Wednesday , 24 May 2017


The Latest: Ethiopian candidate picked as next WHO chief

The Latest on the World Health Organization’s new chief (all times local): 6:58 p.m. Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former minister of health, has been elected the next leader of the World Health Organization. Tedro defeated Britain’s Dr. David Nabarro, a U.N. veteran, in the final round of voting on Tuesday. He will be the first non-medical doctor and the ... Read More »

WHO assembly set to choose next chief among 3 candidates

Health ministers, diplomats and other high-level envoys are set to choose the next director-general of the World Health Organization among three finalists. As it stands, 185 member states attending WHO’s World Health Assembly are eligible to cast ballots Tuesday afternoon. Nine others are either in arrears on their dues or not represented at the 10-day gathering. The candidates are Tedros ... Read More »

Uncertainty grows as Trump delays a health care decision

Uncertainty over the future of health care is growing deeper for millions of Americans who buy their own policies. While insurers released a blueprint Monday for stabilizing wobbly markets, the Trump administration is leaving in limbo billions of dollars in federal subsidy payments. The administration and House Republicans have asked a federal appeals court for a 90-day extension in a ... Read More »

Man dies after being sickened in apparent botulism outbreak

A botulism outbreak linked to contaminated nacho-cheese dip sold at a Northern California gas station has killed one man and left at least nine other people hospitalized, health officials said Monday. The San Francisco County coroner’s office identified the dead man as Martin Galindo-Larios Jr., 37. Matt Conens, a spokesman for the California Department of Public Health, declined to release ... Read More »

The Latest: US 'disappointed' Taiwan not at WHO assembly

The Latest on the annual World Health Assembly in Geneva (all times local): 6 p.m. President Donald Trump’s top health official says the United States is “disappointed” that Taiwan wasn’t invited to the World Health Organization’s most important annual meeting. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price says the U.S. “remains committed that Taiwan should not be excluded ... Read More »

3-D printed ovaries help mice get pregnant, show promise for fertility treatments

In the era of regenerative medicine, which seeks to develop replacement tissues and organs in the lab for the millions of people in need, 3-D printing is a new frontier. The technology has already been harnessed to create everything from human skin to bone and heart tissue to cartilage for use during surgery and transplants. Ovaries may be the next ... Read More »

Hospitals remain key targets as ransomware attacks expected to increase

The massive cyberattack this weekend that used “Wannacry” ransomware to infiltrate hundreds of thousands of computers has left organizations around the world – including medical care providers – on high alert. The attack on the British National Health Service that affected 16 hospitals became the most visible and frightening symbol of the attack, after several patients were sent to other ... Read More »

At least 3 dead in latest Ebola outbreak

A new Ebola outbreak has been detected in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the World Health Organization. Since April 22, there have been nine suspected Ebola cases and three deaths, the WHO said. One out of the five blood samples tested at the DRC’s National Biomedical Research Institute tested positive for the disease. Six people remain hospitalized with ... Read More »

Doctor eases Somali-American community vaccine fears amid Minnesota measles outbreak

Weeks into Minneapolis’ worst measles outbreak in more than 25 years, public health experts are still struggling to get some families in the Somali community to vaccinate their children. Currently, 51 people have been infected with measles in Minnesota, 46 of whom are Somali-Americans. For years, public health officials have been trying to increase the vaccination rates in the Somali ... Read More »