included adequate time intervals between the individuals given the multiple-dose regimen of the drug that caused the problems. Such intervals allow investigators to watch for possible side effects in one volunteer before they expose subsequent volunteers to the drug. The incorporation of such delays was identified as important both by an RSS working group and the European Medicines Agency, after a clinical trial went disastrously wrong in the United Kingdom in 2006.


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L’In-fallibile scienza. Di Luca Poma

L’In-fallibile scienza. Di Luca Poma | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

Uno straordinario articolo sul settimanale inglese “The Economist” ha garbatamente spogliato, fino a renderlo quasi del tutto nudo, il paradigma della “scienza basata sulle prove di efficacia”, per difendere il quale non pochi ricercatori sarebbero probabilmente pronti a gettarsi nel fuoco. E – sorpresa – l’ha fatto con metodo scientifico.

Negli ultimi secoli, la scienza ha prodotto innumerevoli scoperte che hanno di gran lunga migliorato la qualità della vita dell’uomo, ma ha anche generato un certo autocompiacimento tra gli addetti ai lavori.

Quante volte abbiamo letto in appassionati – a volte rabbiosi – thread di commento a qualche articolo sul web “…la scienza dice che”, o “è ridicolo, non è provato scientificamente”, o ancora “se è scritto su PubMed è così!” …?

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La Haute Autorité Sanitaire dénonce une publicité pour le vin

La Haute Autorité Sanitaire dénonce une publicité pour le vin | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

La Haute Autorité Sanitaire souhaite mettre en garde le public contre la mauvaise utilisation des seuils d’alerte à la consommation d’alcool utilisés dans une publicité de Vin et Société.


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Patients need to know about doctor malpractice

Patients need to know about doctor malpractice | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
When the California Medical Board puts doctors on probation for drug use, negligence, sexual harassment or other violations, it requires them to inform the hospitals where they practice and their malpractice insurers. Yet they are not required to inform the people most likely to be harmed if their...
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The state and potential of social media in bladder cancer - Springer

The state and potential of social media in bladder cancer - Springer | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Introduction

Social media sites and services have become intimately woven into our interpersonal communications and have begun to stake a visible place in healthcare. Disease-specific Twitter hashtags, online patient groups and participation by patients, practitioners and advocacy groups are emblematic of this new paradigm.

Methods

A literature review and summary of resources and publications on bladder cancer and social media.

Results

A majority of Western patients have access to and use the Internet for health information. Urologists and oncologists have used bladder-cancer-specific messaging at international meetings infrequently as compared to prostate and other non-urologic cancers. An active community does participate in online discussion, with differences between medical practitioners and patients/advocates. Advice is given with the aim of unifying this discussion.

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HIMSS16 Women in Health IT Networking Reception

HIMSS16 Women in Health IT Networking Reception | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Be a part of the industry’s most powerful gathering of women innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs shaping and transforming health through technology today. Share stories, recognize and celebrate your peers – form valuable connections that will last a lifetime. Come join your female colleagues at Madame Tussauds for cocktails, networking and thought leadership at one of HIMSS16’s most popular events. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.Register now for the HIMSS16 Women in Health IT Networking Reception where you can:
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"Drivers" of Cancer

"Drivers" of Cancer | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Definition of cancer, a brief explanation of the origins of cancer in cells, basic cancer statistics, and links to other NCI cancer-related resources.
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The ‘public’ and the ‘private’ in the shaping of markets - Sociology Lens

The ‘public’ and the ‘private’ in the shaping of markets - Sociology Lens | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago, in a meeting hall adjacent to the Houses of Parliament, I sat in the audience while fund managers spoke alongside officials from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and representatives of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), an organisation funded by DFID and other donors with a mandate to “encourage private infrastructure investment in developing countries.” (PIDG was praised by DFID in their 2013 Multilateral Aid Review for “catalysing private investment in infrastructure,” but was subsequently hauled over the coals in Parliamentfor posing “risks to taxpayers’ money” with its “wasteful travel policies and poor financial management”.) At that meeting, one of the fund managers in attendance challenged a presenter who had spoken about the importance of government involvement when building key energy and power infrastructure: “government in the nicest sense spends money and the private sector generates wealth, and it’s not sustainable with only government involvement.”
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Xylella fastidiosa: nuovo studio italiano ne evidenzia i rischi

Xylella fastidiosa: nuovo studio italiano ne evidenzia i rischi | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Oltre che la Puglia, anche le coltivazioni presenti in Basilicata, Calabria, Sicilia,Sardegna, Campania e Lazio rischiano di essere colpite dalla Xylella fastidiosa, il batterio in grado di provocare il rapido disseccamento degli ulivi e fino a oggi responsabile dell’abbattimento di oltre duemila specie arboree nel Salento. Non sarebbe esente nemmeno la Maremma, la porzione di costa tirrenica che arriva fino in Toscana, seconda regione italiana per presenza di ulivi. È quanto si evince da uno studio italiano pubblicato sulla rivista Phytopathologia Mediterranea. Il patogeno non compromette la qualità dell’olio e non ha avuto ripercussioni sul raccolto del 2015, migliorato di quasi un terzo rispetto all’anno precedente (quasi raggiunta la quota di 400mila tonnellate), condizionato dall’azione della mosca olearia.
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Data gaps: The poor typical household surveys miss

Data gaps: The poor typical household surveys miss | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Standard measures of poverty and inequality are calculated at the household level—assuming resources are pooled and shared equally among its members. The World Bank Group’s new global poverty estimates, for example, are based on consumption per person—the average consumed by individuals within the household.   If consumption per person falls below the new global poverty line of $1.90 per day, everyone in the household is considered “poor.” If consumption is above the poverty line, no one in the household is considered “poor.” This measure is also used to monitor progress toward the first target of the newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals, to end extreme poverty by 2030.  
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Big Pharma’s worst nightmare - Sarah Boseley

Big Pharma’s worst nightmare - Sarah Boseley | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

Jamie Love has spent years battling global drug companies, unshakable in his belief that even the world’s poorest people should have access to life-saving medicines. Is it time that our own government listened to him? 

On a hot August afternoon in 2000, four Americans arrived for a secret meeting at the central London penthouse flat of an Indian billionaire drug manufacturer named Yusuf Hamied. A sixth person would join them there, a French employee of the World Health Organisation, who was flying in from Geneva, having told his colleagues he was taking leave.

Hamied took his guests into the dining room on the seventh floor. The room featured a view of the private gardens of Gloucester Square, Bayswater, for which only the residents possess a key. The six men sat round a glass dining table overlooked by a painting of galloping horses by a Mumbai artist (Hamied has racehorses stabled in three cities). The discussion, which went on all afternoon and through dinner that evening at the Bombay Palace restaurant nearby, would help change the course of medical history.


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Unproductive and/or unorganized workplace meetings can have a negative effect on employee well-being

Unproductive and/or unorganized workplace meetings can have a negative effect on employee well-being | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Unproductive and/or unorganized workplace meetings can have a negative effect on employee well-being.
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AHA CPR guidelines released. The 2015 guideline updates address compression rates and depth, AED use, body temperature and 'pit-crew' CPR for medics

AHA CPR guidelines released. The 2015 guideline updates address compression rates and depth, AED use, body temperature and 'pit-crew' CPR for medics | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

The American Heart Association’s "2015 Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC" confirms known CPR recommendations with several quality enhancements to help save more lives, including a range for the rate and depth of chest compressions during CPR.

The latest AHA guidelines, published Thursday in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, highlight how quick action, proper training, use of technology and coordinated efforts can increase survival from cardiac arrest.

Bystanders should continue to jump in quickly to give CPR, using breaths if they are trained in CPR and employing mobile technology to speed up the rescue of cardiac arrest victims.

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I prodotti biologici conquistano consumatori, mercato e scaffali della Grande Distribuzione

I prodotti biologici conquistano consumatori, mercato e scaffali della Grande Distribuzione | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Nel 2015 il fatturato dei prodotti biologici ha sfiorato i 900 milioni di euro, con una crescita del 20% rispetto all'anno precedente. Uova, composte di frutte, gallette di riso e frutta fresca sono i cibi più venduti nei supermarket
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Michio Kaku: Consciousness Can be Quantified

Dr. Michio Kaku returns to Big Think studios to discuss his latest book, The Future of the Mind (http://goo.gl/1mcGeb). Here he explains how the quantifying ...
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Coca-Cola gives Canada a taste of its new global campaign

Coca-Cola gives Canada a taste of its new global campaign | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

Coca-Cola has launched its biggest global marketing campaign.  Coca-Cola brands under new 'Taste the Feelingglobal campaign.


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