Hello and welcome back to this week’s edition of the Medical News Summary Blog. This blog post covers the highlights in medical news from the 8th to the 14th of August. In this edition, read about how the junior doctors threaten further industrial action, the occurrence of two new polio cases in Nigeria and an increase in the number of measles cases in the UK.
The government have remained silent on the concerns expressed by junior doctors. As a consequence the Executive of the junior doctor committee has voted to call for formal re-negotiations. A formal request has been made to the BMA council to authorise a programme of repeated industrial action starting from early September.
There is no known cure for the disease but it can be prevented through effective immunisation. The new cases represent a huge setback for Nigeria as well as the World Health Organisation who are working towards eradicating Polio.
Nigeria had recently celebrated two years without polio and was on track to be certified free of the virus by July 2017. Concerns have also been expressed over the food crisis in Borno state due to conflict in the area. Around 50,000 Nigerian children are thought to be at risk of starving to death.
A large proportion of the cases have been linked to music festivals which is thought to be due to low hygiene levels and high densities of festival-goers.
Measles is a viral illness which can lead to sore eyes, rashes and cold-like symptoms as well as long term serious complications. It is uncommon due to the fact that most people are vaccinated as part of the mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) jab. Public Health England are urging those with symptoms to not attend big events and call their GP or NHS 111.
Alzheimer’s disease is characterised by a build-up of abnormal masses of protein called tangles of plaques and it is thought that these gene patterns contribute to the formation of these proteins. The researchers hypothesised that as we age our bodies become less able to prevent these protein build-ups and new treatments should be focused on a way to strengthen these natural defences to slow disease progression.