Finance Drives World to Stagflation
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 2022 (IPS) The world is being pressed by financial interests to raise interest rates, ostensibly to check inflation. After the US Federal Reserve started raising interest rates, more central banks have been doing likewise. Considering inflation’s contemporary causes, such ‘follow the leader’ central bank mimicry cannot check it except by slowing economies. Worse, this has meant taking on huge new risks, seriously damaging world economic prospects in the medium and long-term. Anis ChowdhuryInflation bogey dangerous Much earlier, World Bank supp...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 10, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Armed Conflicts COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Global Headlines TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

Annual projections from NHE compared to actual health care spending
The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released their National Health Expenditure (NHE)  projections of health care spending in the United States through 2030. While these data are helpful when looking at the overall health care system, historically, they overestimate projected spending on retail medicines. Since 2001, CMS actuaries have overestimated the next year’s actual retail medicine spending by $1 billion or more two thirds of the time.According to the most recent data from CMS, changes in spending on retail medicines are expected to track with overall health care spending. But when we lo...
Source: The Catalyst - May 5, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Katie Koziara Tags: Drug Cost Medicare Source Type: news

The potential risk to public safety posed by the economic regulation of gas infrastructure - Hayes J, Chester L, King DK.
Studies into the causes of major disasters have emphasized the extent to which cost cutting by senior management has contributed to the potential for accidents in the medium to long-term. Setting budgets for safety expenditure is considered an internal com... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 5, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Pacific Community-Led Health Missions Arrive with Critical Support to Tonga and Kiribati Grappling with COVID-19 Surges
Pacific Community health experts conduct laboratory training for COVID-19 testing with their healthcare colleagues in Nuku'alofa, Tonga. Credit: Pacific Community (SPC)By Catherine WilsonCANBERRA, Australia , May 3 2022 (IPS) Before the pandemic emerged in 2020, health services in many Pacific Island countries were under-resourced, under-funded and under-staffed. Now following recent outbreaks of COVID-19, advancing the capacity and development of health and medical services in vulnerable nations, such as Tonga and Kiribati, is increasingly urgent. In the central Pacific atoll nation of Kiribati, virus cases have skyrocke...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 3, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Catherine Wilson Tags: Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies PACIFIC COMMUNITY Pacific Community Climate Wire TerraViva United Nations #AsiaPacific #Covid19 IPS UN Bureau IPS UN Bur Source Type: news

Could space-going billionaires be the vanguard of a cosmic revolution? | Martin Rees
For humanity truly to slip the surly bonds of Earth, private funds and intrepid thrill-seekers will be requiredMartin Rees is the astronomer royalI ’m old enough to have watched the grainy TV images of the first moon landings byApollo 11 in 1969. I can never look at the moon without recalling this heroic exploit. It was achieved only 12 years after the first object, Sputnik-1,was launched into orbit. Had that momentum been maintained, there would surely have been footprints on Mars a decade or two later. That ’s what many of our generation expected. However, this was the era of the space race between the United States ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 30, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Martin Rees Tags: Space Nasa Science International Space Station The moon Astronomy Elon Musk SpaceX Blue Origin Technology Source Type: news

Big Pharma Is Hijacking the Information Doctors Need Most
Back in 1982, when I first began my career as a family practitioner in a small town of Boston, I was confident that the care I’d provide would be as effective as the care patients receive anywhere in the world. At the time, the death rate for Americans was lower than that of comparable countries, resulting in 128,000 fewer deaths annually. Although healthcare was expensive—costing 2.3% more of our GDP than the average of 11 other wealthy countries—the rapid growth of HMOs and managed care plans promised to make our healthcare even more effective and efficient. Over the ensuing four decades, however, the o...
Source: TIME: Health - April 28, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Abramson Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Business Enterprise Research and Development : 2019
The detailed statistical tables in this report present data on domestic and global research and development expenditures and the R&D workforce of for-profit, nonfarm businesses with 10 or more paid employees operating in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. These data were collected by the Business Enterprise Research and Development Survey ( BERD ) , formally called the Business Research and Development Survey, conducted annually by the Census Bureau for the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics within the National Science Foundation. These data are used by government agencies, corporations, r...
Source: NSF - Statistics on U.S. Science and Engineering Resources - April 28, 2022 Category: Statistics Source Type: news

Antidepressants and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) for patients with depression: analysis of the medical expenditure panel survey from the United States - Almohammed OA, Alsalem AA, Almangour AA, Alotaibi LH, Yami MSA, Lai L.
Background Despite the empirical literature demonstrating the efficacy of antidepressant medications for treatment of depression disorder, these medications' effect on patients' overall well-being and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) remains controve... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 24, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

The Myth of Development by Privatisation
This article specifically looks at the deteriorating state of basic services and state-owned utilities—including education and healthcare—due to privatisation.  Take for example the Aatmanirbhar Bharat package and the four-year national monetisation pipeline. While globally the ten richest men doubled their fortunes during the pandemic, the incomes of 99 percent of humanity fell; and the richest 98 Indians own the same wealth as the bottom 552 million Indian citizens. This gap has increased over the last decade, as the bottom 50 percent, that held 8 percent of the wealth in 2012, had a mere 6 percent in 2021 Such pol...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 20, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Srishty Anand Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Headlines Health Inequality Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Approaches to projecting future healthcare demand
To plan services and staff for the NHS, the government needs to know how much demand for services will rise and how much to spend on the NHS in future. These future estimates are known as projections: they indicate how much demand might rise or how much might be spent if certain assumptions hold true. This research paper aims to describe and critically assess alternative statistical methods for projecting future health care demand and expenditure. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 19, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tackling the Pandemic of Inequality in Asia and the Pacific
By Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaBANGKOK, Thailand, Apr 12 2022 (IPS) After two years of human devastation, the world is learning to live with COVID-19 while trying to balance the protection of public health and livelihoods. For countries in Asia and the Pacific, this is challenging not only because national coffers are heavily strained by record public spending to mitigate pandemic suffering, but also due to deeper structural economic issues. Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaCOVID-19 has exposed a pandemic of inequality in a region which has the world’s most dynamic economies but also half of the global poor. A region where nearl...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 12, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana Tags: Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequality Labour Sustainability TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

Hillary Clinton and Democrats settle Steele dossier electoral case for $113,000
Federal Election Commission had investigated alleged misreporting of expenditure by campaign during 2016 election #hillaryclinton #misreporting #steele (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 31, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Effectiveness of a smartwatch app in detecting induced falls: observational study - Brew B, Faux SG, Blanchard E.
BACKGROUND: Older adults are at an increased risk of falls with the consequent impacts on the health of the individual and health expenditure for the population. Smartwatch apps have been developed to detect a fall, but their sensitivity and specificity ha... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 24, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

Risk for Catastrophic Health Expenditures Higher With Pregnancy
FRIDAY, March 18, 2022 -- Pregnancy and delivery are associated with an increased risk for catastrophic health expenditures in the delivery year, according to a study published online March 10 in Obstetrics& Gynecology. Jessica A. Peterson,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 18, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Inflation Prices Outgrowing Social Security Benefits
Social Security recipients say monthly expenditures from January 2021 to January of 2022 grew far more than the amount the COLA-boosted benefits (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - March 15, 2022 Category: Disability Tags: U.S. Social Security Source Type: news