China reports first human case of H10N3 bird flu

A 41-year-old man in China’s eastern province of Jiangsu has been confirmed as the first human case of infection with a rare strain of bird flu known as H10N3, Beijing’s National Health Commission (NHC) has said. Many different strains of bird flu are present in China and some occasionally infect people, usually those working with poultry. There is no indication that H10N3 can spread easily in humans. The man, a resident of the city of Zhenjiang, was admitted to hospital on April 28 and diagnosed with H10N3 on May 28, the health commission said on Tuesday. It did not give … Continue reading China reports first human case of H10N3 bird flu

Cholera kills 20 in northern Nigeria

A cholera outbreak in northern Nigeria has killed at least 20 people in the past two weeks with more than 300 hospitalised from the disease, a health official said Tuesday. Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer, suffers from a high rate of water-borne diseases as a result of dilapidated infrastructure and under-investment. The latest outbreak in Bauchi state was reported in nine districts, with the state capital Bauchi worst hit, Mohammed Maigoro, state health commissioner told reporters. “So far we have recorded 20 deaths and 322 cases from the cholera outbreak in nine local government areas in the past two weeks,” … Continue reading Cholera kills 20 in northern Nigeria

US ban on menthol cigarettes draws controversy

In a major blow to the tobacco industry, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has moved to ban the sale of mint-flavoured cigarettes. Public health and civil rights groups have lobbied vigorously for the ban, citing the disproportionate harms of menthol cigarettes on black Americans. But critics fear prohibition could give rise to clandestine sales, and more confrontations with law enforcement. The proposed ban would affect more than a third of US cigarette purchases, a final decision though will take months – and possibly years – to implement. The FDA’s announcement on Thursday marked the agency’s deadline to respond … Continue reading US ban on menthol cigarettes draws controversy

Model who suffered brain damage awarded $29.5 million by Las Vegas jury

The family of model Chantel Giacalone was awarded $29.5 million by a Las Vegas jury that ruled the emergency medical assistance provided in response to an allergic reaction the then-27-year-old woman was experiencing led to brain damage. Giacalone, who’s now 35, reportedly endured anaphylactic shock triggered by a severe allergic reaction to a peanut butter-filled pretzel she consumed during a 2013 modeling gig at a Las Vegas convention. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Giacalone’s attorney argued that a MedicWest Ambulance team on the scene was not equipped with IV epinephrine, which is mandated by the Southern Nevada Health District. Actress Chantel … Continue reading Model who suffered brain damage awarded $29.5 million by Las Vegas jury

OMG: French pharma giant found guilty over deadly diet pill

A court has found French drug maker Servier guilty of “involuntary manslaughter” over a weight loss pill that has been blamed for hundreds of deaths, the case is one of the worst health scandals to hit France. A court in Paris on Monday found pharmaceutical firm Servier guilty in a case involving its diabetes and weight loss medication Mediator. The case against the drug maker involved thousands of plaintiffs and is one of the biggest health scandals to erupt in the country. Servier was found guilty of “aggravated fraud” and “involuntary manslaughter” over the pill, which is blamed for hundreds of … Continue reading OMG: French pharma giant found guilty over deadly diet pill

José Baselga, pioneer in breast cancer treatment, dies at 61

José Baselga, a Spanish oncologist who married clinical practice and laboratory research, helping develop Herceptin and other drugs that have been credited with extending or saving the lives of millions of women with breast cancer, died March 21 at his home in the Cerdanya region of Spain. He was 61. José Baselga in New York City in 2015. The cause was sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare degenerative disorder of the brain, according to his family. Dr. Baselga also maintained a residence in New York City. A son and grandson of physicians, Dr. Baselga devoted his professional life to improving breast cancer … Continue reading José Baselga, pioneer in breast cancer treatment, dies at 61

So Disgusting: Doctors allegedly posted photos of patients’ organs on Instagram in a game to ‘guess that weight’

Doctors from a Michigan hospital network are being investigated after they allegedly posted photos of themselves in the operating room, holding up patients’ organs and asking Instagram users to guess their weight for a “Price Is Right“-style game.   The photos, obtained by Wood TV, a local news network in Grand Rapids, appear to show doctors lifting up a recently-removed organ in one image, and a piece of a patient’s fibroid tissue in another. Under the Instagram handle @grandrapids_obgyn_residency, they ask followers to leave their guesses in the comments. “The other game we play in the OR [operating room] is guess that … Continue reading So Disgusting: Doctors allegedly posted photos of patients’ organs on Instagram in a game to ‘guess that weight’

New Zealand schools to offer free sanitary products

All schools in New Zealand will offer free period products from June, as part of efforts to stamp out period poverty. Authorities are concerned that some female students are skipping classes because they cannot afford products such as tampons and sanitary pads. The move follows a successful pilot programme last year in 15 schools. PM Jacinda Ardern said: “Young people should not miss out on their education because of something that is a normal part of life for half the population.” Ms Ardern said one in 12 young people in New Zealand were missing school because of period poverty, which … Continue reading New Zealand schools to offer free sanitary products

Over half of Chinese adults overweight, study finds

Over half of adults in China, or more than half a billion people, are now overweight, an official report has found, the figures have risen significantly since 2002, when 29% of adults were overweight. The country’s rapid economic growth in recent decades has led to major changes to lifestyle, diet and exercise habits. In October, the Chinese government unveiled plans to tackle rising levels of obesity, a higher body mass increases the risk for a number of diseases including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The issue of obesity has come under renewed focus during the pandemic as studies showed that … Continue reading Over half of Chinese adults overweight, study finds

US sues Walmart for alleged role in opioid crisis

The US Department of Justice has accused Walmart of helping to fuel America’s opioid crisis, in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, prosecutors said the retail giant filled hundreds of thousands of questionable prescriptions, “knowingly” violating vetting rules. Walmart revealed in October that it had been threatened with such a suit, at the time, Walmart said the US was imposing “unworkable requirements that are not found in any law”. Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, operates more than 5,000 pharmacies at its stores across the US and for years has also acted as a drug distributor. According to the lawsuit, the company pressured … Continue reading US sues Walmart for alleged role in opioid crisis

Instagram influencer Josi Maria dies at 24 after public battle with anorexia

Social media influencer Josi Maria, who spoke publicly about her battle with anorexia, died during a recent trip to the Canary Islands, according to German news reports and a friend who was traveling with her. The 24-year-old Instagram star felt sick while flying to the Spanish archipelago in late November and later died in Gran Canaria alongside her friend and fellow influencer Vanja Resova. Calling Maria “an angel on earth,” Resova revealed the heartbreaking news in an Instagram post Wednesday. “She has motivated many of you every day to see the positive in everything and to stay strong,” Resova wrote, referring … Continue reading Instagram influencer Josi Maria dies at 24 after public battle with anorexia

Scotland first in world to make period products free

Scotland has become the first country in the world to make period products free for all, MSPs unanimously approved the Period Products (Free provision) (Scotland) Bill on Tuesday. There is now a legal duty on local authorities to ensure that free items such as tampons and sanitary pads are available to “anyone who needs them”. The bill was introduced by Labour MSP Monica Lennon, she has been campaigning to end period poverty since 2016, she said it was a “practical and progressive” piece of legislation made all the more vital because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Periods don’t stop for pandemics and … Continue reading Scotland first in world to make period products free