Healthcare news from around the world brought to you courtesy of Africa’s leading air ambulance service for the week of November 27, 2017.

Madagascar’s plague epidemic is slowing, but we must sustain the response

Madagascar’s unprecedented outbreak of pneumonic plague is slowing down but the response must be sustained, WHO cautioned on Monday (November 27).

Read More: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2017/plague-madagascar-slowing/en/

WHO delivers medicines as diphtheria spreads in Yemen

WHO has delivered medicines to tackle an outbreak of diphtheria in Yemen, warning that sustained humanitarian access is critical to stopping its spread.

Read More: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2017/medicines-diphtheria-yemen/en/

Vaginal mesh operations should be banned, says NICE

The health watchdog NICE is to recommend that vaginal mesh operations should be banned from treating organ prolapse in England, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show has learned.

Read More: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42110076

Light Therapy Might Help People With Bipolar Depression

As the months grow colder and darker, many people find themselves somewhat sadder and even depressed.Bright light is sometimes used to help treat the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Researchers are now testing light therapy to see if it also can help treat depression that’s part of bipolar disorder.

Read More: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/11/27/561574259/light-therapy-might-help-people-with-bipolar-depression

Apps Can Cut Blue Light From Devices, But Do They Help You Sleep?

If you’re losing sleep over the blue light coming from your phone, there’s an app for that.

Read More: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/11/27/561740031/apps-can-cut-blue-light-from-devices-but-do-they-help-you-sleep

How One Pop-Up Restaurant Is Fighting Stigma Against HIV/AIDS

This month diners in Toronto were treated to a four-course meal at a pop-up restaurant called June’s. The menu included Northern Thai leek and potato soup with a hint of curry, a pasta served with smoked arctic char followed by garlic rapini and flank steak. The entire meal was topped off with a boozy tiramisu for dessert.

Read More: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/11/24/566387319/how-one-pop-up-restaurant-is-fighting-stigma-against-hiv-aids

Telemedicine For Addiction Treatment? Picture Remains Fuzzy

When President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, it came with a regulatory change intended to make it easier for people to get care. Doctors are now allowed to prescribe addiction medicine virtually, without ever seeing the patient in person.

Read More: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/11/24/565360136/telemedicine-for-addiction-treatment-picture-remains-fuzzy

This news was brought to you by the Flying Doctors Nigeria.

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