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Expanding Vaccination Coverage Safeguards Families From The Cycle Of Poverty
Today I want to tell you #WhyVaccinesWork. I have seen progress made and lives saved. Vaccines protect against 26 diseases. Where accessible, this means more children are living past their fifth birthday, an important milestone for child survival. It also means adults, communities, and nations are healthier. During World Immunization Week, we must celebrate our shared results and redouble our efforts to improve the health and lives of people everywhere. Immunization currently prevents the death of 2 to 3 million children each year. If global vaccination coverage is strengthened, an additional 1.5 million deaths could be pr...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Malaria Burden Adds Up to Adewole's Meningitis Burden
[This Day] In November 2009, I sat near Isaac Adewole, in Dare-Salaam, Tanzania. I could tell of his brilliance and dedication to a cause he believed in based on how up-close I saw and interacted with him. He was elected the Chairman of African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) at that meeting unopposed to confirm his leadership prowess. We all roared in jubilation to approve that election. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 28, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

3 Reasons Why Being Dedicated To Your Personal Growth Is So Important
Carrying around emotional baggage is a heavy burden to bear and must be healed as an integral part of our journeys. Unfortunately, we all have to face at one point or another that our lives aren’t going to get better until we’ve dealt with our issues. An emotional “clean up” of one’s life can be difficult at best, but the results of making a concerted effort to do so will completely change you and send you where you’re supposed to be – living an amazing, fulfilling, joyful existence. What needs healing on the outside has to be addressed at the roots. However, it takes a willingness...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Court Remands Doctor in Prison for Allegedly Raping Patient
[Daily Trust] An Upper Area Court sitting at Pankshin in Plateau on Friday remanded a medical doctor, Philemon Brazil, in prison for allegedly raping his patient. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 28, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia: University of Liberia Medical College Gets New Dean
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The President of the University of Liberia Prof. Dr. Emmet A. Dennis has appointed Associate Professor of Physiology and Chairman of the Department of Psychology at the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, Dr. Z'Sherman Adams Jr., as Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 28, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia: Nocal Donates U.S.$100K to Mental Health Research Institution
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The National Oil Company has presented a check of US$100,000 to the Liberia Center for Outcome Research in Mental Health (LICORMH) as support to government, in an effort to reduce drug addiction and substance use disorder in Liberia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 28, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Climate-Smart Agriculture – From Tanzania to Vietnam
Farmers clear weeds from a trench, which retains water and prevents soil erosion during rains, as part of the FAO project to strengthen capacity of farms for climate change in Kiroka, Tanzania. Credit: FAOBy IPS World DeskROME, Apr 28 2017 (IPS)As part of efforts to move towards “climate-smart” agriculture, several countries have shared In a meeting in Rome new experiences on how to produce food in ways that help farmers cope with the impacts of climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture. The exchange took place at a special 26 April side-event during a session of the UN Food and Agric...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 28, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: IPS World Desk Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Democracy Development & Aid Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Middle East & North Africa Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nati Source Type: news

20 Million People Could ‘Starve to Death’ in Next Six Months
A livestock owner in Yemen tends her goats. Livestock production fell by more than 35 per cent in 2016 compared to the pre-crisis period. Credit: FAOBy Baher KamalROME, Apr 28 2017 (IPS)Urgent action is needed to save the lives of people facing famine in North Eastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN leading food and agriculture agency’s chief on April 28 warned. “If nothing is done, some 20 million people could starve to death in the next six months.” “Famine does not just kill people, it contributes to social instability and also perpetuates a cycle of poverty and aid dependency that en...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 28, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Democracy Development & Aid Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Middle East & North Africa Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nati Source Type: news

Biologists Are Using Robots and Technology to Battle Alien Plants and Animals
(WASHINGTON) — A robot zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda. A helicopter pelts Guam’s trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake. A special boat with giant winglike nets stuns and catches Asian carp in the U.S. Midwest. In the fight against alien animals that invade and overrun native species, the weird and wired wins. “Critters are smart — they survive,” said biologist Rob “Goose” Gosnell, head of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s wildlife services in Guam, where brown tree snakes have gobbled up nearly all the native birds. “...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - April 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Seth Borenstein / AP Tags: Uncategorized Environment onetime technology Source Type: news

Africa: Low-cost Drug Could Save Thousands of Mothers' Lives Across Developing World
[VOA] A low-cost and widely available drug could save the lives of 1 in 3 mothers who would otherwise bleed to death after childbirth, according to a new study. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 28, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Traditional Affairs Commits to Ending Initiation Deaths
[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Des Van Rooyen has committed to work with his department's stakeholders to bring an end to initiation deaths. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 28, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Fitness Buff Turned Trash At The Beach Into Full-Fledged Gym
Most people go to the beach to kick back. Not Alcindo Soares. Soares always dreamed of becoming a professional athlete, Great Big Story reported in its profile of the exercise buff. But when he couldn’t afford to join a gym in Cape Verde, an island country off the coast of West Africa, he decided to build his own. Soares, who works in construction, collects the detritus he finds on the shores of Santa Maria beach and fashions it into workout equipment. The outdoor facility is replete with many of the trappings you’d find at a standard fitness club, including weights, pull-up bars and a bench for dips. But there...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kenya: Experts Sound Alarm Over Heart Attacks in the Young
[Nation] Mr Stano Kiragu, an IT expert in a private firm at Nakuru's Industrial area joins the long queue of patients at a Karen Heart Hospital in Nakuru in Town. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 28, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Rwanda: Malaria Day - Call for Effective Policies to End the Tropical Disease
[New Times] Eliminating malaria requires sustained and robust financial investment as well as having national programmes that are backed by effective policies, Dr Juliet Bataringaya, the World Health Organisation country representative has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 28, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda: Improve Health Units to Decongest Referrals
[Monitor] The Ministry of Health has said it will no longer accept to treat patients who just walk into regional referral hospitals without referral letters from lower health facilities (see Daily Monitor, April 27). According to Dr Anthony Mbonye, the director general of health services, patients who are not referred are causing confusion at referral hospitals and are clogging the entire healthcare system. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 28, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Last Mile Health CEO Raj Panjabi To Establish Community Health Worker Academy Using $1M TED Prize
[The Kaizer Family Foundation] Business Insider: A Harvard doctor just won $1 million for a project that could prevent the next deadly pandemic (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Ebola Virus Response - Experiences and Lessons From Sierra Leone
[The Conversation Africa] Washington State University -It's 18 months since Sierra Leone was declared Ebola free after a two-year outbreak that left 4,000 people dead. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Fukomys livingstoni, I presume?
Two new species of African mole-rat have been discovered by researchers. The species, formally described as Fukomys hanangensis and Fukomys livingstoni, were found around Mount Hanang and at Ujiji on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, both in Tanzania. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 27, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Indigenous Women: The Frontline Protectors of the Environment
The Bhumia tribal community practices sustainable forestry: these women returning from the forest carry baskets of painstakingly gathered tree bark and dried cow dung for manure. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Apr 27 2017 (IPS)Indigenous women, while experiencing the first and worst effects of climate change globally, are often in the frontline in struggles to protect the environment. A forum organized by the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) brought together indigenous women from around the world to discuss the effects of climate change in their communities and their wor...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Africa Aid Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Democracy Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Indigenous Rights Inequity Po Source Type: news

Africa: Improving Health in Africa
[This Day] April 27, 2017 (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Could a New Single-Dose Drug Help Wipe Out Malaria?
[Daily Maverick] A new drug, discovered and biologically profiled locally, has the potential to stop malaria before it starts - not only targeting the parasite throughout its lifestyle, but also working against resistant strains of the disease. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: First Things First - Know Your Status
[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -Students on campuses throughout the Western Cape are now able to do HIV testing, receive counselling and education, thanks to the 2017 First Things First campaign. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: China Hails Ties With South Africa As Example for Solidarity, Cooperation
[Focac] Pretoria -Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong on Monday hailed Sino-South African relationship as an example for solidarity and cooperation between China and Africa and between major developing countries. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

$9.6 million grant fuels UCI malaria control research in Africa
(University of California - Irvine) A University of California, Irvine study on the impact of environmental changes on malaria in sub-Saharan Africa has been awarded up to $9.6 million over seven years from the National Institute of Allergy& Infectious Diseases, a part of the National Institutes of Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 27, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Fukomys livingstoni, I presume?
(Queen Mary University of London) Two new species of African mole-rat have been discovered by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), together with colleagues in Tanzania and at the University of Pretoria. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 27, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Malaria Vaccine to Be Piloted in Three African Nations (FREE)
By the Editors A malaria vaccine pilot program will begin in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi in 2018, the World Health Organization has announced. … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - April 26, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Readmission penalties don ' t correlate to heart attack outcomes
A program that penalizes hospitals for high early readmission rates of heart attack patients may be unfairly penalizing hospitals that serve a large proportion of African-Americans and those with more severe illness, a study suggests. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 26, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Early evidence of Middle Stone Age projectiles found in South Africa ' s Sibudu Cave
Innovations in stone knapping technology during the South African Middle Stone Age enabled the creation of early projectile weapons, according to a study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 26, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Global warming accounts for tripling of extreme West African Sahel storms
Global warming is responsible for a tripling in the frequency of extreme West African Sahel storms observed in just the last 35 years, an international team of experts has reported. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 26, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Zambia improves real-time tracking of vaccines, reduces stock outs
(Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - April 26, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: vaccines [subject], vaccine, vaccine safety, vaccine quality, African Region [region], Feature [doctype], Zambia [country] Source Type: news

Women Basically Ensure The Survival Of Their Communities In Rural Kenya
KILIFI COUNTY, Kenya ― Each morning before the heat rises, Kanze Kahindi sets out from her one-room hut near the village of Changojeni for a six-mile walk to the nearest small river. She returns eight hours later, balancing a yellow 5-gallon jerrycan of water on her head. Her chest and legs ache when she finally deposits the 42-pound container in her home, but there’s barely time to rest. Soon she’ll be cleaning and cooking food for her eight children. While men in communities like Kahindi’s till land and care for livestock, women and girls arguably have the most important responsibility when it comes t...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa: Minister Motsoaledi On SA's Health System and Freedom
[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -Having one seamless health department is what Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi believes would mean freedom to him and the millions of citizens who depend on the country's health system. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 26, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Confessions of a Suicide Survivor
[The Journalist] Breaking the silence of shocking suicide statistics (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 26, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The Stepping Stones and Creating Futures intervention to prevent intimate partner violence and HIV-risk behaviours in Durban, South Africa: study protocol for a cluster randomized control trial, and baseline characteristics - Gibbs A, Washington L, Willan S, Ntini N, Khumalo T, Mbatha N, Sikweyiya Y, Shai N, Chirwa E, Strauss M, Ferrari G, Jewkes R.
BACKGROUND: Preventing intimate partner violence (IPV) remains a global public health challenge. Studies suggest urban informal settlements have particularly high levels of IPV and HIV-prevalence and these settlements are rapidly growing. The current evide... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 26, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news

Satellite Eye on Earth: March 2017 – in pictures
Mount Etna, India ’s ship graveyard and trees in Africa are among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites last monthThe Mackenzie river system is Canada ’s largest watershed, and the 10th largest water basin in the world. The river runs 4,200km (2,600 miles) from the Columbia icefield in the Canadian Rockies to the Arctic Ocean. If your vehicle weighs less than 22,000lb, you can drive the frozen river out to Reindeer Station. The bitterly cold ice road runs for 194km between the remote outposts of Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. White, snow- and ice-covered waterways of the east channel of the Mackenzi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 26, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Compiled by Eric Hilaire Tags: Environment World news Space Science Source Type: news

Nigeria: Dangote, Bill Gates Hopeful About Improving Health in Africa
[This Day] Abuja -The African richest man, and President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Bill Gate have said that more than 138,000 vaccinators will be carried out across five African countries in the Lake Chad area this week in a push to eliminate polio in Africa and rid the world of this terrible disease forever. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 26, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Correction: Africa-Malaria Vaccine story
(Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Africa: Increasing Caesarean Sections in Africa Could Save More Mothers' Lives
[The Conversation Africa] Caesarean sections have been lifesaving procedures for hundreds of thousands of women across the world who experience complications during labour. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - April 26, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

South Africa: Govt Needs More Than a Sugar Tax to Get to the Bottom of Obesity
[The Conversation Africa] South Africa has been wrapped up in public and parliamentary debates on the value of South Africa's proposed sugar tax. These highlight that the growing obesity epidemic has been fuelled by people consuming high levels of sugar. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 26, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Why Medicinal Plants Could Play a Role in Treating Malaria
[The Conversation Africa] It will take effective prevention, accurate and timely diagnosis and treatment to successfully eliminate malaria. But none of this will help if the causative agents become resistant to the drugs used for treatment. The Conversation Africa's Health and Medicine Editor Joy Wanja Muraya spoke to Dr. Jeremiah Waweru Gathirwa and Ruth Monyenye Nyang'acha researchers at the Kenya Medical Research Institute about the country's work towards using medicinal plants as a potential anti-malarial drugs. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Professor Designs Low Cost Paper Centrifuge
[Premium Times] As the world marks Malaria Day on Tuesday, a professor of bio-engineering at Stanford University, Manu Prakash, has designed a paper centrifuge that costs less than a dollar. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

West Africa: Continuing the Fight to Save 25 Million Lives Across the Sahel
[Malaria Consortium] ACCESS-SMC brought together a consortium of leading players in malaria prevention to deliver seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) to seven countries across the Sahel: Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and The Gambia. In the Sahel, malaria remains one of the leading cause of severe illness and mortality in young children, with those under the age of five at most risk. For the 25 million children who live in areas subject to a seasonal surge in malaria incidence, SMC is an effective, lifesav (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Back Malaria Vaccine Trial
[Nation] The choice of Kenya among three African countries to pilot a malaria vaccine is a welcome development. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: World Vaccination Week - Dangote, Bill Gates Speak On Efforts to End Polio
[Premium Times] In a push to eliminate polio in Africa and rid the world of the disease, Aliko Dangote and Bill and Melinda Gates foundations have engaged more than 138,000 vaccinators to conduct vaccinations across five African countries in the Lake Chad area. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 26, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

East Africa: Young Women's Freedom and Choices Amid Talk of Contraceptives, Morals
[Monitor] The Ministry of Health, a few months ago, mooted a proposal to introduce contraceptive use by children as young as 10 years. Similarly, the East African Community Legislative assembly has drafted a bill-- the EAC Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Bill 2017, which is at committee stage, and also seeks to legalise abortion. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 26, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Perinatal depression in Nigeria: perspectives of women, family caregivers and health care providers - Adeponle A, Groleau D, Kola L, Kirmayer LJ, Gureje O.
BACKGROUND: Perinatal maternal depression is common and undertreated in many sub-Saharan African countries, including Nigeria. While culture shapes the social determinants and expression of depressive symptoms, there is a dearth of research investigating t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 26, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Readmission penalties don't correlate to heart attack outcomes
(UT Southwestern Medical Center) A program that penalizes hospitals for high early readmission rates of heart attack patients may be unfairly penalizing hospitals that serve a large proportion of African-Americans and those with more severe illness, a study by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers suggests. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 26, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to pilot malaria vaccine trial – UN
The United Nations health agency ’ s regional office for Africa has announced that Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will take part in a breakthrough pilot programme to make the world ’ s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 25, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Good Health Care for Africa Depends on Health Workers and Good Governance
April 25, 2017Countries need good health governance at all levels.  When he was just a little boy,my colleague Peter woke up in the middle of the night to hear his mother shouting for him. His baby sister was terribly ill, and Peter ’s mother needed him to run fetch the village nurse.He did —through the pitch-black darkness and the pouring rain.Their village in Kenya did not have electricity or cell phones at the time, but they knew they could count on nurse Winifred, because she was highly skilled, and always close by.This nurse ’s proximity to the people who needed her saved a baby’s life that night. And who can...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 25, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

South Africa: Fighting Injustice Helps in Creating Resilient Urban Spaces
[The Conversation Africa] Cape Town -Resilience is a word that's thrown around a lot these days. It means different things to different people, but generally alludes to the ability of people or systems to bounce back from shocks, and, increasingly find ways to emerge stronger than before. Shocks might be acute - like floods or cholera outbreaks - or chronic - like stress because of poverty or insecurity. The term, that emerged from ecological literature, is concerned with how systems work. It has grown to be used in many fields including engi (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 25, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news