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zaterdag 28 april 2018

The Lancet: [Comment] Can improving access to care help to eliminate malaria?

[Comment] Can improving access to care help to eliminate malaria?
Malaria remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world, with 32% of the world's population living in areas of risk.1 Despite the progress that has been made in reducing the burden of malaria through improved access to preventive interventions,1 there remain many challenges to the eventual eradication of the parasite. Perhaps one of the greatest challenges is the continual battle with resistance, to both the drugs used to treat the cases and the insecticides used to kill the mosquito hosts.
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[Comment] What proportion of older adults in hospital are frail?
Despite the increasing level of knowledge about individual illnesses, modern health-care systems seem lost when seeing patients whose diseases come not one at a time, but all at once—especially when they come with equally complex social needs. Although some geriatricians proclaimed the end of the disease era1 to focus on the complexity of frailty in geriatric assessment,2 the argument is falling flat. Disease-focused specialists who push on with the only course they know sometimes decry their frail patients as being unsuitable or requiring social support or failing to cope or thrive.
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[Articles] Development and validation of a Hospital Frailty Risk Score focusing on older people in acute care settings using electronic hospital records: an observational study
The Hospital Frailty Risk Score provides hospitals and health systems with a low-cost, systematic way to screen for frailty and identify a group of patients who are at greater risk of adverse outcomes and for whom a frailty-attuned approach might be useful.
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[Correspondence] The Palestinian March: return to dialogue
Khamis Elessi provides a description of injuries and deaths among Palestinians on March 30, 2018, during the course of violent clashes close to the Gaza-Israel border. From both scientific and humanitarian perspectives, we respect his efforts. However, in such a chaotic and politicised situation, obtaining verifiable information and, more importantly, drawing useful inferences, present serious challenges.
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[Correspondence] The Palestinian Day of Return: from a short day of commemoration to a long day of mourning
On Friday, March 30, 2018, marking the 42nd anniversary of Land Day—when Israeli forces killed six Palestinians during protests against land confiscation in 1976—Palestinians in the Gaza Strip marched to the eastern border with Israel beginning a six-week protest—what they termed the Great March of Return. It was the bloodiest day in Gaza since the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict.1
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