Suspected diarrhoea kills 38 Sudanese in one month: UN

28 Jun

Suspected acute diarrhoea has killed 38 Sudanese in the past month and 317 since August 2016, the UN said Wednesday, warning the outbreak could worsen ahead of the rainy season.The UN children’s agency — or UNICEF — said cases of suspected acute diar…

Africa gets generic version of most effective HIV drug

28 Jun

The generic version of the most advanced drug against HIV has been introduced in Kenya, a first in Africa where more than 25 million have the disease, the NGO Unitaid said Wednesday.The drug, Dolutegravir (DTG) is the anti-retroviral drug of choice for…

China facing largest diabetes epidemic in the world: study

27 Jun

China is facing the largest diabetes epidemic in the world with around 11 percent of its population suffering from the metabolic illness, while nearly 36 percent are prediabetic, according to a US study published Tuesday.The survey, which included 170,…

Ebola burial teams dramatically West Africa outbreak: study

22 Jun

Red Cross volunteers prevented a significant number of Ebola cases during the 2013-2016 epidemic in West Africa by using safe burial techniques, according to a study released Thursday.The outbreak that killed more than 11,300 people and sickened nearly…

Senate Republicans to unveil health care bill

22 Jun

US Senate Republicans were preparing to finally unveil their health care overhaul Thursday aimed at fulfilling President Donald Trump’s pledge to repeal Obamacare, as Democrats ready a fight to block the controversial measure.The bill reportedly will b…

Weekly romp could help ageing minds: study

22 Jun

The benefits of doing crossword puzzles or learning languages have long been touted to stave off mental decline. Now a new study says regular sex for over-50s should help too.The British study published in the Journals of Gerontology this week tested 2…

Six experts resign from Trump HIV/AIDS panel

18 Jun

Six top health advisors have resigned from Donald Trump’s advisory council on HIV/AIDS, complaining that the US president doesn’t really care about combatting the illness.In a letter published Friday in Newsweek, Scott Schoettes said the Trump administ…

Democrats fume over ‘secret’ Republican healthcare bill

18 Jun

Democrats gearing up for a new round of battles against Republican efforts to do away with Barack Obama’s signature health care law are condemning a US Senate replacement bill being crafted by Republicans behind closed doors.Senator Bernie Sanders urge…

One in five teenage French girls too thin, study finds

13 Jun

Nearly one in five teenage girls in France is underweight, according to a study released Tuesday, a sharp increase that could pose a new worry for health officials even as they focus on rising obesity.Among girls aged 11 to 14, 19.6 percent were underw…

Mars recalls some UK products over salmonella fears

9 Jun

The chocolate maker Mars said Friday it was recalling batches of seven of its products in Britain and Ireland over concerns they may contain the harmful salmonella bacteria.In a statement, Mars Chocolate UK and Mars Ireland said “a small amount” of pro…

US drug overdose deaths soar in 2016: report

6 Jun

US drug overdose deaths surged 19 percent to at least 59,000 last year as deadly manufactured drugs like fentanyl intensified a national opioid addiction crisis, New York Times data showed Tuesday.The data compiled by the Times showed that for the firs…

Promising cancer treatment targets rare genetic flaw

4 Jun

An experimental cancer medicine called larotrectinib has shown promise treating a diverse range of cancers in people young and old, researchers said at a major cancer conference in the United States.The treatment targets a genetic abnormality which is …

Contaminated vaccines kill 15 children in South Sudan

2 Jun

Fifteen children died in a South Sudanese village last month after being administered with contaminated measles vaccines, the country’s health minister said Friday.During the vaccination of 300 people in the southeastern state of Kapoeta, local officia…

Some vaginal bacteria may weaken anti-HIV gel: study

1 Jun

Some kinds of vaginal bacteria may interfere with a gel meant to curb the risk of contracting HIV, which infects more than one million women worldwide each year, researchers said Thursday.The findings in the journal Science were based on a 2010 study o…

Study highlights high death risk for Africa twins

31 May

One in five children born with a twin sibling in sub-Saharan Africa dies before the age of five — three times the rate among singletons, said a study Thursday. Almost two-thirds die in the first month of life — often succumbing to the after-effects o…

Ohio sues five drugmakers over role in opioid crisis

31 May

The US state of Ohio on Wednesday sued five major producers of prescription opioid medications, accusing them of lying about the deadly risks the painkillers — at the center of a nationwide addiction crisis — posed to public health.

The suit seeks to hold the companies accountable for harm to patients by blocking the drugs’ allegedly deceptive marketing, as well as awarding compensation for the state and for consumers.

Prescription opioid overdoses have hit record levels in the United States, killing more than 15,000 people in 2015 alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. West Virginia has also targeted drugmakers over the crisis.

In a statement, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said the drugmakers had knowingly caused patients to become addicted, with many addicts then switching to heroin and other drugs.

“These drug manufacturers led prescribers to believe that opioids were not addictive, that addiction was an easy thing to overcome, or that addiction could actually be treated by taking even more opioids,” DeWine said.

“They knew they were wrong but they did it anyway.”

State officials say parts of Ohio are believed to be the hardest hit in the nation by the current opioid addiction crisis, with 2.3 million patients, or about 20 percent of the population, having been prescribed an opioid drug last year.

The suit names Purdue Pharma, which markets drugs such as OxyContin and Dilaudid, Johnson & Johnson, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Endo Health Solutions and Allergan.

Six dead after dialysis treatment in Vietnam

29 May

Six people are dead and 12 others have been sent for treatment after undergoing kidney dialysis at a hospital in Vietnam on Monday, health officials said. The victims were suspected to have suffered anaphylactic shock, state media reported, as official…

US deaths from Alzheimer’s soar 55 percent since 1999

25 May

Deaths from Alzheimer’s in America have soared 55 percent since 1999, as the burden of this fatal form of dementia grows and the population ages, a federal health report said Thursday.The study in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Mor…

23 mn fewer insured under Republican health bill: forecast

24 May

The new Republican health care bill approved by the House of Representatives will leave 23 million fewer Americans insured by 2026 if it becomes law, a congressional forecast reported Wednesday.That figure is just one million fewer than the 24 million …

WHO reform a top priority for Ethiopia’s Tedros

23 May

The first African to head the World Health Organization, Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom, says he aims to replicate his success in turning around his country’s healthcare system on the global stage.The 52-year-old’s campaign focused on overhauling the UN hea…

In bid to balance, Trump budget slashes benefits

23 May

President Donald Trump releases a 2018 budget request on Tuesday that includes huge Medicaid cuts and changes to anti-poverty programs as it strives to balance the budget within a decade, the White House said in previewing the plan.The proposal include…

Light cigarettes linked to specific form of lung cancer

22 May

So-called “light” cigarettes with holes in the filter could be the reason why a specific kind of lung cancer has been on the rise in recent decades, researchers said Monday.Adenocarcinoma is the most common form of lung cancer and occurs deep in the lu…

Trump to propose slashing Medicaid

22 May

President Donald Trump is expected to propose cutting $800 billion from Medicaid over 10 years in a budget plan to be released Tuesday that would slash spending on anti-poverty and other programs, US media reported.The plans for the massive cut to Medi…

WHO eyes vaccine trial for Ebola-hit DR Congo

18 May

An unlicenced Ebola vaccine could soon be tested in a remote region of the Democratic Republic of Congo hit by an outbreak of the virus, the World Health Organization said Thursday.There is no licenced vaccine for the Ebola virus, but a promising candi…

Cancer confirmed for Pirates pitcher Taillon

17 May

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon is fighting testicular cancer, according to medical tests, the Major League Baseball club’s trainer said Wednesday.Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said tissue removed from the 25-year-old right-handed starter in …

Dutch court rules boy, 12, can refuse chemo

12 May

A Dutch court ruled Friday that a 12-year-old boy suffering from a brain tumour had the right to refuse chemotherapy, rejecting his father’s plea to order him to have the treatment.Known only as David, the boy was diagnosed with the tumour in November …

10-year lifespan gain for some HIV patients: study

10 May

The life expectancy of HIV-infected people in Europe and the United States has been boosted by a decade since anti-AIDS drugs became available in the mid-1990s, researchers said Thursday.In fact, a 20-year-old who began treatment any time since 2008, n…

Puerto Rico drinking water is worst in US: report

10 May

The US territory of Puerto Rico has the worst drinking water in the nation, and the majority of the island’s water supply is in violation of federal standards, a report said Wednesday.Nearly every person in Puerto Rico — 99.5 percent of the population…

US task force recommends against thyroid cancer screening

9 May

Screening for thyroid cancer is not recommended for adults with no symptoms, because there is no evidence it boosts survival and can lead to over-diagnosis and complications, an independent US medical task force said Tuesday. “The US Preventive Servic…

US Republicans struggle to rally around new health bill

2 May

Republican leaders in the US Congress were on the brink of another humiliating health care defeat Tuesday, as they struggled to wrangle enough votes to pass Donald Trump’s latest bid to repeal and replace Obamacare.An earlier version of the Republican …

US to run out of yellow fever vaccine later this year

28 Apr

The United States will run out of vaccine for yellow fever by mid-2017, and travelers may find it hard to get vaccinated until next year, US health officials said Friday.The French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur makes the vaccine known as YF-VAX, …

US Republicans revive health bill, speaker cites progress

27 Apr

The top US Republican in Congress claimed progress Thursday on a new effort to repeal the Obamacare health law, but he signaled a vote was unlikely this week.President Donald Trump has been pressuring his party’s lawmakers for a major legislative victo…

Indian doctors defend 500kg Egyptian’s weight loss amid row

25 Apr

Indian doctors on Tuesday angrily rejected claims that they had lied about the amount of weight an Egyptian once believed to be the world’s heaviest woman had lost following surgery.The sister of Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty alleged that her sibling, who prev…

First large-scale malaria vaccine trials for Africa

24 Apr

A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization said Monday, with 360,000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020.The injectable vaccine RTS,S could provide limited protection agai…

Cases of hepatitis B and C hit 325 million: WHO

21 Apr

An estimated 325 million people are living with hepatitis B or C and few are aware of their condition, with death tolls from the viruses rising, the UN said Friday. The World Health Organization’s latest hepatitis report identifies the condition as a g…

Canadians support legalized pot but doubts linger: poll

20 Apr

Polling released Thursday showed strong support in Canada for a government drive to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but many would like the proposed minimum age for consumption to be raised.Sixty-three percent of respondents told the Angus Reid…

Dublin faces protests over hospital role for Catholic Church

20 Apr

Public pressure mounted Thursday on the Irish government over plans to give ownership of a new 300-million-euro maternity hospital to a Catholic religious order mired in historical abuse of women.More than 60,000 people have signed a petition and a num…

WHO hails major gains against once ‘neglected’ diseases

18 Apr

The World Health Organization on Wednesday hailed “unprecedented progress” in the fight against 18 neglected tropical diseases — including dengue fever and sleeping sickness — which kill 170,000 people and disable millions each year.The UN’s health a…

Toddlers playing with touchscreens sleep less: study

13 Apr

The more toddlers play with touchscreen devices the less they sleep, according to a study released Thursday that suggests the findings could be cause for concern.For every additional hour using a touchscreen phone or tablet during the day, children age…

Italians, Brits drink more while pregnant: study

12 Apr

Five percent of Italian women, and four percent of Britons, admitted to drinking alcohol at least once or twice a week during pregnancy, researchers said Wednesday. Only 0.1 percent of expectant women in Sweden — along with 0.2 and 0.5 percent in Norw…