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Mobile phones carry owners’ bacterial ‘fingerprint’

The bugs from our bodies end up on our smartphones

Smartphones reflect the personal microbial world of their owners, say US scientists. More than 80% of the common bacteria that make up our personal bacterial “fingerprints” end up on their screens, a study suggests. Personal possessions, such as phones, might be useful for tracking the spread of bacteria, they report in PeerJ. They reflect our microbiome – the trillions of different ...

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Korle Bu to discipline KOSSA President

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Management of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital is considering instituting disciplinary action against the President of the Korle Bu Senior Staff Association(KOSSA), Charles Offei Palm. Mr. Offei Palm has been served with a letter asking him to explain why he failed to obey the laid down rules for addressing grievances at the hospital. Charles Offei Palm earlier told the media that his ...

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Baby girl abadoned at KATH

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The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) is keeping a baby girl abandoned by the mother at the facility two weeks ago. The four-month-old baby is being kept at the maternity block and is reported to be doing well. The mother had left her in the care of another patient, one Diana, who had gone for antenatal care around 1200 hours ...

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Ebola epidemic is ‘out of control’ – relief workers

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The deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has hit “unprecedented” proportions, according to relief workers on the ground. “The epidemic is out of control,” Dr. Bart Janssens, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement. There have been 567 cases and 350 deaths since the epidemic began in March, according to the latest World Health Organization ...

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Obesity and diabetes risks may begin in womb

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A child’s risk of obesity and diabetes might be pre-programmed in the womb before it is even born, German scientists have found. The study is the first direct evidence that the foetal brain response to a dose of sugar given to its mother is associated with the mother’s insulin sensitivity. This may indicate that the risk of subsequent obesity and ...

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Punishment of KATH midwives inconsiderate – Lawyer

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A Political Science Lecturer at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KATH), Dr Richard Amoako Baah is unhappy about the public condemnation of the nurses at the centre  the “KATH missing baby saga”. The Health Ministry after its extensive investigation has ordered the suspension of two midwives. Marian Asare and Patience Amponsah are to go for two and four weeks ...

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KATH nurses finally gone

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The two nurses indicted by the Ministry of Health in the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital missing baby saga have finally begun serving their suspension. On Tuesday Citi FM checks at the hospital revealed that nurses were still at post even after the health ministry’s directive for them to be suspended. The  management of the hospital said it had officially not been notified. Public relations officer of the hospital ...

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Kintampo Rector still at post – Health Ministry

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The Ministry Of Health has denied allegations it is attempting to remove the Rector of the College of Health And Wellbeing in Kintampo, Dr. Emmanuel Adjase from post. This is in reaction to a story published by the Daily Guide newspaper on Wednesday alleging that the Ministry is attempting to remove the Rector. The paper also reported that the chiefs ...

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Diabetes gene ‘raises risk tenfold’

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A genetic susceptibility that gives a tenfold increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes has been discovered. The gene mutation, found in the population of Greenland, will give clues to the different causes of the condition, say Danish scientists. The research, published in Nature, adds to evidence genetics plays a role in the chances of developing diabetes. Other factors included lifestyle, ...

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West Africa Ebola deaths pass 300

Ebola has no known cure

The number of people killed by the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has risen to 337, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. Fourteen deaths and 47 new cases were reported across the region over the last week, it added. Guinea is worst-affected with 264 Ebola-related deaths. In Sierra Leone, there have been 49 deaths and in Liberia 24, ...

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