Researchers may have uncovered the Achilles heel of viruses

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A new research study headed by Aarhus University in Denmark identifies how viruses avoid the body’s immune system and cause infections and diseases. Continue reading

Europe Bans Bee-Killing Neonicotinoid Pesticides: When will America Take Action?

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A major victory for the world’s bee populations has been achieved in Europe, where a majority of European Union (EU) member states voted recently to ban the use of bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides across the entire continent for at least two years. In an overwhelming vote of 15 to 8, these member states decided that, Continue reading

Report Shows Risk of Blindness halved over last Decade

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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most frequent cause of blindness in the Western World. A report from the University of Copenhagen and Glostrup Hospital in Denmark published today shows the number of new cases of blindness and severe visual loss in Denmark has been halved during the last ten years. Continue reading

Denmark Puts Patients Ahead in Telemedicine

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Denmark’s hospitals keep closing, but its residents don’t stop getting sick. That’s where telemedicine can play a role in maintaining efficient and effective healthcare delivery.

Odense University Hospital is working to build a videoconferencing network on Denmark’s existing healthcare IT infrastructure, which includes fully integrated EHR, ePrescribing, RIS and PACS, all on secure Internet protocols.

The aim of the project is to respond to closing hospitals and declining resources while offering an alternative to the traditional hospital visitation model.

“You have to be in good health to be at a hospital,” said Claus Pedersen, Head of the Department for Clinical Innovation at OUH, while speaking at the eHealth Week 2011 and World of Health IT conference in Budapest. “About 10 percent [of patients] get an infection during admission.” Continue reading