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A lifesaver for new mothers

| Updated on January 15, 2018

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The birth of hope

Post-partum haemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide, responsible for 100,000 deaths per year, the majority in low and middle-income countries. Tranexamic acid, an inexpensive and widely available drug, could reduce maternal deaths among women with severe bleeding after childbirth, according to a global trial of 20,000 women in 21 countries, published in The Lancet.

In the war zone

Gaza hospitals crisis

Increasing power cuts and shortages of fuel are creating an impending crisis for Gaza’s 14 public hospitals, threatening the closure of essential health services which would leave thousands of people without access to life-saving health care. The health system’s fuel reserves are sufficient for only a few more days. If a solution is not found, Gaza’s 14 public hospitals will be forced to partially or completely close essential services, the World Health Organisation said.

Regulatory alert

Codeine warning

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is restricting the use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children. Codeine is approved to treat pain and cough, and tramadol is approved to treat pain. These medicines carry serious risks, including slowed or difficult breathing and death, which appear to be a greater risk in children younger than 12 years, and should not be used in these children. These medicines should also be limited in some older children. The FDA is also recommending against the use of codeine and tramadol in breastfeeding mothers.

Published on April 28, 2017

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