The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced a new “public health” approach to tackling violent crime in the capital, whilst admitting the surge in violent crime in the city will not be solved “overnight”. A new unit is being set up bringing together staff from health, police, local government agencies, and youth clubs in an attempt to keep potential killers away from crime, with initial funding of £500,000, City Hall said Wednesday.There has been a 21 percent rise in violent crime in London, with knife incidents and robberies surging by over 50 percent. So far this year, there have been over 100 homicides in the capital, with a third of the victims aged 16 to 24, and three-fifths of the deaths attributed to knife attacks. Mr Khan said the unit would make slow progress and once again implied the rise on crime was the fault of central government and spending cuts. “I want to be honest with Londoners that the work of the Violence Reduction Unit will not … [Read more...] about Mayor Khan Launches £500,000 ‘Public Health’ Approach to Crime Wave
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The company was founded in 2013 by former Apple employee-turned-serial-entrepeneur Anil Sethi. Apple reportedly acquired it earlier this year, although (no surprises here) it hasn’t publicly announced what it plans to do with it yet. Gliimpse’s website, the company claims that: “We’ve built a magical machine. It takes incomprehensible electronic medical records and turns them into understandable, standardized, coded elements (LOINC, RxNorm, CPT, ICD and SNOMED), and terminology that both humans and machines can easily understand and use. The Rosetta Stone meets machine learning.” hired Evan Doll, co-founder of “social magazine” company Flipboard, to serve as Apple’s new director of health software engineering. Sage Bionetworks founder Stephen Friend and former Nest Labs technology chief Yoky Matsuoka, both of whom are said to be working on health-oriented projects. developing a “killer” new health … [Read more...] about Apple increases health focus by buying medical AI startup
On June 12, the American Medical Association announced that drug shortages pose an urgent public health crisis. This crisis should be of concern to all Americans. The Food and Drug Administration defines a drug shortage as a “period of time when the demand or projected demand for a medically necessary drug in the U.S. exceeds its supply.” All too often, a shortage means that doctors cannot give the right drugs to patients when needed. Serious drug shortages are not a new phenomenon. The FDA recognized their prevalence and established a Drug Shortage Program back in 1999. The problem, however, persists. In short supply Currently, the U.S. is short on 182 drugs and medical supplies, according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The list includes IV bags, injectable morphine and other powerful painkillers, anesthetics, antibiotics, electrolytes, cancer drugs and much more. All of these are of critical importance to patients with serious illnesses. Why do drug … [Read more...] about Drug Shortages Pose a Public Health Crisis in the US
As lawmakers continue to offer thoughts and prayers with little legislative action to combat mass shooting in the U.S., the nation’s leading organization of medical professionals called for a ban on the sale and ownership of assault-type weapons.The recommendation is one of several approved by the American Medical Association (AMA) on Tuesday to deal with what it termed the nation’s “public health crisis” of gun violence.“People are dying of gun violence in our homes, churches, schools, on street corners and at public gatherings, and it’s important that lawmakers, policy leaders and advocates on all sides seek common ground to address this public health crisis,” Dr. David O. Barbe, AMA’s immediate past president, said in a statement. “In emergency rooms across the country, the carnage of gun violence has become a too routine experience... It doesn’t have to be this way, and we urge lawmakers to act.”The AMA, meeting … [Read more...] about American Medical Association: Ban assault weapons to curb ‘public health crisis’
It’s the year 2015 and mobile technology has completely engraved itself into our lives. We all spend so much time with our smartphones, tablets and wearables that it can be easy to forget that there used to be a time when none of that stuff was around. But with the ever-growing number of connected devices constantly being added to our lives, many folks around the world have been attempting to ascertain whether or not connected devices are actually extremely harmful to our health – not only when it comes to poor posture when using our devices, but also when talking of radiation effects on the body. Can radiation emitted from mobile devices actually harm us? A group of 200 biological and health scientists from around the world are trying to make this concern public knowledge, and they’re calling on the UN to help them. In a report published by Russian news organization RT, these scientists from all different parts of the world are advocating for … [Read more...] about Are smartphones really harmful to our health?