Today's Health News in Snippets

25/11/2021

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Woman mauled to death by her own dogs after they 'turned on her'

A woman who has been found dead in her garden with puncture wound in her neck is believed to have been mauled by her own two dogs.

 

Tiffany L. Frangione, 48, from Houston, Texas, USA, tried to intervene in a fight between her two dogs and the neighbour’s dogs, but her pets turned against her, according to the Daily Mail.

 

According to the Houston Chronicle, the medical examiner determined her death to have been accidental and caused by “blunt force trauma of her neck with penetrating injuries and mechanical asphyxia”.

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Progesterone recommended to prevent early miscarriage

Women who experience bleeding in early pregnancy and have had at least one miscarriage should be treated with the hormone progesterone.

 

The new guidance, from the health watchdog NICE, is based on research suggesting the treatment could lead to 8,450 more births each year in the UK.

 

The more miscarriages a woman had, the more effective progesterone was, the trial found.

 

The naturally occurring hormone helps prepare the womb for the growing baby.

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Tanzania to scrap ban on pregnant schoolgirls

A 19-year-old rule that banned pregnant students from attending school in Tanzania is to be scrapped, a minister says.

 

Education Minister Prof Joyce Ndalichako said on Wednesday that primary and secondary school students who drop out of school due to various reasons, including pregnancy, will now be allowed to return to the formal school system.

 

The government had set up a parallel education system for pregnant schoolgirls with officials saying this would protect other students from "bad influence".

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School pupils injured in Somalia blast - police

The news agencies have been filing some pictures of the aftermath of this morning's huge blast in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

 

The explosion went off near a school and this picture shows the wreckage of a bus alongside other damage to the school's buildings

 

"We counted eight dead people and 17 others including 13 students injured," the Reuters news agency quotes police spokesman Abdifatah Aden Hassan as saying.

 

The militant group al-Shabab said it was behind the attack and targeting UN convoy, the Reuters reports.

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Sleep training for adults prevents depression, study finds

Undergoing cognitive behavioural sleep training, which teaches you how to break bad habits in order to prepare your mind and body for a good night's sleep, may help prevent depression in older adults with insomnia, a new clinical trial has found.

 

"What is exciting about these findings is that they are among the first to demonstrate that treating insomnia with a behavioral strategy, not a pill, can prevent the development of depression in older adults," said sleep specialist Wendy Troxel, a senior behavioral scientist at RAND Corporation, who was not involved in the study.

 

Numerous studies have shown that insomnia is a major risk factor for depression, and "some 30% to 50% of older adults complain of insomnia," said study author Dr. Michael Irwin, a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

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Boy, 8, with Covid left in coma after having rare side effect seen in children

A schoolboy was placed in an induced coma after suffering a rare side effect of Covid.

 

Cameron Brown, eight, was rushed to hospital three weeks after recovering from the virus.

 

The youngster, who tested positive for Covid but showed no symptoms, noticed a large lump on his neck and rashes on his body.

Four days later while watching television, he complained to his mum that his vision was blurry, Daily Record reports.

Worried mum Lorraine and dad James rushed him to A&E where medics discovered he had PIMS (Paediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome).

The rare Covid linked syndrome affects children and causes serious inflammation throughout the body as the the immune system goes into overdrive, attacking the body.

Cameron deteriorated quickly and his heart began to fail.

Medics placed him in an induced coma and he was flown from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

 

The little fighter pulled through but James and Lorraine have issued a stark warning to parents to be aware of symptoms after admitting they knew nothing about PIMS before their son fell ill.

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At least 11 dead, dozens trapped in Russian mining accident

At least 11 people died in an accident at a coal mine in Russia's Siberia on Thursday, local authorities said, as emergency workers tried to rescue dozens more miners who were still trapped deep underground.

 

Coal dust caught fire in a ventilation shaft in the Listvyazhnaya mine in the snowbound Kemerovo region, filling the mine with smoke, the TASS news agency cited local emergency services as saying.
 

Eleven people were found dead, Regional Governor Sergei Tsivilev said, and 46 were still underground. Dozens of others were being treated in hospital, at least some of them with smoke poisoning. Four were in critical condition.

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Wednesday's Health News in Snippets

24/11/2021

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Europe region faces 700,000 more Covid deaths by March - WHO

A further 700,000 people could die of Covid by March in Europe and parts of Asia, the World Health Organization has warned.

 

The death toll already exceeds 1.5 million in the 53 countries of what the WHO terms as its Europe region.

 

The WHO warned of "high or extreme stress" in intensive care units in 49 of the nations by March 2022.

 

Europe is facing a surge in cases, prompting Austria to return to lockdown and others to consider fresh measures.

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Millions of Brits in debt during pandemic thought about suicide, study claims

Around 2.5 million people with mental health problems struggling with debt during the pandemic thought about ending it all.

 

Those with a mental illness were three times more likely than the wider population to have cash woes, says a report out today.

 

And they were more than twice as likely to have relied on borrowing for everyday items such as food or heating.

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Burkina Faso attack leaves at least 19 dead

The authorities in Burkina Faso say nine members of the military and at least 10 civilians have been killed in an attack in the northern city of Foubé.

 

Last week around 50 soldiers died during another raid in the north.

 

Anger is growing in Burkina Faso over the extremist violence that's killed thousands and displaced more than a million people since 2017.

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Kenya and Rwanda begin vaccinating children with Cover jabs

Adolescent children in Kenya and Rwanda are now eligible to receive Pfizer Covid jabs as both countries kick off vaccine campaigns.

 

Rwanda will be vaccinating children from the age of 12 and above from Tuesday while Kenya is allowing those those from 15 years.

 

Rwanda has the highest fully vaccinated population in East Africa with over 20% of the total population. The rest of the region including Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have vaccinated less than 10% of their total population.

 

Rwanda's adolescent vaccination programme will cover the entire country and parents or guardians have to sign consent forms before their children can be vaccinated.

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VR helps parents visualise child's surgery

Six-month-old Archie was born with a condition where the growth lines in his skull had fused too early.

 

His parents needed to make a difficult decision - opt for the risks of surgery, or let nature take its course with the physical and psychological impacts which could follow.

 

But thanks to a pioneering new technology, Amanda and Judd Michnowiec were able to see what the changes would be beforehand, in virtual reality.

 

That, the doctor behind it says, is more information than most parents get.

 

Archie's condition - known as Sagittal Synostosis - means that as his brain grows, the skull cannot grow sideways to accommodate it.

 

Instead, it expands to the front and back, distorting the head shape.

 

While the condition is not life-threatening, it can cause speech and language delay, as well as raised intracranial pressure.

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Tuesday's Health News in Snippets

23/11/2021

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Dozens killed in Bulgaria bus crash, including children

At least 45 people, including 12 children, have died after a bus crashed and caught fire in western Bulgaria, officials say.

 

The incident happened on a motorway at about 02:00 local time (00:00 GMT) near the village of Bosnek, south-west of the capital Sofia.

 

The bus was reportedly registered to North Macedonia and was mainly carrying passengers from that country.

 

The cause of the crash and fire is being investigated.

 

A Bulgarian interior ministry official said it was unclear if the bus had caught fire and then crashed or burst into flames after crashing.

 

Seven people with burns were taken to hospital in Sofia.

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Austria back in lockdown despite protests

Austria has returned to a full national lockdown as protests against new restrictions aimed at curbing Covid-19 infections spread across Europe.

 

From midnight, Austrians have been asked to work from home and non-essential shops have closed.

 

New restrictions have sparked protests throughout Europe. People clashed with police in the Netherlands and Belgium.

 

Infection rates have risen sharply on the continent, prompting warnings from the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Covid cases up in SA ahead of predicted fourth wave

Covid cases in South Africa are on the rise ahead of a predicted fourth wave.

 

The country has recorded 1,886 new virus cases since Saturday and 22 deaths from coronavirus.

 

Health Minister Joe Phaahla has urged more people to get vaccinated.

 

"We knew it was a matter of time before the fourth wave comes," he said during an interview with ENCA television.

 

Mr Phaahla says the uptake of vaccines has gone down in recent days.

 

The government says it has no plans to enforce a hard lockdown during the wave.

 

There is optimism that it will be less devastating than the other waves but the government is cautious in case of any new variants.

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At least 35 dead after heavy rain batters south India

At least 35 people have been killed and dozens more remain missing after heavy rains battered parts of southern India, destroying houses and flooding roads, officials said Monday.

 

Flash floods triggered by consistent heavy rain killed at least 32 people in Andhra Pradesh, according to the state's government. The rainfall began late last week, submerging highways and roads, while completely isolating some villages and blocking access to food and water, CNN affiliate CNN News18 reported.
 

At least 30 people remain missing, officials said.

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Kenya reports shortage of condoms over high taxes

The health authorities in Kenya have urged people to use other alternatives as the country is experiencing a shortage of condoms.

 

Restaurants, hospitals and public facilities have not had free condoms in their toilets as has been in the past.

 

A government agency, the National Aids and STIs Control Programme (Nascop) has expressed concern over the shortage.

 

The shortage has been attributed to high taxes imposed on the commodity even though they are usually donor funded.

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NASA to launch spacecraft in effort to smash asteroid off course

NASA is set to launch a mission that will see a spacecraft crash into an asteroid in a bid to smash it off course.

 

The double asteroid redirection test (Dart) will test defence technologies for preventing a hazardous asteroid impacting Earth.

 

It aims to prove that a spacecraft can autonomously navigate to a target asteroid and intentionally collide with it - called a kinetic impact - at roughly four miles per second (six kilometres per second).

 

The collision will change the speed of the moonlet in its orbit around the main body by a fraction of 1%.

 

But this will change the orbital period of the moonlet by several minutes - enough to be observed and measured using telescopes on Earth.

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Selena Gomez launches new media platform with a focus on mental health

Talking about mental health is good for you, according to pop star, actor and producer Selena Gomez, and she's determined to be the catalyst for positive change.

 

The "Ice Cream" singer announced the launch of her latest venture, Wondermind, a mental health platform focused on connecting people with educational resources and ending the stigma around mental illnesses.
 

She teamed up with her mother, Mandy Teefey, and The Newsette founder and CEO Daniella Pierson to create the media company, which is set to launch in February 2022.

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Dominant Delta coronavirus variant may mutate itself into extinction, claim scientists

The Delta coronavirus variant could mutate itself into extinction and already has done so in Japan, according to scientists.

 

It comes as Japan is recording just 140 cases of the virus each day despite having been badly hit by the more infectious Delta strain three months ago.

 

Cases peaked at around 23,000 a day in August but, since then, numbers have dropped significantly - on Friday, only 16 new cases were recorded in its capital Tokyo.

 

One of the theories for the sudden fall in the Delta infection rate is that continued mutation has caused it to effectively fizzle out.

 

While mutations can make a virus even more potent, the makeup of it changes over time as it replicates and genes undergo "copying errors", which can lead to "evolutionary dead ends".

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Monday's Health News in Snippets

22/11/2021

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Water cannons and tear gas fired at Covid protesters in Belgium

Police have fired tear gas and water cannons at Covid protesters in Brussels, as seen in footage shared on social media.

 

It's the latest country in Europe to face unrest over new coronavirus restrictions.

 

They're protesting against rules on things like the wider use of masks, mandatory working from home, and testing people in nightclubs if they want to dance mask-free.

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Vials marked "smallpox" contained virus used in vaccine, not smallpox virus, CDC finds

Vials found at a vaccine research facility in Pennsylvania that were marked "smallpox" contained virus used to make the vaccine and not the virus that causes the disease, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last Thursday.

 

The CDC confirmed last Tuesday that a few vials marked smallpox had been found at the facility.
 

Testing has now shown they contained vaccinia, a virus that's related to the variola virus that causes smallpox. Vaccinia virus is used to make smallpox vaccine and is the origin of the word "vaccine."
 

"There is no evidence that the vials contain variola virus, the cause of smallpox. CDC is in close contact with state and local health officials, law enforcement, and the World Health Organization about these findings," the CDC said in a statement.

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WHO says it is very worried about Europe Covid surge

The World Health Organization is "very worried" about the spread of Covid-19 in Europe as the continent battles a fresh wave of infections.

 

Speaking to the BBC, regional director Dr Hans Kluge warned that 500,000 more deaths could be recorded by March unless urgent action is taken.

 

Dr Kluge said an increase in mask wearing could immediately help.

 

The warning comes as several nations report record-high infection rates and introduce full and partial lockdowns.

 

Dr Kluge said factors like the winter season, insufficient vaccine coverage and the regional dominance of the more transmissible Delta variant were behind the spread.

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UK Covid cases above 40,000 for fourth day in a row - as another 61 people die

Covid-19 has claimed the lives of 61 more people in the UK.

 

A further 40,004 cases of coronavirus were also recorded yesterday, data from the Department from Health show - marking the fourth day in a row during which cases were above 40,000.

 

Across the country, 24,994 first doses, 23,381 second doses and 450,080 booster jabs were handed out, officials added.

 

In a bid to keep the number of Covid hospitalisations and deaths as low as possible without calling for another lockdown, the Government is keen as many unvaccinated are jabbed as possible.

 

It has introduced bans on the unvaccinated working in the NHS and as carers in a bid to push those who haven't had the medicine into getting it.

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McDonald's shut as disgusted customers see maggots 'fall from ceiling into woman's meal'

McDonald's customers were disgusted after maggots 'fell from ceiling' into a woman's meal.

 

Diners were horrified when the writhing worms dropped from above them at restaurant in east London.

 

One customer filmed the wriggling larvae on a table and 'all over the floor' at the chain's Beckton outlet last Thursday morning.

 

The diner was revolted when he realised the maggots were alive and zoomed in on the tables in video footage before he says: "Yeah, they're alive", reports MyLondon.

 

A woman in the restaurant says she saw two of the maggots had fall from the roof, while the man adds that 'they dropped on the lady's food'.

 

McDonald's apologised and said the store was immediately closed, and remained shut last Friday for further cleaning.

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Kenya plans to deny services to unvaccinated people

The Kenyan government plans to introduce a directive next month to prevent citizens who haven't been vaccinated against Covid from receiving government services.

 

Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe said unvaccinated people would be banned from public transport, local airlines and train services.

 

Kenyans will also require proof of vaccination in order to visit government institutions for education, immigration, tax and other services.

 

The directive will come into force on 21 December.

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Residents evacuated from Italian island Vulcano over carbon dioxide levels

Most of the 250 permanent residents of a volcanic Italian island have been told to evacuate after levels of carbon dioxide in the air spiked dangerously, causing respiratory problems to people and their pets.

 

Carbon dioxide levels around the volcanic island of Vulcano in the Aeolian archipelago off the north coast of Sicily have risen from 80 tons to 480 tons, effectively reducing the amount of oxygen in the air, according to the Italian National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV).
 

The gas levels started rising noticeably on October 21, when residents started reporting trouble breathing and health issues with their pets, which are often affected by decreased oxygen levels before humans.

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Fatalities reported after car ploughs into Wisconsin parade

Police have said there were "some fatalities" after a car ploughed into a parade in Wisconsin.

 

Footage posted online shows a red sports utility vehicle (SUV) driving through a Christmas parade in the city of Waukesha, west of Milwaukee, at around 16:40 local time (22:40 GMT) on Sunday.

 

Police chief Dan Thompson said it hit more than 20 people including children.

 

He confirmed people had died but said they would not give details until family members had been told.

 

The suspect appeared to have been fleeing another scene when he ran into people at the parade, a law enforcement official familiar with the early findings of the investigation told the BBC's US partner CBS News.

 

The incident did not appear to be an act of terrorism at this time, they said.

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