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2013-07-17 10:03:38

The global burden of sickle cell anemia (SCA), a hereditary blood disorder, is increasing, with almost half a million babies estimated to be born with the condition in 2050, according to a study published in this week's PLOS Medicine. The study, conducted by Frédéric Piel and colleagues from the University of Oxford and Imperial College in the United Kingdom, and the KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya, suggests that implementing basic health interventions...

2013-07-16 23:03:21

In this role Lange will work to generate the political will and resources necessary to end vaccine-preventable diseases, strengthen strategic engagement with UN health agencies, and support the UN Foundation’s work with partners on the ground to achieve strong global health outcomes. Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 16, 2013 The United Nations Foundation announced today that retired U.S. Ambassador John E. Lange will serve as its Senior Fellow for Global Health Diplomacy. In this role...

Increase In Exercise Not Bringing US Obesity Rates Down
2013-07-11 07:37:56

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Americans are exercising more but the increased physical activity is having little impact on the rising obesity epidemic, according to researchers from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). Despite the reported increase in physical activity between the years of 2001 and 2009, the study authors reported the percentage of the population considered to be clinically obese did not decrease....

2013-07-10 14:55:14

Mental conditions, substance abuse, and musculoskeletal disorders cause more disability than cancers. Diet, blood pressure, smoking top risk factors for poor health In nearly every major cause of premature death – from ischemic heart disease to diabetes to interpersonal violence – the United States trails its economic peers, according to new research from a global collaborative of scientists led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)...

2013-06-19 13:57:00

Daily supplementation of iron tablets to pregnant women does not provide any benefits in birth weight or improved infant growth compared to twice weekly supplementation, according to a study by international researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine. Furthermore, twice weekly supplementation is linked to improved adherence rates in pregnant women and may also be linked to improved cognitive development in infants aged six months. These findings are important as anemia–a...

2013-06-12 16:04:53

Nine years after the World Health Organization adopted a global strategy on diet, physical activity, and health to address risk factors for chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes (referred to internationally as noncommunicable diseases), only a few low-and middle-income countries have implemented robust national policies to help prevent such diseases, according to a study by international researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine. These findings are important as they...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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