Tuberculosis may be eradicated by 2030, says WHO

Nov 18, 2017 0

Efforts are being made to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) by 2030, the World Health Organisation has said. Delegates from 114 countries have agreed to take urgent action to end TB. The delegates gathered in Moscow for the first WHO global ministerial conference on ending tuberculosis. The delegates promised to achieve strengthen health systems and improve access to the people regarding TB prevention and care so that no one is left behind. They also agreed to mobilize sufficient and sustainable financing through increased domestic and international investments to close gaps in implementation and research. Resources are expected to advance research and development of new tools to diagnose, treat and prevent TB, and to build accountability through a framework to track and review progress on ending TB. “Today marks a critical landmark in the fight to end TB,” said World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.  “It signals a long overdue global commitment to stop the death and suffering caused by this ancient killer.” Though global efforts to combat TB have saved... ...

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Talc powder-cancer link: Johnson & Johnson win California lawsuit

Nov 17, 2017 0

Johnson & Johnson have managed to get out of a soup after a California jury ruled in the company’s favour in a lawsuit by a woman who said she developed mesothelioma (a form of cancer) after being exposed to asbestos in the company’s talc-based products including J&J’s Baby Powder. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury’s verdict came in the first trial centering on claims that J&J’s talc products contained asbestos. ...

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US: guidelines redefine high blood pressure as 130/80, not 140/90

Nov 15, 2017 0

The first comprehensive high blood pressure guidelines in the US in more than a decade have suggested that hypertension should be treated earlier when it reaches 130/80 mm Hg rather than 140/90. The guidelines are being published by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) for detection, prevention, management and treatment of high blood pressure. ...

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Nigeria: 5 Million People Die of Diabetes Annually- Expert 

Nov 14, 2017 0

Diabetes has been described as one of the most deadly diseases in the world that claims lives frequently more than other epidemics like the Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV), malaria, tuberculosis etc, as about five million patients in the world die of the disease annually. ...

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Scientists launch ‘dinner table’ app to tackle vegetable aversion

Nov 13, 2017 0

Australian scientists on Monday launched a “dinner table” app in an effort to tackle aversion towards consuming vegetables. Research indicates two out of three Australian adults are not eating enough vegetables, a factor that is contributing partly to the nation’s health and obesity problems, reports Xinhua news agency. ...

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Nigeria: Senate Probes Health Ministry Over 250 Snakebite Deaths

Nov 11, 2017 0

Senate yesterday directed its Committee on Health to institute an inquiry into the death of 250 victims of snake bites within the past three weeks in the snake belt states of Borno, Adamawa, Taraba, Gombe and Plateau. The victims were said to have lost their lives due to the unavailability of anti-snake venom to treat them. The senators want the Ministry of Health to explain why it failed to supply anti-snake venom to treatment centres and other health centres in the country, especially in the Northern region where cases of snake bites are rampant. In the meantime, the Senate has urged the minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, to mandate the ministry, as a matter of urgency, to procure and supply enough anti-snake venom to the treatment centres at Kaltungo, Langtang and Bambur. The lawmakers also mandated the ministry to initiate steps towards the local production of the anti-snake venom. These resolutions followed a motion by Senator Joshua Lidani (PDP, Gombe South) entitled, “Alarming Increase in the Rate of Deaths... ...

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