11 Million Ugandans Eat Unacceptable Food’

Oct 13, 2017 0

At least 11.1 million Ugandans (30 per cent) eat food described as “unacceptable” for human development, Uganda Bureau of Statistics (Ubos) has said. This means that those Ugandans are likely to be undernourished or are easy targets for diseases. It also points to just how bad acute food insecurity is in the country today.Without mentioning particular foods, the report says the food described as unacceptable is inferior in quality (nutrients) and volume (amounts). The statistics body reported in the National Household Survey 2016/17 that acceptable food standards are established by looking at the food diversity, frequency of consumption (the number of days each food group is consumed) and the relative nutritional importance of different foods. The survey revealed that as many as three million Ugandans (8 per cent) eat the poorest food not fit for human consumption. ...

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 Traumatic experiences may raise women’s heart disease risk

Oct 11, 2017 0

Researchers found that women who reported at least three traumatic experiences in their lifetime had poorer endothelial function than those who had fewer traumatic experiences. Endothelial function refers to how well the endothelium – or the layer of epithelial cells that lines the interior of the heart and blood vessels – helps to regulate the constriction and relaxation of blood vessels. Endothelial dysfunction is a considered a risk factor for heart disease. ...

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Nigeria: 844,000 people Vaccinated against Cholera in Northeast-WHO

Sep 27, 2017 0

The World Health Organization reports 844,000 people in northeast Nigeria have been reached with one dose of oral cholera vaccine in an effort to prevent the fatal disease from spreading. The latest figures show nearly 4,000 suspected cases, including 54 deaths in the region. The week-long campaign that ended Monday was centered in a camp for internally displaced people in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, as well as in several local government areas nearby. World Health Organization spokesman Tarek Jasarevic says hundreds of thousands of people above age one have received the oral vaccine and will be protected against cholera for up to six months. He notes the number of people at risk of getting cholera within an affected population decreases sharply as more people are vaccinated. “Cholera vaccines are used as a preventive tool in areas with few or no cases, but at high risk of the spread of the disease,” said Jasarevic. “For example, there are neighboring areas that are more affected. Obviously, I think there is an issue... ...

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US: Contaminated blood Scandal: Victims can launch court damages action

Sep 27, 2017 0

Victims of the contaminated blood scandal in the 1970s and 1980s have won a ruling allowing them to launch a High Court action to seek damages. It was “appropriate” to issue an order allowing about 500 claimants to seek compensation, a court official said. But lawyers for the Department of Health argued this was “premature” as there was a public inquiry pending. At least 2,400 people died after they were given blood products that were infected with hepatitis C and HIV. Thousands of NHS patients were given the products, which came from abroad, including the US. In July, Prime Minister Theresa May announced a UK-wide inquiry into the scandal, which has been called the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS.  Many of those affected believe recipients were not told of the risks involved and say there was a cover-up. ...

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Lawyers trade jabs as meningitis outbreak murder trial opens

Sep 20, 2017 0

An attorney for a Massachusetts pharmacist charged in a deadly meningitis outbreak urged jurors Tuesday not to be swayed by their emotions while prosecutors argued the man’s actions demonstrated a “shocking disregard” for human life.  Glenn Chin, the supervisory pharmacist at the now-closed New England Compounding Center, is on trial for second-degree murder and mail fraud under federal racketeering law for his role in the 2012 outbreak caused by tainted steroid injections that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds of others. Assistant U.S. Attorney George Varghese told jurors Chin instructed staff to use expired ingredients, falsify documents and neglect cleaning to get the products out the door as quickly as possible. Chin also failed to properly sterilize the drugs, shipped products before they were tested and ignored findings of mold and bacteria in the clean rooms, Varghese said. “Glenn Chin knew better,” Varghese said during his opening statement. ...

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 FDA OKs Glaxo’s inhaler, first one to combine 3 medicines

Sep 20, 2017 0

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first inhaler combining three medicines to ease breathing in patients with emphysema or chronic bronchitis. The FDA late Monday approved sales of Trelegy Ellipta, developed jointly by GlaxoSmithKline PLC and Innoviva Inc. It contains three widely used types of medicine to prevent rather than treat  flare-ups of the life-threatening breathing disorders. ...

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Public health authorities declared outbreak of Hepatitis A in Los Angeles County

Sep 20, 2017 0

Public health authorities on Tuesday declared an outbreak of the highly contagious liver disease hepatitis A in Los Angeles County, the third California region to see significant infections this year. Health officials reported the outbreak to the county Board of Supervisors, which requested a briefing due to the proximity of LA to San Diego, which has had more than 420 cases and 16 deaths since early this year. The Los Angeles County outbreak was declared because two of 10 confirmed cases could not be traced back to either San Diego or to Santa Cruz County, some 300 miles (480 kilometers) to the north, where there have been 69 hepatitis A cases since April, the Department of Public Health said. ...

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 England: ‘nivolumab’ Life-extending lung cancer drug approved

Sep 20, 2017 0

A life-extending lung cancer drug will be made immediately available to NHS patients in England, say advisers.  Campaigners, including the late Sunday Times restaurant critic AA Gill, have repeatedly called for access to the immunotherapy, which can add months to life. Scotland already offers nivolumab to people with advanced disease who have also tried chemotherapy.  England’s drugs watchdog had originally said nivolumab was too expensive. ...

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