Last week, news came out that a big step has been taken towards the world’s first malaria vaccine being approved for distribution, a move that sees the treatment reach thousands of people.
With malaria causing over half a million deaths per year, research into a cure against the disease has been going on for decades. Mosquirix, developed by GlaxoSmithKline, has been given a positive assessment by the European Medicines Agency; however due to mixed results found in children the WHO (World Health Organization) is yet to decide whether it will recommend the vaccine to children.
Through the genetic profiling of 259 men, scientists in the UK have been able to identify five different sub-types of prostate cancer. In 2012 alone, over 1.1 million men worldwide were diagnosed with this disease, and the rate has been increasing ever since. In some places, like the UK and America, prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers and among the leading causes of cancer-related deaths.
Until today, prostate cancer was considered to be one type of cancer, and patients were treated all the same. However, this new study has shed light on five distinct sub-types or groups which allows us to narrow down the treatment to what is specifically needed for each patient. Doctors can now decide which patients are more at risk of their tumors growing and spreading so they can be treated accordingly.
International health news
- Could depression be caused by bacteria? – a new study on mice reveals that gut bacteria could be the cause behind anxiety and depression.
- Prostate cancer is spreading quickly – scientists have identified five types of prostate cancer that affect 41,700 men in the UK alone, each year.
International health news
- What are the risks of daily sugar-sweetened drinks consumption? – Studies have found that regular consumption of sugary drinks could be directly related to type 2 diabetes.
- Breakthrough for Alzheimer’s patients – The new experimental drug Solanezumab has shown to slow down the progression of the incurable disease.
- A step forward in breast cancer treatment – Researchers are optimistic that the new drug Bisphosphonates will cut the number of breast cancer deaths by 18% in next 10 years.
Prevention: that is what World Hepatitis Day is all about. Every year, on July 28th, the World Health Organization (WHO) commemorates the birth of Professor Baruch Samuel Blumberg who discovered both the Hepatitis B virus and vaccine.
Every year, 1.5 million people die from hepatitis and their related illnesses such as cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. WHO works in an effort to spread the word about prevention, as there is no cure. Read More →
For years hispanic countries, most notably Spain, have suffered by the stereotype of being “lazy” for taking siestas. But, are siestas really a sign of laziness or are they actually an ingenious idea? Studies have shown that taking a siesta in the middle of the day can increase productivity while reducing frustration and short-temper.
The Spanish town of Ador, located in Valencia, wants to avoid short-tempered and frustrated workers (and citizens in general), which is why they have instated a law that gives every resident the right to an afternoon nap. From 2pm to 5pm, everything will go quiet; children are not to be let out on the streets, businesses are to close down, and the town is to snooze in unison. Read More →
International health news
- The end in sight for HIV sufferers? – HIV treatment reaches 15 million worldwide, with an end to the epidemic hoped for by 2030.
- Lack of mental health care in poorer countries – Natural disasters result in a lack of mental health care in world’s poorest countries, with one care worker for every 100,000 people.
- Steps taken to beating mitochondrial disease – The technique used to create Dolly the Sheep, the first ever cloned animal, key to finding a cure for the debilitating disorder.
Since 2009, any residents in Germany are required to possess health insurance. Although the medical care and treatment in Germany is of a very high standard, it comes at a cost.
For those seeking employment in Germany, it is worth noting that there is a threshold in place Verisicherungspflichtgrenze) which states that those earning below a certain wage will automatically be insured under the public health insurance scheme. This mandatory insurance under the public health scheme also applies for students at a state university. Families can take advantage of the public health system since spouses and children can be registered under the main earner’s name.
With the rise of smartphones, tablets, and all other manner of gizmos and gadgets over the past 8 years, different industries have been looking into how they can capitalise on this new market. At first lagging behind, the Health & Fitness industry is now booming, with apps like ‘Runtastic Running’ and my personal favourite, ‘7 Minute Workout’, being used by millions.
In this post, we’re going to see whether fitness apps are really a good way to stay in shape, and how you can stay healthy while abroad. Read More →