Health

Vaccines: Trends, mistrust and consequences

by Paul RICARD PARIS, France (AFP) — Vaccines have saved tens of millions of lives but immunization rates have stagnated in recent years due in part to fake news stories claiming vaccinations can cause measles, autism or sterility. Here are …

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US to ban flavored vaping products as lung disease cases surge

by Issam AHMED WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump’s administration announced Wednesday it would soon ban flavored e-cigarette products to stem a rising tide of youth users, following a spike in vaping-linked deaths. The move could later …

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What is dengue, and why is it so widespread this year?

by Jenny VAUGHAN HANOI, Vietnam (AFP) — Dubbed “breakbone fever”, dengue is one of the world’s leading mosquito-borne illnesses and infects tens of millions across the globe annually. Around half of the planet’s population live in at-risk areas, mainly in …

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Shorter people run higher risk of diabetes: study

PARIS, France (AFP) — Shorter people are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study published Tuesday. Each additional 10 centimeters in height translates into a 41 percent smaller chance of contracting the disease in men …

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Mosquito trials raise hopes of defeating dengue

by Jenny VAUGHAN NHA TRANG, Vietnam (AFP) — Hundreds dead in the Philippines; a threefold increase of cases in Vietnam; hospitals overrun in Malaysia, Myanmar and Cambodia — dengue is ravaging Southeast Asia this year due in part to rising …

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In US, 84% of donor kidneys rejected at least once, says study

WASHINGTON, DC (AFP) — When a patient dies waiting for a kidney in the United States, they’re generally considered the unfortunate victim of a growing donor shortage. But the reality is more troubling: in the vast majority of such cases, …

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In first, brain waves detected in lab grown mini-brains

  WASHINGTON, D.C. (AFP) — Scientists have picked up electrical activity in pea-sized, lab-grown brains for the first time, paving the way to model neurological conditions and answer fundamental questions on how our gray matter develops. It’s not clear whether …

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Global measles cases triple year-on-year: WHO

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — Measles cases nearly tripled globally during the first seven months of the year compared to the same period in 2018, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, amid growing concern over public resistance to the vaccine. So …

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Rwanda shuts DR Congo border after Ebola cases in frontier city

  By Bienvenu-Marie Bakumanya and Albert Kambale Agence France-Presse GOMA, DR Congo (AFP) — Rwanda has shuttered its frontier with Ebola-hit Democratic Republic of Congo after a third case of the deadly virus was detected in the border city of …

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Pfizer to combine off-patent drug business with Mylan

  NEW YORK (AFP) — Pfizer announced Monday it will merge its off-patent drug business with generic drugmaker Mylan to create a global leader in low-cost treatment, a business that faces significant political pressure in the US. The new entity, …

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Swine fever sends China’s pork prices, imports soaring

by Sébastien RICCI BEIJING, China (AFP) — Pork prices have been sent soaring and herds devastated as African swine fever tears through China’s massive pig-farming industry, forcing the country to ramp up imports to satisfy demand — but analysts warn …

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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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