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More men ‘have oral cancer virus’

Oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is more common among men than women, leading to an increased risk for men of head and neck cancers, a US study suggests. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) study assessed around 5,500 people aged 14 to 69. Around 10% of men had oral HPV, compared with 3.6% of women. HPV causes the majority of cervical cancers, as well as genital and anal – and head and neck cancers. Smoking and drinking are significant known risk factors for head and neck cancers. But…

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Breast implant company’s founder charged, attorney says

Paris (CNN) — The founder of a French company that makes breast implants linked to a health scare was charged Friday with involuntary injury, his attorney told a CNN television affiliate. Jean-Claude Mas, founder of Poly Implant Protheses, or PIP, has been released but is under judicial control, meaning he cannot leave France, attorney Yves Haddad said. He has not been charged with the more serious offense of involuntary manslaughter. Mas was arrested Thursday in Six-Fours-les-Plages, near Toulon in southern France, the French national police said. His lawyer said Thursday his…

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Poor Outcomes For Patients Who Suffer Delirium After Stroke

Delirium develops in about 30 percent of patients hospitalized shortly after a strokeand is linked to poorer outcomes, according to a new meta-analysis published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. In the first systematic analysis of the four common outcomes in acute stroke patients with delirium – inpatient and 12-month death rates, length of hospital stay and care arrangements after discharge – Canadian researchers analyzed 10 studies. The research included more than 2,000 patients hospitalized after suffering a stroke due to a vessel blockage or bleeding. Delirium is an acute…

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Nigeria violence: Scores dead after Kano blasts

Co-ordinated attacks by Islamist militants in the northern Nigerian city of Kano on Friday killed about 150 people, witnesses and reports say. Hospitals and mortuaries are struggling to deal with the numbers of killed and injured still arriving. A series of explosions ripped apart police buildings around the city, which is now under a 24-hour curfew. The Boko Haram group said they carried out the attacks, which would be their bloodiest assault to date. Boko Haram has said it wants to overthrow the national government and install an Islamic state….

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Dangerous abortions ‘on the rise’, says WHO

A rising proportion of abortions worldwide are putting women’s health at risk, researchers say. The World Health Organisation study suggests global abortion rates are steady, at 28 per 1,000 women a year. However, the proportion of the total carried out without trained clinical help rose from 44% in 1995 to 49% in 2008. The Lancet, which carried the report, said the figures were “deeply disturbing”. Unsafe abortion is one of the main contributors to maternal death worldwide, and refers to procedures outside hospitals, clinics and surgeries, or without qualified medical…

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No Safe Level Of Alcohol During Pregnancy

The authors of a study published online on Tuesday that was designed to overcome the difficulties of obtaining accurate and reliable data in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome research, say their findings reinforce the warning that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. The lead author of the study is Haruna Sawada Feldman, a post-doctoral student in the University of California, San Diego pediatrics department, where senior author Christina Chambers, is a professor. The study is published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is…

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Asamoah Gyan Supports Hospitals

The Asamoah Gyan Foundation has extended a assisting palm to 3 hospitals in a country- Mamprobi Polyclinic, Korle-Bu and a Ridge hospitals in Accra. The Foundation, with a primary concentration of ancillary women and children, donated medical apparatus value $20,000 to a 3 Accra-based health centres. The apparatus enclosed smoothness beds, smoothness sets, BP machines, photocopiers, weighing scale, season stands, treated butterfly nets, Gyane gloves and aprons. Besides a medical items, a Foundation purebred 100 chairman with a National Health Insurance Scheme, paid for a losses of liberated though in-patients…

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Man in Stable Condition After $44 Million Hospital Bill

  (ABC)A Bronx man says he nearly had an asthma attack after opening his mail to find a $44 million medical bill from a local hospital. Unemployed doorman Alexis Rodriguez, 28, received the astronomical bill after receiving successful treatment for pneumonia at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital last week, The New York Daily News reports. “I almost had an asthma attack,” said Rodriguez, who apparently is not the only patient to receive an outsized bill. The firm responsible for the botched billing, PHY Services, was reportedly inundated with complaints and has since apologized. “If you are calling with respect the billing statement for…

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Latest MRI facilities for public hospitals

Ghana has moved a step further in health care delivery by becoming the third country in Africa after South Africa and Egypt, to procure latest Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) facilities for regional and teaching hospitals. Government has successfully engaged Toshiba to install the machines in the hospitals across the country. Ghana thus becomes the first country in the West African sub-region to procure the facility as part of efforts by government to improve health care delivery in the country. Four of the MRI machines built with latest technology are currently…

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