835 000 people to receive second dose of cholera vaccine in North Kivu, DRC
The second phase of an oral vaccination campaign to protect more than 835 000 people from cholera in the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has begun. While North Kivu has been struggling with an outbreak of Ebola virus disease for more than a year, this north-eastern province is also endemic for cholera... read more
IOM suspends South Sudan Ebola screening after death of volunteers
The UN migration agency (IOM) on Wednesday condemned "in the strongest possible terms" the killing of three of its aid workers in South Sudan's Morobo County, who were working as volunteers at Ebola screening points along the country's border... read more
Indians are the least active, says analysis of fitness app data
India has emerged as the least active country among 18 countries including the U.S., the U.K., Japan and Singapore, according to a report by fitness solutions firm Fitbit. It said an Indian user walked an average of 6,533 steps daily... read more
Niti Aayog proposes creation of single body as regulator for drugs and food
NITI Aayog, the government's advisory body, has proposed creation of a single body as regulator for the drugs and food. Currently the drug is being looked after by the CDSCO while FSSAI is the apex food regulator. According to the reports, the NITI Aayog has recommended that the new body should be in line with the US FDA and headed by an IAS of the rank of additional secretary to the Government of India's Ministry of Health.... read more
Venous Closure Device Gets EP Patients Moving Sooner, With Less Pain
A resorbable collagen plug venous closure device got patients on their feet faster than did manual compression alone after a catheter-based electrophysiology procedure, according to the AMBULATE trial published online in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.... read more
Reduction in Melanoma After Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric surgery and the weight loss that it induces are associated with a markedly reduced risk for skin cancer, including melanoma, according to a new analysis from the Swedish Obese Subjects (SOS) study.
At a median follow-up of 18.1 years, the research team has found that patients who underwent bariatric... read more