The World Health Organization recently announced new developments for the treatment of tuberculosis and it's meant to speed up detection and improve treatment outcomes. According to a report by Medscape, the new recommendations is designed specifically for patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). It's said to be cheaper and shorter compared to the present that can last up to two years.
As detailed in WHO's website, the new treatment regimen can now be completed within just nine to 12 months only. The current one is a very long one for patients to be able to comply or complete all through out.. It is also found out that the long duration plan yields low cure rates, which is just 50 percent on average globally.
But with the new and shorter regimen, WHO expects better outcomes and potentially decrease the number of deaths. The new treatment plan is also cheaper. The expense per patient will now be less than $1000 per patient. As said by Dr. Mario Raviglione, Director of WHO's Global TB Program, the new regimen is a "critical step forward" in dealing with the MDR-TB public health crisis. more >>
A 22-year-old Iowa woman who police allege gave birth in a hospital bathroom and then tried to flush the baby down the toilet because she thought it was stillborn, is now facing charges of child endangerment.
A criminal complaint cited by WHOtv, says the woman, Ashley Hautzenrader, entered a restroom at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics complex at about 9:24 p.m. Sunday and delivered the baby in the toilet.
Hautzenrader told police she was unaware that she was pregnant when she entered the restroom and thought the baby was dead when it came out because it didn't cry. She tried flushing the baby down the toilet, before placing the newborn in a pillowcase and dumping the boy in a trash can. more >>
The Islamic University of Al Azhar, the highest academic center of Sunni Islam, has joined the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Egypt in the fight against the epidemic of female genital mutilation.
Fides News Agency reported that Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II and Sheikh Ahmed al Tayyeb, imam of al-Azhar, signed a joint statement on Monday committing their fight against the many abuses children in Egypt suffer.
Statistics show that more than 70 percent of all Egyptian children suffer some form of abuse or violence within their families and communities, Fides added. more >>
In spite of the opposition and skepticism, Arizona finally signed into law a bill that officially restores the federal health insurance program intended primarily for children who belong to families with lower incomes compared to the nation's average. The new law is a landmark decision by Governor Doug Ducey since the state is the only one left in the U.S. that hasn't embraced the program, at least until last Friday when it was signed.
Arizona's government declined to approve and sign into law the federal Children's Health Insurance Program back in 2010, reasoning out that the state was struggling with its budget, per report from Reuters.
According to The Associated Press, the newly-approved program will be called "KidsCare," which basically is similar to the federal version. The report said that it is designed to be able to provide insurance to around 30,000 children with parents who earn less than 200 percent of the poverty line. It will cover working families which aren't qualified for Medicaid health care coverage, but are likewise not able to afford obtaining private health insurance. more >>
Planned Parenthood is fighting a decision by the state of Kansas removing Medicaid compensation for the nation's largest abortion provider.
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri filed suit against Kansas in federal court on Thursday in response to the state Department of Health and Environment terminating their participation in Medicaid.
"We will fight with all we have to protect Kansans' right to choose their health care provider," said Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri President and CEO Laura McQuade in a statement. more >>
Jon "Bones" Jones uses his arms and legs to defeat opponents in the UFC, but the mixed martial arts fighter is leaning on the power of prayer to help his mother battle diabetes.
On April 23 Jones, 28, bested Ovince Saint Preux for the interim light-heavyweight title, but many questioned why he wasn't fighting in the dominating way he had in the past. For Jones, the answer was more than being rusty after missing over a year in the cage due to a suspension following his arrest.
"In my last fight, you know, I had a lot of stuff stacked up against me. A lot of you guys don't really realize what's been going on in my personal life," Jones said during a press conference for UFC 200 last week, according to MMA Junkie. "My mom is in a real bad position. She's really losing a fight to diabetes right now." more >>