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Israeli security forces’ response to Gaza protests ‘a recipe for more bloodshed’, says UN expert

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Since the beginning of the year, Israeli security forces have responded to protests along Gaza’s border fence with tear gas, rubber coated bullets and live ammunition that have caused death, injury and fear, which the UN’s independent human rights expert on the region described on Tuesday as “a recipe for more bloodshed”.

Delays in arrival and treatment in emergency departments: Women, children and non-trauma consultations the most at risk in humanitarian settings

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Delays in arrival and treatment in emergency departments: Women, children and non-trauma consultations the most at risk in humanitarian settings Guzman, IB; Cuesta, JG; Trelles, M; Jaweed, O; Cherestal, S; van Loenhout, JAF; Guha-Sapir, D Introduction Delays in arrival and treatment at health facilities lead to negative health outcomes. Individual and external factors could be associated with these delays. This study aimed to assess common factors associated with arrival and treatment delays in the emergency departments (ED) of three hospitals in humanitarian settings. Methodology This was a cross-sectional study based on routine data collected from three MSF-supported hospitals in Afghanistan, Haiti and Sierra Leone. We calculated the proportion of consultations with delay in arrival (>24 hours) and in treatment (based on target time according to triage categories). We used a multinomial logistic regression model (MLR) to analyse the association between age, sex, hospital and diagnosis (trauma and non-trauma) with these delays. Results We included 95,025 consultations. Males represented 65.2%, Delay in arrival was present in 27.8% of cases and delay in treatment in 27.2%. The MLR showed higher risk of delay in arrival for females (OR 1.2, 95% CI 1.2–1.3), children <5 (OR 1.4, 95% CI 1.4–1.5), patients attending to Gondama (OR 30.0, 95% CI 25.6–35.3) and non-trauma cases (OR 4.7, 95% CI 4.4–4.8). A higher risk of delay in treatment was observed for females (OR 1.1, 95% CI 1.0–1.1), children <5 (OR 2.0, 95% CI 1.9–2.1), patients attending to Martissant (OR 14.6, 95% CI 13.9–15.4) and non-trauma cases (OR 1.6, 95% CI 1.5–1.7). Conclusions Women, children <5 and non-trauma cases suffered most from delays. These delays could relate to educational and cultural barriers, and severity perception of the disease. Treatment delay could be due to insufficient resources with consequent overcrowding, and severity perception from medical staff for non-trauma patients. Extended community outreach, health promotion and support to community health workers could improve emergency care in humanitarian settings.

Quando ci si distacca dalla natura, si perde la sacralità della vita

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Quella di oggi «è una civiltà di dominio e competizione», che «deteriora la solidarietà e la collaborazione fino a disintegrarle; fa scempio di aria, acqua, suolo, piante ed esseri viventi nell’apparente ricerca del profitto economico che è, ancora una volta, ricerca del domino e supremazia. Per questo il suo trionfo non può che essere anche la sua fine»: lo splendido nuovo libro di Sonia Savioli, "La vita sacra".

I conflitti di interesse di un pediatra...

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Nell’agosto del 2016 il JAMA Pediatrics pubblicava il punto di vista di tre pediatri, associati all’Università di Harvard, sulla Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), un programma di OMS e UNICEF che da quasi 30 anni contribuisce a migliorare i tassi di allattamento in tutto il mondo, Italia compresa...

Venezuela must guarantee judicial impartiality - UN human rights expert

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As political tensions continue to escalate in Venezuela, a United Nations independent human rights expert has called on the Government to “take all necessary measures to guarantee judicial independence,” following concerns that some pressure may have been placed on the country’s justice system “to act against the political opposition”.

Pfas, scoperto il meccanismo che altera la fertilità nelle donne

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Studio-choc del gruppo di ricerca del professor Carlo Foresta sulle ventenni residenti nell’area rossa ad alto inquinamento Pfas. Emerge che i Pfas bloccano i meccanismi che regolano il ciclo mestruale, l’annidamento dell’embrione e il decorso della gravidanza. I risultati dello studio saranno presentati al convegno di Medicina della Riproduzione dal 28 febbraio al 2 marzo

Viva la moka, abbasso le capsule

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Volete abbandonare la moka per convertirvi alle macchinette del caffè con le capsule? Rifletteteci bene; le capsule sono inquinanti, costose, sono uno spreco di energie e risorse che impattano su salute e ambiente. E vi spieghiamo perché.

UK must end ‘unlawful’ administration of Chagos Archipelago ‘as rapidly as possible,’ top UN court rules

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The UK Government is “under an obligation” to end its administration of the Chagos Archipelago “as rapidly as possible” the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial body of the UN, stated in an Advisory Opinion released on Monday. The Opinion calls the continued administration of the archipelago “unlawful,” and “a wrongful act.”

Tensions escalate in Venezuela, civilians killed and injured: UN top officials lament excessive use of force by authorities

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As tensions escalated on Saturday at Venezuelan border and at various points along Venezuela’s borders with Colombia and Brazil, as well as within the country itself, resulting in the death and injury of various civilians, the United Nations chief, António Guterres, and the head of the UN human rights office (OHCHR), Michelle Bachelet, expressed their shock and appealed for calm.

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