Today's Health News in Snippets

22/12/2021

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Israel could be first country to give four Covid vaccine doses

Israel says it plans to become the first country to roll out a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as the country prepares for a wave of infections driven by the new Omicron variant.

 

Israel's pandemic experts have recommended a fourth booster for the over-60s and health workers.

 

PM Naftali Bennett welcomed the plan and told officials to start preparing.

 

It comes as Israel confirmed the first known death of a patient with the Omicron strain on Tuesday.

 

The health ministry said there were at least 340 known cases of the variant in Israel.

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Newborn baby found alive in forest with worms and insects crawling all over her

A newborn baby girl has been found alive in a forest with worms and insects crawling all over her.

 

She had been there for two days and was abandoned with grazes and bruises on her face insects on her skin when villagers found her .

 

The infant was naked and was lying on banana leaf plants which covered the ground.

 

They wiped her face and body with leaves and ensured she wasn't badly hurt.

 

She began crying when rescued by villagers and was laid out on the ground as they waited police and ambulance services to arrive.

 

The little girl was treated for dehydration and kept under observation but is reported to be healthy and without any lasting health problems from her two nights in the forest.

 

She survived, despite being discovered in an area which is home to dangerous animals and snakes with daytime temperatures of up to 35C.

 

Police are searching for the girl's mother but said it would be difficult to re-trace her footsteps.

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US FDA approves first injectable PrEP medication to lower HIV risk

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first injectable medication for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to lower the risk of getting HIV through sex, it announced Monday.

 

Apretude is approved for adults and teens who are at risk of getting HIV through sex and who weigh at least 77 pounds. It's given first as two shots a month apart, and every two months afterward.
 

PrEP was previously available only in the form of pills, Truvada and Descovy.

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Omicron is now the dominant strain of coronavirus in the US, according to the US CDC

The Omicron Covid-19 variant is now the most dominant strain in the US, accounting for over 73% of new coronavirus cases less than three weeks after the first was reported, according to estimates posted Monday by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

It's been just 20 days since the US detected its first case of Omicron.

 

Omicron is even more prevalent in certain parts of the country — making up over 95% of circulating virus in parts of the Northwest and Southeast, the data shows.

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Neighbours in living nightmare as crowing cockerels cause misery from dusk till dawn

A couple whose cockerels “caused misery” to their neighbours by crowing “from dusk til dawn” have been ordered to find them a new home.

 

Lorraine Burgeen, 58, and husband Alexander, 69, whose four roosters made a “horrendous noise”, left neighbours feeling like they were living a “nightmare”.

 

The residents of the couple’s ‘quiet’ street in Blackpool, Lancs, said they’d asked them “politely” to remove the birds three years ago but had been met with “aggression”.

 

Since then, they’d been raising more complaints, with one local saying they couldn’t even open a window due to the cocks’ “horrendous noise”.

 

After pleading guilty to noise abatement offences at Blackpool Magistrates Court, the couple have now been ordered to find the birds alternative accommodation.

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Dog saves elderly owner's life by opening door for firefighters during house fire

Pooch Chi Chi has been hailed after saving her owners' life by opening a LOCKED door for fire crews during a kitchen blaze.

 

The dog managed to unlock the entrance and let a fire crew in after his owner collapsed on the kitchen floor.

 

Now the fire crew have praised the clever mutt for coming to their aid while they struggled to gain access to the home in Yeovil, Somerset.

 

Responders were searching for another entrance when they heard a "click" as the dog managed to unlock the door to let them in.

 

They found the man, named only as Mr Green, collapsed on the floor in the kitchen as the fire took hold on the hob.

 

Firefighters then swiftly put out the blaze and carried out first aid until paramedics arrived.

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Daily Covid-19 case numbers in the US with Omicron 'could exceed previous peaks,' US CDC warns

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention warns that the Omicron coronavirus variant could drive Covid-19 cases higher than ever before in the US, according to modeling posted on the agency's website this week.

 

"Current increases in Omicron cases are likely to lead to a national surge in the coming weeks with peak daily numbers of new infections that could exceed previous peaks," CDC says.

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South African scientists probe link between Covid-19 variants and untreated HIV

South African scientists - hailed for their discovery of Omicron - are investigating the "highly plausible hypothesis" that the emergence of new Covid-19 variants could be linked, in some cases, to mutations taking place inside infected people whose immune systems have already been weakened by other factors, including, though not limited to, untreated HIV.

 

Researchers have already observed that Covid-19 can linger for many months in patients who are HIV positive but who have, for varying reasons, not been taking the medicines that would enable them to lead healthy lives.

 

"Normally your immune system would kick a virus out fairly quickly, if fully functional," said Professor Linda-Gayle Bekker, who heads the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in Cape Town.

 

"In someone where immunity is suppressed, then we see virus persisting. And it doesn't just sit around, it replicates. And as it replicates it undergoes potential mutations. And in somebody where immunity is suppressed that virus may be able to continue for many months - mutating as it goes," she added.

 

But, as they push ahead with their research, the scientists are anxious to avoid further stigmatising people living with HIV, both in South Africa - home to the world's largest HIV epidemic - and globally.

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Mum whose arms were ripped apart when saving son, 4, from pitbull dies from injuries

A mother who protected her son from a dog attack has tragically passed away from her horrific injuries.

 

Heather Pingel, 35 proved that a mother's love has no bounds when she stepped in to protect her four-year-old son from their attacking pitbull.

 

Her arms were ripped apart in the ferocious attack at their home in Wisconsin on Thursday.

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