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Doctor accused of under influence wins $3.7 million lawsuit
Dr John M Farmer won it for emotional distress against a medical group for their actions against the doctor post impairment complaint. Dr Farmer was in the third year of residency in 2019 when he was accused of being on drugs or under the influence. His coworkers testified that he was not impaired. However, this false lawsuit disrupted his career and job prospects.
Using masks at the doctor's office is still beneficial
Though the WHO declared the expiration of the COVID-19 public health emergency, using face masks in community settings, hospitals, and clinics could reduce the risk of catching the virus, as per a study. The study also revealed no significant differences in the protection provided by N95 respirators and surgical masks, while evidence was insufficient on cloth vs surgical masks.
WHO ends global health emergency of COVID-19 pandemic
With great hope, the head of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, declared an end to the "public health emergency of international concern". The pandemic caused a death every three minutes. COVID-19 has caused almost 7 million deaths. WHO's head also reflected that COVID-19 also erased trillions from GDP, affecting businesses, travel and trade, pushing millions into poverty.
Weight loss in older people may raise the risk of death
Even a 5% of loss in body weight in older healthy men and women aged above 75 years was associated with an increased risk of all-cause mortality, as per a study. The risk of all-cause mortality increased by 289% in older men and 114% in older women when weight loss was more than 10%. These findings highlight the importance of monitoring weight changes in this population.
First H3N8 bird flu death reported in China
The WHO reported that a 56-year-old woman with H3N8 bird flu in southeast China died in March due to severe pneumonia. She also had a history of exposure to wild birds, live poultry, and multiple health conditions. No close contact developed symptoms, suggesting the virus may not spread easily. WHO calls for global surveillance owing to the constant evolution of flu viruses.
New COVID-19 virus subvariant causes eye symptoms in kids
The cases of Omicron subvariant XBB.1.16, called Arcturus, are increasing in India, the US, Singapore, Australia, and others. Doctors are reporting symptoms of itchy, pink, and sticky eyes, cough and high fever in children. Experts also found the virus in the eye's tear film. This variant is causing symptoms of flu-like sore throat, cough, and nasal discharge in adults.
Recalled eyedrops linked to more deaths and vision loss
So far, three deaths and four more eyeball removal have been reported due to rare bacterial infections associated with the usage of contaminated artificial tears and eye ointments. A total of 8 patients lost their vision in at least one eye, and a few underwent corneal transplantation. Some patients also reported urinary tract and respiratory infections in this outbreak.
COVID-19: Expert says "endemic" does not suggest it is harmless
A professor from the University of Oxford who studies viral genomics and evolution says the word endemic is being misused for COVID-19. It does not mean it will see a natural end. He further said endemic could be both widespread and deadly, and the virus may not necessarily evolve to become benign. He added that policymakers should not use endemic as an excuse to do nothing.
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Chile culls poultry over bird flu concerns
The nation culled 40,000 poultry birds and buried them after detecting the first bird flu in an industry. Chile's head of livestock protection said it was a limited event as they did not detect any cases in the surrounding areas. The country also suspended the export of chicken for 28 days. Argentina also reported the first case of bird flu last month.
PTSD cases in Turkey-Syria earthquake survivors increasing in numbers
Turkish field hospitals are encountering an increasing number of people experiencing PTSD and panic attacks a week after the earthquake. The survivors suffered enormous trauma in darkness and cold to find their loved ones missing or died. Meanwhile, the combined death toll exceeded 37,000, and the aftershock caused survivors to struggle for basic sanitation and shelter.