Friday's Health News in Snippets

25/NOV/2022

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Ugandan Students Leave Schools Amid Ebola Fears

Students in Uganda are returning home after the government decided to close schools two weeks earlier than originally planned in order to contain an Ebola outbreak there.

 

After more than 20 confirmed Ebola cases among students were reported, the ministry of education ordered the closure of all schools.

 

To ease the strain on public transportation, parents started picking up their children from school as early as Wednesday this week.

 

After being given more time to finish their final exams, many more students were still leaving schools on Friday morning.

 

Some schools have let parents know that they will use online instruction to finish the term's curriculum.

 

In February 2023, a new academic year will start.

 

Since the Ebola outbreak was first reported in September, Uganda has so far confirmed over 140 cases and 55 fatalities.

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Nigeria Records 19,228 Cholera Cases, 466 Deaths

So far in 2022, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has reported a total of 19,228 suspected cholera cases, including 466 fatalities.

 

This was disclosed by the NCDC in its most recent weekly epidemiological report on the cholera situation for weeks 40–43, which was published on its official website on Friday.

 

According to the report, suspected cholera cases have been reported in 31 states for 2022.

 

Vibrio cholera is a gram-negative rod-shaped bacterium that causes the acute diarrhoeal illness known as cholera.

 

In Nigeria, cholera is an endemic, seasonal illness that mostly manifests during the rainy season and more frequently in unhygienic areas.


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Uganda’s Ebola Outbreak Caused By Sudan Strain - Ministry

The Ugandan Ministry of Health has said that the Ebola outbreak in the nation is due to the Sudan strain of the Ebolavirus.

 

Uganda has recorded a total of 141 confirmed cases and 55 confirmed deaths since the outbreak was declared on September 20th.

 

22 probable deaths have also been documented since the outbreak started. In total, 19 cases involving seven fatalities involved healthcare professionals.

 

The Ugandan Ministry of Health noted that, despite the cases still being reported, there has been a steady decrease in new cases over the past three weeks following the peak seen in the week of October 17–23.


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Measles Vaccinations Rate At Lowest Point Since 2008, Study Finds

According to a recent study released by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, measles vaccination rates declined throughout the pandemic and reached their lowest level in more than ten years.

 

The Covid-19 pandemic presented a setback in the efforts to eradicate the disease, despite the fact that global measles vaccination rates largely improved from 2000 to 2021, according to the study released on Wednesday.

 

Measles vaccination coverage increased from 72% in 2000 to 86% in 2019 on a global scale. Nevertheless, that rate fell to 83% in 2020 and then further to 81% in 2021. This is the lowest coverage rate since 2008, according to the researchers.

 

The number of infants who missed their first dose increased to 24.7 million in 2021, up 2.4 million from the year before, according to the researchers.

 

The 194 World Health Organization members from six regions that have committed to eradicating measles provided the data.

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US FDA Warns Against Consuming Certain Raw Oysters Distributed To 13 States After Reported

US FDA Warns Against Consuming Certain Raw Oysters Distributed To 13 States After Reported Illnesses

Following at least one person in Las Vegas that got sick with a virus that can cause diarrhoea and vomiting, the US Food and Drug Administration is advising residents of 13 US states not to consume specific raw oysters from South Korea.

 

Two clusters of illnesses linked to a Las Vegas restaurant were reported to authorities by the Southern Nevada Health District, according to the US FDA. At least one person was confirmed to have sapovirus illness and nine others potentially had the same sickness. The oysters were served October 28 and November 5.

 

The most typical symptoms of sapovirus-caused gastroenteritis, according to the US FDA news release, are diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain.


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Eight Glasses Of Water A Day 'May Be Too Much'

According to recent research, the daily recommended eight glasses of water may be excessive.

 

Researchers from the University of Aberdeen found that the recommended daily intake of two litres of water was frequently excessive for most people.

 

People only really need about 1.5 to 1.8 litres of water per day, according to scientists, because about half of what we consume daily comes from food.


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Woman Left Quadriplegic After She Jumped In Pool To Celebrate But Misjudged Water Depth

After a disastrous pool dive during a party, a woman awoke as a quadriplegic.

 

Dana Barrett, 31, was celebrating her victory in a game of mini golf as she dived into the pool and hit her head on the bottom, breaking her neck.

 

Days after being transported to the hospital by air ambulance, she discovered that she had fractured her C2 neck vertebrae, rendering her quadriplegic.

 

Once very sporty, she was forced to accept that her life would change significantly going forward. As a result, she warned others about the risks associated with diving.

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China’s Xinjiang Rocked By Covid Lockdown Protests After Deadly Fire

After a fire in an apartment building claimed the lives of ten people, videos shared on social media in China appeared to show new protests against COVID restrictions.

 

People can be seen in Urumqi confronting police, crashing through a fence, and yelling "end the Covid lockdown."

 

In spite of a strict zero-Covid policy, infections have reached new highs in China.

 

Authorities in Urumqi have now pledged to gradually remove the restrictions, though they dispute that they prevented anyone from fleeing the fire on Thursday.

 

Since early August, there have been restrictions in place in the city, which serves as the capital of the western Xinjiang region.


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French vote for right to abortion in constitution

The National Assembly of France has endorsed a proposal to include the right to an abortion in the constitution, largely as a result of new restrictions in other countries.

 

The inclusion of a provision ensuring "the effectiveness and equal access to the right to end pregnancy voluntarily" was approved by a large majority of lawmakers.

 

The change, according to the change's proponent and left-wing MP Mathilde Panot, was made to guard against the "backsliding" seen in the US and Poland.

 

But passing the bill will be challenging.

 

A similar proposal was rejected by the upper house, the Senate, last month, and it is unlikely that they will support the new amendment.


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Thursday's Health News in Snippets

24/NOV/2022

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China Covid Cases Soar To New Record

Despite strict measures intended to eradicate the Covid virus, China has recorded the highest daily number of Covid cases since the pandemic started.

 

There are outbreaks in a number of major cities, including the southern trade hub Guangzhou and the capital Beijing.

 

The country reported 31,527 cases on Wednesday, exceeding the peak of about 28,000 cases reached in April, when its largest city Shanghai was placed under lockdown.

 

It occurs as episodes of unrest are still being sparked by strict lockdowns.

 

China's zero-Covid policy has saved lives in the country of 1.4 billion people but also dealt a punishing blow to the economy and ordinary people's lives.

 

However, the country's slight relaxation of some of its Covid restrictions just a few weeks ago also coincides with the rising wave of cases.

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India Measles Outbreak Claims 12 Children

Authorities report that 12 children in Mumbai, a city in western India, and its surrounding areas have died from measles.

 

The first death was reported between October 26 and 27 when three kids passed away in less than 48 hours.

 

Up until Wednesday, the city had 233 confirmed cases, a threefold increase from the 92 cases and two reported deaths last year.

 

Authorities claim that the increase in infections is a result of a lax vaccination campaign during the Covid pandemic.

 

According to a press release from the local municipal body, the most recent reported death occurred on Tuesday and involved an eight-month-old baby who was only partially immunised.

 

Even more so than Covid, measles is extremely contagious and can have serious consequences, particularly in young children under the age of five.


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Pregnancy Soon After Miscarriage No More Risky - Study

Contrary to popular belief, getting pregnant shortly after having an abortion or miscarriage does not seem to pose additional risks to both the mother and the unborn child, according to researchers who have recently examined real-life data.

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests a gap of at least six months.

 

This will give the woman some time to heal.

However, a study in PLoS Medicine that examined 72,000 conceptions suggests that couples might safely try sooner for a baby.  In other words, if there are no medical complications, women who feel ready to try again right away after a miscarriage should do so.

 

Pregnancy spacing is the subject of ongoing research, according to the WHO, which will help inform any future revisions to the recommendation.

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Medical Trial Could Cut Use Of Antibiotics

In some GP offices in the UK, quick tests to determine whether infections are brought on by bacteria or viruses will be put to the test.

 

The University of Bristol trial will look into the possibility of reducing the number of antibiotic prescriptions issued by testing for early symptoms.

 

The results of the swab tests, which can identify a variety of viruses and some bacteria, are available in as little as 45 minutes.

 

Because it is sometimes unclear what is causing an infection, doctors may occasionally prescribe antibiotics without a need.

 

Antibiotics can treat a bacterial infection, but they are ineffective against viral infections.


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Girl, 7, Hailed A 'Hero' After Diving Into Pool To Rescue Toddler From Drowning

A toddler was saved from drowning by a seven-year-old girl after the toddler fell into a public pool.

 

While on vacation with her parents in Broome, Western Australia's far north-west, Year 2 student Phoebe Van Niel from Perth saw the toddler inadvertently fall into the pool.

 

The young girl was commended for her quick decision-making because she jumped into the pool without any hesitation before anyone else realised the toddler was in trouble.

 

Although there were many people in the pool, Phoebe was able to reach the child, lift her out of the water, and make her way back out of the pool, just as others realised the child was in trouble.

 

The toddler was upset, shaken, and crying as she was pulled to safety, but she is reportedly fine after the incident.

 

Phoebe talked about how important learning to swim is. She took years of swimming lessons at a pool in south Perth, leading her to become confident around water, which is something her mother couldn't recommend enough.  

 

Phoebe has now says she wants to be a surf lifesaver when she grows up.

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Wednesday's Health News in Snippets

23/NOV/2022

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Ethiopia rebel stronghold hit by measles outbreak

Since there is limited access to hospitals, residents of rural western Ethiopia claim that children have been dying from a measles outbreak for the past few months.

 

Roadblocks put up as a result of the region's ongoing conflict, according to those who spoke with the BBC, have impeded movement.

 

The Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) rebels' stronghold in western Oromia has been the target of a deadly insurgency that the federal government has been waging.

 

Measles and malaria outbreaks have been reported in the area, including in drought-stricken areas, according to health official Dereje Abdena, who spoke to the BBC.

 

The authorities claimed that they were attempting to reach those who were impacted.

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Ugandan husband of 12, father of 102 children asks for help - report

According to the country's New Vision newspaper, a man from Uganda's Butajela district is requesting assistance to support his 102 children as a result of financial hardship and the departure of two of his 12 wives.

 

According to the newspaper, Musa Hasahya, who married the first of his wives in 1971, has asked the government and the Good Samaritans charity organisation for help in sending his younger children to school.

 

The businessman and grandfather of 567 children has 160 acres of land that he uses to grow food for his large family, but recent economic troubles have made it challenging for him to provide for his kids' education.

 

He acknowledges that his large family has made things challenging.


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UK says monkeypox vaccine ‘78% effective’

Public health officials in the UK stated on Tuesday that the monkeypox vaccine was 78% effective and advised men who have sex with men to get the shot.

 

The most recent analysis, according to the UK Health Security Agency, "gives an estimate of vaccine effectiveness for a single dose of 78 percent 14 or more days after vaccination."

 

The results were referred to as "the strongest UK evidence yet" for the effectiveness of the vaccination.

 

Denmark’s Bavarian Nordic is the only laboratory manufacturing a licensed vaccine against monkeypox, called MVA-BN.

 

It announced last week that it had signed a contract to provide up to two million doses of the vaccine to European countries.

 

UK NHS National Director of Vaccinations and Screening, Steve Russell said that more than 55,000 vaccine doses have been administered in England.

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Baby given one day to live reaches first birthday

Doctors predicted that Marie Clare Tully's son, Hector would likely only have a day to live when he was born prematurely at just 23 weeks.

 

His mother was instructed to say her goodbyes because there was very little chance he would live.

 

Hector, however, defied the odds, and today marks the first birthday of Marie Claire's "miracle baby."

 

Although the past year has not been easy, his mother claimed it to be the happiest year of her life.

 

He was born with severe complications because of his prematurity, and has since spent 259 nights in the hospital.

 

He has hydrocephalus, which means spinal fluid cannot flow around the body, due to a bleed on his brain. He also has chronic lung disease, retinopathy, a feeding tube and centralised sleep apnoea.


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Gunmen abduct more than 100 in Nigeria’s Zamfara state

Gunmen raided four villages in Nigeria's northwest Zamfara state on Sunday, taking more than 100 hostages, including women and children, according to the information commissioner and locals on Monday.

 

In northwest Nigeria, kidnapping has become endemic as roving gands of armed men kidnap people from farms, highways, and villages and demand ransom payments from their families.

 

Ibrahim Dosara, the information commissioner for Zamfara, and a local resident both reported that more than 40 people were kidnapped from the village of Kanwa in the Zurmi local government area.

 

The resident continued, declining to be identified for security reasons, "Another 37, mostly women and children, were taken in Kwabre community in the same local government area."

 

Residents of Maradun Local Government Area's Yankaba and Gidan Goga communities reported that at least 38 people had been abducted while tending to their farms.

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Monday's Health News in Snippets

21/NOV/2022

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Report says 70 million Nigerians lack potable water

A 2022 report by the World Bank has shown that approximately 70 million Nigerians had no access to basic drinking water services and 114 million were without basic sanitation facilities in 2021.

 

According to the "Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership" report, the percentage of people who had access to piped water fell from 36% in 1990 to 11% in 2021.

 

Tanimola Akande, a professor of public health, commented on the report and lamented the fact that getting access to clean water was so difficult in Nigeria.

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Bride stung by one of world's most venomous fish on honeymoon from hell

A couple went through their honeymoon from hell when the new bride was told incorrectly that she did not need to take precautions and was subsequently stung by one of the world's most venomous fish and rushed to the hospital.

 

Amy Thomson, 27, and Callum Thomson, 37, a newlywed couple, have now opened up about their nightmare before revealing that Amy is still not fully recovered after almost two months.

 

Disaster struck while the couple was out snorkelling during their two-week honeymoon in the idyllic Mauritius in September.

 

Amy remembered being told there was nothing dangerous in the waters below, so she wouldn't need to put on her sea shoes.

 

Amy followed the advice and decided to cool off in the water without shoes, but much to her surprise, she got stung.

 

The 27-year-old recalled feeling extremely ill for the remainder of the trip after what turned out to be a poisonous sting from a stone fish, one of the most venomous fish in the world.

 

The hairdresser claimed that after an additional hour on the trip, she felt the most "intense" pain of her life and had to go to the hotel doctor.

 

She was then transported to the hospital, where she spent the night.

 

However, Amy from Lymington, Hampshire, is still looking for a treatment for her pain eight weeks after the incident.


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Poor nutrition can cause physical, mental decline in elderly - Nutritionists

Elderly people must consume the right nutrients from their meals, according to nutrition experts, who have warned that malnutrition increases the risk of physical and mental decline in older adults.

 

The nutritionists explained that one of the main causes of elderly people's frequent health complications is poor diet.

 

Poor diet in elderly people may cause weight loss, confusion, dizziness, altered brain functions, and loss of appetite, according to experts.

 

They added that other health risks that poor diet poses for the elderly include weakened immune systems, decreased energy, and chronic illnesses like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis.


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Earthquake strikes Indonesia's main island of Java, killing at least 46 people and leaving about 700 others injured

An earthquake has struck the main Indonesian island of Java, leaving more than 40 people dead and hundreds injured, say local officials.

 

According to data from the US Geological Survey, the earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 struck Cianjur town in West Java at a shallow depth of 10 km (6 miles).

 

About 100 kilometres away, in Jakarta, the capital, people in high-rise buildings were evacuated as a result of the tremor felt.

 

Authorities say there could be more fatalities and warn of potential aftershocks.

 

The earthquake occurred in a densely populated, landslide-prone area with poorly constructed homes. According to local reports, rescuers have been working to get people out of collapsed buildings and have so far succeeded in saving a mother and her child.

 

At least 46 people had been killed, Cianjur town's administrator Herman Suherman told the local media.

 

"Victims kept coming from many areas. Around 700 people were injured," he told Kompas TV.

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Nurse who gave first approved Covid jab gets award

A health professional has been honoured for her contribution to nursing after administering the first Covid-19 vaccination outside of clinical trials.

 

Margaret Keenan received the shot in December 2020 from May Parsons, a cutting-edge nurse at University Hospital in Coventry.

 

She received an Endeavour Award from Coventry University after earning a master's in health management.

 

Ms. Parsons, according to them, went "above and beyond" in her work.

 

Ms. Parsons said she was proud of all of her coworkers and said she studied for the degree while working on the hospital wards.

 

Prof. Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, the  pro-vice-chancellor of the university, praised Ms. Parsons as an inspiration to other students.


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779 million Africans lack sanitation services - WHO

The World Health Organisation Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, has said that 779 million people in Africa lack basic sanitation services.

 

In commemoration of World Toilet Day in 2022, which has the theme "Sanitation and groundwater," Dr. Moeti made this announcement in a press release, highlighting how the sanitation crisis has an effect on groundwater.

 

Every year on November 19, the WTD is observed.

 

According to her, access to safely managed drinking water, sanitation services, and good hygiene practices are essential for preserving the public's health. It helps achieve the SDG 6 targets and is crucial to achieving all other SDGs for sustainable development.


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China reports first Covid deaths in nearly 6 months as cases spike

As China struggles to contain an increase in cases across several cities that is pushing the boundaries of its strict zero-Covid strategy, the country has reported the first deaths of Covid-19 patients in nearly six months.

 

Following the passing of an 87-year-old man in the capital on Saturday, China's National Health Commission reported on Monday that two Covid-19 patients had died in Beijing on Sunday.

 

It occurs as the country experiences a spike in cases; the National Health Commission reported 26,824 new infections on Sunday, the highest daily total since mid-April and the sixth straight day over 20,000.

 

The most recent Covid-19-related death in China before this weekend occurred on May 26 in Shanghai, which was shut down for two months until June due to a major outbreak.

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Parents welcome twins from embryos frozen 30 years ago

According to the National Embryo Donation Centre, Lydia and Timothy Ridgeway were born on October 31 from what may be the longest-frozen embryos to ever result in a live birth.

 

Molly Gibson, who was born in 2020 from an embryo that had been frozen for nearly 27 years, held the previous record. Molly stole the record from her sister Emma, who was created from a 24-year-old frozen embryo.

 

Although the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention track success rates and data regarding reproductive technologies, they do not track how long embryos have been frozen, so it's possible that an older frozen embryo was used. However, there is no proof that a live birth from an older embryo has ever occurred.

 

The embryos were created for an anonymous married couple using in-vitro fertilization. The husband was in his early 50s, and they used a 34-year-old egg donor.

 

The embryos were frozen on April 22, 1992.

They were preserved for nearly three decades on tiny straws in liquid nitrogen at a temperature of almost 200 degrees below zero, in a container resembling a propane tank.

 

The embryos were kept at a fertility lab on the West Coast until 2007, when the couple who created them donated the embryos to the National Embryo Donation Centre in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the hopes that they might be used by another couple. That couple was Philip Ridgeway and his wife.


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