Politics and Policies:
- The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will begin exercising its authority given under a 2009 law, power to regulate cigarettes and other tobacco products that they believe pose public health risks.
- In an effort intensify campaign to publicize new health insurance options and to persuade consumers, the White House is recruiting mayors, county commissioners and other local officials.
- A health check program has been launched in Accra, in order to reach out to the people of Ghana who are challenged with non-communicable diseases (NCDS), in an affordable and effective way.
- The United Kingdom (UK) is starting a rotavirus vaccination program to protect the babies from infection which causes diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever and dehydration.
- Ben & Catherine Ivy foundation grants more that $9 million for brain cancer research.
- To help avert 3 million AIDS deaths by 2025, the World Health Organization (WHO) through its guidelines is recommending the patients the start medicine at earlier stage of the deadly disease.
- According to global Diabetes attitudes, wishes and needs 2 study one in five people with diabetes feel discriminated against them because of their condition. About 16% people suffering from this condition are at risk of depression.
- According to the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Ghana cuts new HIV infections among children by 76% since 2009. It states that one three in ten children in need of treatment have access to it.
- A report released by the United Nations state that Nigeria has highest number of children with HIV/AIDS virus in the world. It states that the incidence rate has not increased much but the increase in the prevalence rate has remained stagnant.
- According to the scientists, new World Health Organization (WHO) test- based approach against malaria does not work everywhere. There must be a hard diagnosis before the disease is treated.
- According to the research results published in the Journal of Infectious diseases, infant rotavirus vaccine is effective against this disease in Ghana. Results showed a significant response in parameters of efficacy, safety and immune impact of vaccine.
- A study published in the journal’ Diabetologia’, ethnicity should be considered while making guidelines for physical activity. They state that south Asians need more exercise than white Europeans to reduce diabetes risk.
- According to a research review published in BMJ, high consumption of fish reduces risk of breast cancer by 14%. It replenishes the body with all omega 3 essential fatty acids which can only be acquired from external sources as body cannot manufacture it.
- In a study published in Cell Transplantation journal, type 2 diabetes patients who receive self-donated bone marrow stem cells require less insulin. According to the scientist’s good glycemic control appeared as a critical factor in the transplanted and non-transplanted control group.
- A study indicates that consuming more than 2-3 standard alcohol drinks per day is linked to deadly digestive tract cancers including mouth, throat, larynx and esophageal. They also warn of risk of bowel, breast and prostate cancers.
- The scientists have found out that the patients of Crohn’s disease also have a virus – enterovirus in their intestines as compared to those who did not have this disease. It also said that the genes associated with the onset of this disease are vital for the immune response against this virus.
- According to the researcher’s malaria parasite are full of iron which they cannot digest nor can excrete them. Their invention- hand-held battery operated malaria detector will use the power of magnets to detect them.
Diseases & Disasters:
- Reports state that Lusaka (Zambia) records approximately 185 new HIV/ AIDS infections every day. It has high prevalence rate of 20.8 percent as compared to the other districts of Zambia.
- The cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo claims lives of 257 people. Lack of proper sanitation and clear water are stated to be the main cause of the outbreak.
- Polio outbreak in Somalia jeopardizes global eradication. Before this there was no case of this disease for more than five years. This outbreak is reported in its early stages and WHO experts see more cases coming in next few weeks.
- A report released by Greenpeace suggests that a Chinese herbal medicine contains a variety of pesticides. It is increasingly accepted in the western countries for medicinal use.
- Reports have shown a new trend of HIV infection among the youths of Manipur (India). Unsafe sex practice has been indicated to be the major mode of HIV transmission among them.
- According to the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Diclofenac, a common painkiller raises the risk of heart attack and stroke among the patients with serious underlying heart conditions.
- Health officials are warning that tularemia cases are on rise in New Mexico. Four cases have been so far been reported.
- Japan and Poland are facing epidemic of rubella. Travel warnings have been issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the pregnant females visiting these countries.
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- The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (Gambia) in collaboration with WHO UNICEF, Rotary International and other partners observe the week of May 2013 (from 24- 27) as National Immunization (NIDs) days against poliomyelitis.
- May is skin Cancer Awareness Month.
- May 19 was observed as National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
Politics and Policies:
- Kenya is the first country to protect girls against cervical cancer with GAVI- supported human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.
- The government of Canada has announced its support in the fight against tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS.
- India’s health ministry is tying itself in knots over the ban of drugs that are banned in some countries and some cases for some population segments.
- The Illinois Senate has voted to approve the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
- Zambia- Zimbabwe Cross Border Malaria Initiative, a joint co-ordination launched by Zambia and Zimbabwe to control malaria and accelerate reduction of its transmission among the border communities.
- Merck and Glaxo cut price of Human Papilloma Virus drug in the poorest countries. This cut is more than 95%.
- Nigeria seeks support on guinea worm eradication.
- Ghana Health Service has launched the country’s first online based health service which allows patients to engage with doctors online over minor ailments.
- The Gambia and the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a Comprehensive Tobacco Control formulation in Bakau.
- India develops cheap vaccine (against Rotavirus) against major cause of diarrhea deaths in children.
- The Child Division at the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) is working to introduce pneumococcal vaccine against pneumonia- major cause of death among children less than five years of age in the country.
- According to Cervical Cancer Crisis card that used data from official reports by the World Health Organization, Africa has the highest cervical cancer deaths.
- According to the 2011 National HIV Indicator Survey, prevalence rates among the Ugandans between ages of 15 to 19 are rising.
- The Annual State of the World’s Mothers report states that every year three million babies die within the first month of life.
- A study published shows that HIV prevalence and late diagnosis of HIV infection is high among young women with sexual risk behavior in Beira, Mozambique.
- According to a Global Mother’s Wellbeings ranking report, Ghana ranks 146th out of 176 countries.
- According to the Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination Initiative partners, landmark has reached in fight against tetanus. It has been eliminated in over half of 59 priority countries.
- According to a study, number of Australian parents with mental illness has increased by 3% every year from 1990 to 2005.
- The findings of a study published in the World Allergy Organization Journal, children dwelling in commercial areas of New Delhi, India are most susceptible as compared to those living in other parts of the capital, to the respiratory ailments followed by industrial and residential areas.
- A study shows that the paradoxical TB-IRIS frequently complicates HIV-TB therapy in India.
- A paper published in The Lancet Oncology, say that if current trends in cancer among the people of Latin America and Caribbean continue, the region will see cancer cases soaring by third each year to reach 16.8 million in total by 2020.
- According to a study health of the immigrants suffer as they live longer in the U.S.
- According to a study, newer whooping cough vaccine is as protective as was thought to be.
Diseases & Disasters:
- According to the reports Zambia is facing shortage of HIV medicines.
- Heavy rains have caused flooding of both Nyamamba and Nyamugasani rivers in Uganda. It has caused heavy flooding which has displaced thousands of people.
- Two cases of wild polio virus have been recorded in Tafa Local government area of Niger and Fagge in Kano respectively in Nigeria.
- Reports have indicated that African mineworkers are at significant risk of becoming resistant to tuberculosis treatment.
- Body of a man who died in an unnamed hospital as having suffered from Creutzfeld –Jakob disease has been identified by the L. Greenberg Forensic Institute at Abu Kabir. According to the Health Ministry danger of being infected under normal conditions are negligible.
- A travel alert has been issued for dengue fever in Thailand. About 33 deaths have been reported since April of this year, particularly in northeastern part of the country.
- According to the reports more than 1200 new cases of measles have been reported this year. Health officials are scrambling to catch up and stop a growing this growing epidemic.
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- April 25, 2013 was World Malaria Day.
- The International Labor Organization celebrates the World day for Safety and Health at Work on the 28th of April, 2013.
Politics and Policies:
- The State House of Representatives voted to allow physicians to prescribe marijuana to patients with specific terminal illnesses or debilitating medical conditions.
- Health officials in Australia have recommended a heavy government subsidy for the abortifacient drug RU-486.
- First online mapping tool was launched in Kenya to tackle the burden of malaria by tracking insecticide resistance in malaria causing mosquitoes.
- Healthcare workers expanding their vaccination programs in Somalia. The country is among the first few African Nations to receive new vaccines against five deadly diseases- diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B and influenza.
- Peace Corps volunteers on the occasion of World Malaria day participated in malaria eradication activities worldwide.
- In their sixth ordinary session at the African Union the African Union Commission has called for more domestic investment in health to fight the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases and tropical diseases.
- The Ministry of Heath of Ghana receives mobile clinic facilitates to boost health delivery and improving health care access to people.
- Health groups at the United Nations –backed Global Vaccine Summit announced that they will get rid of polio by 2018 with $5.5 billion vaccination and monitoring plan to stop this disease.
- The U.S Food and Drug Administration has announced the development of a new hand held device called C-3 capable of detecting substandard or counterfeit anti-malaria medicines.
- World athletics governing body IAAF will open a blood test center (BTC) in Kenya’s rift Valley town of Eldoret for Kenyan and Ethiopian runners.
- A donation of US $2.3 million has been announced by the Government of Japan to the United Nations World Food Program to assist people of Lesotho to help to boost food security.
- Japan donates US$1.5 million to Nambia for its rapid reduction of child mortality, malaria related deaths and mother-to-child HIV transmission rates.
- The Federal government of Canada will allocate $250 million between 2013 and 2018 to support eradication of polio in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
- European Union has pledged more than 14.5 million euros to support Sudan health-related programs.
- The International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung disease has issued guidelines for multidrug resistant tuberculosis bacteria management – appropriate treatment.
- According to an analysis of previous studies published in the British Medical Journal, smokers with HIV were at double risk of contracting bacteria pneumonia compared to HIV-positive non-smokers.
- According to the data obtained from a recently published study, childhood malaria admission rates in three out of four hospital chosen for the purpose of study in Malawi has increased between 2000- 2010. An increase from 41 to 100% was noted.
- According to a survey more men die due to HIV related deaths as compared to women. It was due their living in denial and failed access to treatment.
- A study published in American College of Nutrition suggests that intake of minerals zinc and chromium or taking zinc and or chromium supplements helps people suffering from type 2 diabetes.
- According to a survey in done in the U.K., parents risk children’s future health by failing to understand sun protection.
- In a study done by the Chinese scientists there is no evidence that new bid flu passes between people.
- Haiti launches its vaccination campaign against fatal childhood diseases.
Diseases & Disasters:
- The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel warning to the people who are planning to travel to Democratic Republic of Congo.
- The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a nationwide shortage of products used in Tuberculosis skin testing.
- The reports state that the outbreak of meningitis has killed at least 40 people in Guinea since the beginning of 2013. About 379 cases of this disease have been reported.
- According to the reports communities in Northern Mali – Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal- are affected by food crises.
- The bird flu H7N9 cases are rising in China. A total of 120 cases have been reported till now of which 23 deaths have been confirmed.
- Air pollution rising in China. The level of air pollutants has risen to more than 40 times the recommended exposure limits.
- According to the press release, two more human cases of avian influenza virus A – H7N9 has been verified by the Centre for Health protection (CHP) of the Department of Health of Hong Kong.
- Reports have confirmed H7N9 bird flu in Taiwan.
- According to the CDC, salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers grown in Mexico.
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Politics and Policies:
- Judge strikes down age restrictions for ‘Morning after’ pill. Now it will be available to girls less than 17 years of age.
- Health ministry of Liberia has adopted guidelines for mother to baby care with an aim to fight maternal mortality.
- Health ministry of Rwanda has taken over a 11 year project which cost $ 2,718,000 with a goal of increasing access to and use of Fertility Awareness- based Methods.
- The World Health Organization has called on the public to remain calm as human infections of new bird flu strain H7N9 are isolated.
- New food health labeling standard is signed by the Food Safety Minister of New Zealand.
- An NGO of Australia is supporting Ethiopian government to enhance food security and improve maternal and child health in Ethiopia.
- Targeting the improvement of health sector in Ethiopia, the World Bank and the Ethioian Ministry of Finance & Economic Development (MoFED) signed a 120 million dollar loan and grant agreement.
- A book on Health promotion in Ghana launched. It evaluated the challenges of health promotion in sub-Saharan Africa.
- According to the Vatican’s diplomatic mission, Pope Francis has donated $50,000 to help victims of the deadly floods .
- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has shut down seven HIV/AIDS clinics in Kenya.
- A Danish firm aims to improve health, environment in Mozambique.
- Australian and local NGOs are working together in Zambia to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene services in Western Province.
- Hong Kong has launched fast bird flu tests for H5 and H7 viruses. The government will raise the response from ‘alert’ to ‘serious’ if virus is detected in poultry or people in Hon Kong.
- According to a study brisk walking does the same benefit as running in heart disease patient. It reduces the chances of high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.
- Lack of dental services a factor in grades, attendance in state schools. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, ‘dental disease is at “epidemic” levels among California children’.
- A study states that balding men are at a higher risk for heart disease. They also found that there was no significant correlation with Chronic Heart Disease.
- A study published in editorial annals of Internal Medicine found a link between hormone therapy like Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) boosts heart disease risk.
- Studies suggest that happy loving relationships are prescription to a healthy long life.
- A study published in The Journal of the North America Menopause Society, a Chinese herbal supplement can help to reduce hot flushes of menopause.
- According to a study, health problems and low income, not xenophobia creates a lack of well- being.
- According to a study, higher mercury levels is linked to higher diabetes risk. The team examined the toe nail mercury levels to diabetes risk.
Diseases and Disasters:
- More than 600 children have been reported to have contracted measles in an outbreak in South Wales.
- After one of its longtime members nearly died of a lung infection caused by fungi growing inside his bag, a prominent Scottish bagpiping school has warned pipers around the world.
- The Kenya Red Cross society has warned that the floods in Kisumu may be a health risk due to water borne diseases.
- According to the reports the death toll in Argentina due to floods rises to 57.
- China has fast-tracked the approval of a new drug in an attempt to contain an outbreak of a new strain of bird flu known as H7N9.
- Moderate earth quake measuring 5.8 on Richters scale hits Kashmir valley on Aril 4th. No damage to life or property has been reported.
- Massive earthquake measuring 7.2 magnitude rocks Indonesia on 6th April. No tsunami warning has been issued.
- According to the reports from the U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude -6 undersea earthquake had hit eastern Japan on April 2nd.
- Mild earthquake measuring 4.5 was felt in Kutch in Gujarat. No reports of casualties or property damage.
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Politics and Policies:
- Swaziland has launched a new national framework to eliminate new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keep their mothers alive.
- According to a report Pakistani politicians have pledged for health and education of their people.
- A Texas Senate bill would revise the state’s end-of-life procedure.
- Bloomberg’s campaign might close off the remaining means of access to cheap cigarettes and little cigars which make it easier for teenagers to experiment with smoking and progress to smoking regularly.
- World Bank has approved a concessionary loan of US $200 million to Sri Lanka to further enhance the quality of the health sector service.
- § Britain is going to launch a £179 million five-year healthcare program in the Democratic Republic of Congo which aims to reach about six million people.
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is planning to clamp down on the sale of non-iodized salt.
- UNICEF has increased its support from four to ten districts in the Upper East region in Ghana to implement a 5 year child survival program known as the Essential Newborn Care (ENC).
- A regional health agency has been launched in Kigali, Rwanda, East Africa aiming to facilitate and improve regional health sectors.
- US AIDS agencies have begun their five-year effort with Malawi’s government to improve health care services for HIV/AIDS virus infected people.
- Irish aids program helping African people suffering from HIV/ AIDS.
- Niger’s first lady commits to stopping new HIV infections in children.
- According to a study done by the scientists at Queen’s University, the risk of getting head and neck cancer can be reduced by 22% by taking a weekly or even monthly dose of over-the counter aspirin.
- A study shows that climate change can worsen the public health threat of diarrheal disease in Botswana.
- According to a global health study HIV/ AIDS and tuberculosis are two top killers among the people of Russia.
- A study on a disease- konzo- indicate that its physical effects on body is accompanied by impairment of children’s memory, problem solving capability and their cognitive functions.
- Scientists in United Kingdom have been successful in making a vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease. Since it is not made from live virus, its production will require no special containment.
- United Nations analyst says that Tanzania might achieve millennium goal on maternal health.
- Kenya Aids Research Coordinating Mechanism chairperson has called for teamwork in HIV/Aids research.
- According to a study early detection of bowl cancer can help to prevent cancer. They say that those who participated in the screening program were the people who were the most easiest to treat.
- A study says that a ‘new diagnostic test may be safe and easy screening method that could improve the prognosis of patients with pancreatic cancer through early detection’.
- Study shows that obesity makes a person to exercise less.
- According to a study elderly people who have many social interactions may live longer than those who are more socially isolated.
- According to a NIH study pregnant women who experienced financial, emotional or other personal stress in the year before their delivery had an increased chance of having stillbirth.
- A study by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention many mothers in U.S. start infants on solid foods earlier than experts recommend.
- A study done by the scientists at Boston School of Public Health finds a link between childhood abuse and fibroids.
- Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine say that improving levels of vitamin D in the blood via supplementation could help to fight disease by affecting gene expression and boosting the immune system.
- Italian scientists say that people who suffer from migraines are more likely to have brain abnormalities at birth and some develop them over the course of time.
Diseases and Disasters:
- According to the reports about two people have died due to infection of a new strain of Avian flu in China.
- UNICEF warns that 2 million children in Central African Republic are without basic supplies.
- United Nations has been forced to delay desperately-needed food-aid to nearly 300,000 people in Guinea Bissau as it has so far received no donations to support its operation.
- According to the United Nations reports about 240,000 Pakistani children have missed their UN sponsored polio vaccinations due to the security concerns in the country’s tribal regions.
- According to the reports, skin lightening is popular among the females in Senegal despite of health concerns over the product.
- Reports show that the public health centers in Tanzania do not have enough medicine and hospital supplies.
- Clusters of vancomycin resistant enterococci cases in Kowloon Central Cluster (KCC), in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong have been reported.
- Visitors urged to stay away from Beaumount Hospital Dublin due to flu outbreak, according to the reports.
- The health officials of Australia have become alarmed after the report of first death from XDR-TB- drug resistant tuberculosis.
- According to the reports, more than 7,000 people might have been exposed to HIV and or hepatitis in Oklahoma dentist’s office.
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Politics and Policies:
- A new healthcare-for-all program in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta is under scrutiny. National officials are monitoring the city’s response and experience ahead of the rollout of a government scheme to provide universal healthcare by 2019.
- The ministry of Health and Population of Nepal has decided to upgrade all sub-health posts to health posts by 2015.
- The Pediatric Society of New Zealand has called for funding for infant vaccinations against the disease as an urgent priority.
- Bill in North Dakota bans abortion after heartbeat is found.
- Solar-powered mobile health center equipped with remarkable range of facilities (- eye clinic, blood clinic and dental surgery) unveiled in Cape Town, South Africa. Besides proving screening for conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure it will also emphasize on health education.
- The United States will provide Burundi an additional $3.5 million in aid towards its fight against HIV/AIDS and mother-to-child transmission of disease.
- The Association of Heath Journalists with a support from the UNAIDS will be trained on tuberculosis, HIV and co-infection.
- Japan gives N443 million for childhood disease to Nigeria. This grant will partly support facilitation and monitoring of health sector performance in Nigeria.
- Somaliland to vaccinate 600,000 young children against polio.
- Scotia bank has announced pledge of $1 million to support the Carribbean –SickKids Paediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Project. These funds will be used to support the projects telemedicine programs in Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas.
- United Healthcare Awards $5.2 million in grants to California nonprofits-$2.2 million to three Los Angeles-area health organizations.
- A team of scientists from the United States have claimed to have treated a child of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection.
- Mozambique is on its way to utilize tests for tuberculosis by the GeneXpert machine which would speed up its diagnosis from two to three months to two hours.
- A three day campaign launched by the Chaadian government with support of the United Nations agencies to eradicate polio, boost vitamin A and de-warm four million children under the age of five years.
- According to a study providing life-long antiretroviral treatment to HIV-infected pregnant women not only prevents HIV infections in infants, but also improves the 10 years survival rate in mothers.
- Mozambique’s first HIV vaccine trial heralds new era in local research.
- Rwanda Ministry of Health deploys technology to report potential disease outbreaks and help health workers contain the spread of disease.
- Government of Rwanda is introducing its first combined Rubella-Measles vaccine. A nationwide campaign against these two diseases has been launched in the country.
- The scientists from University of Toronto and SickKids Research Institute have mapped genome that causes Dutch elm disease.
- Studies uncover risks and threats to Arctic inhabitant’s health that might be due to contaminants brought by warmer air and sea water currents resulting from climate change.
Diseases and Disasters:
- Nearly fifteen people have died in Libya after consumption of home-made alcohol and more than 300 people are suffering from alcohol poisoning.
- Since November 2012 about 389 people have been infected and nearly 10 people are killed because of cholera outbreak in Congo’s second largest city, Pointe-Noire.
- Measles kills 17 in Niger state.
- The report of United Nations has raised air safety concerns in India.
- According to the officials, hospitals in South Sudan.
- According to a data posted on the health ministry website in China, from 1971 to 2010, a total of 328.9million abortions were carried out in the country.
- Cluster of Vancomycin resistant enterococci cases has been reported in United Christian Hospital in Hong Kong.
- According to a report by WHO, road safety is worst in India.
- Undocumented children in Indonesia have no access to education and basic healthcare.
- The swine flu virus isolated from the throat swab samples of six H1N1-infected patients at the National Institute of Virology (NIV) has shown small genetic mutation.
- According to the reports of the Vietnamese Ministry of Health (MOH)’s Preventive Health Department, hand-foot-mouth (HFM) disease has affected over 10,000 Vietnamese people.
- Health officials investigate norovirus outbreak at Andina in Porland.
- Mexico fireworks blast death toll rises to 14.
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Politics and Policies:
- The government of United States is ready to enroll people in private health insurance plans starting this October 1.
- Vermont state senate gives final approval those doctors will not face any criminal or civil liability when treating terminally ill patients who choose to end their lives.
- The government of Uganda plans health insurance policy for the nation.
- With the aim of helping countries to make more informed health policy and program choices, World bank group has released a set of 22 case studies of countries that have significantly expanded access to health care in last decade.
- Ghana launches television series to spark improvement in maternal health.
- In order to improve health data collection by increasing access across the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has handed over eight SUV to the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS).
- The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) provides $ 16 million loan to back up health sector in Mauritiana.
- UNICEF seeks nearly US$7 million for tens of thousands of flood victims in Mozambique.
- US$87 million has been approved by the World Bank to support climatic change resiliency and improvement of health and nutrition in Mozambique.
- Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda receives grant from Ricoh Innovations for eHealth research.
- A two-day International Conference on Telemedicine for South –East Asian Countries has concluded with Adoption of Delhi Declaration in New Delhi.
- Financial assistance of US$ 43,592 has been extended to the Kathmandu – based non-based government organization- the Nepal Diabetes Society.
- Sri Lanka gets US$200 million credit from World Bank to improve public health system.
- According to a study, low levels of copper in brain may lead to senile beta amyloid deposition as senile plaques in brain in Alzheimer’s disease.
- According to a study United States ranks low on health measures.
- Scientists have discovered aromatic rice from Bangladesh that has very low arsenic content. It is believed that its consumption will have major health benefits.
- A study found that diabetes reduces sperm count and damages DNA in men.
- According to the researchers work-related stress not related to cancers
- Experts in their study state that even the young suffer from heart disease.
- Researchers in their study have found a link between artificial sweeteners with obesity and type- 2 diabetes.
- Study identifies regions of genes linked with Beh-ets’s disease.
- According to a U.S. study of Israeli women in vitro fertilization does not increase the risk of breast and gynecological cancer.
- A study shows that Americans successfully manage diabetes.
- A new study states that reducing salt in Americans diet would reduce death from stroke and heart attack.
- A study in Norway states that folic acid supplements early in pregnancy may reduce risk of autism by 40%.
- A study shows that people who eat chocolate frequently have a lower body mass index (BMI) that those who consume it less regulatory.
- Study finds clues to why most babies in China survived tainted milk scandal.
Diseases & Disasters:
- According to the Disease Control and Surveillance Unit of the Nkoranza South Municipal Health Directorate (Ghana), preventable communicable diseases have hit Nkoranza south municipality.
- Acute drug shortage is being faced by the public schools of Malawi.
- Cholera crisis confirmed in northern Mozambique after heavy rains and flooding.
- Thousands of people are affected and hundreds killed in Hepatitis E outbreak in South Sudan refugee camps.
- China checks levels of radiation in areas bordering North Korea. So far no signs of radiation in the region.
- Number of people being affected with H1N1 virus is increasing in New Delhi, India.
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Politics and Policies:
- The European Union has provided more than Euros 250 million for the multi-annual cooperation program in Angola. This project focuses on rural development of the country by providing / improving various facilities including health, education, water and sanitation etc.
- The government of United States has signed an agreement to fund $31,075,000 to Benin to help the country in the areas of health and gender equality.
- Smoking faces ban in Mental hospitals in U.S.
- Genetic changes to food may get uniform labeling in the United States.
- The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has committed US$12.6 million to the government of Liberia for its fight against the deadly HIV/AIDS.
- A five-year partnership program has been signed between the Government of Liberia and Chevron-Liberia limited in collaboration with the Baylor College of Medicine Houston, Texas (US) to provide pediatric health services to the children of Liberia.
- SOS Childrens Villages and Johnson & Johnson has announced nursing and mid-wifery scholarship program to provide family-based care for the orphaned and abandoned children in Ethiopia.
- The University of The Gambia (UTG) has launched a Global Environmental and Occupational center (GO Health) in Collaboration College of Public Health, University of Iowa, US in Faraba Banta, Kombo East. The National Institute of Health (NIH) is funding the projects. The center will conduct research and training to improve health of the people in the West- African sub-region and beyond.
- The United Nations Mission in Liberia Ghana Battalion 16 has donated items worth $1000 to 37 military hospitals to improve health care delivery.
- The GAVI Alliance has announced a campaign to offer vaccination against cancer caused by human papilloma virus in girls in eight developing nations of the world.
- Project Concern International has launched a program with MedAwareness which will focus on reducing HIV among Malawi soldiers and their partners through sustained behavior change.
- The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have launched an appeal for Mozambique flood victims.
- Reach Out To Asia (Rota) is launching its educational and community initiatives in Tunisia with the aim of promoting healthy lifestyles among the families.
- The Ministry of Health of Uganda has launched a four year nationwide initiative to provide affordable screening and treatment of cervical cancer for Ugandan women.
- The US Agency for International Development (USAID) with Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP) has launched “Health for Life” to strengthen the Government of Nepal’s capacity to plan, manage and deliver high quality and equitable family planning, maternal, newborn and child health services.
- Findings of a study titled Global Mercury Hotspots indicate that Cameroon’s fishes have extremely high concentrations of mercury.
- A study shows that the rise of treatment-resistant strains of tuberculosis in the third world countries might be due to the increase in sale of fake or substandard drugs of tuberculosis in those parts of the world.
- A study drug shows positive results for the treatment of recurrent low grade carcinoma of ovaries.
- According to the fourth annual edition of IHME financing series on the theme:Financing Global Health 2012: The End of the Golden Age” the Global Health funding is coming to an end.
- According to the results of a recent study revaccinating persons with HIV-1 infection who do not respond to the HBV vaccine schedule may help the people.
- Researchers have found new ways of interventions for the people suffering from HIV who inject drugs. They will target these groups with needle and syringe programs, medically assisted therapy and HIV counseling and testing.
- A study states that people who drink black tea are less likely to develop type2 diabetes. The study also showed that high tea consumption was related to lower levels of obesity.
- According to IRIN, Uganda’s childhood immunization program is facing challenges due to inadequate funding, shortage of staff and poor adherence to vaccination schedules.
- A study done by a group of American researchers have shown a possibility of the virus causing whooping cough develop resistance to the vaccines.
- According to a study there is link between smoking marijuana and higher risk of stroke among the young adults.
- Data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration show that one of every three adults with mental illness smokes, compared with one in five adults without mental illness.
- Reports from a study done by Harvard School of Public health show that men who view more than 20 hours of TV have a 44% lower sperm count as compared to those who watch almost no television.
- According to APA’s annual report, Americans aged between 18- 34 years have a higher level of stress as compared to the parents and grandparents generation.
Diseases & Disasters:
- A strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake rocked southwestern Columbia on Saturday February 9th.
- Britain is facing one of its biggest out breaks of measles. Reports indicate that the victims of this outbreak are either teenagers who are not vaccinated or who did not get full course.
- Reports indicate death of more than 94 people in India due to Swine Flu since January this year. Most of the cases have been reported from the state of Rajasthan.
- Housing crisis and human waste issues threatens health in Zimbabwe. Thousands of cases of waterborne disease, typhoid have been reported since last few months.
- About 88 people have been reported dead because of the deadly hepatitis E outbreak in South Sudan.
- Health experts in Bangladesh have reported fresh outbreaks of Nipah virus. About ten people have died since last week.
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Politics and Policies:
- Egypt will carry out vaccination campaign in parts of Cairo after polio virus was found in sewer.
- The United Kingdom’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has rejected calls to ban the herbal stimulant, khat.
- Minister of Finance of Kyrgystan has announced a Russian grant of $25 million to be directed to health and education in Kyrgyzstan.
- To support veteran’s mental health in Kent and Medway, National Health Service (NHS) invests £150,000.
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is in a process of stopping its researches involving the chimpanzees.
- UNESCO has released a booklet that promotes improved links between gender, HIV and education.
- The First lady opened Sh6 Billion health center- the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) in Lukaya, Uganda.
- Two projects in the health and education fields have been funded by British Gas Tunisia. It will provide health services to 20 thousand locals.
- A HIV gender assessment tool has been designed by the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to assess the cause of women vulnerability to contracting HIV.
- About N$67,720 donation has been received by the Cancer Association of Nambia (CAN) from Quality Tyres Nambia. This money will be used for the prostate cancer treatment of the people.
- The United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) has called on the international community to contribute nearly $1.4 billion to address to the urgent needs of the children in 45 countries including a need to strengthen the capacity of partners in the field of health and nutrition.
- The UNICEF, EU and Uzbekistan are together implementing a project to protect health of mother and child.
- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Batey Relief Alliance have together launched a food assistance program for people living in extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic.
- New researches on bird flu is about to begin.
- According to a study published in the British Health Journal, women’s views on over diagnosis in breast cancer screening vary. The highest estimates made some women (50%) perceive need for more careful personal decision making about screening. While lower and intermediate estimates had limited impact on attitudes and intentions related to screening.
- According to a study published in PLoS ONE, scientists in Benin have developed a new technique to detect malaria parasites in mosquito vectors. It could help to estimate malaria transmission intensity in different settings.
- According to a study published in the Lancet folic acid supplements are unlikely to substantially increase or decrease overall cancer risk.
- The monitoring data by the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) published by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) suggest that number of people facing food insecurity will reduce.
- According to a meta-analysis published in British Medical Journal, there is no link between consumption of eggs and increased risk of heart disease or stroke.
- A recently published international study states that the children were most hit by 2009 bird flu. About 47% of those aged between five to 19 developed symptoms as compared to only 11% of people aged 65 or older.
- A study published in New England Journal of Medicine states that female smokers were 25.7 times more likely to die from lung cancer than those who never smoked.
- According to a study published in the journal Nutrition Research , a natural extract from the roots of Japanese mushrooms can boost the effectiveness of the flu shot.
- Micro blogging site Twitter has been used by the researchers and computer scientists of the John Hopkins University to track the cases of influenza across the United States. This system was tested by the researchers at the Baltimore University by comparing these results with the data obtained from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- After five years of studying the workings of the mutant form of the p53 gene, scientists from the National Cancer Center Singapore (NCCS) have discovered the workings of this gene that has been hindering treatment response in cancer patients.
- According to a study published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases people who take immunosuppressive drugs to treat lupus do not necessary increase their cancer risk.
- A study published in Nutrition Journal, a mixture of B vitamins, fish oils and plant sterols show a promise in boosting heart health by improving the lipid profile of young people with high cholesterol.
Diseases & Disasters:
- A wave of spiritual human killings has been reported in Camroon.
- Chinese mine pumps chrome (poisonous chemical) into Ngezi river in Zimbabwe.
- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a recalled ready-to-eat port product by Houston’s Stallings Head Cheese Co. Inc.
- Global Virus Network has released a statement on 2012-2013 U.S. Flu epidemic.
- The World Health Organization said in a joint statement with the Cambodian health ministry that two Cambodians have died from bird flu contracted while preparing infected chicken.
- According to U.S. health officials a new strain of stomach virus outbreaks has occurred in this flu season.
- The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control in Brussels has reported an increasing trend of influenza transmission.
- The Medical Products Agency of Sweden (MPA) opened an inquiry into vaccinations for H1N1 (Pandemrix) made by GlaxoSmithKline, suspected for provoking narcolepsy.
- The Michigan departments of Community Health and Agriculture and Rural Development are investigating the causes of Salmonella outbreak.
- Health authorities in the Brazilian city of Campo Grande are fighting a dengue fever epidemic.
- French authorities fear drug-resistant tuberculosis from Eastern Europe.
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Politics and Policies:
- The government of Australia is preparing to soon offer a 20-minute HIV test in Melbourne. It has yet to decide which clinics will offer the test.
- The National Population Commission has announced that China has planned to improve county-level family planning services.
- Regulations have been issued by the government of Indonesia to bear graphic photographic warnings on the cigarette packets.
- The United Nations has allowed Bolivia to return to the United Nations main anti-narcotics treaty and has given its approval on chewing the coca leaf.
- Twelve nations have signed a new United Nations treaty which aims to counter the illegal tobacco trade.
- New York City (U.S.) hospitals will adopt new guidelines that will forbid emergency room doctors to give out more than three days’ worth opioid painkillers to the patients.
- Pfizer Inc. has included its pneumococcal conjugate vaccine to expand its pediatric immunization program in Tanzania.
- UNICEF calls for cessation of child recruitment in the Central African Republic. More than 300,000 children have been affected by the violence which has led to their limited access to education and health facilities.
- US$176 million announced by IMF and World Bank for debt relief for the Union of the Comoros. It will help the country to fight poverty and improve health and education facilities.
- European Union gives EUR 16million support to Ghana. This money will support the implementation of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Accelerated Framework and Country Action Plan developed to combat maternal mortality.
- $25 million has been awarded by Abt Associates for a three-year malaria prevention project in Kenya.
- The FCC has launched $400 million heath care development fund with an aim to create and expand telemedicine networks.
- According to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry there is a relationship between mental health and spirituality.
- According to the Journal of Infectious Diseases, nosocomial transmission responsible for XDR-TB outbreak in South Africa.
- A study identifies the chances of infection (co-infection) with another disease when a person is infected with a disease.
- A study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery Pediatrics, climate can be the reason for a neurological condition, hydrocephalus in children in Uganda.
- Number of new annual cases of HIV/AIDS cases in India has dropped by 57 percent in the last decade.
- A study published in J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry links loneliness with higher chances of dementia or memory loss.
- Researchers have identified role in obesity and diabetes. They have found that blocking the expression of gene TRIP-B2r in mice protects them against obesity and insulin resistance.
- A report published by Natural News states that children who are vaccinated according to the CDC recommended schedule are five times more likely to develop diseases as compared those who are not.
- According to the findings of a report, among all rich countries, people of U.S. live unhealthy and shorter lives.
Diseases and Disasters:
- The Flu has surpassed an ‘epidemic’ threshold in the United States. It is widespread in all except the three states of US.
- According to The New Times survey, there is a severe drug shortage in Kigali hospitals (in Rwanda).
- The World Health Organization (WHO) yellow fever has killed about 171 people in Darfur (Sudan).
- Top U.N. Aid officials warn food crisis in two isolated southern states of Sudan. People of South Kordofan and Blue Nile have been feared dying of malnutrition and disease.
- According to the officials, about 80 people have died in Bangladesh due to cold-related diseases like respiratory problems, pneumonia and cough.
- People in Beijing have been warned of extremely hazardous air quality. The density of PM2.5 particulates has reached 700 micrograms per cubic meter in many parts of city.
- Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health has warned the public of possible outbreak of Leptospirosis (rat fever) in flood affected areas.
- According to the health authorities, Barbados has recorded an increase in dengue cases since the last year.
- Paraguay has confirmed reports of outbreaks of dengue in the north and east of the country. It has declared a national epidemics alert.
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