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The Global Gap In Health Care Dollars For Young And Old Is Huge

The United States spends a lot of money taking care of the health needs of old people. In 2010, for example, each person 65 and older received $18,424 in health care services. That’s five times more than the $3,628 in spending per child under 18, and three times more than the $6,125 per working-age adult, according to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. “In the developed world, people live longer with very intense disease — and costly treatment,” says Vegard Skirbekk, professor at Columbia University’s Aging Center. In the…

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Huge Study Finds a Billion People Suffer From High Blood Pressure

The number of people with high blood pressure has almost doubled in 40 years to over 1.1 billion worldwide, scientists said on Wednesday, with the burden of the condition shifting from the rich to the poor. In the largest study of its kind analyzing blood pressure in every nation between 1975 and 2015, the scientists said that it has dropped sharply in wealthy countries – possibly due to healthier diets and lifestyles – but risen in poorer ones. The increases are especially significant in Africa and South Asia, the researchers…

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Girls have huge sense of being ‘unclean’ during periods: Study

  In July last year, the state government launched a scheme to distribute free sanitary napkins. The distribution was done directly in schools and among slum populations by the manufacturer. It continued only for about three months, but it has led to changes in menstrual hygiene practices, researchers who questioned 270 of the over 20 lakh girls covered by it found. Over 73% of the girls said they had no notion what periods were about at the time they first got them. Many said they would not ask their mother…

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