Health

A bug believed to be resistant to antibiotic, causes death

  • 16 January 2017 - 20:08
A bug believed to be resistant to antibiotic, causes death

BBC - A superbug that could not be treated with 26 different antibiotics has killed a woman in the US, officials report. The 70-year-old from Nevada had returned to the US in August with an infected swelling in her right hip after a long stay in India. She died in September. A Centers for...

People over 50 should avoid coffee to have a good night’s sleep

  • 11 January 2017 - 19:37
People over 50 should avoid coffee to have a good night’s sleep

BBC - People over 50 are being advised to avoid caffeine after lunchtime to get a good night's sleep. A report for the charity Age UK says sleeping soundly gets harder as we age but getting enough rest is important to keep mentally sharp. It recommends older people get seven to eight...

Babies should eat peanuts early to reduce allergy risks

  • 9 January 2017 - 20:01
Babies should eat peanuts early to reduce allergy risks

BBC - Babies should be given peanut early - some at four months old - in order to reduce the risk of allergy, according to new US guidance. Studies have shown the risk of peanut allergy can be cut by more than 80% by early exposure. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases...

WHO provides life-saving drugs for HIV patients in Libya

  • 4 January 2017 - 13:38
WHO provides life-saving drugs for HIV patients in Libya

The World Health Organization (WHO) began distributing much-needed anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs to patients living with HIV in Libya, following the country’s collapse in medical services and inability to provide life-saving drugs. After the start of the country’s civil war in 2011, rates...

Australia Melbourne’s beaches contaminated with faeces, government organization warns

  • 3 January 2017 - 23:31
Australia Melbourne’s beaches contaminated with faeces, government organization warns

BBC - Swimmers are being warned to avoid some of Melbourne's most popular beaches, after torrential storms washed faeces into the water. The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in Victoria is forecasting poor water quality at 21 of the 36 beaches it checks in Port Phillip...

Doctors remove scissors left in man’s abdomen for 18 years

  • 2 January 2017 - 20:52
Doctors remove scissors left in man’s abdomen for 18 years

BBC - Vietnamese doctors have removed a pair of scissors left lodged in a man's abdomen for 18 years, it's reported. Specialist surgeons flew from Hanoi to assist at the operation in Thai Nguyen Province in the north of the country. The 54-year-old patient visited the hospital after being...

Bill Gates says world more vulnerable to flu epidemic

  • 31 December 2016 - 22:36
Bill Gates says world more vulnerable to flu epidemic

BBC - Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates says he is crossing his fingers that a deadly flu epidemic does not strike in the next 10 years because the world is "a bit vulnerable right now". Mr Gates, whose foundation invests in improving global healthcare, said the Ebola and Zika crises...

Processed meat worsens asthma symptoms, research says

  • 28 December 2016 - 23:08
Processed meat worsens asthma symptoms, research says

BBC - Eating processed meat might make asthma symptoms worse, say researchers. Consuming more than four portions a week is a risk, suggests the study of nearly 1,000 French people, published in the journal Thorax. The researchers believe it could be a preservative called nitrite used in...

Hip, shoulder and knee pains might be caused by evolution hangover, study says

  • 27 December 2016 - 19:30
Hip, shoulder and knee pains might be caused by evolution hangover, study says

BBC - Scientists at the University of Oxford say a hangover from evolution could help explain why humans get so much shoulder, hip and knee pain. And if current trends continue they predict the humans of the future could be at even greater risk. They studied 300 specimens from different...

10-hour long blackouts and daytime power cuts plunge Libyans in health problems

  • 26 December 2016 - 14:13
10-hour long blackouts and daytime power cuts plunge Libyans in health problems

Several cases, children, young and old, were reported in Tripoli Medical Centre and other clinics in and out of the capital across Libya to have caught a cold or come down with a fever due to a moderate, not freezing, winter coupled with long hours of power cuts. In Tripoli, the General...