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

    July 23, 2017 10:57 AM 49

    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

  • Environment Ministry to intensify research on how to deal with fall armyworm infestation

    July 21, 2017 2:02 PM 31

    The Ministry of Environment, Science, Innovation and Technology has encouraged local scientists to intensify research into ways to fight the fall army worm. Speaking to officials and patrons at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) Open Day in Kumasi, Sector Minister, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, said “the Crop Research Institute

  • Cerebral palsy caregivers included in LEAP programme

    July 21, 2017 2:31 AM 59

    Deputy Minister of Gender Children and Social Protection, Mrs Gifty Twum Ampofo, has announced government’s move to enroll households with cerebral palsy on the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) Programme. She said the initiative was to reduce the financial burden of caring for children with the condition and other special needs on parents

  • Dementia Field Shifts to Prevention

    July 20, 2017 7:45 AM 49

    Reports reverse old stance that little can be done to prevent dementia LONDON -- With several failed drug trials and without full understanding of the etiology of Alzheimer's disease for developing better therapeutics, dementia specialists have shifted their focus to prevention. At this year's Alzheimer's Association International Conference, press briefings

  • Lifestyle changes to stave off Alzheimer’s? Hints, no proof

    July 20, 2017 4:01 AM 41

    WASHINGTON — There are no proven ways to stave off Alzheimer’s, but a new report raises the prospect that avoiding nine key risks starting in childhood just might delay or even prevent about a third of dementia cases around the world. How? It has to do with lifestyle factors that may make the brain more vulnerable to problems with memory and thinking

  • Make Sexual and Reproductive Health Education a core subject

    July 20, 2017 2:13 AM 39

    Professor Kofi Awusabo-Asare, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), has called on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to integrate critical and progressive Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) education topics in the academic curricula. He said the timely provision of accurate and comprehensive information and life skills training regarding

  • Rare form of mad cow disease found in Alabama

    July 19, 2017 3:36 PM 35

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Agriculture officials say a rarely seen form of mad cow disease has been found in Alabama. A statement from state Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan says atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy was confirmed in an 11-year-old beef cow. The U.S. Agriculture Department says this only the fifth case of the atypical form of the disease

  • Campaigner Noel Conway fights for ‘dignified’ death

    July 17, 2017 11:04 PM 31

    A man who fears being “entombed” by a terminal illness has taken his fight to choose when and how to die to the High Court. He said that he wanted to have a “swift and dignified” death. Noel Conway, 67, a retired lecturer from Shrewsbury, was told that he had motor neurone disease in November 2014 and he now has less than a year to live. He was not well enough

  • Dementia overtakes heart disease as biggest killer

    July 17, 2017 4:30 PM 43

    Dementia is now the most common couse of death in England, overtaking heart disease, according to new data released by Public Health England (PHE). PHE published the 'landmark' Health Profile for England last week, which showed that between 2001 and 2015, death rates from heart disease and stroke has halved for both males and females. Over the same time period

  • Welsh scientists identify Alzheimer's genes

    July 17, 2017 3:49 PM 42

    Dr Brown said such findings helped to show researchers where to focus their efforts in the search for new, effective treatments. The researchers from Cardiff University received funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC), Welsh Government and Alzheimer's Research UK. They identified the two genes, which were not previously considered candidates