Health

WHO Declares End of Zika Emergency but says Virus Remains a Threat

By Stephanie Nebehay and Julie Steenhuysen GENEVA/CHICAGO – The World Health Organization on Friday declared that Zika no longer constitutes an international emergency, but it stressed a need for a long-term effort to address the virus, which has been linked to birth defects and neurological complications. Officials on WHO’s Emergency Committee made clear the Zika

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Artificial Pancreas Safe for Hospitalized Diabetics

By Kathryn Doyle An automatic insulin delivery system that has performed well in type 1 diabetes patients also proved safe and feasible for type 2 diabetes patients on a general hospital ward, according to a U.K. study. The so-called artificial pancreas, or closed-loop insulin delivery system, monitors blood sugar levels and increases or decreases insulin

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McDonald’s Investor Renews Push for Antibiotic Reduction in All Meat

By Lisa Baertlein A McDonald’s Corp shareholder is redoubling efforts to convince the fast-food chain to stop all of its global restaurants from serving the meat of animals raised with antibiotics that are vital for fighting human infections. More than 70 percent of medically important antibiotics in the United States are sold for livestock use.

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Smokers Have Higher Lifetime Risk of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

By Kathryn Doyle  – Smokers could be doubling their risk for a type of aneurysm that is usually fatal if it ruptures, researchers say. An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) occurs when the aorta, the main vessel supplying blood to the lower body, becomes enlarged or bulges due to weakening of its walls. The problem can

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Computer-Brain Interface Helps Locked-In Patient Communicate, Albeit Slowly

By Gene Emery  – Doctors in the Netherlands say they have successfully tested an implantable computer-brain interface that allowed the mind of a “locked-in” patient to spell messages at the rate of two letters per minute. The system was tested on a 58-year-old woman in the late stages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Unable

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Yemen’s Suspected Cholera Cases Double to 4,000-Plus: WHO

GENEVA  – Yemen is at risk of a significant cholera outbreak with the number of suspected cases doubling within 12 days to over 4,000, the World Health Organization said. The outbreak in a country ravaged by a 20-month war that has killed thousands was declared by Yemen’s Health Ministry on Oct. 6. By Nov. 1

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New Bird Flu Outbreaks Reported in Germany and Switzerland

VIENNA – Germany and Switzerland reported new outbreaks of a severe strain of bird flu on Saturday in the latest in a series of cases across Europe. The H5N8 virus has also been found in Austria, Hungary, Poland, the Netherlands, Denmark and Croatia. In Germany, the state of Schleswig-Holstein reported one case of bird flu

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Trump Says He’s Considering Keeping Parts of Obamacare

Nov 12- President-elect Donald Trump told the Wall Street Journal he is considering retaining parts of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law including provisions letting parents keep adult children up to age 26 on insurance policies and barring insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. The Republican businessman during the U.S. presidential campaign called

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Scientists Develop New Type of HIV Test On A USB Stick

LONDON – Scientists in Britain have developed a type of HIV test using a USB stick that can give a fast and highly accurate reading of how much virus is in a patient’s blood. The device, created by scientists at Imperial College London and the privately-held U.S. firm DNA Electronics, uses a drop of blood

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