Guinea worms are long, white parasites that emerge from the legs of infected people through painful blisters.
After nearly 40 years of effort, Guinea worm disease is on the cusp of being the second human disease – after smallpox – to be eradicated on Earth.
We’re moving towards the ‘disease control’ phase of our response to COVID, which means learning to live with the virus. But significant challenges remain as authorities battle COVID fatigue.
People with deeply-pigmented skin can also get skin cancer. But there is no evidence to suggest that this occurs because of sunburn or exposure to the sun.
Levels of trace metals inside can be higher than the sources of contamination outside. It underscores the need for households to take care to prevent those contaminants being brought indoors.
Regular physical activity helps to prevent and manage many chronic diseases.
Factors such as having supportive family and friends, safer communities, positive school environments and adequate resources, are often associated with more physical activity.
Intent to vaccinate cannot be used to predict uptake.
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Curbing vaccine hesitancy is as much a matter of acknowledging its social, historical, and cultural roots as it is of addressing its clinical dimensions.
XBB.1.5 is rapidly spreading across the globe and will likely become the next dominant COVID-19 subvariant.
The XBB.1.5 subvariant — nicknamed ‘Kraken’ — is arguably the most genetically rich and most transmissible SARS-CoV-2 Omicron subvariant yet.
Nearly two-thirds of suburbs in one major part of Sydney have no food stores at all. And in those that do, unhealthy food outlets outnumber healthy ones by more than six to one.
Through the choice of images in publications, women and children of colour in low and middle income countries were treated with less dignity and respect than those in high income countries.
Exposed lakebed at the Salton Sea on Dec. 29, 2022.
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Fifty years ago, the Salton Sea was a draw for boaters and fishermen; today it’s an ecological time bomb. Two water experts who served on a state review panel describe its proposed rescue plan.
Used cars are popular all over Africa.
Africa’s used vehicle dependency is often attributed to low income and weak regulation.
We need a combination of new approaches to reduce age disparate sex. And we need new technologies to protect young women.
Be prepared. Download an air quality app, stock up on respirators and stay inside if you can.
Fear-based public health messaging can both motivate and alienate at-risk groups.
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Prejudice and stigma can discourage the communities most affected by infectious diseases from seeking care. Inclusive public health messaging can prevent misinformation and guide the most vulnerable.
Scientist analysis flasks of saliva of TB patients.
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Intensified efforts to obtain funding are urgently required to mitigate and reverse the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on TB.
Addressing the noncommunicable disease pandemic can also mitigate challenges facing people living with HIV and complement efforts against TB.
Children who need help most tend to experience adversity throughout childhood. That continuing adversity muffles the benefit of improved early nutrition.
Adherence to treatment plans, particularly chemotherapy is complex.
There are personal, environmental and structural factors that influence a patient’s ability to adhere to treatment.
Fifteen years after Jordan Manners was killed in a Toronto school, Canada’s largest city is still struggling to curb youth violence.
Youth violence hasn’t let up in Toronto. In fact, it’s getting worse. Community members say it’s a major problem that needs a more holistic solution.
Transport is the most common reason a patient doesn’t follow their treatment regimen.
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Services such as chemotherapy are only available in tertiary hospitals located in the country’s urban centres. Transport to these hospitals can be a barrier to care.