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Guinea Declared Free from Ebola, Liberia Still Battling Disease

Guinea Declared Free from Ebola, Liberia Still Battling Disease

After claiming about 2,500 lives, Ebola has left Guinea, according to reports, which means Liberia remains the only nation still fighting the deadly disease. Before Guinea, Sierre Leone was declared Ebola-free in November.

The WHO earlier reported that it has not seen any new case of Ebola in last about 42 days, a time period in two incubation cycles for the disease. The organization concerned with international public health declared Guinea as Ebola-free country on Tuesday. The last reported Ebola patient in the country was a kid, WHO said.

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Rules for judging when a patient is brain dead vary widely from hospital to hospital

Rules for judging when a patient is brain dead vary widely from hospital to hospital

A latest study has found that the rules to decide when a patient is brain dead differ widely from hospital to hospital, despite the availability of national standards formed to ensure accuracy.

Lead researcher Dr. David Greer, a professor of neurology at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Conn said that in 2010, the American Academy of Neurology followed a set of updated guidelines to judge whether a person has lost all brain function and has been kept alive only via hospital machinery.

90% Increase in Risk of Overdose to Patients who Survive Narcotic Painkillers

90% Increase in Risk of Overdose to Patients who Survive Narcotic Painkillers

As per a new study, mostly doctors are unaware of the fact that their patients are overdosed. Researchers found that those patients who continue to survive prescription of narcotic painkillers are 90% more likely to be overdosed by their doctors. The rate of narcotic prescription painkillers hit all the record high in the United States. The study reports that patients who continued on drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet after an overdose had twice the odds of overdosing again within the next two years.

Cleveland Circle Chipotle Mexican Grill that sickened 136 Boston College students with norovirus reopens

Over the holiday weekend, the Cleveland Circle Chipotle Mexican Grill that made 136 Boston College students ill with norovirus got permission to reopen. It has got the permission roughly three weeks after Boston health officials forced the shutdown of the restaurant.

The Cleveland Circle Chipotle Mexican Grill, due to which 136 Boston College students got sick with norovirus, has received permission to reopen over the holiday weekend. The permission has been given nearly 3 weeks after it was forced to shut down by Boston health officials.

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CDC 2014 Report: Twin Birth Rates Hit Highest in US

CDC 2014 Report: Twin Birth Rates Hit Highest in US

As per the latest 2014 report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), twin birth rates hit all time high in 2014 in the United States. In 2014, the study reported 33.9 sets of twins per 1,000 births compared to 33.7 in 2013. It has been reported that mothers continued to get older in 2014 with the average age for the first-time mother has now become 26.3, which it was 26 in 2013. Despite of increase in twin birth rates, researchers reported 9% drop in birth rates in the United States in 2014 alone with some states showed more than 50% drop since 2007.

Sudden cardiac arrest may not always be so sudden

Sudden cardiac arrest may not always be so sudden

It is not always that sudden cardiac arrest is so sudden, as a latest research has suggested that a lot of people could ignore potentially life-saving warning signs long before they collapse.

In the US, cardiac arrest takes nearly 350,000 lives every year. It is quite worse than a mere heart attack, as the heart suddenly stops beating, its electrical activity gets knocked out of rhythm. Some critical time can be bought by CPR but very few patients survive that it’s very tough to tell how reliable the longtime medical belief is that it’s a strike with tiny or no advance warning.

FDA Allows Gay Men to Donate Blood

FDA Allows Gay Men to Donate Blood

During the issue of its updated blood donor deferral recommendations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has withdrawn the ban on blood donation by men who have sex with men (MSM). However, a deferral period (period since the last sexual contact with another man) of 12 months has been recommended. These suggestions are in line with the deferral period suggested for other men and women, who have higher risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.

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UK’s chief medical officer warns Gonorrhoea could eventually become untreatable

UK’s chief medical officer warns Gonorrhoea could eventually become untreatable

The chief medical officer of the UK has issued a warning that one of the oldest sexually transmittable diseases in the world is likely to eventually become untreatable. The BBC reported that Dame Sally Davies said that Gonorrhoea may become untreatable, and has written to pharmacies and GPs to make sure they prescribe the right drugs for it.

She became concerned about the disease after cases of ‘super-gonorrhoea’ emerged in Leeds previously this year.

Liver Hormone FGF21 Regulates Sugar Cravings and Alcohol Preferences: Research

FGF21, Liver Hormone that Regulates Sugar Cravings or Alcohol Preferences

Researchers from the UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered a hormone, fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21), in liver that reduce sweet and alcohol cravings in mammals. The study conducted on monkeys and mice helped scientists to know that the FGF21 hormone works with brain and directs to avoid seeking sweet foods. The study published in the Journal Cell Metabolism shows the functioning of the hormone that is produced in response to high carbohydrate levels and enters the bloodstream to signal to the brain to suppress sugar cravings.

Liver Hormone Can Control Cravings of Sweets and Alcohol: Study

Liver Hormone Can Control Cravings of Sweets and Alcohol: Study

FGF21, a liver hormone can be used to control cravings for sweets and alcohol, according to a research conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa. After an experiment conducted on lab mice and monkeys, the study team found that FGF21 can be used effectively to control cravings.

The liver hormone signals the brain to avoid sweet foods. FGF21 is produced in response to high carbohydrate levels. The hormone enters the bloodstream and signals the brain to halt intake of sweet foods.

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