Today's Health News in Snippets

28/SEP/2022

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Asthma app aims to reduce attacks in children

Two Norfolk hospitals have partnered with a technology company to test a phone app designed to reduce asthma attacks in children and adolescents.

 

Patients at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the James Paget University Hospital are given an inhaler tracker that connects to an app that monitors their lungs.

 

The app then notifies patients when they must take action to prevent an attack.

 

According to Dr. Bikalpa Neupane, the trial has "huge potential" to prevent admissions.

 

The consultant paediatrician at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital said that the app provides "powerful data that allows us to intervene when needed."

 

The data is sent to clinicians who can review it remotely and take action when necessary.

 

The trial is open to children and young people who have been admitted to hospital in the last 12 months due to an asthma attack.

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Combining weight training with another activity could lower your risk of early death, study finds

Aerobic activities and weight training have health benefits on their own, but combining them may have an even greater impact on disease prevention and risk of premature death.

 

A study published Tuesday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that people who lifted weights once or twice a week, in addition to the recommended amount of aerobic activities, had a 41% lower risk of dying prematurely.


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World's first ever drug shown to work against Alzheimer's developed by scientists

Scientists have developed the world's first drug shown to be effective against Alzheimer's disease.

 

Lecanemab reduced decline in memory and thinking skills by 27% over 18 months in a "historic" trial of 1,800 participants with early stage disease.

 

If regulators approve it, it will be the only drug available to treat the underlying disease rather than just treat the symptoms.

 

The results of the US trial, according to drugmaker Eisai, prove the long-held theory that removing sticky deposits of a protein called amyloid beta from brains can delay the progression of the debilitating disease.

 

The trial results, administered via a cannula into the bloodstream, follow a series of failed dementia drugs over decades.


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The UK should prepare for a big, early wave of flu, experts warn

Experts warn that the UK should brace itself for a large, early wave of flu, based on what Australia has recently experienced during its winter.

 

Many southern hemisphere countries are experiencing their most severe flu season in years.

 

People mixed more after Covid restrictions were lifted, but had little immunity to the influenza virus after a break from the disease.

 

Experts recommend that anyone who is eligible for a flu shot should get one.

 

There is concern that vaccine fatigue may have set in after two years with almost no flu circulating and all of the focus on Covid jabs. Covid cases are also on the rise in the United Kingdom.


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US sees increase in respiratory infections that can lead to paralysis in children, CDC dat

US sees increase in respiratory infections that can lead to paralysis in children, CDC data shows

Doctors should brace themselves for an increase in young patients infected with enterovirus D68, which may be linked to an increase in cases of the rare, paralysing condition acute flaccid myelitis, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday.

 

According to new US CDC data, rhinovirus and enterovirus caused an increase in acute respiratory illnesses and emergency department visits in children and adolescents this summer. The rise could be attributed to enterovirus D68, which can cause acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, in rare cases.

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Tuesday's Health News in Snippets

27/SEP/2022

Hurricane Ian hits Cuba and is expected to move to Florida, leaving devastation in its pat

Hurricane Ian hits Cuba and is expected to move to Florida, leaving devastation in its path

Rapidly intensifying Hurricane Ian  made landfall in western Cuba early Tuesday morning on its way to Florida, where some coastal residents have already evacuated.

 

The hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph, made landfall just southwest of La Coloma in Cuba's Pinar del Rio Province at 4:30 a.m., according to the National Hurricane Centre.

 

The region is experiencing significant wind and storm surge, which could raise water levels by up to 14 feet above normal tide levels along Cuba's coast, according to the hurricane centre.

 

The storm is expected to emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and churn toward Florida, passing west of the Florida Keys late Tuesday and approaching the west coast of Florida late Wednesday into Thursday.

 

By mid-week, the hurricane is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds to much of Florida's west coast.

 

Instead of protecting property, Florida officials are urging residents to leave.

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Uganda Ebola cases rise amid 23 deaths - WHO

Since an outbreak was declared last week, the World Health Organization reports 36 Ebola cases in Uganda, with 18 confirmed and 18 probable cases.

 

It stated that 23 people had died in three districts of central Uganda, with five confirmed cases.

 

According to the WHO, this is the first Ebola outbreak in Uganda since 2012 caused by the Sudan strain of the disease, for which no licenced vaccines are available.


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Not sleeping enough may harm your immune system and trigger inflammation, study found

Chronic sleep deprivation increased the production of immune cells linked to inflammation in a small group of healthy adults while also altering the DNA of the immune cells, according to a new study.

 

“Not only were the number of immune cells elevated, but they may be wired and programmed in a different way at the end of the six weeks of sleep restriction,” said study coauthor Cameron McAlpine, an assistant professor of cardiology and neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

 

Although a certain amount of immune system inflammation is required for the body to fight infections and heal wounds, experts warn that an overactive immune system can be harmful and increase the risk of autoimmune disorders and chronic disease.


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Death toll in Bangladesh boat tragedy rises to 61

On Tuesday, the death toll from the sinking of an overcrowded ferry carrying Hindu devotees in northern Bangladesh rose to 61, with many passengers still missing two days after the disaster.

 

Witnesses said that onlookers and relatives of the missing gathered along the riverbank as rescuers searched for bodies.

 

According to Jahurul Islam, chief administrator of the northern district of Panchagarh, where the accident occurred, the dead so far include 28 women and 18 children.

 

The death toll was the highest for a maritime disaster in Bangladesh since 2015, when an overcrowded ferry collided with a cargo vessel in a river west of the capital, Dhaka.

 

A five-member committee has been investigating the sinking on Sunday, but initial reports suggested the boat was carrying nearly three times its capacity, according to Islam.


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Eritrean man succumbs to cancer after viral appeal

An Eritrean man who sparked a donation frenzy among Eritreans in the diaspora died of blood cancer while receiving treatment in an Istanbul hospital, Turkey.

 

Yonas Tsegay's January appeal for assistance raised nearly 700,000 Canadian dollars ($560,000, £410,000) in a single day.

 

The funds were raised through a GoFundMe campaign started by Eritrean Mebrahtu Hidray, who lives in Canada.

 

Yonas died a few days ago, and his funeral is expected in the coming days, according to BBC Tigrinya sources.

 

He had Hodgkin's lymphoma, which the UK National Health Service (NHS) describes as a rare blood cancer that can usually be treated successfully with chemotherapy alone, or chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy.


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Dentist pays out £13k after woman, 75, left 'unable to eat anything but soup'

A pensioner was paid £13,000 in an out-of-court settlement after allegedly being left "unable to eat anything but soup" after dental treatment, which the dentist denies.

 

Vivienne Dixon, 75, claimed she was in excruciating pain after Dr Chris Branfield at Castle Park Dental Care in Cottingham, Yorkshire, fitted four implants.

 

According to HullLive, the dentist agreed to pay £13,000 but refused to admit liability.

 

According to Vivienne, it was decided that she should have four implants and a temporary bridge as part of her treatment, which included the removal of six teeth.

 

However, Vivienne claimed she began experiencing intense headaches after the procedure and returned to the practice a week later to be given strong painkillers and reassured that the implants were fine.

 

Her situation did not improve, and she continued to endure pain.

 

Mrs Dixon claims she then attempted to see Dr Branfield for a follow-up appointment because her teeth were still bothering her despite the bridge.

 

She claims, however, that she was unable to schedule an appointment with him.

 

Mrs Dixon sought a different opinion and contacted the Dental Law Partnership for assistance at that point.


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Striking Uganda Ebola medical workers get support

The president of the Uganda Medical Association has expressed solidarity with medical workers who have gone on strike, accusing the government of failing to provide a safe working environment for them to deal with the ongoing Ebola outbreak.

 

Dr. Sam Oledo, president of the country's professional grouping of all medical workers, says that while doctors are committed to keep providing care, they must first be safe.

 

At least seven medical personnel have been exposed to the virus.

 

The health ministry is expected to meet with medical workers on Tuesday afternoon to discuss next steps, despite the fact that a ministry spokesperson told the BBC on Monday that there was no strike at Mubende hospital, which is located east of the capital, Kampala, hosting the main Ebola isolation centre.

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Canada to remove final Covid-19 travel restrictions

Canada will remove all remaining Covid-19 entry restrictions, including testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements, beginning October 1, officials announced Monday.

 

Since September 7, 2021, fully vaccinated international visitors have been permitted to enter Canada. Unvaccinated citizens and permanent residents were allowed to enter the country but were required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

 

Airlines will no longer be required to review foreign nationals' vaccination status, confirm travellers' submission of required information in ArriveCAN, or ensure compliance with pre-entry testing requirements.

 

ArriveCAN is a government-sponsored mobile app that requires travellers to enter their health information, including vaccination status. It will be voluntary beginning October 1 for those who wish to save time at the airport by uploading customs declaration documents in advance.

 

Passengers and crew on board ships will no longer be subject to vaccine requirements or testing before boarding, according to Transport Minister Omar Alghabra.

 

While masks will no longer be required on planes and trains, officials strongly advise travellers to wear them, according to Alghabra.

 


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