Nipah patient's condition remains satisfactory
KOCHI: The condition of the patient, who was diagnosed with Nipah fever, continues to be satisfactory, said a medical bulletin. There are 274 people under observation. No patient has been admitted to Government Medical College, Ernakulam, for observation,... read more
1 in 3 people globally do not have access to safe drinking water – UNICEF, WHO
Billions of people around the world are continuing to suffer from poor access to water, sanitation and hygiene, according to a new report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Some 2.2 billion people around the world do not have safely managed drinking water services, 4.2 billion people do not have safely managed sanitation services, and 3 billion lack basic handwashing facilities.... read more
Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
On 19 June 2015, the United Nations General Assembly (A/RES/69/293) proclaimed 19 June of each year the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, in order to raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence, to honor the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world and to pay tribute to all those who have courageously devoted their lives to and lost their lives in standing up for the eradication of these crimes.... read more
FDA approves new treatment for pediatric patients with type 2 diabetes
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Victoza (liraglutide) injection for treatment of pediatric patients 10 years or older with type 2 diabetes. Victoza is the first non-insulin drug approved to treat type 2 diabetes in pediatric patients since metformin was approved for pediatric use in 2000. ... read more
Researchers Find Way to Convert Type A Blood to Type O
Researchers have found a way to use a pair of enzymes from a human gut bacterium to convert type A to the universal donor type O blood, according to a report published in Nature Microbiology.
The researchers say the high activity and specificity of these enzymes "make these very promising candidates for cost-efficient implementation into the already existing automated routines of blood collection,... read more
Necrotizing Infections Rise With Warming Oceans, Study Shows
As ocean temperatures increase, serious Vibrio vulnificus infections are on the rise in previously nonendemic areas, according to a case series published online in Annals of Internal Medicine.
This emerging Vibrio risk in nonendemic areas means clinicians need to be aware of the infection, especially if they have never seen a case in their practice.... read more