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What is Walking Pneumonia?

“Walking pneumonia” sounds like it could be the name of a sci-fi horror flick. But it’s actually the least scary kind of pneumonia. It can be milder than the other types, and you usually don’t have to stay in the hospital. You could have walking pneumonia and not even know it. It Might Feel Like a Cold Walking pneumonia is how some people describe a mild case of pneumonia. Your doctor might call it “atypical pneumonia” because it’s not like more serious cases. A lung infection is often to blame….

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Pollution Tied to 9 Million Deaths Worldwide

Pollution led to more than 9 million deaths worldwide in 2015, or 1 in 6 deaths that year, a new report reveals. Air pollution, the worst culprit, was linked to 6.5 million heart- and lung-related deaths, The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health said. Water pollution was tied to 1.8 million deaths, mostly from gastrointestinal and parasitic infections. And workplace-related pollution and lead pollution also played a role, contributing to 800,000 deaths and 500,000 deaths, respectively. “Pollution is much more than an environmental challenge — it is a profound and…

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No child should be left unimmunized – Muslim Group

The Health Ministry has been asked to go to every length to ensure that no child in any part of the nation is 1eft unimmunized. The Muslim Family Counselling Services (MFCS), an organization, working to bring development to people in deprived and hard-to-reach communities, said all children should benefit from the national immunization programmes designed to protect them against diseases and infections. This was contained in a press statement signed by its Programmes Director, Mr. Mohammed Bun Bida, a copy was made available to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in…

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Foul odour from rubber factory not hazardous – GREL

The repugnant odour that has engulfed Apemenin in the Ahanta West District of the Western Region, is not dangerous to human health, the Ghana Rubber Estate Limited (GREL) has maintained. Residents in and around the area, including Agona Nkwanta, have for years complained about the foul odour from the factory which is sited at Apemenin, fearing a possible health hazard. Earlier this year, some of the residents demonstrated against the company claiming GREL has been polluting the environment, but the company has denied the claims of the residents. Safety, Health…

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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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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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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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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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Poor handling of accident victims can cause deaths – Hospital Administrator

Mrs Joanita Da Pilma, the Principal Health Services Administrator of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge Hospital), has advocated a public education on the handling of accident victims, especially those with serious fractures. She said state institutions, civil society organisations and all stakeholders in the health sector should make efforts in that regard She expressed concern about the way accident victims were transported in taxis and “trotros”, which sometimes aggravated patients’ injuries and urged all Ghanaians to acquaint themselves with dispensing first aid to accident victims. Mrs Pilma made the…

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Health walk held to create awareness on ALS disease

A Health walk was on Saturday organized by Mrs Naa Kwale Susan Chinery to create awareness on the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) disease in Accra. The walk coincided with the National Walk to defeat the ALS disease in Washington D.C. also being held on the same day. The walk which was an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS all over the world and to raise money for a cure started at about 0600 hrs from the +233 Jazz Club on the Ring Road through to the 37…

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