Video of Indian politician peeing in public goes viral

20 Nov

An Indian ruling party politician has been left red-faced after a video of him urinating in public went viral on World Toilet Day, despite government efforts to stop people relieving themselves in the open.Ram Shinde, a minister for water conservation …

Progress on balanced food goals ‘poor’ in Africa: FAO

17 Nov

Africa is making only faltering progress towards food and nutrition security, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned.”Multiple forms of malnutrition coexist, with countries experiencing simultaneously high rates of child undernutri…

Experimental peanut allergy patch shows promise

14 Nov

An experimental patch that delivers a high dose of peanut protein has shown promise in reducing allergic reactions in children and adults, researchers said on Tuesday.About two percent of US children are allergic to peanuts and must avoid them altogeth…

US approves first pill with digital tracking device

14 Nov

US regulators have approved the first pill that contains a digital tracking sensor to alert doctors and caregivers as to whether a patient is taking a medication as scheduled.The pill, called Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets with sensor), is design…

US top court to hear abortion rights info case

13 Nov

The US Supreme Court agreed on Monday to examine a California law that obliges private anti-abortion agencies to tell pregnant clients they can get a publicly-financed abortion and contraception.The Christian and conservative groups behind this appeal …

Last season’s flu shot protected only 1 in 5 people

6 Nov

Last season’s flu shot protected as few as one in five people and this year’s could be similarly ineffective, researchers said Monday, calling for a better way to make the vaccine.The reason just 20 to 30 percent of people were protected by the 2016-20…

Benin health sector unions call off two-month strike

4 Nov

Benin’s government and health sector unions have reached an agreement to end a crippling two-month strike that saw treatment in public hospitals and clinics grind to a halt, the government said on Saturday.Workers walked out in August over proposed pri…

Inflammation in midlife linked to brain shrinkage later

1 Nov

People who show signs of inflammation in middle age are more likely to suffer from brain shrinkage later in life, a possible precursor to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, researchers said Wednesday.The findings in the journal Neurology are the latest t…

Cash incentives help smokers quit, study finds

30 Oct

Smokers who are offered cash incentives are far more likely to give up cigarettes than those who are simply offered tips on how to quit, said a US study Monday.The approach could offer ways to cut the number of smokers, which has remained steady at abo…

Horror at how S.Africa let 141 mentally-ill patients die

29 Oct

Weeks of gruelling testimonies at an inquiry in South Africa have tried to answer an unfathomable question — how authorities allowed 141 mentally-ill patients to die after being moved out of a hospital.The evidence presented has been a litany of negle…

Trump poised to declare opioid crisis a national emergency

25 Oct

President Donald Trump is poised to meet with top advisers and officially declare the opioid crisis in the United States a “national emergency,” he said on Wednesday.”We’re going to have a big meeting on opioids tomorrow,” Trump told reporters at the W…

Weedkiller on the examining table over health impact

25 Oct

Wedged between green groups and the agriculture lobby, an EU members expert committee will vote Wednesday on whether or not to extend the European license for the controversial weedkiller glyphosate.Lawsuits and a raging dispute on both sides of the At…

Zimbabwe’s grim hospital wards fuel outrage toward WHO

25 Oct

An emergency tray at a public hospital in Zimbabwe stands empty, for medical supplies have run out — one example why President Robert Mugabe’s brief appointment as WHO “goodwill ambassador” provoked such outrage.Under Mugabe’s rule, life expectancy in…