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Italy health czar blames resignation on ‘anti-science’ government

The president of Italy’s national health research organisation on Wednesday said he had been driven to resign due the “anti-scientific” policies of the country’s populist government including efforts to undermine confidence in vital vaccinations.

Brazil | Brazilian doctors fail to report for duty to replace Cubans

Brazil has failed to replace nearly one third of the thousands of Cuban doctors who exited the country after a diplomatic spat, as many new recruits failed to turn up for work, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro had criticized Cuba’s involvement in a government healthcare program, saying that Cuban doctors were being used as “slave labor” because Havana took 75 percent of their salaries.

Infant formula companies are behind the guidelines on milk allergy, and their sales are soaring

There has been a six-fold increase in sales of infant formula prescribed for babies with cows’ milk protein allergy in the United Kingdom from 2006 to 2016. This is despite no evidence of a concurrent increase in the prevalence of infants with the allergy.

Sierra Leone doctors strike over conditions, nurses may follow

Doctors in Sierra Leone’s public hospitals were on strike on Wednesday to protest against low wages and poor working conditions, and nurses said they may follow suit.

Sierra Leone is one of Africa’s poorest countries and its public hospitals lack equipment. The 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic killed nearly 4000 people, including more than 250 medical staff.

Low income explains poorer survival after a heart attack more than race, study finds

by Elizabeth Cooney

The deep divide between the health of black and white Americans has a long and painful history, drawing the attention of scholars from W.E.B. Du Bois in the late 19th century to public health researchers today who track seemingly intractable differences in health, medical treatment, life expectancy, and death.