Africa: From London to Kigali - We Must Embrace Change to Beat NTDs

[allAfrica] True watershed moments are rare. Personally and professionally, our lives changed when we became Minister of Health for Rwanda and Director of Neglected Tropical Diseases for the Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation. Ever since, our days have been shaped by the people who have been blinded, disfigured, disabled or even killed by ancient, preventable illnesses: neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

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At midnight on Thursday March 26, all of South Africa went into lockdown. For the next 21 days, no one is to leave their homes unless they are going to the grocery store, the pharmacy or to seek medical help. No dog walking, no jogging, no food delivery services. Only essential workers are exempt, and that list is small. When President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement on March 23, a week after shutting the nation’s schools, there were only 402 confirmed COVID-19 cases. But it was essential, he said, to “flatten the curve” before widespread outbreaks overwhelmed the country’s fragile medical sys...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Londontime Source Type: news
Publication date: March 2020Source: The Lancet Global Health, Volume 8, Issue 3Author(s): Charbel El Bcheraoui, Honoré Mimche, Yodé Miangotar, Varsha Sarah Krish, Faye Ziegeweid, Kris J Krohn, Martin Herbas Ekat, Jobert Richie Nansseu, Zacharie Tsala Dimbuene, Helen Elizabeth Olsen, Roger C K Tine, Christopher M Odell, Christopher E Troeger, Nicholas J Kassebaum, Tamer Farag, Simon I Hay, Ali H MokdadSummaryBackgroundPeer-reviewed literature on health is almost exclusively published in English, limiting the uptake of research for decision making in francophone African countries. We used results from the Globa...
Source: The Lancet Global Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: In places with high prevalence of malaria and other infectious diseases, such as the Côte D'Ivoire, food fortification as a nutritional intervention should be accompanied with infectious disease prevention and control. The findings of this study provide additional input for policy makers about the magnitude of the impact and can support the conception of future fortification strategies. PMID: 32033590 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of Health, Population, and Nutrition - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: J Health Popul Nutr Source Type: research
This study provides strong evidence that following a healthy lifestyle can substantially extend the years a person lives disease-free." Commentary on Recent Evidence for Cognitive Decline to Precede Amyloid Aggregation in Alzheimer's Disease I can't say that I think the data presented in the research noted here merits quite the degree of the attention that it has been given in the popular science press. It is interesting, but not compelling if its role...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
We cover a lot of news and announcements about digital health technologies to provide context for you. Even within The Medical Futurist team, there are favorite technologies and trends. And we thought it would be time to share the technologies we’re excited about! With advancements in exoskeleton technology, A.I.’s ever-increasing importance in healthcare and technologies like 5G and quantum computing soon going mainstream, there’s much to be excited about! Without further ado, let’s jump in! 1. Quantum Computing: faster, cheaper and safer Late last month, Google claimed “quantum suprema...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Future of Medicine digital health Healthcare technology digital technology Source Type: blogs
We examined 9293 individuals from the Copenhagen General Population Study using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy measurements of total cholesterol, free- and esterified cholesterol, triglycerides, phospholipids, and particle concentration. Fourteen subclasses of decreasing size and their lipid constituents were analysed: six subclasses were very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL), one intermediate-density lipoprotein (IDL), three low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and four subclasses were high-density lipoprotein (HDL). Remnant lipoproteins were VLDL and IDL combined. Mean nonfasting cholesterol concentration was 72â...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSION: The renal failure of child is relatively common in our daily practice. The low socio-economic level and the lack of adapted equipment make the care difficult. PMID: 31377136 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Nephrologie and Therapeutique - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Tags: Nephrol Ther Source Type: research
Yohei Sasakawa (C), president of the Nippon Foundation and World Health Organisation Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination, shakes the hand of Sebastião Miranda Filho, the mayor of Marabá in northern Brazil, where the foundation finances a project to distribute food to poor families affected by the disease, to encourage them to complete treatment. Credit: Artur Custodio/IPSBy Mario OsavaBRASILIA, Jul 9 2019 (IPS) When cases of Hansen’s disease, better known as leprosy, increase in Brazil, it is not due to a lack of medical assistance but to the growing efficacy of the health system in detecting in...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean Regional Categories Brazil Hansen's disease leprosy Nippon Foundation Yohei Sasakawa Source Type: news
In 2016, musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries accounted for more deaths and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined [1].Despite these data, injuries, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), receive less financial support, and care is focused on prevention rather than treatment [2,3]. Many healthcare facilities in LMICs are underprepared to manage the increasing volume of patients with serious injuries [4,5].
Source: Injury - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Despite recent declines in attributable mortality, inadequate WASH remains an important determinant of global disease burden, especially among young children. These estimates contribute to global monitoring such as for the Sustainable Development Goal indicator on mortality from inadequate WASH. PMID: 31088724 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental health - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Int J Hyg Environ Health Source Type: research
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