Health Round up: $1 billion for children; Sit-stand desks boost work
Following is a summary of current health news briefs.
Families often share potentially dangerous antibiotics: study
A substantial proportion of parents confessed to giving their children antibiotics that had been prescribed for someone else, according to survey results presented by U.S. researchers at the American Academy of Pediatrics conference in Orlando, Florida. The practice promotes antibiotic resistance and risks exposing children to dangerous dosages, expired drugs with harmful products of degradation and potential allergens, study leader Tamara Kahan of Northwell Health in Lake Success, New York, told Reuters Health by email.
Just $2 per person a year could halt deadly superbugs, OECD says
Halting the rise of deadly drug-resistant "superbug" infections that kill millions around the world could cost just $2 per person a year, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Wednesday. Describing drug resistance as "one of the biggest threats to modern medicine", the OECD said, however, that if nothing is done, superbugs could kill some 2.4 million people in Europe, North America and Australia alone over the next 30 years.
Nursing home safety data hard to find
Nursing Home Compare, a web-based tool from the U.S. government that helps consumers look into the quality of nursing homes, falls short when it comes to rating safety, a new study suggests. Nursing Home Compare, on the Medicare.gov website, lets users find and compare nursing homes certified by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). (http://bit.ly/2GhedTA ) The tool does consider some measures of patient safety, but safety doesn't seem to factor much into the site's rating system and details can be difficult for consumers to dig out, researchers say in a report in Health Affairs.
Donors pledge $1 billion for maternal and child health fund
Governments of 10 countries joined philanthropists and the European Commission on Tuesday to pledge $1 billion to a World Bank-backed fund for improving health and nutrition among millions of women and children in poor countries. The money will help replenish the Global Financing Facility (GFF) - a fund set up in 2015 to help poor countries change the way they finance health by encouraging long-term investment in life-saving maternal and newborn health policies.
Melinda Gates urges backing for 'human capital' of mother and child health
Millions of women and babies could avoid untimely deaths if international donors step up to replenish a global health fund so it can expand to 50 countries, the philanthropist Melinda Gates said on Tuesday. The co-chair of the multi-billion-dollar Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation told Reuters she and her husband see the Global Financing Facility (GFF), a fund aimed specifically at maternal, newborn and child health, as an investment in "human capital" that will swiftly show meaningful, measurable results.
Foamix's treatment for common skin condition meets late-stage trial goals
Foamix Pharmaceuticals Ltd said on Wednesday its experimental foam treatment for rosacea, a common skin condition that causes acne-like bumps and redness on the face, met the main goals of two late-stage clinical trials. The treatment, code-named FMX103 and made up of an antibiotic commonly used to treat infections, significantly reduced inflammatory lesions, compared to a foam without the antibiotic, minocycline.
The benefit of a low-salt diet for heart failure uncertain
Although many doctors advise heart failure patients to follow a low-salt diet to help minimize complications, a new study suggests there isn't much high-quality evidence to support this recommendation. "We still do not have a clear understanding of the mechanisms that may link salt intake with heart failure," said lead study author Dr Kamal Mahtani of the University of Oxford in the UK.
U.S. companies team up with hospitals to reduce employee maternity costs
General Electric Co and other large companies are trying to chip away at rising childbirth costs for U.S. employees, working directly with hospitals to reduce cesarean sections and related complications. The efforts are in very early stages, with few details on their impact outside of cost savings of a few million dollars so far. But they illustrate yet another path companies are taking to bring down U.S. medical costs by working with doctors and hospitals to set health goals.
Sit-stand desks cut daily sitting time, may help engage workers
Sit-stand desks reduce daily sitting time and may improve job performance and work engagement, a British study suggests. Researchers who studied 146 National Health Services employees found that after a year of using sit-stand desks, in combination with a coaching program, workers' sitting time was cut by more than an hour a day. Furthermore, sit-stand desk users had improvements in job performance, job engagement and recovery from occupational fatigue.
Sanofi and Regeneron's Dupixent gets more positive feedback from U.S. FDA
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulator has given more positive feedback on the Dupixent eczema treatment being developed by drugmakers Sanofi and Regeneron , the companies said on Tuesday. Dupixent was launched in the United States in April 2017 for the treatment of moderate-to-severe eczema in adults, and the product is seen as a key sales driver for both companies.
(With inputs from agencies.)