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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved a drug for SMALL POX, a disease that no longer exists…. WHY ??
On July 13,2018 The FDA has approved TPOXX (generic name: tecovirimat), a drug to treat smallpox. 
This disease was eradicated from the world in 1980, after a global vaccination campaign.  For fear that the smallpox virus could be used as a BIO WEAPON
 Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the FDA commissioner, said "Today's approval provides an important milestone in these efforts. This new treatment affords us an additional option should smallpox ever be used as a bioweapon."
The new drug was tested in animals infected with viruses that are closely related to the smallpox virus.
The drug was tested for safety in more than 350 healthy people who did not have smallpox.
Original article: Live Science

An illustration  of the small pox virus



According to the American heart association and the American college of cardiologist, a new guideline 2017/2018 published in November 2017. The medical guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of hypertension showed a new and surprising change in hypertension definition and diagnosis. The most significant change is that blood pressure 130/80 is now considered the first stage of hypertension not as was shown in previous guidelines, 2013 which was 140/90.

This made a new concept in management plans that physician should be aware of, keeping patient safety and cardiac/ renal risk factors in a new track of studies.




Gonorrhea  growing resistance

A disease that is increasingly resistant to antibiotic treatment.
A recent study says:
Meningitis vaccine shows protection against Gonorrhea for first time.

  • Finally, the world might be catching a break when it comes to Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea.
  • This new study suggests that the vaccine that protects against a strain of meningitis may also ward off the sexually transmitted infection.



A recent study about artificial sweeteners were presented at the Experimental Biology 2018 conference,April,2018 held in San Diego, CA.

The research study was led by Brian Hoffmann, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

The study stated that : There is an evidence that consuming artificial sweeteners in large amounts  could also lead to obesity and metabolic disorders.





A Fingerstick (Point T-Of-Care) test allows for SINGLE-VISIT HCV Diagnosis.


The (Xpert) ® is a new test for hepatitis C viral load fingerstick test. It can detect an active infection in an accuracy starting from 100µL of capillary whole blood from patient only in one hour.

This allows a single visit for HCV diagnosis.

An observational cohort study published in The Journal of infectious diseases found that the sensitivity and specificity of this test for the HCV RNA virus quantification samples collected by fingerstick were 100%.

This test will be an ideal diagnostic tool for screening programs for hepatitis

(C) infection.


By: Dr. Mohamed Khaled Youssef

Consultant Internal Medicine.

Al-Hayat Medical center.

Consultant Washington Healthcare Corporation

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