Oxford University is embroiled in an ethics row after scientists were accused of questionable conduct over a controversial trial of a new vaccine on African babies. Professor Peter Beverley, a former senior academic at the university, complained that scientists planned to test a new tuberculosis vaccine on more than a thousand infants without
As the International AIDS Conference took place in Paris this week, UNAIDS issued a report with an encouraging statistic. For the first time, more than half of the 36.7 million people with HIV have access to treatment. That means most people with HIV are taking the antiretroviral medicines needed to suppress the virus. The report cited
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that an untreatable strain of gonorrhea is spreading worldwide after the superbug was discovered in at least three people. The bug is said to be “very smart,” evolving to develop resistance to antibiotics every time a new one is used against it. It is estimated that 78 million people
Alcohol consumption was associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in a large study of African-American women, indicating that they, like white women, may benefit from limiting alcohol. These study results have been published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
By Ray Mwareya In May, Anna Muwa, 31, entered a clinic in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe second capital, to give birth, but failed. The hospital needed $US70, sanitary pads, water bucket, and a soft razor to cut the baby's umbilical cord. "I walked out and delivered my baby in a bedroom. My grandmother supervised
A relatively new mosquito-borne virus is prompting worldwide concern because of an alarming connection to a neurological birth disorder and the rapid spread of the virus across the globe. The Zika virus, transmitted by the aggressive Aedes aegypti mosquito, has now spread to at least 25 countries. The Centers for Disease
Research shows that health providers who are trained to use malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) continue to prescribe costly malaria medicines to people who do not have the illness. Despite their training, the health workers continue to make these pricey mistakes, and rates of using the rapid diagnostic tests are
Scientists have linked the use of hair relaxers to the occurrence of uterine fibroids. I wrote about it here. This video sheds light on the study. The aim is to empower African/African American/women of African descent with the right information that will enable them make better health decisions. Feel free