Category Archives: Health

Learning from zoos – how our environment can influence our health

We are told that we are a nation of couch potatoes, lacking the will and the strength to turn around the obesity tanker. We all need a little help in our quest for a healthier life, and design can play a crucial part. If we designed our towns, cities, homes and workplaces more like animal experts design zoos, we could Read More


The Best Health Tech 2017: Gadgets That Make You Fit And Healthy (Updated)

The ubiquity of fitness-tracking technology in recent years has meant people are generally becoming more conscious about their health. Increasing mainstream availability of sensors on wearables such as smartwatches – that are able to give us better feedback about what’s happening in our bodies – means more of us are discovering insights into our health and looking at how we can Read More


GOP focus on lowering health premiums may undermine benefits

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Republicans trying to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s health care law have run into the same problem that bedeviled him: Quality health insurance doesn’t come cheap, especially if it protects people in poor health, older adults not Read More


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Under U.S. Republican bill, 23 million would lose health coverage: watchdog

A bill passed by U.S. House Republicans would cause 23 million people to lose healthcare coverage by 2026 while de-stabilizing health insurance markets in some states and making it hard for sick people to buy insurance, a budget watchdog agency said on Wednesday. The Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan group of experts who analyze U.S. legislation, said the bill would Read More


ABC mental health quiz results help experts shape future campaigns

Were you one of the more than 16,000 people who completed ABC’s How ‘mental health smart’ are you? quiz a couple of years back? If so, a team of Melbourne University researchers would like to thank you. Your answers have provided important insights that could help shape future mental health education campaigns. “We certainly have data from large population surveys,” Read More


In swing districts, voters vent over health care, fear Trump

MCHENRY, Ill. –  Skeleton in hand, retired biology teacher Jeannie Scown delivered a message to her Republican congressman at his office northwest of Chicago. “Killed by Trumpcare Plague, May 4, 2017,” her poster read. In a nod to House Republicans’ recent vote to gut the health care law, Scown had no intention of sparing four-term Rep. Randy Hultgren with subtlety. Read More


Mustard set to be India’s 1st GM food, gets regulator nod

India is one step away from commercial production of its first GM food crop with the central biotech regulator on Thursday granting clearance for the commercial cultivation of genetically modified mustard that will now be considered for final approval by the Centre. The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) recommended that the environment ministry approve GM mustard. The decision on commercial Read More


Alphabet’s Verily to Embark on Health-Mapping Study

HIGHLIGHTS Verily (then Google X) started Project Baseline in 2014 It aims at collecting human health data for optimum health needs of human Verily was spun into a separate unit in 2015 after Alphabet was formed Alphabet’s life sciences unit Verily on Wednesday announced a study to track people for years, right down to their genetics, in a quest for Read More


Hooked on Painkillers? It Could Lead to Heart Attack Risk

Regular use of commonly prescribed painkillers can increase the risk of a heart attack as early as in the first week of use and especially within the first month of taking high doses, suggests a study. The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat pain and inflammation can increase the risk of a heart attack from about 20 to Read More


Reporter arrested while trying to ask Trump health-care chief Tom Price questions about Obamacare replacement

Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images Tom Price, U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), speaks during a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, May 4, 2017. A reporter in West Virginia was arrested at the state capitol after repeatedly trying to ask President Donald Trump’s health secretary Read More