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  • Global Solidarity to End TB and HIV
    on 2nd December 2020 at 4:23 pm

    The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is “Global solidarity, resilient services”. At the 2016 UN High-level Meeting on ending AIDS, member states committed to a 75% reduction of TB deaths among people living with HIV by 2020, compared with 2010. Estimates for 2019 suggest that there has been some notable progress with a 63% reduction; however, the target for 2020 is unlikely to be reached, particularly in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Profile: Dr Collins Tabu, Head of Immunization Programme, Ministry of Health, Kenya
    on 2nd December 2020 at 12:18 pm

    In this Q&A, Dr Collins Tabu, head of Kenya’s National Vaccines and Immunization Program, reflects on the country’s malaria vaccine pilot experience on the recent 1st anniversary of RTS,S/AS01 introduction, particularly in the context of COVID-19.

  • WHO Releases COVID-19 App for Trusted and Timely Updates
    on 2nd December 2020 at 7:22 am

    The WHO has published a new mobile app to centralize the most trusted updates about COVID-19, and to guide individuals safely through the pandemic. The WHO COVID -19 app is available for both iOS and Android devices, and is launching first in Nigeria. App functionalityWith trusted info from both the experts at the WHO and regional health partners, this app offers regular and real-time COVID-19 updates as scientific findings progress. It helps users understand and track the symptoms so they can protect themselves and their communities. It even enables real-time updates for a user’s particular location, and helps them find ways to help out the pandemic relief efforts. The app will also debunk common COVID-19 myths as they become popular, ensuring that people can always get the facts. From travel advice to frequently asked questions to research breakthroughs, the WHO COVID-19 app makes sure people have access to trusted information at all times. The WHO’s launch partners are [list of regional orgs who have data in that section of the app], who provide local updates for their regions through the app. Additional local organizations will be added as the app availability expands to more countries.App availabilityThe WHO COVID-19 app works with devices running iOS [version X and up] and with devices running Android [version X and up], and can be downloaded here.FAQWhat is launching? The WHO is launching an app with the most trusted and up-to-date COVID-19 information to keep you and your family safe. What does the app do? The app gives users information about COVID-19 symptoms and how to protect themselves and their community from the virus. It keeps the user updated on the latest COVID-19 news, from vaccine progress to global statistics, from both the WHO and its partners. It lets users register for real-time notifications for their locations, as well as find ways to help with pandemic relief efforts.How is this different from information from my local health organization? The WHO app includes content from local health organizations within it, so both global and local information is available. More local content will roll out gradually, and users can sign up to be notified when new information for their region is available. Where can I get it? The app will be available in Nigeria first, and then a few weeks later will roll out a worldwide English-language version. Additional languages and local content will roll out after. On which platforms does the app work? The app works on all phones and tablets running iOS 9.0 and Android 4.4 and up. This includes most phones released since 2011.Why is the app coming out now?  There’s a lot of misinformation about this pandemic, and unchecked spread is rampant in many countries. We expect the next few months to be the worst the world has seen yet, so we want to make sure everyone has the most trusted and accurate information, on both a global and local level, to keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe.

  • New toolkit aims to improve global birth defects surveillance
    on 1st December 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Birth defects or congenital anomalies are an invisible tragedy around the world. Every year an estimated 295 000 newborns die due to congenital anomalies during the first 28 days of life. The most common, severe congenital anomalies are heart defects, neural tube defects and Down’s syndrome. Congenital anomalies can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and for those who survive, lifelong physical and psychological difficulties. The lack of medical, surgical and support services to care for children affected, especially in low-resource settings, can take a toll on families and children.In an effort to build up better prevention and care services to decrease the number of congenital anomalies worldwide and to better care for those who are born with birth defects, WHO, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research, and the March of Dimes today launched a new toolkit – Birth defects surveillance: a manual for programme managers and Birth defects surveillance: quick reference handbook of selected congenital anomalies. “Many birth defects go unreported worldwide, and surveillance systems, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, are weak or do not exist,” says Dr Anshu Banerjee, Director, WHO Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health and Ageing. “By investing in birth defects surveillance to collect better quality data, countries can adequately provide the high-quality services for prevention, care and support these children and families need.”With the growing recognition of the impact of birth defects due to infectious diseases like Zika virus, nutrition deficiencies and other conditions in pregnancy, the updated manual is intended to serve as a tool for the development, implementation and ongoing improvement of national congenital anomalies surveillance programmes. The manual is also accompanied by a newly created quick reference handbook for front-line health care professionals who are diagnosing and collecting data on congenital infections and birth defects. It includes illustrations and photos of different birth defects, as well as summaries of the guidance for diagnosis and data collection.  Through the development of a population-based surveillance programmes that accurately capture congenital anomalies, countries can better understand the burden of these conditions, become more aware of the risks involved, refer identified infants to services in a timely manner, and use prevalence estimates to evaluate and strengthen any current prevention or clinical management programmes. Countries can also use the information gathered to inform stakeholders and policy-makers about the importance of investing in programmes aimed at reducing the occurrence of congenital anomalies, and to help them plan for appropriate services.Congenital anomalies are largely preventable through improved nutrition in women of reproductive age, prenatal counselling and folic acid supplementation, adequate antenatal care, including vaccination, and screening, prevention and treatment for infectious diseases during pregnancy, like syphilis and rubella.In 2010, Member States adopted a resolution to promote primary prevention and improve the health of children with congenital anomalies through developing and strengthening registration and surveillance systems, developing expertise and building capacity, and strengthening research and studies on etiology, diagnosis and prevention.“Today, WHO is committed as ever to increasing awareness, reducing stigma and expanding access to services for prevention and care of birth defects as part of every country’s journey towards universal health coverage,” says Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Deputy Director-General. 

  • One Health and integrated vector management: communication, collaboration and complementarity to address real-life problems
    on 1st December 2020 at 9:11 am

    Many neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) result from diverse types of interactions and often complex cycles of transmission between humans and animals, both vertebrates and invertebrates, and changing social and environmental conditions. Ending the neglect to attain the Sustainable Development Goals: a road map for neglected tropical diseases 2021–2030 was endorsed by the Seventy-third World Health Assembly last week. The road map supports a cross-sectoral strategy that encompasses One Health and the measures articulated in the Global Vector Control Response (GVCR) 2017–2030.

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  • Best Black Friday Deals on Oral Care Products
    by Mark Burhenne, DDS on 23rd November 2020 at 10:50 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! This entire week is a great time to get deals on electric toothbrushes, hydroxyapatite toothpaste, and much more. Many of you have asked me via Instagram for a round-up of the Black Friday deals for my favorite oral care products, so here we go: Boka Holiday Kit Best All-in-One Deal with Everything I… The post Best Black Friday Deals on Oral Care Products appeared first on Ask the Dentist.

  • New Study: Low-Level Laser Therapy Can Be as Effective as Formocresol In Saving Primary Molars
    by Mark Burhenne, DDS on 17th November 2020 at 4:11 am

    Dental decay is one of the most common oral problems affecting children across the globe. Untreated decay can lead to premature loss of primary teeth which in turn can affect the appearance, speech, and chewing function in children. Pulpotomy is one of the techniques for treating dental decay in children. It is performed in cases… The post New Study: Low-Level Laser Therapy Can Be as Effective as Formocresol In Saving Primary Molars appeared first on Ask the Dentist.

  • Diet Matters More than Brushing for Strong Teeth. Here’s Why.
    by Mark Burhenne, DDS on 19th October 2020 at 5:25 am

    Brush, floss, mouthwash, and go to the dentist. That’s what we’re often told is the “key” to oral health. If you want fewer cavities, just follow that prescription… Right? Sadly, modern dentistry has invented many ways to work around a problem that makes cavities the #1 preventable chronic disease in the world. But they haven’t… The post Diet Matters More than Brushing for Strong Teeth. Here’s Why. appeared first on Ask the Dentist.

  • Saliva: Functions and Benefits for Oral Health
    by Mark Burhenne, DDS on 14th October 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Saliva is one of the most neglected factors in your oral and overall health. The normal secretion of saliva is also vital to a healthy mouth, free of cavities, and to proper digestion. Let’s discuss the functions of saliva, the benefits of healthy saliva, and what to do if you produce too much or too… The post Saliva: Functions and Benefits for Oral Health appeared first on Ask the Dentist.

  • Camu Camu: The Next Great Superfood
    by Maddy Rodriguez on 9th September 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Camu camu (Myrciaria dubia) is a beautiful, fruit-bearing plant native to the flooded areas of the Amazon rainforests. This is a superfruit you should know about! The round, plum-sized fruits contain more vitamin C than oranges and lemons, supporting your immune system. Yet it offers plenty of other health benefits![1] Camu camu and its powerful polyphenols also promote healthy aging and longevity, heart health, and weight loss. Besides having one of the highest vitamin C content of any fruit on the planet, camu camu has an incredible nutrient profile. High The post Camu Camu: The Next Great Superfood appeared first on Dr. Group’s Healthy Living Articles.

  • Bacteriophages: A Novel Concept in Probiotics!
    by Oswaldo Flores on 27th July 2020 at 2:00 pm

    By now, most people know that probiotic supplements give your gut a boost of good bacteria and provide many health benefits. But experts have identified an exciting new ingredient that can take gut health to the next level — bacteriophages. Pioneering companies like Global Healing are using the cutting-edge science of these unique organisms to supercharge their probiotic formulas. They are tiny organisms that make your probiotic stronger and more effective. One of the most exciting uses for bacteriophages has to do with gut health.[1, 2] They boost the good The post Bacteriophages: A Novel Concept in Probiotics! appeared first on Dr. Group’s Healthy Living Articles.

  • Acerola Cherry: 8 Benefits of This High-C Tropical Superfruit
    by Oswaldo Flores on 22nd July 2020 at 2:00 pm

    A “cherry on top” is always a good thing — that famous saying means something great is now even better. That’s certainly the case if you’re talking about an acerola cherry. “I’ve been using acerola for many years, both in raw and supplemental form. Acerola could be the most underrated tropical fruit out there,” says Lina V., a doctor from Sofia, Bulgaria. “It’s a superfruit with a high concentration of vitamin C.” This tart-flavored cherry grows in the tropics but has become a popular supplement of late, whether in powder The post Acerola Cherry: 8 Benefits of This High-C Tropical Superfruit appeared first on Dr. Group’s Healthy Living Articles.

  • Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT): 5 Benefits & How to Do It!
    by Oswaldo Flores on 20th July 2020 at 2:00 pm

    “I tap daily to release negative emotions and energy. It helps me stay grounded in the present moment,” says Kate W., an emotional freedom techniques (EFT) tapping practitioner and teacher from San Francisco. “I’ve used EFT tapping for anxiety, healing, loss, fear, and so much more.” This method involves gentle tapping on your body on specific meridian points and has been clinically shown to relieve stress, anxiety, depression, and other issues.[1] What’s The Story Behind Emotional Freedom Techniques? Invented by Gary Craig, emotional freedom techniques (EFT) were designed to eliminate The post Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT): 5 Benefits & How to Do It! appeared first on Dr. Group’s Healthy Living Articles.

  • 3 Scientifically Proven Ways Meditation Boosts Your Immune System
    by Oswaldo Flores on 15th July 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Did you know that you can naturally boost your body’s ability to fight off harmful organisms and increase your body’s resistance by simply meditating? I’m going to tell you how meditation and mindfulness training can do just that. I meditate daily, and I’m always trying to remain present and live in the moment because I’ve always believed that mindfulness and meditation share a powerful relationship with our body and our immune system. Watch the video below or read the transcription to learn more. Emergency Immune Boost Through MeditationLength: 4 minutes The post 3 Scientifically Proven Ways Meditation Boosts Your Immune System appeared first on Dr. Group’s Healthy Living Articles.

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