Health

Investors Urge Food Companies to Shift From Meat to Plants

By Simon Jessop LONDON – A group of 40 investors managing $1.25 trillion in assets have launched a campaign to encourage 16 global food companies to change the way they source protein for their products to help to reduce environmental and health risks. The investors, which include the fund arm of insurer Aviva and several

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Global Fund Raises $12.9 Billion to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

By Allison Lampert MONTREAL, Sept 18 – A global fund has raised over $12.9 billion from international donors as part of a campaign aimed at effectively eradicating AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis by 2030, conference organizers said on Saturday. The Global Fund asked government, faith-based and private-sector partners to raise a total of $13 billion at

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Apple Hones Marketing for Watch With Focus on Fitness

By Julia Love SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 8 – Two years after unveiling the Apple Watch with apps and styles that tried to appeal to every need and every customer, Apple Inc has honed its marketing strategy, debuting a second generation product aimed squarely at the health and athletic audience. The focus on fitness will enhance the

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Nobel Assembly Seeks Resignation of Two Members Over Scandal

STOCKHOLM, Sept 6  – The assembly that awards the Nobel Prize for medicine will demand the resignation of two of its judges as a result of a scandal around a surgeon accused of scientific negligence, local news agency TT said on Tuesday. Anders Hamsten had previously resigned from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet over the employment of

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Research Links Eczema and Hay Fever to Early Antibiotic Use

LONDON – Babies given antibiotics in the first two years of life are more likely to develop allergies as adults, according to an extensive analysis of past clinical studies involving nearly 400,000 people. The findings, to be presented on Tuesday at the European Respiratory Society annual meeting in London, point to a clear association with

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AstraZeneca Seeks Edge Over Rivals in Severe Asthma Treatment

By Ben Hirschler LONDON – AstraZeneca hopes to convince doctors its experimental injection for severe asthma has an edge over two approved rivals after clinical trials data on Monday showed it worked well when given just once every two months. The drugmaker has previously flagged benralizumab, which is likely to reach the market next year,

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Thirteen Indians among Zika Infected People in Singapore

By Raju Gopalakrishnan and Marius Zaharia SINGAPORE  – Thirteen Indian citizens are among those infected in an outbreak of the Zika virus in Singapore, according to a person at the Indian High Commission in the city-state. Foreign construction workers have been hit hardest in the first days of the mosquito-borne disease’s outbreak. Singapore announced the

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Middle East, North Africa Conflicts Threaten Two Decades of Health Gains

By Magdalena Mis LONDON  – The Arab Spring uprising and subsequent conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa have lowered life expectancy in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt, jeopardizing two decades of health gains, experts said on Wednesday. Between 2010 and 2013, Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt lost some 3 months of

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