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 CNN.com.
Statement from the
People’s Movement Assembly on Food Sovereignty
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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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
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
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,
social justice and governance.
The Society for the Arts in Dementia Care
Creative Expression, Communication and Dementia and Mindscapes 2008
May 30-31, 2008 at Emily Carr, Institute of Art and Design, Granville Island,
Vancouver, BC, Canada
International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering
Systems and Technologies
Biomedical Engineering Systems and technologies
Canadian Cancer Society
Looking after the Air you breath
- What is a pesticide?
- What is a pest?
- Do household products contain
- What is the balance between the
risks and benefits of pesticides?
- Are some pesticides safer than
- What about pest control devices?
- What substances are not regulated as
Environmental Health Perspectives
Fighting the Diseases of Poverty
Corruption in Public Health, by Maureen Lewis
Within spitting distance?
22nd 2007 | NEW YORK, From
The era of personalised medicine takes a step closer. But it is not quite here
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
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
Participation in clinical diabetes trials
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,
Illness as the Way of the
Body, by S. Kay 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.
is a collaborative, computer-supported House Organ
journal published by EMTF.
In order to support the process of collaborative work,
contributors with different backgrounds and living in
different regions of the world
to EG focus on essays, reviews, debates and interviews about
educational issues and their related subjects. It is aimed at
keen or studious readers all over the world. Contributions made
by representatives of the various fields of knowledge are