H.I.V. Is Reported Cured in a Second Patient, a Milestone in the Global AIDS Epidemic

A colored transmission electron micrograph of the H.I.V. virus, in green, attaching to a white blood cell, in orange. CreditCreditNIBSC/Science Source

Scientists have long tried to duplicate the procedure that led to the first long-term remission 12 years ago. With the so-called London patient, they seem to have succeeded.

For just the second time since the global epidemic began, a patient appears to have been cured of infection with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS.

The news comes nearly 12 years to the day after the first patient known to be cured, a feat that researchers have long tried, and failed, to duplicate. The surprise success now confirms that a cure for H.I.V. infection is possible, if difficult, researchers said.

https://nyti.ms/2EMBHRC

Poor blood oxygenation during sleep predicts chance of heart-related death

Elderly men who experience extended episodes of interrupted breathing while asleep have a high risk of heart problems. Research shows for the first time that poor blood oxygenation is a good indicator of the chance of heart-related death, which cannot be attributed to sleep apnea alone.

A team led by Associate Professor Dominik Linz and Associate Professor Mathias Baumert of the University of Adelaide’s Medical School and School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has published their study in the European Heart Journal which examined patterns of low blood oxygenation during sleep and the relation to heart-related deaths in 2840 men aged in their 70s and early 80s.

 

https://www.news-medical.net/news/20190118/Poor-blood-oxygenation-during-sleep-predicts-chance-of-heart-related-death.aspx#

Ten (10) threats to Global Health in 2019

The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria, increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens, growing rates of obesity and physical inactivity to the  health impacts of environmental pollution and climate change and multiple humanitarian crises.

To address these and other threats, 2019 sees the start of the World Health Organization’s new 5-year strategic plan – the 13th General Programme of Work. This plan focuses on a triple billion target:  ensuring 1 billion more people benefit from access to universal health coverage, 1 billion more people are protected from health emergencies and 1 billion more people enjoy better health and well-being. Reaching this goal will require addressing the threats to health from a variety of angles.

Here are 10 of the many issues that will demand attention from WHO and health partners in 2019.

https://www.who.int/emergencies/ten-threats-to-global-health-in-2019

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USAID, KEMSA SIGN Sh.65bn Medical Supplies Deal

USAID, KEMSA SIGN Sh 65bn Medical Supplies Deal

The US government, through USAID has awarded Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) KSh.65 billion for the supply of drugs and medical equipment in the country. The Medical Commodities Program was launched on 9th November 2015, by US Ambassador to Kenya Mr. Robert. F. Godec and the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Health Dr.Khadijah Kassachoon at the KEMSA Supply Chain Centre in Embakasi. The five-year contract will see KEMSA procure, warehouse and distribute HIV/Aids test kits and medications, contraceptives, malaria test kits and drugs as well as maternal and child-health equipment for all public hospitals across the 47 counties.