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Zika virus expected to spread across the U.S., says WHO

Zika virus expected to spread across the U.S., says WHO

On Monday (Jan. 25, 2016), the World Health Organization announced that Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness that in the past year has swept quickly throughout equatorial countries, is expected to spread across the Americas and into the United States. [More]
Johnson & Johnson joins industry-wide call to address growing problem of antimicrobial resistance

Johnson & Johnson joins industry-wide call to address growing problem of antimicrobial resistance

Johnson & Johnson today announced it has joined more than 80 companies and organizations in signing the Declaration on Combating Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), an industry-wide call to action announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. [More]
Agienic issued three key U.S. patents for novel copper-based antimicrobial materials

Agienic issued three key U.S. patents for novel copper-based antimicrobial materials

Agienic Inc., an Arizona-based innovator in antimicrobial technology, announced today the issuance of three key U.S. patents on their novel copper-based antimicrobial materials. [More]
Falls in stillbirth rates failing to keep pace with childhood, maternal mortality rates

Falls in stillbirth rates failing to keep pace with childhood, maternal mortality rates

Approximately 2.6 million babies were stillborn in 2015, or around 7200 every day globally. Falls in stillbirth rates since the year 2000 are failing to keep pace with falls in childhood and maternal mortality rates, say the authors of The Lancet’s new Ending preventable stillbirths Series. [More]
Study shows slow global progress on stillbirth prevention leaves over 2.6 million babies at risk each year

Study shows slow global progress on stillbirth prevention leaves over 2.6 million babies at risk each year

More than 2.6 million stillbirths continue to occur globally every year with very slow progress made to tackle this 'silent problem', according to new research published in The Lancet. Despite significant reductions in the number of maternal and child deaths, there has been little change in the number of stillbirths (in the third trimester of pregnancy) even though the majority are preventable. [More]
Pre-existing nutritional deficits, immune dysfunction may increase hepatitis E risk during pregnancy

Pre-existing nutritional deficits, immune dysfunction may increase hepatitis E risk during pregnancy

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found a link between pre-existing nutritional deficits and immune dysfunction and the risk of hepatitis E infection during pregnancy. [More]
Alcohol limits lowered to reflect current knowledge of associated health risks

Alcohol limits lowered to reflect current knowledge of associated health risks

UK guidelines for alcohol consumption have been revised to bring them in line with current research findings. The revised guidelines, published today, state that there is not a safe limit for alcohol intake and that the risks are similar for men and women. [More]
Vision of Britain report shows more than 3 in 10 GPs ‘de-skilled’ in diagnosing eye conditions

Vision of Britain report shows more than 3 in 10 GPs ‘de-skilled’ in diagnosing eye conditions

New research released today reveals an alarming, self-acknowledged gap in family doctors’ skills when it comes to diagnosing and treating patient’s eye conditions. [More]
Bern study sheds light on the brain mechanism of arousal

Bern study sheds light on the brain mechanism of arousal

Scientists from Bern have discovered a mechanism which is responsible for the rapid arousal from sleep and anesthesia in the brain. The results of their study suggest new strategies for the medical treatment of sleep disorders and recovery of consciousness in vegetative states. [More]
Hospital-acquired infections prevention market in the U.S. to grow at CAGR of over 7% during 2015 - 2020

Hospital-acquired infections prevention market in the U.S. to grow at CAGR of over 7% during 2015 - 2020

According to recently published Pharmaion report, "United States Hospital-acquired Infections Prevention Market Opportunities, 2010 - 2020", hospital-acquired infections prevention market in the United States is projected to grow at a CAGR of over 7% during 2015 - 2020. [More]
Researchers successfully test parent-led autism therapy in India and Pakistan

Researchers successfully test parent-led autism therapy in India and Pakistan

In a world first, clinical researchers from the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool have collaborated with colleagues in south Asia to adapt a parent-led autism therapy and successfully tested it in India and Pakistan, with the aim of improving treatment for an estimated 5 million children in the region with the disorder. [More]
Experts call for radical action to assure health for entire India

Experts call for radical action to assure health for entire India

A paper published in The Lancet today calls for a radical transformation in the architecture of India’s healthcare delivery system, if the country is to achieve the government’s vision of assuring health for all. [More]
Incorporating postpartum contraceptive services across the continuum of reproductive healthcare

Incorporating postpartum contraceptive services across the continuum of reproductive healthcare

Approximately one-quarter of inter-birth intervals in low- and middle-income countries are less than 24 months in length, exposing infants to risks of prematurity, low birthweight, and death. Increased evidence of these health risks has emerged in the past few decades and, after a period of neglect, interest in postpartum family planning has followed, supported by organizations like WHO and USAID. [More]
Penn State researchers receive $10.2 million grant to investigate new method for preventing malaria

Penn State researchers receive $10.2 million grant to investigate new method for preventing malaria

In collaboration with partners in Europe and Africa, researchers at Penn State have received a five-year, $10.2-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to investigate a new method for preventing the transmission of malaria. [More]
Scientists find effective antiviral mechanisms to inhibit chikungunya virus

Scientists find effective antiviral mechanisms to inhibit chikungunya virus

Scientists looking at the antiviral mechanisms of two previously identified human monoclonal antibodies have found they potently inhibit chikungunya virus (CHIKV) at multiple stages of infection. [More]
Eyes and a clean citrusy smell may help reduce hospital infections

Eyes and a clean citrusy smell may help reduce hospital infections

A picture of a man's intense staring eyes and a clean citrusy smell have been found to substantially improve hand-washing and so cut the risk of hospital infections, according to a new study. [More]
Study reveals how MGCs dispose waste that obstructs normal physiological processes

Study reveals how MGCs dispose waste that obstructs normal physiological processes

If rubbish is too big and unwieldy for normal household waste, its removal becomes the job of specialized experts. Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now discovered, in cooperation with colleagues from the UK, how large, fused cells help our body to deal with bulky items that may otherwise obstruct normal physiological processes. [More]
New study: Are GPs over prescribing sleeping tablets?

New study: Are GPs over prescribing sleeping tablets?

The team at SleepCogni are dedicated to changing the nations’ sleep habits and conducted an independent study in October 2015 to give a snapshot view of current sleep behaviour. [More]
Pre-travel advice may not reduce risk of illnesses during travel

Pre-travel advice may not reduce risk of illnesses during travel

Travelling abroad involves risk of illnesses and carriage of antibiotic resistant bacteria, especially among students. Illnesses such as travellers' diarrhoea and respiratory tract infections are most common. Even if travellers follow the travel medicine clinics' advice on how to reduce risks during travel, the risk of falling ill is not reduced. [More]
NYC’s colorectal cancer screening rates boosted and racial disparities eliminated

NYC’s colorectal cancer screening rates boosted and racial disparities eliminated

A concerted effort to increase colorectal cancer screening rates led to a dramatic increase in NYC screening colonoscopy rates among average-risk men and women and eliminated racial/ethnic disparities in screening [More]
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