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Scientific approach to poverty shows promise

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$2bn antibiotic research fund urged

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The global pharmaceutical industry is being called on to pay for a $2bn innovation fund to revitalise research into antibiotics.

Iconic Indian fish on the brink of extinction

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The legendary humpback Mahseer, one of the world's most iconic freshwater fish, is on the brink of extinction according to scientists. Ever since the publication of HS Thomas's A Rod in India in 1873, this giant member of the carp family has been known to anglers around the globe as 'one of the l...

Many fixed-dose drug combinations in India lack central regulatory approval

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Fixed-dose drug combinations which have not received central regulatory approval are sold in substantial numbers in India -- despite concerns over the safety and efficacy of these combinations -- according to new research.
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Global health leaders call for global biomedical R&D fund, mechanism

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World leaders should consider the establishment of a global biomedical research and development fund and a mechanism to address the dearth in innovation for today's most pressing global health challenges, according global health leaders.

Researchers examine the dangers bubbling up from hookah steam stones

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An analysis of simulated smoking sessions turns up toxic, cancer-causing elements in what's often considered a safer and trendy smoking alternative. The analysis found that out of the different smoking scenarios involving the steam stones, there were statistically significant and similar amounts ...

Pricey new hepatitis C and cancer drugs make Essential Medicines List

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An expert committee for the World Health Organization updates influential guide

New index reveals unexpected leaders in water, sanitation progress

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A new index shows which countries are leaders in improving access to water and sanitation for their citizens. Sub-Saharan Africa countries including Mali, South Africa, and Ethiopia are also among the top performers world-wide in spite of modest resources.

Liberia's Ebola Nightmare Is Over

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The campaign to eliminate the Ebola virus marked a significant milestone on Saturday, as the World Health Organization declared that Liberia was free of the disease. The announcement came 42 days after the safe burial of the last confirmed Liberian victim of the Ebola, a period equal to twice the...

Scientists find hyped new recreational drug 'Flakka' is as addictive as bath salts

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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found using animal models that the new recreational drug alpha-PVP ("flakka") seems equivalently potent as a stimulant, and therefore as addictive, as its chemical cousin MDPV ("bath salts").
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CRISPR genome editing tools are transforming research in medicine, nutrition, and agriculture

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Researchers have customized and refined a technique derived from the immune system of bacteria to develop the CRISPR-Cas9 genome engineering system, which enables targeted modifications to the genes of virtually any organism. The discovery and development of CRISPR-Cas9 technology, its wide range...

Bill Gates' Quest to Determine Why Children Are Dying

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When it comes to child deaths, the world has made great strides in the past 25 years. "In 1990, one in ten children in the world died before age 5," Bill and Melinda Gates write on their blog. But thanks to things like vaccines and better nutrition, "today, it's one in 20." The death rate for ch...
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Children sleep better when they have a nightly bedtime routine

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Having a regular bedtime routine is associated with better sleep in young children up to six years of age, and the positive impact on sleep increases with the consistency of the nightly routine, a multinational study suggests.

Forests could be the trump card in efforts to end global hunger

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About one in nine people globally still suffer from hunger with the majority of the hungry living in Africa and Asia. The world's forests have great potential to improve their nutrition and ensure their livelihoods. In fact, forests and forestry are essential to achieve food security as the limit...

Cholera vaccine stocks could save millions of refugees in Nepal

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Cholera now menaces earthquake-stricken Nepal – but for the first time ever, Nepal wants to use a global vaccine stockpile to help keep it at bay

What happens at a slapping workshop?

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The BBC takes a look at the controversial methods touted by Xiao Hongchi, founder of the slapping and stretching "self-healing" method known as paida lajin.

Drug-resistant intestinal superbug imported to America from other countries

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(NaturalNews) A new drug-resistant "superbug" is circulating the country, and health officials say it was brought in from overseas. The Associated Press says Shigella has already triggered more than 200 illnesses since last May, and experts worry that the bacteria might be here to...

In A Poor Indian State, She Got First-Rate Care After Her Miscarriage

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The release of a new report on the world's mothers is a reminder of the gap between rich and poor — in the developing world and in American cities as well.Ads from Inoreader:Remove ads • Advertise with Inoreader

Human clinical trials begin for deadly hendra virus therapy

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The world’s first human clinical trials for a treatment against Hendra virus, a rare but deadly viral disease, have just begun in Australia, using a human monoclonal antibody.

Mystery of India’s rapid move toward Eurasia 80 million years ago explained

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In the history of continental drift, India has been a mysterious record-holder. More than 140 million years ago, India was part of an immense supercontinent called Gondwana, which covered much of the Southern Hemisphere. Around 120 million years ago, what is now India broke off and started slowly...

Global decline of large herbivores may lead to an 'empty landscape'

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The decline of the world's large herbivores, especially in Africa and parts of Asia, is raising the specter of an 'empty landscape' in some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Many populations of animals such as rhinoceroses, zebras, camels, elephants and tapirs are diminishing or threa...

Did dinosaur-killing asteroid trigger largest lava flows on Earth?

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The theory that an asteroid impact killed off the dinosaurs 66 million years ago is well accepted, but one puzzle is why another global catastrophe -- the huge, million-year eruption of the Deccan Traps flood basalts in India -- occurred at the same time. Geologists now argue this is not a coinci...

Cancer Death Rate Declines Worldwide

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The rate of deaths from cancer appears to be on the decline worldwide, a new study suggests.Ads from Inoreader:Remove ads • Advertise with Inoreader

Genetically modified crops to fight spina bifida

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Genetically modified crops are usually designed to have herbicide tolerance and insect resistance, but there are other applications of such engineered plants, such as the incorporation of genes for specific nutrients. Research suggests that the bio-fortification of rice with a gene to produce mor...

Population and birth rates: Claims about decline of the West are 'exaggerated'

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A new paper argues that some countries in Western Europe, and the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand now have birth rates that are now relatively close to replacement, that the underlying trend in Europe is upwards, and that population aging, although inevitable, is likely to be 'manageable'....

Strange supernova is 'missing link' in gamma-ray burst connection

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Astronomers find that 'central engines' in supernova explosions can come in different strengths, and include those that produce powerful blasts of gamma rays, and weaker versions that produce no such bursts.

Is the universe a hologram?

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The 'holographic principle,' the idea that a universe with gravity can be described by a quantum field theory in fewer dimensions, has been used for years as a mathematical tool in strange curved spaces. New results suggest that the holographic principle also holds in flat spaces. Our own univers...

Fake Medicines Do Real Damage: Thousands Die, Superbugs Get Stronger

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In tests of anti-malarial pills and antibiotics, 9 to 41 percent didn't meet quality standards. And the world does a crummy job chasing criminals who reap $75 billion a year from counterfeit meds.

Adventures in medicine: ‘I journey through the body every day’

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From the eyeball to the umbilical cord, from a messy corpse to the value of ECT – doctor Gavin Francis recounts his adventures in medicine and explores the wonders of the human formBefore starting my GP clinic yesterday I glanced through the list of patients I’d see that day. Most of the name...

Psychology of the appeal of being anti-GMO

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A team of philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has become so widespread, despite positive contributions GM crops have made to sustainable agriculture. They argue that the human mind is highly su...

Pediatrician concedes vaccine debate to vaccine rights attorney!

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(NaturalNews) A live radio debate over whether or not vaccines should be mandated was scheduled to air on The Fairness Doctrine with Jennifer Sullivan of WMNF Radio in Tampa, Florida, on April 8, 2015. Both parties -- Pediatrician and Mt. Sinai Assistant Professor of Global Health...

160 people die of rabies every day, says major new study

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A global study on canine rabies has found that 160 people die every single day from the disease. The report is the first study to consider the impact in terms of deaths and the economic costs of rabies across all countries. Even though the disease is preventable, 59,000 people die every year of r...
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Playing a wind instrument could help lower the risk of sleep apnea

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Wind instrument players have a reduced risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea, a new study shows. "The findings of our small study present an interesting theory on preventative measures or treatment in sleep apnea. If the findings are confirmed in larger groups, wind instrument playing could ...

Brown Rice: Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts

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Brown rice is a highly nutritious grain. It is good for the heart, aids digestion and may reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes and high cholesterol.Ads from Inoreader:Remove ads • Advertise with Inoreader

Genes Don't Cause Racial Health Disparities, Society Does

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On April 24, 2003, shortly after the completion of the human genome project, its director Francis Collins and his team posed 15 grand challenges to the scientific community. They dared researchers to harness the genome to crack puzzles of biology, health, and society. In particular, they called f...

Pregnant at 65: Miracle of medicine

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How is that medically possible?

Spending cuts in India will hurt already inadequate health services

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Deep cuts in health spending by the Indian government will lead to continued inadequate health services and delays in achieving universal access to healthcare, argue experts. The Bharatiya Janata Party, elected to power in 2014, promised to increase access to health, improve quality and lower cos...

How plumbing (not vaccines) eradicated disease

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(NaturalNews) Vaccines get all the glory, but most plumbers will tell you that it was water infrastructure - sewage systems and clean water - that eradicated disease, and they're right.Polio thrives in fecal matter and is easily transmitted through human waste. Plumbing and water...

Multidrug-resistant shigellosis spreading in the United States

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International travelers are bringing a multidrug-resistant intestinal illness to the United States and spreading it to others who have not traveled, according to a new report. Shigella sonnei bacteria resistant to the antibiotic ciprofloxacin sickened 243 people in 32 states and Puerto Rico betwe...
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How Advances In Battlefield Medicine Can Save Civilians' Lives

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In Iraq and Afghanistan, army medics got really good at treating wounded troops. Scientists want to adapt these new technologies and tricks to help injured people in poor countries.

Babies with clinically suspected serious infections can be safely and effectively treated outside hospital

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Newborns and young infants with possible severe bacterial infections (PSBI), such as pneumonia and sepsis, whose families do not accept or cannot access hospital care, can be safely and effectively treated with simplified antibiotic regimens outside hospital, according to the results of three lar...