UK: Faulty Hip replacements patients sue manufacturer

Oct 17, 2017 0

Hundreds of people who received allegedly faulty hip replacements are suing the manufacturer at the High Court.  The hearing is thought to be one of the largest product liability group actions ever heard in the UK. DePuy denies that its metal-on-metal implants were defective and caused some patients to need more surgery than was necessary. ...

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California: Hepatitis A outbreak: 18 people killed, emergency declared

Oct 14, 2017 0

California Governor Jerry Brown has declared emergency amid the deadly Hepatitis A outbreak that has killed at least 18 people in the western US state. The emergency proclamation will allow the state to increase the supply of adult Hepatitis A vaccines to meet current needs, aiming to help control the outbreak. The declaration will also allow California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to immediately purchase additional vaccines directly from manufacturers and coordinate distribution to people at greatest risk in affected areas. “Vaccinating people at risk of exposure is the most effective tool we have to prevent the spread of Hepatitis A infection during an outbreak,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Karen Smith in a press release. According to CDPH, nearly 80,000 doses of the vaccine that were obtained through the federal vaccine program has already been distributed. “Local public health officials are working hard to offer vaccines to people who are at the most at risk of infection, including homeless Californians,” said Smith. “Today’s order will help... ...

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Foods rich in omega-6 fats, soybean oil can help reduce diabetes risk

Oct 13, 2017 0

A new study has revealed that including foods rich in Omega-6 polyunsaturated fats in your diet could significantly reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The findings, published in the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, showed that individuals who had the highest blood level of linoleic acid – the major omega-6 fat – were 35 percent less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those who had the least amount. Linoleic acid is not formed in the body and can only be obtained from the diet. ...

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UK: Children’s obesity rates in developed countries may have peaked

Oct 11, 2017 0

While the obesity rate among children in rich countries may have peaked, kids in developing countries are increasingly putting on unhealthy pounds, according to research released Tuesday. Globally, more children are still underweight rather than obese although the researchers think that will change by 2022 if trends continue. ...

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New Ebola vaccine safe for adults and children, say scientists

Oct 10, 2017 0

The outbreak and Ebola in 2016 across West Africa, including the countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone triggered scientists to take action against the deadly virus, which included setting up of trial vaccines to stop the disease. Now it seems that those vaccines are managing to show some promising data as a group of researchers have found an Ebola vaccine is safe for children as well as adults and produces an immune response. ...

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Uganda: Court Blocks Eviction of Health Ministry Director General

Oct 9, 2017 0

Prof. Anthony Mbonye has been acting as the Director General of Health Services in the Ministry of Health since the new cabinet was sworn in last year. Mbonye who replaced Jane Ruth Aceng when she was elevated to a ministerial post was suspended from the position following an investigation by the Inspector General of Government (IGG). ...

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