WORLD NEWS

USA: Regulators Need to Scrutinize Health Insurance Mergers

September 2015 NYTimes; Two proposed mergers involving four of the nation’s biggest health insurers could reduce competition in an important industry. That’s why federal and state regulators need to closely study these deals and, if necessary, force the companies to sell some parts of their businesses. Earlier this summer, Anthem …

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ZIMBABWE: Ordeal for the Poor On Cancer Treatment

September 2015 TheIndepenedent; TODAY (last Monday) is Cecilia Munemo’s twentieth day of radiotherapy at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare, leaving her with five sessions to complete the expensive and stressful 25-day treatment which always leaves her feeling extremely weak. Hazel Ndebele Munemo (43), who wears a smile of relief …

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ZIMBABWE: Govt to Roll Out U.S.$3 Million HIV Survey

September 2015 TheHerald; Government will next month embark on a $3 million door-to-door national HIV and Aids survey, offering HIV testing and counselling services, director of the Aids and TB Unit in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Owen Mugurungi has said. The exercise, to be launched in …

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Asbestos Still Used in Africa Despite Health Warnings

August 2015 TheNamibian; Asbestos is a severe cancer-causing agent, causing about half of all deaths from occupational-related types of cancer. Currently, about 125 million people in the world are exposed to asbestos at their workplaces. To date, significant data gaps exist in the African region in regard to the occupational exposure …

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3D printing can revolutionise emergency healthcare

August ScidevNet; When the NGO Field Ready first arrived at a health clinic in Haiti, they found the hospital’s maternity ward dangerously short of equipment. Nurses and doctors were using makeshift tools to clamp the umbilical cords of new-born babies. So the team began printing umbilical cord clamps using 3D …

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