Health

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Nigerian stowaways found in chemical tanker in Canary Islands
On Monday, the Spanish coast guard found three Nigerian men on the rudder of a ship. The stowaways had survived an 11-day journey from Lagos to Spain's Canary Islands on the rudder of a chemical and oil tanker.
 
WHO renames “monkeypox” to “mpox” in attempt to avoid stigma
On November 28th, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it would now be referring to monkeypox as "mpox" in its communications. The move is aimed at countering the racism and stigma associated with its current name. The WHO further encouraged others to adopt its recommendations "to minimize any ongoing negative impact of the current name and from adoption of the new name."
 
FDA approves new gene therapy treatment for hemophilia
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Hemgenix, a gene therapy product for the treatment of adults with Hemophilia B. Peter Marks, director of FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research stated, "Today’s approval provides a new treatment option for patients with Hemophilia B and represents important progress in the development of innovative therapies for those experiencing a high burden of disease associated with this form of hemophilia."
 
OR couple has twins from embryos frozen 30 years ago
Rachel and Philip Ridgeway, a couple in OR, have become parents to twins from donated embryos frozen 30 years ago. The twins, Lydia and Timothy, were born on October 31st. The Ridgeways have four other children between the ages of one and eight.
 
US FDA approves drug to delay the onset of type 1 diabetes
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Tzield (teplizumab-mzwv) injection to delay the onset of type 1 diabetes. Tzield binds to certain immune system cells, thereby delaying progression of type 1 diabetes.
 
CDC investigating a multi-state Listeria outbreak
The CDC, state public health officials, the FDA, and the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections in the US. According to the CDC, Deli meats and cheeses are the likely sources of the outbreak.
 
Protest over aviation industry pollution in Schiphol
Hundreds of climate protesters protested and blocked a private jet runway at Schiphol, The Netherlands. Activists sat under the parked jets and cycled along the taxi route.
 
Earthshot Prize finalists announced
Britain's Prince William announced the finalists for his Earthshot Prize. The Earthshot Prize is given to innovative ideas for the environment.
 
Australian health insurer Medibank’s customer data hacked
Australia's largest health insurer, Medibank, has revealed that a cybercriminal has successfully hacked the personal information of its 4 million customers. The incident comes as the Australian government has been planning to revamp its legislature, increasing penalties for companies that fail to keep their clients' data safe.
 
Unilever recalls dry shampoos potentially containing benzene, a carcinogen
Unilever US has recalled certain dry shampoos because of the potential presence of benzene. Benzene is considered a human carcinogen which can cause leukemia, bone marrow blood cancer, and other severe blood disorders.