LONDON (Reuters) – The Ebola virus causing a devastating epidemic in West Africa is far more deadly in children than in adults, killing around 90 percent of babies under one who become infected, researchers said on Wednesday.
A study led by scientists at the World Health Organization (WHO) and Imperial College London found that, although infection rates are lower in children than adults, babies and toddlers who get the disease have a far slimmer chance of survival.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain issued new guidance on Tuesday for doctors treating severely or terminally ill children, strongly advising that children’s own views on whether they want to live or die should be taken into account.
The guidelines, from Britain’s Royal College of Paediatrics and Child health, will be watched carefully around the world, experts said, since Britain is one of the few countries to have a framework to help doctors decide if and when to withdraw life-sustaining treatment from a child.
LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) – Herds of African cattle may
hold the secret to new ways of fighting parasitic diseases like
malaria, which kills some 600,000 people a year, scientists said
The researchers from the University of Edinburgh found that
cows are protected from a parasite that causes a deadly disease
called East Coast Fever if they have previously been infected
with a closely-related but milder species of the parasite.
LONDON (Reuters) – The World Health Organization warned on Friday of a risk of outbreaks of measles, whooping cough and other diseases in West African countries hit by Ebola and urged a rapid intensification of routine immunizations.
The Ebola epidemic has killed more than 10,200 people, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and has reduced vaccination coverage as health clinics and healthcare workers focused on fighting the unprecedented outbreak.
LONDON (Reuters) – The tobacco industry makes $7,000 for each of the more than 6 million people who die each year from smoking-related illness, the health campaign group World Lung Foundation (WLF) said on Thursday.
Last year, more than 5.8 trillion cigarettes were smoked, similar to 2013, as rising tobacco use in China counters declines in other countries, according to a report on Thursday led by WLF.
LONDON (Reuters) – Developing countries facing potentially pricey legal challenges from big tobacco firms are to get help from a new $4 million fund created by the philanthropists Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg.
Announcing the creation of the anti-tobacco trade litigation fund on Wednesday, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said countries with limited resources should not be bullied into making bad health policy choices.
LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) – Developing countries facing
potentially pricey legal challenges from big tobacco firms are
to get help from a new $4 million fund created by the
philanthropists Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg.
Announcing the creation of the anti-tobacco trade litigation
fund on Wednesday, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation said countries with limited resources
should not be bullied into making bad health policy choices.
LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) – As many as 1,000 people a day
in Europe contract tuberculosis, and slow progress against the
disease coupled with rising drug resistance mean the region is
unlikely to defeat it until next century, health officials said
At current rates, the region has little chance of meeting a
target to eliminate it by 2050, according to a joint report by
the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for
Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
LONDON (Reuters) – Pakistani and Bangladeshi people in London’s least healthy boroughs are being asked to provide spit samples and health records to researchers hoping to find genetic clues to why they are disproportionately affected by certain diseases.
The East London Genes and Health project will focus partly on so-called “knock-out” genes — rare in the general population but more frequent in communities where cousins and other close relatives marry and have children, as is more common in Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities.
LONDON (Reuters) – Measles cases could almost double in countries hardest hit by the West African Ebola outbreak as overwhelmed health systems are unable to maintain child immunizations, scientists said on Thursday.
For every extra month that health care systems are disrupted, international researchers said up to 20,000 children aged between nine months and five years were put at risk.