The American Psychological Association urged both the Pentagon and Congress to move swiftly to end the restrictions on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, noting that there are decades of scientific research demonstrating no threat to military readiness or morale. "While we were heartened by the congressional testimony of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, we believe that a year to study the matter and another year to implement change is too long, " said APA President Carol Goodheart, Ed.D. "The military has proved itself willing, able and effective in the integration of African Americans and of women. This experience can and should inform efforts to end the current situation in which gay and lesbian service members, who everyone acknowledges are currently serving, must conceal their sexual orientation to avoid being discharged.
Online programs that provide information and tips about fruits and vegetables may be the key to getting more Americans to eat healthier, say researchers at Henry Ford Hospital. Researchers found that when given access to an online program about fruits and vegetables, participants increased their daily fruit and vegetable intake by more than two servings. Many of the participants continued using the program after the study concluded, and even reported their family members became involved in the program. "People already know the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, but they often don't know how to incorporate them into their diet, " says study senior author Christine Cole Johnson, Ph.
Sports fans attending the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the Paralympics Games in Vancouver, Canada, in February can be winners if they make plans now to help stay healthy during their trip. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers some simple tips to help travelers share gold medal memories but not the flu at the games. Teamwork will be the key to everyone enjoying a healthy experience at the Olympic and Paralympic games. You can help in the fight to control the flu's spread by remembering to "Stop, Wash and Go:" -- Stop: Make sure you feel well before traveling. If you have the flu or have flu-like symptoms, delay your travel plans until your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has announced the appointment of Professor Adrian Newland as the first Chair of its independent Diagnostics Advisory Committee, which was recently set up to evaluate diagnostic technologies and make recommendations for their use within the NHS in England. Professor Newland has been a Consultant Haematologist at Barts and the London NHS Trust for almost 30 years, and Professor of Haematology at Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry (Barts and the London), since 1995. He takes up his position as Chair having already held a number of high-profile positions, including President of the Royal College of Pathologists (2005 - 2008), and Director of the North East Thames Cancer Network (2001 - current), amongst many others.
NVHR: Stop Liver Cancer 'Dead In Its Tracks' By Closing Funding Gap For Viral Hepatitis Education, Screening Programs
With most liver cancer caused by undetected or untreated hepatitis B or C viral infection, the 22, 000 new cases of liver cancer that are diagnosed each year could be dramatically reduced if Congress took decisive action to close the funding gap for federal viral hepatitis education, screening, and surveillance programs, the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) said today. NVHR made the comments in conjunction with World Cancer Day 2010, which is being observed today and led by the International Union Against Cancer. "If policymakers are serious about reducing US cancer rates, including liver cancer, they should act immediately on the bipartisan Honda-Dent legislation to fully fund viral hepatitis education, screening, and surveillance programs for five million Americans, " said Ms.
The performance of the European healthcare system will be evaluated in the EuroHOPE study (European Health Care Outcomes, Performance and Effectiveness) coordinated by the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and funded by the EU. The project is an extension of the Perfect study carried out by THL in Finland to the European level. Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation has funded the Perfect project through its FinnWell programme. The Perfect project developed a method that can be used to measure the cost-effectiveness of care on the basis of information recorded in registers. The project also created a comparative database that can be used for comparing the cost-effectiveness of care between hospitals, hospital districts, regions and population groups.