Health

US performs first kidney transplant from living donor with HIV

by Ivan Couronne WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The kidney of a 35-year-old HIV-positive woman has been transplanted into another patient with the virus that causes AIDS, US surgeons announced Thursday, in a major medical breakthrough. The surgeons at Johns …

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US county declares state of emergency amid measles outbreak

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — A New York county hit by a measles outbreak declared a state of emergency Tuesday and banned non-vaccinated minors from public places in a bid to prevent the once-eliminated disease from spreading. The measure, …

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Facebook launches offensive to combat misinformation on vaccines

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Facebook launched an offensive Thursday to suppress the spread of misinformation about vaccines on the 2.3-billion-member social network. The company has faced pressure in recent weeks to tackle the problem, amid outbreaks of measles around …

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Large study again confirms MMR vaccine doesn’t cause autism

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A study following more than 650,000 Danish children for over a decade has led researchers to the same conclusion as previous efforts: the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine does not increase a child’s risk of …

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US health experts say measles resurgence ‘unacceptable’

by Ivan Couronne Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US public health experts sounded the alarm Wednesday over a resurgence of measles in recent years, principally in communities where people reject vaccinations and obtain exemptions for religious or …

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Nearly 50% of transport pollution deaths linked to diesel: study

  FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany (AFP) — Some 385,000 people worldwide died prematurely in 2015 from air pollution caused by vehicle exhaust emissions, a US study found Wednesday, which singled out diesel engines as the main culprit. Diesel vehicles were …

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WHO warns of ‘backsliding’ in measles fight as cases soar

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The World Health Organization warned Thursday that efforts to halt the spread of measles were “backsliding”, with case numbers worldwide surging around 50 percent last year. The UN health agency pointed to preliminary data showing that …

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WHO notes record number of people with measles in Europe in 2018, even with increased immunization

(Eagle News) — The World Health Organization said that a “record number of people” were also affected by measles even in Europe last year, even as it noted increased vaccination of children that year. In a report, WHO is urging …

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Women’s brains appear ‘years younger’ than men’s: study

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Women tend to outlive men and stay mentally sharp longer, and a new study out Monday could explain why: female brains appear on average about three years younger. The study enrolled 121 women and 84 …

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Measles outbreak growing in Washington State

WASHINGTON (Eagle News) — Only a few weeks after Washington State Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency due to a measles outbreak, the Washington State Department of Health reported that the highly contagious disease continues to spread and urges …

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Bleeding risks may offset aspirin’s benefit vs heart disease

by Kerry SHERIDAN Agence France Presse TAMPA, United States (AFP) — Should healthy people take aspirin to ward off heart disease? The notion has been controversial, and the medical advice mixed. But a review of scientific data on the topic …

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China’s ageing elite live golden years in style

by Eva XIAO Agence France Presse BEIJING, China (AFP) — At a gated community for Chinese senior citizens, retired military personnel, film-makers, and top university professors settle into a new routine: ballet lessons, weightlifting and catered dining. As China’s population …

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