News: February 2009

Companies join voluntary ban on colours associated with hyperactivity

The UK FSA has published a list of food product ranges from manufacturers, caterers and retailers that have voluntarily withdrawn six food colours associated with possible hyperactivity in young ch...

02 Feb '09 | Food Colourings | UK

Australian Adverse Drug Reactions Bulletin

Since mid 1994 the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has received 45 reports in connection with the use of botulinum toxin, none of which have described a fatal outcome. The reports...

02 Feb '09 | Adverse reactions to drugs | Australia

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04 Feb '09

Senate Passes Economic Stimulus Bill With Health Care Provisions

The U.S. Senate has passed an amended version of H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. While the health care related provisions are very similar to those that were included in...

10 Feb '09 | USA

Zimbabwe education crisis worsens as schools remain closed

Recent figures indicate that 94% of schools in rural Zimbabwe remain closed. UNICEF has called for education to be a high priority for the incoming government. Zimbabwe's education system was once ...

10 Feb '09 | Education | Zimbabwe

Lack of healthcare information threatens patient safety, according to health agencies

Many well-known health organizations have called for relevant, reliable healthcare information to be made more easily accessible to nurses and midwives in the developing world.

12 Feb '09 | Healthcare Information for All by 2015 | Global Campaign

Terrence Higgins Trust gives over 35s safer sex lesson this Valentine's Day

As rates of sexually transmitted infections rise in the over 35s, the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has issued a warning that the safer sex message isn’t just for young people. Research indicates ...

13 Feb '09 | Safer Sex | UK

Patients with schizophrenia at increased risk of metabolic syndrome

Patients suffering from schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses are twice as likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome as the general population, according to the results of a recent study p...

15 Feb '09

Schizophrenia: it's not just “in the genes”

A fundamental shift in understanding is offering new hope for prevention and early intervention in schizophrenia, according to two of Australia’s leading mental health specialists. Prof Hickie said...

15 Feb '09

Plans to involve patients in local healthcare decisions are failing (UK)

Recent report reveals that many UK patients feel that local healthcare commissioning (LHC), a process intended to ensure that health and care services meet the needs of the local population, is not...

18 Feb '09 | Patient Care | UK

New guidelines will help patients plan their future care

Most people say they want to be able to plan their future health care in the event of them losing mental capacity, but very few people have made specific plans or documents that will enable healthc...

19 Feb '09 | Advanced Care Plans | UK

'Out In School' help to embrace diversity in education

Research shows that young people who experience homophobia are less likely to do well at school. They are also more likely to truant and leave school at 16. An increasing number of schools are enco...

23 Feb '09 | Education | UK

Polio immunisation campaign launched in West Africa

53 million children under 5 yrs are expected to be reached across 8 West African countries in a coordinated polio immunization campaign. The initiative involves 8 countries, namely Benin, Burkina F...

27 Feb '09 | Polio | West Africa

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