Global Confirmed Swine Flu Cases Nears 10,000

May 20, 2009

According to WHO (World Health Organization), the total number of confirmed swine flu A(H1N1) cases of human infections stands at 9,830, including 79 deaths. The numbers of confirmed cases are rising by approximately 1,000 per day, says WHO. Japan has seen confirmed cases rise sharply over the last few days.

Several medical charities say that wealthy countries have taken up such a high proportion of vaccine orders that there is not much left for the rest of the world over the medium term.
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Global Survey Highlights Need For More Cancer Prevention Campaigns In Australia And New Zealand

February 6, 2009

People in Australia and New Zealand most at risk from some cancers will often downplay their own risk, a global survey today highlighted.

2,130 people from this region were surveyed in 2008 as part of a global survey by Roy Morgan research and Gallup International on behalf of the International Union Against Cancer (UICC).

The global survey titled ‘Cancer Related Beliefs and Behaviour’ involved interviewing over 45, 000 people in 39 countries across the globe during 2008. It is the first study to provide internationally comparable data on perceptions and behaviours about cancer risk factors.
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China Experiencing Twice The Global Average Of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

January 14, 2009

Levels of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in China are nearly twice the global average. Nationwide research published in the open access journal BMC Infectious Diseases has shown that almost 10% of Chinese TB cases are resistant to the most effective first-line drugs.

Susan van den Hof, from the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation in The Netherlands is one of the authors on a Chinese study into the prevalence of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). She said, “In order to obtain insight into the prevalence and distribution of resistance, China has joined the global project on anti-tuberculosis drug resistance surveillance, and investigated drug resistance in ten provinces between 1996 and 2004.”
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Generic Rx: Shopping For Health Care In The Global Village

January 13, 2009

Once the exception, generic drugs are now the norm. This year, about two-thirds of the prescriptions written by doctors were for generic drugs.

Generic drugs have taken off for many reasons. Brand-name blockbusters (Fosamax, Zocor, and Zoloft) have lost their patent protection in recent years. The Medicare Part D prescription plans have loaded up their formularies with generics.

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Researchers At Global HIV/AIDS Vaccine Conference Express Concerns About Funding Levels

January 8, 2009

Experts at the AIDS Vaccine 2008 conference in Cape Town, South Africa, on Tuesday expressed concerns that the current global economic situation could damage funding for AIDS research and vaccine development, the AP/Los Angeles Times reports. The economic situation has “added to the gloom among experts deeply frustrated by … setbacks” in HIV/AIDS vaccine research, according to the AP/Times. There also are concerns that some groups that are large contributors to health and international development initiatives could reduce funding in light of the economic situation, the AP/Times reports.
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Does Probiotic Intervention Induce The Serum Global Lipid Profile Change?

January 4, 2009

The new global metabolic profiling techniques, like lipidomics as a branch of metabolomics, have made it possible to measure large numbers of different metabolites, and are currently being applied to increase our understanding of the health and disease continuum.

A Finland research group investigated the effect of a three weeks intervention of a probiotic LGG intervention on serum global lipidomics profiles in healthy adults. This was published on 28 May 2008, in the Read the rest of this entry »

Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions Debuts With Focus On Drinking Water

December 30, 2008

An authority on the quality of drinking water today describes new challenges for consumers and municipal water supply systems, including unexpected consequences of efforts to conserve water in the first of a special series of podcasts from the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.

Marc Edwards, Ph.D., notes that reduced-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads and other well-intentioned water conservation efforts are allowing water to remain in household pipes longer. As water stagnates in pipes, it may develop undesirable characteristics and have unwanted effects on household plumbing, Edwards indicates.
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