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MALAWI:Malawi nurse suspended over selfie in labor ward

November 2018 cnnnews;A nurse in Malawi has been suspended after her selfie in a labor ward showing a naked pregnant woman in the background surfaced online. Patricia Malichi’s selfie, which has an unidentified pregnant woman lying on a hospital bed at Ndirande Health Centre in Blantyre city, provoked public anger on …

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USA:Too fat to fight: Pentagon grapples with obesity epidemic

October 2018 Yahoonews; Forget about the high-tech military challenges from China and Russia, the Pentagon is facing a fast-growing national security threat that could be even trickier to tackle: America’s obesity crisis. A study released this week has found that nearly one-third of young Americans are now too overweight to …

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Health innovation prizewinners to receive £17m funding

October 2018 digitalhealth;Eight projects based across the UK will receive financial backing after being named winners of the Digital Health Technology Catalyst (DHTC) and Medicines Manufacturing R2 programmes. Successful projects this year include a GPS app designed to track the availability of hospital beds, an AI-based support system for surgeons …

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Startups Plan the Health Data Gold Rush

October 2018 the-scientist;Even if you’ve never heard of IQVIA, the company most likely knows some things about you—if only in anonymized form. As Harvard University fellow Adam Tanner documents in his 2017 book Our Bodies, Our Data, IQVIA (formerly IMS Health), along with other companies such as IBM and Lexis-Nexus, regularly …

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Traces of weedkiller found in baby food

August 2018 TheStandard; A new study has raised fears that 95 per cent of breakfast snacks fed on children are laden with cancer related herbicide. According to studies conducted by the Environmental Working Group, a US-based public health organisation, 43 out of 45 oat-derived products sampled were found to have significant levels …

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USA:Judge Blocks Kentucky Medicaid Work Requirement

June 2018 KHN; A federal judge on Friday struck down a Trump administration decision allowing states to force low-income adults to work to qualify for Medicaid. The 60-page ruling, which is likely to be appealed, was hailed by advocates for the poor. But it could limit the number of states expanding …

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