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BioGX and Cepheid announce collaboration to generate monkeypox PCR test
Cepheid and BioGX announced a business collaboration between the companies for validating and delivering a PCR test to diagnose monkeypox, which could work on the GeneXpert System. The globally installed base of about 40,000 GeneXpert Systems across 180 countries enables this test to be quickly deployed in multiple settings where immediate information is needed.
How does the legal status of abortions vary by region worldwide?
Almost two dozen nations globally banned abortion altogether. Thirty-eight countries have liberalised their abortion laws, since 2000, according to a report. Thailand and Argentina have legalised abortions since 2020 with some gestational limits. Mexico, New Zealand, Columbia and South Korea decriminalised abortion on demand till twenty-four weeks of pregnancy.
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AHF urges WHO to declare the current monkeypox outbreak an emergency
WHO did not declare monkeypox as public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) due to the stigmatisation of certain communities. But, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) said that the stigmatisation could be combated by implementing laws to protect the community, not by minimising public health evidence or denying an epidemiological reality.
Monkeypox virus is undergoing mutations faster than expected
The real mutation rate of the monkeypox virus is 6-12 times faster than expected, and it likely underwent a time of accelerated evolution, according to a study. Scientists found nearly 50 new mutations in the monkeypox virus that were not found in previous viral strains identified from 2018 to 2019. Many of these mutations emerged due to the viral contact with APOBEC3.
UN experts denounce the US supreme court's decision on restrictive abortion law
Human rights experts from United Nations denounced the US supreme court's decision to abolish Roe v. Wade, which protected women's right to opt for abortion. It also called on Joe Biden to take necessary measures to reduce its consequences. Experts describe the court's decision as a severe rollback of human rights, which jeopardises women's health and lives.
Experts warn that poliovirus might reemerge in the UK soon
A national incident was announced in Britain in the last week of June 2022 after the UK health agency repeatedly identified polio virus in the London sewage works. Also, the government urged parents to update their children's polio vaccination status. WHO adopted the name Disease X to represent polio or any unknown pathogen that might cause a future epidemic.
WHO decides not to consider monkeypox a public health emergency
Although many aspects of the multi-country monkeypox outbreak are unusual, including cases reported in non-endemic countries, the WHO announced that the outbreak should not be considered a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) at this stage. However, the emergency committee advised nations to take intense response efforts to control the outbreak.
World Health Organization
WHO will soon announce its decision on declaring a monkeypox emergency
The WHO announced that it would decide whether to declare the current monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency or not soon. It stirred criticism from African scientists who said that monkeypox had been a health crisis in Africa for years. WHO announces any disease as an emergency only when it affects the developed countries, not developing countries.
WHN declares monkeypox as a global pandemic
The World Health Network (WHN) declared the recent monkeypox outbreak as a "Public Health Emergency of Global Concern", as confirmed monkeypox cases reached 3,417 across 58 countries worldwide involving local community transmission. WHN suggests nations address the monkeypox by immediate actions, as early and quicker actions require the least intervention.
World Health Network
Italy executes its first medically assisted suicide
A 44-year-old man who was paralysed 12 years ago in a car accident died after self-administering a lethal drug in his home. He fought a long legal battle for euthanasia access until regional health authorities gave him a green signal in November 2021. But, the assisted suicide legality in Italy is a fraught issue as the Roman Catholic church and politicians opposed it.