Rare brain-damaging virus kills 10 in India, prompts rush to hospitals

BENGALURU/KOCHI (Reuters) – A rare virus spread by fruit bats, which can cause flu-like symptoms and brain damage, has killed 10 people in southern India, health officials said on Tuesday, with at least two more cases being monitored. Medics wearing protective gear examine a patient at a hospital in Kozhikode in the southern state of Kerala, India May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer Infectious disease outbreaks can be a challenge in the world’s second most populous country,…

"Rare brain-damaging virus kills 10 in India, prompts rush to hospitals"

Two new Ebola deaths recorded in Congo: health ministry

MBANDAKA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Two new deaths from Ebola and seven new confirmed cases have been recorded in Democratic Republic of Congo, the health ministry said on Tuesday. One of the deaths occurred in the provincial capital of Mbandaka, according to a daily bulletin. A nurse also died in the village of Bikoro, where the outbreak was first detected, ministry spokeswoman Jessica Ilunga told Reuters. The seven new confirmed cases were registered…

"Two new Ebola deaths recorded in Congo: health ministry"

From Burkina to Zimbabwe, U.S. aid cuts squeeze family planning services

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – The Marie Stopes Ladies who drive from village to village in the remote north of Burkina Faso offering free contraception, advice on family planning, sexual health and sometimes abortion, may have to stop work in June. Girls stand near a water pump in the village of Nedgo, near Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso February 16, 2018. Picture taken February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Luc Gnago The ten have been entirely funded by a $1.25 million grant…

"From Burkina to Zimbabwe, U.S. aid cuts squeeze family planning services"

Egg a day tied to lower risk of heart disease

(Reuters Health) – People who eat an egg just about every day may have a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than individuals who don’t eat eggs at all, a large Chinese study suggests. Researchers examined survey data on egg consumption among 461,213 adults who were 51 years old on average. When they joined the study, none had a history of heart disease. Overall, they ate an average of half an egg daily; about…

"Egg a day tied to lower risk of heart disease"

More U.S. kids overdosing on ADHD drugs

(Reuters Health) – The surge in U.S. kids taking medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is having an unintended side effect, a new study suggests: more children and teens are overdosing on these drugs. Nationwide, U.S. Poison Control Centers received more than 156,000 calls about exposures to ADHD drugs among youth 19 years old and younger between 2000 and 2014, averaging 200 calls a week and 29 calls a day, researchers report in Pediatrics. “While…

"More U.S. kids overdosing on ADHD drugs"

Adding chiropractic to back pain care may reduce disability

(Reuters Health) – Adding chiropractic care to standard medical care for low back pain may help reduce discomfort and disability, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers studied 750 active-duty U.S. military service members being treated for lower back pain. All of them received usual care like physical therapy and drugs to ease pain and inflammation. In addition, half of them received chiropractic care that could include spinal manipulation, rehabilitation exercises and treatment with cold or heat.…

"Adding chiropractic to back pain care may reduce disability"

Strong grip may predict longer life at all ages

(Reuters Health) – Grip strength may be a better predictor of future health than some measurements doctors currently use to gauge risk, a large UK study suggests. Although grip strength has long been a good indicator of frailty or health in older people, it could help doctors understand adults’ risk profile at all ages, including the odds of heart and lung disease, cancer and overall mortality, the study team writes in The BMJ. “Grip strength…

"Strong grip may predict longer life at all ages"

Congo begins giving experimental Ebola vaccine to medics

MBANDAKA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Congo began administering an experimental Ebola vaccine to medical staff in the northwestern city of Mbandaka on Monday to tackle an outbreak of the virus believed to have killed 26 people since early April. The World Health Organization (WHO) hailed the vaccinations as a “paradigm shift” in how to fight the disease which killed more than 11,300 people in a West African epidemic between 2013 and 2016. The…

"Congo begins giving experimental Ebola vaccine to medics"