Pain Patients Get Relief From Regulation

In a span of 24 hours, the prospects for chronic pain patients treated with opioid medication vastly improved. On April 9, the Food and Drug Administration made official what hundreds of doctors have been saying for years: Patients whose intractable pain is being treated with opioids should move off them slowly, if they are to be tapered at all.
 The agency said it received reports of “uncontrolled pain, psychological distress, and suicide” among patients who have become dependent on opioids when that medication is suddenly “discontinued or the

Zika no longer an international public health emergency, but sustained response needed – UN health agency

19 November 2016 – Following a meeting of its Emergency Committee on Zika, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said that the infectious disease and its associated consequences no longer present a public health emergency of international concern, but stressed the need for sustained effort to address the disease, which has been linked to congenital and other neurological disorders.

Myanmar health authorities struggle to prepare for Zika outbreak

Myanmar is largely unprepared for an outbreak of Zika, experts say, with the health ministry slashing anti-virus measures due to lack of funds, overworked doctors skipping check-ups and pregnant women saying they are in the dark about the dangers.

Zika has spread to some 60 countries and territories since the current outbreak was identified last year in Brazil, raising alarm over the rare birth defect microcephaly, as well as other neurological disorders it can cause in infants and adults.

Why men must care about staging prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death in men and the second most common type of cancer in that gender.

According to the American Cancer Society, almost 3 million men in the U.S. have survived the disease and are alive. They estimate about 26,000 deaths because of prostate cancer and 180,000 new cases in 2016. ACS studies say that 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with this illness in their lifetime and one fatal case will be reported in every 39.

Valuing The Person, Not Just The Patient, In Health Care

I call on these leaders to move beyond incremental thinking that pervades most health care “innovation” and shift boldly toward a more person-centered, value-driven and outcomes-oriented delivery model. I encourage all of us, whether we are providing care and support to a loved one or are actively using the health care system ourselves to expect our goals to drive how health care is organized and define what outcomes count.