Does The World Health Organisation Establishing A Digital Health Unit Signify Peak Digital Health?

We had some alarming news during the week:World Health Organization announces new Department of Digital HealthThursday, 7 March 2019   (0 Comments) WHO has announced the most wide-ranging reforms in the organisation ’s history to modernise and strengthen the institution to play its role more effectively and efficiently as the world’s leading authority on public health.One of the key changes is “harnessing the power of digital health and innovation by supporting countries to assess, integrate, regulate and maximise the opportunities of digital technologies and artificial intelligence, supported by a new Department of Digital Health”.The changes are designed to support countries in achieving the ambitious “triple billion” targets that are at the heart of WHO’s strategic plan for the next five years: one billion more people benefitting from universal health coverage (UHC), one billion more people better protected from health emergencies, and one billion more people enjoying... This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David.
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - Category: Information Technology Authors: Source Type: blogs

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This study delves into the mechanisms by which a short period of fasting can accelerate wound healing. Fasting triggers many of the same cellular stress responses, such as upregulated autophagy, as occur during the practice of calorie restriction. It isn't exactly the same, however, so it is always worth asking whether any specific biochemistry observed in either case does in fact occur in both situations. In particular, the period of refeeding following fasting appears to have beneficial effects that are distinct from those that occur while food is restricted. Multiple forms of therapeutic fasting have been repor...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
END-STAGE heart failure remains one of the leading causes of hospitalization in patients older than 65 years and carries a 50% mortality within 5 years of initial diagnosis.1 Heart transplantation once was believed to be associated with increased morbidity; however, dramatic advancements in immunosuppression and preservation techniques have contributed to a significant improvement in survival. One-year survival after heart transplantation in the 1980s was as low as 76%, whereas now it has improved to 85%, with many experienced centers reporting even higher rates.
Source: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Pro and Con Source Type: research
AbstractHeart transplantation (HT) in patients with prior cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) is becoming more common, in parallel with the increased use of CIEDs for patients with advanced heart failure. Complete removal of CIED components during HT is not always feasible, and it is thus surprising that the literature addressing the implications of retained CIED components is limited. Indeed, there are neither guidelines nor consensus regarding the need for removal of these CIED fragments. This issue is nonetheless becoming important in light of the increase in the percentage of HT candidates having CIED...
Source: Infection - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
AbstractThree main patterns of T cell receptor (TCR) expression are identified in peripheral T cell lymphoma (PTCL): TCR- αβ type, TCR-γδ type, and TCR silent type. Cases of PTCL that express both αβ and γδ receptors are rare. Here, we report a case of PTCL-NOS (not otherwise specified) with dual αβ and γδ expression in a 61-year-old female 6 years after orthotopic cardiac transplant. The patient presented with fatigue, fever, worsening anemia, and thrombocytopenia. A chest CT showed multiple irregular lung nodules and diffuse lymphadenopathy. Cytolo...
Source: Journal of Hematopathology - Category: Pathology Source Type: research
OVER THE last few decades, the number of patients being listed for heart transplant has been growing, although the number of available donor organs has remained relatively constant.1 As the population ages, an increasing volume of patients is expected to develop advanced heart failure and become eligible for heart transplant. This widening gap in supply and demand warrants careful patient selection to optimize these most precious resources. Accordingly, the ideal system to allocate donor organs to prospective recipients simultaneously should minimize mortality for patients on the waiting list and maximize post-transplant s...
Source: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Pro and Con Source Type: research
We thank Drs. McGuinty, Moayedi and Chih for their thoughtful reading of our manuscript and the interesting remarks.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
i A Abstract Background: Apolipoprotein M (APOM) mediates the physical interaction between high-density lipoprotein (HDL) particles and sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P). APOM exerts anti-inflammatory and cardio-protective effects in animal models. Methods: In a subset of Penn-HF study (PHFS) participants (n=297), we measured APOM by ELISA. We also measured total S1P by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry and isolated HDL particles to test the association between APOM and HDL-associated S1P. We confirmed the relationship between APOM and outcomes using modified aptamer-based APOM measurements, among 2,170 adults i...
Source: Circulation - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Circulation Source Type: research
Authors: Corrà U, Piepoli M, Giordano A Abstract Exercise oscillatory ventilation (EOV) is an ominous sign in heart failure due to reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (HFrEF) whatever it is represented. But EOV is detected also in normal healthy individuals and in other cardiovascular disease (CVD) patients, however, its prevalence in these is not completed clear. The aim was to describe the occurrence of EOV in healthy subjects and the overall population all CVD patients who performing symptom limited cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET). Healthy subjects were divided in athletes and normal subjec...
Source: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Monaldi Arch Chest Dis Source Type: research
Conclusions. High levels of preexisting MDR bacteria in allografts did not increase early PTP and mortality rates in LTRs. Despite the small and highly selective study population, lung allografts with MDR bacteria may be safely transplanted with appropriate posttransplant antibiotic therapy.
Source: Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Original Clinical Science—General Source Type: research
Background. Data on the prevention of fractures after heart transplant (HTx) are controversial in the literature. Understanding the effects of HTx on bone may guide appropriate treatments in this high-risk population. Methods. Seventy adult HTx patients were followed for 12 months. Clinical and laboratory parameters, bone mineral density, microarchitecture, and vertebral fractures were assessed at baseline (after intensive care unit discharge) and at 6 and 12 months. Patients received recommendations regarding calcium intake and vitamin D supplementation after HTx. Results. At baseline, 27% of patients had osteopor...
Source: Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Original Clinical Science—General Source Type: research
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