Today's Health News in Snippets

08/AUG/2022

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US declares Monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency

Following an increase in cases, the US government declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency last week.

 

The decision will expedite the distribution of vaccines, treatments, and federal resources to combat the virus's spread.

 

It comes less than a fortnight after the World Health Organization (WHO) issued its highest level of emergency response in response to a worldwide increase in cases.

 

According to health officials, the number of cases in the United States has surpassed 6,600.

 

A quarter of these cases have been reported in New York, which declared its own state of emergency last two weeks due to the disease.

 

California and Illinois, the states with the next highest caseloads, declared states of emergency earlier last week.

 

According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 26,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide this year.

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Man killed at Highland Games after hammer thrown over fence hits him in head

On Sunday, a man was tragically killed in a freak hammer-throwing accident at a Highland Games event in the Netherlands.

 

The 65-year-old victim, according to witnesses, was not a spectator at the Open Highland Games, which were held at Geldrop Castle. He was reportedly walking through the castle gardens when the unseen 22-pound metal ball was accidentally thrown over the hedge in competition, killing him instantly.

 

Although emergency personnel, including a trauma helicopter, rushed to the scene, the victim was unable to be saved.

 

The event was quickly suspended after the incident, which was witnessed by spectators. According to reports, the athlete who threw the fatal hammer was experienced and a "top player who had previously participated in big competitions."

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US Senate pass historic health care and climate bill

The Senate passed Democrats' $750 billion health-care, tax-cut, and climate-change legislation on Sunday afternoon, giving President Joe Biden and his party a significant victory.

 

The final vote was 51-50 along party lines, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie. The package is the result of lengthy negotiations, and its final approval would provide Democrats with an opportunity to achieve major policy goals ahead of the upcoming midterm elections.

 

The bill must be approved by the Democratic-controlled House, which is expected to take up the legislation on Friday, August 12, before Biden can sign it into law.

 

The sweeping bill, known as the Inflation Reduction Act, would represent the largest climate investment in US history, as well as significant changes to health policy, such as giving Medicare the ability to negotiate the prices of certain prescription drugs for the first time and extending expiring health care subsidies for three years.

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Life expectancy in Africa rises by 10 years, says WHO  

According to the World Health Organisation assessment report, healthy life expectancy in Africa increased by ten years between 2000 and 2019.

 

The World Health Organisation said this rise is greater in Africa than in any other region of the world during the same time period.

 

According to the report Tracking Universal Health Coverage in the WHO African Region 2022, healthy life expectancy - or the number of years an individual is in good health - increased to 56 years in 2019, up from 46 in 2000.

 

This is still lower than the global average of 64 for the same time period.

 

However, the report noted an improvement in overall health-care services.

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Desperate Brits sticking teeth to gums with glue as 91% of NHS dentists snub new patients.

Desperate Brits sticking teeth to gums with glue as 91% of NHS dentists snub new patients

As 91% of NHS dentists reject new patients, desperate Brits have been making fake teeth out of resin and supergluing them to their own gums, an expert warned today.

 

People pulling out their own teeth is another shocking "DIY dentistry" story.

 

They emerged as industry leaders warned that the industry is approaching a "tipping point," with even children being turned away from new sign-ups.

 

In England, children and some benefit claimants are entitled to free dental care.

 

Costs for those who pay should be limited to three bands: £23.80 for check-ups, £65.20 for fillings, and £282.80 for crowns, dentures and bridges.

 

However, according to a survey conducted by the British Dental Association (BDA) and the BBC, 91% of NHS practises in England were not accepting new adult patients – 4,933 out of the 5,416 who responded.

 

In the East Midlands, it rose to 97%, and in the South West, North West, and Yorkshire and the Humber, it reached 98%. Scotland had 82%, Northern Ireland had 90%, and Wales had 93%.


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