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2012-05-30 09:52:15

"Treatment of mental disorders within the health care system needs to be accompanied by a community-based approach that focuses on psychosocial problems," say the authors of a case study from Afghanistan published in this week's PLoS Medicine as part of the newly launched series on global mental health practice. A team of health practitioners and researchers from Afghanistan and the Netherlands, led by Peter Ventevogel from the non-governmental organization HealthNet TPO based in...

2012-05-15 02:30:00

ATLANTA, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Community Preventive Services Task Force today announced it recommends team-based care (TBC) for improving blood pressure control on the basis of strong evidence of effectiveness. A review of 77 studies of team-based care showed that patients' control of blood pressure improved when their care was provided by a team of health professionals--a primary care provider supported by a pharmacist, nurse, dietitian, social worker,...

2012-03-20 09:29:18

Findings indicate incentives and support may offer economic and health benefits Intervention by peer mentors has a statistically significant effect on improving glucose control in African American veterans with diabetes, according to a study by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP). Full results of the study were published in the March 20th issue of the Annals of...

2012-02-29 12:28:38

Providing clean delivery kits and improving birthing practices could halve the number of neonatal deaths following home births in South Asia, according to research funded by the Wellcome Trust. Around half a million babies die in the first month of life from sepsis and around a third of these infections are transmitted at the time of birth. In South Asia, more than half of deliveries occur at home, most without skilled birth attendance. Maintaining clean delivery practices at home can be...

2012-02-20 20:27:21

Quality improvement program improves asthma outcomes and saves $1.46 for every dollar spent Nearly 1 in 10 children have asthma, according to government statistics, and in low-income parts of Boston, nearly 16 percent of children are affected. A program called the Community Asthma Initiative (CAI), developed and implemented in 2005 by clinicians at Children's Hospital Boston, demonstrates the potential to dramatically reduce hospitalization and emergency department visits for asthma --...

2012-02-19 23:01:00

Quality improvement program improves asthma outcomes and saves $1.46 for every dollar spent BOSTON, Feb. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly 1 in 10 children have asthma, according to government statistics, and in low-income parts of Boston, nearly 16 percent of children are affected. A program called the Community Asthma Initiative (CAI), developed and implemented in 2005 by clinicians at Children's Hospital Boston, demonstrates the potential to dramatically reduce...

2011-11-16 08:45:24

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Children treated at home for pnemonia are more likely to recover than children referred to health facilities, according to this study by Pakistan´s "Lady Health Workers". Roughly 1.4 million children under age 5 die annually from the disease–99 percent of them in the developing world, making pnemonia the leading cause of death in childhood. "Pneumonia is highly treatable with inexpensive antibiotics, yet it remains the world's number-one killer of...

2011-11-11 14:20:55

In a breakthrough study published online today in The Lancet, researchers from Boston University, Save the Children and the WHO found that young children treated at home for severe pneumonia by Pakistan's network of "lady health workers" were more likely to get well than children referred to health facilities. The finding could save thousands of children's lives every year. Pneumonia is the leading cause of death of young children around the world, killing some 1.4 million children under...

2011-11-11 14:19:24

Results to be published right before World Pneumonia Day Children treated at home for severe pneumonia by Pakistan's "Lady Health Workers" were more likely to recover than children referred to health facilities, Save the Children found in a USAID-funded, WHO-coordinated study published in The Lancet medical journal today. The results come the day before World Pneumonia Day, which aims to focus the world's attention on the leading cause of child death. Roughly 1.4 million children under...

2011-06-23 20:08:34

New study shows certain setttings and racial-ethnic parity strengthen beneficial effect Education, referrals, support and other interventions by community health workers improve rates of screening mammography in the United States "“ especially in medical and urban settings and among women whose race and ethnicity is similar to that of the community health workers serving them. Researchers at the University of South Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center, and Georgia Southern University reported...