WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE: WHAT EVERYONE MUST KNOW AND DO

Pregnant women who get acute Ebola and recover from the disease may still carry the virus in breastmilk, or in pregnancy-related fluids and tissues. This poses a risk of transmission to the baby they carry, and to others. Women who become pregnant after surviving Ebola disease are not at risk of carrying the virus

https://www.heps.or.ug/news/ebola-virus-disease-what-everyone-must-know-and-do

Study links coronavirus lockdowns to birth rate drop in Europe

Europe saw a 14% drop in its birth rate in January 2021 compared to previous years - a decline probably triggered by the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, research suggests.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63253517

Gates Foundation pledges $1.2 bn to eradicate polio

"Polio eradication is within reach. But as far as we have come, the disease remains a threat," Bill Gates, co-chair of the foundation, said in a statement.

https://nation.africa/kenya/health/gates-foundation-pledges-1-2-bn-to-eradicate-polio-3987580

When does a smoothie become healthy?

Smoothies have a wide range of ingredients ranging from fruit such as bananas, apples, and mangoes, and vegetables such as spinach, avocado, and beetroot.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/magazines/healthy-living/when-does-a-smoothie-become-healthy--3979620

Uganda Ebola outbreak: First death recorded in capital Kampala

An Ebola patient has died at a hospital in Uganda's capital, the health ministry has confirmed.

He was the 19th victim in the current outbreak of the deadly virus but the first to die in Kampala

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-63212117

Why taking period pills may be risky

Taking a pill to delay your periods may lead to fibroids or cancer, especially if you are overweight or breastfeeding, health experts now warn.

https://nation.africa/kenya/news/why-taking-period-pills-may-be-risky--3986990

Cough syrup deaths: India production halted after Gambia child fatalities

Indian health officials have ordered a maker of cough syrups to halt production after they were linked to the deaths of children in The Gambia. Maiden Pharmaceuticals broke the rules "across its manufacturing and testing activities," Indian regulators found.

 https://www.bbc.com/news/business-63238084

It is everyone’s role to break the silence around menstrual hygiene

Every girl-child has had an experience while growing up. In fact, this is how life is molded. But beyond the cast that life is, are the silent struggles that come with fitting in the puzzle to adjust to adulthood. 

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/magazines/healthy-living/it-is-everyone-s-role-to-break-the-silence-around-menstrual-hygiene--3985338

Henrietta Lacks’ family appointed World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassadors for Cervical Cancer Elimination

While she sought treatment for her cancer, researchers took biopsies from her body without her knowledge or consent. The cells they took, known as HeLa cells, subsequently became the first “immortal” cell line - meaning they are the only cells that have continued to live outside the human body and replicate.

https://www.who.int/news/item/16-10-2022-henrietta-lacks--family-appointed-world-health-organization-goodwill-ambassadors-for-cervical-cancer-elimination

Finding malaria vaccine

A vaccine candidate, R21, has been shown to be up to 80% effective at preventing malaria in young children, according to the latest trial results.

https://www.independent.co.ug/finding-malaria-vaccine/

Rickets: How to identify and prevent your child from getting it

Rickets can be prevented through diet and supplements and reversed via surgery.

https://nation.africa/kenya/health/expert-corner/rickets-how-to-identify-and-prevent-your-child-from-getting-it-3983776