The Health Benefits of Tiger Nuts

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Tiger nuts, also known as chufa, yellow nutsedge or earth almonds, are not actually nuts, but rather edible tubers.

They’re the size of a chickpea but wrinkly with a chewy texture and sweet nutty flavor similar to coconut.

Tiger nuts were one of the first plants cultivated in Egypt and traditionally used as both food and medicine.

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What Recent Policy Changes Has the White House Made to Funding the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Globally?

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amfAR

The Foundation for AIDS Research

Overview

On January 23, 2017, President Trump reinstated and significantly expanded the Mexico City Policy (MCP), which prohibits non- U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from receiving U.S. global health funding if they perform, counsel on, or refer for abortion, or advocate for its liberalization outside of limited exceptions. Whereas the MCP historically only implicated family planning funding, the expanded MCP (EMCP) now applies to all federal global health assistance funding. As such, the EMCP now applies to HIV funding through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), implicating hundreds of new implementing partners (IPs) that were previously exempt. While the EMCP’s impact on PEPFAR IPs is not yet known, previous iterations of the MCP prompted service reductions and clinic closures among family planning providers. In order to understand if and how PEPFAR IPs may be affected, amfAR, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, launched a confidential electronic survey and key-informant interviews with PEPFAR IPs to document any changes in organizational operations and service delivery prompted by the EMCP.

Background on the Mexico City Policy
• Since the 1970s, the Helms Amendment has prevented any U.S. foreign assistance funding from being used for abortion services, even during the Clinton and Obama administration years when the MCP was not in effect. In contrast to the Helms Amendment, however, the MCP extends restrictions to organizational activities as a whole, even those supported by non-U.S. funding.  Specifically, the EMCP restricts a nonU.S.-based NGO from engaging in the following activities while receiving U.S. global health assistance: 1) abortion services; 2) counseling on abortion; 3) referring for abortion; and 4) advocating for the liberalization of abortion access.  Limited exceptions in the cases of rape, incest, or if carrying the pregnancy to term would endanger a woman’s
life, are allowed in the EMCP language.

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MEDICAL DELIVERY, DRONES ARE SAVING LIVES

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Fortune

January 16, 2019

 

Drones may one day make your life easier by delivering pizza, but today—in Rwanda—they are already playing a vital role in emergency medical services.

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WHO’s Top Health Threats for 2019



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March 19, 2019


JAMA

 

 

In its list of the top 10 global health threats for 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease as a grave danger, causing more than 70% of deaths worldwide and disproportionately affecting low- and middle-income countries. The WHO noted that these illnesses sometimes exacerbate mental health issues among young people, which can lead to suicide.

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Oversight of Supplements

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JAMA

March 19, 2019

News From the Food and Drug Administration

The FDA recently announced plans to modernize and reform the regulation of dietary supplements, which are taken regularly by 3 of every 4 adults in the United States, according to the agency.

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Are You Having A Heart Attack?

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PainAssist

Recognizing a heart attack on time is very important in order to ensure survival. Heart attacks occur, when the heart doesn’t receive oxygenated blood as a result of some heart block or coronary artery blockage. The heart muscle suddenly dies and this is known as heart attack.

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HIV Undetectable Equals Untransmittable

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JAMA

January 10, 2019

HIV Viral Load and Transmissibility of HIV Infection

In 2016, the Prevention Access Campaign, a health equity initiative with the goal of ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic as well as HIV-related stigma, launched the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U = U) initiative.1 U = U signifies that individuals with HIV who receive antiretroviral therapy (ART) and have achieved and maintained an undetectable viral load cannot sexually transmit the virus to others. This concept, based on strong scientific evidence, has broad implications for treatment of HIV infection from a scientific and public health standpoint, for the self-esteem of individuals by reducing the stigma associated with HIV,2 and for certain legal aspects of HIV criminalization.3 In this Viewpoint, we examine the underlying science-based evidence supporting this important concept and the behavioral, social, and legal implications associated with the acceptance of the U = U concept.

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The Hard Truth About Hookahs

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UCLA Magazine

The “healthier” alternative to cigarettes isn’t what you think.

You probably wouldn’t smoke 100 cigarettes in an hour. But did you know that in an hour of hookah (i.e., waterpipe) smoking, you would inhale about the same amount of smoke?

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Everything you need to know about hepatitis B

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MedicalNewsToday

HBV is a major global health problem. Worldwide, some 887,000 people died from HBV-related liver disease in 2015. Between 850,000 and 2.2 million people in the United States (U.S.) are thought to be living with chronic HBV infection.

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A cousin of HIV – HTLV-1 is Spreading and has No Cure!

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Global News

Doctors from the Global Virus Network, an international group of virologists, are calling on the World Health Organization to work on strategies to prevent the transmission of HTLV-1 – a virus related to HIV.

Presence of both the human T-cell leukemia type-1 virus (HTLV-1) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) revealed in the transmission electron microscopic (TEM) image, 1980. Image courtesy Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

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