Politics and Policies
- The Department of Health and Human Services bolsters health care and public health disaster. It has awarded more than $971 million to continue improving preparedness and health outcomes for a wide range of public health threats within every state, eight U.S. territories, and four of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.
- India is completing a proposal to provide essential drugs free to patients in government-run hospitals and clinics at a cost of $5 billion over five years.
- Rapid H.I.V. Home test wins federal approval.
- Republican governor of Florida says state won’t expand Medicaid.
- George W. Bush launches cancer project in Botswana. This $3 million initiative has been started to fight against cervical cancer. This project is funded by the Presidents’ Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and is supported by the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partnership.
- A drug created at the University of Nebraska Medical Center has been deployed to fight malaria in India.
- U.S. $124,276,000 assistance package is expected for Liberia. A new development agenda “An agenda for transformation” will focus on critical areas like education, economy, health etc.
- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is providing support to the treatment center in village of Wabaria, situated in Northern Mali after identification of the new cases of cholera in the village
- La Madre de los Pobres charity reaches needy in nearly 20-plus countries.
- New child health card and the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is introduced in Zimbabwe to ensure good records of all preventive interventions like exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, calendar of immunizations and prevention of mother to child transmission.
- International donors offer Afghanistan $16B.
- Traditional Indian sweetener jaggery (gur) will be launched as complete health food for all age groups soon in India.
- New study maps hotspots of human-animal infectious diseases and emerging disease outbreaks like tuberculosis and Rift Valley fever.
- Single dose radiation at the time of surgery helps women with early stage breast cancer forego 6-7 week radiation regimen.
- Australian researchers from the Skin and Cancer Foundation have found a link between psoriasis and other diseases.
- Research from Fourth Military Medical University yields new findings on Parkinson’s disease.
- Researchers at the University of Minnesota School Of Public Health have found new evidence that fast food intake increases risk of diabetes and heart disease in people.
- Zebra fish provides insights into causes and treatment of human diseases. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh are using it to study the biological mechanisms underlying human disorders and identifying potential treatment approaches for an impressive array of organ and systematic diseases.
- Caffeine may help to lower the risk of skin cancer. The results of the study conducted by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston suggest that it is the caffeine in coffee that is responsible for the decreased risk of basal cell carcinoma associated with increasing coffee consumption.
- Amniotic fluid yields alternatives to embryonic stem cells. The scientists from Imperial College London and the UCL Institute of Child Health have succeeded in reprogramming amniotic fluid cells without having to introduce extra genes.
- Organic tomatoes contain higher levels of antioxidants than conventional tomatoes. The researchers have shown that these tomatoes do not use not use nitrogenous fertilizers and thus they activate their own defense mechanisms resulting in increased production of all antioxidants.
- A study conducted by a researcher at the University of Maryland has shown that the women infected with Toxoplasma gondii parasite which is spread through contact with cat feces or eating undercooked meat or unwashed vegetables, are at increased risk of attempting suicide.
- A recent research has shown that deleting single gene results in autism-like behavior and immunosuppressant drug prevents autism symptoms. This gene is associated with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC), a rare genetic condition.
- Using a mouse model of autism, researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have successfully treated an autism spectrum disorder characterized by severe cognitive impairment.
- A team of researchers at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology at the University of Copenhagen are closer to understanding the biology behind GHB, a transmitter substance in the brain, best known in its synthetic form as the illegal drug fantasy.
Diseases and Disasters
- Monsoon rains cause havoc in Bangladesh.
- The Philippines Department of Health has instructed the Bureau of Quarantine to be on alert, following an outbreak of a fatal respiratory disease in Cambodia.
- According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, South Sudan faces worst health crisis.
- According to a recent report released, Fukushima disaster was man-made.
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Politics and Policies:
- 9/11 health fund given clearance to cover cancer.
- Arizona tries to keep reins tight as it starts regulating medical marijuana.
- Hospitals will now be ranked by letter grade for how well they perform on safety measures.
- The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded US$26million in grants to 85 community organizations during the first quarter- $9.7 million for water stewardship, $3.6million for fitness and nutrition, $7.4 million for education and $4.9 million for community recycling and other local priorities such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, youth development and civic initiatives.
- UK announces extra £10m drought aid for West Africa. It will fund nutritional treatment, water and sanitation for a further 31,000 children and food for a further 170,000 people for six months.
- Starwood Hotels and Resorts launches associate fundraising campaign- ‘Road to Awareness’ to support UNICEF education project- Early Childhood Care and Education program- in Ethiopia.
- National strategy launched in Zimbabwe to prevent pediatric HIV/ AIDS.
- New Give2Asia Fiscal sponsorship partners deliver critical services to children in Bangladesh and Cambodia.
- The Ministry of Health and Population (Nepal) has established community health units at 22 VDCs of 22 districts to facilitate easy access to health services. They have named the program ‘Village Clinic Program’.
- A nationwide anti-drugs campaign has been launched by the Nepal police in collaboration with a non-governmental organization, NARCONON, to fight against illegal use of drugs to grassroots level across country.
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine creator Prof. Frazer honored.
- A recent study by the health protection surveillance center showed that about 30% Irish population with HIV do not know that they are suffering from this deadly disease. According to the patient campaigners people are still involved in risk taking behaviors because they do not know that these can lead them to get the HIV infection.
- The researchers that found that the cancer cells have significantly low rate of mutation. Their study shows that increased cancer is the result of a decrease in reactive oxygen species-mediated mtDNA damage.
- A study indicates a need to develop a rapid point –of-care test to diagnose acute HIV infection.
- A study gives an insight on how small number of patients (known as elite controllers or long-term non-progressors) infected with HIV virus are able to prevent it from multiply.
- New diabetes treatment in late testing stage shows promise. Studies show Degludec reduced low blood sugar during the night when it’s most dangerous, by 36% and also reduced severe hypoglycemia significantly. Since this drug is active in body for more than 24 hours for long-acting insulin, patients can maintain good sugar control even if they don’t take it at the same time every day.
- A latest research shows that Victoza (liraglutide injection) provided greater reductions in HbA1c compared to exenatide and DPP-4 inhibitors, weight loss and cost-effectiveness, when used in routine primary care.
- Researchers identify unusual ‘altruistic’ stem cell behavior with possible link to cancer. Their study has shown that certain human embryonic stem cells, in times of stress, produce molecules that not only benefit themselves, but also help nearby cells to survive.
- A study hints that the children and even the grandchildren of old people may get a health benefit because of their old age. The research is based on telomeres- tips of the ends of the chromosomes. It also confirmed the idea that the older your dad was when you were born, the longer telomeres tend to be.
- Researchers have found specific groups of cells that HPV targets. It has shown that if those cells are removed from the cervix they did not appear to regenerate. These cells also have a particular gene expression that is the same as found in aggressive cervical tumors that allow the doctors to differentiate benign lesions from dangerous pre-cancers.
- A team of investigators from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSDM) researchers in corporation with Pavlov State University investigated nondisclosure of HIV infection in a cohort of 700 people living with HIV in St. Petersburg, Russia.
- The New England Journal of Medicine has published efficacy results of Otsuka’s (Pharmaceutical Company) Delamanid for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.
- A University of Alberta team has made an important breakthrough in the race to find a viable replacement for the supply of technetium-99m, an important isotope for imaging.
- According to a population based study, Q fever and pneumonia are associated with areas of high livestock density.
- CT scans warning after study claims too many could lead to brain tumor. Research says children under 15 could face tumors or leukemia’s in later life if they have three or more scans.
- Studies find no increase in cancer risk from insulin Glargine.
- Study debunks belief insulin puts people with diabetes at risk of heart disease. strokes and cancer.
- A study showed that dieting craze in Sweden is linked to cholesterol increase putting the people at increased risk heart disease.
- New skin patch kills most common form of skin cancer. The treatment called a phosphorus-32 skin patch, a radiation spot-treatment in the form of patch that can safely and easily kill skin tumors with a few easy outpatients’ appointments.
- Scientists find a new genetic path to deadly diarrheal disease (caused by bacterium Shigella).
- Study reveals that patients with type-2 diabetes lose weight, decrease insulin in meal replacement therapy.
- CDC study finds Alabama teens top the teen obesity list.
Diseases and Disasters:
- An earthquake measuring a magnitude 5.4 struck the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan on Monday morning followed by a 5.7 quake. Scores of people feared dead in this earthquake.
- Critical situation’ as untreatable gonorrhea accounted for almost 10% of cases in Europe. The ‘Superbug’ strains which are becoming untreatable accounted for almost one in 10 cases of the sexually transmitted disease in Europe in 2010, more than double the rate of the year before.
- Deadly African sleeping sickness (Trypansoniasis) blamed on witchcraft and demonic possession. Most affected country has been Democratic Republic of Congo, which declared 500 new cases in 2010.
- Rural Zambia’s drinking supply fraught with danger and disease.
- In last five months a total of 56 people have died due to dengue in Sri Lanka. According to the ministry the cases have tripled in the first quarter of this year as compared to 2011.
- In China, one in ten tuberculosis cases are drug-resistant.
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Politics and Policies
- Health officials from 194 countries endorsed a immunization strategy – the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) – at the 65th World Health Assembly- to prevent millions of deaths by 2020.
- The New Jersey Assembly has passed a bill that provides legal protection for people who summon medical help when they witness a drug overdose.
- The United States government has urged baby boomers (any one born between the year 1945 to the year 1965) to get tested for the Hepatitis C virus. It is estimated that they are at a greater risk of contracting this virus through drug use or receiving blood transfusion before widespread screening for virus became available in 1992.
- Rwanda introduces new vaccine for Rotavirus disease. This virus accounts for 8.8% of all under five deaths in this country. This vaccine has been incorporated in the country’s routine immunization program.
- The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) to implement policies to improve Africa’s health. It is working with Tanzania, Senegal and Mozambique as well as sub-regional blocs to improve their health systems.
- The United Nations (UN) has mobilized 7 million U.S. dollars to support the response plan of the Senegalese government in its fight against food shortage.
- California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) awards $69M in stem cell research grants targeting ‘bubble boy’ syndrome, other diseases.
- A study says that individual health policies are failing to meet the standards of coverage set by federal health care law.
- A study has found that the over the counter drugs can help to reduce the risk of heart attack. The researchers found that the combination of selenium yeast and the vitamin- like compound coenzyme Q10 significantly reduced the risk of heart attacks in elderly.
- According to a study conducted by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) about 39 percent of 12 major cancers can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
- RNA breakthrough transforms the idea of gene control. The researchers have discovered that messenger RNA, the mirror image copy of DNA from which all proteins is manufactured, can be methylated also.
- The researchers at the Duke University Medical Center looked into certain immune cells in the breast milk of HIV-infected mothers in the African nation of Malawi and found that the B-cells generate antibodies that can neutralize the HIV virus. They say though the transmission of HIV from the infected mothers can occur through the infected breast milk but only happen to one in ten nursing mothers infected by HIV.
- Researchers at the Institute of the Cancer Research (ICR) and the universities of Oxford and Edinburgh have discovered that a fault on one of the sex chromosomes is involved in the development of bowel cancer in men more than women. They have identified a faulty region on the X- chromosome that is linked to lower levels of a gene called SHROOM2. They say that the men have only one copy of X chromosome, so they do not have a normal copy of the gene.
- The researchers of Genomic Institute of Singapore (GIS) have unraveled the mechanism that causes liver cancer – hepatocellular carcinoma/ HCC.
- A study shows that the people who eat faster are at 2.5 times the risk of having type – 2 diabetes.
- In a study it was seen that the lung functions improved in the emphysema patients with metal wire implanted in it. This wire called lung reduction coil (LVRC) is designated to gather and compress diseased lung tissue, may offer relief to patients.
- A research done by Danish scientists say that breast tumor risk increased at 40% rate among the night workers. Though the risk is not yet established, the study is expected to be completed by 2015.
- Men who have psychiatric problems are more likely to die after the diagnosis of cancer according to the researchers at University College London. The study suggests that the men with mental illness face diagnostic delays that may affect their chances of surviving cancer.
- Researchers have created glasses that indicate obstacles to patients with visual handicaps. This system could be of great use to people with visual loss in the central field of vision- those who suffer from age-related macular degeneration.
- According to a UK study, cannabis fails to slow progress of multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis patients were assessed in the trial known as CUPID (cannabinoid use in progressive inflammatory brain disease) on both a disability scale administered by neurologists and another based on their own reporting.
- According to a study, Latinos are less likely to take skin cancer precautions. It says that a lack of health insurance and poorer access to healthcare contribute to not getting the checkups.
Diseases and Disasters
- The leak at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, Japan last week released cesium isotopes in to the Pacific, which the scientists believe might be tucked into tuna fish. They believe tuna might be carrying Fukushima radiation to California.
- Gardeners have been warned to wash their hands using compost as rare strain of Legionnaire’s disease infects six people in Scotland.
- Superbug spread to 40 countries and creates problem for medical tourism in India. These bugs are multiplying successfully because of a gene dubbed NDM-1. This gene is carried on mobile loops of DNA called plasmids that transfer easily among and across many types of bacteria. NDM-1 is changing common bugs that drugs easily defeated into untreatable killers.
- May 27- June 2 declared Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week.
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Politics and Policies:
- A study published in the journal, Cell Reports, reveals how a clot-busting enzyme is switched on, which removes the disease-causing clots and clears up the damaged tissue (Source: http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20121103-23200.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencealert-latestnews+(ScienceAlert-Latest+Stories) ).
- According to a study, females infected with sexually transmitted disease caused by Mycoplasma genitilium, are more likely to acquire HIV infection (Source: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/common-bacterial-std-more-than-doubles-hiv-risk-in-women/922420/ ).
- According to a study, one in two children in Australia is bullied (Source: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120310/bully-bullying-cyberbullying-australia-shools-children-r-rated-films ).
- According to a study, elevated levels of C-reactive protein associated with inflammation and heart disease is also linked with a condition called pre-diabetes (Source: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120311/jsp/nation/story_15235883.jsp ).
- A research study shows BCG vaccine is effective in children in preventing tuberculosis irrespective of the sources/ manufactures of the vaccine (Source: http://www.biotechmashup.com/beta/Medicine/Comparative_Tuberculosis_TB_Prevention_Effectiveness_in_Children_of_Bacillus_Calmette_Gu_rin_BCG_Vaccines_from_Different_Sources_Kazakhstan ).
- According to a study computerized patient records may not cut health costs and may actually encourage doctors to order expensive tests more often (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/business/digital-records-may-not-cut-health-costs-study-cautions.html ).
- The researchers at Norwich Medical School, United Kingdom, show a relationship between main subclasses of flavonoids to determine the risk of ischemic, hemorrhagic and total stroke (Source: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/03/the-incredible-power-of-citrus-fruits-to-reduce-risk-of-stroke/254031/ ).
- A study published in the journal Health Affairs show that if the people are given option, they will go for the expensive healthcare (Source: http://www.nationaljournal.com/healthcare/people-like-expensive-health-care-study-finds-20120305 ).
Diseases & Disasters
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