Health

MSF Slams Major U.N. Powers Over Hospital Attacks

By Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, May 4 – Medical aid charity Medecins Sans Frontieres on Tuesday slammed four of five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council for ties to attacks on hospitals in Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan as the council demanded an end to such strikes. The 15-member council unanimously

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WHO Issues Yellow Fever Warning as Deadly Outbreak Grows

By Kate Kelland and Stephanie Nebehay LONDON/GENEVA, April 26 – Amid rising concern over a deadly outbreak of yellow fever spreading from Angola, the World Health Organization on Tuesday urged travellers to the African country to heed its warnings and get vaccinated. At least 258 people have been killed and there have been around 1,975

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China Bars Vaccine Sales by Drug Wholesalers After Scandal

BEIJING, April 26 – China has banned drug wholesalers from selling vaccines, state media said on Monday, after a scandal in which about $90 million worth of improperly stored vaccines was suspected of being sold illegally in dozens of provinces. China is pushing ambitious healthcare reforms to improve its home-made medicines, but the vaccine scandal

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New Heart Drugs Struggle to Win Sales as Doctors Hold Back

By Ben Hirschler LONDON, April 21- New heart drugs hailed as breakthrough treatments by researchers are struggling to gain traction among prescribing doctors, posing a headache for makers such as Novartis, which reported more weak sales for its Entresto medicine on Thursday. Novartis has touted the novel heart failure drug as a $5 billion-a-year seller

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Latest Battle to Wipe Out Polio Begins With Vast Vaccine Switch

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON, April 15 – In a huge immunisation effort in 150 countries, health teams will on Sunday launch what they hope will be the final push against polio. Stopping transmission of the contagious viral disease that has infected millions is possible within a year, experts say. And full,

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Brazilian Zika Doctors Find Severe Brain Damage in Babies

By Kate Kelland LONDON, April 14 – Brazilian scientists studying possible links between birth defects and the mosquito-borne Zika virus have found that babies born with microcephaly have severe brain damage with a range of abnormalities. In a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the researchers said their findings could not prove Zika

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Sean Parker Sets Up $250 mln Cancer Immunotherapy Collaboration

By Deena Beasley April 13 – A $250 million grant from Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker, announced on Wednesday, aims to speed development of more effective cancer treatments by fostering collaboration among leading researchers in the field. The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy will include over 40 laboratories and more than 300 researchers from six

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Zika Mystery Deepens With Evidence of Nerve Cell Infections

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO, April 6  – Top Zika investigators now believe that the birth defect microcephaly and the paralyzing Guillain-Barre syndrome may be just the most obvious maladies caused by the mosquito-borne virus. Fueling that suspicion are recent discoveries of serious brain and spinal cord infections – including encephalitis, meningitis and myelitis – in

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