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Special Health Affairs Edition On e-Health In The Developing World

Five articles, whose lead or senior authors are nationally known informatics leaders and members of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), appear in the Feb. 2010 issue of Health Affairs and provide a glimpse into the future of health care delivery in an increasingly information-driven era of health care in the developing world. These articles explain the critical role that information technology, and the health informatics work force will play in achieving overall health improvements globally. The articles further reflect innovative program initiatives AMIA and its membership currently have underway on a global scale: "Enhancing 'M-Health' With South-To-South Collaborations, " authored by AMIA Members Walter H.

WFP Has Reached 600,000 Haitians With Food Voucher Plan

On Thursday, a food distribution voucher campaign that launched last Sunday, "hit all 16 fixed distribution points around the capital" of Port-au-Prince, CNN reports. "So far, 600, 000 people affected by the devastating January 12 earthquake have been able to collect food under this plan, said Marcus Prior, spokesman for the United Nations World Food Programme [WFP]. 'We're encouraged by the way the system is working to get food out into the city to those in need, but still have a long way to go, ' Prior said" (Basu, 2/5). Even though the distribution of food to earthquake survivors has improved, it has "not stopped badly needed food aid from falling into the hands of black-market sellers, " Reuters reports.

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New Era Of Cancer Research Called For

Health systems will require the promotion of innovative funding and a rethink in regulation, according to a new peer-reviewed study published Wednesday 3rd February in the open access journal ecancermedicalscience. "The Role of Funding and Policies on Innovation in Cancer Drug Development, " identifies avenues to address the disease challenge including an expanded role of research for governments through direct and indirect incentives, as well as re-thinking regulation, pricing and reimbursement systems. Europe is facing the challenge of an expected dramatic increase in the prevalence of cancer that could reach 15 million Europeans by 2020.

Violence Is Part Of The Job Say Nurses As Study Shows Only 1 In 6 Incidents Are Reported

Three-quarters of nurses providing private and public care experienced workplace violence, but only one in six incidents were formally reported, according to study published in the February issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing. The majority (92%) said they had been verbally abused, 69% had been physically threatened and 52% had been physically assaulted. A total of 2, 354 incidents were reported to the research team, with nurses facing an average of two to 46 incidents a year. "Many of the nurses who took part in the research said that they did not report incidents because they felt that workplace violence was just part of the job" says lead author Dr Rose Chapman, from Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia.

Expert Comments On Lancet Retracting Major Autism Study

Rae Sonnenmeier, clinical associate professor of communication sciences and disorders at the University of New Hampshire and staff member at UNH's Institute on Disability, is available to discuss the announcement yesterday (Feb. 2, 2010) by the medical journal The Lancet regarding the retraction of a paper that caused a 12-year international battle over the links between the three-in-one childhood vaccine MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and autism. "Many families have refused to have their children vaccinated because of the concern that the vaccines were not safe. Unfortunately, such decisions have placed children at unnecessary risk for contracting measles, rubella and mumps which are serious diseases that can be prevented by immunization, " says Sonnenmeier, whose research concerns augmentative and alternative communication systems to support education for students with disabilities like autism.

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Recent Immigrants May Have Lower Risk Of Early Stroke

New immigrants to North America may be less likely to have a stroke at a young age than long-time residents, according to a study published in the February 3, 2010, online issue of Neurology® , the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. For the study, researchers identified all new immigrants to Ontario, Canada, over a 12-year period and matched them to people of the same age and gender who had lived in Ontario for at least five years. A total of 966, 000 new immigrants were matched to more than 3.2 million long-term residents. The participants were age 16 to 65 at the start of the study, with an average age of 34.

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