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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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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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Thailand: The Loss Resort

The staff at Thailand’s Chiva-Som spa will help you shed weight and follow a healthier lifestyle BY Graham Boynton I am pouring with sweat. Beside me is a Swedish woman in her late 20s who appears to be perfectly toned and a middle-aged Australian woman who is seemingly in very good shape too. Unlike me. Our personal trainer

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On World Water Day, 650 Million People Can’t Get a Safe Drink

LONDON, March 16 – Some 650 million people, or one in 10 of the world’s population, do not have access to safe water, putting them at risk of infectious diseases and premature death. Dirty water and poor sanitation can cause severe diarrhoeal diseases in children, killing 900 under-fives a day across the world, according to

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Tobacco Off Saudi Shelves Amid Price Rise Speculation

RIYADH, March 13 – Cigarettes had disappeared from the shelves in some Saudi cities on Sunday amid speculation on social media that the government was about to raise prices on tobacco and other products that are harmful to health. Three Riyadh shops visited by Reuters said they had no cigarettes for sale and social media

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Pharma Crusader Takes India’s Drug Regulators to Court

By Zeba Siddiqui NEW DELHI, March 7 – One of India’s best-known whistleblowers, who exposed dangerous practices in the generic drug industry in 2013, is taking the country’s drugs regulators to court, accusing them of failing to enforce rules on drug safety in the $15 billion industry. Three years ago, Dinesh Thakur exposed how India’s

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Google Says its Engineers Working with UNICEF to Map Zika

SAO PAULO, March 3 – Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Thursday that its engineers were working with U.N. child agency UNICEF to analyse data in an effort to map and anticipate the spread of the Zika virus, linked to birth defects among children in Brazil. Google said in a statement it was providing a $1

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