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Tanzania's army of community health workers face mistrust as they roll out se...
25 Aug 2016 at 6:12pm
By Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One of the biggest tests of Justine Michael's job as a community health worker is not the distances he must travel along remote dirt roads to visit patients in Tanzania's Mkuranga district, but rather the suspicion he often encounters. Michael is one of more than 5,000 community health workers the Tanzanian government has deployed to provide essential life-saving services in rural areas where 70 percent of the country's population of 49 million live. The initiative was introduced a year ago to address gaps in healthcare in the East African country where there are only 0.1 doctors and 2.4 nurses and midwives for every 10,000 people, according to 2014 data from the World Health Organization.
Judge rejects doctors' lawsuit against Quackwatch website
25 Aug 2016 at 4:01pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? A lawsuit brought by two pioneers in the anti-aging movement who said an online article about them suggests they're quacks has been tossed out by a judge.
Hong Kong confirms first case of Zika virus
25 Aug 2016 at 4:00pm
By Reuters Staff HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong has confirmed its first case of Zika, putting the Asian financial center on high alert for any spread of the mosquito-borne virus that has wreaked havoc in Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond. At a media conference late on Thursday, Controller of the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health, Leung Ting-hung, said relevant measures had been taken to prevent the virus from spreading further. In February, a mainland Chinese man who flew into Hong Kong was diagnosed as having the Zika virus, according to local broadcaster RTHK, citing officials as saying there was little chance he could have caused an outbreak during his brief stay.
Hundreds challenge human pyramid limits at Indian Hindu festival
25 Aug 2016 at 3:49pm
Hundreds of people attending a Hindu festival in India's western Maharashtra state on Thursday defied India's Supreme Court order limiting the height of human pyramids due to safety concerns. Members of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) regional party wearing T-shirts reading "I will break the law" formed a human pyramid 49 feet (15 m) tall in Thane district at a Janmashtami celebration marking the birth of Hindu deity Lord Krishna. India's Supreme Court on Aug. 17 upheld a lower court's decision banning youths under 18 from participating in the ritual and restricting the height of the human pyramid to 20 feet (6 m).
Study finds most teens vaping fruity flavors, not nicotine
25 Aug 2016 at 3:43pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? Health officials warn that electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices are poisoning kids with nicotine. But new research suggests that most teens aren't vaping nicotine at all but using sweet and fruity flavors like strawberry, chocolate cake and bubble gum.
Lung cancer doctors eye Merck's Keytruda over Bristol's Opdivo
25 Aug 2016 at 3:41pm
Recent clinical trial results are likely to lead doctors to treat more patients who have a common form of lung cancer with a Merck drug at the expense of a Bristol-Myers Squibb medication at least until more data emerges, oncologists and analysts say. The yet-to-be-published studies involve drugs in a new class designed to enable the body's immune system to fight cancer. A recent trial of Merck's Keytruda showed that it worked better than chemotherapy as an initial treatment for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in patients with high levels of a protein called PDL1, believed to help identify those most likely to benefit from this type of immunotherapy.
Hair transplants make men look more attractive, youthful: survey
25 Aug 2016 at 3:17pm
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Balding men who seek to look better or younger by undergoing hair transplants are on the right course, a small new study suggests. People shown before-and-after pictures of hair transplant recipients rated men with more locks as looking more attractive and younger, researchers found. "It was satisfying to us," said senior author Dr. Lisa Ishii, of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.
UN agency: No confirmed Zika cases linked to Rio Olympics
25 Aug 2016 at 2:39pm
GENEVA (AP) ? The U.N. health agency says reports from national authorities indicate no confirmed laboratory cases of the Zika virus in anyone associated with the Rio Olympics.
Mylan offers discounts on EpiPen amid wave of criticism
25 Aug 2016 at 2:39pm
The list price of the drug will remain the same, but the company said it would increase the maximum copay assistance program to $300 from $100 for patients who pay for the 2-pak in cash or who are covered by a commercial health insurer. The price of EpiPen has skyrocketed to $600 from $100 since it was acquired by Mylan in 2007. Mylan also said it is doubling the eligibility for its patient assistance program, which will eliminate out-of-pocket costs for uninsured and under-insured patients and families.
Task Force Explores Why Texas Had Higher Pregnancy Death Rates in Study
25 Aug 2016 at 2:34pm
Study found state had higher maternity mortality rates in 2011 to 2012.
'Baby Simulator' Programs May Make Teen Girls More Likely to Become Pregnant,...
25 Aug 2016 at 2:24pm
Teens used dolls to imitate life as a parent in the program.
Climate change to double number of hay fever sufferers
25 Aug 2016 at 1:55pm
Climate change and the spread of invasive ragweed are set to double the number of seasonal allergy sufferers across Europe, with similar impacts likely in North America, researchers said Thursday. By mid-century, some 77 million people in Europe will be hit by hay fever misery, up from 33 million today, they reported in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. "Ragweed pollen allergy is likely to become a major health problem across much of Europe," said lead author Iain Lake, a researcher at the University of East Anglia in England.
Deal agreed to end long siege of Damascus suburb: rebel leader, locals
25 Aug 2016 at 1:48pm
By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Rebels and Syria's army agreed a deal on Thursday to evacuate all residents and insurgents from the besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya, a rebel leader and state media said, ending one of the longest stand-offs in the five-year conflict. Syria's army has surrounded rebels and civilians and blocked food deliveries in Daraya since 2012, regularly bombing the area just 7 km (4 miles) from President Bashar al Assad's seat of power.
Italy quake toll hits 250 as rescuers search flattened towns
25 Aug 2016 at 1:35pm
By Steve Scherer and Gabriele Pileri AMATRICE, Italy (Reuters) - The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy climbed to 250 on Thursday as rescue teams scoured mounds of rubble for a second day in towns and villages flattened by the natural disaster. "People like myself have lost everything, but at the same time the fact that we have survived means we have to move forward one minute at a time," said Alessandra Cioni, 45, who managed to crawl out of her crumpled house after the quake. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised to rebuild the shattered houses and said he would renew efforts to bolster Italy's flimsy defenses against earthquakes that regularly batter the country.