Parasitic worms known to infect only cattle extracted out of US woman’s eye

Feb 13, 2018 0

A tiny worm species till now only seen in cattle has been found inside the eye of a US woman for the first time. Abby Beckley from Oregon has become the first person worldwide known to have had an eye infestation by the worm, that is spread by flies that feed on eyeball lubrication. Scientists at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extracted 14 translucent parasitic worms of the species Thelazia gulosa, ...

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New antibiotic family discovered in dirt

Feb 13, 2018 0

US scientists have discovered a new family of antibiotics in soil samples.  The natural compounds could be used to combat hard-to-treat infections, the team at Rockefeller University hopes. Tests show the compounds, called malacidins, annihilate several bacterial diseases that have become resistant to most existing antibiotics, including the superbug MRSA. Experts say the work, published in Nature Microbiology, offers fresh hope in the antibiotics arms race. Drug-resistant diseases are one of the biggest threats to global health.  They kill around 700,000 people a year, and new treatments are urgently needed.  ...

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African Leaders Malaria Alliance Forum 2018: Six WHO African Countries Awarded a Prize for their Achievements in the Fight Against Malaria

Feb 4, 2018 0

The African leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) held a Forum, on 28th January, in Addis Ababa, as part of the 30th African Union Summit. ALMA is an initiative of heads of state and government, working across country and regional borders to eliminate malaria from the continent by 2030. It was launched in 2009 at the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Over the years, the ALMA Secretariat has been supporting countries in their fight against malaria; as well as in enhancing Maternal Newborn, Child and adolescent health in several ways. This 2018 forum was about the review of the ALMA Scorecard for Accountability & Action and the ALMA 2030 Scorecard towards the Malaria Elimination, in the context of the ambitious malaria elimination agenda, based on the African Union strategy and vision; presentation of progress on malaria elimination and discussion among heads of states on progress, challenges recommendations and sharing of best practices. For the first time, the scorecard that is presented to the heads of state featured an indicator... ...

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 Nigeria: Edo Begins Upgrade of 450 Health Centers, 25 Ready in 4 Months

Jan 25, 2018 0

Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said that the state government is set to complete the upgrade of 25 of the 450 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) across the state in four months, while 200 of the health facilities will be upgraded in 24 months. The governor disclosed this after receiving the report of the Primary Health Care Development Committee at the Government House in Benin City. ...

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Plastic bottles free water refill points rolled out to cut waste

Jan 25, 2018 0

Shops, cafes and businesses will offer free water refill points in every major city and town in England by 2021. Industry body Water UK says its scheme could cut disposable plastic bottle use by tens of millions a year.  The move comes amid growing concern about the effect of plastic waste on the environment. ...

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 One cigarette a day ‘increases heart disease and stroke risk’

Jan 25, 2018 0

Smokers need to quit cigarettes rather than cut back on them to significantly lower their risk of heart disease and stroke, a large BMJ study suggests.  People who smoked even one cigarette a day were still about 50% more likely to develop heart disease and 30% more likely to have a stroke than people who had never smoked, researchers said.  ...

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Eating fish every week boosts kids’ IQ, says study

Jan 4, 2018 0

Children who eat fish at least once a week are more likely to sleep better and have higher IQ, a study has found. For the research, a cohort of 541 9-to 11-year-olds, 54 per cent boys and 46 per cent girls, completed a questionnaire about how often they consumed fish in the past month, with options ranging from “never” to “at least once per week.” The participants also took an IQ test which examined verbal and non-verbal skills such as vocabulary and coding. Their parents then answered questions about sleep quality using the standardised Children Sleep Habits Questionnaire, which included topics such as sleep duration and frequency of night waking or daytime sleepiness. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania in the US controlled for demographic information, including parental education, occupation and marital status and number of children in the home. Analysing these data points, they found that children who reported eating fish weekly scored 4.8 points higher on the IQ exams than those who said they “seldom” or “never” consumed... ...

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Drinking hot tea daily reduces risk of developing glaucoma by 74%: Study

Jan 4, 2018 0

People who drink hot tea daily may be less likely than others to develop glaucoma symptoms, US researchers say. Compared to coffee, soft drink, and iced tea drinkers, study participants who consumed a cup or more of hot caffeinated tea daily had 74 percent lower odds of having glaucoma, the study authors report in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. “Glaucoma can lead to blindness, and it would be great if it could be prevented because there is no cure,” said lead author Dr. Anne Coleman of the University of California, Los Angeles. “The best way to prevent it is to get your eyes checked,” Coleman told Reuters Health in a telephone interview. “But we are also interested in lifestyle habits and what we can do to make a difference.” Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, affecting an estimated 58 million people. That includes more than three million Americans, only half of whom are aware they have the disease, according to the... ...

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