Number of children orphaned or left unaccompanied by Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo rising fast
The number of children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who have been orphaned or left unaccompanied due to the Ebola epidemic has more than doubled since April, requiring a rapid ramp-up of specialized care in the Ebola-hit provinces of Ituri and North Kivu.
UNICEF and partners have registered 1,380 orphans, meaning children who have lost one or both parents to Ebola, since the start of the outbreak just over a year ago.... read more
UN steps up efforts against Dengue fever in Yemen
The World Health Organization has stepped up measures in Yemen to control the spread of dengue fever, a severe, flu-like illness.
In a tweet on Thursday, the UN agency said that staff had concluded a second round of dengue prevention measures in Taiz, Yemen's third city. The aim is to help more than 430,000 people in four districts of the embattled city to avoid the mosquito-borne viral infection,... read more
FDA approves third oncology drug that targets a key genetic driver of cancer, rather than a specific type of tumor
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to Rozlytrek (entrectinib), a treatment for adult and adolescent patients whose cancers have the specific genetic defect, NTRK (neurotrophic tyrosine receptor kinase) gene fusion and for whom there are no effective treatments.
This is the third time the agency has approved a cancer treatment based on a common biomarker... read more
Liver Disease Related to Obesity and Diabetes Rising in U.S.
The only liver disease becoming more widespread in the U.S. is one driven by obesity and diabetes, even as other types of liver disorders linked to drinking or hepatitis are becoming less common, researchers say.
For the study, researchers examined nationwide health survey data collected in five cycles between 1988 and 2016. Over this period, the proportion of adults with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease... read more
Long-Term Infection Risk in Kids with Leukemia
Survivors of childhood leukemia had an increased risk of infection and infection-related hospitalization and death that persisted for years after completing treatment, a large retrospective cohort study showed.
From discharge to 5 years, leukemia survivors had a 29% to 77% greater risk of infection as compared with age-matched patients with no history of leukemia.... read more