Nipah Virus Alert In Madhya Pradesh's Guna, Gwalior; Advisories Issued
BHOPAL: The death of hundreds of bats in Madhya Pradesh's Guna district has raised alarm in the area and fear of the spread of the Nipah virus. The administrations in Guna and Gwalior districts issued health advisories on Friday.
Guna's Chief Medical Officer Dr P Bunkar said: "Everyone has been asked to be careful due to Nipah virus.... read more
No link between HIV infection and contraceptive methods, says study
A large clinical research study conducted in four African countries found no significant difference in risk of HIV infection among women using one of three highly effective, reversible contraceptive methods - DMPA intramuscular, levonorgestrel implant and a copper-bearing IUD. Published in the Lancet, the study showed that each method had high levels of safety and effectiveness in preventing pregnancy,... read more
Yemen: Maternal and newborn health 'on the brink of total collapse', UNICEF alerts
After more than four years of grinding conflict in Yemen, healthcare for mothers and their babies is "on the brink of collapse", the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned in a report that highlights the difficulties of childbirth and parenting in a war zone.
According to UNICEF, one woman and six newborns die every two hours from complications during pregnancy or childbirth.... read more
Fecal Transplants May Transmit Deadly Drug-Resistant Infections, FDA Warns
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting healthcare providers and patients that fecal microbiota for transplant (FMT) may transmit multidrug-resistant organisms, leading to serious or life-threatening infections.
In a safety communication, the FDA said two immunocompromised adults who received FMT... read more
Restless Legs Syndrome Tied to Gut Health
Preliminary research suggests an association between small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and restless legs syndrome (RLS), supporting emerging research linking gut microbial health to sleep health.... read more
Novel Sickle Cell Drug Improves Hemoglobin Characteristics
For sickle cell disease, novel oral agent voxelotor improved hemoglobin characteristics in the phase III HOPE trial.
Levels of normal hemoglobin levels rose more than 1.0 g/dL from baseline at week 24 -- a degree associated with significantly decreased rates of multiorgan failure and death in natural history studies, and considered a "response"... read more