Pope Francis visits children in hospital, who will be discharged on Saturday

VATICAN CITY, March 31 (Reuters) – Pope Francis baptized a baby and greeted children at Rome’s Gemelli Hospital on Friday as he appeared to be recovering quickly from a bout of bronchitis that left him hospitalized earlier this week. Francis is expected to return home on Saturday, pending the results of his final medical tests, … Read more

Infant syphilis cases are skyrocketing in Canada amid health care failures

TORONTO, March 31 (Reuters) – The number of babies born with syphilis in Canada is rising much faster than in the United States or Europe. the public health system for indigenous peoples. While syphilis has seen a global resurgence in the past five years, Canada is an outlier among wealthy nations in terms of its … Read more

Kamala Harris announces Tanzania trade boost on Africa tour

DAR ES SALAAM, March 30 (Reuters) – US Vice President Kamala Harris announced plans to boost trade and investment in Tanzania during a visit there on Thursday, part of an African tour aimed at strengthening ties with a continent where China and Russia are increasingly in control. Harris began her trip in Ghana on Sunday … Read more

As weight loss drugs enter the US market, doctors debate their use

30 March (Reuters) – As powerful new anti-obesity drugs hit the US market, medical associations are eager to advise their members on how best to use them for patients. That’s where the debate begins. Some specialists advocate the wide use of drugs such as Novo Nordisk’s (NOVOb.CO) Wegovy, in addition to a healthy diet and … Read more

Chile detects first case of avian flu in a human

SANTIAGO, March 29 (Reuters) – Chile detected the first case of avian flu in a human, the health ministry announced on Wednesday. The case was discovered in a 53-year-old man who was showing severe flu symptoms, according to a statement from the ministry, but they noted the patient’s condition was stable. The government is also … Read more

Exclusive: The WHO is considering adding drugs for obesity to the list of ‘essential’ medicines

LONDON, March 29 (Reuters) – Drugs that fight obesity could for the first time be included on the World Health Organization’s “list of essential medicines” used to guide government purchasing decisions in low- and middle-income countries, it said. UN agency to Reuters. A panel of WHO advisers will review new drug applications next month, with … Read more

WHO is reviewing COVID-19 vaccine recommendations for the Omicron era

March 28 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization has updated its COVID-19 vaccination recommendations for a new phase of the pandemic, suggesting healthy children and adolescents may not necessarily need a shot, but older high-risk groups should get a booster between 6 to 12 months after their last vaccine. The UN agency said the aim … Read more

Antibiotics may not aid survival of patients hospitalized with viral infections – study

LONDON, March 24 (Reuters) – Most patients admitted to hospital with acute viral infections are given antibiotics as a precaution against bacterial co-infection, but the practice may not improve survival, new research suggests. Researchers examined the impact of antibiotic use on survival in more than 2,100 patients in a hospital in Norway between 2017 and … Read more

Vaccine makers make bird flu shot for humans ‘just in case’; wealthy nations lay down supplies

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) – Some of the world’s leading makers of flu vaccines say they could make hundreds of millions of bird flu shots for humans within months if a new strain of bird flu ever jumps the species divide. A current outbreak of bird flu, known as H5N1 clade, has killed a … Read more

Vaccine-derived poliovirus detected in Burundi, Congo

JOHANNESBURG/LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) – Health officials in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have discovered cases of vaccine-derived poliovirus, according to the World Health Organization and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The WHO said the Burundian government had declared the discovery of the virus a national public health emergency after cases were … Read more