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 government of Australia is preparing to soon offer a 20-minute HIV test in Melbourne. It has yet to decide which clinics will offer the test.
The National Population Commission has announced that China has planned to improve county-level family planning services.
Regulations have been issued by the government of Indonesia to bear graphic photographic warnings on the cigarette packets.
The United Nations has allowed Bolivia to return to the United Nations main anti-narcotics treaty and has given its approval on chewing the coca leaf.
Twelve nations have signed a new United Nations treaty which aims to counter the illegal tobacco trade.
New York City (U.S.) hospitals will adopt new guidelines that will forbid emergency room doctors to give out more than three days’ worth opioid painkillers to the patients.
Pfizer Inc. has included its pneumococcal conjugate vaccine to expand its pediatric immunization program in Tanzania.
UNICEF calls for cessation of child recruitment in the Central African Republic. More than 300,000 children have been affected by the violence which has led to their limited access to education and health facilities.
US$176 million announced by IMF and World Bank for debt relief for the Union of the Comoros. It will help the country to fight poverty and improve health and education facilities.
European Union gives EUR 16million support to Ghana. This money will support the implementation of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Accelerated Framework and Country Action Plan developed to combat maternal mortality.
$25 million has been awarded by Abt Associates for a three-year malaria prevention project in Kenya.
The FCC has launched $400 million heath care development fund with an aim to create and expand telemedicine networks.
According to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry there is a relationship between mental health and spirituality.
According to the Journal of Infectious Diseases, nosocomial transmission responsible for XDR-TB outbreak in South Africa.
A study identifies the chances of infection (co-infection) with another disease when a person is infected with a disease.
A study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery Pediatrics, climate can be the reason for a neurological condition, hydrocephalus in children in Uganda.
Number of new annual cases of HIV/AIDS cases in India has dropped by 57 percent in the last decade.
A study published in J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry links loneliness with higher chances of dementia or memory loss.
Researchers have identified role in obesity and diabetes. They have found that blocking the expression of gene TRIP-B2r in mice protects them against obesity and insulin resistance.
A report published by Natural News states that children who are vaccinated according to the CDC recommended schedule are five times more likely to develop diseases as compared those who are not.
According to the findings of a report, among all rich countries, people of U.S. live unhealthy and shorter lives.
Diseases and Disasters:
The Flu has surpassed an ‘epidemic’ threshold in the United States. It is widespread in all except the three states of US.
According to The New Times survey, there is a severe drug shortage in Kigali hospitals (in Rwanda).
The World Health Organization (WHO) yellow fever has killed about 171 people in Darfur (Sudan).
Top U.N. Aid officials warn food crisis in two isolated southern states of Sudan. People of South Kordofan and Blue Nile have been feared dying of malnutrition and disease.
According to the officials, about 80 people have died in Bangladesh due to cold-related diseases like respiratory problems, pneumonia and cough.
People in Beijing have been warned of extremely hazardous air quality. The density of PM2.5 particulates has reached 700 micrograms per cubic meter in many parts of city.
Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health has warned the public of possible outbreak of Leptospirosis (rat fever) in flood affected areas.
According to the health authorities, Barbados has recorded an increase in dengue cases since the last year.
Paraguay has confirmed reports of outbreaks of dengue in the north and east of the country. It has declared a national epidemics alert.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) (England) has warned heroin users that the drug may be contaminated with anthrax spores.
The New York health board approves ban on large sodas. It is a move to combat obesity and encourage people to live healthier lifestyles.
New circumcision law by the state of New York to prevent the spread of Herpes infection to the child.
Norway upholds ban to display of tobacco products in shops as a measure to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Early childhood health projects by PATH, in South Africa and Mozambique is funded by a donation of R200m by BHP Billi4on.
A memorandum of Understanding was signed by Apollo Hospitals with AfroIndia Medical Services to set up 30 telemedicine units in East and West Africa.
UC Davis center to fight child obesity in Latinos. $4.8 million study funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture aims at identifying effective approaches to combat this growing problem among them.
According to a study nicotine not only in cigarettes but in nicotine replacement products like gum or patches harms sperm.
A study found that South African wine is good for heart. It protects against heart attack by reducing cell death and increasing contractility of heart.
A survey shows that about two thirds of men in Indonesia above the age of fifteen years smoke. It also revealed that large numbers of people are also exposed to the second hand smoke in work, home and in public places.
According to a study, mothers of Mexican origin are more nurturing than white females.
According to a charity drink related harm costs Scotland’s councils £2bn annually. The figures are based in Scottish government data.
A research study showed that lung transplant approval rates depend on the socioeconomic status of people.
According to the researchers at the University of Kentucky academic success of Latino immigrants is dependent on the school teachers and its climate.
In a study done by Cornell University researchers it was found that parents immigrants status affect their access to care and hence their children’s health.
A study published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism states that swim training with healthy diet play a crucial role in fighting against cancer.
A research done by University of Michigan Medical School showed that it is possible for the people who are not able to smell things will be able to do so by gene therapy.
Massachusetts engineers have found a way to increase the permeability of skin to drugs using the ultrasound waves.
According to a study analgesics commonly used to relieve pain may cause hearing loss in females.
According to the researchers at Seoul National University in South Korea, Er:YAG laser microjet transdermal device could replace needle jab.
According to a study job strain might affect cardiovascular health.
A study showed that acupuncture works for head and neck pain, osteoarthritis and chronic headaches.
According to World Socialist Web Site UK politicians gain from privatizing National Health Service.
Scientists find insulin sensitivity gene, may lead to new diabetes treatments.
Scientists in Ohio have created artificial memory in brain tissue, in vitro for the first time.
According to a study, intrauterine exposure of nicotine either passive or active might affect the neurobehavioral development of infants.
A study showed that the Electronic Health Records Data (EHR) for research is often incomplete, inaccurate and unreliable.
A study found that peanut allergies are rising among the people of developed nations.
A study showed that healthy diet and lifestyle not only affects the growth of a tumor but also its metastasis.
A study found that traditional Chinese medicinal mushroom can help to cure cancer.
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Chinese health authorities are investigating whether children were tested for genetically modified (GMO) rice as a part of a Sino-U.S. research project.
Chicken pox outbreak reported in South Malawi (Africa). The health authorities have instructed to close schools to prevent the spread of this disease.
KwaZulu Natal (South Africa) Department of Health in crises.
Nearly half of Indonesians live without sanitation, clean water. Country’s health minister says it requires $5.9 Billion USD to improve access to sanitation and clean water.
The National Food Health, Safety and Quality Service (Mexico) said that the country’s poultry farmers slaughtered 22.3 million birds between June and August to stop the outbreak of avian flu.
Nepali workers in Malaysian palm industry face health risk caused by pesticides. They spray it without using any safety equipment’s.
The 130th executive board meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) has adopted a resolution moved by India that focuses on the global burden of mental disorders. It also focuses on need for a comprehensive, coordinated response from health and social sectors at the country level. This resolution was supported by the United States of America and Switzerland (Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2825793.ece ).
To increase the healthcare access, Community Health Center Inc., has launched on Friday an internal telemedicine program. It will provide specialized access to the patients suffering from hepatitis C and HIV (Source: http://www.ctmirror.org/node/15138 ).