No Evidence That ‘Death With Dignity’ Acts Disproportionately Impact Disadvantaged Patients

An analysis of two U.S. states[1] finds evidence that poor, uninsured patients are not being targeted disproportionately by medical aid in dying (MAID) legislation. This retrospective observational cohort study reviewed a combined 28 years of data on MAID from 2 states (Oregon and Washington). Policymakers and researchers have some concerns that MAID could be used …

Low Social Spending Not The Cause Of High Health Care Costs In U.S.

A new study[1] punctures the common argument that the reason the U.S. spends so much more on health care than other countries is because it allocates less to other social services. Some researchers and policymakers maintain that this relative underinvestment in social services has produced a less healthy society, pointing to the lower U.S. ratio …

A High-definition Map Of Liver Cells In Health And Disease

Liver Cells
Researchers have created a high-resolution picture of the cells at work inside a key hub of metabolism — the liver — and shown how disease reprograms individual cell types. In every tissue throughout our bodies, various cell types communicate and coordinate their efforts to perform vital functions and maintain health. The new research not only …

Viruses Aren’t All Nasty – Some Can Actually Protect Our Health

beneficial viral infection
Viruses are mostly known for their aggressive and infectious nature. It’s true, most viruses have a pathogenic relationship with their hosts – meaning they cause diseases ranging from a mild cold to serious conditions like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). They work by invading the host cell, taking over its cellular machinery and releasing new …

6 Out Of 10 Children Prescribed Opioids After Tonsillectomy

Tonsillectomy Recovery
An analysis of insurance claims data found 60% of privately insured children undergoing tonsil removal received opioids, with the average prescription lasting from six to 10 days. "Our findings suggest that it may be possible to reduce opioid exposure among children who undergo this common surgery without increasing the risk of complications," says lead author …

Climate Change Likely To Increase Human Exposure To Neurotoxic Methylmercury

tuna
One more item to add to the ever-growing list of the dangerous impacts of global climate change. Warming oceans are leading to an increase in the harmful neurotoxicant methylmercury in popular seafood, including cod, Atlantic bluefin tuna and swordfish, according to research led by the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences …

Intuitive Eating – A Diet That Genuinely Makes Sense

Mediterranean diet
Diets for weight loss usually involve restriction. The 5:2 diet relies on restricting calories, and the ketogenic diet relies on restricting particular types of food. Research suggests, however, that restrictive dieting can lead to a higher body mass index (BMI) over time and a greater future likelihood of being overweight. There is also evidence suggesting …