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Out of Limbo Into Bomb Scare
(MedPage Today) -- Ida Moberg, MD, deploys to central Africa with M é decins Sans Fronti è res (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - February 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Nigeria:Seven in Ten Deaths Caused By Non Communicable Diseases - WHO
[Premium Times] About seven in ten deaths annually are caused by Non Communicable Diseases, NCD, the World Health Organisation has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 18, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Officials Could Face Homicide Charges After Mental Patients' Deaths
[Bhekisisa] Those who oversaw the removal of mental health patients could face the full wrath of the law as could those standing by as KZN's cancer care fails. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 17, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ecological study of road traffic injuries in the eastern Mediterranean region: country economic level, road user category and gender perspectives - Sengoelge M, Laflamme L, El-Khatib Z.
BACKGROUND: The Eastern Mediterranean region has the second highest number of road traffic injury mortality rates after the African region based on 2013 data, with road traffic injuries accounting for 27% of the total injury mortality in the region. Global... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Pedestrians and Bicycles Source Type: news

Racial differences in presentations and predictors of acute pain following motor vehicle collision - Beaudoin FL, Gutman R, Zhai W, Merchant RC, Clark MA, Bollen KA, Hendry P, Kurz MC, Lewandowski C, Pearson C, O'Neil B, Datner E, Mitchell P, Domeier R, McLean SA.
African-Americans experience a greater burden of acute pain than non-Hispanic white individuals across of variety of acute medical conditions, but it is unknown if this is the case following trauma. We evaluated pain, pain-related characteristics (e.g. per... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Major depressive disorder: longitudinal analysis of impact on clinical and behavioural outcomes in Uganda - Kinyanda E, Levin J, Nakasujja N, Birabwa H, Nakku J, Mpango R, Grosskurth H, Seedat S, Araya R, Shahmanesh M, Patel V.
BACKGROUND: There is still wide variability in HIV disease course and other HIV related outcomes, attributable in part to psychosocial factors such as major depressive disorder (MDD), a subject that has received little attention in sub-Saharan Africa. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Determinants of South African protest participation -
This study is designed to investigate whet... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Childhood adversity increases the risk of onward transmission from perinatal HIV-infected adolescents and youth in South Africa - Kidman R, Nachman S, Dietrich J, Liberty A, Violari A.
Repeated exposure to childhood adversity (abuse, neglect and other traumas experienced before age 18) can have lifelong impacts on health. For HIV-infected adolescents and youth, such impacts may include onward transmission of HIV. To evaluate this possibi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

South Africa:Mandela Bay Listeriosis Outbreak Source Still Not Found
[News24Wire] The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality has assured residents that everything possible was being done to address the outbreak of listeriosis in the metro, but the outbreak source has still not been identified. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 17, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

East Africa:EAC Heads of State to Meet Over Health, Infrastructure
[New Times] East African Community Heads of State are expected to convene in Uganda's capital Kampala next week to discuss a number of regional matters, including infrastructure and health sector growth. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 17, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New study sheds light on illegal global trade of pangolins
(University of Stirling) Animal traffickers are taking advantage of remote ivory trade routes to smuggle pangolins -- one of the world's most endangered animals -- out of Central Africa, a new study has found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medic! Ants injured while hunting for termites get help from paramedic-style triage system
Move over, ant farms — ant hospitals are where the real action is. Scientists studying the behavior of African Matabele ants in Ivory Coast have found that the insects act like paramedics in a crisis, triaging and treating the wounds of their injured peers.The discovery,described in the Proceedings... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 17, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Amina Khan Source Type: news

Global Health: Lassa Fever Erupts in Nigeria
The disease, carried by rodents, is sometimes mild but can lead to hemorrhagic fever and death. W.H.O. has sent additional staff to help contain the outbreak. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Lassa Fever Rodents Epidemics Protective Clothing and Gear World Health Organization Nigeria Africa Source Type: news

Africa:World Leaders Join New Drive to Beat Noncommunicable Diseases
[WHO] Geneva -WHO is announcing today a new high-level commission, comprised of heads of state and ministers, leaders in health and development and entrepreneurs. The group will propose bold and innovative solutions to accelerate prevention and control of the leading killers on the planet -- noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart and lung disease, cancers, and diabetes. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: The epidemic of gun violence is treatable
As a doctor who works at an international news network, I often see the worst stories of all. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the horrific realities of the battlefield are funneled and concentrated in the medical tents where I have reported for more than a decade. I have seen patients infected with Ebola in West Africa who dehydrate to death, with no treatment in sight. There are other stories I still can't talk about. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa:WHO Announces Members of NCDs Body
[WHO] Leaders in health, politics and development have accepted to participate in the first-ever WHO Independent Global High-level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), which aims to identify and propose bold and practical ways to curb the world's leading causes of death and illness. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa:WHO Independent Global High-level Commission on NCDs
[WHO] Members of the new World Health Organization Independent Global High-level Commission on NCDs: (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Outrage Over Tsvangirai Hospital Picture
[New Zimbabwe] A hospital staffer suspected to have circulated a picture of then hospitalised and now late MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai could be in hot water after outraged Zimbabweans wrote to the South African Nursing Council (SANC) demanding action. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia:One Health Validation Meeting Begins
[NEWS] A three-day validation meeting of "One Health" governance manual and annual work plan has begun in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 15, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Aksoy Labs combats the tsetse fly to protect Africa from sleeping sickness
Yale professor of Serap Aksoy ’s work to combat sleeping sickness in Africa has included mapping the genome of the tsetse fly and developing student workshops. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - February 15, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Why People Are Swimming in Freezing Water
Forget dipping your toe in the deep end. In countries around the world, intrepid swimmers of all ages plunge into ice-cold waters for a thrill that can feel as sharp as daggers–and bragging rights that last all winter. Welcome to the fun and frigid world of cold-water swimming. The hobby is nothing new. It’s been around for centuries in chilly climes such as Russia and Finland, and people have been crossing the notoriously frosty, 21-mile-long English Channel without wet suits since at least the 1800s. The Coney Island Polar Bear Club hosted its first U.S. ocean dip in 1903. And while polar plunges have become ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized cold water swimming healthytime Longevity Source Type: news

Nigeria:Nigeria's Poor Attitude to Healthcare Financing
[This Day] While many countries, even in Africa, have increased their health sector funding in a bid to reduce diseases and mortality rates, Nigeria has continued to slip backwards allocating only about 30 per cent of the required yearly amount. Martins Ifijeh writes (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 15, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:How Cape Town's Water Crisis Could Make People Sick
[The Conversation Africa] Day zero, when the 4 million people living in Cape Town run out of water, is becoming a real possibility. The city has informed residents that water supplies will be turned off on the day and only retained for high risk areas and essential services. Citizens will have to queue for water at key points of distribution. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 15, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Action plan released to conserve one of Africa's richest sites for biodiversity
(Wildlife Conservation Society) A team of scientists led by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) has developed a conservation blueprint to protect one of the most biodiverse regions in Africa: the Albertine Rift, home to mountain and Grauer's gorillas, golden monkeys, chimpanzees, elephants, and 162 vertebrate, and 350 plant species unique to this region. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 15, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Genetics makes Asians, Europeans susceptible to dengue shock syndrome
(PLOS) As globalization and climate change spread tropical diseases around the globe, not all populations are equally susceptible to infection. Gene variants common in people of Asian and European ancestry, for instance, make them more prone than those of African origin to developing severe dengue shock syndrome, according to a new study in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 15, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

In Johannesburg, UN youth envoy spotlights need to boost support for reproductive health
In this century, child marriage cannot be allowed to happen, and similarly, children should not give birth to children, the United Nations youth envoy told an African forum on reproductive health and rights on Wednesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Do you have a water contingency plan? What happens when your city runs out of water...
(Natural News) Water is a necessity, plain and simple. Human beings can’t go for more than three days without it. Unfortunately, water is also a finite source. As the looming water crisis in Capetown, South Africa, has shown us, water supplies can be depleted. No one in their right mind wants that to happen to them,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Paramedic ants' observed treating injured comrades
The social insects have been seen cleaning wounds and possibly administering antibiotics to prevent infectionWhen the battle is done the victors head home, their march broken only to gather the wounded, who are hauled back to base for life-saving treatment.Not a heroic scene from the second world war, but the daily grind for African Matabele ants, which leave their nests in the hundreds to launch raids on feeding termites – and risk life and limb in the process.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 14, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Animal behaviour Science Insects Animals Environment Wildlife Biology Source Type: news

New Project to Improve Health and Nutrition in Nine West African Francophone Countries
February 14, 2018IntraHealth International will implement a new regional project to improve nutrition and reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) in the nineOuagadougou Partnership countries of West Africa, thanks to a three-year, $7 million award from the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation.Francophone West Africa has among the highest maternal, neonatal, and child mortality rates in the world. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 303,000 women died in 2015 due to complications of pregnancy or childbirth, more than one-third of them in West and Central Africa. The global maternal mortali...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

South Africa:Monitoring Populations Helps to Put the Right Health Services in Place
[The Conversation Africa] Fourteen years ago South African researchers first picked up rising rates of high blood pressure in the population that led to people dying earlier than expected. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa:Drug-Resistant TB - 'Some of Our Patients Simply Can't Wait for Clinical Trials'
[MSF] Drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) remains a major threat to global health: Of the ten million people who fell ill with TB in 2016 alone, over half a million are estimated to have resistance to the most effective drugs used to treat TB, rifampicin and isoniazid. For those with highly resistant strains of TB, very few treatment options exist. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - February 14, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa:'Delay Your Sexual Debut On Valentine's Day'
[News24Wire] While romantic dinners and marriage proposals are likely to set the tone for intimate rendezvous on Valentine's Day, KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo has urged young people to delay their "sexual debut" "while love is in the air". (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Why Are State Lawyers Fighting to Keep Millions Away From #lifeesidimeni Families?
[Bhekisisa] 'Families should be compensated for trauma, but not for what the deceased went through', says state advocate. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Watch ants rescue their wounded comrades – video
Researchers have observed African Matabele ants treating their wounded comrades. The ants, frequently injured by termites, appear to apply an antibiotic saliva to the wounds of their injured. Nursing in nature: Matabele ants observed treating injured comradesContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 14, 2018 Category: Science Tags: Animal behaviour Africa Biology Insects Source Type: news

Nursing in nature: Matabele ants observed treating injured comrades
The social insects have been seen cleaning wounds and possibly administering antibiotics to prevent infectionWhen the battle is done the victors head home, their march broken only to gather the wounded, who are hauled back to base for life-saving treatment.Not a heroic scene from the second world war, but the daily grind for African Matabele ants, which leave their nests in the hundreds to launch raids on feeding termites – and risk life and limb in the process.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 14, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Animal behaviour Science Insects Animals Environment Wildlife Biology Source Type: news

Nigeria:Lassa Fever - WHO Moves to Contain Outbreak
[This Day] Abuja -The World Health Organisation (WHO) is scaling up its response to the outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria, which has spread to 17 states and may have infected up to 450 people in less than five weeks. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:15% of Nigerian Youth Lose Virginity Before Age 15 - NACA
[Premium Times] More young Nigerians are engaging in sex much earlier, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Bride's Family Calls Off Wedding Over Fake HIV Certificate
[Daily Trust] Damaturu -The family of would-be bride, Hafsa Abdurrahman, has called off their daughter's wedding over a fake certificate, allegedly from Yobe State Specialist Hospital, Damaturu. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Improving the Measurement of Fertility Regulation Practices: Findings from Qualitative Research in Ghana
CONCLUSIONSThe fertility control strategies commonly reported by the study respondents —periodic contraception, and frequent use of traditional methods and emergency contraceptive pills—are likely not adequately captured in general surveys such as the DHS. Such surveys are also not well suited to measuring combinations of methods and mosaics of method combinations. New ways of cap turing women's fertility regulation practices should be considered, including additional survey items, new question modules and specialist studies. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - February 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Nigeria:3 in 10 Nigerian Adults Have Kidney Disease, Says Nephrologists
[Daily Trust] Ilorin -At least three in 10 Nigerians aged over 18 could be suffering one or another kidney related condition, according to the Nigerian Association of Nephrology. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Carefully managed fire can promote rare savanna species
(University of York) In the first continent-wide study of the effects of fire on bird and mammal diversity in the African savanna environment, researchers have found that increasing 'pyrodiversity' boosts the variety of species of mammals by around 20 percent and of birds by 30 percent in savannas with high rainfall. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 14, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Africa:Bill and Melinda Gates Release 2018 Annual Letter: 'The 10 Toughest Questions We Get'
[Gates Foundation] Today, Bill and Melinda Gates share their 2018 Annual Letter, "The 10 Toughest Questions We Get." In this year's letter, the tenth one that they've written, Bill and Melinda respond to 10 tough questions they've received over the years from nonprofit partners, government leaders, the general public -- and supporters and critics alike. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 13, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Five Missing Life Esidimeni Patients Found
[News24Wire] Five of the more than 60 former Life Esidimeni patients who were classified as missing during the arbitration hearings have been found. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 13, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

PROOF that vaccines target blacks for depopulation: Published science paper identifies infertility chemical secretly spiked into vaccines for African women
(Natural News) Call it the Age of Transparency, if you wish, but the dark secrets behind almost every once-trusted institution are now being exposed for all to see. Public trust in already shattered in the treasonous FBI, the corrupt CDC, the “fake news” mainstream media and the farce of conventional medicine. On the heels of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa:Africa Ups Fight Against Fake Drugs
[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -African countries have resolved to formulate comprehensive and results-oriented strategies to check circulation and consumption of sub-standard and fake medicines. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 13, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa:Our 2018 Annual Letter - The Toughest Questions We Get
[Gates Foundation] We are outspoken about our optimism. These days, though, optimism seems to be in short supply. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 13, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya:Business of Medicine - Coughs, Colds Gobble Up Millions From Insurers
[East African] Lifestyle changes, characterised by poor diet, alcoholism and reduced physical activity, are driving up Kenya's cost of health care. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 13, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Tracking the State of Nigerians' Health Over 10 Years
We examined the trends revealed by a series of major surveys. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 13, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Tougher Tobacco Use Laws Critical in the Fight Against Cancer
[263Chat] The World commemorated World Cancer Day on the 4th of February as is the norm each year, the commemoration ran under the theme "We can, I can" and that theme alone makes a lot of sense because surely collectively We can reduce cancer related illness and subsequently cancer related deaths. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 13, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya:Distributor Confirms Fake Condoms Are in the Market
[Nation] A local distribution company has confirmed that fake condoms are in circulation, sparking health fears. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 13, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news