Today's Health News in Snippets

17/MAY/2022

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Nigeria at risk of ongoing monkeypox transmission, WHO warns

According to the World Health Organization, Nigeria is at risk of continuing transmission of monkeypox because the source of the infection in the country is unknown.

 

The WHO, on the other hand, stated that the risk of further transmission from the confirmed case in the United Kingdom is low.

 

On May 7, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control was notified by the UK International Health Regulations national focal point of a case of monkeypox discovered in a patient with a recent travel history to Nigeria.

 

The individual is a UK resident who arrived in Nigeria on April 20, visited Lagos and Delta States during his stay, left Lagos on May 3, and returned to the UK on May 4.


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A third of mosquito bites occur during the day, according to a study

A study of malaria-carrying mosquito biting behaviour in the Central African Republic discovered that up to one-third of blood-feeds occur indoors during the day.

 

Previous research has focused anti-malarial efforts on insecticide-treated bed nets, based on the assumption that the insects bite mostly at night.

 

According to the new research, malaria defences should be extended beyond the home to include schools, workplaces, and retail establishments.

 

Researchers published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences after conducting a year-long study of mosquitos collected after biting events in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.

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Filthy and illegal chicken factory shut down as inspectors find horrific conditions

Inspectors ordered the closure of an illegal chicken factory after discovering employees working in filthy and unsanitary conditions.

 

When environmental health officers visited Boola Halal in Oldham, they discovered dirty walls and floors, an unconnected basin, and blocked drains.

 

According to the Manchester Evening News, one shocking photo shows raw meat dumped on the floor.

 

Despite being told to close immediately, the chicken supplier to restaurants and takeaways continued to operate and was later taken to court and fined more than £8,700.

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Cataracts may soon be treated with a miracle drug rather than surgery

According to hopeful scientists, a world-first drug could soon be used to treat cataracts instead of eye surgery.

 

UK researchers discovered that when mice were given eye drops containing a compound called VP1-001, their lens' ability to focus improved in 61% of cases.

 

It also improved clarity in 46% of those who were treated.

 

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world.

 

The researchers behind the potentially "revolutionary" discovery say it could mean patients no longer need an invasive procedure to replace their eyeball's lens.

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A 'metal detector' is being used to detect the spread of breast cancer

A noisy device that works like a metal detector is being recommended in draft guidance for the NHS to help spot and treat breast cancer that may have spread.

 

The Sentimag probe detects Magtrace, a magnetised liquid injected into the tissue surrounding the cancer.

 

It follows the fluid's path, bleeping as it passes over the skin, to determine where cancer may have seeded.

 

A surgeon can then take a sample or biopsy of the area to see if cancer is present.

 

The draft recommendation by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) could assist more hospitals in England and Wales in performing checks.

 

Some hospitals are currently using a harmless radioactive dye injection and scan instead, but this is not universally available.

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Haemorrhage, hypertension responsible for 50% of maternal deaths in Africa - WHO

The World Health Organization has identified haemorrhage complications and hypertension as major killers of pregnant women in Africa.

 

According to the World Health Organization, complications from haemorrhage and hypertension account for nearly half of maternal mortality in the region.

 

The WHO urged member countries to ensure that all women and girls have access to high-quality, timely health care, particularly during pregnancy, childbirth, and after delivery, emphasising that no one should be left behind.

 

Dr. Owen Kaluwa, WHO Representative in South Africa, revealed this in a statement published on the website of the WHO Regional Office for Africa, emphasising the importance of the region looking at health workers' skills in addressing the problem.

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At least four dead after blast near Nigeria school - police

According to police, an explosion near a primary school in the northern Nigerian city of Kano killed at least four people and destroyed a shop.

 

The impact of the blast also blew a portion of the school's roof off.

 

According to police, an investigation is underway, but preliminary reports indicate that it was caused by a gas cylinder from a welding shop, ruling out an attack.

 

Immediately following the explosion, emergency services and security forces rushed to the Sabon Gari neighbourhood.

 

According to the authorities, no school children were among those killed.

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Newborn forced to get 11 stitches after she fell out of pregnant mum head first

After falling out of her pregnant mother head first, a newborn baby required 11 stitches.

 

Josian Marques Pereira, a mother from Brazil, has slammed the Sofia Feldman Maternity Hospital for "negligence."

 

Olivia, her baby, required stitches after falling head first onto the hospital floor while her mother was standing on May 6.

 

Officers have launched an investigation into the hospital in southern Brazil.

 

According to an incident report, Josian, who was heavily pregnant, began having contractions and was rushed to the hospital.

 

She claims she begged for assistance as soon as she arrived but was left waiting for approximately 40 minutes.

 

When a nurse finally arrived, she was told she'd have to walk to another room, but Josiane refused because she could feel her child erupting.

 

Despite this, she was forced to get up and walk, according to the report.

 

Josiane didn't have time to leave the hospital reception before her baby fell out and hit the floor, suffering head trauma.

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Prolonged grief disorder now a mental health condition, group says

Prolonged grief disorder is a mental health condition, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

 

According to the most recent edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, prolonged grief disorder is now officially classified as a mental health disorder requiring treatment.

 

In a press release, the American Psychiatric Association – an organisation that defines and categorises mental disorders – provided this update.

 

The American authority on mental health stated that prolonged grief disorder occurs when someone close to the bereaved person dies within six months for children and adolescents, or within 12 months for adults.

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Monday's Health News in Snippets

16/MAY/2022

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Over a million Covid cases feared in North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has slammed health officials and ordered the army to assist in the distribution of medicine as a wave of Covid cases sweeps the country.

 

According to state media, more than a million people have been sickened by what Pyongyang is calling a "fever."

 

There have been 50 deaths, but it is unclear how many of those suspected cases tested positive for Covid.

 

Because North Korea has limited testing capacity, only a few cases have been confirmed.


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Covid mask rule partially eased for EU air travel

Face masks are no longer required for flights to many EU destinations, but Germany, Greece, Italy, and Spain are among the countries that still require them.

 

The EU's easing, which takes effect on Monday, is in line with changing Covid guidance on public transportation across Europe.

 

Face masks are no longer required on planes, trains, or buses in France.

 

However, Italy requires passengers to continue wearing the more protective FFP2 masks on public transportation until June 15.

 

The following countries in the EU's 27-member bloc still require face masks on flights: Portugal, Austria, Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

 

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced the EU-wide easing last week, saying "it is a relief to all of us that we are finally reaching a stage in the pandemic where we can start to relax the health safety measures."

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Man who had sore throat finds out he has HIV as he urges people to get tested

A man has spoken out about how his sore throat turned out to be HIV, and he has urged others to get tested.

 

He explained in a TikTok video clip how he thought he had the common condition and that there was nothing to worry about.

 

Kyle Dallape, a marketing director from California, was later diagnosed by his doctor with strep throat, a bacterial infection.

 

The 27-year-symptoms old's began to worsen, with weight loss, oral thrush, and swollen lymph nodes, as well as the bacterial infection reappearing twice.

 

He realised something was wrong after losing 30 pounds.

 

He didn't believe his symptoms could be linked because he had been tested for HIV a few weeks before his initial diagnosis and the results were negative.

 

However, after additional testing in June 2018, he was diagnosed with the virus, which devastated him.

 

"My worst nightmare had come true," Kyle said.

 

"My parents, friends, and now-fiancee were all crucial in getting me started on treatment and realising that my life wasn't over."

 

"A month later, I began Biktarvy, a once-daily HIV treatment pill, and by November of that year, I had reached undetectable levels of the virus."

 

"Since then, my T-cell count has continued to rise, and my viral load has remained undetectable."

 

He decided to share his ordeal on TikTok in order to raise awareness and break the stigma surrounding HIV.

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Lassa fever killed 151 people in Nigeria in 17 weeks, says NCDC

The Lassa fever disease has been managed in 723 cases at the case management centre in Nigeria.

 

According to the PUNCH, the disease's death toll has continued to rise, with the country reporting 151 deaths so far.

 

A total of 23 states have confirmed cases of the disease.

 

On Sunday's Lassa fever situation report, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control noted this on its website.

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Delhi suffers at 49C as heatwave sweeps India

An intense heatwave is sweeping through northern India, with temperatures reaching a record 49.2 degrees Celsius (120.5 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of the capital, Delhi.

 

This is the capital's fifth heatwave since March.

 

Temperatures are expected to remain high in many parts of the country, prompting officials to advise residents to take precautions.

 

They warned that the heat could endanger the health of the most vulnerable people, such as infants, the elderly, and those suffering from chronic diseases.

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Cancer mum outlives life expectancy by 7 years

In 2015, doctors gave a mother only 12 months to live, but she defied doctors and said she was "stubbornly" clinging to life.

 

Heidi Loughlin of Portishead discovered she had breast cancer while pregnant with Ally Louise Smith.

 

She postponed treatment in order to have Ally 12 weeks early, but Ally died shortly after birth.

 

She attributes her survival to good mental health and regular exercise.

 

Ms. Loughlin has chemotherapy every three weeks and hopes to leave a legacy for her other children.

 

The podcaster recently revealed that she was nearing the end of her cancer treatment.

 

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