Health News 

The Poop on House Mice: They Carry ‘Superbugs’

House mice are ubiquitous in New York City, and those uninvited guests may harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a new study finds. Researchers found that mice had taken up residence in all of the city neighborhoods they studied — from the wealthiest to the poorest. And some of the animals carried bacteria that cause gastrointestinal infections in humans — including salmonella, E. coli, Shigella and C. difficile. When they dug deeper, the investigators found evidence of genes that can make the bacteria resistant to common antibiotics. Does that mean house mice could…

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Habits 

Vaping Is Dangerous, but Many Just Don’t Care

While cigarette smoking rates among teens have dropped over the last few decades, the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) — also called vaping — has risen in this age group. Surveys show that many teens don’t know about the dangers of these products, and a few popular vaping trends could increase the risks even more. One of the most popular products among teens — a flash drive-shaped system called JUUL — contains roughly the same amount of nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes. In the 2 years since JUUL…

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Ghana Health News 

Nationwide immunisation exercise begins next week

The Ministry of Health would from Monday, April 23 to Sunday, April 29, jointly commemorate the Africa Vaccination Week and Child Health Promotion Week in all health facilities and outreach posts across the country. There would be immunization services, Vitamin A Supplementation, provision of Child Health Record Cards, Growth Promotion and birth registration, an official statement signed by Mr Robert Codjoe, the Head of Public Relations, Unit said. “Remember, Vaccination is a gift for life and a shared responsibility, lets come together to ensure a healthy future for our children,”…

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Health News 

TODAY IS WORLD HAEMOPHILIA DAY; SOME FACTS ON THIS DISORDER

Every April 17 World Haemophilia Day is recognised worldwide to increase awareness of haemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. This is a critical effort since with increased awareness comes better diagnosis and access to care for the millions who remain without treatment. World Haemophilia Day was started in 1989 by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) which chose to bring the community together on April 17 in honour of WFH founder Frank Schnabel’s birthday. Hemophilia facts Hemophilia is one of a group of inherited bleeding disorders that cause abnormal or…

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Health News 

BROKEN HEART SYNDROME (TAKOTSUBO CARDIOMYOPATHY) IS REAL

When Joanie Simpson woke up with chest and shoulder pains one morning, she feared it was a heart attack. And when she got to the hospital, her doctor, Abhijeet Dhoble, MD, a cardiologist at Houston’s Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute, did, too. But tests showed there was a different cause of her pain: a broken heart. In Simpson’s case, the event wasn’t triggered by the death of her spouse — who was at her side at the hospital — but by the death of her beloved Yorkshire terrier, Meha….

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Health News 

Police find animal waste in counterfeit makeup — so it’s not such a bargain after all

Buyers beware! Sometimes when you spot a good makeup deal, it’s too good to be true. The Los Angeles Police Department says it confiscated counterfeit makeup that tested positive for high levels of bacteria and animal waste. The department seized $700,000 worth of bootleg cosmetics on Thursday after raiding 21 locations in Santee Alley, a Los Angeles fashion district, said LAPD Capt. Marc Reina. “Those feces will just basically somehow get mixed into the product they’re manufacturing in their garage or in their bathroom — wherever they’re manufacturing this stuff,”…

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Ghana Health News 

Technology is a necessity in curbing maternal mortality in Ghana

The soaring story of maternal and infant mortality in the Northern region is not uncommon just as is the case in many parts of Ghana.Statistics indicate that the region has been recording astronomical maternal mortalities for several decades. Recent statistics show that the region recorded 132 deaths in 2016, 92 in 2015 and 72 in the second quarter of last year. While many experts have attributed the scary rate of the mortalities to high rate of illiteracy and ignorance in the region, others believe poor road networks and ill-equipped health…

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News 

Chinese baby born four years after parents’ death

A baby has been born in China to a surrogate mother four years after his parents died in a car crash, Chinese media reported. The couple, who died in 2013, had frozen several embryos hoping to have a child through IVF. After the accident, their parents fought a protracted legal battle to be allowed to use the embryos. The boy was born in December to a surrogate from Laos and The Beijing News first reported the case this week. The newspaper explained how the lack of precedent for a case…

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Life Style 

Just one alcoholic drink a day could shorten your life, study says

Having as little as one alcoholic drink a day could shorten your life, according to a major new study. An analysis of 600,000 drinkers found that drinking five to 10 alcoholic drinks a week was likely to shorten a person’s life by up to six months. This increases with higher alcohol consumption, with those who have 18 drinks or more losing up to five years of life. Experts said it challenged the idea that light drinking was good for us. Scientists, who compared the health and drinking habits of alcohol…

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Drugs and Supplements 

Non-profit’s $300 hepatitis C cure as effective as $84,000 alternative

Exclusive: 71 million people stand to benefit from reduced price treatment for virus which can lead to liver cirrhosis, cancer and death. An affordable hepatitis C treatment has been shown to be safe and effective, with very high cure rates for patients including hard-to-treat cases, in interim clinical trial results that offer hope to the 71 million people living with the disease worldwide. The treatment is expected to cost $300 for 12 weeks, or $3.50 per day, in Malaysia, where trials were conducted along with Thailand – a fraction of…

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