Vast progress in reducing rubella, but 3 in 10 children still unprotected against the disease
For the first time, more than half of all the world's infants are protected against the debilitating rubella virus, according to a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Worldwide, more than 80 countries have eliminated the disease... read more
Ground-breaking clean air protocol to guard human health and the planet enters into force
European and North American countries will take a major stride in cleaning up the atmosphere on Monday, 7 October, through the implementation of an amended legally binding treaty to limit the amount of emissions polluting the air.
With 18 countries and the European Union now having ratified the amended treaty, from a total of 51 who have signed,... read more
Calcutta High Court grants temporary reprieve to vendors of electronic cigarettes
Granting temporary reprieve to vendors of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), the Calcutta High Court has passed an interim order staying the ordinance banning the sale of e-cigarettes in so far it relates to requiring e-cigarette companies to surrender their stocks to the authorities.
To this end, the order passed by Justice Arindam Sinha on Tuesday states,... read more
FDA approves second drug to prevent HIV infection as part of ongoing efforts to end the HIV epidemic
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Descovy (emtricitabine 200 mg and tenofovir alafenamide 25 mg) in at-risk adults and adolescents weighing at least 35kg for HIV-1 pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to reduce the risk of HIV-1 infection from sex, excluding those who have receptive vaginal sex.... read more
New Dual Antimicrobial Effective for Nosocomial Pneumonia
The combined antibacterial ceftolozane-tazobactam is a safe and effective option for nosocomial pneumonia, according to results of a noninferiority trial.
The double-blind, phase-3 noninferiority trial, enrolled 726 mechanically ventilated adults with Gram-negative nosocomial pneumonia; 362 were randomly assigned to ceftolozane/tazobactam (2 g ceftolozane plus 1 g tazobactam infused over one hour every eight hours)... read more
Reducing Obese Moms' Sitting Time Lowers Fat Mass in Newborns
Improving diet, increasing physical activity, and reducing sedentary time among obese pregnant women seems to have a knock-on effect on their babies, who were born with lower fat mass than the offspring of women in control groups, a new analysis of the Vitamin D and Lifestyle Intervention study for gestational diabetes prevention (DALI) trial has shown... read more