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Friday's Health News in Snippets

27/JAN/2023

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India Launches Its First Inhaled Covid Vaccine

The first nasal Covid vaccine has received approval in India.

 

iNCOVACC, a product of Bharat Biotech, is a nasal drop that triggers an immune response in the tissues lining the nasal cavity.

 

A spray-based Covid vaccine for inhalation was authorised in China in September 2022.

 

Scientists say that nasal vaccines may offer added immunity in the lining of the nose and upper airways, where Covid typically enters the body.

 

Nasal spray vaccines have also been the subject of investigation by research teams in the US and the UK.

 

India's drug regulator approved in November, the use of iNCOVACC as a heterologous booster dose for individuals who had previously received two doses of Covishied or Covaxin, the two main Indian vaccines - in emergency situations among adults.

 

The drug regulator approved it in December for use in adults as a primary vaccine and as a follow-up booster shot.

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Kenya Pushes One-Pub-Per-Town Order To Fight Alcoholism

One pub per town is to be enforced, according to an order from Kenya's deputy president given to government administrators in the central part of the nation.

 

In order to combat alcoholism, Rigathi Gachagua also wants entertainment venues in the area to only be open from 17:00 to 23:00.

 

There are worries that the guidelines will lead many people to turn to homemade alcohol, which is frequently laced with industrial chemicals. Illicit brews have been linked to deaths in the past.

 

However, Mr. Gachagua insisted on Thursday that the region's alcoholism problem was serious and he ordered officials not to renew pub licences once they have run out.

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Tropical Storm Kills 16 People In Madagascar

At least 16 people have died in Madagascar as a result of a tropical storm and subsequent heavy rains, according to emergency services.

 

The Office for Risk and Disaster Management reports that seventeen people are still unaccounted for after Tropical Storm Cheneso made landfall.

 

Since the storm made landfall on the island just over a week ago, more than 60,000 people have been forced to evacuate.

 

According to the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, 47,000 people are affected, 13,000 homes are damaged, and 100 classrooms are also affected.

 

In recent years, severe storms and cyclones have affected Madagascar, Mozambique, and the larger southern African region.

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France To Probe Microplastic Pollution On Atlantic Beaches

The appearance of large numbers of tiny toxic plastic pellets along the Atlantic coast that threaten marine life and the human food chain will be looked into, French prosecutors announced on Friday.

 

According to Camille Miansoni, the chief prosecutor in the western city of Brest, the criminal investigation will come after several legal complaints about the pellet invasion were filed by local authorities and the Parisian government, AFP reported.

 

The majority of the plastic produced around the world, from car bumpers to salad bowls, is made from the microscopic pellets known as nurdles.

 

They are frequently transported in 25 kilogramme (55 pound) bags that each contain a million nurdles, also known as "Mermaids' Tears."

However, when a cargo ship sinks or loses a container, they can easily spill into the ocean. Additionally, environmentalists believe that factories occasionally dump them into the ocean.

They are frequently mistaken for food by fish and birds, and after ingestion, the tiny granules can enter human diets.

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Experts Reveal Symptoms Of Parkinson’s Disease

The hallmark muscle stiffness, tremors, and balance issues may not be the first indication of Parkinson's disease, according to experts, DailyMail reports.

 

According to Lithuanian researchers, altered speech may instead manifest before these other defining symptoms.

 

It is estimated that more than ten million people worldwide have the condition.

 

Parkinson's is brought on by a loss of nerve cells in the part of the brain that makes dopamine, which helps control how the body moves.

 

As more cells start to die, it worsens over time, and eventually those who have it find it difficult to carry out daily tasks.

 

However, experts now assert that as motor activity declines, so does the capacity of the lungs, diaphragm, and vocal cords.

 

According to Rytis Maskelinas, a data scientist at Kaunas University of Technology, "Changes in speech often occur even earlier than motor function disorders."

 

This is why "the altered speech might be the first sign of the disease," he continued.

 

Another participant in the same study, Professor Virgilijus Ulozas, suggested that people with early-stage Parkinson's may speak more quietly.

 

He added that this can also be monotonous, less expressive, slower, and more fragmented, and can be very tricky to notice by ear.

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Thursday's Health News in Snippets

26/JAN/2023

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Schoolchildren Drown In Ghana In Boat Accident

The circumstances leading to the drowning of eight schoolchildren on Lake Volta in Ghana's southeast are being looked into by the authorities.

 

According to local authorities, 12 additional kids who were on the capsized boat on Tuesday survived the incident.

 

The group was going to their school in the Wayokope community from the fishing village of Atikagome.

 

According to Ghana's National Disaster Management Organisation, the bodies of five boys and three girls between the ages of five and twelve who died have been found.

 

The incident has sparked demands that the government upgrade rural communities' transportation infrastructure.

 

On Lake Volta, accidents involving boats happen frequently, in part because of overloading, shoddy construction, and the presence of floating tree stumps.

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US-Born Spanish Woman Is Now The World's Oldest Person, At Age 115

She has endured the gruesome effects of two world wars, a civil war, and two pandemics on a global scale.

 

Following the passing of French nun Sister André earlier this month at the age of 118, Maria Branyas Morera, who was born in the United States, has now been dubbed the oldest person in the world by Guinness World Records (GWR).

 

Morera was born nearly 116 years ago in San Francisco, but she has spent the last 22 years in a nursing home in Catalonia, Spain.

Less than four years had passed since the Wright Brothers' historic first powered flight when she was born on March 4, 1907, and two years before construction had even begun on the ill-fated Titanic.

 

Even though Morera will turn 116 in just a few weeks, she still uses Twitter to interact with her thousands of followers, with a little assistance from her daughter.

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Access To Contraceptives Increasing In Sub-Saharan Africa - Report 

Contraception is now more commonly used by women in lower-middle-income countries than it was a decade ago, according to a recent report, with sub-Saharan Africa showing the greatest increase in use.

 

In low- and lower-middle-income countries, the use of modern methods of family planning is estimated to be used by 371 million women of reproductive age - 87 million more than just ten years ago, according to a new report from FP2030, a global partnership focused solely on family planning.

 

According to statistics, one in three women in those countries who are of reproductive age choose to use modern contraception.

 

Additionally, use of contraceptives has steadily increased in all low- and lower-middle-income nations; in 14 of them, the number of users has doubled, with Sub-Saharan African nations seeing the fastest growth.

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Woman Forced To Wear Mask After Dentist Disfigures Her Face In Botched Illegal Nose Job

A woman feels uncomfortable when people stare at her, after a dentist disfigured her face with a botched and illegal nose job, and she claims that she always wears a mask when she leaves the house.

 

After seeing an online advertisement, Elielma Carvalho Braga, 37, decided she wanted to make her nostrils smaller.

 

In June 2020, she went to a dentist appointment in Aparecida de Goiania, Brazil, but was injured horribly on her face when the skin around her nose started to blister and rot.

 

She had necrosis, which is defined as the irreversible death of body tissue, according to medical professionals. It happens when the tissue receives insufficient blood flow.

 

Igor Leonardo Soares Nascimento, a dentist, is accused of causing great bodily harm and carrying out an unlawful procedure.

 

According to the dentist, Elielma's pre-existing medical conditions, not the operation, were to blame for the necrosis.

 

The victim claims that even after 13 corrective surgeries, the effects of the failed procedure are still bothering her.

 

She was left with a scar that covers most of her face and requires dilators in her nostrils to breathe.

 

She is currently suing the dentist for BRL 42,000 (£6,600) in damages in order to make up for her suffering.

 

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Son Stabbed Father To Death In Frenzied Knife Attack 'After Years Of Sex Abuse'

A man who attacked his father with a knife in a rage has been given a ten-year prison sentence for manslaughter.

 

On the evening of September 14, 2021, Paul Maurice suffered 30 stab wounds to the back and chest.

 

Sean Maurice, the father's son, later alleged that his 52-year-old father had sexually abused him.

 

The 31-year-old admitted manslaughter but was found not guilty of murder on Wednesday after a trial at the Old Bailey.

 

Sean briefly resided at his father's house after being placed in a mental health act detention in July 2021.

 

He then spent three weeks in rehab, but he later relapsed.

 

The judge explained how Sean had become upset on September 6 because his father had rejected his request to stay at his home.

 

He "relapsed again, took some alcohol and crack" on September 14 before quarrelling with the family at his temporary residence.

 

He then proceeded to his father's house and attacked him there by stabbing him 33 times.

 

Although Sean insisted that he had taken the knife from his father's kitchen counter, the judge discovered that he had brought it to the scene.

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Common Nail Salon Tool May Cause DNA Damage And Mutations In Human Cells, Research Finds

According to a recent study, radiation from nail dryers may damage DNA and result in cancer-causing mutations in human cells. This finding may make you wonder if getting your regular gel manicure and pedicure is worth the risk.

 

The findings of a study published on January 17 in the journal Nature Communications, according to some dermatologists, are nothing new when it comes to worries about ultraviolet (UV) light coming from any source. In fact, the outcomes confirm the rationale behind why some dermatologists have changed or discontinued their gel manicure routines.

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Wednesday's Health News in Snippets

25/JAN/2023

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Stricter Rules For Tattoos And Piercings In Wales

Wales is about to become the first country in the UK to require licenses for cosmetic clinics, body piercers, and tattoo artists.

 

Through the creation of a public register of licence holders, the stricter controls hope to lower infections and poor working conditions.

 

1,868 business locations will need approval, and approximately 3,500 practitioners will need licences.

 

The Welsh government has begun a 12-week consultation.

 

The new regulations mark the culmination of changes made in accordance with the Public Health (Wales) Act 2017 to raise industry standards for infection prevention and control.

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Mass Cholera Vaccine Drive Gears Up In Kenya

Kenya is about to launch a widespread vaccination campaign against cholera, which has claimed the lives of 78 people since September and infected 4,000 others.

 

Early cholera detection allows for simple treatment. However, public health professionals are stating that a rise in cases that could overburden hospitals is possible if people do not have access to clean water and better sanitation.

 

A total of one million vaccines are required, says Kenya's health chief, who warns that the majority of patients who seek treatment in hospitals do so at a late stage, and some die as a result.

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Malawi Cholera Death Toll Passes 1,000

The Health Ministry in Malawi reported on Tuesday that a cholera outbreak  has claimed more than 1,000 lives as the nation ran out of vaccines.

 

Since the first cases were reported last year, the country of southern Africa has been battling its worst cholera outbreak on record, with more than 30,600 people infected.

 

To expand its immunisation campaign, it received nearly three million doses of oral cholera vaccine from the UN in November, but the incidence of the disease is still on the rise.

 

According to the World Health Organization, the death toll rose to 1,002 on Tuesday, surpassing a sombre milestone and the largest outbreak to date, which claimed 968 lives between 2001 and 2002.

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Cough Syrups Kill 300 Children, WHO Issues Alert

The World Health Organization has urged nations to take steps to prevent, identify, and address instances of shoddy and fake medical supplies.

 

According to the WHO, several incidents of confirmed or suspected contamination with high levels of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol in over-the-counter cough syrups for children have been reported by countries over the last four months.

 

The UN body warned that the contaminants, which include dangerous chemicals used as antifreeze and industrial solvents that can be fatal even in small doses, should never be present in medicines.

 

“The cases are from at least seven countries, associated with more than 300 fatalities in three of these countries. Most are young children under the age of five. These contaminants are toxic chemicals used as industrial solvents and antifreeze agents that can be fatal even taken in small amounts, and should never be found in medicines," it stated in a press release posted to its website.

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Hero Dad Loses Both Legs Diving In Front Of Snowplough To Save His Two Young Daughters

A brave father who jumped in front of a moving snowplough to save his two daughters lost both of his legs.

 

Quick-thinking Dave Miln noticed the vehicle heading directly toward Isla, age three, and Anna, age one, after taking lessons at a ski resort in California.

 

He threw himself in front of the girls without thinking and was then pulled into the machinery.

 

Dave, a former member of the Australian Defense Force, lost his right leg above the ankle and his left leg above the knee.

 

Isla broke both legs but is expected to recover fully, and Anna escaped unharmed.

The family has moved back to Australia from San Diego, California, where Dave, his wife Clare, and their daughters were previously residing.

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One Type Of Physical Activity Protects The Brain More Than Others, Study Finds

Running up and down stairs, biking or brisk walking are examples of moderate physical activity. Your heart rate and breathing will increase if you engage in vigorous movement, such as aerobic dancing, jogging, running, swimming, or biking up a hill.

 

The results of the study, which were published on Monday in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, showed that doing just under 10 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise every day improved study participants' working memory but had the biggest effect on executive functions like organisation and planning.

 

According to study author John Mitchell, there was only a small cognitive improvement at first, but as more time was spent engaging in the more intense exercise, the advantages increased.

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Tuesday's Health News in Snippets

24/JAN/2023

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Man, 32, Shot Dead By DOG After Leaving Rifle On Back Seat Of His Car

Police say a 32-year-old hunter was shot to death by his own dog when he was found dead in his car.

 

The unidentified man was in the front passenger seat of his pickup truck, with a rifle and hunting supplies in the backseat.

 

The deceased person, a resident of Wichita, Kansas, was discovered close to Geuda Springs, just north of the Oklahoma border.

 

He is thought to have passed away at around 9:40 a.m. on Saturday after his dog unintentionally stepped on the rifle and set it off, according to police.

 

The hunter was hurt in his vehicle and passed away there and then.

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Desperate Man Who Couldn't Get NHS Dentist Pulls Out 5 Of His Teeth With Pliers

During the course of a two-year period, a man has spoken about the "excruciating" pain he claims he felt while extracting five of his own teeth.

 

In Wakefield, Ferdi, 51, claims there are no NHS dentists within a 25-mile radius. Unable to stand the pain any longer, he took matters into his own hands.

 

After trying to get private dental care to fix his mouth after receiving his PhD in political philosophy, photographer Ferdi was shocked to learn that the cost would be £16,000, far more than he could afford.

 

At the start of the pandemic, when he discovered he couldn't even see an emergency dentist, he made his first foray into do-it-yourself dentistry.

 

Ferdi decided to painfully remove the tooth himself using a pair of common household pliers because he felt like he was "teetering on the edge of like insanity due to sleep deprivation."

 

Speaking to the Mirror, Ferdi said: "I grabbed hold of it and started to pull. Oh my God, the pain. The pain was just excruciating. It just went all across the side of my face is absolute agony. I thought, 'just keep pulling. Keep pulling'."

 

"So I kept pulling and it was just agony. But then I could hear the bones cracking, and then it just came out."

 

However, Ferdi ultimately had to extract four more teeth from himself. The earlier ones were at the back and the more recent ones were at the front,  leaving him with a sizable gap that he likens to that of "a ten-year-old".

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Japan PM Says Country On The Brink Over Falling Birth Rate

According to the prime minister of Japan, the nation's declining birth rate puts it in danger of losing its ability to function as a society.

 

As Fumio Kishida put it, "now is the time or never."

 

Less than 800,000 births are thought to have occurred in Japan, which has a population of 125 million, last year. The number was over two million in the 1970s.

 

Many nations, including Japan's neighbours, are seeing a slowdown in birth rates.

 

But because of the recent increase in life expectancy in Japan, there are now more elderly people than there are workers to care for them, making the problem more acute there.

 

After the tiny state of Monaco, according to World Bank data, Japan now has the second-highest percentage of people aged 65 and older in the world (28%).

 

"Japan is standing on the verge of whether we can continue to function as a society," Mr Kishida told lawmakers.

 

"Focusing attention on policies regarding children and child-rearing is an issue that cannot wait and cannot be postponed."

 

He stated that he eventually wants the government to double the amount it spends on initiatives involving children. In April, he added, a new government organisation devoted to the problem would be established.

 

Governments in Japan have attempted to promote similar tactics in the past, but without success.

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Trans Fat Responsible For 500,000 Premature Deaths - WHO 

According to the World Health Organization, trans fat is to blame for the early death of 500,000 people due to coronary heart disease.

 

Five billion people worldwide are still unprotected from harmful trans-fat, which raises their risk of developing heart disease and dying, according to a new WHO status report.

 

According to the world health organisation, industrially produced trans-fat, also known as industrially produced trans-fatty acids, is frequently present in packaged foods, baked goods, cooking oils, and spreads.

 

Eliminating trans fats, according to the WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, is economical and has significant health advantages.

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Lack Of Childhood Immunisation Fuelling Diphtheria - NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that a rise in the deadly throat disease diphtheria in some areas of the country is attributable to a lack of childhood immunisations.

 

Although the condition is treatable and preventable through vaccination, according to NCDC Director-General Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, it is still very deadly and should not be taken lightly.

 

Adetifa, who appeared on a television programme, continued by saying that the disease's resurgence in some states of Nigeria was evidence that some sections of the population had significantly decreased their rates of childhood immunisation and vaccination.

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Nigeria Records 2500 New Leprosy Cases Annually, NTBLCP Says 

The National Coordinator, National Tuberculosis, Leprosy, and Buruli Ulcer Control Programme, Dr. Chukwuma Anyaike has revealed that Nigeria records at least 2,500 new leprosy cases each year.

 

Anyaike urged stakeholders to pay closer attention to the neglected tropical disease after expressing concern that the majority of new leprosy cases were seen in children.

 

The public health physician stated that leprosy sufferers encounter many difficulties, including stigma and discrimination, and added that this frequently results in poverty, family rejection, and other problems.

 

This was revealed by the head of NTBLCP in an exclusive interview with PUNCH HealthWise.

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Monday's Health News in Snippets

23/JAN/2023

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Gas Explosion Destroys Home Forcing Residents To Flee As Bricks Tumble Off Roof

Following a gas explosion that caused a fire to rip through a building, terrified residents were forced to leave their homes.

 

Early on Sunday morning, an explosion caused a house in Goole, East Yorkshire, to explode and catch fire. Emergency services rushed there.

 

The tragic event caused a sizable gaping hole to appear in the terraced house and sent bricks tumbling from the roof onto parked cars.

 

On grounds of arson, a man has been taken into custody.

 

According to reports, no one was seriously hurt.

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Midwives And Physiotherapists To Hold One-Day Strike In Wales

The latest group of Welsh NHS employees to declare a strike is the midwives.

 

On February 7, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM GMT, members of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) will observe a strike.

 

The sector has experienced pay freezes for ten years, according to the union, and the proposed agreement is a "insult." It happens at the same time that physiotherapists announce a strike for the same day.

 

The Welsh government acknowledged the intensity of the workers' feelings.

 

According to the RCM, the action will not have an impact on services for women who are in labour or who require emergency care.

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China Reports Nearly 13,000 COVID-19 Deaths Last Week

After a top health official stated that the vast majority of the populace has already been infected by the virus, China reported almost 13,000 hospital deaths linked to COVID between January 13 and January 19 in the country.

 

Since Beijing abruptly removed anti-virus controls last month, there has been widespread scepticism over official data. A week earlier, China claimed that nearly 60,000 people had died in hospitals from Covid as of January 12.

 

According to a statement released on Saturday by China's Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, over the course of the period, 11,977 deaths from other diseases and infections were reported in addition to 681 hospitalised patients passing away from respiratory failure brought on by coronavirus infection.

 

The statistics do not reflect those who passed away at home due to the virus.

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Deadly Throat Ailment Kills 34 in Nigeria - NCDC

At least 34 deaths have occurred in the country as a result of the diphtheria outbreak, according to Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, director-general of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

In a statement released on Friday, the NCDC stated that it had responded to reports of cases of diphtheria in Lagos and Kano states and was keeping an eye on the situation in Osun and Yobe states, where cases were being discovered.

 

Diphtheria is a severe bacterial infection that affects a person's nose, throat, and occasionally their skin. It is brought on by the bacterium Corynebacterium species.

 

Through direct contact with infected individuals, droplets from coughing or sneezing, as well as contact with contaminated objects and clothing, it is easily contagious.

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Plastic Surgeon 'Gave Kids Fake Covid Jabs And Sold Fake Vaccination Cards For $97,000'

A plastic surgeon allegedly gave kids "fake Covid shots" and made $97,000 selling fake vaccination cards.

 

According to allegations, anti-vax parents paid Dr Michael Kirk Moore Jr, from Utah, to administer fake Covid-19 vaccinations to their kids.

 

The Utah's US State Attorney's Office stated that he allegedly gave children saline shots rather than the Covid 19 vaccine and would give them a fake vaccination card that claimed the kids had received the Covid vaccine.

 

In addition, Dr. Moore allegedly dumped thousands of dollars' worth of Covid jabs down the drain to destroy them.

 

The doctor allegedly carried out the scheme with the help of two of his employees and a neighbour.

 

They allegedly created fake Covid immunisation cards and offered them for sale for $50 (£40) per person.

 

The four accused allegedly ran the fake Covid scheme in Dr. Moore's plastic Surgery Institute of Utah Inc. office.

 

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention gave him permission to administer vaccinations.

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Another HIV Vaccine Trial Fails After Large-Scale Study

The manufacturer of the sole HIV vaccine nearing the completion of testing trials has declared that the vaccine is ineffective.

 

The trial, known as Mosaico, was the result of a public-private collaboration between Janssen Pharmaceuticals and the US government.

 

The most recent candidate's failure highlights the difficulties in creating an HIV vaccine.

 

The regimen was found by the study's independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board to be ineffective in preventing HIV infection among study participants when compared to the placebo, according to the announcement published on Johnson & Johnson's website.

 

Additionally, it stated that the vaccination schedule had no known safety issues.

 

The Mosaico clinical trial will be terminated as a result of the DSMB's decision, it said.

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Nigeria, DR Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Tanzania need $2.5bn to power healthcare facilities

According to a joint report from the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the International Renewable Energy Agency, and Sustainable Energy for All, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Tanzania need to invest roughly $2.5 billion to speed up the access to electricity in healthcare facilities.

 

In sub-Saharan Africa, at least 25,000 healthcare facilities lacked access to electricity, 68,350 only had unreliable electricity, and only half of the hospitals had access to reliable electricity, according to the report "Energizing Health: Accelerating Electricity Access in Health-Care Facilities."

 

The study found that nearly a billion individuals in low- and lower-middle-income nations received medical care from facilities with intermittent or no electricity access at all.

 

It was also mentioned that 15% of healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa had no electricity at all.

 

Nearly two-thirds (64%) of healthcare facilities in low- and middle-income countries needed some sort of urgent intervention, according to a World Bank needs analysis that was included in the report.

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