A study conducted by the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) discovered that doctors are not given enough training to address patients with overweight issues. A total of 712 GPs from seven European countries participated in the survey which was conducted between February 21 and March 18, 2018. While some GPs admit they don’t proactively talk to their patients about their weight, other GPs summons training to properly deal with obesity.
A medical official has stated that a cholera outbreak in the northeast Nigerian state of Adamawa has killed 12 people and may have infected at least 134 others. With nurses on strike and many others displaced by war, this makes it extremely difficult to deal with a deadly plague like this. Ezra Sakawa, medical director of the general hospital for Mubi, said, “We have little manpower to deal with an outbreak of such magnitude.”
Indian health officials are now on high alert for a rare deadly virus known as Nipah virus which has already killed 10 people and 40 others are in quarantine. This virus is spread by fruit bats that can cause flu-like symptoms. There is currently no vaccine for the Nipah virus and treatment often consists of supportive care.
A nationwide Danish study has revealed that people with inflammatory bowel disease have a 22% higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease than people without the long-term gut disorder. The researchers noted that the study supports the theory of “gut-brain axis” and this was published in the journal Gut.
There is an alarming increase of Lyme disease cases in Canada and experts are reminding people going to high risk areas to take extreme precautions. The country’s Public Health Agency reported in 2009 that there were 144 cases of Lyme disease in the country and that number increase to 992 cases in 2016.
Bloomberg has reported that China is now considering putting an ending to their controversial “one-child” child policy which has been in effect since the 1970s. The country’s population is rapidly aging and the birth rate fell by 3.5% to 17.23 million last year despite China’s decision back in late 2015 to relax their one-child policy and allow couples to have a second child. The State Council has commissioned research on ending the country’s birth limits on a nationwide basis. According to the report, a final decision could be made in the last quarter of this year or in 2019.
Congo’s Ministry of Health Spokesperson Jessica Ilunga has stated that 4,000 doses of vaccine were shipped last Saturday night to Mbandaka, where health workers will start the vaccination drive on Monday. Some concerns were raised because of confirmed cases in the port city of Mbandaka which has a population of 1.5 million. There’s a possibility that the virus could spread downstream to the capital Kinshasa which has a 10 million people.
Since Taiwan was not invited to attend this year’s annual meeting of the World Health Assembly or WHA, the country’s Health Minister Chen Shih-chung and his team arrived in Geneva last Saturday in order to hold a series of events on the sidelines of the meeting. Chen stated that he will highlight at every public event he attends in Geneva that the WHO made an enormous mistake in not inviting Taiwan to the 71st WHA meeting.
A group of scientists from Hong Kong’s Baptist University have invented a revolutionary portable device that can detect even small amounts of lead in water. Results are up in just 10 minutes. Because of recently hit by a series of drinking water scares, HK scientists want to see it used across the city. This will allow residents to detect even amounts well below the World Health Organization’s guidelines for heavy metals in drinking water, and reduces wait for results from days to minutes.
Congo’s health ministry has announced that thousands of doses of the experimental Ebola vaccine have arrived in the country’s capital amid the latest outbreak of the deadly disease. Spokeswoman Jessica Ilunga stated that the 4,000 doses will be sent to the remote northwest where two confirmed Ebola cases, 20 probable ones and 20 suspected ones have been reported. The World Health Organization said that an additional 4,000 doses will be deployed in the coming days with more available if needed. The agency has now reported 23 deaths among the 42 cases as medical teams try to contain the hemorrhagic fever in Equateur province.