Samoan government ends state of emergency over measles outbreak

On Sunday, the state of emergency begun on November 15 over a measles outbreak ended in Samoa. The island nation’s cabinet unanimously voted to lift it on Saturday afternoon, and the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) announced the decision that night. NEOC reported a 95% immunization rate on December 24, and the last measles-related deathContinue Reading

Radio host Don Imus dies aged 79

United States radio personality, television host, and philanthropist Don Imus, known to fans as the I-Man, died on Friday at the Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in College Station, Texas after being hospitalized since Christmas Eve, his family reported. Associated Press reported his cause of death as complications from lung disease. He was 79. Imus’ syndicated radio show ImusContinue Reading

New Zealand study finds correlation between church attendance and adolescent obesity

A study published this month in Journal of Primary Health Care by researchers at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland found a correlation between adolescent obesity amongst Pacific Islanders (PI) living in New Zealand and church attendance. The results were based on interviews with 2,495 Auckland teenagers attending six different secondary schools, questionnaires given to students, and anthropometricContinue Reading

Former basketball player Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash, aged 41

On Sunday morning, a helicopter with United States basketball player Kobe Bryant and eight others on board crashed in Calabasas, California, according to authorities. All people on board — Bryant aged 41, his daughter Gianna aged 13, and seven others — died on the crash. On Twitter, Adrian Wojnarowski, US sport columnist from ESPN, said Bryant and Gianna were onContinue Reading