POPULATION HEALTH

population health

Why the global estimates for tuberculosis mortality differ- study

The discrepancies between the estimates for global tuberculosis deaths by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is due to different methodologies and data sources used by each institution. These differences are considerable in terms of absolute numbers for a dozen countries, according to a study led by …

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Loneliness

The health implications of Loneliness

 loneliness can have a drastic effect on health Loneliness is a negative feeling that arises when someone’s social needs are unmet by their current social relationships. So people can feel alone, even if they’re surrounded by others, if they’re not getting the right kind of company and support. While many think of loneliness as a social …

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family planning

The need for an effective family planning in Nigeria

The need for an effective family planning in Nigeria Nigerians have been charged by health experts to embrace workable family planning methods that would reduce poverty, ensure social protection and healthcare, as well as the successful implementation of government’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the light of this, it is important that the Nigeria Population …

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Indiana confirms death associated with Hepatitis A outbreak

Indiana state health officials are reporting the state’s first death related to a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A, a highly contagious disease of the liver. The outbreak has caused nearly 4,000 illnesses in 10 states and resulted in multiple fatalities nationwide. Since November 2017, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has confirmed 214 outbreak-related …

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cholera vaccination program kick off in Adamawa State, Nigeria

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Nigerian government have launched the first round of a two-phased oral vaccination program against the cholera outbreak in Adamawa State. In a statement released on June 10, the WHO said the campaign will run from June to June 17, targeting high-risk wards in the Mubi North, Mubi South …

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North Carolina reports 1st EEE case of 2018

  known to be the carrier of EEE Eastern equine encephalitis virus usually referred as EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable in equine by vaccination. This is the first case of EEE in North Carolina this year. EEE causes inflammation or swelling of the brain and spinal cord and is usually fatal. Symptoms …

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Human case of Tularemia reported in Colorado

Larimer County, CO health officials confirmed the first human case of tularemia in a county resident in 2018. The patient developed swollen lymph nodes, and may have been exposed while gardening at home. Soil can be contaminated by tularemia-causing bacteria from the droppings or urine of sick animals, most often rabbits. When a person mows, …

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Measles cases on the rise in England

Health officials in England report more measles cases in the current outbreak, 170 additional cases in the past five weeks. This brings the total to 757 laboratory confirmed measles cases in England since the beginning of the year. This includes 268 cases in London. In addition, the South-East (161), South-West (118), West Midlands (85) and …

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The outbreak of Norovirus at Shanghai university, China

  Health officials in Yangpu District, Shanghai are reporting a norovirus outbreak that sickened some forty students at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, according to a local media report. Norovirus was confirmed by laboratory testing in both vomit and feces samples. The university said it has disinfected all canteens, classrooms, dormitories and …

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Campylobacter cases increase in New Zealand

  Officials with Nelson Marlborough Health are reporting an increase in campylobacteriosis cases during the past month. 24 cases have been notified to the Medical Officer of Health in the past four weeks, compared to a range of 6-16 cases in the same period over the previous five years. A number of known risk factors …

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Wisconsin reports 1st documented Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever death

On Tuesday, Wisconsin state health officials and the La Crosse County Health Department announced the first documented death from Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) in the state. “We are saddened to learn of this death and encourage Wisconsin residents to take steps to protect themselves and their families from tick bites while enjoying the outdoors,” …

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Update on Ukraine measles and diphtheria outbreak

    Measles Ukrainian health officials recorded an additional 1,021 measles cases in the past week, bringing the total cases for the year to 25,008. Of this total, 10,085 adults and 14,923 children have been affected. Most people suffered from measles in Lviv (only 4412 people: 1377 adults and 3035 children), Transcarpathian (total 2840 people: …

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The effect of Pertussis type of vaccine on immune response

The current whooping cough vaccine was universally adopted in the US in 1996 to replace the original vaccine based on killed Bordetella pertussis because of a stronger safety profile. The new formulation was found to be effective in preventing whooping cough during vulnerable stages in the lifespan but the kind of pertussis vaccine used to …

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Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) torment Nigeria

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has scaled up support to help the Nigerian government eliminate over 20 Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) that remain endemic in the country. The projects are meant to help the country achieve the goals set in its 2012 NTD roadmap which prioritized 3 diseases for control, 5 for elimination and 2 …

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Rift Valley fever outbreak in western Uganda

Rift Valley fever (RVF) cases have simultaneously been confirmed in two districts in the western region of Uganda, with further investigation of another case in third district going on. The first case-patient was a 47-year-old male from Kanyatsi village in Munkunyu sub-county, Kasese District, whose main occupation was as a butcher. He fell ill on …

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Routine Immunization Schedule in Uganda rolled out Rotavaccine

  The Government of Uganda has rolled out Rotavirus vaccine into the Routine Immunization Schedule to protect children under five years of age from diarrhea. This is the 11th vaccine that is provided free to infants and children at all health facilities and selected community outreaches within the country. The organism’s characteristic wheel-like appearance under …

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African Leaders launch a continent wide campaign for a malaria free Africa

This campaign is aimed at empowering Africans to take a stand in the fight against a deadly disease MALARIA. Zero Malaria Starts with Me was launched following reports that malaria cases have increased for the first time in more than a decade to reignite a society-wide movement to get back on track efforts that contributed …

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online health information

Health information and health products online

Using the internet to find health and medical information can help you make more informed decisions about your health, but it is not a substitute for seeing a doctor. Although some health information available on the internet can be valuable, you need to be aware of the risks because medical misinformation or ‘cyberquackery’ is rife. …

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Marital status and CVD

Marital status may be a risk factor for heart diseases

Never married, divorced and widowed persons may be susceptible to developing heart disease, stroke and associated risks of death compared to married ones. In an analysis which included 34 studies with more than two million participants (comprising various countries including Russia, Denmark, Spain, USA, Sweden, UK, Canada, Israel, Gulf States, Japan, Finland, Greece, Turkey, Norway …

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