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Infectious diseases led to the death of at least 1,419 people in China in July.

Beijing, Aug 10 (IANS) Infectious diseases led to the death of at least 1,419 people in China in July, the health ministry said Wednesday.   More than 770,000 cases of infections were reported l… View »

Blood drawn from expectant mothers could offer parents an earlier peek at their baby’s sex.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Blood drawn from expectant mothers could offer parents an earlier peek at their baby’s sex than methods currently used in the United States, researchers said on Tuesday. &… View »

WHO has launched a new web-powered initiative against all forms of malnutrition.

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a new web-powered initiative that clarifies guidance on life-saving nutrition interventions and assists governments cum healthcare providers to better… View »

U.S. gives £10 million more in aid for fighting famine in the Horn of Africa.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will give an additional $17 million (10 million pounds) in aid for fighting famine in the Horn of Africa, including $12 million to help Somalis, U.S. Secretar… View »

MSF launched a mass vaccination on thursday against measles at a refugee camp in southern Ethiopia.

Dolo Ado – Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) launched a mass vaccination on Thursday against measles at a refugee camp in southern Ethiopia hosting Somalis who have fled a severe drought.… View »

People with HIV-AIDS in Africa receiving combination antiretroviral therapy which dramatically boosts life expectancy.

The study is the first large-scale analysis of life expectancy outcomes in Africa for HIV patients on cART and shows significant variance between patient subgroups. “The substantial life expectancy… View »

Diagnosing African-American men with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can vary depending on the type of test administered.

The findings are based on a multiyear report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found an alarming spike in new cases of HIV among Black homosexual men—nearly 50% of all n… View »

South Africa approves national health insurance scheme.

CAPE TOWN (AFP) – South Africa announced Thursday it has approved plans for a national health insurance scheme that will generate billions of dollars in funding for the beleaguered public medical sys… View »

A major problem for many South Africans is rising medical inflation.

Victor Kambule, regional manager of distribution support at Sanlam, says it is critical to have some sense in terms of finance to be able to plan properly. “Medical inflation is a serious issue. Peo… View »

The ANC Youth League called on the health ministry to regulate the cost of health care in private facilities.

“Private hospitals continue to make abnormally huge profits at the expense of the health of our people, who cannot afford access to quality health care,” said ANCYL spokesman Floyd Shivambu.   “… View »

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