WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Airline passengers arriving in the US from Uganda will be routed through five airports for Ebola screening

All US-bound airline passengers who have been in Uganda 21 days before their arrival will be routed to one of five US airports for enhanced Ebola screening, the US Embassy in Uganda says.

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/10/06/health/ebola-airport-passenger-screening-uganda/index.html

NDA speaks out on killer cough syrups

The National Drug Authority (NDA) has said the cough syrups, which have been linked to the death of 66 children in the Gambia, are not being used in Uganda. https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/nda-speaks-out-on-killer-cough-syrups-3979520

Eating within set times is good for shift workers

Researchers say that eating meals within set hours of the day may be a good way for shift workers to feel better and stay healthier.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-63134505

Almost 14.8 mln US children suddenly infected with COVID-19

 Nearly 14.8 million children in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, according to the latest report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Children’s Hospital Association.

https://www.independent.co.ug/almost-14-8-mln-us-children-suddenly-infected-with-covid-19/

Liver cancer deaths predicted to soar

 Some 905,700 people were diagnosed with liver cancer and 830,200 died from the disease globally in 2020, according to a new analysis by scientists from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization based in Lyon, France

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/magazines/healthy-living/liver-cancer-deaths-predicted-to-soar-3975898

Ministry of Health investigates mutation of malaria parasites

Ministry of Health has preferred to conduct a scientific study on the possible mutation of malaria-causing parasites because of the persistent rise in malaria incidents and deaths recorded across the country.

https://www.independent.co.ug/ministry-of-health-investigates-mutation-of-malaria-parasites/

HIV: How 175 British children were infected with the disease

At least 175 children with the blood disorder hemophilia were infected with HIV in the 1980s.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-63080849

Gene therapy brings hope to people with sickle cell, HIV

The treatment is administered once in a lifetime thus saving people the burden of taking drugs.

 https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/magazines/healthy-living/gene-therapy-brings-hope-to-people-with-sickle-cell-hiv-3975236

WHO, and ILO call for new measures to tackle mental health issues at work

The World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have issued new recommendations to address mental health issues among the working population.

 https://nation.africa/kenya/health/who-ilo-call-for-new-measures-to-tackle-mental-health-issues-at-work-3979514

New study questions the effectiveness of colonoscopies

 Colonoscopies are a dreaded rite of passage for many middle-aged adults. The promise has been that if you endure the awkwardness and invasiveness of having a camera travel the length of your large intestine once every decade after age 45, you have the best chance of catching – and perhaps preventing – colorectal cancer.

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/10/09/health/colonoscopy-cancer-death-study/index.html