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World leaders at UN meeting commit to develop action plans on antimicrobial resistance

World leaders at UN meeting commit to develop action plans on antimicrobial resistance

World leaders today signalled an unprecedented level of attention to curb the spread of infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines. [More]
The UN General Assembly call for global action to tackle antimicrobial resistance

The UN General Assembly call for global action to tackle antimicrobial resistance

At a United Nations meeting held in New York, world leaders have warned against the very real and present threat antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses to human and animal health, as well as sustainable food production and development. [More]
New Series on Maternal Health highlights future challenges, strategies to improve maternal wellbeing

New Series on Maternal Health highlights future challenges, strategies to improve maternal wellbeing

Each year, about 210 million women become pregnant and about 140 million newborn babies are delivered. While progress has been made in reducing maternal mortality globally, differences remain at international and national levels. The gap between the groups of countries with the lowest and highest rates of maternal mortality has doubled between 1990 and 2013. [More]
First case-control study examines link between microcephaly and in utero Zika virus infection

First case-control study examines link between microcephaly and in utero Zika virus infection

The relation between Zika virus and microcephaly is widely assumed to be causal because of strong evidence of an association. However, evidence so far comes from case reports, case series, modelling studies, and preliminary reports from cohort studies – none of which have included appropriate control groups. [More]
Sleep paralysis can be strange and frightening experience but not harmful

Sleep paralysis can be strange and frightening experience but not harmful

Your eyes begin to open after a good night of sleep, but something feels weird. You try to rub the tiredness out of your face but can't lift your arms. In a panic you try to take a deep breath but can't draw air. [More]
Guidelines for staying healthy during flu season

Guidelines for staying healthy during flu season

The American Academy of Pediatrics updated its annual influenza (flu) season guidelines, withdrawing the child-friendly nasal flu vaccine, FluMist, this year. [More]
Bloomberg Philanthropies to donate $300 million to create Bloomberg American Health Initiative

Bloomberg Philanthropies to donate $300 million to create Bloomberg American Health Initiative

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health today announced that Bloomberg Philanthropies, founded by businessman, philanthropist, World Health Organization Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases, and three-term mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg, will give $300 million to create the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. [More]
MIP vaccine could reduce new leprosy cases in India by 60%

MIP vaccine could reduce new leprosy cases in India by 60%

The Indian government has announced that it is stepping up its efforts to eradicate leprosy by testing a vaccine that if successful could cut the number of new reported cases by 60 per cent in three years in the targeted districts. [More]
New approach could help tackle behavior change challenges across the globe

New approach could help tackle behavior change challenges across the globe

A new approach to behavior change which has been shown to successfully change hygiene, nutrition and exercise-related behaviors is described in a paper published in Health Psychology Review. [More]
Urine sample collection: is it easy Peezy?

Urine sample collection: is it easy Peezy?

As Dr Dawn Harper, GP and star of Embarrassing Bodies, stated at the Forte Medical Forum at the Royal Society of Medicine today: current urine sample collection pots were “clearly designed by men for men”. [More]
National Peruvian programme positively affects child development in rural and impoverished regions

National Peruvian programme positively affects child development in rural and impoverished regions

Scientists from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and the Peruvian Instituto de Investigación Nutricional adapted the urban-based Peruvian National Early Child Development Programme and brought it to the doorstep of people living in the rural Cajamarca region. [More]
People in Europe are most skeptical about vaccines

People in Europe are most skeptical about vaccines

The largest ever global survey of attitudes towards vaccines reported today that public confidence in vaccines varies widely between different regions of the world, with European respondents being most sceptical. [More]
Philips unveils new products for healthy lifestyle at IFA 2016

Philips unveils new products for healthy lifestyle at IFA 2016

At this year’s Internationale Funkausstellung in Berlin, Germany, Royal Philips today announced a range of new products that empower consumers to stay healthy, live well and enjoy life. [More]
New research shows female mosquitoes can pass Zika virus to their offsprings

New research shows female mosquitoes can pass Zika virus to their offsprings

New research from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston has shown that female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can pass the Zika virus to their eggs and offspring. [More]
New research may explain why people with blood group O get more severely ill from cholera

New research may explain why people with blood group O get more severely ill from cholera

People with blood type O often get more severely ill from cholera than people of other blood types. New research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis may explain why. [More]
Cloth masks not very effective in offering protection against air pollution, study shows

Cloth masks not very effective in offering protection against air pollution, study shows

Results of a new study by environmental health scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggest that inexpensive cloth masks worn by people who hope to reduce their exposure to air pollution vary widely in effectiveness and could be giving users a false sense of security, especially in highly polluted areas. [More]
Study finds 10% of patients admitted into hospitals colonised with dreaded pathogens

Study finds 10% of patients admitted into hospitals colonised with dreaded pathogens

According to National Reference Center for Surveillance of Nosocomial Infections esti-mates, up to 15,000 patients die of hospital-acquired infections in Germany every year. [More]
Study uses mathematical models to examine link between water fluoridation and diabetes

Study uses mathematical models to examine link between water fluoridation and diabetes

Water fluoridation prevents dental cavities, which are a costly public health concern. But despite the benefits supplemental water fluoridation remains a controversial subject. [More]
Study estimates health care costs of gastrointestinal illnesses in Switzerland

Study estimates health care costs of gastrointestinal illnesses in Switzerland

In Switzerland, between 300,000 and 700,000 patients per year visit a doctor due to acute diarrhoea. Until now, the financial burden on the Swiss health care system had been completely unclear. [More]
Hygiene hypothesis: a misleading misnomer? An interview with Professor Sally Bloomfield

Hygiene hypothesis: a misleading misnomer? An interview with Professor Sally Bloomfield

Professor Strachan first proposed the hygiene hypothesis back in 1989. Reviewing the evidence, he suggested that one of the causes of the recent rapid rise in allergic diseases in children was lack of exposure to childhood infections [More]
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