World Health Organization is Cautiously Optimistic about Ebola Response
The World Health Organization (WHO) is optimistic about the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Of the four hundred of people who have been exposed to Ebola, 90% have been vaccinated under a vaccination program where doctors used an experimental vaccine which was developed after the latest Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Currently WHO has identified 900 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo who may be under the risk of contracting the disease due to being in contact with someone who is infected by Ebola. However, the WHO admits that identifying all potential contacts is a challenging task.
Since the start of the Ebola outbreak in 2018, 54 cases of the disease have been reported, which is mostly in the remote area of the DRC. From 53 infected people, 25 people have died. In the past few days, no new cases have been reported.
The vaccination efforts have been focused on the urban environment due to fear that the number of Ebola cases could rapidly rise in those areas which could be very dangerous for the DRC and the rest of Africa.
Dr. Salama from the DCR said:
“The vaccine is proving to be a very acceptable intervention to the community.”
Currently, the WHO is expanding the vaccination program into the rural areas focusing on the center of the recent outbreak. The WHO hopes that clinical trials and treatment used in the DCR could be the way to treat future Ebola cases across the globe.
Vitamin Supplements Don’t Provide Health Benefits
Contrary to a common and popular belief, mineral and vitamin supplements do not provide any value nor add risk in the prevention of heart attack, cardiovascular disease, stroke or premature death.
A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology stated that the findings were based on trials conducted from January 2012 to October 2017. The trials suggest that calcium, vitamin C, and D did not help in preventing heart attack, cardiovascular disease, stroke or premature death. However, the supplements do not harm us either. The lead author of the study, Dr. David Jenkins said that vitamin D or vitamin C does nothing for lengthening one’s lifespan:
“We looked at whether vitamins are good for cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality. We asked whether micronutrients could shorten or lengthen your life. But we didn’t look into vitamin C in attenuating colds – which it probably does.”
Analyzed vitamins included A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, C, D, and E as well as calcium, zinc, selenium beta-carotene, iron and magnesium.
It seems that the best way to take your vitamins is regularly eating vegetables and fruits.
The main reason why we think that vitamin supplements are helpful is because supplements are powerful placebos. Mostly, people feel better when they take their supplements, believing that taking more vitamins will improve their overall health. However, the evidence is showing that those benefits cannot be obtained from a pill, but only from fresh fruits and vegetables.
Low-Carb Diets can be Harmful to our Health
We should not skimp on carbohydrates since they are the fuel that our body needs. A low-carb diet is very popular among those who are trying to lose weight, or even among those who are trying to live healthily.
Carbohydrates are important since they give us the energy that we need, however, many people think that carbohydrates are unhealthy and fattening. This is the main reason why people are going on low-carb diets. By going on a low-carb diet, we are depriving our body of essential nutrients that we need on a daily basis.
If you are wondering if you went too far with your low-carb diet here are some signs to look for:
- Weakness in the body
- Bad breath
- Craving for sugar
- Muscle cramps
Why are carbohydrates important?
Jaee Khamkar, a dietician from the Fortis Hospital Kalyan, Mumbai said:
“The heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles need carbohydrates to function. Excess carbohydrates can be stored in the liver and muscles for later use, after being converted into glycogen. It is also a good source of fiber and aids weight control.”