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Merck Foundation commits to building cancer care capacity in Africa and developing countries.


Merck Foundation Marks ‘World Cancer Day’ this Year in Uganda and Tanzania. Merck Foundation conducts their post-training evaluation for their first graduate of ‘Merck Oncology Fellowship Program’ in Tanzania. Following the ‘We Can. I can’ theme of ‘World Cancer Day 2016-18’ Merck Foundation commits to building cancer care capacity in Africa and developing countries

Merck Foundation, a non-profit company and a subsidiary of Merck KGaA Germany, marks ‘World Cancer Day 2018’ to create awareness around cancer and build cancer care capacity with the aim to increase the limited number of oncologists across Africa and developing countries.

Sex Hurts. Help! - NYT photo.


Pain that is more persistent affects 7 to 22 percent of women, and up to 45 percent of menopausal women and 60 percent of cancer survivors report pain with sex. Pain with sex is up there in prevalence with migraine and low back pain, and yet it is woefully understudied and rarely discussed. The number of articles indexed in PubMed, a search engine for scientific literature, for dyspareunia is 3,694, and the number for erectile dysfunction, one type of sexual problem for men, is 19,796.

Written By Jen Gunter - It is a relatively common myth that penises can be too large. As a professional, I can assure you they generally are not.

Doctors Warn of Heart Risk From Some Breast Cancer Therapies


Health experts are stepping up warnings as more cardiac side effects of some breast cancer treatments come to light. In its first guidance on the issue, released on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, the American Heart Association urges that women and their doctors carefully weigh the risks and benefits of any therapy that may cause heart damage.

Save your life but harm your heart? Health experts are sounding a warning as potential side effects of a growing number of breast cancer treatments come to light.

A Diet Strategy That Counts Time, Not Calories. Photo credit - wsj


“Whether you call it intermittent fasting, or time-restricted feeding, part of this strategy is to connect your mind and body.”

You are when you eat.

A growing number of researchers say limiting the hours during the day when you eat, focusing more on the timing of meals instead of calories, can help dieters burn more fat, improve their health and lose weight.

Novartis Foundation and Ghana Health Service announce successful integration and scale-up of telemedicine program. Copyright image courtesy of Nana Kofi Acquah/scidevnet


National coverage of telemedicine services is expected to be possible by 2019

 The Ghana telemedicine program, with the support of the Novartis Foundation is now being scaled across the nation by Ghana Health Service.

File - In this June 1, 2017 photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt after speaking about the Paris climate change accord in the Rose Garden in Washington.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will replace Obama-era carbon and clean water regulations and open up a national debate on climate change in 2018, part of a list of priorities for the year that also includes fighting lead contamination in public drinking water.

A study has found that pregnant women who take drugs such as Ritalin and Concerta for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are more likely to have babies with heart deformities and other birth defects.


Pregnant women who take drugs like Ritalin and Concerta for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely than those who don't to have babies with heart deformities and other birth defects, a recent study suggests.

Vibrio cholerae. Photo credit - Pinterest


Orbiting satellites can warn us of bad weather and help us navigate to that new taco joint. Scientists are also using data satellites to solve a worldwide problem: predicting cholera outbreaks.

Clinigen extends agreement with Eisai to supply Halaven®, Fycompa® and Lenvima® into 10 African countries


Clinigen Group plc, the global pharmaceutical and services company, has extended its exclusive agreement with Eisai Europe Ltd. to obtain the marketing authorisation and subsequently launch Halaven® (eribulin), Fycompa® (perampanel) and Lenvima® (lenvatinib) into 10 African countries.

Cataldo Ambulance paramedics and firefighters treat a 32-year-old man who was found unresponsive on a sidewalk after overdosing on opioids in Everett, Mass., Aug. 23, 2017.


U.S. deaths from drug overdoses skyrocketed 21 percent last year, and for the second straight year dragged down how long Americans are expected to live.

Eat your vegetables: Nutrients in leafy greens may help prevent dementia


Dementia, a decline in memory and cognitive function, is one of the most feared aspects of aging. But those who reported eating their vegetables seem to be more successful in staving it off.

Facebook Highlights Dangers of Using Facebook


With nearly 2 billion users, Facebook's survival depends on people continuing to use its service.

That's why observers were surprised by an unusual company blog post Friday that highlighted some of the potential harm of using the social media service.

‘Transgender,’ ‘Science-based’ Now Reportedly Among Taboo Words at US Health Agency


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is reportedly banning a list of seven words or phrases in official documents, sparking a flood of reaction on social media platforms.

New Blood Pressure Guidelines Mean Yours Might Be Too High Now. Newsweek photo.


Heart experts released new guidelines for blood pressure on Monday and that means millions more Americans will now be diagnosed with high blood pressure.

Prof. Kwasi Adomako Ohemeng


Amidst the threat of growing resistance of superbugs to available antibiotics worldwide, a crisis which scientists have warned in foreboding terms could push the world back to the pre-antibiotic era where people died of simple infections, there appears to be a flicker of hope after all, following the discovery of a medicine by a team under the leadership of a Ghanaian pharmacist and researcher.

U.S. moves to revoke claim that soy protein protects the heart


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed a rule revoking the right of companies to say soy protein protects the heart, while potentially allowing a more circumspect health claim.

A Silent Epidemic of Cancer Is Spreading Among Men


Jason Mendelsohn had been married for close to 20 years and was happily raising three kids when he noticed the painless lump on his neck while shaving three years ago.

Obesity-related cancers rising, threatening gains in U.S. cancer rates


The rates of 12 obesity-related cancers rose by 7 percent from 2005 to 2014, an increase that is threatening to reverse progress in reducing the rate of cancer in the United States, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday.

WHO: Media Should Not Sensationalize Suicide


The World Health Organization reports about 800,000 people commit suicide every year. To mark this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10), WHO is stressing the important role the media can play in stopping people from taking their own lives.

New Genetic Discovery May Eventually End Premature Birth


Researchers have found genetic mutations that affect whether a woman is likely to have her baby early or carry it to full term.

Scientists invent pen that identifies cancer in 10 seconds


Scientists at the University of Texas say they have invented a handheld tool can identify cancerous tissue in 10 seconds.

Poor Sleep Raises Alzheimer’s Risk


There’s more evidence that losing sleep can raise the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Ebola Survivors Found to Suffer Multiple After-effects


Patients who survive infection with the Ebola virus often continue to face numerous health problems. New research finds 80 percent of Ebola survivors suffer disabilities one year after being discharged from the hospital.

FDA approves Pfizer's drug for rare blood cancer


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Thursday it approved Pfizer Inc's rare blood cancer drug, Besponsa, with a boxed warning.

Study: Marijuana use holds three-fold blood pressure death risk


People who smoke marijuana have a three times greater risk of dying from hypertension, or high blood pressure, than those who have never used the drug, scientists said on Wednesday.

A DNA double helix is seen in an undated artist's illustration released by the National Human Genome Research Institute. For the first time, U.S. scientists have successfully edited genes of human embryos.


Scientists at the Oregon Health and Science University say they have successfully edited genes of human embryos in the first such attempt in the United States.

Sperm count falling sharply in developed world, researchers say


Sperm counts in men from America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand have dropped by more than 50 percent in less than 40 years, researchers said on Tuesday.

For 1st Time, Over Half of People With HIV Taking AIDS Drugs


For the first time in the global AIDS epidemic that has spanned four decades and killed 35 million people, more than half of all those infected with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus, the United Nations said in a report released Thursday.

Sleep and its implications for your health. Photo - GETTY


Sleep is essential to good health. As one of my professors once stated, "If a person can eat, poop, pee and SLEEP well, he is well!" Of course, he added something else not suitable for polite company!

Your Diet Soda Habit May Raise Stroke, Dementia Risk


You might think drinking sugar-free diet soda is better for you than regular soda, which is packed with sugar. After all, experts have been sounding alarm bells for years about the dangers of consuming excessive amounts of sugar, which has been associated with obesity and a litany of health problems.

A new study has found that males of short stature are at increased risk of losing their hair prematurely, in addition to a number of other health conditions.


Baldness is inevitable in many aging men, but it may be of particular concern to men who are short.

A new study has found that males of short stature are at increased risk of losing their hair prematurely, in addition to a number of other health conditions.

Bald men are three times as likely to get prostate cancer, Canadian study finds


I found this interesting and want to share with the Men. According to this new study from the University of Toronto, baldness in men has a strong correlation with the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Are you suffering from Penis Pain; the chronic and annoying type? (Photo: Mens Health)


I found this interesting article written by Dr. Geo Espionoza an expert in Holistic Urology and want to share with the Men. According to him, of all the places to have pain, the penis is one of the most inconvenient. One, it is super sensitive - depending on where the pain is. And two, it’s not a part of your body you can just “go easy on” for a day, like an arm or a leg. Sooner or later, you’re going to have to pee. And likely make other uses of it (wink, wink).

FILE - An image shows activity in a human brain. Scientists have developed a drug capable of sweeping away abnormal protein clumps in the brain which are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.


Scientists have developed a drug they hope will benefit people with Alzheimer’s disease, which afflicts an estimated 44 million people around the world. The new compound sweeps away abnormal protein clumps in the brain which are a hallmark of the neurodegenerative disorder.

WHO/NCI study: Smoking costs $1 trillion, soon to kill 8 million a year



Smoking costs the global economy more than $1 trillion a year, and will kill one third more people by 2030 than it does now, according to a study by the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute published on Tuesday.

That cost far outweighs global revenues from tobacco taxes, which the WHO estimated at about $269 billion in 2013-2014.

"The number of tobacco-related deaths is projected to increase from about 6 million deaths annually to about 8 million annually by 2030, with more than 80 percent of these occurring in LMICs (low- and middle-income countries)," the study said.

Around 80 percent of smokers live in such countries, and although smoking prevalence was falling among the global population, the total number of smokers worldwide is rising, it said.

Health experts say tobacco use is the single biggest preventable cause of death globally.

"It is responsible for... likely over $1 trillion in health care costs and lost productivity each year," said the study, peer-reviewed by more than 70 scientific experts.

The economic costs are expected to continue to rise, and although governments have the tools to reduce tobacco use and associated deaths, most have fallen far short of using those tools effectively, said the 688-page report.

"Government fears that tobacco control will have an adverse economic impact are not justified by the evidence. The science is clear; the time for action is now."


Cheap and effective policies included hiking tobacco taxes and prices, comprehensive smoke-free policies, complete bans on tobacco company marketing, and prominent pictorial warning labels.

Tobacco taxes could also be used to fund more expensive interventions such as anti-tobacco mass media campaigns and support for cessation services and treatments, it said.

Governments spent less than $1 billion on tobacco control in 2013-2014, according to a WHO estimate.

Tobacco regulation meanwhile is reaching a crunch point because of a trade dispute brought by Cuba, Indonesia, Honduras and Dominican Republic against Australia's stringent "plain packaging" laws, which enforce standardized designs on tobacco products and ban distinctive logos and colorful branding.

The World Trade Organization is expected to rule on the complaint this year. Australia's policy is being closely watched by other countries that are considering similar policies, including Norway, Slovenia, Canada, Singapore, Belgium and South Africa, the study said.


Source: Reuters

The Ministry of Health says it is putting in place measures to prevent the introduction and spread of the Dengue fever which has claimed about 15 lives in neighbouring Burkina Faso.

According to the ministry, although there is no evidence indicating an outbreak of the disease in Ghana, the risk of an outbreak is high due to the proximity and high density of the vector Aedes mosquito in the country.

“In this regard, there is the need to enhance surveillance and increase awareness among the health staff and general population to prevent, protect against, early detect and appropriately respond to cases,” a statement signed by the Health Minister, Mr Alex Segbefia said.

The ministry further entreated the public to improve environmental conditions to prevent mosquito breeding and protect against mosquito bites to prevent Dengue fever.

Dengue is an acute fever caused by a virus. Burkina Faso has since August and as at November 12, recorded a total of 1,061 probable cases out of 1,266 suspected cases.


What is Dengue Fever

Dengue is an acute fever caused by a virus. It occurs in two forms namely:

Dengue Fever: presents as febrile illness marked by sudden onset of high grade fever, severe headache and pain behind the eyes, muscles and joints.

Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (DHF): is a more severe form. In addition to above, there is bleeding and sometimes shock occurs, leading to death. It is most serious in children. Symptoms of bleeding usually occur after 3-5 days of fever.

The high fever continues for five to six days (39-40 Degrees Celsius). It comes down on the third or fourth day but rises again. The patient feels much discomfort and is very weak after the illness.

Dengue spreads rapidly and may affect large number of people during an epidemic resulting in reduced work productivity, but most importantly causing the loss of lives.


Signs and symptoms (recognition) of dengue fever

Sudden onset of high fever ?

Severe headache (mostly in the forehead) ?

Pain behind the eyes which worsens with eye movement ?

Body aches and joint pains ?

Nausea or vomiting ?

Signs and symptoms (recognition): dengue haemorrhagic fever and shock ?

Symptoms similar to dengue fever as above, plus any one of the following:

Severe and continuous pain in abdomen; ?

Bleeding from the nose, mouth and gums or skin bruising;?

Frequent vomiting with or without blood; ?

Black stools, like coal tar; ?

Excessive thirst (dry mouth) ?

Pale, cold skin ?

Restlessness, or sleepiness ?



Treatment is to mostly supportive care with re-hydration and symptomatic treatment improves survival. There is no specific medicine for the treatment of the disease. However proper and early treatment can relieve the symptoms and prevent complications and death.

Aspirin, Brufen and other non-steroidal anti-inflamatory drugs (NSAIDs) should be avoided in dengue fever, as they are known to increase the bleeding tendency and also it increases the stomach pain. Paracetamol can be given on medical advice.

If one or more signs of Dengue Haemorrhagic fever are seen, take the patient to the hospital immediately. Give fluids to drink while transferring the patient to the hospital.


Preparedness Measures and Actions Done:

Alerts have been sent to all regions and districts to enhance surveillance for early detection, sensitize health staff and provide public awareness.

Enhanced Surveillance at all levels

Public education on signs and symptoms and prevention

We have conducted Entomological Assessment in the affected areas which indicates the presence of Aedes mosquitoes

Mode of spread

Spread of Dengue fever is through the bite of infected Aedes aegypti mosquito.

The mosquito gets the virus by biting the infected persons. The first symptoms of the disease occur about 5-7 days after an infected bite. It is impossible to tell if a mosquito is carrying the dengue virus. Therefore, people must protect themselves from all mosquito bites.

The Aedes mosquito rests indoors, in closets and other dark places. Outside, they rest at cool and with shade. The female mosquito lays her eggs in water containers in and around homes, schools and other areas in towns or villages. These eggs become adult in about 10 days.

Aedes mosquitoes breed in stored exposed water collections and conditions that favour breeding places are as follow:

Barrels, drums, jars, pots, buckets, flower vases, plant saucers, tanks, discarded bottles, tins, tyres, water cooler, etc. and a lot more places where rain- water collects or is stored.

Preventive measures

Avoid and protect against mosquito bites.

Major efforts of prevention and control should be directed against the mosquitoes. It is important to take control measures to eliminate the mosquitoes and their breeding places. Efforts should be intensified before the transmission season (during and after the rainy season) and at the time of the epidemic.

Prevent mosquito bites. Dengue transmitting mosquitoes bite during the daytime. Individuals must protect themselves from mosquito bites by doing the following:

Wear full sleeve clothes and long dresses to cover the limbs; ?

Use of mosquito repellent is helpful. Care should be taken in using repellents on small ?children and the elderly; ?

Use mosquito coils and electric vapour mats during the daytime to ?prevent Dengue; ?

Use insecticide treated mosquito nets – to protect babies, old people and others, who ?may rest during the day.

Curtains can also be treated with insecticide and hung at windows or doorways, to repel or kill mosquitoes. ?

Protect people sick with dengue by using mosquito nets and mosquito nets and mosquito coils to help stop the spread of dengue ?

Prevent multiplication of mosquitoes:

Mosquitoes, which spread dengue, live and breed in and around houses.

Cover and drain water from coolers, tanks, barrels, drums and buckets, etc.; ?

There should be no water in coolers when not in use; ?

Remove from the house all objects which ?have water collected in them; ?

Remove water from refrigerator drip pans every other day;

All stored water containers should be kept covered all the time;

Discard solid waste and objects where water collects, e.g. bottles, ?tins, tyres, coconut husk, etc.

The World Health Organization (WHO) doesn’t recommend any restriction of travel and trade to the affected country based on the information available on this Dengue fever outbreak.

The Ministry of Health do request intensive public awareness of the disease and direct health workers at all levels to kindly to take this up for action.  We further charge the leadership in various health regions and districts to initiate processes for public awareness creation on the disease and related complications, and institute systems for enhanced surveillance, facilities for case management, holding areas and strict adherence for infection prevention and control at all health facilities.

Specifically, we recommend the following to be done in all health institutions and by all health workers:

Surveillance on Dengue fever and Arbovirus fevers in general (using case definitions) should be enhanced.

Suspected cases of Dengue fever should be investigated and managed in accordance with guidelines and standard operative procedures.

Health workers should adhere to regular infection prevention and control (IPC) measures to prevent and protect against possible nosocomial transmission

Blood sample from suspected case(s) should be taken and safely packaged and sent to Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) for laboratory investigations

All levels (National, Regions, Districts and Facilities) are requested to update their preparedness and response plans for Dengue and other Arboviruses in general, sensitize the respective staff and create public awareness.

We wish to assure all Ghanaians that, the Ministry of Health is following with keen interest the progression of Dengue fever in the affected areas. We will not renege on our efforts to protect the people of Ghana.

We have initiated process for preparedness and response mechanisms which has the following major components:

Epidemiological and laboratory surveillance

Risk communication-social mobilization and health education which is a major tool in public health

Case management

Logistics, security and financial resources and

Coordination National Coordinating Committee, National Technical Coordinating Committee and EOC meetings on the issue.



Source: graphic.com.gh

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