BUKOBA, Tanzania – Scientists have identified the mystery disease that has killed five people in the last week in Tanzania’s north-western Kagera region as the highly contagious Marburg virus, which is a filovirus like Ebola. Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu announced this on Tuesday but said that her government has managed to control the spread of […] Continue reading ->
A new Lancet study of elite Swedish football players is the latest addition to a mounting pile of science linking high-level sports to the development of neurodegenerative conditions. The observational study tracked over 6,000 male footballers in Sweden’s top professional league between 1924 and 2019. It found they were 1.5 times more likely to develop […] Continue reading ->
Global health leaders need to prioritize action against oral diseases – which impact nearly half of the world’s population. While noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), which cause some 74% of all deaths, are getting increased attention from global health influencers, there is one elephant in the room that has received insufficient attention to date. Oral disease. That’s […] Continue reading ->
New evidence indicating that raccoon dogs from the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan may have been infected with SARS CoV2 in January 2020 was published on a shared database by China’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January  – but removed recently after scientists started asking questions. This was revealed at a media briefing […] Continue reading ->
Health authorities in Burundi have declared a national public health emergency response to an outbreak of circulating poliovirus type 2. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Africa region announced on Friday that polio had been detected in an unvaccinated four-year-old boy in Isale district in western Burundi and two other children who had been in contact […] Continue reading ->
A genetic revolution is coming. It’s time the medical community and policymakers discuss it. As technology advances and the price for genetic testing decreases, it is likely that within the next five years, DNA sequence information will be part of a patient’s medical records. Such a move would revolutionize the way doctors diagnose and treat […] Continue reading ->
Ninety percent of 131 countries exceeded the World Health Organization’s (WHO) air pollution guidelines for fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) in 2022, according to a new report that combines data from official monitoring stations and “citizens science” monitors around the world. . The report was the fifth such World Air Quality Report to be released […] Continue reading ->