World media roundup – 15 May 2014

Categories: In The Media.

World Health Statistics 2014

World Health Organization

People everywhere are living longer, according to the World Health Statistics 2014, published today by WHO.

The doctor will see you now via webcam, smartphone

US- The Washington Times

Dr Ray Dorsey, a neurologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, is leading a national study of video visits for Parkinson’s patients and sees broader appeal for the technology.

Overtreating Medicare patients may costs billions

US- abc news

A new study suggests that in a single year, up to 42% of Medicare patients got at least one medical procedure they didn’t need — overtreatment that cost as much as $8 billion.

The importance of language


“The world of palliative care is well served in reviewing thoughtfully, the language we use on a daily basis.” writes Bridget Sumser.

Uganda: deeply flawed HIV bill approved

Human Rights Watch

The HIV Prevention and Control Act passed by the Ugandan parliament on 13 May is discriminatory and will impede the fight against AIDS, Human Rights Watch, HEALTHGlobal Advocacy Project, and Uganda Network on Law, Ethics & HIV/AIDS have said.

New hospice model allows curative therapy to continue

US- Reuters

A new program from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services may remove a barrier that makes patients hesitate to opt for hospice care near the end of life.

Stephen Sutton dies: an uplifting life that inspired millions

UK- The Guardian

Mother says goodbye to terminally-ill 19-year-old with bowel cancer, who raised £3.34m for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Are soul midwives the shape of care to come?

End of life studies blog

Clare Sturges is planning to make a documentary about Soul Midwifery, a growing movement in UK end of life care that provides non-religious companionship to the dying.

Honoring Veterans: WHV partners taking their mission seriously

ehospice USA

We Honor Veterans is a program that invites hospices and other organisations to participate in a pioneering program to honour US veterans at the end of life.

Hospitals must improve care of dying people

ehospice UK

A new audit on the provision of care for people dying in hospitals has found significant variations in palliative care across hospitals in England.

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