WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

People on low pay suffer brain damage

Can earning less money, year after year, take a toll and negatively affect our brains and memory? Unfortunately, that answer may be yes, according to new research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association 2022 Addressing Health Disparities conference.

https://www.independent.co.ug/people-on-low-pay-suffer-brain-damage/ 

Moderna files patent infringement lawsuits against Pfizer and BioNTech over mRNA Covid-19 vaccines

"Moderna believes that Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine Comirnaty infringes patents Moderna filed between 2010 and 2016 covering Moderna's foundational mRNA technology.

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/08/26/health/moderna-pfizer-mrna-patent-lawsuit/index.html

Monkeypox antiviral drug put to the test in trial

The Oxford University team credited with finding effective drugs to treat Covid is trialing an antiviral called tecovirimat to aid monkeypox recovery.

The virus, which is spreading rapidly in other countries as well, has been declared a global health emergency.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-62644509 

Pioneering stem-cell trials in Japan report promising initial results

First trials to test whether reprogrammed stem cells can repair diseased organs have begun to report positive results 

https://nation.africa/kenya/health/pioneering-stem-cell-trials-in-japan-report-promising-initial-results-3927050

Killer City 5 gin was laced with excessive methanol – UNBS

The City 5 gin that killed over a dozen people and left several others hospitalized was laced with extreme levels of methanol, the results from the Uganda National Bureau of Standards have confirmed. 

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/killer-city-5-gin-was-laced-with-excessive-methanol-unbs-3926940 

Common causes of sudden death: Recognise the signs

It sounds like a nightmare scenario, but it happens on a regular basis. Some of the causes of sudden, unexpected death are rare, but others are quite common.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/magazines/healthy-living/common-causes-of-sudden-death-recognise-the-signs-3921896 

Dr. Anthony Fauci to step down from government in December

Anthony Fauci will step down as head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden.

Dr. Fauci, who served as director of the NIAID for 38 years, said he would leave both positions in December to "pursue the next chapter" of his career.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-62637432 

New portable device to change the face of cancer treatment

Already, it is in use in Uganda, which was one of the pilot countries. Findings show the device is highly effective and improves the diagnosis of Kaposi’s sarcoma, common cancer that has, for years, proved very difficult to detect, and its symptoms are mistaken for HIV infection.

https://nation.africa/kenya/health/new-portable-device-to-change-face-of-cancer-treatment-3925374 

Why are men at higher risk of cancer?

Cancer of most types develops more often in males than in females, and deaths from cancer reflect this disparity. 

https://www.independent.co.ug/why-are-men-at-higher-risk-of-cancer/ 

Why a vegan diet may be bad for women

The risk of breaking a hip is a third higher for women who are vegetarian than those who are regular meat eaters.

https://nation.africa/kenya/health/why-vegan-diet-may-be-bad-for-women-3925320