India: Passengers & patients pay extra at rly canteen and pvt clinic

Kanpur: Just as there is a difference in the rate at the ordinary canteen and the air-conditioned canteen at the platform no 1 of the Central railway station here, so as the difference in doctors' fee is seen at their private clinic existing in the same market at Jajmau here.

Both the doctors hold the same degree but show no mercy to the patients by reducing their respective consulting charges. One doctor normally prescribes medicines equivalent to his fee while another doctor tries to make the patients spend more money than his fee.

Data shows slight drop in US drug overdose deaths

18 July 2019; DW: Drug overdose deaths in the US have dropped for the first time in two decades, according to preliminary data. The drop was due to a decline in deaths from prescription opoid painkillers.

Drug overdose deaths in the United States declined by 5.1% in 2018, according to preliminary data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday.

There were an estimated 68,557 deaths last year, down from 72,224 in 2017.

India: Six more die of JE in Assam, toll rises to 82

Guwahati, Jul 15 (PTI) Six more people died of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Assam on Monday, taking the toll to 82, a National Health Mission (NHM) bulletin said.

The number of JE positive cases in the state increased to 374 with 82 cases being reported on Monday, it said.

One death each was reported from Barpeta, Darrang, Hailakandi, Jorhat, Lakhimpur and Tinsukia districts, the NHM bulletin said.

Hospital fires 23 workers in case of excessive doses, deaths

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio hospital system where excessive painkiller doses were given to dozens of patients who died fired 23 nurses, pharmacists and managers Thursday and said it is changing leadership, a sign that professional fallout from the scandal has expanded far beyond the intensive care doctor accused of ordering the drugs.

Trump revamps kidney care to spur transplants, home dialysis

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is directing the government to revamp the nation’s care for kidney disease, so that more people whose kidneys fail have a chance at early transplants and home dialysis — along with better prevention so patients don’t get that sick to begin with.

Senior administration officials told The Associated Press that Trump is set to sign an executive order Wednesday calling for strategies that have the potential to save lives and millions of Medicare dollars.

Over 460,000 suspected cholera cases in Yemen this year, 705 dead: UN

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 09 (APP): Over 460,000 suspected cholera cases have been recorded in war-torn Yemen so far this year — a sharp rise from the 380,000 cases for all of 2018, according to a UN spokesman .

Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq says 705 suspected cholera deaths have been recorded since January — a dramatic increase from the 75 deaths in the same period last year.

Moreover, approximately 200,000 children are suspected of contracting the disease in 2019, Farhan Haq said.

German unions want 'siesta' break during heat waves

7 July 2019; DW: In light of the recent record-breaking heat wave in Europe, the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) has said it will press for workplaces in Germany to offer employees a "siesta"-style midday break, as is common in Mediterranean countries.

"Southern countries already do it — during heat waves, we also need a siesta in Germany," said DGB spokeswoman Annelie Buntenbach on Saturday.

HIV completely removed from mice in groundbreaking study

5 July 2019; DW: Mice infected with HIV ended up virus-free after US researchers were able to remove it from their cells for the first time, according to a study published in the journal Nature Communications  this week.

Researchers at Temple University in Pennsylvania and the University of Nebraska developed a two-step approach to eliminate the AIDS-causing virus from the genomes of the mice.

India: Rats sipping glucose at Rawatpur urban PHC

Kanpur: Rats were sipping glucose, taking medicines on its own choice at the Rawatpur Urban PHC here. This disclosure came to light after the district magistrate's inspection of the primary health center on Thursday morning. He got the videography of the irregularities persisting and enquired the CMO of the poor condition. 

When the DM Vijay Viswas Pant tried to know of the situation the staff failed to reply properly. Even the PHC Incharge Dr Anita was also not available, she came late by one hour. While taking a look at the attendance register he found absence of three ANMs. 

Austrian parliament votes to ban glyphosate weedkiller

3 July 2019; DW: Lawmakers in Austria's lower house of parliament voted to ban all uses of controversial herbicide glyphosate on Tuesday, as the substance faces a slew of lawsuits in the US for potentially causing cancer.

"The scientific evidence of the plant poison's carcinogenic effect is increasing," the assembly's top social democrat, Pamela Rendi-Wagner, said in a statement.

"It is our responsibility to ban this poison from our environment," she added.

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