Health News 

Uganda Confirms 1 Death From Ebola-like Marburg Virus

Uganda’s ministry of health confirmed Thursday that one person has died of Marburg hemorrhagic fever, a close relative of the Ebola virus. Surveillance teams have deployed to the affected district in the eastern part of the country to contain the outbreak. Uganda’s Ministry of Health says one of the two suspected cases of Marburg virus disease has been confirmed via laboratory tests conducted by the Uganda Virus Research Institute. “The confirmed case was a 50-year-old female from Chemuron village, Kween District in Eastern Uganda. She presented with signs and symptoms…

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Drugs and Supplements 

Type 2 diabetes breakthrough: Scientists create first pill that not only STOPS the condition in its tracks but also helps patients lose weight – and it could be available on the NHS within 3 years

Scientists have created a new pill that can halt type 2 diabetes in its tracks and help patients shed pounds from their waistlines, a major study has revealed. Results from a human trial of 632 patients found semaglutide allowed 71 per cent of them to shed pounds – it is believed this is the first type 2 diabetes pill to instigate weight loss. Researchers hope semaglutide will offer a better way to control the hidden killer, as some treatments currently available can trigger unexpected weight gain which fuels type 2…

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Drugs and Supplements 

Type 2 diabetes breakthrough: Scientists create first pill that not only STOPS the condition in its tracks but also helps patients lose weight – and it could be available on the NHS within 3 years

Scientists have created a new pill that can halt type 2 diabetes in its tracks and help patients shed pounds from their waistlines, a major study has revealed. Results from a human trial of 632 patients found semaglutide allowed 71 per cent of them to shed pounds – it is believed this is the first type 2 diabetes pill to instigate weight loss. Researchers hope semaglutide will offer a better way to control the hidden killer, as some treatments currently available can trigger unexpected weight gain which fuels type 2…

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Drugs and Supplements 

Many College Students Believe Stimulants Can Boost Grades

  More frequent use of alcohol, marijuana also tied to increased likelihood of prescription stimulant use. More than one-quarter of college students report believing that nonmedical use of prescription stimulants (NPS) can improve academic performance, according to a study published in the January 2018 issue of Addictive Behaviors. Amelia M. Arria, Ph.D., from the University of Maryland in College Park, and colleagues conducted an online survey among 6,962 demographically diverse students from nine U.S. colleges and universities in the 2015-1016 academic year to document the prevalence of perceived academic benefit…

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Diet 

Big Chickens, Little Nutrition

Most people would agree with the assessment “you are what you eat,” yet many overlook the fact that this holds true for the food you eat, too. If the chicken on your dinner plate was fed an unnatural diet of genetically engineered (GE) soy and grains (or worse) — what essentially boils down to junk food for birds — it can’t be expected to be optimally healthy, nor optimally nutritious. Because most poultry in the U.S. comes from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), The Guardian went so far as to…

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Health News 

Is Your Brain Healthy? Your Nose May Know

How well you can smell could be a sign of overall brain health. A growing body of research suggests that the two are strongly linked, though researchers are just starting to figure out how and why. In a recent study, researchers found that a simple smell test may predict your chance of having dementia. “Ability to smell is a window into parts of the brain related to core functions, like pleasure, emotion, and memory,” says Jayant Pinto, MD, author of the study and an otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon…

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‘Let’s use sports to achieve recovery for mental patients’

he Second Edition of the Care and Action for Mental Health in Africa (CAMHA) sports event, has been held with a call to collectively use sports to achieve recovery for mental patients. Mr Eben Akonnor Fianko, the Founder of CAMHA, who made the call in Accra on Thursday, said mental health care and support were often given less attention than physical ailments due to societal ignorance, which the whole world was guilty of. “As we celebrate World Mental Health Day on October 10, every year, I suggest that, it is…

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Health News 

NGO cautions against stigmatising of ‘cerebral palsy’ patients

The Chief Executive Officer of Givers Never Lack Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, Mr Edward Amankwah, has expressed worry at how cerebral palsy patients are ridiculed in the country. “My teenage son is a victim of cerebral palsy, so I equally share in the pain of cerebral palsy patients and that of their families. My son has on numerous occasions been ridiculed by many who do not understand the nature and causes of cerebral palsy,” he lamented. “Cerebral Palsy is not a disease, neither is it contagious but a word that…

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Health News 

Help eliminate hand washing problems in the next five years – UNICEF

Mr David Duncan, the Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has called on stakeholders to help eliminate hand washing related problems and diseases in the next five years. He said as a result of unhygienic practices by many Ghanaians with hand washing not being an exception, over 4,000 children die from diarrhoea in Ghana every year. “About 4 billion cases of diarrhoea per year cause 1.8 million deaths, over 90 percent of them (1.6 million) among children under five. “Repeated episodes of…

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Ghana Health News 

West African health practitioners build capacity

A one-week Management Development Training Programme for managers and leaders of healthcare organisations in West Africa has begun in Accra. The programme, which started from October 15, is expected to end on October 21, and has 51 participants from Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Cameroon. It is to provide the various ministries of health with the needed management and leadership training to implement their shared national health priorities in their respective countries. The programme was hosted by the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), in collaboration with…

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