Health Matters

Health Matters

Stories of hope and inspiration, from the experiences of medical doctors and their patients on the front lines along the path to good health.

No, children are not safe from the coronavirus
Pediatric services in the US could be overwhelmed by thousands of sick infants and young children – an overlooked group that has a higher risk of serious illness from Covid-19, according to a new study. While children are at a lower risk of fatality from the disease as compared with the elderly, the very young were most at risk of becoming seriously ill, the study said.  It warned the sheer weight of population numbers in the United States meant there was an urgent need to be prepared. The research was led by Elizabeth Pathak, a population health scientist and president of the US think tank Women’s Institute for Independent Social Inquiry, who warned against a sense of complacency about the
Will an online ban stub out China’s vaping industry?
The vaping industry has suffered a series of setbacks around the world following a spate of deaths in the United States. A number of governments are now considering or implementing bans even as Donald Trump has wavered over whether to introduce similar measures in the US. Now China, where a lack of regulation and the ease of buying online helped create millions of e-cigarette users, has dealt what may be the most substantial blow yet to the global industry. The world’s largest country banned all sales of e-cigarettes online starting November 1. Tobacco has long been identified as a major public health challenge in China. The country is the world’s largest tobacco producer and has more than 3