Nipah Virus: Kerala Takes Preventive Measures After Teenager Dies

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A 14-year-old boy from Malappuram district died due to Nipah virus infection, which was confirmed after he showed symptoms of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) and suffered a cardiac arrest. The infection was confirmed by the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune. The state health minister Veena George informed local media about the death and the preventive measures.

FDA Approves Donanemab, Eli Lilly’s Drug for Early Alzheimer’s Disease

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On July 2, 2024, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved donanemab, a monoclonal antibody developed by Eli Lilly for the treatment of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. This approval introduces a new option for those in the early symptomatic phases of Alzheimer’s, a chance to slow disease progression and maintain quality of life.

STSS: Flesh Eating Bacteria Spreads in Japan

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Japan is facing an increase in cases of streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS), a rare but severe bacterial infection that can rapidly become fatal. As of June 2, 2024, the Japanese Health Ministry has reported a record 977 cases, surpassing last year’s previous peak of 941 cases. This outbreak has already resulted in 77 deaths between January and March.

South Africa Reports Two Mpox Death in this Week

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On May 13, 2024, the South African government declared an outbreak of Mpox following the confirmation of a case in Gauteng province. This case had no travel history to countries experiencing active Mpox outbreaks. As of June 14, 2024, there have been seven laboratory-confirmed cases and two deaths, yielding a high case fatality ratio (CFR) of 28.6%. The cases are distributed across Gauteng (3), KwaZulu-Natal (3), and Western Cape (1) provinces.

Planetary Health Diet Reduces Early Death Risk by a Third and Combat Climate Change

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The study shows that individuals who closely follow a planetary health diet have a 30% lower risk of early death compared to those with the least adherence to this diet. This dietary approach also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and land use, both critical factors in addressing climate change.

Dr Michael Mosley’s Body Found on Greek Island, Post-mortem Finds Died of Natural Causes

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On Sunday, the body of British TV presenter and author Dr. Michael Mosley was discovered on the Greek island of Symi after a days-long search, bringing an end to the mystery surrounding his disappearance. Mosley, who had been missing since Wednesday was found near Agia Marina beach by a boat party that included the local mayor and journalists. His wife, Dr. Clare Bailey Mosley confirmed his identity and shared heartfelt words about her husband.