December 29, 2015

End of Ebola Transmission in Guinea

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EBOLA ENDS IN GUINEA

Today, 29th Dec 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) declares the end of Ebola virus transmission in the Republic of Guinea. Forty-two days have passed since the last person confirmed to have Ebola virus disease tested negative for the second time. Guinea now enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance to ensure that any new cases are identified quickly before they can spread to other people.

December 26, 2015

New Psoriasis Drug Show Promise for Severe Form of Arthritis

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ALREADY APPROVED TO TREAT PSORIASIS, HIGHER DOSE OF SECUKINUMAB HELPED 60 PERCENT OF PATIENTS

A drug recently approved for the skin condition psoriasis may also help people with a debilitating form of arthritis that attacks the spine, a new clinical trial finds.

December 18, 2015

Post-Ebola Syndrome? Health Problems in U.S. Ebola Survivors Months After Initial Recovery

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Months later, post-recovery symptoms include joint pain and hair loss. Of the 10 people treated for Ebola in the U.S., eight survived and all had some symptoms in the weeks and months after they recovered, CDC researchers said.

December 17, 2015

Active and Passive Smoking Related to Infertility, Early Menopause: New Study

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EVERY WOMAN MUST BE PROTECTED FROM TOBACCO SMOKE - RESEARCHERS

Smoking and being exposed to secondhand smoke may trigger early menopause and infertility in women, a new study suggests.

December 16, 2015

HIV PrEP-related Drug Resistance Disappears After Drug Is Stopped

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DRUG RESISTANCE ACQUIRED DURING HIV PrEP RAPIDLY DISAPPEARS AFTER MEDICATION IS DISCONTINUED

Drug resistance acquired in rare cases of HIV infection during treatment with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) rapidly disappears once medication is discontinued, investigators report in AIDS. Use of ultra-sensitive tests performed six months after seroconversion and discontinuation of PrEP failed to find any resistant virus.

December 14, 2015

WHO Moves From Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals

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FROM MDGs TO SDGs, WHO LAUNCHES NEW REPORT

Earlier this month, on December 8, the World Health Organization, WHO, launched a new comprehensive analysis of global health trends since 2000 and an assessment of the challenges for the next 15 years.

December 12, 2015

World Malaria Report Indicate Progress Toward Malaria Elimination

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NEW REPORT SHOW COUNTRY PROGRESS IN THE PATH TO MALARIA ELIMINATION

New estimates from WHO show a significant increase in the number of countries moving towards malaria elimination, with prevention efforts saving millions of dollars in healthcare costs over the past 14 years in many African countries.

December 11, 2015

WHO Launch New Global Campaign to Eradicate Rabies

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NEW GLOBAL FRAMEWORK TO ELIMINATE RABIES

A new framework to eliminate human rabies and save tens of thousands of lives each year was launched yesterday, December 10th, by WHO, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Global Alliance for the Control of Rabies (GARC).

December 10, 2015

New Guideline on Breast Cancer Survivor Care Issued by ASCO and ACS

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NEW BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR GUIDELINE

A comprehensive set of recommendations for the lifelong follow-up care of female adult breast cancer survivors has been issued by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). This is the first time the two societies have collaborated on a joint guideline.

December 08, 2015

A 55 year old man with breathlessness, orthopnea and paroxysmal nocturnal dysnea

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DOCTOR'S ZONE: QUESTION & ANSWER

A 55 year old man who, in the past, had regularly seen his general practitioner for his hypertension suddenly stopped attending clinic. Three years later, he is admitted for shortness of breath relieved by rest, orthopnea and paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea. Which of the following is not considered a routine investigation in patients with suspected respiratory failure?

December 07, 2015

A 60 year old man with cough, chest pains and fever

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DOCTOR'S ZONE: QUESTION & ANSWER

A 60 year old man with a two day history of cough productive of rusty brown sputum, pleuritic chest pain and fever is admitted into the Emergency Department. Which of the following is a common cardiovascular complication in patients with acute respiratory failure?

December 06, 2015

A 23 year old female asthmatic with breathlessness and wheezing

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DOCTOR'S ZONE: QUESTION & ANSWER

A 23 year old female banker presents to the Emergency Department with shortness of breath. She is wheezing, can barely speak and prefers to sit leaning forwards. She is a known asthmatic who has been using her prescribed steroid inhaler regularly. Few days earlier, she had visited her general practitioner for a cough, for which she was prescribed Erythromycin tablets, but the cough had persisted and deteriorated into her present clinical state.

December 01, 2015

World AIDS Day - 1 December 2015

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TODAY IS WORLD AIDS DAY

The world has come a long way since 2000, achieving the global target of halting and reversing the spread of HIV.