Early Warning System?
Accumulation of amyloid-beta and tau proteins can disrupt brain connectivity years before Alzheimer's symptoms emerge
The accumulation of amyloid-beta and tau proteins in the brain is linked to Alzheimer’s disease, and now research shows that such accumulation can disrupt connections between brain structures important for memory.
Cancer-killing virus injected into human for the first time in new clinical trial
A recent Phase 1 clinical trial has administered a dose of an experimental anticancer drug called CF33-hNIS, or Vaxinia, to the study’s first participant. This novel therapy involves using an oncolytic virus, a type of virus that can infect and kill cancer cells without harming healthy tissue.
Monkeypox cases investigated in Europe, US, Canada and Australia
Cases of monkeypox are being investigated in several European countries as well as the US, Canada and Australia, according to health authorities and local media reports.
One hundred days of war has put Ukraine’s health system under severe pressure
After 100 days of war, Ukraine’s health system is under severe pressure and the World Health Organization (WHO) has increased its presence, both in Ukraine and in those countries hosting displaced Ukrainians, to help meet the escalating health needs.
What is Radiation?
Radiation is energy that moves from one place to another in a form that can be described as waves or particles. We are exposed to radiation in our everyday life.
First case of HIV cure in a woman after stem cell transplantation reported at CROI-2022
The International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trial Network (IMPAACT) P1107 reported the first case of HIV cure in a woman living with HIV submitted to a dual stem cell transplant (i.e., an umbilical cord blood transplant combined with a half-matched bone marrow transplant) for treatment of an acute myelogenous leukemia.
TRIPS Waiver: Too little, too late
“More than 500 days have passed since – in the midst of the spreading Covid-19 pandemic – the governments of South Africa and India submitted a request to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to temporarily suspend patents. A request guided by global principles.
Effect of unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) delivery on blood product delivery time and wastage in Rwanda
a retrospective, cross-sectional study and time series analysis
The accessibility of blood and blood products remains challenging in many countries because of the complex supply chain of short lifetime products, timely access, and demand fluctuation at the hospital level. In an effort to improve availability and delivery times, Rwanda launched the use of drones to deliver blood products to remote health facilities. We evaluated the effect of this intervention on blood product delivery times and wastage.
Timmermans cautions against relaxing Green deal goals for sake of food security
Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans stood up for the Green Deal objectives in the EU’s farming policy despite the calls of prioritising food security aspects in the wake of supply disruptions caused by the Ukraine war.
Prioritizing the health of refugees and migrants: an urgent, necessary plan of action for countries and regions in our interconnected world
Amid multiple ongoing humanitarian crises triggered by conflict, natural disasters, and climate change, 3 WHO regional offices brought together governments, civil society including refugee and migrant voices, and health partners at a high-level meeting in Istanbul this week to craft a joint new vision addressing the health and well-being of refugees and migrants as well as host communities, considering both current realities and anticipating future opportunities and challenges.
Food security: Commission steps up support for global action to transform food systems via eight Global Coalitions
In light of the dire food security situation and high food prices, after two years of COVID-19 pandemic and the consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Commission is today stepping up its support to the transformation of food systems by actively engaging in eight global Coalitions for Action. These will assist partner countries in their efforts to transform food systems and help to advance the Farm to Fork Strategy agenda internationally.
Climate change: Extreme heat linked to more mental health emergencies
A study examining medical data from more than 2 million people across the U.S. shows that days of extreme heat in summer were associated with higher rates of emergency department visits for mental health conditions.
The results suggest that the increasing frequency of episodes of extreme heat due to climate change may have further adverse mental health effects.
COVID-19 and disordered eating: How the pandemic has impacted eating habits
Over the past 2 years, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many physical and emotional challenges. But has it also adversely affected people’s eating patterns and increased the prevalence of disordered eating?
World Bank COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment Tracker
An effort to identify countries in urgent need of financial and operational support for vaccine deployment readiness, and to monitor, track and resolve bottlenecks on the ground.
Three Ways Forward in a Post Covid-19 World
There are three important ways forward in addressing the pandemic and its impacts on health and wellbeing in the years to come.
Gender-sensitive Workplace Health Promotion: Why It Is Important and How It Can Be Implemented in Practice
Sex and gender are important determinants of health, but we often lack criteria for effective gender-sensitive work place health promotion. A team at the Austrian Health Promotion Fund are working to overcome these challenges. They have developed 17 criteria and a 62-point checklist for workplace health promotion initiatives.
COVID-19: the worst may be yet to come
As much of western Europe begins to ease countrywide lockdowns, globally the pandemic may still be in its infancy, with more than 160 000 new cases reported each day since June 25. Individual countries count cases differently, so direct comparisons are difficult, but the numbers illustrate a worrying pattern. At a subnational level the picture is nuanced, with local hotspots, but at a country level the picture is clear—the world is facing a worsening multipolar pandemic.
Medicine shortages in the EU: causes and solutions
Find out why there is a shortage of medicines, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and how Parliament wants to improve the situation
Coronavirus Makes Inequality a Public Health Issue
“It may seem like a ridiculous idea but the only way to fight the plague is with decency.” – Dr Rieux in Albert Camus’s 1947 novel, The Plague.
A ‘Cure’ for Ebola but Will it Stop the Outbreak if People Won’t Get Treatment?
While people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are slowly being made aware that scientists have discovered two drugs that are effective in treating Ebola, letting go of the fear and anxiety that has prevailed across the country this year will require more work.
The Role of Women’s Organisations in Crisis-Settings
To mark World Humanitarian Day, we celebrate the overlooked women leaders who are first responders, unwavering advocates, and powerful change-makers in humanitarian emergencies.
Yet to truly power progress, we can’t stop at celebrating their efforts – we must also push for the support and investment women humanitarians need to continue their vital work.
CRA shortage is worsening while demand grows – a vicious circle which opens masses of job opportunities
Are you interested in roles like Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) and Clinical Trial Assistants (CTAs) and looking for interesting job opportunities and career perspectives?
Why Doctors Hate Their Computers
Digitization promises to make medical care easier and more efficient. But are screens coming between doctors and patients?
On a sunny afternoon in May, 2015, I joined a dozen other surgeons at a downtown Boston office building to begin sixteen hours of mandatory computer training.
Junior hospital doctors
“Junior” doctors: does terminology matter?
David Matthews from the Oxford Health Alliance suggests abandoning the term “junior” to address the low morale of UK “trainee” hospital doctors, aged between 23 and 40 years.
90–90–90 Treatment for All
An ambitious treatment target to help end the AIDS epidemic
By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status ...
Incident Management System
To enhance World Health Organisations Emergency Programme (WHE) response capability,
To enhance World Health Organisations Emergency Programme (WHE) response capability, WHE proposed the development of a series of training packages to build staff competencies, skills and knowledge, to enhance deployment and response capability.
MARIJUANA: The Latest Scientific Findings and Legalization
California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada became the latest states to legalize recreational marijuana, bringing to 28 the number of states that have okayed the drug for medicinal use, recreational use, or both ...
What do we know about the health impacts of marijuana, and what do we still need to learn?
European Virus Archive goes global
EVAg is a network of laboratories including 16 EU member state institutions and 9 non-EU institutions, that represent an extensive range of virological disciplines. EVAg establishes close relationships and collaborations with international organizations involved in public health (WHO, OIE and FAO).
Establishing a Global Vaccine-Development Fund
As the Ebola epidemic in West Africa continues, albeit at a much lower level than it reached in the spring, we still lack a vaccine that has been shown to be safe and effective.
Much attention has appropriately been directed at major disease targets such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), tuberculosis, and malaria, for which organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Wellcome Trust are providing considerable financial support. Similar attention has been devoted to the provision of currently licensed pediatric vaccines, which is supported by GAVI (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization).