Health

  • Nigeria may have no polio cases next year, says Bill Gates Published in: 24 July 2014 Nigeria may have no polio cases next year, says Bill Gates

    Nigeria could cut the number of polio cases to zero next year and be declared free of the disease in 2018 even though a national eradication campaign has had to contend with an insurgency in the north, Bill Gates told Reuters. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports the global initiative to wipe out polio, […]

  • U.N. rights body criticizes Ireland on abortion, church homes Published in: 24 July 2014 U.N. rights body criticizes Ireland on abortion, church homes

    A United Nations human rights panel has told Ireland it should revise its highly restrictive abortion laws and that allegations of abuse of women and children at Catholic-run homes must be better investigated. Following months of polarizing debate in the Roman Catholic country, Ireland’s parliament voted to allow limited access to abortion for the first […]

  • AIDS community mourns as top experts feared killed in downed plane Published in: 18 July 2014 AIDS community mourns as top experts feared killed in downed plane

    The world of AIDS research was in shock on Friday after dozens of leading HIV experts were feared killed when a Malaysian plane was shot down over Ukraine, fuelling concerns that research on curing the disease could suffer. Among them was Joep Lange, who researched the condition for more than 30 years and was considered […]

  • Even in isolated, pristine Tasmania, pressure to allow GMO farming Published in: 18 July 2014 Even in isolated, pristine Tasmania, pressure to allow GMO farming

    Thousands of Black Angus bulls snort steam gently into the frigid early morning air at Tasmania’s largest cattle feedlot as they jostle for space at a long grain trough. The pitch black cattle, blending into their muddy surroundings and stretching as far as the eye can see, are being fattened up for the Japanese market […]

  • Send the kids outside to play: study Published in: 17 July 2014 Send the kids outside to play: study

    Children who spend time outdoors after school are more likely to be physically fit, a new study shows. Researchers found that Canadian kids who spent most of their after-school time outside were three times more likely to meet guidelines for daily physical activity and were in better shape than those who spent all of their […]

  • GSK confirms it fired staff for corruption in China in 2001 Published in: 17 July 2014 GSK confirms it fired staff for corruption in China in 2001

    GlaxoSmithKline said it fired staff in China for bribing officials in 2001 in a case that predates wider allegations of corruption for the British drugmaker in the country by more than a decade. About 30 staff in GSK’s vaccines business were dismissed for bribing Chinese officials, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, after they were […]

  • Global AIDS epidemic can be controlled by 2030, U.N. says Published in: 16 July 2014 Global AIDS epidemic can be controlled by 2030, U.N. says

    New HIV infections and deaths from AIDS are decreasing, the United Nations said on Wednesday, making it possible to control the epidemic by 2030 and eventually end it “in every region, in every country”. “More than ever before, there is hope that ending AIDS is possible. However, a business-as-usual approach or simply sustaining the AIDS […]

  • U.S. House panel to probe if there was cover-up in CDC lab mishap Published in: 16 July 2014 U.S. House panel to probe if there was cover-up in CDC lab mishap

    A congressional panel probing the mishandling of dangerous pathogens at federal laboratories will try to determine if U.S. officials sought to cover up an incident involving deadly avian flu, its Republican chairman said on Tuesday. Representative Tim Murphy said lawmakers will also look at whether lab workers face adequate “consequences” for failing to follow rules, […]

  • Heart patients might go off medication after changes in pill appearance Published in: 15 July 2014 Heart patients might go off medication after changes in pill appearance

    People are more likely to stop taking their medication after a heart attack if the appearance of their pills suddenly changes without explanation, a new study suggests. Generic versions of a given medication can look different from each other and from the brand-name version, researchers note, even though they work equally well. “Patients need to […]

  • Death toll from West Africa Ebola outbreak jumps to 603: WHO Published in: 15 July 2014 Death toll from West Africa Ebola outbreak jumps to 603: WHO

    The death toll from an Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 603 since February, with at least 68 deaths reported from three countries in the region in the last week alone, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. WHO said there were 85 new cases between July 8-12, highlighting continued high levels of […]

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