Health

Australia sees first population drop since World War I

Australia's population has declined for the first time in more than a century as pandemic-induced border closures stemmed the flow of overseas migrants, according to figures released Thursday.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Paris hospitals told to make room for COVID emergencies

Hospitals in the Paris region have been ordered to cut all non-COVID patient care and surgery by 40 percent as new virus cases risk overwhelming their intensive care capacity, health authorities said on Monday.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Segregation, income disparity fueled high COVID-19 numbers

The growth rate of COVID‐19 cases and deaths was higher for U.S. metropolitan areas that exhibited greater Black and white or Hispanic and white segregation, a new University of Michigan study shows.

Medical economics

U.S. health care spending increased 4.6 percent in 2019

Health care spending in the United States increased 4.6 percent in 2019, which was a similar rate of growth as that seen in 2018, according to a report published online Dec. 16 in Health Affairs.

Health

US population growth smallest in at least 120 years

The U.S. population grew by the smallest rate in at least 120 years from 2019 to 2020, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau—a trend that demographers say provides a glimpse of the coronavirus ...

Medications

Buprenorphine prescription fills for OUD plateau during pandemic

(HealthDay)—The number of individuals filling buprenorphine prescriptions for opioid use disorder (OUD) has plateaued but not decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a research letter published online Dec. ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Grasping exponential growth

The coronavirus outbreak offered the public a crash course in statistics, with terms like doubling time, logarithmic scales, R factor, rolling averages, and excess mortality now on everyone's tongue. However, simply having ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Germany orders partial lockdown to curb 'out of control' virus

Germany will go into a partial lockdown from Wednesday with non-essential shops and schools to close, as Europe's biggest economy battles to halt an "exponential growth" in coronavirus infections.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Global study shows teenage motherhood is still high

The high rate of adolescent motherhood across developing countries isn't shifting, with reductions either modest or absent in some regions and rising in others, according to University of Queensland-led research.

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