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Non-invasive imaging tests may predict healthy adults' future risk of heart attack, stroke or death

Non-invasive imaging tests may predict healthy adults' future risk of heart attack, stroke or death

Adding two non-invasive imaging tests to traditional cardiovascular disease risk factor assessment more precisely predicts a healthy patient's future risk of heart attack, stroke, or premature death, according to a study led by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published in the March 24 edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. [More]
Life-saving water, sanitation and hygiene supplies reaching children affected by Cyclone Pam

Life-saving water, sanitation and hygiene supplies reaching children affected by Cyclone Pam

UNICEF in close collaboration with the Vanuatu Government and WASH Cluster partners have been working amidst logistical, communication and supply challenges to deliver safe drinking water by providing water containers, purification tablets, and soap to communities and evacuation centres in Shefa and Tafea provinces. [More]
Case Western Reserve professor urges action to eliminate yaws

Case Western Reserve professor urges action to eliminate yaws

Half a century ago, a concentrated global effort nearly wiped a disfiguring tropical disease from the face of the earth. Now, says Case Western Reserve's James W. Kazura, MD, it's time to complete the work. [More]
New research project aims to improve oral health among children

New research project aims to improve oral health among children

A new research project from the University of Copenhagen has established an effective model for the fight against the escalating burden of tooth decay among children in Asia. The model is an important tool in breaking the social inequity in oral health of children. [More]
UNICEF dispatches emergency supplies to children in cyclone-affected Vanuatu

UNICEF dispatches emergency supplies to children in cyclone-affected Vanuatu

While distributing its pre-positioned emergency supplies in Vanuatu, UNICEF also has dispatched additional life-saving supplies for affected communities from its Pacific regional warehouse in Suva, Fiji. This includes health, education, child protection, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) supplies. [More]
60,000 children in need of immediate assistance after Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu; at least 72,000 out of school

60,000 children in need of immediate assistance after Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu; at least 72,000 out of school

With Tropical Cyclone Pam ripping through Vanuatu from late Friday night (13th March) into the early hours of Saturday morning, UNICEF Pacific reminds that 45% of the population is children and they are particularly vulnerable in any emergency. [More]
Good night, sleep tight...or will you?

Good night, sleep tight...or will you?

World Sleep Day is organized by the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) to spread awareness of important sleep-related issues through a series of special events. This year it is focussing on insomnia with the theme “When Sleep is Sound, Health and Happiness Abound”. [More]
Simple low-cost intervention could help reduce HIV-related deaths in Africa

Simple low-cost intervention could help reduce HIV-related deaths in Africa

A new approach to care for patients with advanced HIV in Tanzania and Zambia, combining community support and screening for a type of meningitis, has reduced deaths by 28%. [More]
GOJO Industries joins NPSF to educate, gain awareness for critical importance of patient safety

GOJO Industries joins NPSF to educate, gain awareness for critical importance of patient safety

United in Safety is the theme of Patient Safety Awareness Week, led by the National Patient Safety Foundation, March 8 – March 14, 2015. GOJO Industries, a leader in hand hygiene and skin health and inventors of PURELL Hand Sanitizer, is joining the NPSF and hospitals across the United States to educate and gain awareness for the critical importance of patient safety. [More]
Even 30 minutes of sleep debt per day can promote obesity and insulin resistance

Even 30 minutes of sleep debt per day can promote obesity and insulin resistance

Losing as little as 30 minutes of sleep per day on weekdays can have long-term consequences for body weight and metabolism, a new study finds. The results will be presented Thursday, March 5, at ENDO 2015, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Diego. [More]
Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals estimated to cost EU €157 billion a year

Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals estimated to cost EU €157 billion a year

A new economic analysis found exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals likely costs the European Union €157 billion ($209 billion) a year in actual health care expenses and lost earning potential, according to a new series of studies published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. [More]
Adults only really catch flu about twice a decade, suggests study

Adults only really catch flu about twice a decade, suggests study

Adults over the age of 30 only catch flu about twice a decade, a new study suggests. Flu-like illness can be caused by many pathogens, making it difficult to assess how often people are infected by influenza. [More]
Researchers carry out Listeria screening in Vienna’s public lavatories

Researchers carry out Listeria screening in Vienna’s public lavatories

Listeria monocytogenes is a so-called environmental bacterium. It is highly adaptable and resistant. Previous studies carried out at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna have shown that L. monocytogenes is more prevalent in rural areas than in cities. But the situation in urban lavatories had so far not been investigated. [More]
New conference to discuss ways of abolishing female genital mutilation in the UK

New conference to discuss ways of abolishing female genital mutilation in the UK

'We believe that education is the way forward to eradicate FGM. Therefore, in this symposium we are also launching an educational package for both professionals and communities alike'- Sadiyo Siad, FGM survivor, activist and campaigner. [More]
World first: Antimicrobial copper supermarket trolleys

World first: Antimicrobial copper supermarket trolleys

In a world first, a Brazilian supermarket has introduced supermarket trolleys with antimicrobial copper handles to help reduce the spread of disease-causing pathogens. [More]

KaVo Kerr Group plans to present new products at IDS 2015

KaVo Kerr Group, a global portfolio of leading dental brands, plans to present 35+ new products at the 36th International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne. KaVo Kerr Group delivers products and solutions to 99% of dental practices worldwide, making IDS — the world's leading trade fair for the dental industry — the ideal stage to share the latest KaVo Kerr Group has to offer. [More]
Dengue fever circulating in urban areas of West Africa

Dengue fever circulating in urban areas of West Africa

Misdiagnosis of febrile illnesses as malaria is a continuing problem in Africa. A new study shows that in Ghana, dengue fever is circulating in urban areas and going undiagnosed. The authors of the study hope to use the findings to launch a widespread initiative to better understand acute undifferentiated febrile illnesses in West Africa. [More]
Nottingham researchers developing mobile phone app that could help identify premature babies

Nottingham researchers developing mobile phone app that could help identify premature babies

A mobile phone app that will identify babies born prematurely in the developing world is being developed by researchers at The University of Nottingham. [More]

New initiative aims to provide women in developing countries with access to adequate water sources

Imagine a day in which your access to clean, drinkable water ceased and you could not shower or bathe properly and you had no one to help you. For more than 783 million people around the world, that day was today. In 2015, more than 2.5 billion people will also lack access to basic sanitation in the developing world. [More]

Study may give health workers vital new evidence in fight against Ebola

One year after the first Ebola cases started to surface in Guinea, the latest findings from a Cochrane review show new ways of hydrating patients in critical care environments across the world. [More]
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