Assam Doctors' Leaves Cancelled as Japanese Encephalitis Claims 49 Lives Across State
Guwahati: Assam government has cancelled all leaves of doctors, para-medical staff and surveillance workers in order to deal with the outbreak of encephalitis that has claimed 49 lives across the state from January till July 5.
In an order issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department on Saturday, all leaves of the government medical staff in the state were cancelled in order to effectively deal with the present situation of rising Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES)/Japanese Encephalitis (JE) cases.... read more
WHO celebrates big step forward in improving health security in the African region
The World Health Organization (WHO) reached an important milestone globally with the completion of the 100th Joint External Evaluation (JEE)-a voluntary assessment of a country's ability to prevent, detect and respond to public health threats. Forty-two of these 100 countries are in the WHO African region."
Africa has more than 150 acute public health events a year, including infectious disease outbreaks and humanitarian crises.... read more
Asthma Specialists Oppose Return of Primatene Mist
The recent FDA decision to put the metered-dose epinephrine inhaler Primatene MistTM back on drugstore shelves was met with alarm by asthma specialists and respiratory health groups who warned that the move will place asthma patients at risk.
Pulled from the market in 2011 along with other asthma inhalers due to environmental concerns about their ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) propellants, a CFC-free version of the drug was approved last November for over-the-counter (OTC) sale, despite objections from the American Thoracic Society (ATS),... read more
Strategy Helps Identify Candidates for Supplemental Breast Imaging
Breast-density notification combined with breast-cancer risk helps identify women at high risk of advanced breast cancer who might benefit from supplemental imaging, according to an analysis of Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC) registry data.
"Discussions of supplemental imaging in women with dense breasts should be combined with evaluating breast-cancer risk, given 50% of women with dense breasts are at low breast-cancer risk," said Dr. Karla Kerlikowske of the University of California, San Francisco, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, San Francisco.... read more
Blood Biomarkers Predict Concussion Recovery
Blood-based inflammation markers predicted recovery time in high school and college football players who had concussions, a small prospective study showed.
Circulating levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6) and interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1RA) were elevated 6 hours after concussion, and IL-6 levels predicted the number of days concussion symptoms persisted, reported Timothy Meier,... read more