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Have a nice Wednesday!

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Happy Ethiopian New Year!


Inform       Today is Wednesday, September 23, 2020 and day 267 of the year.

The CDC Says Coronavirus is Airborne and Spread by Aerosols, Warns of Badly Ventilated Spaces

Informed 22 hours ago

For months, scientists and public health experts have warned of mounting evidence that the novel coronavirus is airborne, transmitted through tiny droplets called aerosols that linger in the air much longer than the larger globs that come from coughing or sneezing. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agrees. The CDC recently changed its official guidance to note that aerosols are “thought to be the main way the virus spreads” and to warn that badly ventilated indoor spaces are particularly dangerous.  

Source:  Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Washington Post

Relieve the shooting, burning pain of sciatica

Informed 22 hours ago

There’s a common misunderstanding about sciatic nerve pain—that excruciating burning, shooting, tingling pain that travels from your buttock, down your leg to your foot and toes.

Contrary to popular belief, sciatic nerve pain doesn’t usually strike because of an injury to the sciatic nerve itself. Rather, it’s caused by nerves in your spine.

Armed with this knowledge and the powerful, expert advice revealed in Finding Relief for Sciatica, you’ll be better able to relieve your pain and prevent a repeat performance.

✓ What are the causes of sciatica?
✓ What home remedies work best to ease the pain?
✓ Doctors’ top sciatica treatments
✓ Sciatica prevention
✓ And more  

Source:  Harvard university

Global epidemiological situation

Informed yesterday at 08:15 AM

To date, over 30.6 million COVID-19 cases and 950 000 deaths have been reported to WHO. From 14 through 20 September, there were almost 2 million new cases of COVID-19, which represents a 6% increase compared to the previous week, and the highest number of reported cases in a single week since the beginning of the epidemic. During the same period, there was a 10% decrease in the number of deaths, with 37 700 deaths reported in the past seven days  

Source:  world health organization

Walking may be one of the most powerful “medicines” available

Informed 4 days ago

It can help lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and even keep your memory sharp.

The simple activity of walking has so many powerful health benefits, the experts at Harvard Medical School created Walking for Health. This special report takes you step-by-step from why walking may be the most perfect exercise, to how to get started on a walking program, to specific walking workouts.  

Source:  Harvard University

Lowering blood pressure may help prevent dementia

Informed 4 days ago

High blood pressure seldom causes any symptoms. But over time, the excessive force and friction of blood pushing against the inner walls of the arteries can damage blood vessels throughout the body. And while the biggest threat may be to your heart, your brain can also suffer.

Even slightly elevated blood pressure in middle age has been linked to a 30% higher risk of dementia two decades later. But taking blood pressure drugs may help people avoid that risk, according to a study in a recent issue of JAMA.  

Source:  Harvard University

COVID-19 outbreak is accelerating: here's the global situation

Informed 4 days ago

COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to increase globally. It's important to stay vigilant and practice all the necessary prevention measures. Take a look at the current outbreak situation as well as what countries are most and least affected.  

Source:  world health organization

Vaccines, treatments and tests for COVID-19

Informed 4 days ago

There is no time to waste in the fight against COVID-19. No-one is safe until everyone is safe! Learn more about the groundbreaking global collaboration to accelerate development, production, and equitable access to tests, treatments and vaccines.

 

Source:  world health organization

Improving immunity through exercise – new advice on lowering infection impact

Informed 5 days ago

New advice to help healthcare professionals promote exercise as a way of improving immunity has been launched by medical experts and exercise scientists.  

Source:  Science X

The physical benefits of yoga

Informed 5 days ago

Yoga promotes physical health in multiple different ways. Some of them derive from better stress management. Others come more directly from the physical movements and postures in yoga, which help promote flexibility and reduce joint pain.

Following are some of the physical benefits of yoga that have a growing body of research behind them. In addition to the conditions listed below, preliminary research also shows that yoga may help with migraines, osteoporosis, balance and mobility issues, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, fibromyalgia, and ADHD.  

Source:  Harvard University

World Patient Safety Day 2020

Informed 6 days ago

Health professional and other frontline staff are our heroes, who need to be protected and enabled to dispense uninterrupted patient care amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  


ዓለም አቀፍ የሕሙማን ደህንነት ቀን እየተከበረ ነው

Informed 6 days ago

የጤና ሚኒስቴር የሕክምና አገልግሎት ጄኔራል ዳይሬክተር አቶ ያዕቆብ ሰማን በዛሬው እለት በመከበር ላይ የሚገኘውን ዓለም አቀፍ የሕሙማን ደህንነት ቀንን በማስመልከት ለጋዜጠኞች ከሰጡት መግለጫ አበይት ጉዳዩች እነሆ፡
- በኢትዮጵያ የኮሮናቫይረስ ወረርሽኝ ከተከሰተበት ጊዜ አንስቶ ከ1 ሺህ 300 በላይ የጤና ባለሙያዎች ቫይረሱ ተገኝቶባቸዋል፡፡ ኮሮናቫይረስን በመከላከል ሥራ ግንባር ቀደም የሆኑ የሕክምና ባለሙያዎች ላይ መጠነ ሰፊ ችግር አስከትሏል።
- በዓለም አቀፍ ደረጃ ኮቪድ-19 ከተገኘባቸው ሰዎች መካከል 1 ነጥበ 3 ሚሊዮን የሚሆኑት የጤናው ሴክተር ሠራተኞች ናቸው።
- በኢትዮጵያ ኮቪድ-19 ከተከሰተበት ጊዜ አንስቶ 700 የሚሆኑት ደግሞ አገግመው ወጥተዋል፤ ቀሪዎቹ በህክምና ተቋማት ይገኛሉ።ሁለት የሕክምና ባለሙያዎችም በሞት ተለይተዋል፡፡
- ዓለም አቀፍ የሕሙማን ደህንነት ቀንን ሲከበር በቫይረሱ የተጠቁ የሕክምና ባለሙያዎችና ሠራተኞችን በመጠየቅና በማበረታታት ይከበራል፡፡
- ስለዚህ በዚህ በአሰቸጋሪ ወቅት ሀይወታቸውን አደጋ ላይ ጥለው የወገናቸው ህይወት ለመታደገ በአሰቸጋሪ ሁኔታ ውስጥ ሆነው ለረጀም ሰዓት ለሚሰሩ የጤና ሴክተር ሰራተኞች ከጎናቸው በመሆን ማገዝ ያስፈልጋል፡፡  


መንግስት ለኮንስትራክሽን ዘርፉ ትኩረት መስጠት አለበት ሲሉ የዘርፍ ማህበራት ጠየቁ

Informed 6 days ago

ኢንስቲትዩቱ በኮንስትራክሽን ግብዓቶች ዘርፍ የዲያሜንሽን ስቶን ዘርፍ ማህበርና የእንጨትና እንጨት ውጤቶች ዘርፍ ማህበራት ጋር ውይይት አካሂዷል፡፡
የውይይቱ ዓላማም የንዑስ ዘርፉን ኢንዱስትሪዎች በዋጋና በጥራት ተወዳዳሪ ምርት በማምረት ከሃገር ውስጥ ገበያ በተጨማሪ ወደ አለም አቀፍ ገበያ መግባት እንዲችሉ የንዑስ ዘርፉን ማህበራት በማካተት የቀጣይ አስር ዓመታት እቅድን ማቀድ ነው ሲሉ የኮንስትራክሽን ዘርፍ ተወካይ ምክትል ዋና ዳይሬክተር አቶ ስመኝ ደጉ ገልጸዋል፡፡አያይዘውም የኮንስትራክሽን ግብዓቶች ዘርፍ ለበርካታ ዜጎች የስራ እድል የፈጠረ ቢሆንም ዘርፉ ግን በርካታ ችግሮች ያሉበት ከመሆኑ አንጻር እንደ ሃገር በሚፈለገው ደረጃ አላደገም ብለዋል፡፡
የጸጥታ ችግር፣የመንገድ ፣የኤሌክትሪክ፣የገበያ፣የክልሎች የቢሮክራሲ ችግሮች ለዘርፉ ከፍተኛ ውስንነቶች በመሆናቸው መንግስት መፍትሄ እንዲሰጥባቸው የዘርፍ ማህበራት በውይይቱ ወቅት ጠይቀዋል፡፡አክለውም ችግሮች እልባት ከተሰጣቸው ለሃገር ብልጽግና ከመንግስት ጋር ተጠናክረው እንደሚሰሩ ተናግረዋል፡፡  


5 steps to improve health worker safety and patient safety

Informed 6 days ago

On World Patient Safety Day, WHO reminds governments that they have a legal and moral responsibility to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of health workers. The Organization’s health worker charter calls on all Member States and relevant stakeholders to take steps to:

1. Establish synergies between health worker safety and patient safety policies and strategies
2. Develop and implement national programmes for occupational health and safety of health workers
3. Protect health workers from violence in the workplace
4. Improve mental health and psychological well-being
5. Protect health workers from physical and biological hazards  

Source:  world health organization

Keep health workers safe to keep patients safe: WHO

Informed 6 days ago

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on governments and health care leaders to address persistent threats to the health and safety of health workers and patients.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded all of us of the vital role health workers play to relieve suffering and safe lives,“ said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “No country, hospital or clinic can keep its patients safe unless it keeps its health workers safe. WHO’s Health Worker Safety Charter is a step towards ensuring that health workers have the safe working the conditions, the training, the pay and the respect they deserve.“

The pandemic has also highlighted the extent to which protecting health workers is key to ensuring a functioning health system and a functioning society.  

Source:  world health organization

The Majority Of Children Who Die From COVID-19 Are Children Of Color

Informed 6 days ago

The vast majority of children dying from COVID-19 are Hispanic, Black or Native American, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers analyzed the number of coronavirus cases and deaths among people under the age of 21 that were reported to the CDC between Feb. 12 and July 31 of this year. They found more than 390,000 cases and 121 deaths.  

Source:  Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security NPR

How COVID-19 Can Damage the Brain

Informed 6 days ago

In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors struggled to keep patients breathing, and focused mainly on treating damage to the lungs and circulatory system. But even then, evidence for neurological effects was accumulating. Some people hospitalized with COVID-19 were experiencing delirium: they were confused, disorientated and agitated.  

Source:  Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Nature

World Patient Safety Day 2020

Informed 7 days ago

Health worker safety and patient safety are inseparable, and the world’s ability to successfully fight the coronavirus pandemic depends on our ability to safeguard health workers. That is why World Patient Safety Day 2020, marked on 17 September, will focus on an often-overlooked aspect of patient care – the safety of health workers.

WHO will launch a new ‘Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety Charter’ and is calling on Member States and relevant stakeholders to support the charter and commit to concrete actions that ensure safer conditions for health workers and patients.  

Source:  world health organization

China says Covid-19 vaccine could be ready for public by November

Informed 7 days ago

A China-developed coronavirus vaccine could be ready for the public as early as November, a Chinese official has told state television, as the global race to clear the final round of trials heats up.  

Source:  Medical Xpress

Discover the foods that fight disease and keep you healthy

Informed 7 days ago

The foods you eat have the power to help you live a longer, healthier life. Choose the right foods and you’ll fuel your body with the nutrients to help prevent nearly every disease and dysfunction from cataracts, infertility, and neurodegenerative conditions to cardiovascular disease and cancer.

But just as the right foods can help your health, the wrong foods (think: processed) can increase your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and more.  

Source:  Harvard University

WHO’s three messages for UN75

Informed 7 days ago

As the world comes together at an unprecedented virtual session of the 75th UN General Assembly (UNGA), WHO has three messages to share.

The first is about equitable access to COVID-19 tools.

The second message is about maintaining the momentum towards achieving the sustainable development goals. The pandemic risks unravelling decades of gains made in health and development.

Finally, we must prepare for the next pandemic together, now. COVID-19 has shown us that the world was woefully unprepared – despite the many warning signs and warnings.  

Source:  world health organization

DG remarks for COVID-19 press briefing with UNESCO and UNICEF, 15 September, 2020

Informed 7 days ago

Since the beginning of the pandemic, understanding how COVID-19 affects children has been a priority issue.

We know that this virus can kill children, but that children tend to have a milder infection and there are very few severe cases and deaths from COVID-19 among children and adolescents.

More research is needed about the factors that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 disease and death among children and adolescents.  

Source:  world health organization

Cholera outbreak in Ethiopia nears 15K cases – Outbreak News Today

Informed 7 days ago

By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews UN health officials are reporting nearly 15,000 cholera cases since an outbreak began in April 2019 in Telemt woreda, Amhara Region. Through Sep. 6, a cumulative total of 14,728 cases with 257 deaths (case fatality ratio 1.7%) reported (Since the beginning of the year, more than 11,000 cases and at least 175 associated […]  


በኢትዮጵያ በኮሮና ቫይረስ ከተያዙት ውስጥ 1432 የሚሆኑት ከ0 እስከ 14 ዓመት ያሉ ሕፃናት ናቸው ተባለ

Informed 1 week ago

በኢትዮጵያ በአሁን ሰዓት 64‚301 ያህል ሰዎች በኮሮና ቫይረስ የተያዙ ሲሆን ከእነዚህም ወስጥ 644 የሚሆኑት ከ 0 እስከ 4 አመት ያሉ ሕፃናት ሲሆኑ 788 ያህሉ ደግሞ ከ 5 እስከ 14 አመት ያሉ ሕፃናት ልጆች ናቸው ሲል የኢትዮጵያ ህብረተሰብ ጤና ኢንስቲቲዩት አስታወቀ፡፡

ህፃናት ልጆች በሽታን የመከላከል አቅማቸውን ለማጎልበት ቤተሰቦች አቅማቸው በሚችለው መጠን ለልጆቻቸው የተመጣጠነ ምግብ ቢመግቡ ተመራጭ ነው፡፡ በሌላ መልኩ ተጎዳኝ ህመም ላለባቸው ልጆች ልዩ እንክብካቤ ማድረግ ይገባቸዋል ፡፡  


What is loneliness and how does it affect health?

Informed 1 week ago

Loneliness is a subjective mental state of feeling disconnected from others. It is different from social isolation — you can be lonely even when surrounded by people you care about. Loneliness can be triggered by memories of losing someone, by feeling misunderstood by others, through having emotionally unsatisfying relationships, or by having less access to relationships due to changing life circumstances. According to studies, loneliness is one of the greatest health concerns people face: it is equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes daily, it appears to be worse for your health than obesity, and it may increase your risk of death by 29%.  

Source:  Harvard University

Scientists in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and US Have Developed a $1 Test for Ebola and Lassa Virus

Informed 1 week ago

A group of scientists from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and the US have developed a point-of-care test (done at the time and place of care) for both the Lassa virus and Ebola virus that is accurate, fast, and cheap. The new test was reported to have reduced the cost of testing to less than $1 per sample. The test can be done quickly in any environment, as it requires minimal equipment that can be powered with solar or a small generator. The test is based on SHERLOCK a new diagnostic that uses CRISPR technology to detect genetic fingerprints that indicate the presence of pathogens in a sample.  

Source:  Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Quartz

Community and Close Contact Exposures Associated with COVID-19 Among Symptomatic Adults ≥18 Years in 11 Outpatient Health Care Facilities — United States, July 2020

Informed 1 week ago

Findings from a case-control investigation of symptomatic outpatients from 11 U.S. health care facilities found that close contact with persons with known COVID-19 or going to locations that offer on-site eating and drinking options were associated with COVID-19 positivity. Adults with positive SARS-CoV-2 test results were approximately twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant than were those with negative SARS-CoV-2 test results.  

Source:  Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and MMWR

A COVID-19 Vaccine May Be Only 50% Effective. Is That Good Enough?

Informed 1 week ago

As we get closer to a COVID-19 vaccine, it's exciting to imagine a day when the virus is gone. But a vaccine will not be a magic bullet. In fact, it may be only about 50% effective. Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief of the National Institute of Health and Infectious Disease, has tried to set realistic expectations when discussing the importance of a vaccine. "We don't know yet what the efficacy might be. We don't know if it will be 50% or 60%," Fauci said during a Brown University event in August. "I'd like it to be 75% or more," Fauci said, but he acknowledged that may not be realistic. The Food and Drug Administration has said that once a vaccine is shown to be safe and at least 50% effective, it could be approved for use in the U.S.  

Source:  Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security NPR

‘A WORLD IN DISORDER’

Informed 1 week ago

COVID-19 has taken advantage of a world in disorder, causing catastrophic health, social, and economic consequences and irreparable harm to humanity. The virus has killed close to a million people and many more may die as a result of its impact on health systems, food supplies, and the economy. The financial cost will be in the trillions.

This will not be the last global health emergency. The world simply cannot afford to be unprepared again, warns the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) in its second report ‘A World in Disorder’, released today.  

Source:  world health organization

What the latest cholesterol guidelines mean for you—and your heart

Informed 1 week ago

17 heart-healthy strategies to lower your cholesterol effectively and safely!
“Take-charge”
techniques that are transforming cholesterol control and giving you renewed protection from a heart attack or stroke.

If you’ve ever fought high, or even elevated, cholesterol, please send for this new report from Harvard Medical School today. It will show you how you can reduce harmful cholesterol — up to 50%—and do it with confidence and success!  

Source:  Harvard University

Interactive tool helps improve mind and memory

Informed 1 week ago

Harvard neuroscientists show how to strengthen your cognitive fitness and enjoy a
BETTER Memory... BETTER Concentration... BETTER Problem-Solving Ability... and protection from the ravages of dementia.

Train Your Brain
to be sharper, clearer, and healthier in 6 simple steps!
Cognitive Fitness interactive tool shows you how
 

Source:  Harvard University

በኢትዮጵያ የኮቪድ 19 መመርመሪያ የሚያመርት ፋብሪካ ተመረቀ

Informed 1 week ago

ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ዓቢይ አህመድ በኢትዮጵያ የኮቪድ 19 መመርመሪያ መሳሪያ የሚያመርት ፋብሪካ ዛሬ መረቁ፡፡
ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ዓቢይ መርቀው የከፈቱት "ቢ ጂ አይ ሄልዝ ኢትዮጵያ" ኩባንያ የተነባውን ፋብሪካ ነው፡፡
ኩባንያው በበርካታ አገራት የመድኃኒት ማምረቻ ፋብሪካዎች ያሉትና ዓለም አቀፍ እውቅና የተላበሰ መሆኑ በምረቃው ላይ ተጠቅሷል፡፡
በቦሌ ለሚ ኢንዱስትሪ ፓርክ ውስጥ የተገነባው ፋብሪካ በዓመት 10 ሚሊዮን የመመርመሪያ መሳሪያዎች ያመርታል ተብሏል፡፡
መሳሪያዎቹንም ለአገር ውስጥና ለውጭ ገበያ እንደሚያቀርብ ተገልጿል፡፡
ፋብሪካው የኮቪድ ወረርሽኝ ሲያበቃ የወባና ቲቢ መመርመሪያ መሳሪያዎችን ለማምረት መገንባቱም ተነግሯል፡፡
ፋብሪካው በቻይናውያን ባለሃብቶችና በኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት ትብብር መገንባቱም ተገልጿል፡፡  

Source:  Ethiopian Press Agency

Improve Your Balance and Flexibility, Strengthen Your Core, Ease Pain, and Stay Independent with 6 Core Simple Workouts!

Informed 2 weeks ago

Mention core exercises and most people think of moves that help you carve out washboard abs. Although core exercises can get you that flat belly, there are more important reasons to work your core muscles. For example, did you know that a weak core can actually make it harder to move your arms and legs and can drain power from the many moves you make?

On the other hand, a strong, well-toned core can help with everything from improving your balance to relieving pain to helping you maintain your independence. That’s why Harvard health experts created Core Exercises.  

Source:  Harvard University

The Known and Unknown of Stroke Infographic

Informed 2 weeks ago

The Known and Unknown of Stroke
Each
year 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke.
Stroke is an interruption of blood flow to the brain. Without oxygen-rich blood, brain cells die.  

Source:  American Stroke Association

A Patient Guide to Understanding Strokes of Unknown Cause

Informed 2 weeks ago

Having a stroke of unknown cause, or cryptogenic stroke, may be frustrating and overwhelming. In this guide, we will provide you with information and resources that can help you and your loved ones find answers around cryptogenic stroke. With a proper diagnostic work-up and collaboration with your physician, you can take part in finding the cause of your stroke and help prevent another one from occurring.  

Source:  American Stroke Association

I Will Prevent Another Stroke

Informed 2 weeks ago

If you or a loved one experienced a stroke with no known cause (cryptogenic stroke), it’s very important for you to join forces with your healthcare team and dig deeper for a diagnosis. Why? Because 1 in 4 stroke survivors will have another.
Finding the underlying cause of your first stroke means you and your doctors can develop the best plan to help prevent another stroke from occurring.  

Source:  American Stroke Association

FAO/OIE/WHO Tripartite Statement on the Pandemic Risk of Swine Influenza

Informed 2 weeks ago

A recent A recent report on the circulation of A(H1N1) subtype influenza viruses in the swine population in China with evidence of zoonotic potential has alerted the world to the pandemic risk associated with swine influenza viruses. This particular genetic clade (1C.2.3) of swine influenza A (H1N1) viruses had previously been reported by the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, China in 2016, and from 2016-2018 remained the most commonly detected genotype of influenza viruses in surveillance undertaken in swine populations in China. “Although there is limited data assessing human infections and circulation of these viruses in pigs, awareness and vigilance is strongly advised for a number of reasons” says Keith Sumption, Chief Veterinary Officer of the FAO. “The viruses analysed in the recent report from China show characteristics associated with increased ability for zoonotic transmission – the potential ability to infect humans. The viruses have some genetic markers to suggest human infection is possible; they can replicate in human airway cells, and viruses can be spread via respiratory droplets passed between ferrets.”  

Source:  Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and OIE

How the Coronavirus Attacks the Brain

Informed 2 weeks ago

The coronavirus targets the lungs foremost, but also the kidneys, liver and blood vessels. Still, about half of patients report neurological symptoms, including headaches, confusion and delirium, suggesting the virus may also attack the brain. A new study offers the first clear evidence that, in some people, the coronavirus invades brain cells, hijacking them to make copies of itself. The virus also seems to suck up all of the oxygen nearby, starving neighboring cells to death.  

Source:  Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and New York Times

COVID-19 Updates

Informed 2 weeks ago

በለፉት 24 ሰዓታት ውስጥ በተደረገ 12,164 የላቦራቶሪ ናሙና ምርመራ 789 ሰዎች በኮሮና ቫይረስ መያዛቸው ተረጋግጧል። በአጠቃላይ እስካሁን በቫይረሱ የተያዙ ሰዎች ቁጥር 63,367 ደርሷል። በሌላ በኩል 384 ሰዎች ከበሽታው ያገገሙ ስሆን በአጠቃላይ እስካሁን ድረስ 24,024 ሰዎች ከበሽታው አገግመዋል።  


5 of the best exercises you can ever do

Informed 2 weeks ago

1. Swimming
2.
Tai chi: This Chinese martial art that combines movement and relaxation is good for both body and mind. In fact, it's been called "meditation in motion.
3. Strength training
4. Walking
5. Kegel exercises:- These exercises won't help you look better, but they do something just as important — strengthen the pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder. Strong pelvic floor muscles can go a long way toward preventing incontinence. While many women are familiar with Kegels, these exercises can benefit men too.

To do a Kegel exercise correctly, squeeze the muscles you would use to prevent yourself from passing urine or gas. Hold the contraction for two or three seconds, then release. Make sure to completely relax your pelvic floor muscles after the contraction. Repeat 10 times. Try to do four to five sets a day.  

Source:  Harvard University

VACCINE TRIAL SAFETY PAUSE

Informed 2 weeks ago

The Phase 3 clinical trial for AstraZeneca’s candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine (developed in collaboration with Oxford University) has been paused following the identification of a serious adverse event in one of the participants. Neither AstraZeneca nor Oxford University have yet disclosed details of the adverse event, which reportedly occurred in the UK; however, The New York Times reports that the patient developed transverse myelitis. It has not yet been determined whether the condition was associated with the vaccine. An earlier clinical trial for the AstraZeneca vaccine was also paused following the diagnosis of transverse myelitis in a participant, but the trial resumed after a safety review determined that the condition was not related to the vaccine.  

Source:  Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

COVID-19 Updates

Informed 2 weeks ago

India’s epidemic continues to accelerate and set new records for daily incidence. India surpassed Brazil as #2 globally in terms of cumulative COVID-19 incidence. The “second waves” in France and Spain are now bigger than the first waves. After more than 3 months of consistent decline, Russia’s daily incidence has increased steadily since late August. Israel and Bahrain are the only 2 countries reporting more than 250 daily cases per million population. Brazil and Colombia fell out of the top 10 in terms of per capita daily incidence, and they were replaced by Kuwait and Montenegro. Several countries in the top 10 per capita daily incidence have exhibited major surges over the past week or so. Notably, Bahrain’s daily incidence increased by more than 60% since August 31, Israel’s increased by nearly 80%, and Montenegro’s more than doubled. While not in the top 10, the UK is also exhibiting a concerning increase in daily incidence, more than doubling since August 22—now up to 2,032 new cases per day  

Source:  Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

COVID-19 Updates, Per Capita Daily Incidence

Informed 2 weeks ago

Per Capita Daily Incidence (change in average incidence; change in rank, if applicable)

1. Bahrain: 345 daily cases per million population (+132; ↑ 2)
2. Israel: 321 (+142; ↑ 4)
3. Argentina: 222 (+18; ↑ 1)
4. Montenegro: 218 (+116; new)
5. Costa Rica: 216 (+51; ↑ 4)
6. Maldives: 195 (-40; ↓ 5)
7. Spain: 194 (+31; ↑ 3)
8. Kuwait: 182 (+45; new)
9. Peru: 169 (-60; ↓ 7)
10. Panama: 161 (-10; ↓ 2)
*Spain’s average daily incidence is not reported for today; these values correspond to the previous day’s averages.  

Source:  Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

COVID-19 Updates

Informed 2 weeks ago

Total Daily Incidence (change in average incidence; change in rank, if applicable)

1. India: 85,801 new cases per day (+20,275)
2. USA: 36,020 (-6,059)
3. Brazil: 30,163 (-6,484)
4. Argentina: 10,039 (+834; ↑ 1)
5. Spain: 9,077* (+1,472; ↑ 1)
6. Colombia: 7,921 (-1,621; ↓ 2)
7. France: 7,074 (+2,068; ↑ 2)
8. Peru: 5,580 (-1,969; ↓ 1)
9. Mexico: 5,261 (+164; ↓ 1)
10. Russia: 5,106 (+309)  

Source:  Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

WHO calls for global action on sepsis - cause of 1 in 5 deaths worldwide

Informed 2 weeks ago

WHO's first global report on sepsis finds that the effort to tackle millions of deaths and disabilities due to sepsis is hampered by serious gaps in knowledge, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. According to recent studies, sepsis kills 11 million people each year, many of them children. It disables millions more.

The term sepsis generally refers to the source of infection, but is sometimes also used to refer to the condition of septicemia.
Septicemia, condition of the blood, characterized by increasingly high levels of bacteria in the circulatory system, with resulting infection of tissues and organs
 

Source:  world health organization

More than 3 billion people protected from harmful trans fat in their food

Informed 2 weeks ago

Two years into the WHO's ambitious effort to eliminate industrially produced trans fats from the global food supply, 58 countries so far have introduced laws that will protect 3.2 billion people from the harmful substance by the end of 2021. But more than 100 countries still need to take actions to remove these harmful substances from their food supplies.  

Source:  world health organization

COVID-19 could reverse decades of progress toward eliminating preventable child deaths

Informed 2 weeks ago

With the number of under-5 deaths at an all-time low of 5.2 million in 2019, disruptions in child and maternal health services due to the pandemic are putting millions of additional lives at stake.  

Source:  world health organization

How our body's immune system reacts to COVID-19

Informed 2 weeks ago

In this episode of Science in 5, Dr Maria Van Kerkhove explains how the SARS-CoV-2 virus infects the body and how our body’s immune system reacts.  

Source:  world health organization

The race for a COVID-19 vaccine

Informed 2 weeks ago

Immunization currently prevents 2-3 million deaths every year. There are now vaccines to prevent more than 20 life-threatening diseases, and work is ongoing at unprecedented speed to also make COVID-19 a vaccine-preventable disease.  

Source:  world health organization

በመንግስት ሆስፒታሎች የኩላሊት እጥበት ህከምና ለሚከታታሉ ዜጎች ወጪያቸው በመንግስት ይሸፈናል

Informed 2 weeks ago

በ2013 ዓ.ም መንግስት ሆስፒታሎች የኩላሊት እጥበት ህክምና ለሚከታታሉ ዜጎች አመቱን ሙሉ የህክምና ወጪያቸው በመንግስት የሚሸፈን መሆኑን የአዲስ አበባ ከተማ አስተዳደር ምክትል ከንቲባ አዳነች አቤቤ ገለጹ።
ምክትል ከንቲባዋ የምስጋና ቀንን ምክንያት በማድረግ የዘውዲቱ ሆስፒታል ለይቶ ማቆያን ጎብኝተዋል።
በመንግስት ሆስፒታሎች የኩላሊት እጥበት ህክምና ለሚከታታሉ ዜጎች አመቱን ሙሉ የህክምና ወጪያቸው በመንግስት የሚሸፈን መሆኑን የአዲስ አበባ ከተማ አስተዳደር ምክትል ከንቲባዋ ገልጸዋል።
ህሙማኑ በሳምንት ሶስት ጊዜ የኩላሊት እጥበት በማድረግ ለከፍተኛ ወጭ እየተዳረጉ መሆኑ ይታወቃል።
መንግስት ችግሩን ተረድቶ ከ12 ሚሊዮን ብር በላይ ወጪ የሚያደርግ መሆኑን ወይዘሮ አዳነች ገልጸዋል።
በአሁኑ ወቅት በሶስት የመንግስት ሆስፒታሎች ማለትም በሚኒሊክ፣ ዘውዲቱና ጳውሎስ ሆስፒታሎች የኩላሊት እጥበት አገልግሎት እየተሰጠ መሆኑ ይታወቃል።  


Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial paused after unexplained illness, says AstraZeneca

Informed 2 weeks ago

Late-stage studies of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine candidate are on temporary hold while the company investigates whether a recipient's "potentially unexplained" illness is a side effect of the shot. In a statement issued on Tuesday evening, the company said its "standard review process triggered a pause to vaccination to allow review of safety data".

AstraZeneca didn't reveal any information about the possible side effect except to call it "a potentially unexplained illness.  

Source:  The economic times

As COVID-19 devastates already fragile health systems, over 6,000 additional children under five could die a day, without urgent action

Informed 2 weeks ago

In May, initial modelling by Johns Hopkins University showed that almost 6,000 additional children could die per day due to disruptions due to COVID-19.  

Source:  world health organization and UNICEF

ለኮቪድ 19 ድንገተኛ ሁኔታ ዝግጅት የሚዉል ድጋፍ ለማሰባሰብ የቀረበውን ሀገራዊ ጥሪ ተከትሎ የተለያዩ ድርጅቶች ለብሔራዊ የድጋፍ አሰባሳቢ ኮሚቴ የቁስ እና የገንዘብ ድጋፍ ማድረጉን ቀጥለዋል።

Informed 2 weeks ago

Informer:  Ministry of Peace
ለኮቪድ 19 ድንገተኛ ሁኔታ ዝግጅት የሚዉል ድጋፍ ለማሰባሰብ የቀረበውን ሀገራዊ ጥሪ ተከትሎ የተለያዩ ድርጅቶች ለብሔራዊ የድጋፍ አሰባሳቢ ኮሚቴ የቁስ እና የገንዘብ ድጋፍ ማድረጉን ቀጥለዋል።

ድጋፎቹ የሚከተሉት ናቸው፦
የየሺ ግሩፕ እህት ኩባንያ የሆነው ጥላ የምግብ አምራች ድርጅት አንድ አንቡላንስ ድጋፍ አድርጓል
ፕሪሚየም ኢቬንት የተባለ ድርጅት በአይነቱ ለየት ያለ የኮሮና ወረርሽኝን ለመከላከል የሚውል በሰዓት 3000 ሰዎችን ሙቀት የሚለካና ፀረ ተህዋሲን የሚረጭ ማሽን ድጋፍ አድርጓል።
የአፍሪካ ኢኮኖሚ ኮሚሽን ስለ ኮሮና ወረርሽኝ ምንነት ግንዛቤ የሚያስጨብጡ በአራት ቋንቋዎች የተዘጋጁ 15ሺህ ፖስተሮችን ድጋፍ አድርጓል።
የሰላም ሚኒስቴር በዚህ አስቸጋራ ወቅት ማህበራዊ ሀላፊነታቸዉን በመወጣት ከኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ጎን ለሆኑ ድርጅቶች በብሔራዊ የድጋፍ አሰባሰብ ኮሚቴ ስም የላቀ ምስጋናውን ያቀርባል።  


Levels and Trends in Child Mortality, 2020 Report

Informed 2 weeks ago

The number of global under-five deaths dropped to its lowest point on record in 2019 – down to 5.2 million from 12.5 million in 1990, according to new mortality estimates released by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the World Bank Group.  

Source:  world health organization

Your complete prostate health guide

Informed 2 weeks ago

Most men are almost certain to face a prostate disease. It could be the pain of prostatitis, the discomfort of BPH, or the life-altering implications of prostate cancer.

The 2020 Annual Report on Prostate Diseases arms you with the information you need to make the best choices for your condition, your comfort, your expectations, and your priorities.

The answers you need — from testing to treatment — in one book!

Decisions don’t get much more personal than the ones you’re asked to make when you’re diagnosed with a prostate disease. This Annual is written to give direction to those very personal decisions. It is empowering reading. It will give you the input you need for the outcome you want. Don’t wait. Send for your copy of the 2020 Annual Report on Prostate Diseases today!  

Source:  Harvard University

ደቡብ ሱዳን በኢትዮጵያ የኮሮናቫይረስ መጨመር እንዳሳሰባት ገለፀች

Informed 2 weeks ago

Informer:  BBC Amharic
በኢትዮጵያ በኮሮናቫይረስ የሚያዙ ሰዎች ቁጥር በከፍተኛ ሁኔታ መጨመሩ ደቡብ ሱዳን እንዳሳሰባት ገልፃለች።
መጋቢት ወር ወረርሽኙ ከተከሰተበት ጀምሮ በቫይረሱ የሚያዙ ሰዎች ቁጥር እየጨመረ በመጣባት ኢትዮጵያ በባለፉት ሳምንታት በከፍተኛ ሁኔታ መጨመሩን የአለም አቀፉ ጤና ድርጅት አስታውቋል።
የኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ በየቀኑ ከአዲስ አበባ ወደ ደቡብ ሱዳኗ መዲና ጁባ በረራ የሚያደርግ ሲሆን ይሄም ሁኔታ አስጊ ነው በማለት የጤና ባለስልጣናቱ ተናግረዋል።  


Fight cognitive decline with this guide from Harvard Medical School

Informed 2 weeks ago

Do you sometimes have trouble remembering the name of your favorite movie? Or dinner plans with your spouse? Are you noticing that you’re having more difficulty finding your words? If so, it could be the result of normal aging — or it could be a condition called mild cognitive impairment (MCI). You owe it to yourself and your family to get the facts about MCI and learn what you can do to keep your brain healthy.

Fortunately, learning about MCI is now a lot easier thanks to Understanding Mild Cognitive Impairment, a guide from the experts at Harvard Medical School. This information-packed resource tells you everything you need to know about MCI, including:

1. How you can reverse MCI
2. Steps you can take to protect yourself from MCI
3. How MCI is treated
4. Everything you need to know about MCI

If you or a loved one are facing MCI — or worried you might someday — it’s essential that you get informed. Order Understanding Mild Cognitive Impairment now and discover how you can help safeguard your brain health for years to come.  

Source:  Harvard University

Weekly Epidemiological updates - Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Informed 2 weeks ago

World health organization has moved to a weekly situation report format for COVID-19.  

Source:  world health organization

How to report misinformation online

Informed 2 weeks ago

In the context of the strategic partnership with the Government of the United Kingdom, WHO has joined forces with its communications teams to raise awareness of misinformation around COVID-19 and encourage individuals to report false or misleading content online.  

Source:  world health organization

WHO Health Alert on WhatsApp now in more languages

Informed 2 weeks ago

WHO’s COVID-19 Health Alert on WhatsApp is now available in 18 languages. The service can be accessed by a link that opens a conversation on WhatsApp. Users can simply type “hi”, "hola", "oi", “salut”, "ciao" “sveiki” “sannu" or any other of the 18 greetings to activate the conversation, prompting a menu of options that can help answer their questions about COVID-19.  

Source:  world health organization

COVID-19 facts on Free Basics

Informed 2 weeks ago

WHO recently partnered with Facebook and Praekelt.Org to provide COVID-19 information in Free Basics and Discover, in a mobile-friendly format. Through this collaboration, some of the world’s most vulnerable people will be able to access lifesaving health information without data charges on participating operators in more than 50 countries. The product is currently available in English, French and Spanish, with Arabic and other languages coming soon.  

Source:  world health organization

ክትባት በሽታ የመከላከል አቅምን ከፍ ያደርጋል ተባለ

Informed 2 weeks ago

Informer:  BBC Amharic
የሩሲያ ሳይንቲስቶች ለኮሮረናቫይረስ በተሰራው ክትባት ዙሪያ የመጀመሪያ ሪፖርታቸውን አቅርበዋል።
በክትባቱ
ላይ የተደረጉ ምርምሮችን መሠረት በማደረግ ክትባቱ የሰዎችን የበሽታ የመከላከል አቅምን ከፍ እንደሚያደርግ ደርሰንበታል ብለዋል ተመራማሪዎቹ።
ሪፖርቱ ዘ ላንሴት በተሰኘው ሜዲካል ጆርናል ላይ ነው የወጣው።
በሪፖርቱ ላይም ሁሉም የጥናቱ ተሳታፊዎች ክትባቱ ከተሰጣቸው በኋላ ቫይረሱን ለመዋጋት የሚያስችላቸው አንቲቦዲ ማዳበራቸውን እና የከፋ የጎንዮሽ ጉዳት እንዳልታየባቸው ተገልጿል።  


Russian coronavirus vaccine produces immune response in early trials

Informed 2 weeks ago

A coronavirus vaccine candidate developed in Russia prompted an immune response and didn't cause serious adverse reactions in early trials, according to new data.

This data was released weeks after Russia announced that it had approved its vaccine for the general population (but had actually only approved it for a small group of people), Live Science reported, drawing criticism from public health experts who said there was not enough data to prove the vaccine was safe and effective.  

Source:  Livescience

Overcoming Addiction reveals 30 proven strategies for conquering addiction and sustaining recovery!

Informed 2 weeks ago

Addiction can test the strongest family. It can cost friendships. It can strain patience. It can drain finances. It can bring irretrievable loss.

But freedom from addiction is possible. New approaches are providing motivation, easing withdrawal, and renewing purpose. Overcoming Addiction shares those strategies that can end a dependency and restore well-being.

Please, don't wait! Order your copy of Overcoming Addiction now!  

Source:  Harvard University

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