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Single-Dose Medicine Could Both Treat and Stave Off Malaria

June 2015 SciDevNet; A new antimalarial compound may be able to both treat current infections and protect against future ones, according to a study published yesterday in Nature. Just one dose of the compound could be used to fight malaria infections in patients and increase their immunity against the parasite, …

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SOUTH AFRICA: Department Makes Progress in Medicine Supply

June 2015 sanews; The Department of Health says it is busy addressing problems affecting the supply of various medicines to both the private and public sectors. On Wednesday, department spokesperson Joe Maila said the supply of about 80 medicines had been resolved as the suppliers had already started delivering the …

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The pope v the UN: who will save the world first?

June 2015 theguardian; Everyone, it seems, recognizes that Pope Francis’s encyclical is a striking document. But to really appreciate its significance, it’s worth contrasting it with another document that purports to tackle the same challenge: the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs). The SDGs have emerged from a long, complex process, …

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USA: Vast data warehouse raises health overhaul privacy concerns

June 2015 YahooNews; A government data warehouse stores personal information indefinitely on millions of people who seek coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, including those who open an account on HealthCare.gov but don’t sign up for coverage. At a time when major breaches have become distressingly common, the …

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USA: Supreme Court upholds Obamacare subsidies

June 2015 YahooNews; The Supreme Court spared a key part of President Barack Obama’s signature law in a 6-3 decision Thursday, ruling that the federal government may continue to subsidize health insurance in the dozens of states that did not set up their own exchanges. Chief Justice John Roberts, who …

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USA: The hospitals that overcharge patients by 1000%

June 2015 YahooNews; Try to avoid breaking any limbs in Crestview, Florida. You might wind up in North Okaloosa Medical Center, which charges 12.6 times, or 1,260 percent, more than what it costs the hospital to treat patients. North Okaloosa, along with New Jersey’s Carepoint Health-Bayonne Hospital, tops the list …

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ZIMBABWE: Govt to Force Hospitals to Treat Patients Who Cant Pay

June 2015 NewZimbabwe; HEALTH minister David Parirenyatwa has said the government will soon introduce a law that forces hospitals around the country to provide medical services to any admitted patient. The minister said this following a 100 percent increase in admission fees announced by Parirenyatwa hospital on Wednesday. Cimas medical …

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