International Medicine

How Medical Tourism is Affecting the Canadian Healthcare System

How Medical Tourism is Affecting the Canadian Healthcare System

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The persistence of medical tourism speaks to capacity and resource-utilization concerns that Canada's single-payer system has been unable to effectively address.

WHO: Estimated Costs of Reaching Global Health Targets Released

WHO: Estimated Costs of Reaching Global Health Targets Released

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If investments were to aid in development of universal health coverage, the lifespan in some countries could increase as much as 8.4 years.

WHO Encourages Action Against HIV Drug Resistance Threat

WHO Encourages Action Against HIV Drug Resistance Threat

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The threat of HIV drug resistance is increasing, and action needs to be taken to help improve HIV treatment plans.

WHO Resolution Important Step Forward in Battling Sepsis, Experts Say

WHO Resolution Important Step Forward in Battling Sepsis, Experts Say

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The WHO resolution, with its implicit recognition of sepsis as a major threat to patient safety and global health, has the potential to save millions of lives.

Conquistadors of the Operating Room: A Reflection on Medical Mission Trips

Conquistadors of the Operating Room: A Reflection on Medical Mission Trips

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The report made me think about things that I could have done to make my visit a win not just for me, but also for the people I was ostensibly trying to help.

UN Calls on Polities to Help End Discrimination in Healthcare

UN Calls on Polities to Help End Discrimination in Healthcare

The United States has declared it will enforce the UN's motion for this goal.

Significant Progress Made in Containing Poliovirus Globally, says CDC

Significant Progress Made in Containing Poliovirus Globally, says CDC

Following the eradication of wild poliovirus type 2 in 2015, trivalent vaccines were replaced with bivalent OPV.

Severity of Health Care Attacks in Syria Reported by WHO

Severity of Health Care Attacks in Syria Reported by WHO

A total of 938 people were directly harmed in 402 incidents of violence against health care in Syria.

ART Initiation Decreasing Prevalence of Advanced HIV in High-Burden Countries

ART Initiation Decreasing Prevalence of Advanced HIV in High-Burden Countries

Decreases were seen in Haiti, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Swaziland, Uganda, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

More US Travelers Need to Get Vaccinated Against Measles

More US Travelers Need to Get Vaccinated Against Measles

Although the disease was eliminated in the US in 2000, foreign travel can still bring it home today.

Global Child and Adolescent Mortality Decreases From 1990 to 2015

Global Child and Adolescent Mortality Decreases From 1990 to 2015

Countries with lower sociodemographic index had a larger proportion of mortality burden in 2015 vs 1990.

Smoking Rates Worldwide Decreased Since Global Tobacco Control Treaty

Smoking Rates Worldwide Decreased Since Global Tobacco Control Treaty

Countries agreed to implement measures, such as tobacco taxes and smoke-free public areas.

Global Heart Disease Burden Worsens with Limited Fruit, Vegetable Consumption

Global Heart Disease Burden Worsens with Limited Fruit, Vegetable Consumption

A new analysis finds that low consumption is linked to more lost years of healthy life.

Importance of Clinical Officers in Kenya

Importance of Clinical Officers in Kenya

Clinical officers outnumber physicians working in Kenya and tend to work in rural areas, where the need for health care is greatest.

US Patients Have Lower Mortality Treated by International Doctors

US Patients Have Lower Mortality Treated by International Doctors

This is compared to mortality rates for Medicare patients treated by US-trained doctors.

MSF Doctors Willing to Re-Enter War-Stricken Aleppo If Given Safe Passage

MSF Doctors Willing to Re-Enter War-Stricken Aleppo If Given Safe Passage

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Physicians are willing to go back to Aleppo and help treat the victims wounded by the war.

New Vector-Borne Virus Discovered in Haiti, Researchers Warn

New Vector-Borne Virus Discovered in Haiti, Researchers Warn

According to researchers, the Mayaro virus was detected in an 8-year-old boy living in a rural area in Haiti.

Risk of HIV Infection in African Women Greatly Reduced With Use of Monthly Vaginal Ring

Risk of HIV Infection in African Women Greatly Reduced With Use of Monthly Vaginal Ring

This African study shows that women who use the dapivirine vaginal ring consistently, may greatly decrease their risk of contracting HIV.

Largest-Ever Yellow Fever Emergency Vaccination Campaign Successfully Launched in Democratic Republic of Congo

Largest-Ever Yellow Fever Emergency Vaccination Campaign Successfully Launched in Democratic Republic of Congo

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According to the WHO, 7.7 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo where successfully given an emergency vaccine for yellow fever.

Blood Farming and Illegal Organ Selling

Blood Farming and Illegal Organ Selling

Blood farming is a growing health care and human rights issue that is especially prevalent in India. This highly illegal and immoral practice involves treating human beings (often recent immigrants and individuals from other marginalized populations) much like cattle on an industrial dairy farm.

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