Healthy lifestyle helps reduce the risk of dementia – WHO guidelines
People can reduce their risk of dementia by getting regular exercise, not smoking, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, suggest new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said, “In the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia is expected to triple..... read more
Heart deaths up for first time in 5 decades in UK
Deaths from heart and circulatory diseases among people under 75 are on the rise for the first time in 50 years, suggest UK figures.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) says increasing rates of diabetes and obesity are responsible in part. In 2017, there were 42,384 deaths in under-75s from heart and circulatory conditions, up from 41,042 in 2014. The charity says that the historic pace of progress in reducing these deaths has slowed to a near standstill...... read more
Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is a biennial multi-stakeholder forum established by the UN General Assembly to review progress, share knowledge and discuss the latest developments and trends in reducing disaster risk.
The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is a critical component of the monitoring and implementation process of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030)..... read more
Antibiotics after Assisted Vaginal Delivery Reduce Infections
A blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, published online May 13 in The Lancet, suggests that prophylactic antibiotic administration within 6 hours of assisted vaginal delivery can considerably reduce infection rates in the 6-week post-delivery period. ....read more
Gaps in Diabetes Prevention Advice, Activities
Diabetes prevention measures are under-utilized in the United States, suggest new data published online in JAMA Network Open.
Both the US Preventive Services Task Force and American Diabetes Association recommend screening and lifestyle counseling to achieve weight loss and reduce diabetes risk in high-risk adults. Yet, the research found major gaps in provision of advice and referrals for diabetes prevention for adults at increased risk for type 2 diabetes,....read more
CDC creates interactive training for diagnosis, management of Rocky Mountain spotted fever
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a first-of-its-kind education module to help clinicians recognize and diagnose Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), a sometimes serious and fatal disease spread by the bite of an infected tick.
"Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be deadly if not treated early – yet cases often go unrecognized because the signs and symptoms are similar to those of many other diseases,"....read more