COUGH SYRUP DEATHS: INDONESIA FINDS LOCAL TRADER GUILTY OF FORGING INGREDIENT LABEL

Mon 30 January 2023: Indonesian authorities have said two ingredients, ethylene glycol (EG) and diethyelene glycol (DEG), found in some syrup-based paracetamol medications are linked to acute kidney injury, which many of the children suffered, may have caused deaths of more than 200 children across the country, Reuters reported. The two ingredients are used in […]

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NUMBER OF MALAWIAN CHOLERA DEATHS PASSES 1,000 AS THE OUTBREAK SPREADS

Wed 25 January 2023: More than 1,000 people have died in Malawi’s deadliest cholera outbreak on record, which has seen 30,621 cases. Malawi’s health minister, Khumbize Chiponda said. According to the World Health Organization, the death toll on Tuesday passed a somber milestone and surpassed the deadliest outbreak ever, which claimed 968 lives between 2001 […]

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WHO URGES ACTION ON CONTAMINATED MEDS AFTER CHILD DEATHS

Mon 24 January 2023: Following the deaths of more than 300 children from contaminated cough syrup, the WHO appealed Monday for “immediate and coordinated action” to root out substandard and falsified medicines around the world. At least seven countries have reported incidents involving over-the-counter cough syrups for children over the past four months, the World […]

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MEXICO STRENGTHENS BAN ON SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES AND TOBACCO ADVERTISING

Mon 16 January 2023: By enacting a total ban on smoking in public places, Mexico has implemented one of the world’s strictest anti-tobacco laws. The measure, first approved in 2021, also prohibits advertising of tobacco products, according to a report in the BBC. Legislation banning smoking in public places has also been adopted in a number […]

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NO ‘SAFE’ LEVEL OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION; EVEN LOW CONSUMPTION HAS CANCER RISKS, WARNS WHO

Sat 14 January 2023: No amount of alcohol is safe for consumption, according to the World Health Organization. Seven different cancers are brought on by alcohol, according to a recent WHO statement published in The Lancet Public Health magazine. Therefore, alcohol’s cancer-causing effects can begin at any threshold. Any amount of alcohol a person drinks […]

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ZIMBABWE HEALTH WORKERS COULD FACE JAIL TIME FOR STRIKING UNDER NEW LAW

Thu 12 January 2023: Zimbabwe has implemented a law prohibiting health workers like nurses and physicians from going on protracted strikes and imposing penalties of up to six months in jail for rebellious employees or union leaders, according to the government spokesman. The clause, which President Emmerson Mnangagwa signed into law last week but made […]

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COUGH SYRUP DEATHS: INDIA SUSPENDS LICENCE OF PHARMA COMPANY LINKED TO DEATHS OF18 CHILDREN IN UZBEKISTAN

Thu 12 January 2023: The production license of India’s Noida-based pharmaceutical firm Marion Biotech, allegedly linked with the deaths of children in Uzbekistan, has been suspended while the results of its controversial cough syrup are awaited, an Uttar Pradesh drug official said Thursday. A team of central agencies and the Uttar Pradesh drug department had […]

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RESEARCHERS HAVE DISCOVERED WHERE SCARY MEMORIES ‘LIVE’ IN OUR BRAINS

Sun 08 January 2023: All of us encounter scary events at some point in our lives. Some events affect us deeply and we are unable to do anything that reminds us of the traumatic event. Effects of excessive fear on our mind were known but it wasn’t conclusively known where exactly these scary memories ‘hide’ […]

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