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NHS 'among best health care systems in the world' - Telegraph

NHS 'among best health care systems in the world' - Telegraph | Health Issues | Scoop.it
Britain has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, according to results of an international survey published today (Wednesday).
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Mapping the Famine in the Horn of Africa

Mapping the Famine in the Horn of Africa | Health Issues | Scoop.it
Explore these interactive maps to discover the facts and the data behind the famine, war and drought pushing millions into crisis in the Horn of Africa.

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A Brief History of Influenza

A Brief History of Influenza | Health Issues | Scoop.it
I am TRYING to write an eBook on influenza, which stubbornly refuses to be finished - as part of a sabbatical project, which finished in December 2010.  So, like my History of Virology, I am triall...

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Ed Rybicki's curator insight, April 5, 2013 5:15 AM

I will reprise this post, given a considerable recent spike in interest in it as the new H7N9 Shanghai bird flu starts.  Hopefully to fizzle out, but you never know....

 

Incidentally, I have an almost-finished iBook (for iPad) on influenza: the first five respondents to this post can trial it for free!

Chris Upton + helpers's comment, April 8, 2013 2:39 PM
cool... and I have iPad
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£5m winter boost for Liverpool NHS healthcare - Liverpool Echo

£5m winter boost for Liverpool NHS healthcare - Liverpool Echo | Health Issues | Scoop.it
Liverpool Echo £5m winter boost for Liverpool NHS healthcare Liverpool Echo GP Dr Jim Cuthbert, from Liverpool CCG's Governing Body, said: “The NHS comes under increased pressure during winter, with the arrival of cold weather triggering or...
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Aircraft noise may increase risk of heart disease, say researchers

Aircraft noise may increase risk of heart disease, say researchers | Health Issues | Scoop.it
US and UK studies find people living near airports more likely to suffer stroke, coronary and cardiovascular disease
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INFOGRAPHIC: The Most Efficient Healthcare In The World

INFOGRAPHIC: The Most Efficient Healthcare In The World | Health Issues | Scoop.it

As supporters and opponents of the Affordable Care Act debate the best way to overhaul a clearly broken healthcare system, it's perhaps helpful to put American medicine in a global perspective.


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What causes famines?

What causes famines? | Health Issues | Scoop.it
The terrible famine in the Horn of Africa has brought forth torrents of comment, much of it about the cause of the famine. Fortunately, perhaps, cause is such a very slippery word.

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Why Africa can't feed itself

Why Africa can't feed itself | Health Issues | Scoop.it

Sub-Sahara Africa has ample fertile land, plenty of water and a generally favourable climate for food production. It also has some of the fastest growing economies. Yet, the region is the world's most food insecure - not least because its governments don't play their part...

 

Even though 70 percent of Africans are farmers, the continent continues to experience hunger and famine, especially in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel region...One in four people in sub-Saharan Africa are undernourished, and every third child is stunted, according to a 2012 human development report of the United Nations Development Programme...Ironically, countries that heavily rely on agriculture are worst affected by food insecurity. That is because 90 per cent of Africa's food supply is produced by smallholders. And they produce so little, that half of them are food insecure themselves...

 

...The reasons for food insecurity are complex. They include crop failure due to droughts and floods, poverty, conflict and HIV. But misguided policies and weak institutions are the main culprits for hunger, experts argue...Self-serving elites are monopolising state revenues while emptying the country's resources instead of creating jobs and building industry...Many African governments continued to sideline agriculture by bestowing subsidies, incentives and macroeconomic support on other sectors.

 

“The cost of food production for smallholder farmers today is so high, it's not viable as a business”.


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'Dramatic' drop in global HIV infections

'Dramatic' drop in global HIV infections | Health Issues | Scoop.it
The number of HIV infections and Aids-related deaths has fallen dramatically, according to a UN report.
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