2022-05-21: News Headlines

The Lancet (2022-05-21). [Editorial] Assistive technologies: time for a shift in thinking. thelancet.com Sustainable Development Goal 3—to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages—is a far-off wish for 2 ∑5 billion people. So suggests the first Global Report on Assistive Technology released this week by WHO and UNICEF. The report shows that almost a third of people worldwide have a need for at least one assistive product, and that nearly 1 billion people are denied access, particularly in low-income and middle-income countries, where as low as 3% of the need is currently met.

Kungu Al-Mahadi Adam (2022-05-21). Najjuma participates in Kibuku run to reduce maternal deaths, calls for improved obstetric care. plusnews.ug Nakaseke District Woman MP, Sarah Najjuma has Saturday morning participated in the Save a Mother Run in Kibuku District, a fundraiser organised by area MP Herbert Kinobere to save mothers who die during childbirth. The run which started from Kasasira Health Center III in Kibuku District, was flagged off by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, …

Our Reporter (2022-05-21). We must train marine engineers says Museveni. plusnews.ug President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has reiterated the need for Busoga University to teach marine engineering and related courses. He made the statement after commissioning 12 marine ambulances at the Uganda People's Defence Forces(UPDF) marine base in Entebbe. The event took place on May 20. Museveni says he is concerned that none of the public universities …

Our Reporter (2022-05-21). NRM acussed of bribing voters in Omoro. plusnews.ug The Opposition political candidates vying for the Omoro County Parliamentary seat are accusing the National Resistance Movement — NRM Party officials of allegedly bribing voters. Six candidates are campaigning to fill the vacant Omoro County Parliamentary seat ahead of the by-election slated for May 26th, 2022. The candidates are; Simon Toolit Akecha, National Unity Platform-NUP …

Our Reporter (2022-05-21). Luwero leaders blame police of mob justice. plusnews.ug Local leaders in Luwero have blamed Police for the escalation of mob justice in the district. According to the Police crime report released on May 18,Luwero registered 21 cases of people who were killed by mob action in 2021. Luwero is ranked first in mob justice cases according to the statistics, while Mbarara and Kyenjojo …

Our Reporter (2022-05-21). Residents ask Gov't to fully equip Kilembe mines hospital. plusnews.ug Residents of Kilembe and persons seeking medical services at Kilembe Mines Hospital in Kasese are asking government to fully equip the hospital to better service delivery in the area. The residents have said government should move quickly to equip the hospital with good medical equipment. Kilembe mines hospital permanently shifted to Kasese town in June …

Our Reporter (2022-05-21). Kabaale International Airport to be ready in February 2023. plusnews.ug Kabaale International Airport in Hoima, Uganda's second international airport now under construction is due for completion nine months from now, according to the contractors. The immediate objective of the airport, 200 kilometers by air from Entebbe International Airport and 33 kilometers by road from Hoima City, is mainly transportation of the equipment expected to be …

Our Reporter (2022-05-21). Police mount checkpoints to screen 'strangers' In Omoro ahead of by-election. plusnews.ug The Police have mounted a number of checkpoints and deployed security personnel along major roads within Omoro District to beef security ahead of the Omoro County Parliamentary by-election. The checkpoints are visible within Opit Town Council and along roads connecting Opit Town Council to Lalogi Town Council and Acet Town Council. The Aswa River Region …

Our Reporter (2022-05-21). Kamya unhappy with Ssenyonyi over 'Heart Attack' talk. plusnews.ug The Inspector General of Government(IGG),Beti Kamya is very unhappy with the chairperson of the Parliament Committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises-Cosase ,Hon.Joel Ssenyonyi and also Nakawa West MP in Kampala for saying that she failed to appear before the Uganda Land Commission (ULC) probe because she had got a heart attack. Speaking today …

Our Reporter (2022-05-21). Retiring Cranes midfielder Mawejje to be honored. plusnews.ug Uganda Premier League players will today afternoon honour Uganda Cranes midfielder Tonny Mawejje who will be playing his last competitive match for his club Police FC. SC Vipers will host Police FC in one of the last matches of the 2021/2022 Star Times Uganda Premier League at St Mary's Stadium in Kitende. FUFA confirmed in …

Benedict Ipgrave, Miroslava Chavez-Garcia, Marcy Darnovsky, Subhadra Das, Charlene Galarneau, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Nora Ellen Groce, Tony Platt, Milton Reynolds, Marius Turda, Robert A Wilson (2022-05-21). [Perspectives] From small beginnings: to build an anti-eugenic future. thelancet.com September, 1921 was unusually hot and New York was sweltering. For the many immigrants who crowded the city's tenements and pavements, one of the few places for relief from the incessant heat was the American Museum of Natural History. That summer the museum presented a new exhibition with rows of human skulls, snapshots of patients in psychiatric institutions, and the preserved brain of a serial killer. It was all terribly macabre. The immigrants among the museum's visitors who read the leaflet distributed at the entrance soon discovered that this exhibition was all about them.

John J Dennehy, Ravindra K Gupta, William P Hanage, Marc C Johnson, Thomas P Peacock (2022-05-21). [Correspondence] Where is the next SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern? thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic has been characterised by successive waves of new variants of concern sweeping the population. The ultimate source of these variants is not known with certainty, but preliminary evidence suggests at least some have emerged from long-term SARS-CoV-2 infections, such as those observed in immunocompromised patients.1 As a result, it is of the utmost urgency that those with long-term infections should be able to access quality health care and be prioritised for curative therapy because a failure to properly manage these infections poses a risk to the individual and to public health.

Richard Horton (2022-05-21). [Comment] Offline: How to fix pandemic preparedness. thelancet.com Surveillance. Detection. Response. The elements of a robust public health system to prevent the next (inevitable) pandemic are well understood. An early warning system for pneumonias of unknown aetiology is of paramount importance. Debates abound about how to deliver these crucial functions. A pandemic treaty. Revisions to the International Health Regulations. The role of WHO. Financing instruments. Workforce. There is little consensus. The sad truth is that political disagreements will tie these questions up in the mucilaginous bureaucracy that is today's global health.

Catherine Atim (2022-05-21). Ugandan who swallowed heroin to smuggle it to Mauritius arrested. plusnews.ug Authorities in Mauritius are holding a Ugandan national who swallowed heroin, an addictive and dangerous drug worth Shs 530 million to smuggle it into the country using his body as a vehicle. Daniel Goevins Ongaya, a 40-year-old was arrested at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Mauritius. He had swallowed fifty-four pellets of heroin, weighing …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2022-05-21). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Osteoporosis and a bone-healthy diet. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis and my health care team suggested that I eat a bone-healthy diet to prevent more issues and maintain strong bones as I age. What is osteoporosis, and how can I maintain a bone-healthy diet? ANSWER: Osteoporosis is a condition that causes the bones to thin and lose their strength. When bones become weaker, sudden fractures can occur, even with minimal trauma. A calcium-rich diet is important to maintain…

Sophie Cousins (2022-05-21). [World Report] Eliminating cholera in Haiti. thelancet.com Haiti has declared the country cholera-free; however, the effects of the epidemic remain. Sophie Cousins reports.

Susan Bewley (2022-05-21). [Correspondence] HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening. thelancet.com Screening can cause harm (eg, anxiety, further tests, diagnostic labels, costs, morbidity, and death). Sometimes, a screening programme can bring net benefits when the Wilson and Jungner criteria are applied.1 Screening can detect problems too early, leading to overdiagnosis and overtreatment, resulting in high financial costs, morbidity, and death. Screening healthy people should be considered a medical failure, a second-rate and burdensome approach, and at best should be a temporary, contingent stopgap between the real successes of prevention and cure.

Richard Lane (2022-05-21). [Perspectives] Ambroise Wonkam: making human genomics truly equitable. thelancet.com Since becoming Director of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine and the Department of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA, at the start of 2022, Ambroise Wonkam has developed a clear vision. "I want to lead the field of genetic medicine to enable it to become truly innovative, sustainable, and equitable, for all populations", he says. Such a shift is needed explains Wonkam, who is Professor of Genetic Medicine, because "the history of human genomics has been hugely skewed along the lines of European genetic variation.

Chris McCall (2022-05-21). [World Report] A smoke-free generation: New Zealand's tobacco ban. thelancet.com Many countries will monitor the results of New Zealand's plan to ban sales of tobacco to anyone born after 2009. Chris McCall reports.

Natalia A Trayanova, Eric J Topol (2022-05-21). [Perspectives] Deep learning a person's risk of sudden cardiac death. thelancet.com The incidence of sudden cardiac death is increasing globally, despite improvements in the prevention and management of ischaemic heart disease. The cornerstone for primary prevention of sudden cardiac death due to arrhythmia is the deployment of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Although the survival benefit is indisputable, ICD therapy is resource-intensive and there are risks of complications and morbidity. Accurate risk assessment before device deployment is crucial. But assessment of left ventricular ejection fraction is insensitive.

Peter Sasieni, Alejandra Castanon (2022-05-21). [Correspondence] HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We agree with Susan Bewley's suggestion that cervical screening should be reviewed in light of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. We have published suggesting that women vaccinated with either the bivalent or quadrivalent vaccine at ages 11—15 years might be screened on just three occasions (approximately at ages 30, 40, and 55 years), and that women vaccinated with the nonavalent vaccine might be screened just twice.1 Our observations2 suggest that even less frequent screening might be appropriate (for those who received the bivalent vaccine) and that herd protection might reduce the need for more int…

Jeremy Williamson, Brian M Stephenson (2022-05-21). [Clinical Picture] Mesh migrations may mask malignancy: a patient with adenocarcinoma of the bowel. thelancet.com A 58-year-old woman presented as an emergency with a 4-month history of intermittent upper abdominal pain, distension, and vomiting.

Andrew Green (2022-05-21). [Obituary] José Eduardo Lima Pinto da Costa. thelancet.com Champion of legal medicine in Portugal. He was born on April 3, 1934 in Porto, Portugal, and died of cancer on Dec 8, 2021 in Porto, aged 87 years.

ELEL (2022-05-21). [Department of Error] Department of Error. thelancet.com Lloyd DFA, Pushparajah K, Simpson JM, et al. Three-dimensional visualisation of the fetal heart using prenatal MRI with motion-corrected slice-volume registration: a prospective, single-centre cohort study. Lancet 2019; 393: 1619—27—In this Article, Alexander Schulz's affiliations should have included Charité — Università§tsmedizin Berlin, corporate member of Freie Università§t Berlin and Humboldt-Università§t zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany. This correction has been made to the online version as of May 19, 2022.

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2022-05-20: News Headlines

Abortion is Healthcare (2022-05-20). Signs, Symbols, Costumes at San Francisco Reproductive Justice March. indybay.org San Francisco is a free speech town and San Franciscans are at their finest at a march like the one of May 14.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2022-05-20). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Managing nosebleeds. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My daughter seems to be prone to nosebleeds, and I am unsure why. She is 19 and has allergies. Over the past few months, she has experienced several nosebleeds that lasted a long time. She has had no trauma to her nose. Why does this happen, and how can I help her? ANSWER: At some point, almost everyone will experience a nosebleed, also known as epistaxis. They are fairly common, especially during dry winter…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2022-05-20). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Ear infections after swimming. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I swim for exercise and relaxation. I try to get in the pool about three times a week. Recently, I have begun to have episodes where it feels like water is still in my ear. Then my ear becomes red and painful. A friend suggested I might have swimmer's ear. Is this something that is easy to treat? Do I need to stop swimming? ANSWER: Swimmer's ear is an infection in the outer ear…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2022-05-20). Researchers seek to improve success of chimeric antigen receptor-T cell therapy in non-Hodgkin lymphoma. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A study published by researchers from Mayo Clinic Cancer Center at Mayo Clinic in Florida and Case Western, Cleveland Medical Center, investigates the reasons for decreasing remission rates for patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma treated with chimeric antigen receptor-T cell therapy (CAR-T cell therapy). The study is published in Cancer Discovery. "CAR-T cell therapy is a promising treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, especially for patients who have relapsed or those who have not responded…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2022-05-20). Check moles during Skin Cancer Awareness Month. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org MANKATO, Minn. — Learning your ABCs can alert you to changes in moles that could signal melanoma — the most serious type of skin cancer. For Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May, Mayo Clinic Health System is reminding people that while most moles are harmless and rarely become cancerous, monitoring them is still an important step in detecting skin cancer, especially malignant melanoma. Moles generally appear during childhood and adolescence, and most people have 10…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2022-05-20). Consumer Health: Osteoporosis and exercise. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about this bone disease. Osteoporosis affects approximately 10 million people in the U.S., 80% of whom are women, according to the Office on Women's Health. Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses, such as bending over or coughing, can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2022-05-20). Sharing Mayo Clinic: A heart patient's fall picks up something big. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mitch Prust has fond memories of spending long hours hiking the trails at his getaway in northwestern Wisconsin, but during a visit in late September, it's what he didn't remember that put him on a new path. It was not hours or minutes; it was just a few seconds. While this was a short lapse of time, the positive result of this experience will last a lifetime. Around 9 p.m. while walking through the woods…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2022-05-20). Science Saturday: Using metal detectors to ward off wayward specimens. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Histology Laboratory in Mayo Clinic's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology processes more than 350,000 paraffin-embedded blocks every year as lab staff prepare tissue slides for pathologists to evaluate. Each of those blocks represents a patient waiting for answers. Although lost specimens within the Histology Lab are rare — less than one-half of 1% are ever misplaced — if even one specimen goes missing, it has the potential to be devastating for that patient. "We're aiming for zero….

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2022-05-20). Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine graduates to ease physician shortage in Florida and around the country. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Jacksonville, FL — Medical students from Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, a national medical school, are taking part in the first tri-site commencement this year. The first full cohort of students from Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine — Florida Campus are graduating on Sunday, May 15. This innovative program allows students to complete their first two years of didactic study in Arizona or Minnesota and finish the final two years of clinical study…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2022-05-20). Mayo Clinic Minute: How lifestyle changes may help manage menopause symptoms. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The average healthy woman begins menopause at 51, though some women will begin in their 40s or in their late 50s. It's a natural biological process that marks the time a woman ends her menstrual cycle. During National Women's Health Week, health care professionals at Mayo Clinic want to remind all women that mood swings, hot flashes and difficulty sleeping are common symptoms that can be effectively managed with hormone therapy. Lifestyle changes also can…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2022-05-20). Ask the Mayo Mom: Polycystic kidney disease can affect children, too. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Polycystic kidney disease is an inherited disorder where clusters of cysts develop within the kidneys, causing the kidneys to enlarge and lose function over time. The cysts, which are noncancerous sacs containing fluid, vary in size, and they can grow to be large. This disorder can occur in children and adults. The two main types of polycystic kidney disease, caused by different genetic flaws, are: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). Signs and symptoms of ADPKD often develop…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2022-05-20). Immunotherapy may play role in treating nonmetastatic gastroesophageal cancer. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Immunotherapy has transformed treatment for patients with stage 4 metastatic esophageal and gastric cancers. In patients with these malignancies, immunotherapy has been shown to prolong survival when patients' tumors exhibit a high expression of an immune-related protein called PD-L1. Researchers are now investigating whether immunotherapy benefits patients who do not have stage 4 metastatic disease. In these patients, tumors have not spread to distant organs. A study highlighting this research is published…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2022-05-20). Mayo Clinic Minute: Muskmelons are full of flavor, nutrients. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org They might have a smelly-sounding name, but muskmelons, like cantaloupes and honeydew, are actually sweet fruits full of flavor and nutrients. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/v5e-9ENHcjY Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (0: 59) is in the downloads at the end of this post. Please courtesy: "Mayo Clinic News Network." Read the script. "Muskmelon is an overarching term that includes cantaloupe and honeydew. These fruits provide a wealth of health benefits, including antioxidant support for your immune system. They…

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