International health news
- Guinea declared free of Ebola – The World Health Organization announced that Guinea was free of the Ebola virus for the first time since the epidemic was detected there in March 2014.
- England’s chief medical officer warns Gonorrhoea could become untreatable – A new strain dubbed ‘super gonorrhea’ has surfaced, which is resistant to many antibiotic treatments.
- Green prescriptions – Taking a hike is often better than medicine. More GPs prescribe outdoor activities.
- Here’s why your New Year’s resolutions might do you more harm than good – Social psychologist Amy Cuddy says people are bad at setting reasonable goals. When we fail meeting one of our unreasonable goals, we feel anxious and it lowers our self-worth.
Country health updates
- USA: More twins are born than ever before – The increased twin birth rate has been associated with expanded use of fertility therapies
- UK: More than a third of UK doctors born overseas – A study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows that 36 per cent of NHS doctors were born overseas. At the same time the study reveals that the UK is one of the biggest exporters of doctors to other nations.
Image: [European Commission DG ECHO]