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An Afghan Success Story: Fewer Child Deaths

NPR

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Child mortality rates are decreasing in Afghanistan due to more readily available basic health care, more effective vaccinations, and locally-trained volunteer health workers.

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An Electronic Eye on Hospital Hand-Washing

The New York Times

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Hospital-acquired infections are the fourth leading cause of death in America. Hospitals are trying to remedy that using high-tech solutions to promote health-care worker handwashing.

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Better Hand-Washing Through Technology

The New York Times

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Washing hands in between contact with patients is one of the most important things a healthcare worker can do to prevent the spread of disease and reduce the rise of superbugs like MRSA. A new technology is increasing rates of hand washing by displaying, via a sensor in an employee's badge, wheth...

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Caring for mentally ill: 3 counties' success stories

The Seattle Times

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There is a mental-health capacity crisis gripping Washington state. The area’s response approach, crafted over two decades, centers on a set of intensive outpatient and early-intervention programs aimed at preventing hospitalizations.

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Changing Course

The Connecticut Mirror

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Science suggests that having a secure relationship with a caregiver can help protect a child’s brain and body from the effects of adversity. A Connecticut program for very young children who have experienced trauma or other challenges has gotten results by focusing on that relationship – and the ...

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For Teenage Smokers, Removing the Allure of the Pack

The New York Times

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Adolescent smoking remains a challenging health problem because of the allure of cigarette branding. Australia is piloting the transformation of cigarette packaging with a generic look that reduces the appeal of smoking. In Florida, the Truth campaign has exposed that cigarette companies targete...

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For V.A. Hospitals (and Patients), a Major Health Victory

The New York Times

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Although patients go to hospitals to receive medical care, many Americans will acquire infections that did not already have them. The United States as a whole has made modest progress at reducing the rates of hospital-acquired infections. Spearheading the efforts, the Veterans Affairs Medical Ce...

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How to fix the EPA's broken civil-rights office

Center for Public Integrity

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The Environmental Protection Agency Office of Civil Rights has dismissed many complaints from social minorities who experience environmental disturbances that threaten their daily life or property value. An investigative journalist has interviewed different experts for their opinions on how the ...

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In Delivery Rooms, Reducing Births of Convenience

The New York Times

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The rate of cesarean sections is on the rise in the United States, despite the higher risks of hysterectomy, hemorrhage, and infection, as well as the elevated expense. Evidence-based medicine suggests decreasing C-sections, which is what San Francisco General’s maternity ward does well. Their so...

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In Detroit Hospital, black babies are latching on

Women's E-News

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Many African American women are reluctant to breastfeed their babies. The Mother Nuture Project at Detroit’s St. John Hospital and Medical Center offers peer counseling to educate women (mostly African American) and encourage breastfeeding. Mother Nurture’s program has helped boost breastfeeding...

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