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Annual Tobacco-related Deaths to Reach 8.3 Million by 2030

...ional health experts warned Monday. "The only two epidemics that are encountering a major increase in the next 20 years are the tobacco epidemic and the HIV/AIDS epidemics," said Douglas Bettcher, director of the World Health Organisation's Tobacco Free Initiative. According to WHO estimates, the current 5....

Human Trial for Universal Influenza Vaccine Underway

...rward with respect to protection against influenza epidemics and pandemics. This involves, amongst other, supporting research required for the planned Phase II and III clinical trials. Through their collaboration with Acambis, they hope that annual flu vaccines can ultimately be replaced by the new, universal ...

Asia Must Overcome HIV Stigma, Say Research Chiefs

...nation. "We're not going to have the generalised epidemics in our region that we've got in sub-Saharan Africa, we're going to have explosive smaller epidemics," he said. "They tend to occur among drug users, also among gay men, sex workers or mobile workers such as truck drivers, fishermen who are more lik...

A School Teachers Crusade to Promote Sex Education

...y. "We listen to them and tell others also about epidemics like HIV/AIDS. Only precautions can give protection," said Kamla Devi, a slum-dweller. Various social activists and experts have stressed upon the need to change prudish attitudes so that it could help in fighting HIV/AIDS. Many children find th...

WHO Launches Yellow Fever Initiative for West Africa

... time, we also see the possibility of Yellow Fever epidemics multiply," said Sylvie Briand, Project Manager of the Yellow Fever Initiative in WHO. Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo are the countries covered by the initiative....

IDRI and Chembio to Develop Tests for Leishmaniasis and Leprosy

...is is a widespread parasitic disease with frequent epidemics in the Indian subcontinent, Africa, and Latin America and is a World Health Organization priority for vaccine development. A complex of different diseases, Leishmania parasites cause fatal infections of internal organs, as well as serious skin diseas...

Improved Meningitis Vaccine for Africa Expected to End Deadly Scourge

...he vaccine could eventually slash the incidence of epidemics in the meningitis belt, as 21 affected nations of ... cases worldwide, group A causes deadly, explosive epidemics every 8 to 10 years predominantly in what is known as the African meningitis belt, an area that stre...

Notion Behind Spread of Flu Epidemic may Not Hold True for the Tropics

... from Brazil has revealed that the notion that flu epidemics begin in areas of high population density and exte...containing Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, developed epidemics a couple of months after flu cases occurred in appeared in Brazils northern jungles. "We were real...

New International Health Regulations to Enter into Force Tomorrow

... to invest in limiting the international spread of epidemics and other public health emergencies while minimizing disruption to travel, trade and economies. Under the revised IHR, countries will be required to report all events that could result in public health emergencies of international concern, including ...

Infant Mortality Rising in Deep South in US

...nother contributory factor seems to be the growing epidemics of obesity, diabetes and hypertension among potential mothers, some of whom tip the scales here at 300 to 400 pounds. Poverty has climbed in Mississippi in recent years, and things are tougher in other ways for poor women, with cuts in cash welfare...

The Flu- More Than Just That

...ications. "Our research has shown that influenza epidemics are associated with a rise in coronary deaths," Madjid said. "This calls for more intensive efforts to increase the vaccination rate in people at risk of coronary heart disease. "This may be especially important in an influenza pandemic when we ...

New Research Shows That Flu is a Trigger of Heart Attacks

...Heart Journal. Their research shows that influenza epidemics are associated with a rise in deaths from heart di...e report. "Our research has shown that influenza epidemics are associated with a rise in coronary deaths. This calls for more intensive efforts to increase the...

West African Meningitis Outbreak Sparks Warning from UN Aid Agencies

... Senegal to Ethiopia that is particularly prone to epidemics and is home to an estimated 300 million people. The worst affected country is Burkina Faso, where 583 people have died and more than 7,300 cases diagnosed between 1 January and 11 March. Some 22 of Burkina Faso’s 55 districts are now classed as bei...

Stigma, Lack of Education, Prevent the Spread of HIV in Afghanistan

...-- which have some of the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemics worldwide -- and the migration of its residents are fueling the spread of HIV. The country, which produces the largest amounts of opium and heroin in the world, has about one million injection drug users, according to United Nations estimates. In add...

More Research on Meningococcal Infection Called for

... of upheaval – the World Wars and the Depression – epidemics of meningococcal disease occurred around the world...stralia, New Zealand and North America. The only epidemics in Australia after this period were among poverty-stricken Indigenous communities in central Austral...

China Gearing Up for Bird Flu Season

...g domestic poultry last year and there has been no epidemics noted as such. The human cases reported are traceable to direct or indirect contact with infected birds, according to health officials. ANN...

Viral Gastroenteritis Grips Quebec Enmasse

...nswick are facing one of the worst gastroenteritis epidemics that has thrown more than 35 hospitals out of gear, with patients coming// in droves for relief. The infection triggers diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps, which can continue for a few days but seldom endangers life. Nearly 29 health-care center...

India to Specialize Doctors to Treat Infectious Diseases

...rent infectious diseases in the wake of the recent epidemics of dengue and chikungunya," said A. Rajasekaran, president of the National Board of Examination. "We have in principle agreed to a proposal brought to us by a team of Indian American doctors and a few infectious diseases experts in India to start a...

Frozen Yet Potent Viruses Found

...viral diseases. Those viruses could even cause new epidemics that could sicken and kill many generations after they were last seen, so report researchers in the Journal of Virology. Migrating birds are said to be the carriers of avian influenza (bird flu) that has spread into 50 countries and killed around 1...

Impact of Climate Change in Africa

...aasai 'Emutai'. The period 1883-1902 was marked by epidemics of bovine pleuropneumonia, rinderpest and small pox. The rains failed completely in 1897 and 1898. The Austrian explorer Dr Oscar Baumann, who travelled in Maasailand in 1891, wrote chilling eye-witness accounts of the horror experienced during a lar...

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