Health

Drug Is First to Treat Cancer Based on Genetics, Not Location

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Rewriting Life A change in how cancer is treated means more people will benefit from… Emily Mullin MIT Technology Review In a first for precision medicine, a cancer drug has won regulatory approval based on the genetic characteristic of tumors, rather than their… On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it had approved Keytruda, an immunotherapy, for patients who have genetic glitches in so-called “mismatch… Drug Is First… Read More »

Critical call out for O-type blood donors

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The Red Cross Blood Service is urging those with O-Negative and O-Positive blood types to come forward as Australia’s supply falls dangerously… SBS AAP Australia’s reserves of O-type blood have fallen to a dangerously low two-day supply and people with O-Positive and O-Negative blood types are… Eight thousand people are needed over the next two weeks to donate O-type blood to prevent a nationwide blood shortage, the Australian Red… Critical call out… Read More »

WHO elects first ever African director-general after tense vote

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Former Ethiopian health minister Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to lead World Health Organisation after a long and fraught campaign Sarah Boseley Health editor The Guardian The World Health Organisation has its first ever director-general from Africa, after the election of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the… Dr Tedros, as he is known, beat the British candidate, Dr David Nabarro, after three tense rounds of voting on Tuesday. Third was Pakistan’s Dr… WHO elects first… Read More »

WHO spends more on travel costs than fighting AIDS

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The World Health Organization is spending more money on the travel bug than on fighting AIDS or malaria, according to a new… Ruth Brown New York Post The UN health agency blows around $200 million a year on travel costs so its honchos can fly business class and stay in five-star hotels — more than what it reserves for battling some of the world’s biggest… “We don’t trust people to do the… WHO spends more… Read More »

Standing royal commission to protect the vulnerable

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All Australians should be appalled at allegations about NSW mental health units and group homes for the disabled. Editorial The Sydney Morning Herald The Herald, like many Australians, adheres to Gandhi’s adage: “The true measure of any society is how well it treats its most vulnerable.” With great regret, then, we all must recognise that abuses and mistreatment of the vulnerable occur daily in our neighbourhoods, communities, towns and… Standing royal commission… Read More »

A Patient With Diabetes No Longer Needs Insulin After Receiving A Bioengineered “Pancreas”

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A year after receiving a new type of islet cell transplant to treat her severe diabetes, a patient continues to do well and no longer needs insulin injections to manage her disease. Kristin Houser Futurism Even the most exciting breakthrough medical treatment can be rendered obsolete by a particularly insurmountable obstacle: time. A HAPPY ANNIVERSARY If a treatment only works temporarily, it has… A Patient With… Read More »

UCI doctor’s plan to stop superbugs is widely used. At her own hospital, it didn’t work

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By the end of December, a lethal bacterium had swept through UC Irvine Medical Center’s intensive care unit, sickening seven infants. Melody Petersen Los Angeles Times Dr. Susan Huang, the hospital’s infection control expert, had a plan. The strategy — which she had promoted so successfully that most U.S. hospitals now use it — included bathing all infants in the ICU with a powerful disinfectant, and swabbing inside their noses with an… UCI doctor’s plan… Read More »

Indonesians take tiny steps against tobacco

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A neighborhood in the Indonesian capital has informally declared itself a smoke-free zone as students plan further protests against what they see as an increased effort by cigarette companies to target the… Hurriyet Indonesia has one of the highest rates of smoking and is the world’s fourth-biggest cigarette producer, mostly of the pungent “kretek” clove and tobacco variety, but parliament has proposed a… A few groups are now… Indonesians take tiny… Read More »

Brazil Declares an End to Its Zika Health Emergency

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The country launched a major campaign that included genetically modified mosquitos, and now reported cases are down 95 percent. J. WESTON PHIPPEN The Atlantic Brazil has announced the end of its public health emergency over Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that became a global concern just 18 months ago. Brazil launched a major mosquito eradication program last year, and the health ministry said that from January to April 2017 there were 95… Brazil Declares an… Read More »

Baby deaths soar amid crisis in Venezuela

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Thousands of babies died in Venezuela last year, new official data show, highlighting the tragic impact of the country’s economic crisis as political tension heightened with deadly street clashes May 10. Hurriyet The health ministry said deaths of infants under the age of one soared by 30 percent in 2016, a year when hospitals and… Deaths of mothers linked to childbirth soared by… Baby deaths soar… Read More »

It’s a fallacy that all Australians have access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene

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Nations are gathering in New York this week to discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to improve health, wealth and well-being for countries both rich and poor. Nina Lansbury Hall Cindy Shannon Paul Jagals The Conversation As a developed nation, it might be assumed that Australia will easily meet these new goals at home – including goal number 6, to… But the unpalatable truth is… It’s a fallacy… Read More »

IUPUI prof warns about danger of guns — and it’s not what you think

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Few would dispute that a gun, when used improperly, can be dangerous to your health. Shari Rudavsky INDYSTAR But a new study shows that guns, even when fired as safely as possible, can hurt you. The study by an IUPUI scientist and colleagues found that firing a gun at a shooting range, either indoors or outdoors, releases a high level of lead-filled dust that coats the… IUPUI prof warns… Read More »

Anti-Vaxxers Brought Their War to Minnesota—Then Came Measles

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MINNEAPOLIS — ON the first Saturday this May, residents of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood socialized in the shadows of their towering public housing complexes. wired Chattering men sat for haircuts while head-scarved women shopped the stalls lining the blue-bricked Riverside Mall. At nearby Currie… Anti-Vaxxers Brought… Read More »

‘Keep at it, it’s great’: Turnbull praises Trump for major step in dismantling Obamacare

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‘ Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has praised President Donald Trump for winning a vote that marks a major step towards dismantling Obamacare. 9news © Nine Digital Pty Ltd 2017 Mr Turnbull began his remarks at a commemoration dinner marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea by congratulating the president on his bid to roll back Barack… “Well done, congratulations,” Mr Turnbull… ‘Keep at it… Read More »

Obamacare v Republican plan compared

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Republican politicians have campaigned on repealing President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms pretty much since they were enacted in 2010. Anthony Zurcher BBC Now, with a governing majority, they’ve had to come up with a replacement plan – a task that has proved much more challenging than they may have imagined. Here’s a look at some key differences between the existing law, informally known as Obamacare, and the… Obamacare v Republican… Read More »

Meet the world’s most powerful doctor: Bill Gates

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The software mogul’s sway over the World Health Organization spurs criticism about misplaced priorities and undue influence. NATALIE HUET AND CARMEN PAUN Politico Some billionaires are satisfied with buying themselves an island. Bill Gates got a United Nations health agency in Geneva. Over the past decade, the… Meet the world’s… Read More »