• Destroying Gaza’s Health Care System Is a War Crime
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    Destroying Gaza’s Health Care System Is a War Crime

    On Jan. 26, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague issued an initial ruling in South Africa’s lawsuit accusing Israel of genocidal acts in Gaza. The court did not call for an immediate cease-fire, nor did it rule on whether Israel is in fact committing a genocide, but it did instruct Israel to take provisional measures to prevent genocidal acts. In its ruling, the court noted “a large number of deaths and injuries, as well as the massive destruction of homes, the forcible displacement of the vast majority of the population, and extensive damage to civilian infrastructure.” A less noted pillar of the case against Israel, however, is…

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  • Systems Within a System | City Journal
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    Systems Within a System | City Journal

    The debate over American health care has a familiar structure: Sally Pipes at National Review argues that “the American health-care system is world-beating.” Sarah Kliff at Vox, by contrast, declares that “the American health care system is literally the worst.” Pipes cites access to quality medical services; Kliff points to high costs. A clear relationship holds between the availability and affordability of health care in the United States, as it does everywhere else—when you spend less, you get less. But both sides in this debate also find it easy to make their respective cases, because the “American health care system” is not one thing. Rather, it is five very different…

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  • Surviving the Health Care System: 5 Money-Saving Tips
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    Surviving the Health Care System: 5 Money-Saving Tips

    This story is part of So Money, an online community dedicated to financial empowerment and advice, led by CNET Editor at Large and So Money podcast host Farnoosh Torabi. I actually had a pleasant trip to the dentist once.    Years ago, after a routine teeth cleaning, I was given a pricey estimate for a necessary dental procedure. Since the cost exceeded my insurer’s maximum annual coverage, I would have to pay $1,000 out of pocket. Desperation and fear made me speak up.   “Can we reduce the price somehow?” I asked, with the dental bib still affixed to my shirt.  That’s when things took a turn for the better.…

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  • The Long Tail of America’s Racist Medical System
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    The Long Tail of America’s Racist Medical System

    Discrimination, lack of access, mistrust and mistreatment aren’t unique to Black Americans; Latinos and other minority groups experience it, too. Poor people often wait longer for worse care in underfunded, understaffed — and often de facto racially segregated — public hospitals and clinics than richer, better-insured people. And they know it. Growing up in Detroit, Michael Winans, now in his early 40s, was “too busy getting by” to pay attention to a syphilis experiment that ended before he was born. But distrust of the medical establishment flowed in his family. His grandmother survived a stroke but died during routine follow-ups; the family suspected sub-par care. Later, his mother hesitated when…

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  • What Does a Good Health-Care System Look Like?
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    What Does a Good Health-Care System Look Like?

    I make a good living. I should have a larger retirement portfolio than I do, as my husband and I keep our living expenses within bounds, and I am a moderately successful self-employed professional. However, every few years, or sometimes a few years in a row, I find our household being bankrupted by the medical-industrial complex.   This year has been uniquely devastating. My husband is a 75-year-old bone-cancer survivor. Two years of radical chemotherapy left him with a suppressed immune system, which means for most of the pandemic we’ve been hiding from people the way Gremlins hide from sunlight. A few years ago he had a two-year bout of C.…

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  • Dhaka’s ailing sewage system threatens human and environmental health
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    Dhaka’s ailing sewage system threatens human and environmental health

    Existing sewage treatment plants in Dhaka treat only 30% of all sewage waste. Emerging pollutants such as antibiotics, microplastics, detergents, toothpastes, shampoos and lotion are found in Dhaka’s urban rivers and lakes. Microplastics are also found in fish, snails, crabs and sediments of the Buriganga River in Dhaka. City authorities suggest installing small treatment plants in residential buildings. DHAKA — Md. Dulal Mia, 50, ferries passengers in his small boat from one end of the Buriganga River to the other. He has been living along the river for the last three decades. “The stench from the pitch-black water is almost intolerable. Nearby factories and houses release their sewage into the…

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  • Annamaria Macaluso Davidson of Memorial Hermann Health System
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    Annamaria Macaluso Davidson of Memorial Hermann Health System

    Annamaria Macaluso Davidson, M.D., MBA, vice president, employee health medical operations, at Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, is one of the 10 up-and-coming healthcare leaders featured in the annual Managed Healthcare feature. Annamaria Macaluso Davidson, M.D., MBA I grew up in Houston. After graduating cum laude from Memorial High School, I graduated magna cum laude and with honors from Texas A&M University in College Station. After that, I received an M.D. from The University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston. I also earned an MBA at the University of Texas at Tyler. I am board certified in occupational and environmental medicine, as well as medical quality. I currently…

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  • A Good Night’s Sleep Recharges Immune System | Health & Fitness
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    A Good Night’s Sleep Recharges Immune System | Health & Fitness

    THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) — If you want to stay well, make sure you’re getting enough sleep. That’s the conclusion of a new study that found that good sleep helps regulate a key component of the body’s immune system. Specifically, it influences the environment where white blood cells known as monocytes form, develop and get ready to support the immune function, a process called hematopoiesis. “What we are learning is that sleep modulates the production of cells that are the protagonists – the main actors – of inflammation,” said senior study author Filip Swirski, director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,…

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