162 children died of encephalitis in Bihar, 63 in seven other states: Govt
As many as 162 children died due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Bihar till July 2 this year, while 63 fatalities were reported from Assam, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal till June 30, MoS Health Ashwini Choubey said on Tuesday.
Responding to a question over whether lychees were the cause of deaths, the minister, in his written reply in Rajya Sabha, said consumption of lychee was safe for healthy individuals,... read more
WHO updates global guidance on medicines and diagnostic tests
WHO’s Essential Medicines List and List of Essential Diagnostics are core guidance documents that help countries prioritize critical health products that should be widely available and affordable throughout health systems.
Published July 9, the two updated lists focus on cancer and other global health challenges, with an emphasis on effective solutions, smart prioritization, and optimal access for patients.... read more
Today is World Population Day
On World Population Day, advocates from around the world are calling on leaders, policymakers, grassroots organizers, institutions and others to help make reproductive health and rights a reality for all.
World Population Day, which seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, was established by the then-Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, an outgrowth of the interest generated by the Day of Five Billion,... read more
CDC Urges Doctors to Rapidly Recognize and Report AFM Cases
As the late summer/early fall season for acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) nears, CDC is calling on medical professionals to quickly recognize AFM symptoms and report all suspected cases to their health department. Early recognition and reporting are critical for providing patients with appropriate care and rehabilitation, and better understanding AFM, according to a new Vital Signs report.... read more
'First Evidence' Links Gut Bacteria, Fibromyalgia
Patients with fibromyalgia appear to have specific gut microbiome alterations that differ from their healthy peers, new research suggests.
In the "first evidenc"" to show this connection, investigators found that women with fibromyalgia had significant differences in 19 species of gut bacteria compared with healthy controls.... read more
Shingrix Decreases Shingles Incidence in Blood Ca Patients Post-Transplant
Patients who underwent autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and received the recombinant herpes zoster vaccine (Shingrix) had a lower incidence of the illness compared with HSCT patients receiving placebo, noted a randomized trial.... read more