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Ebola-like virus is on the way to cause epidemic in Angola

As the death toll from the virus like Ebola rises in the country of Angola, people had been warned not to visit the country in Africa// for at least a week. ....The number of people who are affected by the virus till date is 132. According to the statistics available at World Health Organization, the two third of those affected by the virus are children. .. ....The virus which was first identif...

Hangovers: why some people suffer and some don’

Japanese study had identified a mutant form of the enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase// (ALDH)that is responsible for some people feeling less or no hangover from consuming alcohol. ....Researchers from Mitsukoshi Health and Welfare Foundation have found that the toxicity of acetaldehyde leads to hangovers in individuals who have a particular genetic makeup. ....Aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) is the m...

Mango: the cancer combater

It’s definitely not that mango springs to mind the image of a medication. Rather it is the “king of fruits//” and a darling of all! Mango comes as a respite in the sweltering heat and charms one and all. Besides tantalising the taste buds it has been found to fight tumours and make cancer fret. Nutritionally mango is a rich source of beta-carotene, sugars and fibres. ....Now research conducted a...

US Doctors Association Gives away $110,000 To NGO

The Association of Tamilnadu Medical Graduates (ATMG) of the US has given $110,000 in aid to five NGOs for social causes in Tamil Nadu.// ..The ATMG-run Charitable Foundation collected the money from about 5,000 doctor members in the US. ..The Voluntary Health Services received $50,000 to be spent on tsunami relief. The other NGOs are the YWCA, Mary Clubwala Girls High School, the Kumarasamy Heal...

Bird Flu Strains Detected In Wild Birds Of Mongolia

Scientists from US department of Agriculture had found the strains of bird flu disease in the wild migratory birds in Mongolia. This is for the first time the disease of avian influenza had been detected in any strain of wild birds // that have no contact with the domestic poultry, or waterfowl... ..The team of researchers from Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) had collected samples from hundre...

Moderation Is The Only Cure For Hangover

A research team belonging to the Peninsula Medical School has revealed that there is no evidence which proves that hangover cures do work. The UK alone loses £ 2 billion by way of lost wages as a result of hangovers every year. // The news which was published in the British Medical Journal recommends moderation while drinking to prevent hangover. As many as eight agents like propranolol, a yeast...

Smart drugs for alcohol hangovers not effective

Party alcohol hangovers cannot be cured by taking medications reports a study published in British Medical Journal. Researchers have found from review of eight // clinical trials that complementary and allopathic medicines have no cure in reducing hangovers which occur after alcohol consumption. Some of the common hangover symptoms are headache, nausea, vomiting, red eye, tremor, thirst, diarrhea...

Hangover Can Now Be Cured By Eating A Toast With Honey

The good health benefits of a plate of bread, butter and honey have been known for a long time. But it not until recently that honey was found to be an effective treatment for hangover. // It has now been found that a breakfast comprising of honey can reload high levels of sodium, potassium and fructose into the body. ..The chemical held responsible for the hangover is acetaldehyde, according to...

Bahamas says flamingo deaths are not due to bird-flu

Bahamian officials are not crying fowl over a series of unexplained flamingo deaths on the Island of Inagua. They seem to have underestimated the possible spread of the bird flu virus into Bahamas, from around the globe. // ....Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie has said that the preliminary investigation of flamingo deaths on the island of Inagua has showed that this was not caused by bird...

Possibility Of A Meningococcal Outbreak In NSW

A baby and man in central-western NSW, both suspected to have contacted meningococcal disease are being treated at the Dubbo Base Hospital //. The man and the baby, who hail from Cobar and Mudgee respectively, are showing signs of improvement following treatment. ....It has not been possible to relate both the cases, based on the evidence obtained, said Dr.Tony Brown of the Greater Western Ar...

Hurricane Hangover: Katrina Still Haunts

Months after the destructive visit off Hurricane Katrina, the survivors are still facing the after effects of the fury unleashed on the survivors scattered across the nation // , with the destruction so large the loss so dear that the people are now facing problems, and sufferings off such severe psychological distress that the federal government has launched the biggest & a very expensive counse...

Cholera Outbreak in Angola: 652 Infected and 22 Dead

An outbreak of cholera was first reported in the Luanda province of Angola on the 13th of February. Since then, nearly 652 cases of cholera// and 22 cholera related deaths have been reported in the state. ....According to the latest health report published by the World Health Organization, 101 new cholera and cases and 4 deaths have been reported over the past 24 hours. 8 municipalities have bee...

Chinese NGO To Popularize Sex Education For Youngsters

A largest NGO in China is all set to propagate a new method of sex education for youngsters throughout the country. // ..Xi Xiaoping, vice president with the China Family Planning Association, said: 'Puberty and child-bearing age have arrived earlier in recent years, but sex education is lagging behind.' ..China now has more than 300 million youngsters who have reached puberty, and about 20 mil...

NGO Files Pre-Grant Opposition Against Anti-HIV Drug, Combivir

A pre-grant opposition has been filed against the anti-HIV drug, Combivir, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, a leading pharmaceutical company //. The Manipur Network of Positive People (MNP+) and the Indian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS have lodged the complaint at the Kolkata patent office. ....The drug formulation is a combination of two essential anti-HIV drugs Lamivudine and Zidovudi...

Death Toll due to Cholera Rises to 48 in Angola

The cholera epidemic has swept through Angola covering the provinces of Luanda, Bengo, Benguela, and Kwanza Norte. Since the declaration of the cholera outbreak on February 13, the number of reported cases has risen to 2,026 with a death toll of 48. // ..On Sunday WHO representative, Angola Fatoumata Diallo handed over 7 tons of medicine and equipment to the Angolan Vice Minister of Health Jos...

NGOs and Various Groups Come Together To Address the Issues on AIDS

AIDS in are country is deep-rooted and hence various organizations are putting in their effort to combat the deadly disease. Various organizations are working towards the complete eradication// of the disease from the face of the earth. One such step is taken by the Manipur AIDS Control Society, India, and asked all the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who are thriving day and night to fight...

Epidemic Of Cholera Continues To Sweep Over Angola

The representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) to Angola announced on Thursday in Luanda that the epidemic of cholera, which is continuing to sweep// over some Angolan provinces, had killed 919 people among nearly 20,000 cases having been reported as on April 25. ....France-based Medicines sans Frontiers (MSF) said on Thursday, that this cholera epidemic in Angola has become a nationa...

20,000 Cholera Cases In Angola, 1,000 Casualties

Medical aid group Doctors without Borders, which is working in Angola to contain the cholera outbreak there says that 20,000 cases have come to light so far with 1,000 deaths//. Cholera is an acute intestinal infection, which is caused in most cases by drinking contaminated water. .. “It’s still quite bad. It’s showing even more in other provinces now also. This week on certain days we have seen...

Death from Cholera Rises in Angola

The official death toll that has been reported in Angola from a cholera outbreak has risen to 1 109, an unusually high mortality rate and it is expected to affect another 250 000 people before the disease is contained. // ....Since the first report of the outbreak in mid-February in Luanda, the capital, 27700 cases of cholera have been reported. ....Uige, a city 300km northeast of Luanda has al...

Cholera Death Toll Reaches 1,156 in Angola

The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that there have been an additional 50 deaths from cholera in Angola this week taking the total toll to 1,156 deaths // the country since mid-February. ....The WHO said that the epidemic is only growing and is showing no signs of getting controlled. There are a total of 30,612 cases of cholera since February. Half of these were reported from province o...

Pneumonic plague Might Be Responsible For The epidemic In Congo - WHO

WHO has stated, that it suspects that ‘Pneumonic plague’ is responsible for killing 100 people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to preliminary test results// that it has conducted. The authorities from WHO have said that isolation wards have been set up to treat patients. They also explained that the control measures have been hard to implement because of the lack of security .....

Pneumonic Plague Kills 22 People in Congo

Pneumonic plague is a respiratory disease and is endemic to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where sporadic outbreaks are known to occur//. If the disease is not diagnosed at an initial stage then proves to be fatal to the patient. If diagnosed at an early stage then the patient can be completely cured with antibiotics. .. The disease has already killed 22 people and this highly contagi...

UN Sending Aid To Angola To Counter Cholera

The United Nations is rushing aid to Angola to counter cholera epidemic which has killed about 2,000 people and sickened 50,000 in the African nation. // ....The UN health agency said it is sending drugs, oral re-hydration salts, disinfectants and chlorine to counter the poor sanitation and a shortage of safe drinking water, major vector of the disease. .. .."Although current trends show a decli...

Angola To Launch A Massive Health Protection Campaign For The Children

Health officials of the African nation Angola have announced their plans is mount a massive campaign to help protect more than 3.5 million children//, under 5-years of age from measles, polio and malaria. ....The representatives of the WHO, U.N. children's agency UNICEF along with the health ministry of Angola, had announced in Luanda their aim to reduce Angola's infant mortality rate that is co...

Angola Warned of Recurrent Cholera Outbreaks

Although cholera cases in Angola has started declining, aid agencies warn Angola of repeated outbreaks of cholera if water and sanitation issues are not addressed//. ..Karen Godley, the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)-Switzerland head of mission in Angola said, "The government needs to improve water and sanitation - Angola has not seen a cholera outbreak since 1995 and now we expect it to reappea...

Meningococcal Scare in Queensland

Queensland Health has issued a warning asking parents to be vigilant about meningococcal disease after a two-year-old boy died from it. The boy was taken to the Mareeba Hospital on Saturday with fever-like symptoms, but was sent to the Cairns Base Hospital.// ....However he died there in the emergency department. Queensland Health spokesman Dr Jeffrey Hanna said that the toddler was seen by a chi...

Japanese NGO Assures Rs 75 Lakh for Leprosy Centre Relocation

Concerned over the deteriorating condition of a leprosy centre in the capital, a Japanese NGO has assured to donate Rs 75 lakh for either relocation or reconstruction of the facility. // ....Yohei Sasakawa, President of Nippon Foundation and goodwill ambassador of World Health Organisation (WHO) gave the assurance when he visited the Satya Jeevan Kushta Ashram on July 16, the Federation of Lepro...

Meningococcal-B Vaccine Greatly Reduces The Risk of The Disease

A new study has shown the children and teenagers who had been immunised against epidemic meningococcal B disease are five times less likely to be infected// than those who haven't been vaccinated. ....Reports have shown that the biggest mass immunisation campaign that had taken place among the young New Zealanders has resulted in a five-fold reduction in the risk of acquiring Meningococcal B dis...

Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever hits Turkey

Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) has killed at least 20 people in Turkey, in the largest outbreak of it ever reported since it was identified// in 1944, say the authorities. According to the experts more cases of the Ebola-like disease are bound to be reported. By 4 August, 242 cases of this disease were reported. .....Six provinces in the Black Sea and Central Anatolia region: Tokat, Siv...

Know Thy Hangover Quotient

London – Intelligence quotient seems to hold sway on the degree of hangover one might experience, after a night of high spirits, a new research has found. //Scottish researchers delved into this arena, and studied the connection between the hangover feeling and IQ, discovering that the clever lot benefit by being hangover less as compared to the ones with a lesser IQ. ....The discomfort associa...

Vaccine For Meningococcal Disease Trialled In Western Australia

A vaccine which could protect children from meningococcal disease is being trialled by researchers in Perth. Until now immunization against the disease has not been// available. ....The researchers, from the Vaccine Trials Group at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, hope that the vaccine will be effective against the meningococcal B...

Older People Get Worse Hangovers

Older people are hit harder by hangover while teenagers have a greater resistance to alcohol, says a new study.// ....US psychologist Elena Varlinskaya and other researchers studied the effects of alcohol on rats with the equivalent age to human teenagers and adults. .. ..The rats - chosen because their brain development mimics that of humans - were dosed with alcohol and their movements monitor...

Corporate Hospital and NGO stirred to help children with heart disease

Apollo hospitals have joined hands with the NGO, Madras Round Table 1, in an altruistic gesture to offer treatment for poor children with heart diseases. The novel// partnership has been named ‘Save A Child’s Heart’ (SACH). ....With the motto ‘Save one child per day’ they aim to give underprivileged children in Tamilnadu born with heart diseases appropriate treatment. SACH aims to assist early d...

US NGO to Counsel HIV/AIDS Patients in Assam

Guwahati: A leading US HIV/AIDS healthcare provider will soon be reaching out to hundreds of people living with the virus in Assam to provide treatment and support//. ....The US-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will set up three voluntary counselling and testing centres in Assam's main city of Guwahati, the eastern town of Dibrugarh and the southern city of Silchar. ....India's National A...

Party Over –now Its How to Get Ove’ the Hangove!

New Year eve could have been a blast guzzling gallons of liquor, partying into the night for many. The last dregs show up //as a blasting headache and an I –am –run-over-by –a truck feeling the following day. Scientists try to explain what leads to this phenomenon. Dr. Christine Lay, a neurologist from New York City, is the co-author of a forthcoming article on hangovers .This article will be pu...

Meningococcal Disease In Uganda

From 1 January to 21 January 2007, the Ministry of Health has reported 241 suspected cases// including 16 deaths (case-fatality rate, 6.6%) in Arua/ Maracha-Terego, Koboko, and Yumbe districts, an area bordering South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. ....The population in the affected districts consists of both refugees and nationals living in rural, densely populated settlements...

Meningococcal Disease in Burkina Faso

From 1 January to 31 January 2007, the Ministry of Health reported 789 suspected cases including 96 deaths (case-fatality rate, 12.2%) in the country. // ..Ouargaye district has an attack rate above the epidemic threshold and another three districts, Banfora, Batie and Sapouy are in the alert phase. ..Cerebrospinal fluid specimens have tested positive for Neisseria meningitidis serogroup A by la...

Meningococcal Disease in Sudan

The Ministry of Health of the Government of Southern Sudan reported 1129 suspected cases of meningococcal disease including 96 deaths in 8 out of 10 states of Southern// Sudan. ....In a one week period from 4 to 11 February, a total of 79 suspected cases including 8 deaths were reported. However, delayed and irregular reporting as well as incomplete disaggregated population data are leading to d...

More Research on Meningococcal Infection Called for

Dr.Patel, an epidemiologist calls for further study on meningococcal infection. He suggests that an analysis of historical patterns of meningococcal incidence would help// to better understand, and further prevent, the bacterial infection. ...."The meningococcal vaccine has been effective since its introduction in 2003, but the disease incidence rate is still higher than 20 years ago. We could...

Research Offers Hope to Control Meningococci

Bacterial meningitis is caused by meningococcal infection and the disease spreads like wild fire. In Africa 250,000 people were affected// in a matter of weeks in the late 1990s. Mortality rate in cases without treatment is 85-90 percent and with treatment 10-15 percent. Patients also run a high risk of serious disability after recovery. ..The World Health Organization, WHO reports that each yea...
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