Saturday, 19 May 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to city from countryside

Health personnel in protective suits when checking patients
The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly hard to control.

Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga confirmed a case in Mbandaka, a city of a million about 130km (80 miles) from where the first cases were confirmed.

The city is a major transportation hub with routes to the capital Kinshasa.

At least 44 people are thought to have been infected with ebola and 23 deaths are being investigated.

Ebola virus disease is a severe, often fatal illness, with a death rate of up to 90% caused by Ebola virus. People become infected with Ebola either through contact with infected animals or through contact with the bodily fluids of infected humans.


Exploding e-cigarette killed Florida man, coroner says

An exploding e-cigarette killed a Florida man and set fire to his apartment, an autopsy has found.

In what is believed to be the first death from a vaping pen explosion in the United States, 38-year-old Tallmadge D'Elia died when two pieces of the e-cigarette lodged themselves in his cranium, the Pinellas County medical examiner said.

The lethal vaping device was identified as a Smok-E Mountain brand, which is manufactured in the Philippines, according to the local Tampa Bay Times newspaper.

It said the device was known as a "mechanical mod" e-cigarette, which lacks some of the safety features that other makes have, including computer chips to prevent them from overheating.

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Doctors on high alert as Netflix's 13 Reasons Why returns for season 2

The 1st season of the show triggered a spike in kids googling "how to commit suicide".

The controversial Netflix series 13 Reasons Why returns for a second season this week, putting parents and educators on high alert for the mental well-being of teenagers.

After its first successful - but, for many, unsettling - season, mental health care professionals and organizations documented worrying spikes in teenage suicides and signs of suicide ideation.

School districts, psychologists and school counselors are warning that support systems need to be in place to help students process the show's new season even though Netflix claims to be providing more mental health support to young viewers.

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Learning a new language or playing a musical instrument could be the key to avoiding dementia

Playing a musical instrument or learning another language could protect against dementia, according to research.

Brain scans showed that musicians and bilinguals are able to activate different regions of the brain, which uses less energy.

These areas of the brain make use of different networks which means less brain activity is required to complete certain functions, hence more efficient and they are less likely to develop dementia.

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