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Cold and Flu Meds Pose Risks For High Blood Pressure

DALLAS - If you have high blood pressure and purchase an over-the-counter (OTC) medication, you may be getting more than you bargained for. That’s the word from experts who caution that some medications taken over the counter can have a negative impact on blood pressure. If patients are unknowingly taking medications that elevate blood pressure, it could undermine efforts to keep blood pressure in a safe range.
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Recurrence of Ebola transmission in Liberia

On 9 May 2015, Liberia marked an important milestone in the management of their Ebola outbreak. On that day, the country was declared free of Ebola transmission because no new cases had been identified for 42 days after the safe burial of the last person confirmed to have been infected with Ebola virus disease.

Although transmission of the virus had ceased, Liberia remained at high risk of a recurrence of Ebola due to ongoing transmission in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone. For this reason Liberia then entered a 90-day period of vigilance involving testing anyone with features of Ebola virus disease and testing post-mortem swabs for Ebola virus.
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Lack of sanitation for 2.4 billion people is undermining health improvements

Lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine the child survival and health benefits from gains in access to safe drinking water, warn WHO and UNICEF in a report tracking access to drinking water and sanitation against the Millennium Development Goals.

The Joint Monitoring Programme report, Progress on sanitation and drinking water: 2015 update and MDG assessment, says worldwide, 1 in 3 people, or 2.4 billion, are still without sanitation facilities – including 946 million people who defecate in the open.
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New report shows that 400 million do not have access to essential health services

A WHO and World Bank Group report launched today shows that 400 million people do not have access to essential health services and 6% of people in low- and middle-income countries are tipped into or pushed further into extreme poverty because of health spending.

"This report is a wakeup call: It shows that we’re a long way from achieving universal health coverage. We must expand access to health and protect the poorest from health expenses that are causing them severe financial hardship," says Dr Tim Evans, Senior Director of Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank Group.
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In Kenya, program changes male attitudes about sexual violence, study finds

Young men and teenage boys participating in a program developed by No Means No Worldwide had more positive views toward women and less belief in rape myths, a study found.
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BIOLASE, the global leader in dental lasers, features groundbreaking periodontal protocol at Europerio 8

BIOLASE, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOL), the global leader in dental lasers, today announced that its groundbreaking REPaiR periodontal protocol will be part of the scientific programme at Europerio 8, the world's leading conference in...
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WHO and the Republic of Korea to carry out joint mission for the MERS-CoV outbreak

In light of the recent outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), WHO and the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare will conduct a joint mission in the Republic of Korea. The mission comes after close consultation between WHO and the Government.

The WHO team will be led by Assistant Director-General for Health Security, Dr Keiji Fukuda. The team will be comprised of experts in epidemiology, virology, clinical management, infection prevention and control, as well as public health officers who have previously handled other MERS-CoV outbreaks in the Middle East.
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Steven W. Kess Of Henry Schein Receives The 2015 Harry Strusser Memorial Award

Award Recognizes Outstanding Contributions to Public Health
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Home Dialysis Program celebrates 100th patient at home

By Leslie Shepherd - The Home Dialysis Program always said that when it had 100 patients who were receiving dialysis at home, it would have a big celebration. But before the party could be held in April, the number had risen to 115 patients and is still climbing.
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Zebrafish Research Provides Clues on Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological condition that affects approximately 2 percent of people around the world. Although several genes have been linked to multiple concurring conditions of ASD, the process that explains how specific genetic variants lead to behaviors characteristic of the disorder remains elusive.
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Hyperbaric hope for fibromyalgia sufferers

Rice University part of Israel study to test novel treatment for little-understood condition
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Gut check: Does a hospital stay set patients up for sepsis by disrupting the body's microbiome?

U-M study shows higher rate of sepsis within 90 days of hospitalization, especially after care that's likely to alter the balance of microbes in the gut
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Letters to the Editor: Good Character and the Dalhousie Dental Students

he article by J. Koziebrocki and D. Litwin (Oral Health, April 2015) discusses why being of good character is a requisite for licencing dentists. The authors suggest that regulatory bodies charged with assessing the good character of the...
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Study in Nigeria finds 1 in 10 malaria drugs are poor quality

Substandard medicines more prevalent than fakes in world’s most malaria-burdened country
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Managing contacts in the MERS-CoV outbreak in the republic of Korea

In June 2015, WHO and the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Public Health and Welfare presented the results of their joint assessment of the MERS outbreak. The assessment led to a series of recommendations, which incorporated specific actions to halt the spread of the virus, including early and complete identification and investigation of all contacts; and robust quarantine/isolation and monitoring of all contacts and suspected cases.

To date, a total of 182 MERS-CoV cases, including 33 deaths, have been reported. One of the 182 cases is the case that was confirmed in China. In order to quickly identify and isolate any new cases, contacts for identified cases are monitored for a 14-day period (the incubation period of the virus). Currently, about 2 400 people are being monitored. The vast majority of these are monitored in their homes, while about 700, who were in close contact with a confirmed case, are monitored in a health care facility.
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WHO calls for increase in voluntary blood donors to save millions of lives

On World Blood Donor Day, 14 June, the WHO is calling for increased regular blood donations from voluntary, unpaid donors in order to save millions of lives globally each year.

The theme of this year’s campaign is “Thank you for saving my life”. It encourages donors all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly with the slogan “Give freely, give often. Blood donation matters.”
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An epigenetic study identifies a connection between cell longevity and cancer

Researchers at the University of Barcelona (UB) and the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS) lead a study, published today in the prestigious journal Nature Genetics, which reveals an unexpected connection between epigenetic changes associated with lymphocytes’ maturation and those observed in cancer. Both processes share similar changes in large regions of the genome.
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New, More Accurate Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems Can Reduce Frequency of Hypoglycemic Episodes

New Rochelle, NY — In silico experiments demonstrate that advanced sensor and software technology that improves the accuracy of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) can enable better detection of dangerously low blood sugar and reduced frequency of hypoglycemic episodes.
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Scientists discover a protein that silences the biological clock

A protein associated with many kinds of cancer cells was found to suppress the circadian clock, with implications for cancer biology and the workings of the clock itself
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Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the Republic of Korea

The outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, in the Republic of Korea continues to evolve. WHO is in close contact with the country’s government and Ministry of Health, and is receiving information as soon as facts are confirmed.

The quality of reporting has allowed almost real-time insight into the dynamics of the outbreak. Aggressive contact tracing and testing for infection may help explain the rapid expansion of the outbreak. Human-to-human transmission has been documented. At this stage, WHO has no evidence of sustained transmission in the community.
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Immunity enzyme defends against tuberculosis infection

DALLAS – A study by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center has identified how an enzyme involved in protecting the body from pathogens senses Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB), a bacterial pathogen that infects millions of people worldwide and causes about 1.5 million deaths annually.
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Pelvic Organic Prolapse Procedures With Mesh Increase, Leading to Age-based Complications

Despite FDA warnings that a synthetic mesh used to treat a weakening of the female pelvis's walls can cause infection, pain, and disease recurrence, surgeons are increasing their use of the device.
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Notre Dame researcher part of team showing that “humanized” mice can be used to study malaria

University of Notre Dame researcher Mike Ferdig is part of team of researchers who have demonstrated that so-called “humanized” mice can be an effective model to study parasites that cause malaria and resistance to malarial drugs.
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World Health Assembly defines health priorities

May was an exceptionally busy month due to the 68th World Health Assembly taking place at the United Nations Geneva headquarters, which requires a lot of preparation at FDI. It is an event where you can learn a lot from both official statements...
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"Heart Safety Map"

Prompt use of a defibrillator can save the life of someone who has suffered cardiac arrest.
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