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AIDS 2016 conference - Call to scale up HIV prevention
While advances in HIV treatment science must be pursued with vigour, now is the time to urgently scale up quality HIV prevention programmes for people left behind by the AIDS response. This was one of the main messages of the 21st International AIDS Conference, which closed in Durban, South Africa, on 22 July 2016.
Healthcare increasingly out of reach for Syrians in Aleppo
Dr Hatem Abu Yazan, general director of the Children’s Specialised Hospital in Al Shaa’ar in eastern Aleppo City, was on duty in the hospital’s neonatal section on the first floor when he heard the sound of an airstrike. It was a sound that he was used to, and he was wearing his stethoscope which dulled the noise.
Arab uprising and declining life-expectancy
A major new analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 (GBD 2013) warns that that the downward turns in life expectancy experienced by Syria, Yemen, Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt since 2010 are threatening to jeopardise health gains over the past two decades.
Zika virus update
A study by The BMJ published 9 August 2016 provides more details of an association between Zika virus infection in the womb and a condition known as arthrogryposis, which causes joint deformities at birth, particularly in the arms and legs.
Antibiotic resistance
Some of the world’s leading experts on antibiotic resistance recently called on the UN General Assembly to establish a UN High-Level Coordinating Mechanism on Antimicrobial Resistance (HLCM) – a key aim of which is to reduce the number of deaths globally due to lack of access and inappropriate use of antimicrobials.
Little progress in tackling global pandemic of physical inactivity
Physical inactivity is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers and is associated with more than 5 million deaths per year and, as the first global economic analysis of physical inactivity shows, costs the world economy over US$67.5 billion per year in healthcare costs and lost productivity.
Prenatal paracetamol exposure warning
A new study has found that paracetamol (acetaminophen), which is used extensively during pregnancy, has a strong association with autism spectrum symptoms in boys and for both genders in relation to attention-related and hyperactivity symptoms.

Date of upload: 15th Sep 2016
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