New diagnostic method for fungal infections could combat a major global health risk

A new study from The Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) has demonstrated how dual DNA barcoding could help improve the diagnosis of invasive fungal diseases, giving patients access to potentially life-saving treatment much sooner. The early detection of fungal pathogens—the specific species of fungi responsible for disease—is crucial in ensuring that patients have fast access to treatment, preventing complications. […]

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Study shows widespread global implementation of WHO’s ‘Treat All’ HIV recommendation

A new study published in the Journal of the International AIDS Society shows that the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2015 recommendation for immediate treatment of all people living with HIV has become the standard of care across HIV clinics in countries around the world. While most countries have adopted the WHO’s “Treat All” recommendation, the extent to which these guidelines […]

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UN says Ebola outbreak in Congo still not a global emergency

The World Health Organization on Friday said the Ebola outbreak in Congo—which spilled into Uganda this week—is an “extraordinary event” of deep concern but does not yet merit being declared a global emergency. The U.N. health agency convened its expert committee for the third time to assess the outbreak, which some experts say met the criteria to be designated an […]

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Better Business Bureau warns of weight loss grant program

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers about the a weight loss program that claims to offer reimbursement for consumers who sign up through an accredited practitioner or weight loss company. In a news release, the BBB’s Atlantic provinces division said they are “warning Canadians to proceed with caution when dealing with the Weight Loss Grants Organization (WLGO).” According […]

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Older People Are Contributing to Climate Change, and Suffering From It

When it comes to discussing climate change, older people may have one advantage: They have watched it happen. In the nine Northeastern states, for instance, where average winter temperatures climbed 3.8 degrees Fahrenheit between 1970 and 2000, they have seen fewer snow-covered days, and more shrubs flowering ever earlier. And they have experienced hotter summers. In New York City, daily […]

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Global burden of serious health-related suffering due to almost double by 2060

New research findings published today in The Lancet Global Health show that the number of people dying with palliative care needs is set to almost double over the next four decades. By 2060, an estimated 48 million people each year (47% of all deaths globally) will die with serious health-related suffering, an 87% increase compared to 2016. 83% of these […]

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Post-operative deaths take more lives annually than HIV, TB, malaria combined: study

A new study involving work by local researchers offers some disturbing findings about the global rate of death after surgery. The data, by scientists at Western University, the University of Birmingham, and the University of Capetown, shows 4.2 million people around the world die every year within 30 days of surgery. That makes it the third leading cause of death […]

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A major new report has developed a global diet that could improve health and reduce further damage to the planet

An international team of researchers, including academics from City, University of London, has developed a new diet it says can improve health while ensuring sustainable food production. The EAT-Lancet Commission provides the first scientific targets for a healthy diet from a sustainable food production system that operates within planetary boundaries for food. The report sets out a ‘planetary health diet’ […]

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Global review reports on administration of children’s antibiotics

Researchers analyzing the sales of oral antibiotics for children in 70 high- and middle-income countries found that consumption varies widely from country to country with little correlation between countries’ wealth and the types of antibiotics. Of concern is the relatively low-level use of amoxicillin, an antibiotic to treat the most common childhood infections. In addition, the review found the sale […]

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Krokodil: how ‘flesh-eating zombie drug’ is causing a global crisis

Desomorphine has been in the news lately. Never heard of it? That’s quite possible. But you may well have heard its street name: “Krokodil.” However you know it, it’s a cheap substitute for heroin that has been widely branded a “flesh-eating zombie drug” – and it’s bad news. There are two reasons for its horrific reputation, one related to desomorphine […]

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