Health

U.S. Republican Lawmakers Approve $1.1 Billion in New Zika Funds

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, June 23 – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday agreed to $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus, short-changing President Barack Obama’s $1.9 billion funding request and angering Democrats by making other cuts to pay for it. The House approved a funding deal that had been agreed to on Wednesday

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In the Lab: Six Innovations Scientists Hope Will End Malaria

By Katy Migiro ARUSHA, Tanzania, June 8 – After being abandoned as too ambitious in 1969, global plans to eliminate malaria are back on the agenda, with financial backing from the world’s richest couple, Bill and Melinda Gates, and U.S. President Barack Obama. The Gateses aim to eradicate malaria by 2040 by doubling funding over

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Top Indian Hospital Says Duped Into Removing Kidneys for Organ Traffickers

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI, June 6 – A prestigious Indian hospital said on Monday it was duped by traffickers into removing the kidneys of victims believing they were relatives of needy patients, after five people were arrested for the crime. Police on Thursday busted an illegal organ harvesting racket operating out of the Indraprastha

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New Incentives Needed to Develop Antibiotics to Fight Superbugs

By Bill Berkrot NEW YORK, May 29 – Drugmakers are renewing efforts to develop medicines to fight emerging antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but creating new classes of drugs on the scale needed is unlikely to happen without new financial incentives to make the effort worth the investment, companies and industry experts said. American military researchers on Thursday

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Why Menstrual Hygiene Matters

By Georgia Chambers LONDON, May 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In total, women spend around six to seven years of their lives menstruating. For women and girls to live healthy, productive and dignified lives, they must have access to toilets, water, soap and sanitary towels, development experts say. Yet too often their needs are being

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Oramed Says Oral Insulin Succeeds in Midstage Type 2 Diabetes Trial

By Bill Berkrot May 18 – Tiny Israeli drugmaker Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc on Wednesday said its experimental oral insulin succeeded in significantly reducing night-time blood glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to initial data from a midstage trial. The result is likely to surprise many skeptics who did not believe insulin could be

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Zika Virus May Spread to Europe in Coming Months, WHO Warns

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON, May 18 – The Zika virus, an infectious disease linked to severe birth defects in babies, may spread into Europe as the weather gets warmer, although the risk is low, health officials said on Wednesday. In its first assessment of the threat Zika poses to the region,

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Kenyan Parents Fearing Ban on FGM Get Girls Cut At Night

By Emma Batha COPENHAGEN, May 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Kenyan families wanting their daughters to undergo ritual genital cutting are increasingly arranging for it to be done secretly at night to avoid arrest, campaigners said at a major women’s rights conference. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is illegal in Kenya, which is widely seen as

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Faced with Shortages, Egypt Lifts Cheap Drug Prices by 20 Percent

CAIRO, May 16 – Egypt is raising the price cap on medicines that cost up to 30 Egyptian pounds ($3.38) by 20 percent in an effort to address drug shortages, the health minister said on Monday. Pharmaceutical companies will now be obliged to offer those medicines or risk having their licences revoked, and the ministry

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Australia’s Starpharma, Ansell to Supply Anti-Zika Condoms for Olympics

SYDNEY, May 16 – Australian pharmaceutical company Starpharma Holdings Ltd said it is teaming up with world No. 2 condom maker Ansell Ltd to supply Zika virus-proof condoms to the Australian Olympic team ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games. Starpharma said it is giving the Australian athletes Ansell “Dual Protect” condoms lubricated with

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