first_img(iStock)Homebuilders are reining in their expectations for the housing market, according to a new report.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for this month dropped to 86, seasonally adjusted, after reporting its highest reading in history in November. It marks the first time since April that the index’s reading has seen a month-over-month decline.December’s reading is still a record, however. It marks the second-highest reading in the index’s 35-year history.The index tracks homebuilder confidence in current and future single-family home sales and traffic of potential homebuyers on a monthly basis. A reading of more than 50 indicates a positive outlook; a reading under 50 indicates a negative outlook.Read moreHomebuilder confidence soars to another record highThe mirage of low interest ratesMortgage applications rise as rates reach another record low This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Mirroring the overall index’s step back, homebuilder sentiment was also lower when it came to single-family sales, with a reading of 92. The outlook for home sales in six months time dropped to 85, the same reading reported in September, while the outlook for buyer traffic fell to 73, just below September and October’s reading of 74.Regional sentiment once again followed in national’s footsteps, with regional index readings all below those recorded in November.But despite December’s lower figures, all components and regions tracked by the indices were up significantly year-over-year.The housing market has had a record run this year, but with a rise in Covid-19 infection rates and homebuyer demand wavering as access to credit tightens, some economists question how much longer the gains can be sustained.Contact Erin Hudson Full Name*center_img Message* Email Address*last_img read more

first_img Source: Jul 20 2018Every year, up to 1.3 million people in Europe suffer a first stroke. Acute stroke treatment strategies such as acute treatment of patients in a stroke unit, intravenous thrombolysis and endovascular treatment significantly improve the outcome for patients with ischaemic stroke and thus reduce its socioeconomic burden. However, reliable data on access to and delivery of acute stroke treatment strategies throughout Europe are lacking.The European Stroke Organization (ESO), the European Society of Minimally Invasive Neurological Therapy (ESMINT), the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) and the patient organization Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE) have therefore surveyed stroke experts from 44 of 51 European countries on the best available information regarding national access to and delivery rates of acute stroke unit care, intravenous thrombolysis, and endovascular treatment.Related StoriesStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggestsHome-based support network helps stroke patients adjust after hospital dischargeUse of statins linked to reduction of mortality risk in dementia patientsThe results of this survey identify major inequalities in acute stroke treatment, with many countries reporting rates that were far below highest country rates. This article shows in which countries patients still have no or obviously inadequate access to appropriate acute stroke treatment.According to Urs Fischer, Professor for Acute Neurology and Stroke at the University Hospital Bern, up to 226,662 additional patients could be treated with intravenous thrombolysis and an additional 67,347 with endovascular treatment each year. “Many stroke victims in Europe still have no access to acute stroke treatment,” he said. “If stroke unit care, intravenous thrombolysis and endovascular therapy would be routine practice throughout Europe, many more victims could survive their stroke without a major handicap”. According to Prof. Fischer, these inequalities not only have a major impact on the patients, but also on their families and the socioeconomic burden. “Recent studies have shown, that acute stroke treatment is highly cost effective – if you treat your patients right, you will not only improve the quality of life of the patient and his family, you will also save money for your society”, he said. Therefore, efforts have to be done to increase the number of stroke units, intravenous thrombolysis and endovascular stroke therapy. “We have to talk to governments, politicians, health care specialists and stroke physicians in order to set up and improve the system in regions, where acute stroke treatment is lacking!”In May 2018, ESO and SAFE presented the Stroke Action Plan for Europe to set achievement goals for stroke care by 2030. This survey already provided important insights for the Stroke Action Plan authors. The findings from this survey are relevant for future health-care planning in Europe and beyond.last_img read more