Health News Roundup: African swine fever, New Jersey viral outbreak, Long-lasting HIV injection
Following is a summary of current health news briefs.
China to crack down on illegal activity at slaughterhouses to combat African swine fever: ministry
China's agriculture ministry said on Tuesday it will launch a three-month investigation into illegal activity by slaughterhouses to combat the spread of African swine fever. The ministry said it will step up checks on the illegal transport, slaughter and processing of sick pigs.
CDC confirms 10 new cases of rare polio-like neurological condition
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday it has confirmed 10 more cases of an extremely rare, polio-like condition, across 24 states. The CDC had earlier this month confirmed about 62 cases of acute flaccid myelitis that causes the muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak. Most of the cases reported so far are people under 18 years of age.
Drugmakers tout new medicines as eye disease battle intensifies
Switzerland's Roche and Novartis and other drugmakers are touting new treatments for a blindness-causing disease that hits millions of older people, as patent expiries are set to open up one of medicine's most lucrative markets. Roche's experimental treatment faricimab showed long-lasting effectiveness against age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the Basel-based drugmaker said on Monday, potentially reducing the frequency of uncomfortable, direct-in-the-eye shots.
Short interval between pregnancies linked to increased risks for mom, baby
Women who wait just a short time to become pregnant after delivering a child may put themselves and their next baby at greater risk for adverse events, a new study suggests. "We found for women of all ages, pregnancy within 12 months after a live birth come with risks," said study leader Laura Schummers, currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia. The study was part of Schummers' dissertation at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Trick-or-treating kids at increased risk of traffic fatality
Traffic fatalities spike among children who are trick-or-treating on Halloween, particularly among kids ages four to eight, a new study shows. "There are things we can do to make things safer for kids and other pedestrians," said the study's lead author, Dr John Staples of the University of British Columbia. "That includes attaching reflective patches to children's costumes, having kids carry lights, supervising kids and talking to kids about traffic safety and how to cross a street."
Long-lasting HIV injection is a step closer after second GSK study
A once-monthly injection to control HIV proved as effective as daily pills in a second study by GlaxoSmithKline, paving the way for a new regimen that could be simpler for some patients to be filed with regulators. The experimental two-drug injection of cabotegravir and rilpivirine was shown to suppress the HIV virus in a cohort of adults who had not been on a long-established daily three-drug oral regimen, GSK's majority-owned HIV unit ViiV Healthcare said.
Kids' apps may have a lot more ads than you think
Those cute little apps your child plays with are most likely flooded with ads - some of which are totally age-inappropriate, researchers have found. A stunning 95 per cent of commonly downloaded apps that are marketed to or played by children age five and under contain at least one type of advertising, according to a new report in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. And that goes for the apps labeled as educational, too, researchers say.
Hunt the malaria bug - a new game for sniffer dogs
In a lab room, two-year-old springer spaniel Freya bustles along a row of vials positioned on stands, sniffing each for signs of disease. The vials all contain pieces cut from socks, one of which belonged to a child carrying the malaria parasite. When Freya detects the scent it gives off, she sits down next to it to receive a reward.
Ninth child dies in deadly viral outbreak in New Jersey
A ninth child died over the weekend in a deadly viral outbreak at a New Jersey rehabilitation centre where a total of 25 young patients with compromised immune systems have been confirmed with adenovirus infections, state health officials said. The death on Sunday at Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, New Jersey, was reported over the weekend by the New Jersey Department of Health.
WHO says air pollution kills 600,000 children every year
Air pollution kills an estimated 600,000 children every year and causing symptoms ranging from loss of intelligence to obesity and ear infections but there is a limited amount parents can do, a World Health Organization report said on Monday. Parents should try to avoid household air pollution by using less polluting fuels for cooking and heating and not smoking but to reduce child exposure to ambient pollution they should need to lobby politicians to clean up the environment, WHO experts said.
(With inputs from Reuters)
(With inputs from agencies.)