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Certain Allergy, Depression Meds Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia

Class of drugs interferes with a key brain chemical, but study can't prove cause-and-effect Long-term and/or high-dose use of a class of medications used for hay fever, depression and other ills has been linked in a new study to a higher risk of dementia.

7 Tools for Diagnosing Schizophrenia

Diagnosing schizophrenia can be very difficult and a variety of tests are needed to make sure it isn’t a condition that mimics schizophrenia such as a brain tumor or herpes encephalitis.

Ebola crisis: 'Too slow' WHO promises reforms

Ebola testing at the African Cup of Nations football tournament in Bata, Equatorial GuineaThe World Health Organization (WHO) has set out plans for reform, admitting that it was too slow to respond to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. At an emergency session in Geneva, director-general Margaret Chan said Ebola had taught the world and the WHO how they must act in the future.

Heavy soccer playing before age 12 tied to later hip deformities

660YouthSoccer.jpgIn a study of Dutch professional footballers, a bone deformity at the hip was much more common among men who started playing the sport at least four times a week before age twelve.

No Clear Winner Among Knee Arthritis Drugs

Injections were rated slightly more effective at fighting pain than pills

186.476 Patients Benefited from ‘Ehalati’ Program in 1435H

The Ministry of Health (MOH) indicated that "My Referral Program" (Ehalati) has referred 186.476 cases during 1435H. Out of these, 158515 cases (amounting to 85%) were approved immediately, whereas 5469 cases (about 2.9%) are still under processing and review, and 21167 cases (at a rate of 11.7% of all referred cases) didn’t benefit from referral, as the required service, after consulting the competent medical committee, was proven available in the referring hospital. That is to be added to 1325 cases (0.7%) still on the waiting list. This is a summary of all the cases referred by the system from the primary healthcare centers (totaling 2259 centers), as well as the cases referred amongst peripheral, general and specialized hospitals. 

Ebola Vaccine Sent to W. Africa for Testing

The first shipment of an experimental Ebola vaccine is being sent to Liberia for field testing, but experts say it may be difficult to determine how effective it is because the number of Ebola cases in West Africa is falling. An airplane carrying about 300 initial doses of the vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is expected to arrive in Liberia on Friday, and a clinical trial of the vaccine could begin within a few weeks, BBC News reported.

Psoriasis Tied to Uncontrolled Blood Pressure

Psoriasis Tied to Uncontrolled Blood Pressure

Ebola crisis: Experimental vaccine 'shipped to Liberia'

A vaccine trial in the USThe first batch of an experimental vaccine against Ebola is on its way to Liberia. The shipment will be the first potentially preventative medicine to reach one of the hardest hit countries.

MERS claims the lives of two Saudis; three more infected

1398184280028123000_0.jpgThe Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has killed two more people, bringing the death toll in the country to 363 since the virus was detected in 2012, the Health Ministry announced Thursday. The deceased are both Saudi men, a 67-year-old in Taif and a 76-year-old in Riyadh. Three other Saudis were infected, a 76-year-old man and two young males, all from Riyadh.