World Health Assembly establishes World Chagas Day
The World Health Assembly Member States have agreed to establish World Chagas Day, to be celebrated each year on April 14.
Chagas, a neglected tropical disease, currently affects 6-7 million people, mostly in Latin America.
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FDA approves innovative gene therapy to treat pediatric patients with spinal muscular atrophy
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi), the first gene therapy approved to treat children less than two years of age with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the most severe form of SMA and a leading genetic cause of infant mortality. (FDA, May 24, 2019) .... read more
Around 600,000 Afghan children face death through malnutrition without emergency funds: UNICEF
In Afghanistan, children suffering from the most serious form of malnutrition may die, unless $7 million in funding is found within weeks, UNICEF said on Friday.
Speaking in Geneva, UN Children’s Fund spokesperson Christophe Boulierac, likened the humanitarian situation in the war-torn country to "one of the worst disasters on earth".
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Barriers to Vaccination Remain, Even in Areas with Measles Outbreaks
A small series of mothers who self-identified within ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in New York City and Rockland County continue to refuse vaccination for their children during a measles outbreak for a host of reasons, researchers found.....read more
Estrogen a Possible Treatment Option for Women with Schizophrenia
Adjunctive estrogen may be effective in reducing symptoms in women with schizophrenia and offers a potential new treatment option, suggests new research.
A systematic literature review conducted by investigators at the University of Maryland in Baltimore revealed that the addition of estrogen reduced schizophrenia symptoms in a dose-dependent, and statistically significant, manner compared with stand-alone antipsychotic treatment.....read more