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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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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NHA, IRDAI recommend measures for effective healthcare through health insurance

New Delhi: National Health Authority (NHA) and Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) in a joint report released on Saturday recommended best practices, common standards, collaborative measures and IT framework for effective healthcare through health insurance in India. The report stated that such a robust arrangement will benefit all stakeholders – beneficiaries, policyholders, insurers, state health agencies, healthcare providers, implementing agencies and intermediaries etc. The Reports of Joint Working Group focus on — Hospital Network Management, Common IT Infrastructure for Health Insurance Claims Management, Fraud & Abuse Control and on Data Standards…

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Starbucks to boost workers’ mental health benefits, reduce ‘remedial tasks’

CHICAGO — As 12,000 Starbucks store managers from the U.S. and Canada descended on Chicago this week, the coffee chain announced a series of changes coming soon that will affect employees. Starbucks’ Leadership Experience was the first conference for its employees since 2014 and CEO Kevin Johnson’s first since taking the reins as chief executive in 2017. Mental health initiatives One initiative is centered on mental health. Starbucks hosted two sessions on mental health during the conference and has more resources about the topic in the works. Its employee assistance program, which…

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Family health insurance: Medical health insurance for family in India

Family health insurance plan is a complete package which is specially designed to offer protection to the insured and his family. Under a family health insurance plan, you can cover yourself, your spouse, dependent children (above 90 days) and dependent parents (65 years) against health issues. Family health insurance plans also take care of the treatment in case of a critical illness or serious medical conditions. Taking a family health insurance plan works out cheaper than purchasing individual health insurance plans for everyone. Insurers in India provide customized health insurance…

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These 5 healthcare startups will help you keep track of your health and fitness

The healthcare sector in India is growing at a brisk pace, thanks to its improved services and coverage. Technology has also played an important role in transforming healthcare services in our country. However, numbers show that expenditure on matters related to healthcare expenditure has been lukewarm. In 2016, the country spent 3.66 percent of GDP for this sector, which was further reduced to 1.4 percent in 2018. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself is seen as a fitness icon and a big believer in yoga. So much that he went on to say that yoga…

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Top psychiatrist voices caution over student mental health study

A leading psychiatrist has warned against drawing definitive conclusions from a survey of students in which a third of respondents said they had a formal diagnosis of a mental health difficulty at some point in their lives. Brendan Kelly, professor of psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, said the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) study, published on Tuesday, “highlights the issue of student mental health, which is incredibly important and often neglected”. But he said the low response rate of less than 1 per cent of third-level students “limit[s] the fine-grained…

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