- First UN International Day of fistula marked in Ghana to ensure that victims were treated and re-integrated into society in Ghana.
Politics and Policies:
- The government of Mauritius is preparing to enforce new laws for more graphic warnings on cigarette packs.
- Voters in Portland have defeated measures to add fluoride to water supply.
- The Texas House passed a measure that would prevent the state from expanding its Medicaid program.
- Abortion Law (procedure at the 12th week of pregnancy) in Arkansas is temporarily blocked by a federal judge.
- The World Bank has announced $1 billion in a proposed new funding to help countries in the Africa’s Great Lakes Region to provide better health and education services besides targeting energy, roads, agriculture, cross-border trade and jobs.
- United Nations Family Planning Innovation to launch two new initiatives that will increase access to family planning and improve maternal health in the world’s most marginalized areas.
- The Business of a Better World (BSR) has launched an online platform to create culturally accurate training materials on women’s health in developing countries.
- GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced its contribution of $750,000 to the One Million Community Health Workers Campaign in sub-Sahara Africa.
- Power to childcare centers ban unvaccinated children in Queensland.
- An independent organization, Save the Children has received a contribution of $500,000 to support its ongoing flood relief efforts in Mozambique.
- An emergency preparedness ad response center is being launched by the experts from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Fukushima, Japan.
- United Nations refugee agency is working to help to contain cholera epidemic in Niger by implementing emergency sanitation and prevention measures.
- UNICEF is working to prevent further spread of measles in the Central African Republic.
- Mass vaccination campaign contained the spread of meningitis in South Sudan. The meningitis outbreak was declared by the ministry of health on April 30.
- According to the reports the World Health Organization has applauded Eritrea on its accomplishments in combating malaria.
- Most EU beaches get clean bill of health, by the European Environment Agency. It says vast majority are clean and safe.
- According to a new study relaxation of marijuana laws in Colorado has caused significant spike in number of young children treated for accidentally eating marijuana-laced cookies, candies, brownies and beverages.
- A report by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says that one in ten parents did not talk to their teen children about dangers of consuming drugs, alcohol etc.
- In the 66th World Health Assembly, the WHO has praised Thailand for the world’s best governance for medicine.
- According to the United Nations Report, the number of people in Africa receiving antiretroviral treatment has increased from less than 1 million to 7.1 million over the seven years.
- According to a report released by the United Nations Japan must continue efforts to deactivate Fukushima nuclear plant.
- In a report released by the United Nations greater efforts and more resources are needed to improve health of Palestinian refugees.
- A study shows that potatoes and beans provide most nutrients per penny.
- According to a study conducted by Dr. Bassiouny at Kornberg School of Dentistry, diet soda might be as bad for teeth health as taking methamphetamines or crack cocaine.
- According to a study published in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, two compounds found in cinnamon can play a role in delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
- A research presented at the Heart Failure Congress 2013, heart failure accelerates the aging process and brings on early andropausal syndrome (AS).
- The scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed an injectable nanogel that can monitor blood-sugar levels and secrete insulin when treated.
- A study revealed that the people who were interviewed while eating at fast food restaurants typically underestimate the calorie count of the meal in front of them by a large margin.
Diseases & Disasters:
- A category EF-5 storm killed 24 people, injured many and damaged and estimated 12,000 homes in Moore, Oklahoma on May 20.
- A parliamentary committee has revealed that since last year in Zimbabwe, more than 45,000 people have died due to HIV-related ailments and around 1.2 million people are living with this virus.
- Disease kills children, causes miscarriages in camps near Nyala, South Darfur.
- According to Tunisia Ministry of Health, SARS- like virus is being reported spreading among the people of country.