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Salt-preserved dried tilapia popularly known as Koobi in Ghana
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Health alert: “Koobi” being preserved with cancer-causing formalin

Some traders have resorted to preserving ‘koobi’, dried tilapia, with cancer-causing agent, formalin. Formalin, which is a chemical used to prevent dead bodies from decomposing, is being used by the traders to preserve the fish; thus making it stiff, have a rubbery feel, clear eyes, red gills and take away […]

Acinetobacter baumannii, a group of drug-resistant bacteria commonly found in soil and water. The W.H.O. rated research on this and two other pathogens as “critical priority.”
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Deadly, Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ Pose Huge Threat, W.H.O. Says

The World Health Organization warned on Monday that a dozen antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” pose an enormous threat to human health, and urged hospital infection-control experts and pharmaceutical researchers to focus on fighting the most dangerous pathogens first. The rate at which new strains of drug-resistant bacteria have emerged in recent years […]

Mr Woonki Lyeo (2nd right) making the presention to Dr Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira (2nd left). Looking on are Dr Linda Vanotoo (left), Greater Accra Regional Director of GHS, and Dr Thomas Anabah, Medical Director of the hospital. Picture by Emmanuel Quaye
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Accra Regional Hospital receives surgical equipment

The Surgical Unit of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital (GARH) has taken delivery of medical equipment valued at US$ 70,000 for the establishment of a laparoscopic surgical project meant to reduce pain and haemorrhaging in patients during surgery. The equipment, which was funded by the Korean Government through the Korean […]

A hospital in Durban, South Africa, in 2010. The worst-known outbreak of XDR-TB, the deadliest strain of tuberculosis, is in the Zulu-dominated mountains behind the city, where H.I.V. is also extremely common. Credit Joao Silva for The New York Times
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In South Africa, Deadly Tuberculosis Strain Is Spread Directly

The deadliest strain of tuberculosis is XDR-TB, the “extensively drug-resistant” type, meaning that many antibiotics do not work against it. XDR-TB is rare but very lethal. Curing it takes up to two years, and the drugs prescribed can cause permanent deafness, nerve damage, vomiting and rashes. Between 50 percent and […]

Thousands of people showed up on Sunday in Warren, Mich., to hear Senator Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont, denounce Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Rallies were held across the country over the weekend. Credit Robin Buckson/Detroit News, via Associated Press
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Fear Spurs Support for Health Law as Republicans Work to Repeal It

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump and congressional Republicans appear to have accomplished a feat that President Obama, with all the power at his disposal, could not in the past seven years: They have galvanized outspoken support for the Affordable Care Act. People who benefit from the law are flooding […]

Sickle cell anemia in human blood. Credit Science Source
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Easing the Toll of Sickle Cell Disease in Childbirth

Creating hospital teams devoted to treating pregnant women who have sickle cell disease reduced death rates for those women by almost 90 percent, a study at a major hospital in Ghana showed. Sickle cell disease is common in West Africa, and among black people in the Americas whose ancestors came […]

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Dutch Fertility Clinic Investigates Possible Sperm Mix-Up

AMSTERDAM — Twenty-six couples in the Netherlands are waiting to find out if the sperm that was used to fertilize their eggs at a reproductive technology clinic might have come from the wrong men. The clinic, at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, said on Wednesday that a procedural error […]

Kristin Clarino, a toxicologist in the Suffolk County medical examiner’s office in Hauppauge, handling recently tested samples of fentanyl. The drug has killed at least 220 people on Long Island in 2016. Credit Johnny Milano for The New York Times
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Fentanyl Outpaces Heroin as the Deadliest Drug on Long Island, NY

An anesthetic commonly used for surgery has surpassed heroin to become the deadliest drug on Long Island, killing at least 220 people there in 2016, according to medical examiners’ records. The drug, fentanyl, is a synthetic opioid, which can be 100 times more potent than morphine. The numbers from Long […]

Elaine Bunick and Adolf King, members of Rotary Club of Oak Ridge, are pictured with Ghanaians in the village where they led the medical and educational missions. (Submitted photo)
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Oak Ridge, Tennessee Rotarians boost health, education in Ghana village

A regional health director in Ghana, a country in West Africa, recently designated the attempt by the Rotary clubs of Oak Ridge and Accra (Ghana’s capital) to renovate the Wurupong Health Center as a model project for Ghana. “It must not fail!” exclaimed Ogori Yaw Yeboah, head of the Volta […]

K.T. Jones has an aggressive type of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Getting immunotherapy in a clinical trial has kept him alive far past expectations. But few black patients participate in clinical trials. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times
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In Cancer Trials, Minorities Face Extra Hurdles

As immunotherapy research takes off, the patients getting the treatment have beenoverwhelmingly white. Researchers know this and say they are trying to correct it. Like a man on a flying trapeze, K.T. Jones has leapt from one medical study to another during his 15-year struggle with cancer, and he has […]