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Blast kills 5 demining experts in Yemen
An explosion killed five demining specialists in war-torn Yemen's central province of Maarib on Sunday, security and medical sources said. A pro-government security official, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity, said the the five were foreign experts working on the Saudi-backed Masam landmine clearance project. AFP could not independently confirm which countries they…
Concerns over global resurgence of polio as progress stalls
Progress has stalled in ridding the world of polio. An emergency committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) unanimously agreed Friday to continue to designate the paralyzing disease a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern." WHO originally designated polio in this way in 2014, deeming it a health threat serious enough to endanger communities worldwide.…
How insect-derived antibiotic strips bacteria of their defences
New research finds that an insect-derived antibiotic can destroy the protective membrane of some of the most prevalent drug-resistant bacteria. This could pave the way for a new class of antibiotics that could help tackle the current drug resistance crisis. The World Health Organization (WHO) surveyed half a million people and found that the five…
Paediatric chewable medicine promises improved treatment against intestinal worms
The World Health Organization (WHO) will begin distributing a paediatric (chewable) formulation of mebendazole to countries with a high prevalence of soil-transmitted helminthiases (intestinal worms). Mebendazole is one of the medicines recommended by WHO to treat intestinal worm infections of humans.
WHO predicts 900m people could suffer hearing loss by 2050
Some 900 million people could suffer from disabling hearing loss by 2050, according to new estimates released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the occasion of World Hearing Day (WHD) on March 3, 2018.Currently 466 million people worldwide suffer from disabling hearing loss, 34 million of who are children.
Kebbi records another 77 cases of measles
No fewer than 77 cases of measles have been confirmed across Kebbi State. The state is undergoing the last phase of the total elimination of the disease in a joint crusade between Birnin-Kebbi government and other donor agencies.
Revolutionary malaria tests have unexpected downsides
In the early 2000s, researchers developed rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for malaria, a major childhood killer. Simple as a home pregnancy kit, RDTs need just one drop of blood from a finger prick to detect the malaria parasite.
IVF practitioners to formulate policy for practice regulation
Meanwhile, the Chairman, AFRH Ethic Committee, and the Managing Director, Bridge Clinic, Dr Richard Ajayi said, with the increase in ART in Nigeria, there was need to formulate policies to regulate the practice in the country.
Staying free from antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea
Gonorrhoea affects over 78 million people worldwide each year, mostly older teenagers and adults. It is mainly spread by having unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex.
Ebola outbreak in Africa ends, gaps in public health leave region vulnerable
On July, the Congolese government and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to the DRC outbreak — but public-health officials caution that its low death toll doesn’t prove that the world has learnt all the lessons of the West African crisis.