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Rapid Risk Assessment: Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Bas Uele Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo; 17 May 2017
European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 05/17/2017 This four-page rapid risk assessment reviews the following risks regarding the current Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Bas Uele province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): Risk of further spread of the outbreak in DRC; risk to European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) citizens living or traveling in DRC; and risk of introduction and further spread within the EU/EEA. It includes a map of the Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medici...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Scientists develop test to identify best treatment for gonorrhea
FINDINGSResearchers from UCLA have developed a laboratory test that helps physicians determine which people with gonorrhea may be more treatable with an antibiotic that has not been recommended since 2007 because of concerns that the resistance to the drug was growing.BACKGROUNDGonorrhea has developed increasing resistance to all current antibiotics. Due to the spread of multi-drug resistant gonorrhea, health authorities have declared it one of the top-three urgent threats to public health.Ciprofloxacin was used to combat the sexually transmitted infection until 2007, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sto...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - May 23, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

The ‘Public’ in Public Health
By Vani S. KulkarniPHILADELPHIA, May 22 2017 (IPS) The discourse must move beyond a top-down approach to listen to the people and formulate best insurance practices Much ink has been spilled in documenting the inadequacy of budgetary allocations for public health insurance, specifically for the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), the world’s largest publicly-funded health insurance (PFHI) scheme. Though the 2017-18 budget allocation has marginally increased from last year’s revised estimates, it has declined relative to last year’s budgeted amount by about ₹500 crore. However, higher budgetary a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Vani Kulkarni Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Governance Headlines Health Inequity Women's Health Source Type: news

In final address, UN health chief urges world body to ‘ remember the people ’ behind the facts and figures
The outgoing chief of the United Nations health agency today highlighted the relevance of the World Health Organization (WHO), and offered its decision-making body parting advice that included protecting scientific evidence, pushing for innovation and thinking of people in every decision that is taken. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Yemen Cholera Cases Could Hit 300,000 Within Six Months - WHO Yemen Cholera Cases Could Hit 300,000 Within Six Months - WHO
Yemen could have as many as 300,000 cases of cholera within six months and an"extremely high" number of deaths, the World Health Organization said on Friday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Systems Development Project Manager (CRM, Grants and Accounting)
Department: SystemsType: Full-time; ExemptWHO WE ARE:The Systems Department in the U.S. office of Doctors Without Borders/ M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF) acts like the organization's central nervous system, providing the vital information infrastructure to ensure the smooth functioning of all its operations. The Systems Department is responsible for building, configuring and maintaining the technical architecture, both physical and virtual, which ensures MSF can achieve the ambitions of its mission.Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tysha Popo Source Type: news

Information Security Project Manager
Department: SystemsType: Full-time; ExemptWHO WE ARE:The Systems Department in the U.S. office of Doctors Without Borders/ M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF) acts like the organization's central nervous system, providing the vital information infrastructure to ensure the smooth functioning of all its operations. The Systems Department is responsible for building, configuring and maintaining the technical architecture, both physical and virtual, which ensures MSF can achieve the ambitions of its mission.Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tysha Popo Source Type: news

Africa: This World Health Organization Leadership Election Is Crucial, And It's Getting Ugly
[allAfrica] There is less than a week to go in the race to be the next Director-General of the World Health Organization. And given the WHO's recent mis-steps, especially with regard to Ebola, this is a crucial election. Unfortunately, the race just got terribly nasty with its own "dirty tricks." (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: WHO Vote – Will It Save Our Lives?
[allAfrica] Cape Town -There is high drama in Geneva as health experts worry whether politics will outweigh accountability and experience in tomorrow's down-to-the-wire balloting for Director-General of the UN World Health Organization. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ebola death toll in remote Congo likely has risen to 4, WHO says
A fourth person has likely died from Ebola in remote northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Medicaid Cuts Are The Most Important Part Of The AHCA
The American Health Care Act (AHCA), passed by the House of Representatives by a margin of one vote (217-213) on May 4th, overhauls the way in which the federal government and states cover the costs of state Medicaid programs. Most notably, it converts Medicaid from an open-ended entitlement into a ‘per-capita cap’ program. Medicaid provides coverage for over 70 million individuals and relies on both federal and state funding to continue growing. Under current law, the federal government covers, on average, 57 percent of each state’s total Medicaid costs, no matter the amount. The states pay for the remai...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Latest: US 'disappointed' Taiwan not at WHO assembly
President Donald Trump's top health official says the United States is "disappointed" that Taiwan wasn't invited to the World Health Organization's most important annual meeting (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

ASTHO and Alzheimer's Association Webinar on State/Regional Needs Assessments Related to Dementia
June 8, 2017, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST. A webinar for public health professionals on conducting state or regional needs assessments related to Alzheimer's and other dementias, a fast growing public health issue. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

ASTHO and Alzheimer ’s Association Webinar on State/Regional Needs Assessments Related to Dementia
June 8, 2017, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST. A webinar for public health professionals on conducting state or regional needs assessments related to Alzheimer's and other dementias, a fast growing public health issue. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Vitamin A supplementation for preventing morbidity and mortality in children from six months to five years of age.
Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is a major public health problem in low- and middle-income countries, affecting 190 million children under five years of age and leading to many adverse health consequences, including death. Based on prior evidence and a previous version of this review, the World Health Organization has continued to recommend vitamin A supplementation for children aged 6 to 59 months. There are new data available from recently published randomised trials since the previous publication of this review in 2010, and this update incorporates this information and reviews the evidence. To assess the effects of vitamin...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Advancing Health Equity Efforts in a New Policy Environment
June 19, 2017 1pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Depression and other common mental disorders: global health estimates
This booklet provides latest available estimates of the prevalence of depression and other common mental disorders at the global and regional level, together with data concerning the consequences of these disorders in terms of lost health. Country-specific estimates are also provided (see Appendix). It offers complementary information to that provided in other information products developed by WHO and others on the appropriate public health response to these disorders, including their treatment and prevention. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Latest: Protests erupt over Ethiopian's bid to lead WHO
Devi Sridhar, a professor in global public health at the University of Edinburgh, has described the yearly $200 million travel costs of the World Health Organization as documented by the Associated Press as "extremely high." (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Libya: Migrants and Refugees Suffering from Disease in Detention Centers
Preventable diseases and acute malnutrition are the direct result of poor detention conditions.   Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kavita Menon Source Type: news

Infection Control Specialist
Department:Medical UnitType: Full-time, ExemptReports to:Deputy Medical DirectorSupervises:N/AI.        Introduction:Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tysha Popo Source Type: news

What is Cholera?
VideoWhat is Cholera?May 22, 2017Cholera often breaks out when there is overcrowding and inadequate access to clean water, trash collection, and proper toilets. It causes profuse diarrhea and vomiting which can lead to death by intense dehydration, sometimes within a matter of hours.   (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Melissa Pracht Source Type: news

The Latest: WHO head gives her last address to member states
Dr. Margaret Chan has given her last address as director-general of the World Health Organization at its annual gathering of member states in Geneva (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Taiwanese minister: China is playing politics with health
Taiwan's health minister has accused China of playing politics with health after Taiwan was blocked from taking part in the annual meeting of the governing body of the World Health Organization (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Africa: Africa's Final Push for Election of Tedros as WHO Leader
[allAfrica] Geneva -The Chair of African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has urged the world to elect Dr. Tedros Adhanom of Ethiopia as the next Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO), saying he is the best-qualified candidate to lead the global health agency. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: British Politician Backs Africa's Choice for World Health Post
[allAfrica] London -The former British Secretary for International Development and Conservative member of Parliament is supporting Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom over the UK's David Nabarro in tomorrow's vote for a new head of the World Health Organization. Despite British backing for Nabarro, Mitchell says Tedros will implement reforms to improve the health of billions -- and should be at the helm of WHO when the next pandemic hits. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Garbage recycling in Egypt: Trading health for livelihood
Cairo ’s garbage collectors, integral to the city’s waste management, object to scheme that threatens their livelihoods. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: WHO Optimistic on Controlling DRC Ebola Outbreak
[VOA] The World Health Organization's regional chief for Africa reports prospects for rapidly controlling the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo are good. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

AP Exclusive: Health agency spends more on travel than AIDS
After praising health workers in West Africa for their triumph over the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization's chief spent the night in the top-tier presidential suite of an oceanfront hotel in Guinea (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Status of mind
The Royal Society of Public Health and the Young Health Movement have published #StatusOfMind, examining the positive and negative effects of social media on young people's health. The report includes a league table of social media platforms according to their impact on young people's mental health. YouTube tops the table as the most positive with Instagram and Snapchat coming out as the most detrimental to young people's mental health and wellbeing. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ethiopia: Dr. Tedros - the Right Candidate for WHO
[Ethiopian Herald] Member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) will elect a new Director General in 21-31 May 2017 at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sudan: Minister for Health Arrived in Switzerland for the WHO Meetings
[SNA] Khartoum -The Minister for Health, Bahr Idris Abu Ghardha, arrived in Switzerland on Sunday to participate in the regular meetings of the World Health Organization WHO which will in this encounter select a new director general for the world body. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Why South West States Have No Meningitis C Vaccines - Officials
[Premium Times] There is a discernible absence of the Cerebro Spinal Meningitis Type C vaccine in public health institutions across many states in the South West Zone and Kwara, a survey by the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, has revealed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Progress Toward Measles Elimination -- Africa, 2013-2016 Progress Toward Measles Elimination -- Africa, 2013-2016
Are we on track to meet the World Health Organization goal of measles elimination in the African region by 2020?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

New therapy for atherosclerosis developed by Ben-Gurion University
(American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) 'Our E-selectin-targeting polymer reduces existing plaque and prevents further plaque progression and inflammation, preventing arterial thrombosis, ischemia, myocardial infarction, and stroke,' says Prof. Ayelet David of the BGU Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Graphene-based sensor could improve evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of asthma
(Rutgers University) Rutgers University-New Brunswick scientists have created a graphene-based sensor that could lead to earlier detection of looming asthma attacks and improve the management of asthma and other respiratory diseases, preventing hospitalizations and deaths. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Temple study shows baby boxes & sleep education reduced bed-sharing in 1st week of infancy
(Temple University Health System) Bed-sharing, the unsafe practice in which parents sleep in the same bed as their babies, is associated with sleep-related deaths in infants, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed. Researchers at Temple University Hospital have now found that face-to-face postpartum education about safe infant sleep, combined with the distribution of a baby box, a cardboard bassinet, reduced the rates of bed-sharing during babies' first 8 days of life. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Rise in lung adenocarcinoma linked to 'light' cigarette use
(Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center) A new study shows that so-called 'light' cigarettes have no health benefits to smokers and have likely contributed to the rise of a certain form of lung cancer that occurs deep in the lungs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

National study looks at tobacco advertising and susceptibility to use tobacco among youth
(University of California - San Diego) Among 12- to 17-year-olds who have never used tobacco products, nearly half were considered receptive to tobacco marketing if they were able to recall or liked at least one advertisement, report researchers at University of California San Diego Moores Cancer Center and Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center, in a new national study. Receptivity to tobacco ads is associated with an increased susceptibility to smoking cigarettes in the future. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Why fewer blood cancer patients receive hospice care
(Wiley) Research has shown that patients with blood cancers are less likely to enroll in hospice care than patients with solid cancers, and the findings from a national survey suggest that concerns about the adequacy of hospice may prevent blood cancer specialists from referring their patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Moderate drinking may not ward off heart disease
(Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs) Many people believe that having a glass of wine with dinner -- or moderately drinking any kind of alcohol -- will protect them from heart disease. But a hard look at the evidence finds little support for that. That's the conclusion of a new research review in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Doctors urge FDA to tighten regulations on 'filtered' cigarettes
(MediaSource) While the overall rate of lung cancer continues to decline in the United States, one form of the disease often found in the outer areas of the lungs continues to climb -- and experts think they know why. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

First ever data on number of gender confirmation surgeries
(MediaSource) For the first time, the world's largest plastic surgery organization is tracking national statistics on gender confirmation surgeries. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons found a nearly 20 percent increase in these surgeries in just the first year of reporting. In 2016, more than 3,200 surgeries were performed to help transgender patients feel more like themselves. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Intensive blood pressure can reduce risk of harm to heart muscle
(Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center) A new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has shown that aggressive lowering of blood pressure in people with hypertension reduced the risk of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). This condition, the enlargement and thickening of the walls of the heart's main pumping chamber, is the most common complication of high blood pressure and greatly increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Researchers suppress fibrosis chemical signal to block haywire healing
(Mayo Clinic) An injured body always seeks to heal. But that process is far from simple. A host of cells organize to restore what was damaged. Then, critically, the process tapers off. And when it doesn't, the effects can be disastrous. Fibrosis is the thickening and scarring of tissue due to an overactive healing response. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news