Why We Need A World Social Health Insurance

We are in need of a social security fund on a global scale. That is what scientists of the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp (ITM) argue in a Viewpoint in the leading medical journal The Lancet. Such a ‘Global Fund for Health’ would make …continue reading

Primary Care Physicians Nationwide Face Clinical Ethical Conflicts With Religious Hospitals

Nearly one in ten primary care physicians in the United States has experienced a conflict with a religiously affiliated hospital or practice over religious policies for patient care, researchers from the University of Chicago report in a paper published early online in the Journal …continue reading

Children Of Combat-Deployed Parents Show Increased Worries, Even After Parent Returns

The current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in extended and repeated combat-related deployments of U.S. military service members. While much has been reported about the problems, both physical and psychological, many bring back with them, new research out of UCLA shows that …continue reading

Cold Fronts Linked To European H5N1 Outbreaks

Avian influenza (H5N1) outbreaks in Europe during the winter of 2005-2006 occurred at the edge of cold weather fronts, according to researchers from Princeton University and the Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Their results, published in the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens, show …continue reading

Glycemic Index And Glycemic Load Of Some Popular Chinese Traditional Foods

Previous studies have shown that GI is a reproducible measure of day-long postprandial glycemia. Over 2480 GI values of individual food items were listed in the recent edition of international tables of GI and GL. The relationship between food GI and human health has …continue reading

Human Fossil Discovery – Evidence Of New Homo Species

Two partial skeletons have been discovered in the cave deposits in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site near Johannesburg, in the Republic of South Africa by members of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

The human fossils, close to 2 million years old, …continue reading

Hospitalists Key To Success Of Healthcare Reform

On March 21, 2010, Congress passed the most comprehensive healthcare reform bill since the formation of Medicare. While a monumental achievement, the bill leaves much of the critical work of healthcare reform unfinished, according to a new editorial by Dr. Robert Wachter, Chief of …continue reading

How Dangerous Are Air Pollutants Really?

Through this system, it will be possible for the first time ever to channel substances from the air, under precisely controlled conditions, through the lung cells or skin cells, and simultaneously observe the reactions of these cells under the microscope.

The air brings a …continue reading

Honest Deer Every Year

The vocalisations or ‘groans’ of male fallow deer provide rivals and potential mates with an honest account of the emitting animal’s competitive abilities. A study, published in the open access journal BMC Biology, describes how the acoustic qualities of a deer’s call change year …continue reading

Toddlers Appreciate Good Intentions

Researchers at Queen’s University have discovered that toddlers as young as 21 months appreciate good intentions, and will do their best to reward the efforts of people who try to help them.

Psychology professor Valerie Kuhlmeier and PhD student Kristen Dunfield found that toddlers …continue reading