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Young doctors here feeling burnt-out, says study

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November 2017 straitstimes; Young doctors are feeling burnt-out, and this affects their ability to empathise with patients, a local study has found. Researchers surveyed nearly 500 medical residents across 34 specialities in three public hospitals, eight in 10 of whom said they felt emotionally exhausted, lacking in personal accomplishment, or …

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KENYA:Gender gap narrows for medical degrees

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November 2017 Businessdaily; There has been this long-held belief that the highly technical medical degree courses are dominated by males. But a scrutiny of university enrolment data over the past 12 years paints a different picture, debunking the notion. The gender gap in enrolment of undergraduate medical courses has actually …

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Bloody row spills out at national blood bank

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October 2017 Standardmedia; The Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service (KNBTS) is incensed by reports that part of blood its bank is contaminated with HIV and syphilis. The report published three weeks ago in a foreign journal shows 6.2 per cent of donated blood had high levels of HIV, with as high …

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Ultra-tough antibiotic to fight superbugs

May 2017 BBC; US scientists have re-engineered a vital antibiotic in a bid to wipe out one of the world’s most threatening superbugs. Their new version of vancomycin is designed to be ultra-tough and appears to be a thousand times more potent than the old drug, PNAS journal reports. It …

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