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No New Ebola Cases Reported In Sierra Leone In Past Week For First Time

No New Ebola Cases Reported In Sierra Leone In Past Week For First Time

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that no new Ebola cases were reported during the most recent reporting period in Sierra Leone for the first time since the beginning of the outbreak in West Africa, thanks to strong community involvement and the thorough work of rapid response teams. “This is very good […]

Coca Cola gave $1.5 million to scientists who say soft drinks don’t cause obesity

Coca Cola gave $1.5 million to scientists who say soft drinks don’t cause obesity

SOFT DRINK GIANT Coca Cola has spent millions funding scientists who argue that people should not cut down on their calorie intake. A New York Times story published yesterday reported that the American arm of the company spent as much as $1.5 million on the launch of the Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN). The network’s […]

Nigeria National Hospital live-tweets eight-year-old girl heart surgery

Nigeria National Hospital live-tweets eight-year-old girl heart surgery

A hospital in Nigeria has live-tweeted an operation to repair a hole in the heart of an eight-year-old girl. The National Hospital in the capital, Abuja, is the first in the country to live-tweet an operation, reports the BBC’s Nasidi Adamu Yahya from the city. It was done to show Nigeria’s expertise to the world, […]

Explainer – the Problem Drug Patents Pose for Developing Countries

Explainer – the Problem Drug Patents Pose for Developing Countries

Patents and restrictions on intellectual property have become more problematic for developing nations in the last decade. At the centre of the storm is the development and influx of inexpensive generic medicines that developing countries need to treat HIV, TB and other communicable diseases. The generic industry is essential for provision of low cost medicines. […]

Global Fund News Flash

Global Fund News Flash

Global health partners in the fight against malaria welcomed news that the European Medicines Agency last month offered a positive scientific opinion on malaria candidate vaccine RTS,S. The decision marks a further significant step towards the availability of a vaccine against a disease that causes 584,000 deaths per year, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa. […]

Vitamin D is a must, experts urge individuals

Vitamin D is a must, experts urge individuals

Health experts agreed on taking vitamin D supplements to stay healthy since more and more people are getting less and less exposed to sunlight. This is a major shift on health advisories issued by health officials years ago. The former recommendation was that eating healthy food, having a balanced diet and getting enough sunlight will […]

Marijuana use does not trigger serious conditions, research suggests

Marijuana use does not trigger serious conditions, research suggests

Chronic marijuana in the teenage years does not cause depression, psychotic symptoms, asthma or any other conditions thought of associated to it, a recent study revealed. Even the researchers were surprised with the results. “What we found was a little surprising,” Dr. Jordan Bechtold, a psychology research fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, […]

High Caesarean Sections Rate in Mauritius to Be Investigated

High Caesarean Sections Rate in Mauritius to Be Investigated

The Ministry of Health and Quality of Life will conduct a study to identify the reasons behind the high Caesarean sections (CS) rate in Mauritius, which stands at 47% of all deliveries. The announcement was made by the Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Mr Anil Gayan, this morning at Gold Crest Hotel in […]

A Brief Look At Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in Tackling the Ebola Health Crisis

A Brief Look At Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in Tackling the Ebola Health Crisis

Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone continue to be vigilant for Ebola even as the United Nations mission for Ebola is shutting down its offices across Guinea. RFI takes a brief look at all three countries for an update. Guinea “Ebola is not over until it’s completely over… so we must continue to be very careful. […]

WHO Announces Possible Ebola ‘Game Changer’ Vaccine

WHO Announces Possible Ebola ‘Game Changer’ Vaccine

Having achieved its “core objective” of scaling up global action to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response will officially wind down today, transferring its role to the World Health Organization (WHO), which just announced that an experimental vaccine being tested in Guinea appears to be highly […]

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