March 22, 2017


The New Vanta Handheld X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) Analyzer for RoHS and Consumer Safety Delivers Confidence when Screening for Toxic Metals

Olympus’ latest addition to the Vanta™ series of handheld XRF analyzers is optimized to help ensure compliance with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) and local or international regulatory laws. Like every Vanta analyzer, this new model combines fast, accurate results with a durable design for maximum uptime and a lower cost of ownership.

Vanta analyzers provide on-the-spot chemical analysis to quickly scan for toxic metals"...

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March 21, 2017


Nigeria Asks Unicef's Help to Improve Capacity of Health Extension Workers

Nigeria has asked the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, UNICEF, for support in building capacity of health extension workers working at the primary health care centres in communities across the country.

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, tabled the request on Monday during a meeting with officials of the agency in Abuja.

The concept of health extension"...

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March 21, 2017


Malaria situation in South Africa: CDC

In March 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) received official reports of possible locally-transmitted cases of malaria detected in non-endemic areas of Limpopo, North West, and Gauteng Provinces.

Forty-nine cases were reported between the end of February through March 12, 2017 in Thabazimbi and Lephalele municipalities in the western Waterberg District of Limpopo Province. Two cases were reported at the beginning of March in"...

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March 20, 2017


Free Zimbabwean contraceptives smuggled for sale in South Africa

She smuggles them back into South Africa‚ where she sells them at a healthy profit to other Zimbabweans who for various reasons don’t want the contraceptive pills dispensed in South African clinics.

Nancy’s suppliers are hospital staff in Zimbabwean hospitals who sell the pills to her for R5 a blister pack. Marvelon is distributed at hospitals‚ clinics and pharmacies through the Family Planning Council of Zimbabwe which is supplied"...

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March 20, 2017


Uninterrupted Pradaxa® Showed Less Major Bleeding than Warfarin in Atrial Fibrillation Patients Undergoing Catheter Ablation

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Important new data from the RE-CIRCUIT® study show a better safety profile for Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate) compared to warfarin in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients undergoing catheter ablation. AF patients who underwent catheter ablation while being treated with uninterrupted Pradaxa® experienced less major bleeding and fewer serious adverse events compared to those treated with uninterrupted warfarin. The results were presented in a late-breaking session at the American College of Cardiology"...

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March 17, 2017


First dedicated outcome trials of empagliflozin in chronic heart failure initiated

  • EMPEROR HF clinical trial programme will evaluate the efficacy and safety of empagliflozin in patients with chronic heart failure, including those with and without type 2 diabetes
  • Heart failure (HF) affects 26 million people worldwide and is associated with high morbidity and mortality
  • EMPEROR HF will include approximately 7,000 patients with chronic heart failure across two trials

Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced that the EMPEROR HF clinical trial"...

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March 17, 2017


Ferring Pharmaceuticals: Waking up to Go to the Toilet is the Number One Cause of a Poor Night’s Sleep, Say Experts on World Sleep Day

  • Nocturia, the need to wake up and urinate more than once at night, disturbs the sleep of 1 in 3 adults over the age of 30 and two thirds of adults over the age of 651
  • Up to 80% of people who complain of a disturbed night’s sleep report that nocturia is the main reason they wake in the middle of the night2
  • Nocturia may be a symptom of a serious health problem3
  • Poor sleep can put you at increased risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, as well as impacting productivity, relationships and careers4,5,6,7


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March 16, 2017


Bioventus to Invest in New Clinical Research for EXOGEN®

Bioventus, a global leader in orthobiologics, today announced it will commission an innovative series of real-world evidence, direct-to-patient studies to further validate the ability of its EXOGEN Ultrasound Bone Healing System to mitigate the risk of a fracture progressing to nonunion in the presence"...

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March 15, 2017


Community health workers in Kenya need pay

In 2015, Brian Sepashina received a distress call to help save a pregnant woman’s life in Laramatas village in Kajiado County. The woman had been in labour for some hours and the traditional birth attendant who was handling her case had run out of ‘wisdom’ to help out. “I later found out that the expectant woman had previously given birth via caesarian section. I knew right away that she needed specialised care,” Brian says. Within two hours, Brian had rganised for a car to pick the woman and ferry her to Kajiado Level 5 hospital where her case could be handled. The...

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