Life expectancies diverged in pandemic’s second year: study

Paris, France (AFP)– There was a dramatic divergence in the average life expectancy of people in different global regions during the second year of the pandemic, a study found Monday, as higher vaccination rates helped some nations recover far more quickly than others. Because governments have counted Covid statistics in different ways, researchers have sought to give a clearer picture of the pandemic’s true impact by measuring a country’s total number of annual deaths from […]

Spanish baby gets groundbreaking intestinal transplant

  Madrid, Spain | AFP | A 13-month old baby girl received the world’s first intestinal transplant, Spanish health authorities have announced. The baby “has already been discharged and is in perfect condition at home with her parents”, said the statement from Madrid’s La Paz hospital, issued Tuesday. The baby received the organ via asystolic donation — from a donor at the end of their life. This method of donation means “the organ to be […]

‘What have they done?’ Flip side of Turkey’s dental boom

by Remi BANET Agence France Presse Istanbul, Turkey (AFP) — Briton Rida Azeem knew her dental trip to Turkey had gone badly wrong the second she took off her mask. “My husband said, ‘What have they done to you? Your face is all sunk.’” “I had big gaps underneath my gums and you could see all the metal bits (of the implants). It was done so badly it was unbelievable,” the engineer from Manchester told […]

How bad is red meat for you? Health risks get star ratings

by Daniel Lawler Agence France Presse Paris, France (AFP) — Research about what is healthy comes so thick and fast — red meat can appear good for you one week, stroke-inducing the next — that a confused public often struggles to keep up. But a massive new review published on Monday aims to look beyond the latest study by evaluating the available evidence on a range of health topics and giving it a star rating. […]

Nursing shortage forces emergency room closures across Canada

by Michel Comte Agence France-Presse OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) — An acute nursing shortage is clogging or even closing hospital emergency rooms across Canada, pushing an already stressed national health system to the brink with potentially severe consequences for patient care. Burnout from the Covid-19 pandemic, abuse from patients and salary discontent have seen nursing staff quitting their jobs in droves, and experts say the situation is only likely to worsen. The impact on emergency care […]

After the floods, a wave of disease plagues Pakistan

by Ashraf KHAN / Joe STENSON Agence France-Presse JOHI, Pakistan (AFP) — His head haloed by a whirlwind of mosquitoes, Aamir Hussain stands on the roof of his home in southern Pakistan surveying the fetid floodwaters all around. Four months after the start of record monsoon rains linked to climate change, the standing water has curdled into a pestilent soup breeding malaria, cholera and dengue. The UN has warned of a “second wave” of catastrophe, […]

Medicine Prize opens Nobel week clouded by war

by Marc Preel and Alma Cohen Agence France-Presse STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AFP) — Breast cancer discoveries and mRNA vaccines are seen as possible winners when the Nobel Medicine Prize kicks off a week of winner announcements on Monday, with this year’s awards held under the shadow of war in Europe. Established more than 120 years ago before Europe was ravaged by two world wars, the Nobel prizes will celebrate those who have “conferred the greatest benefit […]

Hackers leak French hospital patient data in ransom fight

Évry, France (AFP) — Hackers who crippled a French hospital and stole a trove of data last month have released personal records of patients online, officials have confirmed. The cyberattackers demanded a multimillion dollar ransom from the Corbeil-Essonnes hospital near Paris a month ago, but the institution refused to pay. The hospital said the hackers had now dumped medical scans and lab analyses along with the national security numbers of patients. “I condemn in the […]

Babies in the womb react differently to flavors: researchers

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – Babies in the womb are big fans of carrots but not so much leafy green vegetables — and show it in their faces, scientists said in a new study published Thursday. Researchers at Durham University in northeast England said the findings were the first direct evidence that babies react differently to various smells and tastes before they are born. A team of scientists studied 4D ultrasound scans of 100 pregnant […]

Global Fund raises $14.25 billion to end HIV, TB and malaria

by Issam AHMED Agence France-Presse NEW YORK, United States (AFP)  — The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria raised $14.25 billion Wednesday at a donor conference led by US President Joe Biden, as decades of progress against the diseases are set back by Covid. It was the highest amount ever pledged for a multilateral health organization — but fell far short of the ambitious goal of $18 billion after the United Kingdom and […]

Global Fund seeks $18 billion to end HIV, TB and malaria

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will hold a donor conference Wednesday in New York, where it aims to raise at least $18 billion during an event hosted by US President Joe Biden. It is the highest ever “replenishment” goal set by the organization and comes amid rising economic pressures — both on donor countries and recipients — following the Covid-19 pandemic and the food and […]

Biden says Covid pandemic in US ‘is over’

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – US President Joe Biden said in an interview aired Sunday that the Covid pandemic in the United States is over. With Covid restrictions largely eliminated in the country and travel having rebounded to pre-pandemic levels, the comments were reflective of the current status of much of US society. “The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with Covid. We’re still doing a lot of work on it…, but the […]