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April 10, 2014 9:40 AM GPs should administer Hep C therapy, says WHO

GPs should be involved in administering Hepatitis C therapy to patients as part of a new drive to improve screening, care and treatment of the infection, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO has published its first guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C, the chronic infection that affects an estimated 130 million to 150 million people 73

April 7, 2014 11:11 PM FG Scraps NAPEP, NCAA, NAMA, FRC, Others | Nigerian News from Leadership Newspapers

The federal government has finally given its nod to the scrapping of the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP). It, however, rejected the recommendation that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) be merged, as well as the renaming 67

April 3, 2014 5:20 PM HIV and its cultural mutation

Europe in the 19th century experienced an alarming epidemic of tuberculosis. One out of four reported deaths involved such symptoms as coughing, fever, and weight loss attributed to mycobacteria tuberculosis which usually affect the lungs, but can also inhabit the spine, the central nervous system, and the lymphatic system. Until the discovery of the antibiotic 119

April 3, 2014 11:45 AM Safe sex goes out the window

HIV rates are creeping up as South Africans lose their fear of contracting the virus that has no cure, writes Kerry Cullinan. Imagine if every person who passed the matric National Senior Certificate last year was infected with HIV? Well, that’s close to the number of South Africans infected in 2012 – some 469 000 people. South Africans have pushed safe sex practices 81

March 29, 2014 11:17 AM The cowboy hat Matthew McConaughey donned for his Oscar-winning role in Dallas Buyers Club sells for $13K

The cowboy hat Matthew McConaughey wore for his Oscar-winning role in Dallas Buyers Club sold for $12,956 on Thursday. After only 12 bids, the timeless topper reached three times its starting bid price of $3,000. The size 7, white 10-gallon hat - designed by Texas brand Resistol - came with a certificate of authenticity from Universal Pictures 61

March 18, 2014 1:09 PM Fewer peoply dying in SA: StatsSA

March 18 2014 at 02:21pm By SAPA Pretoria - Mortality is dropping in South Africa, Statistics SA (StatsSA) said on Tuesday. A total of 505 803 deaths were registered in the country in 2011, Statistician General Pali Lehohla said. Unnatural deaths included accidents, assaults, complications in medical and surgical operations, and suicides. “The number 82

March 9, 2014 3:18 PM Global warming compounds malaria prevalence rate

TANZANIA is among many other countries where global warming will expose millions more people to malaria as parasite-bearing mosquitoes move to higher altitudes. According to a new research published in the US journal Science into the health perils from climate change, tropical highland areas in Africa, Asia and central and southern America are particularly 89

February 18, 2014 12:44 PM Mental health issues can up HIV risk

A new study has found that people receiving mental health care are up to four times more likely to be infected with HIV than the general population. Researchers at Penn Medicine and other institutions tested over 1,000 patients in care in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Of that group, several new HIV cases were detected. The study is one of the largest studies 81

February 10, 2014 4:56 AM Botswana faces legal action over treatment

Foreign prisoners are also not provided with treatment for their opportunistic infections. Cindi Kelemi, the executive director of Bonela says it’s irrational and counter-productive to refuse to treat the HIV of foreign prisoners. “The current policy must be changed because it ultimately increases the State’s medical costs, puts the health of other prisoners 115

January 20, 2014 11:14 PM Is fact worth more than fiction in Oscars race?

No fewer than six of the nine films nominated for the best picture at this year's Academy Award are based on true events -- possibly the biggest proportion ever vying for Hollywood's highest honour. LOS ANGELES: Truth can be stranger than fiction, so they say. But when it comes to movies, truth can also be more powerful than fiction, at least judging 88