WHO calls for urgent action to reduce patient harm in health care
Millions of patients are harmed each year due to unsafe health care worldwide resulting in 2.6 million deaths annually in low-and middle-income countries alone. Most of these deaths are avoidable.
The World Health Organization is focusing global attention on the issue... read more
'Landmark' malaria vaccine launches in Kenya
In Kenya, trials began on the world's first malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday.
Welcoming the initiative, which follows a recent surge in malaria infections and deaths, the UN health agency said that the vaccine will “significantly reduce” the disease in children. ... read more
FDA takes major step toward approving first peanut allergy treatment
The US Food and Drug Administration's Allergenic Products Advisory Committee on Friday voted in favor of approving a treatment for peanut allergies in children.
The drug Palforzia is designed to minimize the incidence and severity of allergic reactions in people aged 4 to 17 with peanut allergies.... read more
Intensive blood pressure goals pose no risk for orthostatic hypotension
For patients with prior stroke, a lower systolic blood pressure (SBP) goal actually reduced the occurrence of orthostatic hypotension and did not lead to more dizziness or lightheadedness compared to standard goals, an analysis of 3000 patients shows.... read more
Cancer incidence, mortality decrease with H. pylori treatment
Researchers from the randomized Shandong Intervention Trial found a durable and statistically significant decrease in gastric cancer incidence and mortality with two weeks of Helicobacter pylori treatment.
The protective effect of H. pylori treatment on gastric cancer incidence was durable, persisting for 22.3 years,... read more