Combining vaccines may help eradicate polio

By Kate Kelland LONDON Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:09pm EDT (Reuters) – Combining two types of polio vaccine, including one that is injected rather than given orally, appears to give better immunity and could speed efforts to eradicate the crippling disease, scientists said on Friday. British and Indian researchers said the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), which is given by injection, could provide better and longer lasting protection if given alongside the more commonly used live […]

World Trade Center cleanup workers may renew health claims: U.S. appeals court

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:04pm EDT (Reuters) – A federal appeals court in New York has revived claims by 211 cleanup workers who sought compensation for their alleged exposure to toxic contaminants in buildings near the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday said a lower court judge erred in dismissing the claims, after the workers had answered […]

Fear, cash shortages hinder fight against Ebola outbreak

  BY KWASI KPODO (Reuters) – West African states lack the resources to battle the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola and deep cultural suspicions about the disease remain a big obstacle to halting its spread, ministers said on Wednesday. The outbreak has killed 467 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since February, making it the largest and deadliest ever, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). West African health ministers meeting in Ghana to […]

Chikungunya spreads to new areas

(World Health Organization) —  It’s like dengue, but more painful. It gives you high fever, severe headaches, and leaves you with severe joint pain, sometimes for years. It is chikungunya, a relatively new virus first detected in Africa in 1952, on the border of Mozambique and Tanzania. It spread to cities in Africa and Asia, and now there are cyclical outbreaks in nearly 40 countries. It arrived in the Americas in December 2013, and is […]

Health officials warn of whooping cough “epidemic” in California

  Health officials in California are warning of a whooping cough epidemic ANITA GORE, SPOKESPERSON, CA STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT:“In the last 2 weeks, there have been more than 800 cases reported to us.”  They’ve seen over 3,400 cases reported so far this year. ANITA GORE, SPOKESPERSON, CA STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT: “That’s more than all of last year.” Sacramento County, for example, had only 74 cases last year. This year, there’s already been 177 cases reported. Health […]

FDA discovers source of dialysis “chills”

The Food and Drug Administration have found out the source of the “chills” experienced by dialysis patients at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, with findings pointing out that it is the result of the drugs used in the dialysis process.

IRRI’s iron-rich “miracle rice” ready by year 2029: Can the country’s poor wait?

By Rommel B. David It was 11:30am. Passengers were rushing to and from the port area of Allen in Northern Samar in Eastern Visayas. We were among the people at the port entrance. The sweltering temperature coming from the sea doubled the scorching heat of the sun. The humid air dampened our skin while the rays of the sun blinded our eyes. The heat made it difficult to use the improvised ladder to disembark from […]

Hypertension Awareness and Cervical Cancer Consciousness Month 2014 – Infographic

May is Hypertension Awareness Month and Cervical Cancer Consciousness Month   May of every year has been declared Hypertension Awareness Month and Cervical Cancer Consciousness Month, by virtue of Proclamation No. 1761, s. 2009, and Proclamation No. 368, s. 2003, respectively. Through these proclamations, both government and non-government organizations are encouraged to make campaigns and activities that will increase public awareness of these two diseases.  Hypertension is one of the major factors in the development of a stroke. The most […]