February 15, 2019

The Editor speaks: Cancer

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Monday February 4th is World Cancer Day. It is not a day for celebration but a day we should all think about as many of us living here have at some time in our lives been diagnosed with cancer. It is an illness a lot of us don’t wish to talk about and I was […]

Epilepsy: More than half of the patients do not receive treatment

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PAHO’s new guide seeks to help countries design programs to detect and treat this disorder, which affects 5 million people in the Region. With the right treatment, 70% of patients can lead a normal life Washington, DC, 29 January 2019 (PAHO) – Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders in the world, affecting approximately 50 million […]

Reuters: J&J knew for decades of asbestos in baby powder

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From Newsmax Darlene Coker knew she was dying. She just wanted to know why. She knew that her cancer, mesothelioma, arose in the delicate membrane surrounding her lungs and other organs. She knew it was as rare as it was deadly, a signature of exposure to asbestos. And she knew it afflicted mostly men who […]

Farewell to an exceptional man

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By Alicia Bárcena From ECLAC Op-Ed Just a few weeks ago, the calm, clear and assertive voice of an exceptional man faded out. Kofi Annan has departed, sooner than expected, for the just territory of legends. For those of us who were his colleagues, collaborators and friends, these are days of sadness and pride. Without […]

Ebola: DR Congo confirms new outbreak in country’s north-west

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From BBC An Ebola outbreak has been declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s north-western territory of Bikoro. There are two confirmed cases of the Ebola virus in the affected area and 17 deaths where it is suspected, the health ministry said on Tuesday. The incident comes more than a year after an outbreak in […]

Transgenic mosquitoes – Fact or Fiction?

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Wilke, A. B., Beier, J. C., & Benelli, G. (2018). Transgenic Mosquitoes–Fact or Fiction?. Trends in parasitology. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1471492218300254 Highlights Prospects for preventing (re)emerging mosquito-borne diseases expose the lack of tools available to effectively control mosquito populations and prevent the spread of vector-borne diseases. Despite the large number of potential new tools for mosquito control, it […]

Latin America [and Caribbean] teen pregnancy rate ‘unacceptably high’: U.N.

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From Reuters BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – There has been insufficient progress in reducing high teenage pregnancy rates in Latin America and the Caribbean, three United Nations agencies said on Wednesday, as they warned that rising numbers of girls under 15 were falling pregnant. Although overall teenage pregnancy rates “dropped slightly” over the past three […]

Keys physicians petition, for bacterial safety cultures on Oxitec antibiotic dependent mosquito, 2016, was declined.

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The following was a comment added to our story published February 12 2018 “US: Bug board convenes experts for advice”. We feel it should stand on its own as an article and therefore we have republished. The original is at: http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/us-bug-board-convenes-experts-for-advice/ John W Norris III MD FACP says: February 13, 2018 at 4:59 am Keys […]

Diabetes Type 2: bariatric surgery and medicines are the most effective treatments

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A census carried out in 2010 revealed that 43% of the total population and 63% of Caymanians suffered from diabetes. The problem is a global one — type 2 diabetes is considered “one of the main killers in the world” according to the World Health Organization. Type 2 diabetes differs from type 1 in that […]

PAHO/WHO to inaugurate Dr. Carissa F. Etienne for a second term as Director

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WHAT:          Swearing-in of Dr. Carissa F. Etienne as the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Regional Director for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO). See biographical note below.   WHEN:          Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 11:00 a.m. (WDC time). Reception following. WHERE:        In person: Pan American Health Organization […]