A summary of important health news from the past week.
Medical and Health News That Stuck With Us in 2016
The New York Times science writes rounded up the most important and memorable health-related news from the past year. Here, they provide a summary of these topics, which include Zika, cancer breakthroughs, birth control under the Affordable Care Act, tainted water, and mental health care advancements.
Health insurance enrollment deadline extended till Monday
Federal officials have extended the dealind to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) until Monday, December 19th. This is a few days longer than the original December 15th deadline. Coverage will begin on January 1st for all who sign up. An estimated 11 million people will be covered under the ACA during 2017.
First WHO toolkit to strengthen Europe’s health response to migration
With recent mass migration in Europe, health systems can be disrupted. And in addition to health complaints similar to the general public, many refugees and migrants also have significant, additional physical and psychological concerns. In response, the WHO developed a toolkit for countries to assess their capacity to respond to large-scale migration. It reviews the most common health concerns of this population (e.g., dehydration, pregnancy, respirator condition, trauma related mental health issues) and features of a well prepared health system (e.g., strong leadership, sustainable financing mechanisms, health care workers trained to interact with a culturally variable population).
More Prisoners Die Of Old Age Behind Bars
The number of prisoners dying of old age and illness is rising in American prisons, which houses the largest population of prisoners in the world at over 2 million people. The number of prisoners over the age of 55 has grown 250% since 1999. This situation reflects the shifting needs of prison health care, including a growing need for hospice care.
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