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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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:
- 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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