Poshan Abhiyaan targets are aspirational: Study
India is unlikely to meet targets set under the ambitious Poshan Abhiyaan or National Nutrition Mission (NNM) for reduction in prevalence of stunting, underweight, low birth weight and anemia in women and children by 2022 if there is no progress achieved in improving the rate of decline observed between 1990 and 2017,... read more
Philippines confirms second case of polio
The Philippines health department on Friday confirmed it had detected a second case of the polio virus, as the virus re-emerges in the country 19 years after it was declared polio free.
The second case was a five-year-old boy in Laguna, south of the capital Manila. The department had announced on Thursday... read more
Tanzania Tells WHO It Has No Ebola Cases - Statement
Tanzania has formally told the World Health Organization (WHO) that it has no cases of Ebola after a woman died there earlier this month from an unknown illness following Ebola-like symptoms, the organization said on Wednesday.... read more
Most young children shouldn't drink plant-based milk, new guidelines say
Most children under the age of 5 should avoid plant-based milk, according to new health guidelines about what young children should drink. Plant-based milk made from rice, coconut, oats or other blends -- with the exception of fortified soy milk -- lack key nutrition for early development, according to guidelines released by a panel of experts with the Academy of Nutrition... read more
IUD Use Linked to Reduced Risk of Ovarian Cancer
Using an intrauterine device (IUD) for contraception was associated with a lower risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis of existing retrospective data.
There was a 32% reduction in ovarian cancer risk among women who had ever used an IUD... read more
Novel Drug Impresses in Postpartum Depression Phase 3 Trial
Results of a phase 3 trial show the novel drug SAGE-217 (Zuranolone, Sage Therapeutics) for postpartum depression (PPD) was associated with significantly greater reductions in depressive symptoms over placebo that were maintained after just 2 weeks of treatment.... read more
Surgical Technique Lowers Right-Sided Colon Ca Recurrence Risk
In patients with right-sided adenocarcinoma, complete mesocolic excision could reduce the risk of recurrence and improve long-term outcome after resection, according to Danish researchers.
Analysis of prospective data from a population-based cohort study of all patients undergoing elective... read more