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Surgical masks non-inferior to N95 masks for preventing COVID-19 spread

Time : 30th of November 2022 10:49:25 AM Physician/Medicine,Nursing,Covid-19

A study on healthcare providers who were routinely caring for COVID-19 patients or people suspected to have COVID-19 revealed that the risk of testing positive for COVID-19 did not differ much among healthcare workers using medical masks or N95 respirator masks. The study was conducted on over 1000 healthcare workers from Canada, Israel, Egypt, and Pakistan.

WHO changes the name of monkeypox to mpox

Time : 29th of November 2022 01:12:47 PM Trending,Physician/Medicine,Nursing,Entertainment

The agency said it would begin using the name "mpox" as a synonym for "monkeypox". It also said both names would be used for a year while the term "monkeypox" gets phased out. The name change decision was taken over concerns of stigma and racism raised by countries and people. The name will be included in the ICD-10 now and ICD-11 in the official 2023 release.
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India: Measles outbreak causes the death of 12 children

Time : 25th of November 2022 10:23:38 AM Physician/Medicine,Paediatrics,Nursing

The first death was reported In Mumbai at the end of October. So far, the city has reported 233 confirmed infections, which is 3 times higher than that reported last year. Disruptions in the immunization of children during the COVID-19 pandemic caused the spike in measles infections. Europe also reported large outbreaks due to low rates of vaccination.

WHO warns about the impending global threat of measles outbreaks

Time : 24th of November 2022 12:19:49 PM Physician/Medicine,Paediatrics,Nursing,Covid-19

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a decline in immunization against measles and disruptions in the surveillance of infections worldwide. About 40 million children missed their measles vaccines in 2021. WHO reported large outbreaks at the beginning of 2022, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. WHO's measles head said the coming 12 to 24 months could be challenging.
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Five bacteria caused more than 30% of deaths due to infections in 2019

Time : 22nd of November 2022 12:18:06 PM Physician/Medicine,Nursing

Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa are the top 5 bacteria that caused about 55% of deaths among all bacteria studied, as per the study. Bacterial infections were the second leading cause of death in 2019. Antimicrobial resistance is causing deaths from once-treatable infections.
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Study reports monkeypox's clinical features in women and non-binary people

Time : 18th of November 2022 12:10:02 PM Physician/Medicine,Nursing

The study on cis and trans women and non-binary individuals with monkeypox infection revealed that clinical features in these individuals were the same as those seen in men. Vulvovaginal lesions were seen as predominant in cis women and non-binary people, while anorectal features were predominant in trans women. Also, HIV co-infection was prevalent among this study group.
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WHO: Almost 50% of the world's population has oral diseases

Time : 18th of November 2022 09:45:25 AM Physician/Medicine,Nursing,Emergency Medicine,Dentistry

Severe gum disease, oral cancers, tooth decay, and tooth loss are common oral diseases worldwide. Around 2.5 billion people worldwide are suffering from tooth decay, while 380,000 new oral cancer cases are being diagnosed yearly. Oral health is being neglected due to high out-of-pocket costs and the unavailability of dental equipment in primary healthcare facilities.
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FDA authorizes a monkeypox diagnostic test from Roche

Time : 16th of November 2022 01:37:55 PM Physician/Medicine,Pharma News,Nursing,Diagnostics & Pathology

The test detects DNA of the monkeypox virus from the swab samples collected from patients with suspected infection. These tests will be available on the Swiss company's cobas systems. These systems can also detect hepatitis B and C and HIV infections. The testing will only be limited to labs meeting the requirements to conduct these complex tests, as per the report.
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A touch-based technology could help us know what is happening in the body

Time : 16th of November 2022 11:28:28 AM Physician/Medicine,Nursing,Diagnostics & Pathology

Researchers developed a "cryptographic bio-human machine interface" using hydrogel-coated sensors for the collection and detection of circulating compounds on the skin. The technology can also measure blood oxygen levels and heart rate. It also encrypts the data to make it private and secure. This technology is believed to revolutionize noninvasive diagnostics.

Researchers transfuse lab-grown blood into people for the first time

Time : 15th of November 2022 12:38:57 PM Physician/Medicine,Pharma News,Nursing

This blood is made from stem cells extracted from normal blood that are guided to become RBCs, which carry oxygen. The process takes 3 weeks, where 0.5 million stem cells form 50 billion RBCs, which are further filtered down to 15 billion RBCs. It has been tested on two volunteers so far. The blood was tagged with a radioactive substance to know how long it lasts in a person.