Polio: Statement of the Twenty-first IHR Emergency Committee
The twenty-first meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the Director-General on May 14, 2019 at WHO headquarters with members, advisers and invited Member States attending via teleconference, supported by the WHO secretariat.... read more
U.S. measles cases in first five months of 2019 surpass total cases for any year since 1992
CDC, on May 30, reported 971 cases of measles in the United States thus far in 2019. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1992, when 963 cases were reported for the entire year.
“Measles is preventable and the way to end this outbreak is to ensure that all children and adults who can get vaccinated, do get vaccinated. Again, I want to reassure parents that vaccines are safe, they do not cause autism.... read more
GM fungus rapidly kills 99% of malaria mosquitoes, study suggests
A fungus - genetically enhanced to produce spider toxin - can rapidly kill huge numbers of the mosquitoes that spread malaria, a study suggests.
Trials, which took place in Burkina Faso, showed mosquito populations collapsed by 99% within 45 days. Researchers at the University of Maryland in the US, and the IRSS research institute in Burkina Faso, first identified a fungus called Metarhizium pingshaense, ... read more
Botox May Help Bipolar Depression, Social Anxiety
Botulinum toxin type A (BT), commonly known as Botox, may play a role in the treatment of bipolar depression and social anxiety disorder, preliminary research suggests.
In two small case series, injecting BT into the glabellar region of the face — the area between the eyebrows and above the nose — reduced symptoms of treatment-resistant bipolar depression as well as social anxiety..... read more
More Men than Women Face Osteoporosis in Early Middle Age
More than a quarter of men and women in early middle age have osteopenia, placing them at risk of developing osteoporosis, the results of a new US study indicate.
Bone mineral density (BMD) scans revealed that 28% of men and 26% of women had osteopenia at the femoral neck. The findings surprised the participants and researchers,... read more