Health


Marking 15 years of US - Caribbean partnership to tackle HIV / AIDS Marking 15 years of US - Caribbean partnership to tackle HIV / AIDS
- December 01, 2018

Lloyd Russell Moyle, a 32-year-old Labour MP representing Brighton, said he couldn't "keep quiet any more" that he was living with the virus - which he contracted when he was 22. Said Russell-Moyle of World AIDS Day : "Such events are also deeply personal to me". He said: "One of the things that happened was the Sunday Times found out and they were going to run a story and I talked with the editor". (more...)
India one of the countries worst affected by climate change, says study India one of the countries worst affected by climate change, says study
- December 01, 2018

The proportion of the global population vulnerable to heat-related death and disease is growing as a result of climate change's effects. Mental health threats, meanwhile - from children anxious about their future in an overheating world to families stressed by disaster losses - are on the rise, she said. (more...)
CDC fights rare spinal cord illness: 4 things to know CDC fights rare spinal cord illness: 4 things to know
- December 01, 2018

A total of 440 cases were confirmed in the United States from August 2014 to October 2018. Twelve states have reported a single case. "I'm sure if I showed senators the data for each of their states and the number of cases they've had, they'll be more aware of how serious this is and how anxious parents are", she said. (more...)
Here's How Long It Takes to Retrieve a Swallowed Lego Here's How Long It Takes to Retrieve a Swallowed Lego
- November 30, 2018

According to the publication, the aim was to "determine typical transit times" for an item that's commonly swallowed by children - Lego. Paediatricians are often asked how long it will take for the toys to pass out, because if they get stuck in the child's digestive system it could lead to serious problems. (more...)
USA life expectancy drops again as overdoses climb
- November 30, 2018

As the United States continues to face a devastating opioid epidemic , new data released on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals the toll it has taken helped push down life expectancy in the country in yet another consecutive year. (more...)
Only romaine from certain parts of California should be avoided, FDA says Only romaine from certain parts of California should be avoided, FDA says
- November 30, 2018

The US Food and Drug Administration continues to narrow the search for a likely source of an E. Coli contamination linked to romaine lettuce that has sickened dozens of people in Canada and the U.S. Not all types of romaine lettuce contain the E. coli strain, but the recall is in place as a safety precaution, said Joan Salge Blake, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences in the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. (more...)
Another year, another decrease in life expectancy in the US Another year, another decrease in life expectancy in the US
- November 30, 2018

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control said the United States was the only one of the world's wealthiest nations where the upward progress of the human lifespan has halted and shifted into reverse. In both 2016 and 2017, female life expectancy was 81.1 years, while male life expectancy dropped from 76.2 years in 2016 to 76.1 in 2017. In 1999, by contrast, that number was around 10.5 per 100,000 people. (more...)
84 new cases of HIV diagnosed in Northern Ireland previous year 84 new cases of HIV diagnosed in Northern Ireland previous year
- November 29, 2018

The HIV outbreak in Europe is still developing at a frightening pace chiefly in Eastern Europe. He said that public awareness was essential on HIV/AIDS testing, prevention and treatment. "State-sponsored homophobia and transphobia (have become) a crucial issue", said Yuri Yoursky of the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health, which supports men with HIV/AIDS in the region. (more...)
Scientist Who Gene-Edited Babies Speaks at Conference, Addresses Controversial Research Scientist Who Gene-Edited Babies Speaks at Conference, Addresses Controversial Research
- November 29, 2018

Such genetic tinkering contravenes worldwide ethical guidelines and some countries' laws regulating the use of gene-editing in human reproduction - which some call the slippery slope towards designer babies . Daley gave a presentation at the summit arguing that while He's experiment was a "misstep", gene-editing technology has advanced in the last three years. (more...)
Police increasingly attending mental health calls Police increasingly attending mental health calls
- November 29, 2018

Mr Hobbs said police were now dealing with an "explosion" of people in the midst of a " mental health crises ", but that there was "nowhere to take them". Ms Billingham said that patients' mental health needs to be properly and appropriately managed and that police can not be stepping in simply because they work 24 hours a day. (more...)
Chinese Scientists Suspended After Claims of Creating ‘World’s First Gene-Edited Babies’ Chinese Scientists Suspended After Claims of Creating ‘World’s First Gene-Edited Babies’
- November 28, 2018

Southern University of Science and Technology, where Jiankui works, issued a statement , seemingly condemning the claim . He said the twins were born a few weeks ago, though the births have yet to be verified. In this October 9, 2018 photo, a microplate containing embryos that have been injected with Cas9 protein and PCSK9 sgRNA is seen in a laboratory in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province. (more...)
FDA says some romaine OK to eat; check labels first FDA says some romaine OK to eat; check labels first
- November 27, 2018

Scott Gottlieb, the FDA commissioner, said in a news release. Last week , the FDA said the strain of E. coli O157:H7 causing the current outbreak is genetically link to the strain the caused an outbreak last fall in the USA and Canada Twenty-five people got sick - including one death and two incidents of hemolytic uremic syndrome - in 15 states. (more...)
Insulin shortage puts millions at risk, study shows Insulin shortage puts millions at risk, study shows
- November 23, 2018

Going by the numbers, 79 million people with type 2 diabetes will need insulin in the coming 12 years, while the insulin required to treat type 2 diabetes is expected to increase by around 20%. Researchers noted that the usage of methyldopa is capable of preventing up to 60 percent of type 1 diabetes among people who are at the risk of the disease. (more...)
Doctors optimistic about new peanut allergy treatment Doctors optimistic about new peanut allergy treatment
- November 22, 2018

A peanut allergy is potentially life-threatening and is very rarely outgrown, affecting about 1 in 50 children in the UK. "Despite this, not a single treatment for food allergy has been approved by the FDA". Twelve percent of patients in the treatment group discontinued due to adverse events, including gastrointestinal symptoms and hypersensitivity reactions. (more...)
Canadian officials approaching romaine lettuce warning differently than U.S. Canadian officials approaching romaine lettuce warning differently than U.S.
- November 22, 2018

People with symptoms of an E. coli infection , such as severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting, and think you might have gotten sick from eating romaine lettuce, should talk to their doctor and report their illness to the health department. (more...)
CDC Outbreak Alert: Do Not Eat Any Romaine Lettuce CDC Outbreak Alert: Do Not Eat Any Romaine Lettuce
- November 20, 2018

It said that residents of the two provinces should avoid eating romaine lettuce and salad mixes containing the produce until further notice. The Public Health Agency of Canada is warning that there is another E. The strain is different than the one linked to romaine lettuce earlier this year. Illnesses started on dates ranging from October 8, 2018 to October 31, 2018. (more...)
World Health Organization deplores data dearth on antibiotics resistance in Africa World Health Organization deplores data dearth on antibiotics resistance in Africa
- November 18, 2018

The director explained that resistant bacteria may infect humans and animals, making infections like pneumonia, tuberculosis and gonorrhoea harder to treat. When you're sick, let your doctors use their clinical skills and judgment to decide whether you need an antibiotic to lessen the chance of unnecessarily fostering resistance. (more...)
Greg Hunt extends deadline for My Health Record opt-out period Greg Hunt extends deadline for My Health Record opt-out period
- November 16, 2018

The minister's announcement comes after the Senate today backed a two-month extension for Australians seeking to opt out of My Health Record. One day ahead of the deadline, Health Minister Greg Hunt on Wednesday announced the opt-out period would be extended until January 31 next year. (more...)
HHS Updates Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans HHS Updates Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
- November 16, 2018

One interesting change that was made in this new report is the removal of the 10-minute time limit for what you can consider to be 'exercise.' Previously, the government suggested that 10 minutes was the minimum amount of time you should perform an activity before counting it towards your goal, but this new report emphasizes that 'all activity counts.' The overall message here is that if you know you're not getting enough exercise you should at least make an attempt to add more movement to ... (more...)
World Health Organization reveals wide differences in antibiotic use between countries World Health Organization reveals wide differences in antibiotic use between countries
- November 13, 2018

Calling for urgent action, including prescription-only policies, the report said that amoxicillin and amoxicillin/clavulanic acid are the most frequently used antibiotics worldwide. "However, as part of this year's World Antibiotic Awareness Week , new research* from NPS MedicineWise indicates Australians" knowledge of the problem of antibiotic resistance is improving. (more...)

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