International lead poisoning prevention week of action – 20-26 October 2019
Lead poisoning is preventable, yet the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation has estimated that in 2017 lead exposure accounted for 1.06 million deaths and 24.4 million years lost to disability and death due to long-term health effects, with the highest burden in developing regions.... read more
Climate change hampers progress on fighting epidemics: Global Fund
Climate change is making it harder to eradicate deadly epidemics, with rising temperatures helping mosquitoes spread malaria in higher places in Africa, the head of a global health fund said on Tuesday... read more
Malnutrition behind 69% deaths among children below 5 in India, says UNICEF report
Malnutrition caused 69% of deaths of children below the age of five in India, according to a UNICEF report.
In its report, The State of the World's Children 2019, UNICEF said that every second child in that age group is affected by some form of malnutrition... read more
FDA Clears First Topical Form of Minocycline for Acne
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved 4% minocycline topical foam (Amzeeq, Foamix Pharmaceuticals) to treat inflammatory lesions of nonnodular moderate to severe acne vulgaris in adults and in children aged 9 years or older... read more
Could Vaginal Swab Predict Preterm Birth?
Measuring concentrations of certain biomarkers in vaginal secretions may provide a way to assess risk of preterm birth, researchers found.
Levels of tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases (TIMP-1), a protein that may play a role in pregnancy,... read more
Vitamins, Omega-3 Supplements May Improve Autism Symptoms
Children with autism who take supplements of vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids may have fewer symptoms than kids who don't, suggests a meta-analysis.
Researchers examined data from 27 trials involving 1,028 children with autism spectrum disorder... read more