May 28, 2017

Leprosy - Symptoms, Treatment and Key Facts

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Leprosy was once feared as a highly contagious and devastating disease, but now it is established that it does not spread easily and treatment is very effective. However, if left untreated, the nerve damage it causes can result in crippling of hands and feet, paralysis, and blindness. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment prevents disability related to the disease.

May 27, 2017

Leprosy - An Overview of Current Public Health Burden

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Hansen's disease (also known as leprosy) is a long-lasting infection caused by bacteria. The disease was once feared as a highly contagious and devastating disease. Now, however, the disease is relatively rare and easily treated. Early diagnosis and treatment usually prevents disability related to the disease.

May 24, 2017

Poor Sleepers Have Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

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People who sleep badly or not long enough have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. This does not apply to people who only sleep for a few hours, but wake up feeling fit and rested.

May 14, 2017

Ebola Virus Disease: WHO Issues Statement On New Outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo

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KINSHASA, 12 May. The Minister of Public Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga, has informed the World Health Organization (WHO) of “an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)” in Likati health district (Aketi, Bas-Uélé province), more than 1300 kilometres from Kinshasa in the northern DRC, following confirmation of the disease by the National Biomedical Research Institute (INRB), the national reference laboratory.