May 31 was observed as World anti-tobacco day by the World Health Organization.
The Fitness Industry Council Canada has announced June 1 as National Health and Fitness Day.
Politics and Policies:
The Republic of Congo has passed a law that prohibits the purchase, consumption and possession of tobacco for minors, pregnant women and mentally ill. The advising and any kind of promotion of tobacco are also prohibited in the country. Smoking is prohibited in public places.
According to the World Health Organization On June 10thEthiopia is launching an emergency mass-vaccination campaign against yellow fever.
According to the Ghana’s Minister of Health, the country is committed to ban all forms of tobacco advertisements and promotions.
Russia’s smoking ban came into effect on Saturday. It involves no smoking in public places and curbing cigarette advertising and sales.
The World Health Organization (WHO) in Gambia is launching polio campaign to vaccinate 400,000 children under five years.
The Ministry of Finance of Lesotho has signed two agreements totaling $17 million with the Global Fund to fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Professionals for Humanity International (PROFOH) have announced its third free medical screening in this year in Nigeria.
After the discovery of polio this week, United Nations emergency team rushes to vaccinate 424,000 people living in a refugee camp in Kenya.
Zimbabwe is going to conduct its first national tuberculosis prevalence survey with an objective to determine the national prevalence of bacteriologically-confirmed pulmonary TB among people aged 15 and over.
Rotary India extends its help to Pakistan in its polio vaccination drive.
The World Health Organization is calling on the countries to ban advertising about the tobacco products.
Improvement of maternal health and reduction in child mortality in some countries was highlighted in a recently released report ‘Accountability for Maternal, newborn and Child Survival ‘.
According to the director of the National Institute of Combat of HIV (INLS), the prevalence of HIV in Angola has not changed since 1997.
According to the researchers patients who have developed oral cancer due to HPV can have sex with their spouses or long term partners.
According to a study done by the researchers at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, rates of diabetes have jumped 15 fold within a decade for the Chinese Canadians.
A systemic review confirms that the licensed medicines for smoking cessation are successful in assisting people to quit smoking.
Scientists are using new optics-based single virus detecting methods for determining the exact viral load of a sample by counting individual virus sample.
New malaria vaccine developed by the team Japanese researchers has cut the infection rates by 72%.
A study conducted in over 13 hospitals in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam shows that doubling Tamiflu vaccine dose does not help in severe flu.
Results of a study warn development of resistance to drug used in treatment of H7N9 virus.
A group of scientists discover how a single gene mutation helps brain cancer cells to survive and drive tumor growth.
According to the United Nations scientists, Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant has very low radiation doses and there is no increased risk of cancer on local residents.
According to the experts nearly one-sixth of young adults in Sri Lanka are overweight. Lack of nutrition education and food culture of the country are reasons for this problem.
A study states that particular combination of bacteria in the human digestive system can identify patients who have or are likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.
A study shows that the Coenzyme Q10 cuts the mortality rate by half in heart failure patients.
Report released by EU says that several new health risks are emerging from new chemicals, products and changing lifestyle patterns. It is important to address these issues all together.
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.
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.
Somalia signs its new Healthcare Plan. It has moved away from the emergency-level health provision towards more mainstream national health systems.
Kenya’s President elect promises much needed free primary healthcare for the citizens and raising the financing from 6-15%
Five memorandums of understandings has been signed by Egypt with South Sudan in the healthcare, livestock and agriculture sectors.
Tanzania and Japan sign Sh802 million project grant. It will help Tanzania in various sectors including health, education and water supply.
Kansas, United States, doctors may be required to tell patients that abortion causes breast cancer.
The World Bank will help Cameroon to build safety net system aimed at reducing poverty and vulnerability. Households will get training to improve their health.
Solar power in Africa helps people to grow nutritional vegetables and improve their basic needs including health.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) calls for more reproductive health resources.
UNAIDS and other health organizations support new TB and HIV initiative in Africa. It will include a package worth more than US$120 million to be used to expedite this process.
South Sudan through its community health workers detect and treat tuberculosis. This strategy is helping to fight tuberculosis draws communities themselves to detect and treat cases of tuberculosis.
UC San Francisco receives $2 million from billionaire Li K-shing for transforming its medical care by integrating data from the human genome and disease research with information from patient’s records and environmental data.
According to a study about 570 United Kingdom children start smoking every day. This has made the UK government to consider whether to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products.
According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine physiotherapy results are as good as knee surgery.
According to a study, as part of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV virus, antiretroviral therapy has to be initiated before the last trimester of pregnancy to achieve an undetectable RNA plasma viral load before delivery.
A report of United Nation states that about four and a half billion people have access to toilet (as compared to six billion people who have access to mobile phones) of the world’s seven billion people.
According to the World Health Organization and Global Fund Africa and Europe has not yet reached the millennium tuberculosis goal. They say that strains of tuberculosis with resistance to multiple drugs could spread widely.
According to a report by the UNICEF, about 66 million Nigerians are without portable water. It is the leading cause of diseases and deaths especially among under five aged children.
Doctors have discovered a women’s mysterious bone condition due to drinking a pitcher of tea every day for past 17 years.
Reports indicate that only 28% of Ugandans have access to hand-washing facilities. Statistics from the Uganda Demographic and Household Survey show that 190,000 Ugandan children die every year due to diarrhea.
A report publish by the World Health organization (WHO), among South-East Asia Region, Indonesia has achieved an amazing 90% success rate for TB treatment.
Scientists from the John Hopkins University have developed a new innovative method known as Predicting Infectious Disease Scalable Model (PRISM) extracts relationships between clinical, meteorological, climatic and socio-political data in Peru and the Philippines.
According to a study flu sufferers can spread the virus by sneezing, while talking, breathing by at least 6 feet.
According to a study breast cancer radiation therapy increases a women’s risk of suffering a heart attack or other heart problems.
A study indicates an increase in the number of parents who won’t vaccinate daughters against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
A study shows that parents seem to be increasingly worried about the vaccine’s safety.
Low-GI protein blends have been designed to be eaten about 30 minutes before meals to reduce satiety is being marketed by a Swedish form Indevex. It increases release of incretin hormone which can provoke insulin release before blood glucose levels due to meal consumption.
A research done by Lund University in Sweden shows that we can modify the function of genes through epigenetic changes that can take place over the course of time.
United States tuberculosis rates reach all-time low but resistance of bacteria is a continuous threat.
Researchers have indicated that menstrual blood cells can be used to treat heart failure patients.
Researchers say that females with ovarian cancer too often get insufficient treatment.
With the aim of helping countries to make more informed health policy and program choices, World bank group has released a set of 22 case studies of countries that have significantly expanded access to health care in last decade.
In order to improve health data collection by increasing access across the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has handed over eight SUV to the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS).
The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) provides $ 16 million loan to back up health sector in Mauritiana.
The European Union has provided more than Euros 250 million for the multi-annual cooperation program in Angola. This project focuses on rural development of the country by providing / improving various facilities including health, education, water and sanitation etc.
The government of United States has signed an agreement to fund $31,075,000 to Benin to help the country in the areas of health and gender equality.
Genetic changes to food may get uniform labeling in the United States.
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has committed US$12.6 million to the government of Liberia for its fight against the deadly HIV/AIDS.
A five-year partnership program has been signed between the Government of Liberia and Chevron-Liberia limited in collaboration with the Baylor College of Medicine Houston, Texas (US) to provide pediatric health services to the children of Liberia.
SOS Childrens Villages and Johnson & Johnson has announced nursing and mid-wifery scholarship program to provide family-based care for the orphaned and abandoned children in Ethiopia.
The University of The Gambia (UTG) has launched a Global Environmental and Occupational center (GO Health) in Collaboration College of Public Health, University of Iowa, US in Faraba Banta, Kombo East. The National Institute of Health (NIH) is funding the projects. The center will conduct research and training to improve health of the people in the West- African sub-region and beyond.
The United Nations Mission in Liberia Ghana Battalion 16 has donated items worth $1000 to 37 military hospitals to improve health care delivery.
The GAVI Alliance has announced a campaign to offer vaccination against cancer caused by human papilloma virus in girls in eight developing nations of the world.
Project Concern International has launched a program with MedAwareness which will focus on reducing HIV among Malawi soldiers and their partners through sustained behavior change.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have launched an appeal for Mozambique flood victims.
Reach Out To Asia (Rota) is launching its educational and community initiatives in Tunisia with the aim of promoting healthy lifestyles among the families.
The Ministry of Health of Uganda has launched a four year nationwide initiative to provide affordable screening and treatment of cervical cancer for Ugandan women.
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) with Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP) has launched “Health for Life” to strengthen the Government of Nepal’s capacity to plan, manage and deliver high quality and equitable family planning, maternal, newborn and child health services.
Findings of a study titled Global Mercury Hotspots indicate that Cameroon’s fishes have extremely high concentrations of mercury.
A study shows that the rise of treatment-resistant strains of tuberculosis in the third world countries might be due to the increase in sale of fake or substandard drugs of tuberculosis in those parts of the world.
A study drug shows positive results for the treatment of recurrent low grade carcinoma of ovaries.
According to the fourth annual edition of IHME financing series on the theme:Financing Global Health 2012: The End of the Golden Age” the Global Health funding is coming to an end.
According to the results of a recent study revaccinating persons with HIV-1 infection who do not respond to the HBV vaccine schedule may help the people.
Researchers have found new ways of interventions for the people suffering from HIV who inject drugs. They will target these groups with needle and syringe programs, medically assisted therapy and HIV counseling and testing.
A study states that people who drink black tea are less likely to develop type2 diabetes. The study also showed that high tea consumption was related to lower levels of obesity.
According to IRIN, Uganda’s childhood immunization program is facing challenges due to inadequate funding, shortage of staff and poor adherence to vaccination schedules.
A study done by a group of American researchers have shown a possibility of the virus causing whooping cough develop resistance to the vaccines.
According to a study there is link between smoking marijuana and higher risk of stroke among the young adults.
Data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration show that one of every three adults with mental illness smokes, compared with one in five adults without mental illness.
Reports from a study done by Harvard School of Public health show that men who view more than 20 hours of TV have a 44% lower sperm count as compared to those who watch almost no television.
According to APA’s annual report, Americans aged between 18- 34 years have a higher level of stress as compared to the parents and grandparents generation.