Falls are common causes of elderly injuries at home. You can install special tools and aids around your Housing and Development Board (HDB) apartment to help prevent falls. Under the Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) programme, the costs of some of the installations will be subsidised by the Government.
This long yet engrossing read offers a heartwarming perspective on how a sustained relationship between the patient and his/her primary care doctor can enhance healthcare for the patient and reduce costs to the overall healthcare system.
The last week of April each year is marked by WHO and partners as World Immunization Week. It aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. This year’s theme is: “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork”.
Immunisation saves millions of lives and is widely recognised as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions.
Yet, there are more than 19 million unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children in the world, putting them at serious risk of these potentially fatal diseases.
Vaccines save and improve lives
Immunisation is estimated to save 2-3 million lives every year – equivalent to the entire population of a city.
Yet, too many people still aren’t reached with these life-saving tools – globally, one in seven children are excluded from the full benefits of vaccines.
Vaccines protect people from more than deadly diseases.
If we increase vaccine coverage in low- and middle-income countries by 2030, we could prevent 24 million people from falling into poverty due to health expenses.
Of these children, 1 out of 10 never receive any vaccinations, and most likely has never been seen by the health system.
Immunisation prevents illness, disability and death from vaccine-preventable diseases including cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus.
The Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) – endorsed by 194 Member States of the World Health Assembly in May 2012 – aims to prevent millions of deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases by 2020 through universal access to immunisation.
Despite improvements in individual countries and a strong global rate of new vaccine introduction, all of the GVAP targets for disease elimination—including measles, rubella, and maternal and neonatal tetanus—are behind schedule.
In order for everyone, everywhere to survive and thrive, countries must make more concerted efforts to reach GVAP goals by 2020.
Additionally, those countries that have achieved or made forward progress towards achieving the goals must work to sustain those efforts over time – so that no person goes without life-saving vaccines.
Expanding access to immunisation is crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN..
Today is World Health Day. It falls on 7 April every year – the purpose is to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. In 2018, it is one of 9 official campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Health for All” has been the WHO’s guiding vision for seven decades, since the Organization’s Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948.
The Interstitium is found under our skin and between our organs. It contains 20 percent of the fluid volume in our body and may serve as a shock absorber for our body, amongst other functions yet to be discovered. And it could be the mechanism via which cancer spreads, although this would require further research.
A research team from the School of Medicine in New York University published their study that led to the discovery in the journal Scientific Reports.
“What we saw (was) this open fluid-filled space supported by this collagen bundle latticework,” said pathologist and study author Neil Theise, a professor at NYU’s School of Medicine.
They called the new organ “interstitium” – to me it’s rather apt and sounds like the name of some sci-fi movie.
According to the study, the Interstitium is a network of fluid-filled compartments strung together in a mesh of collagen and flexible protein called elastin.
It exists all over our body, under our skin and between our organs.
Before the discovery, scientists thought the layer was just simple dense connective tissue.
The existence of the interstitium has hitherto eluded scientists because of the way tissue is studied – samples are thinly sliced and treated with chemicals that allow researchers to identify key components more easily, before being placed under a microscope.
This process drains fluid from the sample so the compartments collapse, like “a building with the floors suddenly knocked out, leaving the whole structure to flatten like a pancake”.
The discovery of the interstitium was accidental and happened when scientists first noticed the compartments when looking at a bile duct for signs of cancer.
Today is World TB Day. It falls on 24 March every year – the purpose is to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic impact of tuberculosis (TB) and urge acceleration of efforts to end the global TB epidemic.
One of the targets of WHO’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 is to end the global TB epidemic.