International health news
- Steps taken towards MERS vaccine – successful tests of a new vaccine on monkeys and camels gives hope for preventive medication for humans.
- E-cigarettes safer than tobacco – a new study has provided evidence for the first time that vaping carries fewer health risks than tobacco.
- Sharing household duties improves sex-lives – a US study has shown that couples’ satisfaction was improved when the father took an increased responsibility in child care.
- OAP bingers – research has shown that one in five over-65s are regularly surpassing the weekly recommended alcohol consumption, putting them at “additional risk of confusion and falls”.
- Parents ignoring mental health issues – a recent study has suggested that parents are overly concerned with alcohol and drug abuse among teenage daughters and are ignoring effects of cyber-bullying and self-harm.
Country health updates
- Ghana: Doctors end three-week strike – outpatient services resumed as doctors return to work while talks over working conditions continue.
- Ecuador: top country as voted by expats – expats around the world have voted Ecuador as the best country to live in, in part due to the “top-class yet affordable health care”.
- UK: Inquiry into anti-malarial drug given to soldiers – A call has been made for an immediate ban on the anti-malarial drug, Lariam, most commonly prescribed to UK soldiers due to concerns over mental health.