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Vaccines saved 20 million people from death due to COVID-19 in the first year
COVID-19 vaccines protected 19.8 million lives during their first year, according to a study. An additional 0.6 million COVID-19-associated deaths would have been avoided if the WHO target of vaccination to 40% of the global population by the 2021 end had been met. The study excluded China due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 effect on its vast population.
ESH does not recommend cuffless devices for the diagnosis of hypertension
European Society of Hypertension (ESH) stated that cuffless blood pressure monitoring devices have some specific accuracy issues, rendering the standard cuff device validation protocols inadequate for their validation. Also, the clinical efficacy of cuffless devices with a universal validation protocol must be proven in healthy people and those with hypertension.
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.
Council on Foreign Relations
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.
A case of Waldenström macroglobulinemia presenting as hyperviscosity retinopathy
A 60-year-old man presented to a hospital with a 2-month history of blurry vision. On examination, the best-corrected visual acuity was 10/20 in each eye. A fundoscopic examination showed retinal vein dilation in both eyes and tortuosity with retinal haemorrhages. His visual acuity improved gradually to 20/20 after treatment with seven rounds of plasmapheresis.
What are the causes of salty taste in the mouth?
Dehydration causes a salty taste in the mouth because if a person is not hydrated, salt in his saliva becomes more concentrated, leading to a salty taste. Dry mouth and a few medications causing dry mouth cause a salty or metallic taste due to impairment in a salivary gland. Also, postnasal drip, pregnancy rhinitis, GERD and neurological disorders cause salty taste.
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
Experts offer new guidelines for health workers caring for people with monkeypox
These guidelines include recommendations to use personal protective equipment, approved disinfectants and to engage health care workers in contact tracing carefully to prevent the spread of monkeypox. Experts advise that proper management prevents public health workers from encountering monkeypox, which prevents the increase in ongoing staffing shortages due to COVID-19.
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.
ACS Committee on Trauma revises field triage guidelines for injured patients
The recommendation stressed the need to transport injured patients to the right-level trauma centre, which reflects the assessments done in the field to make precise judgements about the status of therapy a wounded patient might require. The revised advice reflects the information flow to EMS physicians and actual use in the field and incorporates direct feedback from EMS.
American college of Surgeons