Algorithms can better identify suicidal tendencies by analysing people's behavior on online platforms such as Facebook, says an article published on Nature. By looking at the language that people use and their social media behavior such as scrolling speed on smartphones, specially designed programmes could if they are a joke, an...
The ongoing conflict has resulted in about 750,000 children across the Kasai region of Democratic Republic of Congo being acutely malnourished and some 25 health zones being in a situation of nutritional crisis, according to UNICEF estimates. Eighteen months of insecurity and violence have resulted in the displacement of over...
While reports of the spread of Diphtheria have emerged in Rohingya refugee camps at Bangladesh, a campaign has begun to immunize Rohingya children against the disease. As the disease has led to nine deaths so far, the UN-led campaign is to cover nearly 255,000 Rohingya children, and is supported by...
Offering cash incentives to a mother is an effective way of promoting breast feeding in the UK, a “pioneering” pilot study has found. The study was conducted on 10,000 new mothers across South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire who were offered cash vouchers of up to £120 for breastfeeding in...
By Pete Lewis Mncedisi Dlisani (left) worked at Western Areas drilling holes for dynamite. This exposed him to a large amount of dust. He has TB and spent nine months in hospital. He did not receive his monthly wage to send to his wife, Nokwakha (right). Two years later, he...
The humanitarian situation continues to be grim in Eastern Ghouta, about 10 kilometres outside the Syrian capital, Damascus, with the latest report of the death of five children as the violence prevented them accessing medical care on right time, according to a UNICEF report. These five were part of the...
India has only 27 per cent of its citizens, or approximately 35 crore people, being covered under a health insurance, even the central health minister J P Nadda said the government is “committed to UHC”, as the world commemorates Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day on Tuesday. While he said this...
By GroundUp Staff Patients were removed from the Khululabantu Bam Centre in Butterworth because the facility is unable to provide decent care. Photo: Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik The Khululabantu Bam centre in Butterworth brings into focus the huge gap between the demand and supply for decent mental health care facilities in South Africa. In...
Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Kaiser Health News Marguerite Moniot felt frustrated and flummoxed, despite the many hours she spent in front of the computer this year reading consumer reviews of health insurance plans offered on the individual market in Virginia. Moniot was preparing to buy a policy of her own, knowing...
Detaining patients for non-payment of healthcare bills is found to be a common practice in many parts of the world, and hundreds of thousands of people are likely to be affected by this every year, says a new study by Chatham House. The practice, highly prevalent in several sub-Saharan African...

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