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'Come home and help', urges Central African Republic doctor
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 20:08:28 -0400
By Paula Dear BANGUI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When violence erupted in the Central African Republic three years ago, hundreds of thousands of people fled the capital Bangui, including most doctors and medical students at the main children's hospital. As the city descended into chaos, 58-year-old Jean Gody was one of the few doctors who chose to stay behind and help. "I would have been ashamed to leave people suffering and then have to come back and look them in the eyes," the hospital director told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview.
Children face 'staggeringly high' hunger in conflict-hit Central African Republic
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 20:05:55 -0400
By Paula Dear BANGUI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Clinging to her toy dog, 18-month-old Clemence Mokbem stares ahead as nurses rush past to tend to crying babies in the hot, overcrowded intensive care ward in a Bangui hospital. The toddler was taken to the main children's hospital in Central African Republic's capital by her teenage mother Anita, after successive bouts of malaria led to fever and weight loss. "I fed her but she didn't eat - she cried all night," the 16-year-old told the Thomson Reuters Foundation at the hospital.
Health officials prepare for Zika, but local efforts tight
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:42:07 -0400
In this photo taken June 22, 2016, a pile of tires sits in a neighborhood near downtown Houston. Trash piles like this are textbook habitat for the mosquitoes that carry Zika, and one example of the challenge facing public health officials. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON (AP) — The poorest parts of Houston remind Dr. Peter Hotez of some of the neighborhoods in Latin America hardest hit by Zika.

Finding A Cure Wouldn’t Mean We’ve Defeated Cancer
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:04:34 -0400
Finding A Cure Wouldn’t Mean We’ve Defeated CancerWebMD wasn't a research option when Ivy Brown was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1974, so her mother looked up her 12-year-old daughter's condition the old-fashioned way, in a hardcover medical volume."It just said 'fatal,'" Brown explained. Having moved the family to London a month earlier, Brown's parents were still trying to liaise...

New Zika diagnostics needed for babies, researchers say
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:39:40 -0400
The mosquito-borne Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly -- a shrinking of the brain and skull -- in babiesSome infants with brain abnormalities may not be diagnosed because they have normal-sized heads instead of the tell-tale small skulls of those born with Zika-linked microcephaly, said one of the papers published by The Lancet. This meant that "newborns infected with the virus late in pregnancy may go unreported due to their head size being within normal range," said study co-author Cesar Victora of the Federal University of Pelotas. Benign in most people, the mosquito-borne virus has been linked to microcephaly -- a shrinking of the brain and skull -- in babies, and to rare adult-onset neurological problems such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which can result in paralysis and death.

Olympics will come and go but Zika is here to stay, scientists say
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:16:31 -0400
By Paulo Prada RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Battered by a presidential impeachment and the worst recession since the Great Depression, Brazil is getting a rare bit of relief as Rio de Janeiro prepares to host the Olympics: declining numbers of Zika infections. Since the start of the Zika outbreak, which wreaked havoc across Brazil's northeast earlier this year, many physicians and would-be visitors have worried the Games could be a catalyst to spread the virus internationally. Some athletes, including the world's top-ranked golfer, have said they will stay home to avoid infection because of concerns over health complications caused by Zika, notably microcephaly, a birth defect among babies of pregnant mothers infected by the virus.
Timeline: Zika's origin and global spread
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:16:09 -0400
The following timeline charts the origin and spread of the Zika virus from its discovery nearly 70 years ago: 1947: Scientists researching yellow fever in Uganda's Zika Forest identify the virus in a rhesus monkey 1948: Virus recovered from Aedes africanus mosquito in Zika Forest 1952: First human cases detected in Uganda and Tanzania 1954: Virus found in Nigeria 1960s-80s: Zika detected in mosquitoes and monkeys across equatorial Africa 1969–83: Zika found in equatorial Asia, including India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan 2007: Zika spreads from Africa and Asia, first large outbreak on ...
Factbox: Why the Zika virus is causing alarm
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:16:06 -0400
Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas. Zika is transmitted to people through the bite of infected female mosquitoes, primarily the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same type that spreads dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said Aedes mosquitoes are found in all countries in the Americas except Canada and continental Chile, and the virus will likely reach all countries and territories of the region where Aedes mosquitoes are found.
U.S. women groom their pubic hair, for diverse reasons
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:13:10 -0400
By Andrew M. Seaman Over 80 percent of U.S. women groom their pubic hair, for a wide variety of reasons. While previous studies have found most women groom their hair "down there" - for example, by shaving, waxing or trimming - until now no one had looked at their motivations, said Dr. Tami Rowen, an obstetrician and gynecologist at the University of California, San Francisco. It’s important to understand what drives women to groom their pubic hair, she and her colleagues say in new report.
Limited protection of GSK's malaria vaccine dwindles in 7 years
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:05:05 -0400
Signage for GlaxoSmithKline is seen on its offices in London, BritainThe world's first malaria vaccine, developed by GlaxoSmithKline, provides some protection after three doses but its effect dwindles to almost nothing after seven years, scientists said on Wednesday. Publishing a long-term study of the vaccine - called RTS,S or Mosquirix and designed for children in Africa where the disease claims most of its victims - researchers said the decline in its efficacy over time is fastest in children living in areas with higher than average rates of malaria. This raises questions about whether Mosquirix can play a meaningful role in fighting malaria, they said, and suggests a four-dose schedule would be needed if it were used.

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Parents 'let down' by Bristol Children's Hospital cardiac ward
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 23:01:17 GMT
Children receiving cardiac treatment at Bristol Children's Hospital were repeatedly given poor care and parents were let down, a review finds.
Zika-damaged babies could appear normal, says study
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 01:42:28 GMT
Babies with brain abnormalities caused by the Zika virus could still appear normal, according to the largest study of affected babies.
Ibuprofen 'disables' Ebola virus
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 01:44:11 GMT
The painkiller ibuprofen and the cancer drug toremifene can disable the Ebola virus, say researchers.
Nearly one in four deaths 'avoidable'
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:34:36 GMT
Almost a quarter of all deaths in England and Wales were potentially avoidable, figures for 2014, published by the Office for National Statistics, suggest.
'Bath daily' advice for eczema children
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 04:30:40 GMT
If your child has eczema it is fine to give them a dunk in the bath every day, as long as you apply lots of moisturiser to their skin afterwards, US experts say.
Zika vaccine 'works very well' in mice
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:15:25 GMT
A single dose of an experimental vaccine can protect mice against the Zika virus, raising renewed hope of a vaccine for humans, say scientists
Helium discovery a 'game-changer'
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:40:21 GMT
Scientists say they have found a large helium gas field in Tanzania, amid concerns global supplies are running out.
Playing card games aids stroke recovery
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:34:26 GMT
Playing simple card games, such as snap, can help stroke patients with their recovery, research suggests.
Measles outbreak hits 13 pupils at Devon school
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:16:03 GMT
Thirteen cases of measles and another 10 probable cases are found at a secondary school.
US Healthcare records offered for sale online
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:30:47 GMT
Three US healthcare organisations are reportedly being held to ransom by a hacker who stole data on hundreds of thousands of patients.
Euro 2016: Football alcohol adverts seen 'once a minute'
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:35:37 GMT
People who watched Wales' Euro 2016 game against England on television saw alcohol marketing almost once every minute during play, a study finds.
High sport drink use among young teens 'risk to health'
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:43:44 GMT
High numbers of younger teenagers are risking tooth decay and obesity by regularly having high-sugar sport drinks, dental experts say.
Testicle removal surgeon Marwan Farouk struck off
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:09:51 GMT
A surgeon is struck off for mistakenly removing a patient's testicle and then trying to cover up his error.
First UK hospital gives baby boxes to parents
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:25:23 GMT
A hospital in London is giving out baby boxes, containing a starter kit of clothes, nappies and toys, to all new parents.
How liquid aspirin could kill brain tumours
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:39:53 GMT
Dr Kieran Breen explains how aspirin, in liquid form, could provide a cure for brain tumours
Rio 2016 boss: Zika 'blown out of proportion'
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 22:55:07 GMT
The CEO of the 2016 Olympics has addressed concerns about Zika, the economy and the impact of the games on Brazil.
Orlando medic: 'I can still see victims’ faces'
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:23:44 GMT
A doctor who treated victims of the Orlando massacre talks of the mental scars left by what he experienced.
Unpaid carers support group launched
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:30:23 GMT
A support group for unpaid carers is set up so people can finally know their rights.
Falklands widow fights for frozen embryos
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:04:06 GMT
The widow of a Falklands veteran is going to the High Court to try and prevent their frozen embryos being destroyed.
Mother: 'We need more dialogue around drugs'
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:24:45 GMT
Three 12-year-old girls who became seriously ill after taking ecstasy on Saturday are now said to be in a stable condition.
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Melanoma cases rising; young women at greatest risk
Mon, 02 Apr 2012 14:15:12 GMT
Study says that could be because they are more likely to use tanning beds than men.
Long use of any hormones raises women's breast cancer risk
Sun, 01 Apr 2012 17:28:19 GMT
A new study tracked about 60,000 nurses and found that use of any kind of hormones for 10 years or more slightly raised the chances.
Black women have trouble clearing cervical cancer virus
Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:27:11 GMT
Provocative new research might help explain why black women are so much more likely than whites to develop and die from cervical cancer.
FDA rejects call to ban BPA from food packaging
Mon, 02 Apr 2012 14:05:53 GMT
The FDA has rejected a petition from environmentalists that would have banned BPA from all food and drink packaging.
Surgeon general urges new focus on suicide prevention
Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:59:06 GMT
The Obama administration is urging a new focus on preventing suicides and is beefing up the nation's crisis hotline to help.
My Semicolon Life: Setting new goals
Fri, 07 Sep 2012 20:26:22 GMT
USA TODAY music writer Brian Mansfield chronicles his life with colon cancer.
Company seeks more approval for clot blocker
Fri, 07 Sep 2012 21:27:36 GMT
Johnson & Johnson gave the FDA additional data on its new anti-clotting drug, in a second attempt to get approval for more uses.
Radiation may up breast cancer risk in some women
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 22:30:00 GMT
Mammograms might raise the chances of developing cancer in young women whose genes put them at higher risk, a study suggests.
U.N.: Chemicals damaging health and environment
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:25:52 GMT
The report by the U.N. Environment Program warned that the increasing production of chemicals is increasing health costs.
Ouch! Hospital to review woman's $83,046 scorpion sting bill
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:26:33 GMT
An Arizona hospital that billed a woman $83,046 for scorpion sting treatment said it will adjust her bill and review its price.
Most grandparents provide care for the grandkids
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 14:49:57 GMT
Two new reports find lots of babysitting and financial support for their grandkids, as grandchildren try to save their children money.
Study: Ginkgo doesn't prevent Alzheimer's disease
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 02:34:37 GMT
Taking ginkgo biloba didn't prevent Alzheimer's disease in older adults, according to the biggest prevention study in Europe.
University pulls Kinsey Institute app over privacy concerns
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 01:43:40 GMT
The Kinsey Institute released a new mobile app that allows users to report on sexual behavior and experiences.
War might be making young bodies old
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 21:56:51 GMT
A VA study finds that veterans in their 20s and 30s show signs of premature aging.
7-year-old Colo. girl recovers from bubonic plague
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:11:59 GMT
The parents of 7-year-old Sierra Jane Downing thought she had the flu when she felt sick days after camping in southwest Colorado.
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