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Warning on BMPEA diet supplements

The US Food and Drug Administration has warned five companies to stop selling dietary supplements containing an unapproved stimulant known as beta-methylphenylethylamine, (BMPEA). An investigation found nine out of 21 supplements containing Acacia rigidula also contained BMPEA, even though the plant itself does not contain the substance. Dr Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School said the warnings do not go far enough since they cover only those products that explicitly list BMPEA on the label. Many products use Acacia rigidula as code and do not mention BMPEA, which is an amphetamine-like substance that has been shown to raise blood pressure and heart rate in animals and is classified as a doping agent by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

US alert on Hep C, HIV and injection drug risk

US health officials alerted to watch for clusters of HIV and hepatitis C among injection drug users.

Warning on hepatitis C medicine risk

European health regulators have warned against using Gilead Sciences' and Bristol-Myers Squibb's hepatitis C medicines along with amiodarone, a drug used to regulate arrhythmia.

SA prison health care 'compromised' – NGO

The health needs of South Africa's almost 160,000 prisoners and remand detainees are in the hands of only 818 professional nurses, 11 doctors, 24 pharmacists and 24 psychologists.

Drug works against current Ebola strain

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston's Thomas Geisbert has just published a study offering the first evidence that a drug developed to fight Ebola works against the strain causing the current outbreak in West Africa, reports The Daily Telegraph. The drug is now being tested in Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. Scientists say they have developed the first successful treatment for Ebola, which works up to three days after exposure to the virus.

A fifth of world's children not vaccinated

One fifth of the world's children still do not receive routine vaccinations that could prevent 1.5m deaths a year from preventable diseases, the World Health Organisation says.

Billions have no access to surgery

Two-thirds of the world's population have no access to safe and affordable surgery, according to a study – more than double the number in previous estimates.