New guidelines to measure health published by UN agency

In a statement issued in Geneva, WHO said 191 countries had accepted The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health – or ICF — as the international standard to describe and measure health and disability. Using the ICF framework, the UN agency estimates that as much as 500 million healthy life years are lost each year due to disability associated with health conditions. “This is more than half the years that are lost annually due to premature death,” the statement said. While traditional health indicators are based on the death rates of populations, the ICF shifts focus to “life” – how people live with their health conditions and how these can be improved to achieve a productive, fulfilling life. It has implications for medical practice, for law and social policy to improve access and treatment, and for the protection of the rights of individuals and groups. “ICF changes our understanding of disability, which is presented not as a problem of a minority group, nor just of people with a visible impairment or in a wheelchair,” the statement said, noting that the Classification provided a mechanism to document the impact of the social and physical environment on a person’s functioning. For example, when a person with a serious disability finds it difficult to work in a particular building because it does not provide ramps or elevators, the ICF identifies the needed focus of an intervention, i.e. that the building should include those facilities and not that the person be forced out of the job because of an inability to work. The new publication puts all disease and health conditions on an equal footing, irrespective of their cause, taking into account that a person may not be able to attend work because of a cold or angina, but also because of depression. “This neutral approach puts mental disorders on a par with physical illness and has contributed to the recognition and documentation of the world-wide burden of depressive disorders, which is currently the leading cause, worldwide, of life years lost due to disability,” WHO said. The ICF is the result of a seven-year effort involving 65 countries and rigorous scientific studies to ensure that it is applicable across cultures, age groups and genders. read more

Cafe no longer being probed in death of Chris Bermans wife

by The Associated Press Posted Aug 17, 2017 2:36 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cafe no longer being probed in death of Chris Berman’s wife HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut officials say they have closed an investigation of a restaurant after finding no violations in connection with a car crash that killed the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman.The state Liquor Control Division investigated whether 67-year-old Katherine Berman was served alcohol at the Good News Cafe in Woodbury before the May 9 crash. Officials announced Thursday that no violations were found.Restaurant owner Carole Peck said the cafe was closed on the day of the accident.State police and liquor control officials are still investigating the crash.Katherine Berman, of Cheshire, was killed when her vehicle hit the rear of an SUV and flipped over in Woodbury. The 87-year-old SUV driver also died.The results of toxicology tests on Katherine Berman have not been released. read more