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The Empire’s ‘Lefty Intellectuals’ call for regime change.

By Michel Chossudovsky What is now unfolding in both North America and Western Europe is fake social activism, controlled and funded by the corporate establishment. This manipulated process precludes the formation of a real mass movement against war, racism and social injustice. The anti-war movement is dead. The war on Syria is tagged as “a civil war”. Read More »

Antibiotic resistance to serious infections high: WHO

Geneva (Kanaga Raja) – Surveillance data on antibiotic resistance released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) this week has found high levels of resistance to several serious bacterial infections across a number of countries. In a new report highlighting the first release of surveillance data from its Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System (GLASS), WHO said that it has found widespread occurrence ... Read More »

High levels of antimicrobial resistance worldwide: WHO

New data from the World Health Organization (WHO) has found widespread levels of antimicrobial resistance worldwide. This was revealed in a report by WHO’s new global antimicrobial surveillance system (GLASS), which showed high levels of resistance to a number of serious bacterial infections in both high- and low-income countries. Read More »

HC directs Police to stop YABA smuggling

Dhaka, 29 Jan – The High Court Division of the Supreme Monday ordered Police Bureau Investigation (PBI) to take initiative for preventing influx of all kinds of narcotics including Yaba, cannabis and Phensidyl through several borders of the country. Read More »

UN agencied to vaccinate half million Rohingya children from diphtheria

As part of an intensified response to the current diphtheria outbreak, United Nations agencies are working to vaccinate more than 475,000 children in Rohingya refugee camps, temporary settlements and surrounding areas in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar. “All efforts are being made to stop further spread of diphtheria. The vaccination of children in the Rohingya camps and nearby areas demonstrates the health ... Read More »

Sweden’s success in controlling antibiotic resistance

The Swedish strategic programme against antibiotic resistance (Strama) has played a key role in decreasing antibiotic use on all levels in Sweden over the past 20 years. Through a bottom-up multidisciplinary approach and intervention measures that include treatment guidelines, monitoring antibiotic use, antibiotic resistance surveillance, infection control and communication, Strama’s model has proven to be a successful model. Article given ... Read More »

Action needed now on antibiotic resistance

During this year’s World Antibiotics Awareness Week, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) released a press statement calling on the Malaysian government to give urgent attention to the global threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) which is responsible for some 700,000 deaths around the world annually. Read More »

100,000 medical consultations in 100 days

By International Organization for Migration Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Dec 11 (IOM) – If Morisha’s family had waited a matter of minutes before bringing her to the UN Migration Agency(IOM)’s health post in the Balukhali makeshift settlement, she would be dead. Full-term, in her first pregnancy, the 20-year-old started experiencing severe convulsions and bleeding from her mouth two weeks ago. Read More »

When medicines don’t work anymore

By Martin Khor The crisis of antibiotic resistance has gotten worse, and a global action plan must be launched urgently, most appropriately at the World Health Assembly in May. PENANG, Malaysia, Dec 4 (IPS) – The growing crisis of antibiotic resistance is catching the attention of policymakers, but not at a rate enough to tackle it. Read More »

The Int’l debate on generic medicines of biological origin

The South Centre recently published Research Paper No. 82: ” The International Debate on Generic Medicines of Biological Origin,” authored by Germán Velásquez, Special Advisor on Health and Development of the South Centre. The debate on generic medicines is not new. What makes it different today is that attacks levelled against biological products are couched in ever more “technical” and ... Read More »

Kidney disease globally attributed to PM2.5 pollution: Study 

The global toll of chronic kidney disease (CKD) attributable to PM2.5 pollution is significant, according to an analysis presented at ASN (American Society of Nephrology) Kidney Week. Benjamin Bowe, MPH, (Clinical Epidemiology Center at the VA Saint Louis Health Care System) and his colleagues previously described an association between increased levels of fine particulate matter and risk of developing CKD. Read More »

IPR of essential drugs: And use of compulsory licenses

Geneva, 2 Nov (Kanaga Raja) – Highlighting the use of compulsory licenses by countries such as the United States, Germany and most recently Malaysia in order to gain access to amongst others affordable essential medicines, several major developing countries including India, Brazil and South Africa have stressed the importance of a balanced intellectual property (IP) system with built-in flexibilities. Read More »

‘Access to health products is non-negotiable’

The US-based medical devices industry through the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) has approached the US Trade Representative (USTR) with a demand to partially or fully suspend or withdraw India’s benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). This is a barefaced attempt to intimidate the Indian Government and retaliate against its decision to fix the retail prices of cardiovascular ... Read More »

No food-no water-no shelter: Two days of muck-rain-uncertainty

By International Organization for Migration Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Oct 24 (IOM) – Last week, the Government of Bangladesh moved near 7,000 Rohingya refugees, who had been stranded in “no man’s land” near the Anjuman Para border crossing point in Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhia District, into more appropriate settlement areas. The Rohingya are fleeing violence, which broke out in Myanmar on 25 ... Read More »

Bangladesh researchers develop new drug for Hepatitis B

Patients infected with Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) may get much better and more effective treatment than even before as an advanced prescription medicine, developed by two Bangladeshi researchers, is set to hit local drugstores early next year after getting approval from the drug administration. The two Bangladeshi researchers, also doctors, have developed the breakthrough medicine for treating HBV while a ... Read More »

US regulators approve second gene therapy for blood concer

U.S. regulators on Wednesday approved a second gene therapy for a blood cancer, a one-time, custom-made treatment for aggressive lymphoma in adults. The Food and Drug Administration allowed sales of the treatment from Kite Pharma. It uses the same technology, called CAR-T, as the first gene therapy approved in the U.S. in August, a treatment for childhood leukemia from Novartis ... Read More »

How pharma firms, corporate hospitals fleece patients

by K M Gopakumar The Indian National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (INPPA), using its powers under the Drugs Price Control Order 2013, capped the prices of cardiovascular stents and knee implants. INPPA has powers to fix the prices of all medical devices (MD) notified as drugs under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. The price of stents is fixed at Rs 7, ... Read More »

Combination therapy for ‘Super malaria’ : WHO

A recent report by the BBC shows a dangerous increase of resistance to the drug artemisinin. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) for the treatment of malaria and the spread of resistance to this drug, in the South East Asian region, is threatening the ability to provide treatment for this disease and can eventually mean ... Read More »

Hospitals treating Rohingya patients overstretched

Cox’s Bazar, Oct 14 – Although people – not just patients, often their guardians/families – lying around on hospital floors is a sight one gets used to in Bangladesh’s chronically crowded public hospitals, nothing prepares you for the scene at the District Sadar Hospital in Cox’s Bazar, in the wake of the Rohingya refugee crisis. Read More »

World running out of antibiotics: WHO report confirms

A report – Antibacterial agents in clinical development – an analysis of the antibacterial clinical development pipeline, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis – launched today by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows a serious lack of new antibiotics under development to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. Read More »

The world running out of much needed new antibiotics

By Baher Kamal Rome, Oct 4 (IPS) – The world is running out of new antibiotics to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, a new specialised report warns ahead of this year’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week, adding that most of the drugs currently in the clinical pipeline are modifications of existing classes of antibiotics and are only short-term solutions. Read More »

Mother jailed for refusing to vaccinate son

A mother in the US state of Michigan has been sentenced to seven days in jail after she refused a judge’s order to have her son vaccinated. Rebecca Bredow would not let her nine-year-old be immunised after initially agreeing with the father to do so. Her ex-husband has now been awarded temporary primary custody in order to get the boy ... Read More »