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  • In 2 days, 8 more test positive for swine flu in Ghaziabad

    August 3, 2017 2:29 AM 15

    GHAZIABAD: Eight more persons tested positive for the H1N1 virus in the past two days in Ghaziabad, taking the total number of swine flu cases to 20 in the district so far. The spurt in the number of cases has set alarm bells ringing with health officials launching efforts on war footing to contain outbreak. The infection has already claimed one life in Ghaziabad

  • Scientists warn of looming mango bacterial disease

    July 31, 2017 6:23 AM 17

    There is a looming epidemic of Bacterial Black Spot disease in Ghana, according to leading scientists. Already the disease has been reported in Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo Region. Bacterial Black Spot disease, often referred to as BBS, attacks mango and other trees weakens their branches and causes cankers on fruits and premature fruit drop. The disease

  • Citizens pledge to fight hepatitis

    July 29, 2017 3:49 AM 23

    More than 500 children, patients, doctors and citizens took part in a colourful march on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day on Friday. The march was followed by an exhibition of handicrafts by hepatitis patients. "World Hepatitis Day brings together people across the globe to raise awareness of viral hepatitis. In May 2016, 194 countries committed to eliminating

  • CDC antibiotics report calls for all-out stewardship efforts

    July 28, 2017 8:55 PM 24

    A new federal report on antibiotic use and stewardship in the United States stresses the need for an all-hands-on-deck approach, calling on all stakeholders to commit to stewardship efforts. The 40-page report outlines progress and challenges for antibiotic use in outpatient settings, nursing homes, and hospitals and describes the CDC's strategies for improving

  • More mosquitos test positive for West Nile Virus in Washoe County

    July 27, 2017 6:49 AM 21

    Washoe County health officials say seven mosquitos have tested positive for West Nile Virus, bringing the total of positive collections to eight from the Spanish Springs area to Washoe Lake. The report of more positive collections comes the day after the Washoe County Commission approved an additional $534,835 from the General Fund Contingency to cover

  • Antibiotics: Full course of drugs not always necessary

    July 26, 2017 10:30 PM 16

    Patients should be encouraged to continue taking antibiotics only until they feel better, to avoid the overuse of drugs, experts are advising. Guidance from the NHS currently states people should finish a course of antibiotics. But now ten leading experts have said the claim - which is ‘deeply embedded’ is not backed by evidence. They have even claimed

  • What To Know About the Massive Cholera Outbreak in Yemen

    July 26, 2017 6:28 PM 16

    Yemen is currently experiencing the worst cholera outbreak in history, and health experts warn that the disease is not under control. Here's what you should know about the issue. Cholera is a bacterial disease characterized by diarrhea and extreme dehydration. Every year, up to 5 million cases occur worldwide, and 100,000 people die from the disease

  • Drugs cocktail 'cut HIV deaths by 27%'

    July 25, 2017 12:56 AM 17

    More than 10,000 lives a year could be saved with a simple change to HIV medication, doctors say. HIV is often diagnosed late, when it has already ravaged the immune system, leaving people vulnerable. To counter this, researchers tried prescribing a cocktail of drugs at the start of HIV therapy to treat "opportunistic" infections. HIV itself does not kill. Instead

  • Early Treatment or Immunity? Child Born with HIV Now Free of Infection

    July 25, 2017 12:26 AM 16

    A nine-year-old child born with the AIDS virus was treated briefly with antiretroviral medication as a baby and is now reported to be free of the infection. The rare, but stunning case of wiping out the virus that causes AIDS for years after treatment holds promise for all patients with HIV, infectious disease experts said Monday. The case of the South

  • ICRC says 600,000 Yemenis could contract cholera in 2017

    July 23, 2017 10:57 AM 17

    One in every 45 Yemenis will have contracted the disease by December as "a direct consequence of a conflict that has devastated civilian infrastructure and brought the whole health system to its knees," the ICRC said in a statement. More than 370,000 people have fallen ill and 1,800 have died since late April in Yemen's second cholera outbreak in less than a year, according