Category Archives: Health

Mexico eliminate disease that leads to blindness

NBC – In a significant public health victory, Mexico has succeeded in eliminating a disease which is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Mexico is the first country in the Americas to eliminate trachoma as a public health issue. The disease, caused by a bacteria, affects the eye and repeated infections can lead to scarring and loss of vision.

Dutch “abortion boat” arrives off Guerrero coast

Al Jazeera – A Dutch sailing boat offering abortions has arrived in international waters off Mexico’s west coast, according to the organization which operates it. The vessel, which operates often in defiance of some countries’ laws, took up position on Friday off Guerrero state on Mexico’s southern Pacific coast.

Diabetes is No. 1 killer in Mexico

NPR – Diabetes is the leading cause of death in Mexico, according to the World Health Organization. The disease claims nearly 80,000 lives each year, and forecasters say the health problem is expected to get worse in the decades to come. The surge in diabetes threatens the very stability of Mexico’s public health care system, according to new reports.

Mexico confirms first case of Zika-linked birth defect

AP – Mexico’s health ministry has confirmed the first case of a Zika-related severe birth defect known as microcephaly. The ministry said in a statement Friday that the child was premature and died at birth. It was born to a 25-year-old woman from the southern state of Oaxaca on Nov. 5, 2016.

5 cases of Zika-linked Guillian-Barre reported

Indian Express – Five cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome associated with the Zika virus infection have been confirmed in Mexico. The cases, found in the southern part of the country, were identified in three men and two women averaging 18 years old. To date, Mexico has reported a total of 3,268 locally acquired cases of the Zika virus, which has also been linked to the birth defect microcephaly.

Designing babies or saving lives in Mexico?

BBC -The headlines earlier this week that a baby had been born using DNA from three people got the world very excited – no more so than in Mexico, where the technique was carried out. The doctors used a method that takes all the vital DNA from the mother’s egg plus healthy mitochondria from a donor egg to create a new egg that’s then fertilised with the father’s sperm.

While the little boy isn’t the first baby to be created by combining DNA from three people, the method used is a new and significant one that experts say could help families with rare genetic conditions to conceive healthy babies.

37 Zika virus cases confirmed in seven states

Africa News – Mexican authorities have confirmed 37 cases of Zika virus infection in seven of the country’s 32 states. 34 people were infected locally while three others were infected abroad. 24 of the confirmed cases were in the southern state of Chiapas with the rest in Oaxaca, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Jalisco, Sinaloa and Queretaro.