Healthcare news from around the world brought to you courtesy of Africa’s leading air ambulance service for the week of November 20, 2017.

New Global Commitment to End Tuberculosis

Today 75 ministers agreed to take urgent action to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030. The announcement came at the first WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Tuberculosis in the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response, which brought together delegates from 114 countries in Moscow. President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation opened the Conference, together with Amina J Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General, and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

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Women Advised to Sleep on Side to Help Prevent Stillbirth

Women are being advised to sleep on their side in the last three months of pregnancy to help prevent stillbirth.

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Breast Cancer Tumours ‘Larger’ in Overweight Women

Cancerous breast lumps are less likely to be detected in overweight or obese women before the tumour becomes large, a Swedish study has found.

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Some Cancer Patients Have PTSD Years After Diagnosis, Study Finds

A fifth of cancer patients experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a Malaysian study has found.

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Why Do So Many US Women Die Giving Birth?

While progress has been made to curb death rates among women in other countries, the US has seen an increase since the year 2000.

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How Madagascar Took Control Of Its Plague Outbreak

In early autumn, it became clear that something was not right in Madagascar.

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Popular Surgery To Ease Chronic Shoulder Pain Called Into Question

Research investigating a popular form of surgery aimed at easing chronic shoulder pain doesn’t fix the problem, a careful, placebo-controlled study suggests.

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