Occasional significant medical items which we have a main article about
- Major changes in the NHS (provisional)
- Three new cases of Ebola in Liberia which had been declared Ebola free.
- Junior Doctors in England vote by 98% to strike
- Colistin resistant gene MCR-1 gene spreads widely in enteric bacteria from focus in China where colistin type antibiotics widely used as veterinary growth promoters in pigs. This is not the specific practice in many other parts of the world, but highlights that the food industry has contributed significantly to poor antibiotic stewardship practice
- The West African Ebola outbreak appears to be fully contained but given infectivity now known to sometimes persist for months Ebola free does not mean no new cases possible
- Nobel prize in medicine awarded to discoverers of ivermectin for roundworm infection (one of which Ascaris lumbricoides is discovered to increase human fertility at the end of the month) and the discover of artemisinin for malaria
- The previously postulated prion like properties of some variants/processed products of amyloid precursor protein important in Alzheimer's disease and some cerebral amyloid angiopathy get media attention.
- The BMA ballots junior doctors on strike action on an imposed contract in England shortly after it enters negotiation on a new consultant contract.
- The West African Ebola virus outbreak has simmered for a month at 2-3 new cases a week.
- WHO notes that there is insufficient engagement to prevent a serious outbreak of MERS.
- NHS doctors in general are unhappy with the UK government's proposals for 7 day non-emergency working suggested as an intervention to address weekend mortality. This results in the withdrawal of junior doctors from negotiation.
- Coronavirus MERS outbreak in South Korea, from travel to Saudi and escaping to China. More rapid and precise public health measures might have contained this.
- Campaigning for the UK General Election is on a platform of no major re-organisation of the NHS.
- Report on another NHS scandal -this time on over 6 years of poor maternity care around Morecambe Bay.
- Use off licence of medications is clarified in UK by both government and courts.
- The UK National Audit Office confirms fears that the Government's Better Care Fund implementation is at least 50% too optimistic in terms of release of funding to allow self sustainability. Any bail out when true figures known will be after the next general election.
- The USA still does not have a Surgeon General with evidence of lack of public health coordination being blamed by some on this, and awaits the impact of a changed political landscape due to election results on its healthcare reforms.
- Successful spinal cord regeneration after sharp transection is obtained in man in a technique using olfactory ensheathing cells.
- The blame game within WHO and directed by the voluntary sector at other parties for the failure to contain the West African Ebola fever epidemic is well under way. USA public health authorities express confidence that the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the USA in Dallas, Texas in a traveller from Liberia and the first cases contracted in the USA - in two of his medical attendants - will be contained. 3000 US troops are committed to West Africa to assist in managing the continuing epidemic.
- Spanish Flight: The pre-eminence of Paediatric views over parental views and how to react to expressed differences that may have child protection implications received prominent attention. European arrest warrants might impair medical care for children in some circumstances. Prime and Deputy Prime Ministerial attention was attracted. Appropriately. The problem is not entirely simple.
- Preliminary reports emerge of a specific treatment for Ebola virus infection.
- The Ebola outbreak is declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organisation.
- The West African Ebola fever outbreak is now the largest ever historically.
- Statins become front page news in the UK when a review article on their safety widely quoted by anti-statin lobbyists is shown to be flawed
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced worries over the spread and potential further spread of Polio because of, within and from areas of conflict in Pakistan and Syria and in Cameroon. Syria is at war, Pakistan has poorly controlled areas where attacks on medical staff occur, and Cameroon borders on Nigeria where deliberate interruptions of the Polio eradication programme had occurred previously. Inoculation of incoming travellers from areas where Polio has been reported may be necessary.
- The Queensland government wound in their necks a little and returned to the negotiating table they had refused to revisit.
- In a further advance in understanding human fertility the egg's receptor protein for the sperm's Izumo proteins is characterised, with the suggestion it be renamed Juno.
- The Ebola Fever outbreak in Guinea is evident in at least one neighbouring country. Deaths rise through 80.
- Total deaths from MERS exceeds 100, most in Saudi Arabia.
An outbreak of Ebola virus in Guinea for the first time killed around 60 people. Samples were sent to France for confirmation of the virus.
The dispute between Queensland doctors and their government over terms and conditions continued.
First human death from avian influenza H10N8 reported - it occurred in November 2013 in China.
One death from H5N1 influenza is reported in Canada. The patient flew into Edmonton from Beijing. Low level activity continues in China itself as does the more concerning H7N9 outbreak.
As of Christmas 2009 it appeared that a more equitable system with mechanisms for cost containment would appear in the USA early in 2010.
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