Health

DR Congo urges calm after Ebola case in key city

by Bienvenu-Marie BAKUMANYA KINSHASA, DR Congo (AFP) — Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have appealed for calm after an evangelical preacher fell ill with Ebola in the eastern city of Goma, the first recorded case of the disease …

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Scientists find earliest clues of Parkinson’s in brain

PARIS, France (AFP ) — Scientists said Thursday they had found the earliest signs of Parkinson’s disease in the brain years before patients show any symptoms, a discovery that could eventually lead to better screening for at-risk people. Parkinson’s, a …

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Sanofi turns to Google in search for better treatments

PARIS, France (AFP) — French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi said Tuesday it is partnering with Google to use artificial intelligence and deep analytics tools to sift through its data to find better treatments. The titan in online search “will apply technology …

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Indian doctors strike over violence from patients and families

NEW DELHI, India (AFP) — Tens of thousands of Indian doctors went on strike Monday calling for more protection against violence by patients and their families, as parliament met for the first time since national elections. The nationwide strike, which …

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WHO says DRC Ebola outbreak not a ‘global’ emergency

  By Ben Simon Agence France-Presse GENEVA, SWITZERLAND —  (AFP) The World Health Organization said Friday that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo does not qualify as an international threat, despite the spread of the virus to neighbouring Uganda carried …

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Encephalitis from lychees kills 31 children in India: official

PATNA, India (AFP) — At least 31 children have died in northern India in the last 10 days from a deadly brain disease believed linked to a toxic substance found in lychee fruit, health officials said Wednesday. The deaths were …

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New drug therapy slows spread of pancreatic cancer: study

by Issam AHMED For people diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer, the outlook is about as grim as it gets: the average patient won’t live longer than a year. But a new study involving a targeted drug therapy has demonstrated it …

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World’s tiniest surviving baby born in California

by Jocelyne ZABLIT LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — A California hospital on Wednesday disclosed the birth of the world’s smallest baby ever to survive, weighing a mere 245 grams (8.6 ounces) — the same as a large apple — …

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Singapore reports first case of rare monkeypox virus

SINGAPORE, Singapore (AFP) — Singapore has reported its first ever case of monkeypox, brought in by a Nigerian man thought to have contracted the rare virus by eating bushmeat at a wedding. Symptoms in humans of monkeypox — which is …

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Scientists develop device to detect bacteria in minutes, not days

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The era of doctors prescribing patients powerful antibiotics while they wait for lab reports could soon be numbered, with a new device returning results within minutes instead of days. It was invented by a team …

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Two die from measles in Switzerland as cases rise

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — Switzerland has registered two deaths from measles this year, health authorities said Thursday, stressing the importance of vaccinating against the highly contagious disease. The health ministry warned that the number of measles cases was on the …

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Like Uber, but for organs: first kidney delivered by drone

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A kidney needed for transplantation has been delivered by a drone for the first time ever, the University of Maryland Medical Center said, a development that could herald faster and safer organ transport. The specially …

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