Wednesday , 20 June 2018

Health

UN: Ebola outbreak in Congo has been 'largely contained'

The World Health Organization says there is “cautious optimism” that the Ebola outbreak in Congo may be winding down. In a report issued this week, the U.N. health agency and Congolese officials say that slightly over a month into the response, further spread of the lethal virus has “largely been contained.” WHO says the situation in urban areas — where …

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UK panel finds 450 lives shortened by hospital's opioid use

At least 450 people had their lives shortened by a British hospital’s institutionalized practice of administering opioids without medical justification between 1989 and 2000, an independent panel concluded Wednesday after years of campaigning by family members who demanded answers into the deaths of loved ones. The panel chaired by Liverpool Bishop James Jones found another 200 patients were “probably” similarly …

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A pediatrician's perspective on separating kids from parents at the border: OPINION

I am a doctor, a pediatrician to be exact. I rely on pattern recognition to make diagnoses every day. Once I have made a diagnosis, I rely on my knowledge to treat and on my understanding of human emotions to comfort. I recently noticed something very much out of place and I made a diagnosis. This time, however, it wasn’t …

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What to know about the negative health effects of separating kids and parents

Medical groups and international advocates have said the policy of separating children from their parents under the “zero tolerance” immigration policy, could do significant harm to both their physical and mental health. “Separating children from their parents contradicts everything we stand for as pediatricians — protecting and promoting children’s health,” American Academy of Pediatrics President Dr. Colleen A. Kraft said …

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UK reviews medical marijuana ban after outcry over sick kids

The British government announced Tuesday it was reviewing its ban on cannabis-based medicines but rejected calls to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Home Secretary Sajid Javid told lawmakers that the cases like that of a 12-year-old epileptic boy denied cannabis oil for his condition showed there is “a pressing need to allow those who might benefit from cannabis based products …

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A big stink erupts over landfills ringing Russia's capital

Walking to a store in March, Olga Yevseyeva was hit by the familiar, noxious stench of rotten eggs wafting from the town landfill a few miles away. It was a moment that changed her life. “This smell just made me explode with anger,” she recalled of that spring night in Kolomna, a town about 60 miles (100 kilometers) southeast of …

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