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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia was voted Director-General of the World Health Organization on Tuesday, the first African to head the agency. All roads lead to universal coverage. This will be my central priority, he told health ministers at the WHO's annual assembly after his election. He also promised to respond to future global health emergencies rapidly and eectively.
A craving even cancer cannot stop
Cancer surgeons say that an increasing number of patients who have suffered from oral and lung cancers go back to smoking and chewing tobacco. He says out of the 9,000-odd new head and neck cancer patients that he sees annually, 15% go back to their tobacco habits, mostly smoking. Dr Chaturvedi adds that 30% of tobacco-related cancer patients have a chance of getting a cancer for the second time, and it doubles with a smoking or chewing relapse.
Don't ignore the adults in deworming
Though the government has tweaked World Health Organisation deworming guidelines by not restricting it to school-age children, the programme does not include adults. A 2013 study found that hookworm infection rates increased significantly with age - from childhood to school age or adolescent and increasing further in adults. This study too makes a strong case for expanding annual treatment to include adults in order to achieve community-level reduction in the intensity of hookworm infections.
WHO says India reports cases of Zika virus
India has reported cases of the Zika virus, the World Health Organization said, adding that efforts should be made to strengthen surveillance. The WHO said that on May 15 India's health ministry reported three confirmed cases from the western state of Gujarat. These findings suggest low level transmission of Zika virus and new cases may occur in the future, the WHO said in the statement on its website.
Zika hit India in January, Government kept silent
Surprisingly, the Union Health Ministry is still silent on the issue, even though it had conducted laboratory tests to confirm the virus. Since, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has tested 34,233 human samples and 12,647 mosquito samples for the presence of Zika virus. The three cases include a 64-year-old male with febrile illness, but came out negative for dengue and later confirmed positive for Zika.
Pain in left arm: Possible causes, other symptoms, and treatment
Though small aches and pains are a normal part of aging, sudden or unusual left arm pain can be linked to a more serious condition. Left arm pain is one of the most common symptoms of a heart attack. This phenomenon, called referred pain, explains why a person experiencing a heart attack might feel arm pain without having chest pain. Women are more likely than men to experience symptoms without the typical chest or arm pain.
Govt. keeping close watch on India's first Zika cases
Hours after the WHO confirmed the first three cases of Zika Virus, including a pregnant woman in India, sources in the Health Ministry said that it is closely monitoring the situation. The ministry clarified that only three Zika cases have been detected in a round of 50, 000 tests, adding that no mosquitoes were detected positive. The Health Ministry has reported three laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus disease in Bapunagar area of Ahmedabad in Gujarat.
Bangladesh Armed Forces-Amrita Hospital pact for medical care
A leading private hospital in Kerala today said it is going to provide state-of-the-art specialty medical care to members of Bangladesh Armed Forces (BAF), including retired personnel, and their family members. The Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences said a wide-ranging agreement was signed for collaboration in patient care, medical education, research and training, and exchange of healthcare professionals. In addition, we will collaborate in medical research initiatives and joint projects of mutual interest in both the countries, he said.
Crowdfunding healthcare costs: Where there's a bill, there's a benefactor
The innovative among them have turned to multiple sources from crowdfunding campaigns, appeals on social media to tapping corporate donors for funds to ensure complete treatment. This malignant tumour destroys healthy bone tissue, and often presents in children between the ages of seven and 13. This is one of the reasons Dr Chinder visits hospitals around Bengaluru, Shivamogga and Mangaluru to identify patients early. One of the success stories is five-year-old Madhumitha from Bengaluru, who underwent a successful liver transplant four months ago.
Zika virus outbreak in Ahmedabad: Follow these health guidelines to keep yourself safe
Last year after the explosive spread of the Zika virus, several countries including India raised an alert to guard against the spread of the mosquito-born disease. Looks like enough precaution was not taken as on May 26, World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the first three cases of Zika virus in India - all of them from the Bapunagar area of Ahmedabad. The routine laboratory surveillance detected a laboratory-confirmed case of Zika virus disease through RT-PCR test at BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
Bulgaria to conduct food product checks amid quality concerns
Bulgaria said on Saturday it would conduct checks on different food products of multinational companies sold in the Balkan state and compare them with food sold in richer western European countries, amid concerns over quality. Consumer groups have complained that popular brands use poorer-quality ingredients in products sold in central and eastern Europe than in countries like Germany and Austria. They have had little recourse to complain because the European Union only requires that the packaging contain a clear list of all ingredients.
Swine flu claims 221 lives in Maha since Jan; 58 in Pune alone
Swine flu has claimed as many as 221 lives in Maharashtra so far this year with Pune accounting for more than one-fourth of the fatalities, a government official said today. Four of the victims hailed from adjoining Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh who were admitted to state hospitals, where they succumbed to the infection, according to a report compiled by the Maharashtra health department. The report has figures related to H1N1 affected patients from January 1 to May 26.
Love street food? Beware, you may catch diseases like cholera!
Unhygenic street food may lead you to severe diseases. Street food options are always tempting, but be cautious about indulging in it as you may contract gastrointestinal infections. It's best to consume spicy and oily food in moderation during the summer and monsoon season, suggest experts. The water used for preparing street food favourites like golgappas is likely to be contaminated, and there is a chance of contracting water-borne diseases like cholera and typhoid in this way.
Eczema herpeticum: Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
A rare and sometimes serious condition, eczema herpeticum causes symptoms that can lead to a medical emergency. It goes on to explore the causes, symptoms, and treatments for eczema herpeticum, the infection that happens when these two conditions meet. Eczema herpeticum is a rare but serious complication, which can happen when skin that is affected by eczema comes into contact with the herpes virus. Symptoms of eczema herpeticum do not appear immediately after exposure to a cold sore or genital herpes.
Statins may help prevent heart attack, stroke
Statins are highly effective in preventing cardiovascular events in patients who have had a heart attack or are at risk of heart disease, said Nay Aung from Queen Mary University of London in the UK. Researchers found that people using statins were less likely to have a thickened heart muscle and less likely to have a large heart chamber. Researchers investigated the association between statins and heart structure and function.
A new combination of drugs for combating hepatitis C
Drugs that prevent entry of the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) into the host cells are equally effective as other drugs, finds a new study from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infects the liver and spreads mainly through infected needles. They showed that they could rank the different entry inhibitor drugs on a scale, similar to that used for HIV drugs, instantly showing which drug was more potent.
Cellphone study shows irregular eating habits
A recent study conducted in Delhi revealed how most adults eat more than three high-calorie meals with the largest portion of food being consumed at night. For this study, scientists from Delhi used cellphone camera as a new tool to understand the eating patterns. The purpose is to educate people about the need to monitor their eating habits. This time interval helps the body insulin to get back to its basal level for proper functioning the next day.
High-risk pregnancies on the rise, says Perinatal expert
High-risk pregnancies are on the rise in Kerala due to various reasons including obesity, diabetics and stress, noted perinatologist Vidyalekshmy said here today. The number of high risk pregnancies have increased over the years where there is an increased risk to the mother's health or baby's safe outcome, the expert said. KIMS hospital started the Department of Perinatal Medicine in 2009 under the leadership of Vidyalekshmy. Pre-existing medical disorders of women are now no more a taboo to get married and getting pregnant, she added.
Indian researchers develop 3D bioprinted cartilage
For the first time, Indian researchers have been able to achieve a measure of success in developing cartilages that are molecularly similar to the ones seen in human knees. Unlike articular cartilage, transient cartilage becomes bone cells and, therefore, brittle within a short time. As a result, the engineered cartilage loses its capacity to bear huge load that is typically encountered in the knee. This was done by optimising the bioink composition, 3D bioprinting process, and by using a combination of growth factors.
Health Ministry confirms three Zika cases reported in Ahmedabad
The information was made public five months after the cases were reported as the World Health Organization (WHO) published a 'member state report' on their website. According to the health ministry, three laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus were reported from Bapunagar area in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. We are conducting tests routinely and the situation is under control, said Arun Panda, Additional Secretary, health ministry. According to the report published by WHO, the routine laboratory surveillance detected a laboratory-confirmed case of Zika at BJ Medical College.

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