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Aid / Disasters News From Medical News Today

Disasters whether they are natural or manmade cause widespread destruction and distress, sparking huge impact on the surrounding country or community. From one calamitous event that suddenly causes great loss of life, damage or hardship to emergency prepa

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Elderly may face increased dementia risk after a disaster

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Elderly people who were uprooted from damaged or destroyed homes and who lost touch with their neighbors after the 2011 tsunami in Japan were more likely to experience increased symptoms of...

A public health framework for marijuana sales and use in jurisdictions considering legalization

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Jurisdictions considering legalization of non-medical marijuana should implement a public health framework that prioritizes public health over business interests, according to Rachel Barry and...

PTSD and cognitive decline linked in 9/11 responders

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:00:00 PDT

Long-term study involving more than 800 World Trade Center Responders shows that post-traumatic stress disorder has strong links with cognitive decline.

Life expectancy worldwide has risen by 5 years, say WHO

Mon, 23 May 2016 07:00:00 PDT

The World Health Organization say worldwide, life expectancy has risen dramatically by 5 years during 2000-2015, but major inequalities persist.

Chernobyl, three decades on

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 04:00:00 PDT

It was 30 years ago that a meltdown at the V. I. Lenin Nuclear Power Station in the former Soviet Union released radioactive contaminants into the surroundings in northern Ukraine.

People in Miyagi coastal areas continue to show higher levels of depressive tendencies

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Tohoku University Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization (ToMMo) has revealed that in 2014, three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, depressive symptoms continue to be higher...

New findings in humans provide encouraging foundation for upcoming AIDS vaccine clinical trial

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Some people infected with HIV naturally produce antibodies that effectively neutralize many strains of the rapidly mutating virus, and scientists are working to develop a vaccine capable of...

Refugees have a substantially higher risk of psychotic disorders

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 17:00:00 PDT

Refugees face a substantially higher risk of psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia, compared to non-refugee migrants from the same regions of origin, finds a study published in The BMJ.

Continuous leaking of radioactive strontium and cesium from Fukushima to the ocean

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Scientists from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) investigated the levels of radioactive strontium and cesium in the coast off Japan in September 2013.

NIH's NIAID initiating dose evaluation studies in animal models of Pluristem's PLX-R18 in the treatment of acute radiation syndrome

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Pluristem Therapeutics Inc., a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapy products, has announced that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a part of the U.S.

HIV/AIDS countries worst affected need 'up-front finance' for long-term fight

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Sub-Saharan African countries worst affected by HIV/AIDS will need significant up-front finance if they are to succeed in controlling the disease in the long-term, says new study.

Agricultural impact of climate change 'could kill over 500,000 people in 2050'

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 03:00:00 PDT

A model shows climate change could lead to 500,000 extra deaths in 2050, as reduced crop productivity alters diet risk factors for stroke, cancer and other non-infectious diseases.

Low amino acids in diet linked to stunted growth in children

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 09:00:00 PDT

Worldwide, 25% of children experience stunted growth and related problems. This could be caused by a lack of amino acids and other nutrients, suggesting a need for more protein.

Leading doctor calls on Australian government to lift threat of imprisonment from doctors doing their ethical duty

Fri, 19 Feb 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Provisions of the Border Force Act that can imprison doctors for putting patients first must be removed, says expert.

New campaign launches to alert South American countries of deadly cause of AIDS deaths

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 05:00:00 PDT

A campaign to convince Latin American countries to do more to tackle a problem which is the leading cause of death in AIDS and yet is poorly understood, often misdiagnosed and frequently left...

Syrian aid: lack of evidence for 'interventions that work', say researchers

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 PDT

The lack of an evidence base in the donor-funded response to Syrian migrant crisis means funds may be allocated to ineffective interventions, say researchers, who call on funders and policymakers...

Medical society details Syrian health crisis and efforts to help

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Leaders of the Syrian-American Medical Society describe their efforts in bolstering what remains of the Syrian healthcare system and the health care context in which those efforts take place in...

Leishmaniasis: the flesh-eating, dog-culling war plague

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 01:00:00 PDT

Although relatively unfamiliar to Western ears, leishmaniasis is a significant health concern and a sinister societal menace in many parts of the world.

WHO: Ebola ends in West Africa, but 'expect new flare-ups'

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 03:00:00 PDT

While the WHO have declared the end of latest Ebola outbreak in Liberia and say all known transmission has stopped in West Africa, flare-ups are still likely, they caution.

Syria: siege and starvation in Madaya; immediate medical evacuations and medical resupply essential to save lives

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Since July 2015, a siege has been imposed by the Syrian government forces around the town of Madaya, near the border with Lebanon in Syria's Rural Damascus Governorate.

Combatants must respect neutrality of health workers

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:00:00 PDT

The AMA has joined international calls for governments and armed combatants to respect the medical neutrality of doctors and other health professionals working in conflict zones around the world.

Ebola transmission ceases in Guinea, say WHO

Wed, 30 Dec 2015 03:00:00 PDT

Ebola transmission has ended in Guinea - 2 years after the devastating West African outbreak began in the country - and marks an important milestone for the region, say WHO.

Program that helps children cope after disasters could benefit refugees, at-risk youth

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 08:00:00 PDT

A social and emotional skills intervention developed to help children recover from the trauma of natural disasters is being adapted to help young Syrian refugees heal their psychological wounds.

Why is the San Bernardino shooting rare among mass shootings?

Fri, 04 Dec 2015 04:00:00 PDT

The shooting in San Bernardino, CA yesterday marked the 355th mass shooting in the United States in less than as many days in 2015.

New project to help reduce unsafe abortion death rates in disaster zones

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:00:00 PDT

New research led by Dr Nibedita S Ray-Bennett at the University of Leicester will look into the sexual and reproductive health issues in disaster-prone areas during times of humanitarian crisis.