By Patrick May | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: June 18, 2018 at 11:24 am | UPDATED: June 18, 2018 at 11:28 am Just as many parents have long suspected, the World Health Organization now says that the 2.6 billion people around the world who play video games could be putting their health at risk. The group announced this morning that compulsive gaming now qualifies as a disease. The good news is that only a minority of these gamers are likely suffering from such a health condition. Still, the WHO’s news release will surely confirm the fears of many critics who have worried for years about the addictive and damaging aspects of repetitive game-playing, especially by young people. The U.N. health agency said classifying “Gaming Disorder” as a separate condition will “serve a public health purpose for countries to be better prepared to identify this issue.” The huge global gaming crowd, which includes two-thirds of American … [Read more...] about World Health Organization: “gaming disorder” is now a disease
Thanks to the advancements in geographic information systems (GIS) technologies and mapping applications like ArcGIS, health organizations worldwide are mapping disease and sickness trends in an effort to treat them locally and globally. GIS tools and ArcGIS mapping applications play an important role in developing data-driven solutions that help health organizations visualize, analyze, interpret and present complex geo-location data. For example, HealthMap.org recently released a report that several Massachusetts swans tested positive for low-path avian influenza or bird flu. Although the report indicated there is no threat to human health, this latest finding is just an example of how GIS can help save lives in the case of an outbreak. The need for GIS professionals who are proficient using ArcGIS will be even greater as organizations develop innovative ways to harness the data integration and spatial visualization power of GIS. Read Full Article Source: Directionsmag JinGu … [Read more...] about GIS Technology Plays Important Role to Map Disease and Health Trends
Dive Brief: A new JAMA report found huge differences among states in diseases, injuries and health risk factors. The study authors said the variation in health outcomes and morbidity and mortality drivers shows the need for “greater investment in preventive and medical care across the life course.” They added that data should inform national health priorities and the “intersection of risk, mortality and morbidity” by geographic area needs further study at the state level. Dive Insight: The study measured death rates, life expectancy, healthy life expectancy, years of life lost due to premature death, years lived with disability and disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs), which are the number of years lost due to ill health, disability or early death. They reviewed that data for 333 causes and 84 risk factors between 1990 and 2016. The authors found that overall death rates declined in that time period from 745 per 100,000 people to 578 per … [Read more...] about JAMA report finds wide health variations by state
PUBLISHED: 13:33 03 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:22 03 April 2018 Nadene Chandler Dr Margriet will be leading the talk on Intermittent Fasting. Photo: Dr Margriet Dr Margriet With Easter over, the thought turns to summer and many people are thinking of ways to loose weight. Tim Newton uses Intermittent Fasting. Photo: Tim Newton A talk later this month led by a local Ipswich GP and a functional medicine doctor in Orford will give the low down on Intermittent Fasting (IF). It is one of the latest health trends taking the UK by storm. IF is claimed to not only help with weight loss, but also kick start the body’s metabolism in something similar to a spring clean that can benefit almost anyone. Dr Margriet van Nieuwburg, will spend an hour at Orford CEVP School on Sunday, April 22 as part of Community Chats explaining what IF is, how to do it and most importantly, the health benefits from it. Other benefits of IF include improvement of sleep, energy, mood, gut issues, … [Read more...] about Talk to be held on latest health trend taking the nation by storm
The digital health revolution: what does it mean for emerging markets? Monique Mrazek and Xiaomin Miou Author : Monique Mrazek and Xiaomin MouMonique Mrazek is a Senior Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Xiaomin Mou is a Senior Investment Officer with IFC Venture Capital. Improving access to quality and affordable health care is a challenge for every country. This is particularly so for emerging markets with scarce public resources, inadequate health care infrastructure, and shortages of trained health professionals. Digital health offers new ways to deliver health services, and could arguably bring the most benefit in addressing gaps where health care challenges are the most severe.When we hear the term ‘digital health,’ it is sometimes used interchangeably with the terms ‘connected health,’ ‘e-health’ or ‘mobile health.’ These all refer to the ever-evolving concept that encompasses … [Read more...] about The digital health revolution: what does it mean for emerging markets?