Iran says 77 now dead from coronavirus

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgIran’s health ministry announced on Tuesday that 11 more people had died from the new coronavirus in the past day, bringing the Islamic republic’s overall death toll to 77.In all, 2,336 people have been infected, including 835 new cases — the biggest increase in a single day since the COVID-19 outbreak began in the country nearly two weeks ago.”According to the latest figures, 835 new patients have been added” to the overall number of infections, Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi said in remarks aired live on state television. Topics : “The health care guidelines for preventing infection from this virus should be observed,” Khamenei, who was wearing gloves as he planted a tree, said on state television.The supreme leader said Iran was being transparent with its figures on the outbreak and accused other countries of trying to conceal them.”The #Coronavirus has affected many countries,” he was quoted as saying on his official Twitter account.”Our officials have reported with sincerity and transparency since day one.”However, some countries where the outbreak has been more serious have tried to hide it.”Of course, we ask God to heal the sick in those countries too,” he added.Iran on Saturday dismissed a BBC Persian report that the real number of coronavirus deaths in the country was more than 200.The United States and Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders have accused Iran of concealing information about the outbreak.center_img “Unfortunately, we have 11 new deaths, and with this amount we have reached 2,336 new confirmed cases and a total of 77 dead.”Iran announced on Feb. 19 its first two deaths from the coronavirus in Qom, a center for Islamic studies and pilgrims from abroad.It now has the highest death toll for any country outside China, where the virus has killed more than 2,900 people since late December.Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Iranians to stick to hygiene guidelines to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading.last_img read more

Leo Schep: Ecstasy not a safe party drug

Posted On Sep 27 2020 by

first_imgNZ Herald 23 June 2015 – Dr Leo Schep is a toxicologist at the National Poisons CentreIn May 2010, 12 people attending a rave party at a venue called the Cow Palace in Daly City, California, experienced life-threatening complications requiring immediate medical attention; symptoms included seizures and hyperthermia with resultant muscle breakdown and kidney failure.Two died and four had permanent brain and muscle damage and/or kidney injury. Blood samples from those affected and confiscated tablets from the event identified Ecstasy without evidence of other recreational drugs.Ecstasy, also known as methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA, is a recreational drug that is widely used in the party scene in part because of its perceived low toxicity and its recognised euphoric properties. It is an amphetamine-like drug in the same class as methamphetamine, amphetamine and the various “bath salts”. Most of the drugs within this class cause similar adverse effects, though the intensity and risk of injury may vary.While the majority of people who use Ecstasy may not experience obvious complications, described effects that have developed after use include agitation, hallucinations, increased heart rate and high blood-pressure, clenching or grinding of the teeth, and sweating. Although these effects are transient and may not require medical attention, complications of severe toxicity have occurred; these include psychosis, seizure, hyperthermia, muscle breakdown, acute kidney failure, liver injury, adult respiratory distress syndrome, cardiovascular collapse, and death. A further complication resulting from profuse sweating and excessive water consumption can lead to seizure, swelling of the brain and death.More insidious, and less obvious to the users, is the risk of changes within the brain following long-term recreational use of Ecstasy. Animal studies and investigations of human volunteers have consistently shown evidence of such changes, reflected in measurable deficits on some tests of attention, executive function and memory.Many would argue the risk of adverse events following Ecstasy use is low and, in light of other more dangerous amphetamines, it could be regarded as a legitimate alternative to other recreational drugs. read more