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20/04/2017 12:25

Alphabet's Verily to embark on health-mapping study

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Alphabet's life sciences unit Verily on Wednesday announced a study to track people for years, right down to their genetics, in a quest for insights into staying healthy.

26/12/2016 07:04

Hallucinogenic plant ayahuasca gains foothold in US

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Dominique was hooked on cocaine and smoked two packs of cigarettes a day until she stumbled onto ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic concoction that she says has changed her life.

18/12/2016 01:39

Japan culling 210,000 birds amid spreading avian flu

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Japan has begun slaughtering about 210,000 farm birds in northern Hokkaido to contain another outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian flu, an official said on Sunday.

13/12/2016 09:08

Study suggests statins linked to lower dementia risk

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Some cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as statins, appear to be linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer's disease in certain people, suggested a study out Monday.

04/12/2016 11:31

The snake-catching tribe saving lives in India

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A small scythe, a crowbar and a bundle of canvas bags are all that Kali and Vedan carry when they venture into the fields of southern India to catch some of the world's deadliest snakes.

30/11/2016 15:54

California hospitals take obesity fight to supermarkets

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Enter a US supermarket and the dilemma is all-too common: Will what I buy be healthy? Fattening? A substitute? That's when many wish they had a specialist at their side.

21/11/2016 15:23

HIV treatment soars, but young African women suffer: UN

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The number of HIV-infected people taking anti-retroviral medicine has doubled in just five years, the UN said Monday, while highlighting high infection rates among young African women.

20/11/2016 04:14

Opioid abuse in Canada a «national health emergency»

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Deaths from opiate overdoses in Canada have become a «public health crisis» that could prompt the government to declare a national health emergency, the Canadian Health Minister said Friday.

08/11/2016 20:35

Five things to know about Delhi's toxic smog

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India's top court Tuesday gave authorities two days to devise a plan to tackle choking levels of smog in Delhi which have prompted warnings of a health "emergency" in the world's most polluted capital.

11/10/2016 15:08

Lab-grown stem cells regenerate monkey hearts

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In a step forward for organ regeneration, stem cells grown from a single monkey's skin cells revitalised the damaged hearts of five sick macaques, scientists reported Monday.

10/10/2016 07:43

Longer lives, more lifestyle disease

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Life expectancy worldwide has jumped by a decade since 1980, rising in 2015 to 69 years for men and nearly 75 for women, according to a comprehensive overview of global health released Thursday.

30/09/2016 12:50

US man may have contracted Zika from dying father's tears, sweat

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A 38-year-old US man may have been infected with Zika virus through the tears or sweat of his dying father, researchers said, in what would be the first documented case of such transmission if confirmed.

26/09/2016 10:54

Philippines reports first Zika pregnancy case

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The Philippines on Monday reported its first known case of a pregnant woman infected with the Zika virus that threatens unborn babies, as authorities warned people to avoid mosquitos.

19/09/2016 15:43

Southeast Asian haze crisis killed over 100,000

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A smog outbreak in Southeast Asia last year may have caused over 100,000 premature deaths, according to a new study released Monday that triggered calls for action to tackle the «killer haze».

12/09/2016 17:17

Pneumonia: Five things to know

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US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has cancelled campaign engagements after being diagnosed with pneumonia. The 68-year-old fell ill at a ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, and appeared to lose her footing as she was helped into her vehicle.

12/09/2016 16:29

Sanofi, Google launch diabetes joint venture

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Google and French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi have announced a new joint venture focused on diabetes care. The tie up between the drug maker and Verily, the health subsidiary of Google's parent company Alphabet, will focus on treatments for people living with the chronic disease.

28/08/2016 12:19

Drawing out children's trauma in quake-hit Italy

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Inside a shady tent in the middle of quake-hit Amatrice, a little girl hunches over a table drawing a picture of the soaring mountains overlooking this small Italian town.

06/07/2016 16:02

Apple will promote organ donations in Health app

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Apple on Tuesday announced that the coming version of software for iPhones will include an easy way for people in the US to become organ donors.

31/03/2016 00:50

WHO says Ebola international health emergency is over

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The World Health Organization said Tuesday that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa no longer constitutes an international emergency, voicing confidence that remaining isolated cases in the affected countries can be contained.

30/03/2016 22:38

Will it hurt? Uncertainty is worst of all, says study

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Not knowing if a decision will provoke pain is more stressful than correctly anticipating the outcome, even when that outcome hurts like hell, according to a study released Tuesday.

30/03/2016 10:50

Many in US ignorant of key facts on Zika virus

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Many Americans are unclear on key facts about the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects and is of particular concern to pregnant women, US researchers said Tuesday, warning of a race against time.

29/03/2016 09:30

Global elderly population «exploding»

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The number of people globally aged 65 and over is expected to more than double by 2050 as the world's senior population continues to rocket, a US study says.

28/03/2016 17:13

De Niro yanks anti-vaccine documentary from film fest

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A documentary by a former British medical researcher who claimed a link between vaccines and autism has been withdrawn from the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, event founder and actor Robert De Niro said.

28/03/2016 16:47

Israel sees heady future for medical marijuana

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With its moat, wall, barbed wire, armed guards and security cameras, the facility could be mistaken for a military base if it weren't for the pungent odour of marijuana in the air.

25/03/2016 11:20

Brazil to launch anti-Zika app for Olympics

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Brazil's health ministry said Thursday it will launch a smartphone application to track the Zika virus during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and help visitors detect the disease.

21/03/2016 15:52

Good neighbours ease fears in Pakistan polio fight

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In a rundown district of Karachi, Rabia balks at a neighbour's proposal to vaccinate her children, demonstrating one of the biggest hurdles to eradicating polio in Pakistan by the end of the year: confused and frightened parents.

20/03/2016 15:00

WHO experts in Cape Verde to monitor Zika, microcephaly case

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has dispatched a team to Cape Verde to monitor a Zika virus outbreak following the west African archipelago's first recorded microcephaly case.

20/10/2015 19:13

First Fukushima worker diagnosed with radiation-linked cancer: Japan official

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A former Fukushima nuclear plant worker has been diagnosed with radiation-linked cancer, Japanese officials said Tuesday, and an expert said the first confirmed case since the 2011 accident could be just the «tip of the iceberg».

18/10/2015 16:04

Australia set to legalise growing of medicinal cannabis

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Australia Saturday announced plans to legalise the growing of cannabis for medicinal purposes, saying those suffering debilitating illnesses deserved access to the most effective treatments.

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