Health

Barbados PM Brings Back Lockdown to Bring Rise of COVID-19 Infections Under Control  

The Caribbean island nation of Barbados will return to a two-week lockdown next Wednesday, which includes wearing a face mask in all public places, as part of an initiative to curtail a rise in COVID-19 cases.

Peru President Announces Two-Week Lockdown to Curb a Rise in COVID-19 Infections

Peru begins a 15-day lockdown Sunday in nine regions and the capital, Lima, to curb a second surge in COVID-19 cases.

WHO issues new 10-year plan to end suffering from neglected tropical diseases

A new World Health Organization (WHO) road map for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) proposes ambitious targets and innovative approaches to tackle 20 diseases which affect more than a billion mainly poor people and which thrive in areas where access...

WHO announces updated definitions of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis

The definition of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) has been revised by the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Global TB Programme, who have also defined pre-XDR-TB for the first time, highlighting the seriousness of these forms of TB....

CDC estimates 1 in 5 people in the U.S. have a sexually transmitted infection

New data published by the CDC estimate that on any given day in 2018, 1 in 5 people in the U.S. had a sexually transmitted infection (STI). The analyses show the burden of diagnosed and undiagnosed STIs in the U.S. and the estimated medical costs...

NIH study compares low-fat, plant-based diet to low-carb, animal-based diet

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Examples of dinners given to study participants: low-carb, animal-based diet (left) and low-fat, plant-based...

NIH launches database to track neurological symptoms associated with COVID-19

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The COVID-19 Neuro Databank/Biobank (NeuroCOVID) will be a resource of clinical information as well as...

Britain to Require COVID-19 Tests for Visitors to Prevent New Strains

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Friday that travel corridors into the nation would be closed to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Banned from Sydney Harbor New Year’s Fireworks Show

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted authorities in Australia to ban people from witnessing in person one of the world’s most iconic New Year’s celebrations.

EU Countries Begin Vaccinations Against Coronavirus

Several European Union countries began vaccinating against COVID-19 Sunday.