After Kerala, Nipah Virus Scare Spreads to Karnataka; Alert Sounded in 8 Districts
Bengaluru: Days after a 23-year-old student was diagnosed with Nipah virus in Kerala, the Karnataka government has sounded alert in eight districts, including those on the borders of the neighboring state.
Following the Nipah outbreak report, the Health Department in Karnataka issued a circular asking administration in Chamarajanagar, Mysuru, Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Shivamogga and Chikkamagaluru districts to immediately convene inter-departmental coordination committee meetings,... read more
German court sentences serial-killing nurse to life
A former nurse was convicted of killing 85 of his patients and sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday for the worst killing spree in Germany's post-war history, multiple local media outlets reported.
Niels Hoegel, who injected his patients with lethal drugs and then played the hero by appearing to struggle to revive them, had already been convicted and sentenced for two murders in 2015.... read more
More than 1 million new curable sexually transmitted infections every day
Every day, there are more than 1 million new cases of curable sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among people aged 15-49 years, according to data released by the World Health Organization. This amounts to more than 376 million new cases annually of four infections - chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and syphilis.... read more
FDA advisory panel recommends approval of TB Alliance's tuberculosis treatment
Independent experts of an FDA advisory panel voted in favor of the not-for-profit TB Alliance's treatment for drug resistant tuberculosis, as a part of a three-drug combination regimen.
The panel on Tuesday voted 14-4 when asked to assess the treatment, pretomanid, in combination with Johnson & Johnson's bedaquiline and linezolid for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis... read more
Novel Diet Eases Crohn's in Kids
A Crohn's disease exclusion diet (CDED) plus partial enteral nutrition (PEN) yielded sustained remission in a randomized controlled study of children with mild to moderate Crohn's, according to Israeli and Canadian researchers..... read more
Brain changes may be linked to unexplained motor symptoms
A new study finds that people who have movement problems, symptoms that cannot be explained by an underlying disease, may have chemical changes in specific areas of the brain. The study is published in the June 5, 2019, online issue of Neurology. These symptoms, which include tremors, muscle contractions or problems with walking, are called functional or psychogenic motor symptoms.... read more