Mental health: young people in crisis waiting hours for A&E help

 Across the 65 trusts that supplied data to Labour, 2,357 of the 13,205 under-18s with a mental health problem waited longer than four hours to be seen. Photograph: Hannah Mckay Thousands of young people undergoing a mental health crisis, including those who are potentially suicidal, are having to wait more than four hours for A&E care, NHS figures show. Almost a fifth of the under-18s who seek A&E help in England for psychiatric problems such as depression and self-harm are not seen within the supposed maximum of four hours. Figures released by…

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US charges 3 Indian-origin ex-executives of health tech start up in $1 bn fraud

Washington: Three Indian-origin ex-executives of a Chicago-based health tech start-up have been charged by the federal authorities for their alleged roles in a fraud scheme which involved falsifying the company’s financial performance to raise nearly $1 billion in debt and private equity. The co-founders of Outcome Health Rishi Shah, 33, and Shradha Aggarwal, 34, and former executive Ashik Desai, 26, are among six people accused of fraud “that targeted the company’s clients, lenders and investors,” the US Department of Justice said on Monday. “Outcome’s former executives and employees allegedly deceived lenders,…

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Will Google get away with grabbing 50m Americans’ health records?

 Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai. The company has forged a partnership with Ascension, a major hospital chain. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Few things are certain in the American healthcare system – except for the paperwork. The tedious ritual of signing forms authorizing new providers to access our medical history is the result of a rarity for Americans: thanks to the first amendment, we have few rights and little expectation of privacy, except when it comes to our medical records. Even doctors who have our best interests at heart must get permission…

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Helium Health

Founders: Adegoke Olubusi (CEO), Dimeji Sofowora, Tito Ovia Launched: 2016 Headquarters: Nigeria Industry: Health care Pictured above (from left to right): Adegoke Olubusi, Tito Ovia, Dimeji Sofowora Helium Health’s medical records dashboard Helium health Helium Health offers a suite of products and services for electronic health records management. The company’s platform specializes in handling doctor’s visits, prescriptions and medical billing, facilitating offline access from any device, offering customizable forms and monitoring trends, triggering alerts and generating reports, enabling doctors to streamline their practice, reducing waste and increasing the standard of care. Key investments have…

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Poorest hit hardest by cuts to public health spending – research

Worst-off areas have lost six times as much funding to tackle health problems such as obesity as best-off areas, finds analysis. Photograph: Clara Molden/PA England’s poorest communities have borne the brunt of almost £900m of cuts to public health spending, despite them having higher rates of disease, research has revealed. Places with high levels of deprivation such as Liverpool, Blackpool and Birmingham have lost much more of their budgets to prevent problems such obesity and smoking than better-off areas. One pound in every £7 of the £871.6m that has been…

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Google doesn’t want to let Apple run away with the health-tracking market, but it may be too late

Hardware is increasingly becoming a commodity, where devices with nearly identical features end up competing mainly on price. But for big consumer technology companies like Apple and Google, it’s still important to have a foothold in the wearable devices market because it’s the key way to get information about users on the go, as well as to gather potentially lucrative biometric data about the human body. Apple, with its health-tracking smartwatch, is dominating the market, especially in North America. That has rivals scrambling to catch up. Google parent company Alphabet, which has historically struggled…

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Assam’s Morigaon Organises Health Camp to Raise Awareness on Malaria

A health camp was organized at Bhuragaon in Assam’s Morigaon to educate people about the importance of hygiene & sanitation. The camp shed light on various health-related issues, including hygiene, malaria, use of pure drinking water, hand washing, and others. The health camp was organized by Joint Director of Health Office at Bhuragaon, Morigaon, as reported by The Sentinel. The Joint Director of Health, Ruhuni Borkatoki inaugurated the camp. On the occasion, the officer asked ANM, AWW, ASHA to follow the proper handwashing method the ‘SUMAN’. He emphasized on teaching…

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Uproar after research claims red meat poses no health risk

 Critics of the study say many of the participants were young and unlikely to succumb to illness during the trial period. Photograph: Getty New research that claims red and processed meat is probably not harmful to our health has caused controversy among experts who maintain people should cut down. The World Health Organization has classified red and processed meats as cancer-causing. Public health bodies worldwide urge people to limit their intake of red and processed meat to reduce their cancer risk. The NHS advises that people who eat 90g of meat a…

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What are the health benefits of yoga?

Yoga is a popular exercise that focuses on breathing, strength, and flexibility. Practicing yoga may provide many physical and mental health benefits. Between 2012 and 2017, the percentage of people in the United States practicing yoga increased from 9.5% to 14.3% in adults and from 3.1% to 8.4% in children. The 2012 National Health Interview Survey reported that around 94% of people who practice yoga in the U.S. do so for wellness reasons. Respondents said that yoga benefits their health by: encouraging them to exercise more inspiring them to eat more healthfully improving their sleep quality reducing their stress levels…

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Climate Change Is Having Widespread Health Impacts

The climate crisis is making people sicker—worsening illnesses ranging from seasonal allergies to heart and lung disease. Children, pregnant people and the elderly are the most at risk from extreme weather and rising heat. But the impact of the climate crisis—for patients, doctors and researchers—is already being felt across every specialty of medicine, with worse feared to come. “There’s research suggesting that our prescription medications may be causing harm because of changing heat patterns,” said Aaron Bernstein, a pediatric hospitalist who is the co-director of the Center for Climate, Health and the…

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