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Ebola Virus - 'Outbreak' Claims More Lives In Uganda.

The curse of Uganda – the deadly Ebola virus in its latest outbreak has claimed around 156 lives by December 5th according to Health Ministry officials in Kampala. More shocking is the fact that the dead include many health workers including doctors & nurses. But what shocked the nation was the death of Dr. Mathew Zukeviya, who was a prominent doctor spearheading the fight against Ebola in Gulu...

Quicker healing with active bandages

According to researchers, new bandages developed by US researchers take an active part in the healing process. Experiments in mice show that hydrogel bandages speed up healing.They look like thin clear plastic when dry, but expand six times and become pliable when wet.// Unlike regular bandages, which just keep moisture in and germs out, the hydrogel dressings actually penetrate the wound and enh...

New standards for Human Research Safety

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and the National Committee for Quality Assurance recently announced plans to set up a program to review the safety of clinical tests// in humans. This announcement came close on the heels of U.S. officials moving to suspend gene therapy studies pending an investigation of side effects in a French study, which found a cure for "bubble...

Angioplasty Should be the Standard

A new study finds angioplasty should be the treatment of choice for heart attack patients, even if the hospital they initially //go to doesn't offer angioplasty services and they have to be transferred to another facility for treatment. ..Research has shown heart attack patients fare better when they are treated with angioplasty to open up the clogged blood vessel that caused the attack than when...

Presence of substandard drugs can pose concern for patients

German scientists have found out that the drug streptokinase used in many non-European countries //are not up to the standard, as the amount of streptokinase present in the preparation is really low. ....The study, which had tested 16 different forms of streptokinase medications across the European continent, has found only three formulations that match the safety and quality standards. ....The d...

Government Organisation Proposes Strict Guidelines For SubStandard Medical Devices

The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) in India has decided to prepare a set of guidelines for uniform action against the manufacture// of not of standard quality (NSQ) medical devices, diagnostic reagents, diagnostic kits etc. The guidelines drawn out would prescribe the exact procedures to be followed and action to be taken against the manufacturers by every state drug controll...

Making Fortification Mandatory In Order To Reduce Birth Defects

Based on findings of a recent study researchers say fortifying milk with folic acid //could offer an accessible source of the vitamin. Although adding folic acid to foods is not currently permitted in many European markets, in some places like US and Canada it is still added to flour order to prevent neural tube defects in babies... ..Ireland is currently consulting on whether it too should enco...

Expandable metal stents used in digestive cancers

Dr. Todd H. Baron from Mayo Foundation in Rochester, Minnesota has created a break through of sorts by using expandable metal stents in the digestive tract of people afflicted with gastrointestinal cancers. .. .. These patients commonly suffer from obstructions and they present with symptoms like difficulty in swallowing, if the block is in the esophagus; they might present with othe...

Researchers Feel The Need For Standards Of Practice In Immunoglobulin Therapy

Nursing specialists feel that there is a requirement for having a standard of practice in immunoglobulin therapy. ..A review article published in the July/August 2005 Journal of Infusion Nursing examines the need for established treatment guidelines // to support doctors and nurses in correctly dosing and administering intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) as replacement therapy in patients with pri...

Scandals Can Affect Medical Research

Scandals and media reports on dubious medical stories can harm the donations made to medical research, said a report in the British Medical Journal//. ....Media reporting of the UK organ retention controversies was associated with a fall in donations for ethically approved scientific research, finds a study in latest BMJ. ....This analysis shows how media scandals may affect scientific research,...

Uganda Reports Failure To Contain Sleeping Sickness

The African country of Uganda reports that all the efforts to curb he disease of sleeping sickness is not working. The report on this topic was reported in this week’s issue of The Lancet... ..The epidemic of Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense sleeping // sickness in eastern Uganda began in 1998 as a result of the movement of the livestock reservoir of the parasite and has continued to spread. Interv...

Indian Minister wanted Media to Propaganda HIV/AIDS awareness

Mr. S. Jaipal Reddy Union Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Culture, India has asked the Indian Media to increase awareness to public regarding the prevention and treatment of HIV infections. // He said that the awareness should have intense social relevance. The media could play an important role in spreading the message of AIDS awareness by using the different broadcasting tools such as...

Ban on Global fund lifted in Uganda

Ban on the release of funds amounting $367 million for Uganda in order to combat HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria has been lifted. Uganda was funded with more than $367 million in 2002 for disease management. //.. ..The Global community banned the funding to Uganda as they feel that the fund was not utilized properly and the country had a serious mismanagement of funds. The ban on the funding was re...

Organ Scandals Compensation And The Aftermath

After a protracted legal battle, the families of more than 1,200 children, whose organs were removed after death without their parents' knowledge ,will each receive Compensations.// On an average of about £2,900 in a compensation deal announced recently ,in the United Kingdom... ..The NHS which is the apex body had fought the cases involving organ-retention at 146 hospitals and trusts, but agre...

Canada Introduces Mandatory Nutrition Labeling

Mandatory nutrition labeling has been introduced in Canada for most packaged foods of trans fats. This is expected to contribute towards the good health of Canadians in general. //Much of the trans fats in our diet come from partial hydrogenation, which is an industrial process which serves to solidify liquid vegetable oils and extends their shelf life in addition to making them more stable to he...

Chinese Poultry Vaccine Could Be Sub-Standard: Expert

A leading virologist has indicated that China might be using "substandard poultry vaccine", which could be the reason why there were frequent and deadly outbreaks of bird flu //in that country. ..Dr Robert Webster, of St Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, however said that this problem was not confined to mainland China alone. "It's not just China. We can’t blame China for substa...

Move to make HIV Tests mandatory For Soldiers In Northeast

As part of efforts to prevent the spread of HIV in the three armed services, particularly the army, the Indian armed forces plan to make HIV tests mandatory // for all its personnel serving in the northeast. ..A proposal to test all soldiers going to the insurgency-affected northeast as well as those returning from the region is awaiting clearance from the government, said Vice Admiral V.K. Sing...

Rehabilitate Sex Workers - Mata Amritanandamayi

Amritapuri (Kerala): Mata Amritanandamayi plans to rehabilitate sex workers and the debt-trapped farmers by opening rehabilitation center in various places//. .... Amritanandamayi is lovingly called "Amma"(the mother) by millions of people, especially living in southern parts of India and is slowly emerging in the same light as the next Mother Teresa of India. ....She renders comfort by huggin...

HIV/AIDS Throws Family Relationships Out Of Gear In Uganda

There is more bad news about effects of HIV/AIDS. According to a report by NPR titled “All Things Considered”, Ugandan Families are in the throes of troubled family ties. ....Most Family structures in Uganda have crumbled simply because, more than 100,000 // young Ugandan adults have succumbed to aids-related complexities in the last decade. Deborah Kaijuka, CEO of the Uganda Reach the Aged A...

Flu Shots Not Mandatory For Nurses

U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman ruled in Seattle that the Virginia Mason Medical Center couldn't force nurses to take flu shots or give up their jobs.// This ruling came after most nurses agreed to take the said shots. ..The hospital had asked the 600-strong nursing staff to avail the flu shots as a "fitness for duty" measure. In August last year, a labor arbitrator, Eduardo Escamilla h...

Schools and Bars closed in Rwanda due to Cholera outbreak

Schools, bars and markets have been ordered to close in Rwanda following the spread of cholera. The Minister of Health has ordered the closure to prevent any further spread of cholera which has killed more than 18 people and more than hundred infected in Masaka sector,// which has reported the highest number of cholera infection. As there is an increased shortage of food and good drinking water d...

DMAA to Develop Disease Management Standards by December

WASHINGTON - The Disease Management Association of America (DMAA) has announced the launch of a programme that aims to uniformly measure and evaluate "outcomes in disease and care management programs." .."This certainly stands among // the disease management community's most significant research efforts to date,” Don Fetterolf, MD, chair of the DMAA Quality and Research Committee said. "Reachin...

Uganda Tackles The Meningitis Outbreak

Uganda witnessed an outbreak of meningitis, which led to the disruption of normal life. By now the Ugandan Health Ministry said that this has been brought under control. // He said that the northeastern region of Karamoja, Uganda was the worst affected but now normal activities such political campaigns can resume. ..Dr. Sam Okware, director of health services told the Uganda Broadcasting Corpora...

Setting Standards: Benchmark Medical Tests to Gauge Accuracy of Medical Tests

Medical tests have become a household name as a guide or reference for remedial treatment measures. Is there a standard that gauges the accuracy level of these medical tests. // ..Researchers use a Gold standard, a bench mark test against which is compared the medical test in question, to gauge the preciseness of the result or measure the deviation. Generally Gold standard benchmark tests consum...

Medical Colleges, Confident of Meeting Standards Before 90-days deadline

The state governed medical colleges have not much to improve their standards, as stipulated by the Medical Council of India (MCI) //, which has given them a three month deadline to comply with the norms or face a risk of de-affiliation. .. ..MCI is the authorized body that has the power to accord affiliation to medical colleges across the country, has issued a 90-day deadline for the three colleg...

Cancer Care To Be Standardized

Parliamentary Groups on cancer have proposed that cancer patients should be given a set of legally-binding entitlements with regard to their care. // ..National standards in the cancer services would help to avoid inequality. And these standards could be enforced by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice). ..Some of the aspects of cancer services that would be standardiz...

Breast cancer survivors slacken on mandated annual mammograms

According to a new study, breast cancer survivors who are at a high risk of a relapse or cancer of the other breast should ideally be getting an annual screening// or mammogram done. But the study has found a decline in the annual follow-up trend especially during the five year period after the cancer. During a five-year period, the study showed that only one in three women, in the risk category,...

An International Growth Standard For Childs Releases By WHO

Nutrition, The World Health Organization WHO has recently released its first-ever international growth standards for infants and young children. // The United Nations health agency found that all children are similar in how they develop if they are adequately nurtured and they claimed that the new guidelines were created to help make that happen. ....The W.H.O. says it now has scientific evidenc...

Minster Apologizes To Women Involved In Breast Cancer Screening Scandal

Paul Goggins, the new Health Minister of Northern Ireland, expressing his apology over the cancer screening scandal at the Ulster’s breast cancer center//, has stated that women who had suffered distress and anxiety can claim compensation. ..An alarming report had pointed out the delay in the cancer diagnosis of six women owing to substandard care of a consultant radiologist. ‘The estimated incr...

Uganda Facing Huge Problem Due to Combination of HIV And TB

Health experts have warned that if the problem of people having HIV/AIDS as well as tuberculosis in Uganda could escalate if proper measures are not taken//. ....Launching the National TB/HIV Policy and Communication Strategy in Kampala, Sam Zaramba, the director general of Health Services said that the integration of both diseases posed a big threat to the population. "This is probably the reas...

Uganda Faces Crisis in the Field Of HIV/AIDS Due To Budget Cuts

Uganda faces a serious funding crisis as a result of budget cuts. This may affect the thousands of HIV/AIDS patients who have access to the key medications//. Kihumuro Apuuli, director general of the Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC) said that the budget cuts would affect patients' access to anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs). As such itself a number of other organizations are retrieving back their operati...

Cleanliness Standards Dropped In NHS Hospitals – Patient Report

A survey on NHS hospitals revealed falling standards of cleanliness despite Government promises to clean dirty wards//. ..Comparing to 56 percent people in 2002, only 52 percent reported about clean wards. Simultaneously about 51 percent in 2003 said lavatories were very clean, but only 46 percent this year. Contradicting the above, the annual NHS patients' survey reported high levels of general...

International Food Standards Meet Set For Chiang Mai Bangkok

Thailand will host a week-long meeting on the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Food for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) // , becoming the first Asian host for the meeting focusing on international food standards to benefit consumers, a senior Thai official said. ....Dr. Charal Trinvuthipong, advisor to Thailand's Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister said some 350 delegates from 169 member countr...

HIV Test is Becoming Mandatory as a Part of Pre-marriage Exercise

Families here are now insisting on HIV tests ahead of marriages. // ....Pathology labs in the city have registered an increase in the number of HIV tests, particularly during the marriage season. ....Rajesh Bose (name changed) got an HIV test done last year. ...."I was in love with her. But her parents thought I was a flirt," said Bose. "But when I produced the (HIV test) report, they agreed...

Japanese Court Rules In Patients Favour Over Hepatitis C Scandal

A Japanese court has ruled that the pharmaceutical companies and the state were responsible for transmitting hepatitis C through a contaminated medical product// , and has awarded damages to nine people who had acquired the disease. The 13 plaintiffs who sued for damages were prescribed fibrinogen as well as other coagulants, between 1981 and 1988, made by the Green Cross Corp, a pharmaceutical t...

HIV Certificate from NRI Students No Longer Made Mandatory

Engineering colleges in Karnataka insist on a HIV certificate from the foreign/NRI students. But now the rule is no longer mandatory//. The Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) in Karnataka has over 120 engineering colleges in the state. It has issued strict orders not to ask for HIV certificated from foreign/NRI students during admissions. K Balaveera Reddy, VTU vice-chancellor said that...

Uganda Shows Increased HIV Discordant Couples

Health officials have pointed out that the number of HIV discordant couples, where only one partner is infected with the HIV virus//, have increased in Uganda. ..Commissioner for Community in the Ministry of Health, Dr Sam Okware said that HIV negative partners are at an increased risk of HIV infection from their positive partners. However service providers have still not developed effective cou...

Depleting stock of antiretroviral drugs in Uganda raises concern

Uganda: Come August, and Uganda will have one more problem to surmount amidst a host of crisis health issues-that of the receding stock of free antiretroviral//. Soon, Uganda will be left with zilch options to help its people who are in the grips of disease. ....The stock is said to be fast depleting in national referral hospitals. Many distribution set ups will not have enough to tide over the...

Goa Christian Council Opposes Mandatory HIV Test

The Council for Social Justice and Peace of then Archidiocese of Goa and Daman has advocated voluntary and not mandatory HIV testing before marriage. // ....Reacting to reports in sections of the media about a state government move to bring in legislation to make HIV tests mandatory before marriage to arrest the spread of AIDS, the church authorities said such testing should be "voluntary and no...

Government Warned Against Dilution of Medical Standards

The Supreme Court Wednesday told the central government that dilution of the standards in the name of streamlining of medical education would not be tolerated//. ....The court's observation came when Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam told a bench that the differences between the government and the Medical Council of India on the question of grant of recognition to new medical college...
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