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USA:One Way to Cut Back on Expensive Ambulance Rides

September 2014 theAtlantic; When they get a call for medical help, most fire departments scramble both an ambulance and a fully-staffed fire truck. But that’s way more than many people really need, says Rick Lewis, chief of emergency medical services at South Metro Fire Rescue Authority in the Denver suburbs. “It’s …

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ZAMBIA:Govt to Increase Nursing Schools

September 2014 TimesofZambia; Dr Kasonde was speaking today during the nineth combined graduation ceremony for 125 nurses and midwives from Northern and Muchinga provinces held at Kasama General Hospital. The graduands were drawn from Kasama School of Nursing, Chilonga Mission Hospital Schools of Nursing and Midwifery and Chengelo Private Nursing …

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Experts Recommend Best Treatments for Sickle Cell Disease

September 2014 VOA;A panel of experts is out with new guidelines for treating sickle cell disease. But not all the recommendations will be affordable for everyone. Sickle cell disease – or sickle-cell anemia, as it’s sometimes called – is a genetic condition affecting millions around the world. It’s most common …

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SENEGAL: Activists Push for Looser Abortion Laws in Senegal

September 2014 VOA; Senegalese health workers and activists are demanding women be allowed access to medically safe abortions in certain cases, such as rape or under-age pregnancies. “Secret” abortions are now one of the leading causes of maternal death in Senegal and forced pregnancies have led to an increase in …

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Cuts at W.H.O. Hurt Response to Ebola Crisis

September 2014  NyTimes; With treatment centers overflowing, and alarmingly little being done to stop Ebola from sweeping through West African villages and towns, Dr. Joanne Liu, the president of Doctors Without Borders, knew that the epidemic had spun out of control. The only person she could think of with the …

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CANADA:What Canada can learn from U.S. health reform

September 2014 theglobeandmail; Almost a year after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson followed suit. Despite being similar in name, the Canadian bill covered all persons. It’s what we’ve come to know as universal health coverage, and it has been a principal difference …

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