WHO warns of deadly outbreak of rat-borne Hantavirus in Argentina
At least 11 people have died in Argentina after becoming infected with hantavirus, a disease carried by rats and other rodents, according to a news alert from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Among 29 cases of the disease confirmed with laboratory tests between late October 2018 and Jan. 20, 2019, almost 60% were in women or girls, the WHO said. Around 50% of these confirmed cases - all of which were in Epuyén,... read more
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh appointed Regional Director WHO South-East Asia for second term
Geneva, 27 January 2019: Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh has been appointed Regional Director for World Health Organization South-East Asia, for a second five-year term.
The WHO Executive Board yesterday unanimously endorsed Dr Khetrapal Singh, who was earlier also unanimously nominated by 11 Member countries of the Region for another five years.... read more
Scientists find deadly Ebola virus for first time in West African bat
Scientists have found evidence of the deadly Ebola virus in a bat in Liberia, the first time the virus has been found in a bat in West Africa, researchers and officials announced Thursday. A team of scientists working with the government of Liberia presented their findings in Monrovia, the Liberian capital.... read more
Conduct disorders and depression can help predict which teens are likely to engage in the choking game
Teens who experience symptoms of depression, especially when combined with conduct disorders, are more likely to engage in the choking game, according to a study "Adolescent Mental Health and the Choking Game"...read more
Thymectomy + prednisone beneficial in patients with non-thymomatous myasthenia gravis
At 5 years, thymectomy + prednisone continues to confer benefits in patients with generalised non-thymomatous myasthenia gravis compared with prednisone alone, as per results from the 2-year extension of the MGTX... read more
Lifestyle choices may prevent loss of vision in glaucoma, says AAO
Exercise regularly. A study just published in Ophthalmology showed that people who engaged in physical activity can slow vision loss from glaucoma.
Meditate. A new study published last month in the journal Glaucoma showed that a relaxation program with meditation can lower eye pressure in glaucoma patients and improve their quality of life by lowering stress hormones like cortisol... read more
Three benefits of outdoor winter exercise
You burn more calories: Research shows that exercising regularly in cold temperatures can increase the production of calorie-burning brown fat by 45% and can increase your overall metabolism significantly. This may be helpful in preventing the winter weight that often accrues due to lower levels of daily activity, reduced intake of fresh fruit and salad, and increased intake of comfort foods such as mashed potatoes and meatloaf.... read more