Warning: Climate Crisis Is Now the Single Biggest Health Threat Facing Humanity
This year’s World Health Day launched a new warning: more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to “avoidable environmental causes”. Credit: BigstockBy Baher KamalMADRID, Apr 5 2022 (IPS) While the world’s top scientists and experts continue their arduous work to finally submit to politicians at the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt (7-18 November 2022), a new alert now emerges: the climate crisis has already become the single biggest health threat to humankind. But this new alert should be no surprise: it rather constitutes the logic, expected cons...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 5, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Development & Aid Environment Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations World Health Day Source Type: news

UCLA-led team gets $8.4 million NIH grant to probe mysteries of Valley Fever
Why do some people infected with Valley Fever develop a potentially fatal form of the disease that ravages their body while most experience only mild symptoms or none at all?A team led by UCLA ’s Dr. Manish Butte has been awarded an $8.4 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study this and other questions related to genetic risk factors and immune responses to the disease, which occurs when people breathe in microscopic spores of the fungusCoccidioides that are present in soil.First identified in Argentina in the late 1800s, Valley Fever today is seen in a geographic swath that s...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 15, 2022 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

NIH supports Valley Fever research with new award
Teams will collaborate to investigate potential diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines for this fungal disease. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - February 2, 2022 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Kenya: Top Scientist Shares the Joys and Challenges of Creating Life-Saving Vaccines
[The Conversation Africa] Professor George Warimwe should be a household name in Kenya. He's a leading scientist who has created a life-saving vaccine against Rift Valley Fever. He is also leading policy-changing work on Yellow Fever vaccines. Warimwe has now been awarded the Royal Society Africa Prize for his work on vaccine development and capacity building in Africa. Moina Spooner, from The Conversation Africa, spoke to Warimwe about his life as a vaccinologist. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 1, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New Analyses Suggest Favorable Results for STELARA ® (ustekinumab) When Used as a First-Line Therapy for Bio-Naïve Patients with Moderately to Severely Active Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
SPRING HOUSE, PENNSYLVANIA, October 25, 2021 – The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson today announced data from two new analyses of STELARA® (ustekinumab) for the treatment of adults with moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC).1,2 In a modelled analysisa focused on treatment sequencing using data from randomized controlled trials, network meta-analysis and literature, results showed patient time spent in clinical remission or response was highest when STELARA was used as a first-line advanced therapy for bio-naïve patients with moderately to severely acti...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - October 25, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

Epidemiology, Features, and Outcomes of Coccidioidomycosis Epidemiology, Features, and Outcomes of Coccidioidomycosis
A recent study of coccidioidomycosis provides insight into the epidemiology, clinical characteristics, and outcomes of this infection.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Weatherwatch: how dust storms heighten risk of Valley fever
US scientists develop system using a cake tin and marbles to forecast areas posing biggest health threatThe Roman writer Vitruvius wrote of an unhealthy wind blowing off the city ’s marshlands, bringing sickness. While this ancient miasmal theory of infection was superseded by germ theory, researchers have found thatdust storms really can spread pathogens.Scientists from George Mason University, Virginia, are studying dust storms in the south-western US and their connection withValley fever, a fungal disease that kills hundreds of people every year.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 5, 2021 Category: Science Authors: David Hambling Tags: Virginia Extreme weather Science Source Type: news

Africa: We're a Step Closer to Figuring Out Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People and Not Others
[The Conversation Africa] Mosquitoes contribute to the transmission of life-threatening diseases that include Zika, dengue, chikungunya, Rift Valley fever and malaria. Of these, malaria carries the most risk accounting for 229 million cases and more than 400,000 deaths in 2019. Africa accounted for 67% (274 000) of all malaria deaths worldwide. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 19, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Coccidioidomycosis and COVID-19 Co-Infection, U.S., 2020 Coccidioidomycosis and COVID-19 Co-Infection, U.S., 2020
What have we learned about the interaction between COVID-19 and coccidioidomycosis and the risk factors for this co-infection?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Rift Valley fever – Kenya
Rift Valley fever (RVF) has been reported in Kenya in humans in Isiolo and Mandera counties and in (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - February 12, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Regional Analysis of Coccidioidomycosis Incidence - California, 2000-2018
This report describes regional analysis of coccidioidomycosis in California. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - December 3, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) Source Type: news

Rift Valley Fever – Mauritania
The Ministry of Health (MoH) notified WHO that between 13 September and 1 October 2020, eight cases of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) including seven deaths were confirmed in animal breeders. Districts affected include Tidjikja and Moudj éria (Tagant region), Guerou (Assaba region) and Chinguetty (Adrar region). Laboratory confirmation of RVF infection was performed using a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) at the National Institute for Public Health Research (INRSP) in Nouakchott. The age of infected patient s varied between 16 and 70 years old and included one woman and seven men. All seven deaths occurr...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - November 13, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Sudan: Covid Testing Extended in Sudan
[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -- The Ministry of Health of Khartoum state announced yesterday that COVID-19 tests for travellers can now be done at Jabra Hospital in Khartoum, and El Rakha Health Centre in Omdurman, in addition to other laboratories. Haemorrhagic and Rift Valley Fever are still spreading. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 29, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) Awareness - California, 2016-2017
This report describes a survey of the general awareness of Valley fever in California. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - October 22, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: Fungal Diseases MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) Source Type: news

SIMPONI ARIA ® (golimumab) Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Active Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and Extension of Its Active Psoriatic Arthritis Indication in Patients 2 Years of Age and Older
HORSHAM, PA, September 30, 2020 – The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved SIMPONI ARIA® (golimumab) for patients 2 years of age and older for the treatment of active pJIA and has extended the PsA indication for this same patient population. “This latest FDA approval of SIMPONI ARIA for pediatric use in active pJIA and active PsA not only brings a new option to young patients living with these diseases but also adds to the growing body of evidence for this treatment,” said Mathai Mammen, M.D., Ph.D., Global Head, Jans...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - September 30, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news