Kenya reassures public after Ebola false alarm

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Kenya sought to reassure the public and foreign visitors on Monday after a suspected Ebola case, which turned out to be negative, was detected near the border with Uganda. Uganda last week reported three cases of Ebola, two of them fatal, among people who had been to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where an epidemic […]

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‘Stop ignoring the dangers of vaping’, expert warns health officials

‘Stop ignoring the dangers of vaping’, scientist warns Public Health England as he accuses the government body of turning a blind eye to e-cigarettes’ health risks and appeal to children Martin McKee, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, spoke out He accused PHE of ‘doing everything it can to promote e-cigarettes’ But research has shown vaping can […]

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Opioid addiction is a public health crisis—the way we’re talking about it isn’t helping.

The misuse of and addiction to opioids is a public health crisis in the United States. Part of solving that crisis, say two Northeastern researchers, is changing how we talk about addiction. Leo Beletsky, an associate professor at Northeastern who studies opioid addiction, and Zachary Siegel, a doctoral candidate who’s working with him, are creating “Change the Narrative,” a guide […]

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Does alcohol on greeting cards undermine public health messages about harmful drinking?

Birthday and Christmas cards featuring alcohol or harmful drinking “reflect and reinforce a social attitude that excess alcohol consumption is acceptable and associated with celebration,” warn experts in The BMJ today. Tracey Polak, Assistant Director of Public Health, and Virginia Pearson, Chief Officer for Communities, Public Health, Environment and Prosperity at Devon County Council say these cards “influence views on […]

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Scientists have learned how public transportation affects the spread of influenza and SARS

Although the connection of colds, with regular travel by public transport is widely acknowledged, the scientific evidence as they affect the spread of airborne infections, were never presented. A new study by the London underground, published in Environmental Health, confirmed the existence of this connection. This will contribute to the justification of measures to control the spread of infectious diseases. […]

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