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Scientists sequence genome of hookworm

Scientists sequence genome of hookworm

In an advance that may potentially lead to new treatments for parasitic hookworms, scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Cornell University have sequenced the genome of the hookworm, Ancylostoma ceylanicum. [More]
Honourable Alice Wong highlights government's work to tackle issues facing seniors in Canada

Honourable Alice Wong highlights government's work to tackle issues facing seniors in Canada

The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), highlighted the Government of Canada's work to tackle issues facing seniors in Canada in a speech delivered during her visit to the Richmond Hill Mon Sheong Care Complex. [More]
TOMS Bag Collection launched to address issue of maternal health worldwide

TOMS Bag Collection launched to address issue of maternal health worldwide

TOMS – the company known for starting a global movement through its One for One business model – has launched its fourth and newest product, the TOMS Bag Collection, addressing the issue of maternal health worldwide. [More]
Study finds significant differences in likelihood of employment, income levels of older people

Study finds significant differences in likelihood of employment, income levels of older people

Changes in pension and employment policies are making it increasingly necessary for older people in the UK to work beyond the age of 65. However, new research from the University of Surrey finds significant differences in the likelihood of employment and income levels of people beyond 65, depending on their gender and health. [More]
WHO urges affected countries to increase investment in tackling neglected tropical diseases

WHO urges affected countries to increase investment in tackling neglected tropical diseases

WHO urges affected countries to scale up their investment in tackling 17 neglected tropical diseases in order to improve the health and well-being of more than 1.5 billion people. This investment would represent as little as 0.1% of current domestic expenditure on health in affected low and middle income countries for the period 2015-2030. [More]
Rutgers researchers study rare form of gum disease that affects African-American adolescents

Rutgers researchers study rare form of gum disease that affects African-American adolescents

Oral biologist Daniel H. Fine and his team at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine have tracked more than 2,500 Newark children since 2007 to chart the progression of a rare form of gum disease that afflicts African-American adolescents. [More]

Capital Impact Partners' fourth quarter lending to projects tops $45 million

Capital Impact Partners announced today that its 2014 fourth quarter lending to projects in underserved communities topped $45 million. Highlights of this financing included continued Capital Impact leadership in funding Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) projects to increase the availability of healthcare to low income residents; supporting inclusive housing growth in Detroit by closing the first loan through the organization's partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co.; and leveraging New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) to support a variety of projects. [More]
Report: Proposed SDGs may not achieve policy objectives without clearer, more measurable targets

Report: Proposed SDGs may not achieve policy objectives without clearer, more measurable targets

The proposed UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - a universal set of goals to guide international development to 2030 - will struggle to achieve their stated policy objectives without clearer, more measurable targets, according to a new report released today by the International Council for Science and the International Social Science Council. [More]
SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics designated as FAO Reference Centre for bioinformatics

SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics designated as FAO Reference Centre for bioinformatics

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has appointed SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics as the FAO Reference Centre for bioinformatics. [More]
Ten hospital programs recognized for improving health of local communities

Ten hospital programs recognized for improving health of local communities

From street outreach in Burlington, Vermont to a New York City taxi network to infant mortality prevention in Detroit, ten hospital programs were named Programs of Excellence for their achievements in improving the health of local communities. Each program was awarded $10,000 through the Hospital Charitable Services Awards, a national program sponsored by Jackson Healthcare. [More]
Study suggests that approaches to combating diabetes should be localized

Study suggests that approaches to combating diabetes should be localized

Factors associated with the prevalence of diabetes vary by geographic region in the United States, according to new research from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. [More]
Alexian Brothers Health System acquires primary care medical group in suburban Chicago

Alexian Brothers Health System acquires primary care medical group in suburban Chicago

Alexian Brothers Health System, a member of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and non-profit health system, is expanding its network of primary care physicians with the acquisition of a long-standing primary care medical group in suburban Chicago. [More]
Loyola students, faculty and staff to take part in poverty simulations

Loyola students, faculty and staff to take part in poverty simulations

Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences students, faculty and staff will participate in simulations to help them better understand what it is like to live in poverty. [More]
One in four nonsmokers still exposed to secondhand smoke, shows CDC report

One in four nonsmokers still exposed to secondhand smoke, shows CDC report

Although secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure in the United States dropped by half between 1999 to 2000 and 2011 to 2012, one in four nonsmokers -- 58 million people -- are still exposed to SHS, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [More]
New study suggests link between food insecurity and adverse experiences in childhood

New study suggests link between food insecurity and adverse experiences in childhood

The roots of children's hunger today may stretch back, in part, to the past childhood trauma of their caregivers. Evidence amassed over the past two decades has demonstrated that stress and deprivation during childhood have lifelong consequences on health, as well as school and job performance. A new small-scale study from Drexel University now suggests a strong relationship between exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and household food insecurity among mothers of young children. [More]
International community funding can significantly reduce cancer deaths in LMICs by 2030

International community funding can significantly reduce cancer deaths in LMICs by 2030

Increased annual international community funding of US$18 billion globally could save three million lives per year by 2030 and many more in succeeding decades, [More]
Survey sheds light on issues that limit acute heart failure patients' ability to care for themselves

Survey sheds light on issues that limit acute heart failure patients' ability to care for themselves

A tool designed to assess what interferes with acute heart failure patients' ability to care for themselves after hospital discharge holds promise for improving patient outcomes and reducing readmissions to the hospital. [More]

Too many American children live in economically poor families

Four out of every ten American children live in low-income families, according to new research from the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. [More]
Income, race and ethnic origin may play more potent roles in asthma risk

Income, race and ethnic origin may play more potent roles in asthma risk

Challenging the long-standing belief that city dwellers suffer disproportionately from asthma, the results of a new Johns Hopkins Children's Center study of more than 23,000 U.S. children reveal that income, race and ethnic origin may play far more potent roles in asthma risk than kids' physical surroundings. [More]
Prenatal program enhances couples' co-parenting relationship, improves childhood outcomes

Prenatal program enhances couples' co-parenting relationship, improves childhood outcomes

Children whose parents participated in a prenatal program aimed at enhancing couples' co-parenting relationship were better adjusted at age seven than children whose parents were assigned to a control group, according to Penn State researchers. [More]
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