Health News - Aid/Disasters

Natural resistance to malaria linked to variation in human red blood cell receptors
Researchers have discovered that protection from the most severe form of malaria is linked with natural variation in human red blood cell genes. (Medical News Today)

Elderly may face increased dementia risk after a disaster
Elderly people who were uprooted from damaged or destroyed homes and who lost touch with their neighbors after the 2011 tsunami in Japan were more likely to experience increased symptoms of... (Medical News Today)

A public health framework for marijuana sales and use in jurisdictions considering legalization
Jurisdictions considering legalization of non-medical marijuana should implement a public health framework that prioritizes public health over business interests, according to Rachel Barry and... (Medical News Today)

PTSD and cognitive decline linked in 9/11 responders
Long-term study involving more than 800 World Trade Center Responders shows that post-traumatic stress disorder has strong links with cognitive decline. (Medical News Today)

Life expectancy worldwide has risen by 5 years, say WHO
The World Health Organization say worldwide, life expectancy has risen dramatically by 5 years during 2000-2015, but major inequalities persist. (Medical News Today)

Chernobyl, three decades on
It was 30 years ago that a meltdown at the V. I. Lenin Nuclear Power Station in the former Soviet Union released radioactive contaminants into the surroundings in northern Ukraine. (Medical News Today)

People in Miyagi coastal areas continue to show higher levels of depressive tendencies
Tohoku University Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization (ToMMo) has revealed that in 2014, three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, depressive symptoms continue to be higher... (Medical News Today)

New findings in humans provide encouraging foundation for upcoming AIDS vaccine clinical trial
Some people infected with HIV naturally produce antibodies that effectively neutralize many strains of the rapidly mutating virus, and scientists are working to develop a vaccine capable of... (Medical News Today)

Refugees have a substantially higher risk of psychotic disorders
Refugees face a substantially higher risk of psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia, compared to non-refugee migrants from the same regions of origin, finds a study published in The BMJ. (Medical News Today)

Continuous leaking of radioactive strontium and cesium from Fukushima to the ocean
Scientists from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) investigated the levels of radioactive strontium and cesium in the coast off Japan in September 2013. (Medical News Today)

NIH's NIAID initiating dose evaluation studies in animal models of Pluristem's PLX-R18 in the treatment of acute radiation syndrome
Pluristem Therapeutics Inc., a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapy products, has announced that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a part of the U.S. (Medical News Today)

HIV/AIDS countries worst affected need 'up-front finance' for long-term fight
Sub-Saharan African countries worst affected by HIV/AIDS will need significant up-front finance if they are to succeed in controlling the disease in the long-term, says new study. (Medical News Today)

Agricultural impact of climate change 'could kill over 500,000 people in 2050'
A model shows climate change could lead to 500,000 extra deaths in 2050, as reduced crop productivity alters diet risk factors for stroke, cancer and other non-infectious diseases. (Medical News Today)

Low amino acids in diet linked to stunted growth in children
Worldwide, 25% of children experience stunted growth and related problems. This could be caused by a lack of amino acids and other nutrients, suggesting a need for more protein. (Medical News Today)

Leading doctor calls on Australian government to lift threat of imprisonment from doctors doing their ethical duty
Provisions of the Border Force Act that can imprison doctors for putting patients first must be removed, says expert. (Medical News Today)

New campaign launches to alert South American countries of deadly cause of AIDS deaths
A campaign to convince Latin American countries to do more to tackle a problem which is the leading cause of death in AIDS and yet is poorly understood, often misdiagnosed and frequently left... (Medical News Today)

Syrian aid: lack of evidence for 'interventions that work', say researchers
The lack of an evidence base in the donor-funded response to Syrian migrant crisis means funds may be allocated to ineffective interventions, say researchers, who call on funders and policymakers... (Medical News Today)

Medical society details Syrian health crisis and efforts to help
Leaders of the Syrian-American Medical Society describe their efforts in bolstering what remains of the Syrian healthcare system and the health care context in which those efforts take place in... (Medical News Today)

Leishmaniasis: the flesh-eating, dog-culling war plague
Although relatively unfamiliar to Western ears, leishmaniasis is a significant health concern and a sinister societal menace in many parts of the world. (Medical News Today)

WHO: Ebola ends in West Africa, but 'expect new flare-ups'
While the WHO have declared the end of latest Ebola outbreak in Liberia and say all known transmission has stopped in West Africa, flare-ups are still likely, they caution. (Medical News Today)

Syria: siege and starvation in Madaya; immediate medical evacuations and medical resupply essential to save lives
Since July 2015, a siege has been imposed by the Syrian government forces around the town of Madaya, near the border with Lebanon in Syria's Rural Damascus Governorate. (Medical News Today)

Combatants must respect neutrality of health workers
The AMA has joined international calls for governments and armed combatants to respect the medical neutrality of doctors and other health professionals working in conflict zones around the world. (Medical News Today)

Ebola transmission ceases in Guinea, say WHO
Ebola transmission has ended in Guinea - 2 years after the devastating West African outbreak began in the country - and marks an important milestone for the region, say WHO. (Medical News Today)

Program that helps children cope after disasters could benefit refugees, at-risk youth
A social and emotional skills intervention developed to help children recover from the trauma of natural disasters is being adapted to help young Syrian refugees heal their psychological wounds. (Medical News Today)

Why is the San Bernardino shooting rare among mass shootings?
The shooting in San Bernardino, CA yesterday marked the 355th mass shooting in the United States in less than as many days in 2015. (Medical News Today)

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