The Health News – 29 April 2014

Overview

  • Australian women could soon trade two-yearly Pap smears for a more accurate test every five years, in what health experts say is one of the biggest shake-ups to cancer screening in decades.
  • Drug companies will be forced to give the Federal Government full refunds in cases where their medicines do not work.
  • The Centre for Personalised Immunology at the Australian National University (ANU) is the first centre of its kind in the world, that will treat rare immune disorders.
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Mental Health Platform

Returning guest, Ken Cahill, CEO of SilverCloud Health, discusses how they are responding to the coronavirus pandemic with the increased demand for effective mental health treatment.  SilverCloud offers an industry-leading, clinically-validated digital mental health platform used by over 300 organizations around the world including Optum Health and 70% of the UK’s NHS.

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The News – 22 August 2014

Overview

  • The Garvan Institute of Medical Research and Roche Sequencing today announce a collaboration to develop new technologies for targeted epigenomic analysis using DNA sequencing.
  • The bottom of Sydney Harbour has been contaminated by widespread microplastic pollution which could be entering the food chain, scientists say.
  • AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, YESTERDAY called on the Government to dump its seriously flawed GP co-payments proposal and adopt the AMA model, which exempts the most vulnerable patients from extra cost burdens for their health care.

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The News – 09 April 2015

Overview

  • The Assistant Minister for Health says the operational detail of the new Primary Health Networks will be announced ‘shortly’.
  • Adelaide’s hospital emergency departments are failing to meet a national target to ensure patients leave within four hours, new figures from SA Health show.
  • A Darwin man who allegedly worked as a nurse in Queensland despite having no qualifications also worked in the Northern Territory health system.

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The Health News USA December 5 2017

  • A drug court in Mississippi will start offering mental health services. The services will be available in the fourth Circuit Drug Court in Washington, Sunflower and Leflore counties. The court has received a 3-year, $400,000 federal grant to cover the cost of hiring a mental health therapist, a peer support specialist and a supervising officer for drug court participants.
  • The first of three industrial-sized tents to house San Diego’s homeless opened Friday as part of the city’s efforts to contain a hepatitis A outbreak. About 20 people made their way to bunk beds Friday in a tent that will house 350 single men and women. 2 other giant tents will open later this month — 1 for families and 1 for veterans. San Diego turned to tents to get people off the streets and contain a hepatitis A outbreak that has killed 20 people in the past year.
  • Aetna’s board of directors approved on Sunday the U.S. health insurer’s sale to drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp for approximately $207 per share in cash and stock. The $69 billion deal will be this year’s largest corporate acquisition. It will combine one of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) and pharmacy operators with one of its oldest health insurers, whose far-reaching business ranges from employer healthcare to government plans nationwide.
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Thyroid Function in Children and Women [Interview][Transcript]

Dr_Raphael_Kellman_Thyroid_DysfunctionGuest: Dr. Raphael Kellman
Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest Bio: Raphael Kellman, MD, is founder of the Kellman Center for Integrative & Functional Medicine. As a doctor trained in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, Dr. Kellman uses the latest drugs and technology to treat specific diseases, but his approach to medicine is patient-centered and holistic.

Segment overview: In this segment Dr. Raphael Kellman, MD, and founder of The Kellman Center for Integrative & Functional Medicine, discusses what parents should know about thyroid function in children, what women should know about low thyroid function and type 2 diabetes, and how the microbiome affects thyroid function.

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The Health News United Kingdom February 14 2018

  • A new NHS England campaign says that parents of young children with minor illnesses should take them to pharmacies rather than GPs or A&E. It follows a survey which found just six percent of parents with under-5s would go to a pharmacist first. NHS England said visits to GPs and A&E for these “self-treatable” conditions, like stomach ache, cost cost £850m a year. A patients’ group said but parents should not be put off seeing a doctor. GPs’ leaders said parents of children with a very high temperature that doesn’t go away should still seek help from a medical expert.
  • NHS figures show that the number of admissions to hospital for eating disorders has nearly doubled in six years.  Data from NHS Digital show admissions for conditions including anorexia and bulimia reached 13,885 between April 2016 and 2017 – the highest levels seen in six years. The figures show that this is almost double the 7,260 admissions seen in hospitals in England the year up to April 2011.
  • The charity Age UK has said that more than one in three people in England diagnosed with dementia are not getting the follow-up care they are entitled to.  The NHS specifies that everyone diagnosed with the condition should have an individual care plan that is reviewed at least once a year. But Age UK found that as of November, out of the 458,461 people with a recorded diagnosis of dementia, only 282,573 had a new care plan or at least one care plan review on record in the previous 12 months.
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease: What is IBD [Interview][Transcript]

Dr_Jay_Popp_Inflammatory_Bowel_DiseaseGuest: Dr. Jay Popp
Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest Bio: John W. (Jay) Popp, Jr. graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1969 and completed medical school at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut in 1973. He has had an interest in inflammatory bowel disease since his training and has participated in numerous clinical trials evaluating novel therapies for IBD. He retired from private practice and joined Janssen Biotech as a Medical Director in the Medical Affairs Department In 2006. He continues to have an intense interest in colorectal cancer prevention and has visited Congress on numerous occasions to inform our legislators of the importance of preventative strategies.

Segment overview: Jay Popp, MD, Director of Medical Affairs, Janssen Biotech, Inc., discusses Inflammatory Bowel Disease, symptoms, causes, and the latest advances in IBD research.

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Burning barriers struggles a female firefighter

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Presenter: Neal
Guest: Karen Moulder
Guest Bio: Karen Moulder was the first woman to be hired in the Brownsville, Texas Fire Department in 1983. Her tomboyish nature and single mother circumstance led her to this fascinating and dangerous career which lasted a little over ten years. Her career involved protecting lives, property, and educating the public on fire safety. She entered a man’s world back when few women did and became a role model for other women. Karen went back to college and majored in business after a car accident ended her firefighting career. She went on to work managing a physician’s office where she obtained her certification in medical billing. She later moved across the country from Texas to Massachusetts where she started her own medical billing company. She now lives there with her five children and two grandchildren. Her Book is entitled “Burning Barriers”

Segment Overview

Karen Moulder talks about her career-ending accident. She also touches on a lawsuit filed against the fire department she worked for.

 

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