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World Malaria Day 2016 - End malaria for good
Each year, WHO and partners unite around a common World Malaria Day theme. This year’s theme “End malaria for good” reflects the vision of a malaria-free world set out in the “Global technical strategy for malaria 2016-2030”.
   
World Health Day - Diabetes in the spotlight
There are now more than 422 million people worldwide with diabetes. It is pandemic and is a global public health issue. The WHO issued its first ‘Global report on diabetes’ to coincide with World Health Day on 7 April – with a call to improve preventive measures and, for diabetics, to better manage the condition. Middle East Health reports.
   

Virology - New SARS-like virus poised to infect humans
A SARS-like virus found in Chinese horseshoe bats may be poised to infect humans without the need for adaptation, overcoming an initial barrier that could potentially set the stage for an outbreak according to a study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

   
MERS CoV - Update
In the latest update on MERS-CoV from WHO, before going to press, the organisation stated that between 1 and 15 April 2016, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 10 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERSCoV) infection, including 3 deaths.
   
Zika Virus Update
The Zika virus may be associated with an autoimmune disorder that attacks the brain’s myelin similar to multiple sclerosis, according to a small study that was presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 68th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, in April.
   

Yemen Report - Millions suffer as conflict continues
The week of March 28 marked one year since the escalation of the conflict in Yemen, where the violence has had a devastating impact on millions of innocent civilians, causing immeasurable suffering. Since March 2015, more than 6,200 people have been killed and 30,000 injured.

   
You are what your parents ate
Scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München, in collaboration with researchers from Technical University of Munich and the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), have shown that dietinduced obesity and diabetes can be epigenetically inherited by the offspring via both the oocytes and the sperm. The results were published in the journal Nature Genetics.
   

 Date of upload: 15th May 2016
                                  
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