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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