WHO applauds Rwanda's Ebola preparedness efforts
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus commended Rwanda on its ongoing Ebola preparedness efforts and confirmed that no cases of Ebola have been reported from the country to date.
"Rwanda has been proactive and engaged in Ebola preparedness at all levels since the outbreak was declared almost one year ago in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo. We commend the actions taken so far and confirm that there have been no cases of Ebola in Rwanda to date,... read more
Fight against AIDS is 'far from over'
The battle against HIV/AIDS is being hampered by a false sense that it has already been won. In reality, says the head of the UN agency dedicating to tackling the virus, it is "far from over".
Gunilla Carlsson, the acting Executive Director of UNAIDS, says that if we forget about people at risk, such as intravenous drug users, men who have sex with men, and sex workers, "we will not solve the problem with the rise of new HIV infections".... read more
Parkinson's disease: 'Smartwatch' tracker monitors patients at home
A smartwatch-style device that tracks patient's movements has been hailed as "the future of Parkinson's care."
The personal Kinetigraph (PKG) monitors tremors and other symptoms, potentially enabling doctors to spot problems remotely. Researchers believe the watch could help to ease pressure on over-stretched health services.... read more
Overweight, Obesity in 'Early Old Age' Tied to Cortical Thinning
Greater body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC) are associated with cortical thinning in the brain, especially in early old age, new research shows.
The investigators examined data from the Northern Manhattan MRI Sub-Study (NOMAS), an ongoing longitudinal cohort study of diverse, stroke-free, community-based adults over age 50.... read more
In Smokers, Peripheral Artery Disease Risk Climbs Faster Than CHD, Stroke Risks
Smoking is a well known risk factor for clinical vascular disease, notably coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke, but its effect on peripheral vascular disease (PAD) may be underappreciated, say researchers based on their look at the community-based ARIC longitudinal study cohort.... read more