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Japan Grants (Dollor) 1.3 Million to Guinea Mothers, Babies

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News March 16, 2010 @ 10:32 am
image Japan pledged Monday 1.3 million dollars (948,000 euros) for the UN's children's agency to improve health conditions for mothers and children in Guinea, the Japanese embassy said. The funds handed to UNICEF will be used to buy thousands of birthing kits for mothers and respiratory masks and medicines for new-born babies, the embassy announced in Conakry. Money will also be spent on staffing, anti-retroviral drugs and solar-powered refrigerators for HIV/AIDS prevention cen...

Bananas may Help Prevent HIV Spread: Study

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News @ 10:32 am
image Scientists have identified a chemical present in bananas which can be used as a powerful weapon against HIV spread. According to University of Michigan Medical School scientists, the potent new inhibitor of HIV, derived from bananas, may open the door to new treatments to prevent sexual transmission of HIV. Scientists have an emerging interest in lectins, naturally occurring chemicals in plants, because of their ability to halt the chain of reaction that l...

Plans to Ramp Up HIV Testing by S.Africa Announced

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News March 12, 2010 @ 7:56 pm
image By next June a ramped up AIDS plan, announced by the South African government on Thursday, aims to test 15 million residents for HIV in the world's worst affected country. President Jacob Zuma's cabinet, which approved the scaled up program on Wednesday, will lead a voluntary and public testing campaign with the goal of a 50 percent drop in the rate of infection by 2011. "The target of the HCT (HIV counseling and testing) campaign is to test up to 15 million people by Jun...

Increased Incomes Major Cause for Hypertension

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News March 10, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

image In a special report, part of a global forum in recognition of World Kidney Day on March 11 published in its March issue of American Journal of Kidney Diseases, (the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation), researchers project a likely increase in global hypertension rates to 29% by 2025. Hypertension, urbanization and use of modern conveniences are major health problems affecting a quarter of the world's adult population that is being critically noted. Dr. Kerry Willi...

World Kidney Day 2010 – “Protect Your Kidneys, Control Diabetes”

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News @ 1:27 pm

image World Kidney Day which falls on 11SUPth/SUP March 2010, is a worldwide health awareness campaign aimed at improving the knowledge of kidneys, and most importantly ways to cut the rate of Kidney disease. A combined initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF), World Kidney Day campaign this year will focus on Diabetes as the most important cause of Chronic Kidney Disease. The Theme for WKD 2010 is: "...

Britain to Donate 42 Million Condoms to South Africa Prior to WC

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News @ 1:27 pm
image Britain has decided to provide 42 million condoms to South Africa before the Soccer World Cup as part of HIV prevention drive. South African President Jacob Zuma had made a request of an extra billion, during a recent visit to the UK to meet the Queen, in a bid to meet demand of tourists during the event. "Obviously there's a big focus on the World Cup coming up and a huge increase in the number of people coming into South Africa," the Guardian quoted the int...

HIV-infected Cells can Reside in the Bone Marrow

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News @ 1:27 pm
image Researchers at University of Michigan have identified a new reservoir for hidden HIV-infected cells that can serve as a factory for new infections. The findings indicate a new target for curing the disease so that those infected with the virus might not have to rely on AIDS drugs for a lifetime. "Antiviral drugs have been effective at keeping the virus at bay. However once the drug therapy is stopped, the virus comes back," Nature quoted senior author of the study Dr. Ka...

Will Africa Beat AIDS With Cell Phones?

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News March 9, 2010 @ 5:57 pm
image Mobile phones may be a key weapon in the war against HIV and AIDS in Africa, says to the UNAIDS chief. The relatively new technology has a role to play in a continent plagued by inadequate health centres and dilapidated infrastructure, said Michel Sidibe, the executive director of the United Nations AIDS agency. "You can talk about different policies, about capacity building, but you can't beat this kind of epidemic with facility-based approach only," he added. ...

“All Newborns to be HIV Free” in 5 Years

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News @ 5:57 pm
image While making strides in reducing deaths from malaria and tuberculosis, the Global Fund to fight the three diseases said Monday, that within five years the world could shield all newborns from HIV. But those gains depend on the world continuing to ramp up health spending to maintain the current rate of progress, the Fund said in its annual report, released ahead of a funding meeting in the Netherlands later this month. "A world where no children are born with HIV is truly...

Women Activists Seek Philippine Bishops’ Blessings for Condoms

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News @ 5:57 pm
image Philippine Catholic bishops, already waging a bitter battle with the government over birth control, received an unwelcome gift Monday when female activists delivered them two baskets of condoms. Members of the leftist Party of the Workers presented the condoms to mark International Women's Day as they picketed the headquarters of the influential Catholic Bishops Conference. They also asked the bishops to bless the two baskets but no bishop was present at the time to respo...
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