Are senior citizens being overmedicated?

Strong, antipsychotic drugs are being prescribed more often to senior citizens in U.S. nursing homes, setting off a debate about whether it's the right treatment for the elderly suffering from dementia. Daniel Levinson, inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services, believes this increase - detailed in a recent study by his office - is a cause for alarm.  "The report found that too often, elderly residents are prescribed antipsychotic drugs in ways that violate government standards for unnecessary drug use," he wrote in a commentary for

Statement from the People’s Movement Assembly on Food Sovereignty

 The Obstacles to Real Health Care Reform: Private Insurers and Big Pharma,  by Stephen Lendman - 2009-08-21
 The H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic: Manipulating the Data to Justify a Worldwide Public Health Emergency , by Michel Chossudovsky - 2009-08-25
The “Populist Revolt” against the Obama Administration’s Health Care Proposals, by Richard C. Cook - 2009-08-24
VIDEO; Compulsory Vaccination in America?
$1000 Per Day Fine & 30 Days In Jail For Refusing the Swine Flu Vaccine In Massachusetts, - 2009-08-24
The brutal truth about America’s healthcare , - by Guy Adams - 2009-08-17
Internal Memo Confirms Big Giveaways In White House Deal With Big Pharma
Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research?
Scientists must ask corporations for permission before publishing independent research on genetically modified crops,2009-08-11
Child Leukemia Rates Increase Near U.S. Nuclear Power Plants , 2009-06-02

Clearly we are witnessing a social crisis both between and within countries of the North and the South. This crisis has its roots in the market economy, which took hold with the development of western industrial society. This model was based on a pattern of production and consumption, which was unsustainable and benefited a minority. It was exported worldwide first during the colonial era and further intensified in the post-war ‘Development Decades’ that followed.

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World Health Organization    

Images of health and environment around the world
30 August 2007 -- This gallery of 40 winning entries from the 2007 international photo and video contest showcases the intricate link between the environment and public health. This was the focus of this year's annual contest, as part of WHO's efforts to raise awareness about the importance of healthier environments.
Visit the gallery

WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia meets in Bhutan
31 August 2007 -- The 60th session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia begins today in Thimphu, Bhutan. Avian and pandemic influenza preparedness and a revised malaria control strategy are among the topics to be discussed.
More about the meeting
Director-General's address to the meeting

 Health topics

Tackling TB: a cure for a man with no home
16 January 2008 -- Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that can be cured if detected early and treated correctly. This is a story about Michael Berrian, a homeless man diagnosed with TB. He is on his way to a cure, thanks to DOTS, WHO's approach to treatment combined with patient supervision and support.
Read the photo story about Michael Berrian

Population and Health in Developing Countries

Reorganizing the Health Care System in Argentina
          International Development Research System


    The ethics of age discrimination and cost-benefit accounting.
    Richard Maundrell and
Jaro Kotalik propose a system for allocating scarce health care resources

The Ministry of Health wishes to implement a new health care programme, but money is scarce. In contention for funding are a programme for the early detection and treatment of Alzheimer disease and a programme for suicide prevention in children and young adults. The government elects to implement the suicide prevention programme.

                Indian Journal of Medical Ethics

Globalization and the Impact on Health in the Third  World

Environment & Human Health, Inc.

Health. An Ecosystem Approach by Jean Lebel

Lakehead University

    Center of health and care Ethics
    Centers, Interdisciplinary Reasearch Programmes and facilities


Access to Learning for Development

    Organized by the Commonwelth of Learning and the University of London


        International Development Goals

        Education for all.

        Children and young people, health, livelihoods, social justice and governance.



    The Society for the Arts in Dementia Care

        Creative Expression, Communication and Dementia and Mindscapes 2008
            Multi-Disciplinary Conference

            May 30-31, 2008 at Emily Carr, Institute of Art and Design, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC, Canada

    BIOSTEC 2008

        International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies
            Biomedical Engineering Systems and technologies


Canadian Cancer Society

Cancer Mortality


CO2 Dangers

    Looking after the Air you breath



Environmental Health Perspectives

Fighting the Diseases of Poverty

    Corruption in Public Health, by Maureen Lewis


Personal genetics  Within spitting distance? Nov 22nd 2007 | NEW YORK, From The Economist

    Personalised Medicine

        The era of personalised medicine takes a step closer. But it is not quite here yet

MEDICINE has long been a mysterious art. Some people are more susceptible to disease than others, and the pills and potions that may help one person leave others uncured. But the past few days have seen steps forward in personalised medicine, in which diagnosis and treatments are tailored to each person's genetic make-up.

Neural measures reveal individual differences in controlling access to working  memory by Edward K. Vogel1, Andrew W. McCollough1 and Maro G. Machizawa1

Oxford: Videos

     Watch, listen to or download video and audio stories from the University of Oxford

New treatment approach may offer end to suffering from allergies

Website shares experiences of Parkinson’s and autism

Dipex epilepsy

Participation in clinical diabetes trials wanted 

Human Microbiome Project

    Within the body of a healthy adult, microbial cells are estimated to outnumber human cells by a factor of ten to one. These communities, however, remain largely unstudied, leaving almost entirely unknown their influence upon human development, physiology, immunity, and nutrition.[...]

Illness as the Way of the Body, by S. Kay Toombs

Toombs is a philosopher who has written The Meaning of Illness (Kluwer, 1992), an insightful phenomenological account of the strikingly different understandings of illness held by physician and patient. For over 20 years, Toombs has lived with multiple sclerosis‑-an incurable, progressively disabling disease of the central nervous system. This illness has, among other things, affected her ability to see, to hear, to sit, and to stand. She must now use a wheelchair because she can no longer lift her legs to walk.




Educational Gazette


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