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2012-03-16 09:39:04

Research: Association between low functional health literacy and mortality in older adults: Longitudinal cohort study One in three older people who have difficulty reading and understanding basic health related information may be at increased risk of death, concludes a study published on bmj.com today. The findings have important implications given rising levels of long term conditions and the UK government's plans for patients to become responsible and active partners in their care....

2012-03-09 00:41:15

Socioeconomically deprived patients 16 percent more likely to die of heart attack The Canadian Journal of Cardiology has published a paper on the effect of socioeconomic factors on myocardial infarction outcomes. This study describes an analysis of the effect of socioeconomic class on outcomes after a first myocardial infarction ("heart attack"). The study analyzed detailed databases in Quebec and found that socioeconomic deprivation did not negatively affect access to the most advanced...

2012-02-07 12:05:59

School dropout: A major public health challenge: A 10 year prospective study on medical and non-medical social insurance benefits in young adulthood Teen school drop-outs are almost three times as likely to be on benefits in later life as their peers who complete their schooling, indicates research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The authors analyzed the self rated health of almost 9000 Norwegian 13 to 19 year olds, who were already taking part in...

2011-12-07 23:10:15

Collaboration of public and private health partners is essential for health improvement Improving health is too multifaceted to be left solely in the hands of those working in the health sector alone, according to the latest Healthy People 2020 Objectives for the Nation. A recent shift in national health priorities has led Healthy People, a program that sets the national agenda for health promotion and disease prevention, to add 'social determinants' into its 2020 goals. Two papers...

2011-11-02 08:49:04

Piroska Östlin of the WHO, Copenhagen, Denmark and colleagues argue in this week's PLoS Medicine that a paradigm shift is needed to keep the focus on health equity within the social determinants of health research agenda. The authors recommend four priority areas for future research on health equity, and suggest possible steps for advancing such an agenda, such as creating a critical mass of researchers and refining norms and standards for the monitoring and assessment of health...

2011-08-29 14:12:20

European women live longer than men, because of both biological and behavioural advantages, but women's longer lives are not necessarily healthy lives. Studies commented on by Dr Vannuzzo at the ESC Congress 2011, show that due to increase in tobacco and alcohol consumption in women, the gender gap is decreasing. In the European Union (27 countries) the total number of deaths is roughly similar in men and women (in 2009: 2 416 786 men and 2 418 048 women), and trends are also similar, but...

2011-07-27 06:00:08

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- With just one year to go before the start of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, the focus should be on obtaining evidence on how the Games will affect public health, claim a group of public health experts in a Viewpoint published Online First in The Lancet. A robust assessment of the long-term health and socioeconomic impacts of both individual interventions and the event as a whole has the potential to justify the enormous investment and to establish the...

2011-06-13 14:34:57

The latest survey of Ontario adults from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows increasing rates of daily drinking and cannabis use and high levels of psychological distress. The results of the 2009 CAMH Monitor survey, the longest running survey tracking mental health and addiction indicators among adults in Ontario, were published today. Alcohol The proportion of adults reporting daily drinking increased from 5.3% in 2002 to over 9% in 2009. The average number of drinks...

2011-06-08 01:29:11

Despite billions of dollars spent on health care each year, the United States ranks 27th out of 33 developed countries for life expectancy at birth. Leading causes of infant mortality are complications related to pre-term birth or low birth weight-outcomes that have been linked with domestic violence. A University of Missouri researcher says a key factor in addressing this issue is preventing violence against mothers and children. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released...

2011-04-27 06:22:23

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- An examination of health literacy (such as understanding basic health information) among managed care patients with heart failure, a condition that requires self-management, found that nearly one in five have low health literacy, which was associated with a higher all-cause risk of death, according to a new study. Health literacy is understanding, obtaining, and processing basic health information and services needed to make adequate health decisions. Many U.S....


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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