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'Hidden health crisis' of snakebites gets $100 million funding injection

16 May 2019

LONDON, May 16 A global health trust is to inject 80 million pounds ($102 million) into finding more modern and effective treatments for snakebites - a "hidden health crisis" that kills 120,000 people a year and maims thousands more.

Scientists say they're closer to possible blood test for chronic fatigue

30 Apr 2019

LONDON, April 29 Scientists in the United States say they have taken a step towards developing a possible diagnostic test for chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition characterised by exhaustion and other debilitating symptoms.

Millions of children miss measles shots, creating outbreaks: UNICEF

25 Apr 2019

LONDON, April 25 More than 20 million children a year missed out on measles vaccines across the world in the past eight years, laying a path of exposure to a virus that is now causing disease outbreaks globally, a United Nations report said on Thursday.

Study points to new antibody approach to tackling Ebola, other infections

02 Apr 2019

LONDON, April 2 Scientists working on developing vaccines against Ebola have found they can "harvest" antibodies from volunteers vaccinated in research trials and use them to make treatments for the deadly viral infection.

Big Pharma accused of "endless talk, no action" on antibiotic threat

28 Mar 2019

LONDON, March 27 The pharmaceutical industry should match its words with action on researching new antibiotics to address the threat posed by drug-resistant superbugs, a former UK government adviser said on Wednesday.

Parkinson's drug trial offers glimmer of hope for brain cells

27 Feb 2019

LONDON, Feb 27 An experimental drug could offer hope for restoring damaged brain cells in Parkinson's patients, scientists said on Wednesday, although they cautioned that a clinical trial was not able to prove the treatment slowed or halted the neurodegenerative disease.

Teen cannabis use linked to higher risk of adolescent depression

13 Feb 2019

Teenagers who use cannabis have a higher risk of developing depression and suicidal thoughts as young adults and should be made aware of those risks by parents and doctors, scientists said on Wednesday.

European measles cases highest in a decade as pockets refuse vaccination

07 Feb 2019

LONDON, Feb 7 Europe had a record number of measles cases last year, in part due to a growing number of pockets where parents are refusing vaccination for their children, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

E-cigarettes help more smokers quit than patches and gum, study finds

31 Jan 2019

LONDON, Jan 30 E-cigarettes are almost twice as effective at helping smokers quit as nicotine replacement treatments like patches, lozenges and gum, according to the results of a major clinical trial.

Scientists make gene-edited chickens in bid to halt next pandemic

22 Jan 2019

LONDON, Jan 22 British scientists are developing gene-edited chickens designed to be totally resistant to flu in a new approach to trying to stop the next deadly human pandemic.

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