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May 22, 2018

WATCH: Couple marry in Zim hospital days after serious croc attack

A Zimbabwean woman got married in hospital this weekend – days after her arm was bitten off in a crocodile attack near Victoria Falls, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Zanele Ndlovu, a former national tennis player, married Jamie Fox on Saturday in a chapel at Bulawayo’s Mater Dei hospital where she was treated for her injuries, reports the Sunday News.

“This has never happened before and it is quite exciting. You can tell people are all excited about this,” a hospital staffer told the paper.

Lucky to be alive

Pictures from the chapel service show Ndlovu in a wedding dress, with the stump of her right arm in bandages. Her husband is [...]

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April 13, 2018

Vaping could be leading thousands of teens to start smoking who otherwise wouldn’t have

Vaping, which involves puffing on vaporized liquid nicotine using an e-cig or vape pen, seems to be healthier than smoking, a deadly habit that involves inhaling burning tobacco. And for some adult smokers, vaping may be somewhat helpful for quitting. But the practice also appears to be creating thousands of new smokers, most of whom are teens whose first exposure to nicotine is via an e-cig or vape pen. Smoking kills. No other habit has been so strongly tied to death.

In addition to inhaling burned tobacco and tar, smokers breathe in toxic metals like cadmium and beryllium, as well as metallic elements like nickel and chromium.

It’s no surprise, then, that much of the [...]

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April 13, 2018

Uganda: NDA Seizes Fake Hepatitis Vaccines

The National Drug Authority (NDA) is investigating how eight private hospitals and clinics came to sell counterfeit hepatitis B vaccines in Mbarara, Kampala and Mbale.

As inquiries proceed, the authority has asked the public to remain calm awaiting further advice. Amos Atumanya, the NDA regulatory officer who led the three-week preliminary investigation, told journalists yesterday that the fake vaccines are allegedly manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.

“We got our first complaint from Mbarara. This person got the fake labels on Mbarara street and was able to inform our regional office,” Atumanya told journalists at NDA offices in Kampala. [...]

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March 28, 2018

Expert calls for co-operation in Listeriosis probe

A leading meat scientist warns the bacteria could have been introduced into factories from another source

“Helping hand”: EFF members invade a supermarket, claiming to be helping them throw away all Rainbow and Enterprise products following the findings on listeriosis. Picture: SUPPLIED

A leading meat scientist has urged the companies implicated in SA’s biggest recorded outbreak of listeriosis to collaborate in efforts to determine how their products became contaminated with deadly listeria bacteria.

More than 180 people have died in the outbreak since January 2017.

The outbreak was traced after scientists from the National Institute [...]

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