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Cures For Common Foot Problems, Without Surgery
3 Sep 2015 at 7:20am
As more people experience painful problems with their feet, podiatrists are recommending they consider a range of nonsurgical treatments before choosing to go under the knife.Many patients have a misconception that most foot ailments can only be treated with surgery, experts say. Instead, depending on the severity of the problem, nearly all...
A Plan to End All Preventable Deaths by 2030
3 Sep 2015 at 6:47am
Development Success Stories As we approach the end of 2015, it is clear that progress in child and maternal survival is one of the great success stories of international development. This was not the case in 2005.
Progress on Health, but Not Fast Enough
3 Sep 2015 at 6:43am
Melinda French Gates visits Mbagathi Hospital to better understand the treatment of severe pneumonia. She is accompanied by Dr. Fred Were, Kenya Pediatric Association, Dr. Anthony Scott, Wellcome Trust, Kilifi, Dr. Loyse Mutae, Chief of Pediatrics, Mbagathi Hospital and Dr. Silas Agutu, Staff Physician, Mbagathi Hospital. Mbagathi is one of the...
We're on the Verge of Ending Child and Maternal Deaths -- Everywhere
3 Sep 2015 at 6:41am
Are we destined to fail under the Sustainable Development Goals? One might question how such a broad series of aspirational goals and targets can accomplish what many cannot even imagine. For example, the third proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) endeavors to make health and well-being a reality for all of the world's citizens. Yet, the...
Together, We Can Ensure the Healthy Lives of Mothers and Babies Across the Globe
3 Sep 2015 at 6:39am
Chotti, who lives in a slum in Delhi, India, lost three babies not long after they were born. While she was pregnant, she did not receive any prenatal care, and she gave birth at home without a skilled health-care worker."I didn't get check-ups -- nothing," Chotti said. "All three children were born, and then they died."When Chotti became...
The 2030 Agenda Is a Win for Women and Girls
3 Sep 2015 at 6:36am
Last month, world governments finalized a new development framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which is expected to be formally adopted at a United Nations meeting later this month. U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power called it "ambitious and transformative" and urged us all to "translate...
The World's New Health Goal Will Need Game-Changing Health Technologies
3 Sep 2015 at 6:34am
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for everyone at any age is a tall order, particularly if the aim is to achieve this by 2030. Yet this is the mandate of the third Sustainable Development Goal (SDG3), one of a set of 17 global goals designed to guide development priorities for the next 15 years.Given the difficulty in defining and...
Not Only Is Good Health for All Achievable -- It's Affordable
3 Sep 2015 at 6:32am
Mother and child in rural Bangladesh talking to an eye-health project worker. Photo Credit: International Centre for Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical MedicineThe world's governments have laid out the agenda for sustainable development between now and 2030. The challenge to us all is to make it happen. Sustainable...
Liberia declared Ebola-free for second time
3 Sep 2015 at 5:56am
Liberia was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus for a second time on Thursday and entered a 90-day period of heightened surveillance aimed at preventing a future re-emergence of the disease, the World Health Organization said. Liberia has been the country hardest hit with over 4,800 deaths, though it has also had the most success in bringing the outbreak under control. "WHO declares Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission in the human population.
Dieting in pregnancy could results in lower math scores for kids
3 Sep 2015 at 5:26am
A US study suggests a direct link between prenatal nutrition and academic progress, indicating that women who diet during pregnancy may affect their kids' math scores later on.
Novartis launches first U.S. 'biosimilar' drug at 15 percent discount
3 Sep 2015 at 5:13am
By Ben Hirschler and Michael Shields LONDON/ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis kicked off a new era in U.S. medicine on Thursday with the launch of the first "biosimilar" copy of a biotechnology drug approved in the United States, at a discount of 15 percent to the original. The Swiss drugmaker's generics unit Sandoz said Zarxio, its form of Amgen's white blood cell-boosting product Neupogen, would increase access to an important treatment by offering a "high-quality, more affordable version". U.S. ...
CVS says its ban on cigarette sales has reduced smoking
3 Sep 2015 at 5:10am
CVS Health Corp said on Thursday its decision to stop selling tobacco products last year led to a 1 percent decrease in cigarette sales in some states where the drugstore chain has a sizeable presence. The September 2014 decision hurt sales, with general merchandise revenue at CVS pharmacies open at least a year falling 7.8 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier, the company said. In the eight months since the decision, nicotine patch purchases rose 4 percent from a year earlier in the 26 states where it had a market share of 15 percent or greater.
Philippine children stunted by malnutrition: welfare report
3 Sep 2015 at 3:45am
Children in the Philippines suffer from "sub-Saharan levels" of malnutrition that stunts growth in a people who have traditionally been considered short because of genetics, a campaign group said Thursday. Although economic growth has surged in recent years, chronic malnutrition means the country has more stunted children than Ethiopia or the Republic of Congo, the Save the Children Fund said in a new report. "The assumption has always been that Filipinos are just genetically short but what we actually see now are generations of stunted and malnourished children," said Amado Parawan, the group's health and nutrition adviser.
Liberia declared free of Ebola - again: WHO
3 Sep 2015 at 3:23am
The World Health Organization on Thursday announced that Liberia, recently ravaged by Ebola, was free of the virus, 42 days after the last confirmed case passed a second negative test. "WHO declares Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission in the human population," the UN health agency said in a statement. The WHO, which had previously declared Liberia Ebola-free in May only to see the deadly virus resurface six weeks later, said the country had now entered a 90-day period of heightened surveillance.
Special Report: In Egypt, jailed Islamists 'dying of neglect'
3 Sep 2015 at 3:10am
By Stephen Kalin DAMIETTA, Egypt (Reuters) - Muslim Brotherhood lawmaker Mohammad al-Falahgi was arrested on terror charges in 2013 and held in prison, but never convicted. Egyptian and international human rights groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, say cases like Falahgi's amount to a little-noticed abuse of human rights under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Human Rights Watch says Egypt is obliged under international law to give detainees the same health care that is available to ordinary citizens.