Weight-Loss Surgery: Better Health, But No Cost Savings

Weight-loss surgery has many benefits for obese patients, but it might not cut the cost of their overall health care, a new study finds. MEET ANTHONY NWEKE A VETERAN AUTHOR Called bariatric surgery, these procedures help patients lose weight by restricting the size of the stomach, thus limiting how much someone can eat. Surgery not…

Could the air around you be affecting your health?

It’s not just the planet that is hurting, as Lisa Salmon finds out What climate change and air pollution are doing to our planet is frightening – but what they can do to our health is equally scary. MEET ANTHONY NWEKE A VETERAN AUTHOR The World Health Organisation stresses that air pollution and climate change…

Solo dining is bad for our mental health—and for the planet

Eating alone, once considered an oddity, has become commonplace for many across the Western world. Fast food chains are promoting eating on the go or “al desko.” Why waste time in your busy day sitting down at a table with others? DOES THE END REALLY JUSTIFY THE MEANS IN ALL CASES Surveys indicate that a…

Tech giants like Google and Amazon are beefing up their healthcare strategies. Here’s how 7 tech titans plan to tackle the $3.5 trillion industry

Big tech giants have their eyes on the $3.5 trillion US healthcare industry. As healthcare costs keep rising for Americans, tech companies are betting they can have a part in fixing the broken pieces of the industry. Here’s how tech companies like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are building out their healthcare strategies. Visit BI Prime…

Medical cannabis trial will target 20,000 UK patients

Project backed by Royal College of Psychiatrists aims to be largest on drug’s use in Europe • Medical cannabis: Why are doctors still not prescribing it? Up to 20,000 patients in the UK are to be given medical cannabis over a two-year period in an initiative that aims to create the largest body of evidence…

Facebook’s new Preventive Health tool pushes people to advocate for their health

Now you can check Facebook before your next checkup Starting today, Facebook will let users choose to get personalized reminders about health care tests and vaccines. The company’s new Preventive Health tool focuses on getting people information about cancer screenings, heart checkups, and flu vaccines — all measures that could hopefully help people catch deadly…

Flesh-eating ulcer spreads to new Victorian areas, prompting health warning

MEET ANTHONY NWEKE A VETERAN AUTHOR Victoria’s worsening flesh-eating ulcer outbreak has spread to new regions, prompting authorities to issue a statewide alert to doctors. Buruli ulcer had until now been confined to specific areas of the Bellarine and Mornington peninsulas in Victoria. In the video above, calls for health warnings to be printed on…

Risks of cannabis use for mental health treatment outweigh benefits

New study shows evidence of positive outcomes is scarce while symptoms can be exacerbated The use of cannabis medicines to treat people with depression, anxiety, psychosis or other mental health issues cannot be justified because there is little evidence that they work or are safe, according to a major new study. A review of evidence…

An H.I.V. Outbreak Puts Spotlight on Pakistan’s Health Care System

After the reuse of syringes infected hundreds of children in a small city, health workers say the entire system needs to be revamped. A pediatrician accused of reusing syringes and infecting scores of Pakistani children with H.I.V. is now practicing in a government-run hospital after his private clinic was shuttered, in a case that is…

Does drinking urine have any real health benefits?

Drinking urine offers any health benefits. While most people experience no serious harm from drinking urine, there are some risks. A person may drink urine by accident or intentionally. Various cultures have consumed urine for religious or health reasons for millennia. BOOK STORE In the present day, a small number of religious or alternative health…