Doctors for You: Urgent Appeal to Volunteers for Chennai Flood Response, 2015
Medcetera / Public Health

Doctors for You: Urgent Appeal to Volunteers for Chennai Flood Response, 2015

The state of Tamil Nadu has witnessed the worst and most relentless rainstorm in a 100 years that started in November, 2015. More than 10 lakhs people are estimated to be affected by this flood. The post flood situation is grave in the metropolis as confronted water sanitation and hygiene is posing threats to the … Continue reading

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The Apocalypse is HERE: Transmissible Resistance to Last Resort Antibiotic (Colistin)
Infectious Diseases / Medcetera / Public Health

The Apocalypse is HERE: Transmissible Resistance to Last Resort Antibiotic (Colistin)

Polymyxins are a group of bacterial origin cyclic polypeptides with antibacterial properties. It was isolated by a Japanese researcher in 1949 from a jar of fermenting bacteria. Colistin, also known as Polymyxin E, which is produced by the bacteria Paenibacillus polymyxa var. colistinus, is a polypeptide antibiotic, which is effective against almost all gram-negative bacilli. Owing to its nephrotoxocity and … Continue reading

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FDA Approves Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (Vyvanse) for Binge Eating Disorder

The FDA has expanded the range of approved uses of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) for control of binge-eating disorder in adults. According to the media release from the FDA: In binge-eating disorder, patients have recurrent episodes of compulsive overeating during which they consume larger amounts of food than normal and experience the sense that they lack … Continue reading

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Fake WHO Certificates of Yellow Fever Vaccination in Zimbabwe and Zambia Endangers Global Populations

Here is a great example of how a Governmental Policy and Implementation may impact global health issues! According to the New Zimbabwe report, fake WHO certificates crediting Yellow Fever vaccinations are sold openly in bus terminals of Zimbabwe and Zambia (a problem which was previously also noted to exist in Nigeria). The main reason why … Continue reading

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Illegal Synthetic Cannabinoid Spiked Bread Strikes 40 Ill in California

The Orange County Register has reported a strange news piece in which it claims that bread, spiked (knowingly!) with a synthetic cannabinoid (that goes in the market by different names such as Spice, K-2, Bliss, etc.), technically called JWH-122, has caused a spectrum of illness in 40 consumers, ranging from palpitations, dizziness and numbness to … Continue reading

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Guineaworm Disease: On the Cusp of Global Eradication

The Carter Center has released statistics of the dwindling numbers of guineaworm diseases in 2014. In 1991, there were 23,735 villages across 21 countries of Asia and Africa, that were endemic for guineaworm disease, and in 2014, this number has been drastically reduced to 30 villages in four countries: Chad, Ethiopia, Mali, South Sudan. In … Continue reading

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