South Africa: Obesity Is On the Rise Among South African Women - A Risk to Maternal and Child Health
[The Conversation Africa] Obesity in adults has nearly tripled between 1975 and 2016 across the world. The World Health Organization estimated that by 2016, about 1.9 billion adults worldwide were overweight. More than 650 million of these adults were obese. These represent about 39% and 13% of the world's adult population, respectively. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 29, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Vision Introduces All Purpose EDOF, TECNIS Symfony OptiBlue IOL, the Latest PC-IOL Powered by InteliLight Technology
IRVINE, Calif. – Sept. 27, 2022 – Johnson & Johnson Vision,** a global leader in eye health and part of Johnson & Johnson MedTech,*** today announced availability of our presbyopia-correcting intraocular lens (PC-IOL) powered by InteliLight technology https://www.jnjvisionpro.com/intelilight , TECNIS Symfony OptiBlue IOL. This extended depth-of-focus (EDOF) lens expands presbyopia correction to more patients and joins TECNIS Synergy IOL, a high-performance hybrid lens designed for spectacle independence****, in the InteliLight portfolio. These two complementary products deliver superior* contrast and low-light ...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - September 28, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

Africa: Joint Statement of the United States of America and the World Health Organization On the U.S.-WHO Strategic Dialogue
[WHO] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus held the first U.S.-WHO Strategic Dialogue. Convened under the Biden-Harris Administration, the U.S.-WHO Strategic Dialogue provides a platform to maximize the longstanding U.S. government-WHO partnership, and to protect and promote the health of all people around the globe, including the American people. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 28, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Masks should not be compulsory now, say experts
Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO), has also recommended wearing masks in crowded indoor settings with poor ventilation. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 27, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa: Rural Doctor of the Year - Craig Parker - the Doctor-Engineer Who Created a Covid Lifeline for Rural Areas
[spotlight] Dr Craig Parker's oxygen device - the OxERA - saved hundreds of lives during COVID-19, particularly around the rural Eastern Cape. Now, the device has earned a global nod as it was listed in the World Health Organization's 2022 Compendium under "innovative health technologies for low resource settings". (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 27, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Here to Stay? China's Cityscapes Transformed by Thousands of COVID Test Booths Here to Stay? China's Cityscapes Transformed by Thousands of COVID Test Booths
A thousand days since the World Health Organization was told of a ' viral pneumonia ' in central China, many countries have returned to pre-COVID-19 life. Not so China itself.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - September 27, 2022 Category: Pathology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

What We Know So Far About BA.2.75.2, the ‘ Most Resistant ’ Variant to Date
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, health officials have warned that the biggest barrier to controlling the virus would be its ability to mutate into ever more infectious and dangerous forms. The latest version raising alarms is an emerging subvariant of Omicron called BA.2.75.2. It’s already gained the ability to evade the immunity provided by current vaccines and can’t be neutralized by many of the antiviral drug treatments available. So far, the strain has been reported in 47 countries and in 39 U.S. states, where it still accounts for less than 1% of COVID-19 cases. Here’s what we know so far about BA...
Source: TIME: Health - September 26, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Amid conspiracy and conflict, WHO’s Tedros plans for the next pandemic
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus led the World Health Organization through the chaos of covid-19. Now he has plans to prepare the U.N. agency for the next pandemic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 26, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Adam Taylor Source Type: news

Africa: New Recommendations for the Composition of Influenza Vaccines in 2023 for the Southern Hemisphere
[WHO] The World Health Organization has announced the recommended viral composition of influenza vaccines for the 2023 southern hemisphere influenza season. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 24, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Malawi: World Health Organization Declares Malawi Trachoma-Free
[VOA] Blantyre, Malawi -- Malawi has become the first country in southern Africa to eliminate trachoma, the leading infectious cause of blindness, the World Health Organization announced. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 23, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Scientists Find a New Coronavirus in Bats That Is Resistant to Current Vaccines
It’s the news that public health experts expect but dread: virus-hunting researchers have discovered a new coronavirus in bats that could spell trouble for the human population. The virus can infect human cells and is already able to skirt the immune protection from COVID-19 vaccines. Reporting in the journal PLoS Pathogens, scientists led by Michael Letko, assistant professor in the Paul Allen School of Public Health at Washington State University, found a group of coronaviruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 that were initially discovered living in bats in Russia in 2020. At the time, scientists did not think the virus, cal...
Source: TIME: Health - September 22, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Southern Africa: WHO Validates Malawi for Eliminating Trachoma, First Country in Southern Africa
[WHO-AFRO] Brazzaville/Lilongwe -- World Health Organization (WHO) has validated Malawi as having eliminated trachoma--a bacterial eye infection that can cause irreversible blindness if untreated--as a public health problem. Malawi becomes the first country in southern Africa and the fifth in Africa to achieve this significant milestone. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 22, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Answering the Challenges Posed by Antimicrobial Resistance
We are failing to take antimicrobial resistance seriously, perhaps because it is not glamorous and relatable. Credit: Bigstock.By External SourceSep 21 2022 (IPS) Staphylococcus aureus is the source of a skin infection that can turn deadly if drug resistant. Estimates regarding the most common resistant variation, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), exceed 100,000 deaths globally in 2019. But up until recently, we did not have a solid grasp on how much of a problem MRSA—or any other antimicrobial resistant pathogen—was in Africa. It turns out, after testing 187,000 samples from 14 countries for antibiot...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 21, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Africa Headlines Health Source Type: news

Allergic to the world: can medicine help people with severe intolerance to chemicals?
Whether it ’s organic or psychosomatic or something in between, multiple chemical sensitivity can cause chronic illness, and its sufferers often feel abandonedSharon calls herself a universal reactor. In the 1990s, she became allergic to the world, to the mould colonising her home and the paint coating her kitchen walls, but also deodorants, soaps and anything containing plastic. Public spaces rife with artificial fragrances were unbearable. Scented disinfectants and air fresheners in hospitals made visiting doctors torture. The pervasiveness of perfumes and colognes barred her from in-person social gatherings. Even step...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 20, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Xi Chen Tags: Health & wellbeing Allergies Environment Air pollution Science Source Type: news

Innovative Financing to Protect Public Health During a Pandemic
By Anisa Ismail and Tan Yen LianBANGKOK / PENANG, Sep 20 2022 (IPS) Economic recovery since the COVID-19 pandemic has been uneven amidst a cautious loosening of restrictions. But even at the height of the pandemic, it was business as usual for the tobacco industry. Tobacco companies remain profitable, making US$ 912.3 billion in 2022 and capitalizing on the situation by promoting and selling their lethal products while convincing governments that their industry should not be penalised during the pandemic, claiming tobacco is a good investment. This is an industry that perpetuates an annual loss of US$ 1.4 trillion in glob...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 20, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anisa Ismail and Tan Yen Lian Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Inequity Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news