Don ’t blame men for the climate crisis – we should point the finger at corporations
Male spending – on petrol and meat – is apparently worse for the environment than women’s. But it’s the system, not individuals, that needs to changeSorry, boys, but it ’s all your fault.Melting ice caps,flash floods,rising sea levels: men are to blame for the lot of it. Please don ’t drown the messenger, I’m just relayingthe results of a Swedish study that found that men ’s spending habits cause 16% more climate-heating emissions than women’s. The biggest difference seems to be that men spend more money on petrol. Another big difference: the men surveyed bought more me...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 27, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Arwa Mahdawi Tags: Climate change Environment Science Gender World news Inequality Source Type: news

Don ’t blame men for the climate crisis – we should point the finger at corporations | Arwa Mahdawi
Male spending – on petrol and meat – is apparently worse for the environment than women’s. But it’s the system, not individuals, that needs to changeSorry, boys, but it ’s all your fault.Melting ice caps,flash floods,rising sea levels: men are to blame for the lot of it. Please don ’t drown the messenger, I’m just relayingthe results of a Swedish study that found that men ’s spending habits cause 16% more climate-heating emissions than women’s. The biggest difference seems to be that men spend more money on petrol. Another big difference: the men surveyed bought more me...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 27, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Arwa Mahdawi Tags: Climate change Environment Science Gender World news Inequality Source Type: news

A population-based study of the incidence, medical care, and medical expenditures for pediatric traumatic brain injury - Shen J, Shi J, Cooper J, Chen C, Taylor HG, Xiang H.
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of pediatric trauma morbidity and mortality around the world. However, limited research exists regarding disparities in the incidence of TBI and medical care seeking behaviors and medica... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Turn off the blue light!
(University of Tsukuba) Researchers from University of Tsukuba have found that exposure to specific types of light before sleep can have variable effects on energy metabolism during sleep. Specifically, participants who went to sleep after exposure to organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), which emit polychromatic white light that contains less blue light than light-emitting diodes (LEDs), exhibited significantly decreased energy expenditure, core body temperature, and increased fat oxidation, indicating fewer negative health consequences compared with after nighttime exposure to LEDs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Germany: Health System Review
Health Syst Transit. 2020 Dec;22(6):1-272.ABSTRACTThis analysis of the German health system reviews recent developments in organization and governance, health financing, health care provision, health reforms and health system performance. Germany's health care system is often regarded as one of the best health care systems in the world, offering its population universal health insurance coverage and a comprehensive benefits basket with comparably low cost-sharing requirements. It provides good access to care with free choice of provider and short waiting times, which is partly due to good infrastructure with a dense networ...
Source: Health systems in transition - July 7, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: Miriam Bl ümel Anne Spranger Katharina Achstetter Anna Maresso Reinhard Busse Source Type: news

Slacklining: a narrative review on the origins, neuromechanical models and therapeutic use - Gabel CP, Guy B, Mokhtarinia HR, Melloh M.
Slacklining, the neuromechanical action of balance retention on a tightened band, is achieved through self-learned strategies combining dynamic stability with optimal energy expenditure. Published slacklining literature is recent and limited, including for... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Blog: Why this insult to council and school staff can ’ t be allowed to stand
For a moment, imagine you’re a cleaner at your local primary school… Throughout the pandemic you were asked by your employer to go into work. You were told, ‘You’re essential – without you, the school couldn’t open to look after key workers’ children’. You left the house and travelled through the eerie, deserted streets. You waited for the bus for an extra hour, because they only ran a skeleton service at the height of lockdown. At the start, you weren’t given any proper protective equipment – there was a national shortage. But that didn’t stop you going to...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 5, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Jon Richards Tags: Blogs local government Source Type: news

Long-term healthcare expenditures following combat-related traumatic brain injury - Dalton MK, Jarman MP, Manful A, Koehlmoos TP, Cooper Z, Weissman JS, Schoenfeld AJ.
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most common injuries resulting from U.S. Military engagements since 2001. Long-term consequences in terms of healthcare utilization are unknown. We sought to evaluate healthcare expenditures among U.S.... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Board Meeting Minutes April 27, 2021
Discussion of Journal of Participatory Medicine.  Transitioned to JMIR.  Goal is 20 publications/yr. Last year 22 papers. Only 2 submissions in Q1 2021.  Need a couple of academic board members to review papers. Need input on how to promote the Journal and ideas to solicit researchers to join editorial board. Most papers are about co-designing and co-production. Helene happy to cross-promote through LinkedIn. To get JMIR notifications (https://jopm.jmir.org/announcements) you need to set up account.  Need to set your preferences.  S4PM mentions the JMIR journal articles. Jan suggests that blog writ...
Source: Society for Participatory Medicine - June 23, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: Eric Bersh Tags: Board Minutes Source Type: news

Boldly Finance Recovery to Build Forward Better
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 22 2021 (IPS) COVID-19 has become a “developing country pandemic”, retreating from the North’s mass vaccination. With developing countries heavily handicapped, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warns of a “dangerous [new] divergence”. Anis ChowdhuryRenewed North-South divide The Economist believes death rates in developing countries are much higher than officially reported – 12 times more in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), and 35 times greater in low-income countries (LICs)! Rich countries’ ‘...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Aid Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations jomo kwame sun Source Type: news

Councils in tourist hotspots overwhelmed with litter problems
Visitors flocking to UK beauty spots are creating vast piles of litter that are putting enormous pressure on councils and their overstretched workers, says UNISON. The government must give proper financial support to ensure local authorities can maintain services and keep communities rubbish-free for everyone’s safe enjoyment, says the union. With people grounded for the summer once again, many are staying at home or heading to UK holiday destinations to enjoy beaches, the countryside and parks. But many popular public spaces are at risk of being swamped with waste as people dump food packaging, cans, bags, napp...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 14, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release council funding refuse workers Source Type: news

South Africa: Our Health in Brief - Part Three - What We Spend On Health
This article describes health expenditure from 1 April 2019 to the 31 March 2020. It is a simpler, edited version of this article published on the GroundUp and the Helen Suzman Foundation websites. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 14, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Our Health in Brief - Part Four - How Will the Health System Cope Over the Next Four Years?
[GroundUp] This is the fourth and final brief in a series on health expenditure in the public and private sectors. It is a simpler, edited version of this article published on the GroundUp and the Helen Suzman Foundation websites. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 14, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Analysis of pediatric dog bite injuries at a Level 1 trauma center over 10 years - Reuter Mu ñoz KD, Powell LE, Andersen ES, Nye AD, Powers JM, Rhodes J, Pozez AL.
This study aimed to characterize the patient and healthcare burden related to pediatric dog bite injuries at a level 1 trauma center. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Quickstats: Percentage of Adults Who Are Very Worried about Ability to Pay Medical Bills if They Get Sick or Have an Accident, by Home Ownership and Age Group - National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2019
This report describes the percentage of adults who are worried about paying medical bills when they get ill or have an accident. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - June 3, 2021 Category: American Health Tags: Adult Health Health Care Expenditures MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Source Type: news

South Africa: SAPS Blew R1.6 Billion in Irregular PPE Expenditure From March to August 2020, Confidential Internal Audit Uncovers
[Daily Maverick] The report points to a serious lack of management, stating that 'the principal safeguard against fraud, misstatement and irregularities is an effective system of internal control'. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 31, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Oncotarget: A ghrelin receptor inverse agonist for positron emission tomography
(Impact Journals LLC) " The growth hormone secretagogue receptor type 1a (GHS-R1a) is the known biological relevant receptor of the endogenous ligand and pleiotropic hormone Ghrelin (acronym growth hormone release inducing), which mediates a broad range of complex biological functions [1], such as regulation of the body weight, body composition and energy expenditure. " (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - May 31, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Sleep Disorders Tied to Higher Health Care Utilization, Costs
THURSDAY, May 27, 2021 -- Sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and insomnia, in U.S. adults are associated with significantly higher rates of health care utilization and expenditures, according to a study published online May 4 in the Journal of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 27, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Developing Countries Desperately Need COVID-19 Financing
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 2021 (IPS) Failure to sufficiently accelerate comprehensive efforts to contain COVID-19 contagion has greatly worsened the catastrophe in developing countries. Grossly inadequate financing of relief, recovery and reform efforts has also further set back progress, including sustainable development. Anis ChowdhuryUncertain and unequal recovery After over a year, “Poor countries are facing severe setbacks on their development paths, encumbered by ballooning debts, high risks of default and limited ability to inject desperately needed liquidity&rdq...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Aid Development & Aid Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

The consumers are caught in a double whammy at this point in time, says Dr. SK Ghosh, Group Chief Economic Adviser, SBI
On the one hand, people have to spend on discretionary products like health but on the other hand because of the increase in the oil prices a large part of their consumption expenditure is also getting squeezed and that is also having an impact on the other discretionary components in the overall expenditure budget. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - May 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can physical activity levels and relationships with energy expenditure change the clinical aspects of sarcopenia and perceptions of falls among elderly women? Observational cross-sectional study - Kemp VL, Piber LS, Ribeiro AP.
BACKGROUND: Physical activity (PA) is an effective strategy for managing sarcopenia in the elderly, but few studies have addressed PA levels regarding age-related changes. OBJECTIVE: To ascertain the effects of elderly women's PA levels on sarcopen... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Military expenditure worldwide rose to nearly $2 trillion in 2020, defying the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Global military...
World military spending grows despite pandemic (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New report finds COVID-19 pandemic causes dramatic shifts in prescription drug spending
(ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists)) The COVID-19 pandemic heavily influenced spending on prescription drugs in the U.S. in 2020, according to the ASHP's (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) National Trends in Prescription Drug Expenditures and Projections for 2021. Shifts in care related to the pandemic will continue to be a significant driver of drug expenditures in 2021, along with uptake in the use of biosimilars, a large pipeline of new cancer drugs, and increased approvals of specialty medications. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Global Austerity Alert: Looming Budget Cuts in 2021-25 and Alternatives
Map of countries with projected austerity cuts in 2021-2022, in terms of GDP, based on IMF fiscal projections. Credit: I. Ortiz and M. Cummins, 2021By Isabel Ortiz and Matthew CumminsNEW YORK and NAIROBI, Apr 15 2021 (IPS) Last week Ministers of Finance met virtually at the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to discuss policies to tackle the pandemic and socio-economic recovery. But a global study just published by the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University, international trade unions and civil society organizations, sounds an alert of an emerging austerity shock: Mo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Isabel Ortiz and Matthew Cummins Tags: Aid Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Why We Should Be Spending More on Space Travel
Let’s stipulate one thing: there’s absolutely no reason for us to go to space. It does nothing to feed us, to clothe us, to protect us, to heal us. It’s dangerous and hideously expensive too, a budget-busting luxury that policy makers and administrators have spent decades trying to defend—always unsuccessfully because the fact is, there’s no practical defense for it. So stand down the rockets, take down the space centers, pocket the money and let’s move on. Still want the adventure of going to space? That’s what they make movies for. Now that we’ve established that, let&rsquo...
Source: TIME: Science - April 12, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Malawi: HRDC Gives Chakwera 21 Days to Release K6.2bn 'Covidgate' Report or Face Demos
[Nyasa Times] Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has given President Lazarus Chakwera 21-day ultimatum to release an audit report on the expenditure of K6.2 billion Covid-19 funds. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 12, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

National Patterns of R & D Resources : 2018 – 19 Data Update
This report provides current data on the levels of and key trends in the performance and funding of research and development in the United States, with comparisons to the historical record ( back to 1953 ) . Detailed statistical tables present data on U.S. R&D expenditures by performing sector, source of funds, type of R&D, and state. Data are drawn from five surveys from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics within the National Science Foundation. (Source: NSF - Statistics on U.S. Science and Engineering Resources)
Source: NSF - Statistics on U.S. Science and Engineering Resources - April 9, 2021 Category: Statistics Source Type: news

Acquisition of medicaid at the time of injury: an opportunity for sustainable insurance coverage - Jaramillo JD, Arnow K, Trickey AW, Dickerson K, Wagner TH, Harris AHS, Tran LD, Bereknyei S, Morris AM, Spain DA, Knowlton LM.
INTRODUCTION: Uninsured trauma patients are at higher risk of mortality, limited access to postdischarge resources and catastrophic health expenditure. Hospital Presumptive Eligibility (HPE), enacted with the 2014 Affordable Care Act, enables uninsured pat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

How Florida's minimum wage increase will affect the home health care system
Home health is a substantial industry with U.S. expenditures of $97 billion. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 29, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

How Florida's minimum wage increase will affect the home health care system
Home health is a substantial industry with U.S. expenditures of $97 billion. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 29, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

Factors that may predict next pandemic
(University of Sydney) New modelling identifies country-specific human and human-influenced environmental factors associated with disease outbreaks. A country's land area, human population density, and area of forest are associated with zoonotic diseases, like COVID-19. Human development index, average annual temperature, and health expenditure predict other kinds of disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 29, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Non-fatal firearm injuries: utilization and expenditures for children pre- and post-injury - Pulcini CD, Goyal MK, Hall M, De Souza HG, Chaudhary S, Alpern ER, Fein J, Fleegler E.
OBJECTIVE: Firearm injuries are one of the leading preventable causes of morbidity and mortality among children. Limited information exists about the impact of non-fatal firearm injuries on utilization and expenditures. Our objective was to compare healthc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Saudi Aramco profit slumps 44% after Covid-battered year, but maintains dividend
Saudi Aramco also said it expects to cut capital expenditure in the year ahead, and lowered its guidance for spending. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Highly specialised services 2019
This report provides key information about highly specialised services in 2019. It comprises: a description of each service; a list of the expert centres that deliver the service; NHS England's total expenditure for each service; a measure of the activity that each service undertakes; clinical outcomes from the service; and information about geographical equity of access to the service. In a small number of cases, some additional information is provided about the service in relation to service innovation, improvement and listening to and acting on patient feedback. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Namibia: Shiimi Pins Hopes On Vaccines... Budget Seeks Path Out of Pandemic
[New Era] Faced with the daunting task of ushering Namibia out of a prevailing recession coupled with significantly reduced revenue as a result of subdued economic activity brought about by a global pandemic, finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi yesterday tabled the 2021/22 national budget with a total proposed expenditure outlay of N$67.9 billion. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 18, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Injured and broke: the impacts of the Ghana National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) on service delivery and catastrophic health expenditure among seriously injured children - Stewart BT, Gyedu A, Goodman SK, Boakye G, Scott JW, Donkor P, Mock C.
INTRODUCTION: Ghana implemented a National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in 2003 as a step toward universal health coverage. We aimed to determine the effect of the NHIS on timeliness of care, mortality, and catastrophic health expenditure (CHE) among chi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Yarning up about out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure in burns with Aboriginal families - Ryder C, Mackean T, Hunter K, Coombes J, Holland AJA, Ivers R.
This study sought to understand the impact of out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure (OOPHE) on Aboriginal families of children with acute burns injury. METHODS: Families participating in a larger Australia-wide study on burns injuries in ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news