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Haiti's killer cholera epidemic could be over this year, the United Nation's children's fund said on Friday, as the number of cases declines following the world's most virulent outbreak in modern times.

Rocky start for Alzheimer's drug research in 2018

The year 2018, barely underway, has already dealt a series of disheartening blows to the quest for an Alzheimer's cure.

New healthcare technology to reduce diabetes costs: Interview Special

Many employers and health plans are looking to integrate coverage for innovative healthcare technology solutions. One platform is provided by WellDoc, which has partnered with a leading analytics company to address diabetes management and costs.

Fake medicines flourish in Africa despite killing thousands

There's nothing covert about Roxy -- a huge market in Abidjan selling counterfeit medicine, the scourge of Africa and the cause of around 100,000 deaths annually on the world's poorest continent.

Interview: New network-as-a-service platform for healthcare Special

The company Akiri recently launched a network-as-a-service platform to the entire healthcare industry, called the Akiri Switch, a subscription-based data network. Digital Journal speaks to Akiri CEO, Adriaan Ligtenberg.

New AI system for lung cancer and heart disease

Artificial intelligence is gradually being adopted by health services to assist medics with the diagnosis of serious diseases. In one new development, scientists in Oxford, U.K. have launched an AI system for heart disease.

Greece set to allow medical cannabis use

Greece's parliament is expected to approve the medical use of cannabis in the coming weeks, a deputy minister said Sunday, adding that the change would attract investment to the country.

Study finds wild Florida monkeys could pass herpes to people

Visitors to Florida's Silver Springs State Park are being warned by officials the free-roaming rhesus macaques in the park and in adjacent areas outside the park may be carrying a virus deadly to humans.

One separated Gaza twin dies but sister recovering

One of the Palestinian conjoined twins from the Gaza Strip separated this week in surgery in Saudi Arabia has died but her sister is recovering, the kingdom said Saturday.

British surgeon fined for branding initials on patients' livers

A surgeon who admitted branding his initials on the livers of two patients undergoing transplants at a British hospital was fined Friday and sentenced to carry out unpaid community work.

Deadly 'long-lost disease' rages through Rohingya camps

In a makeshift bamboo clinic, small children struggle to draw breath through surgical masks, victims of a forgotten but deadly disease that has torn through the teeming Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh.

IV bag shortage affects hospitals treating flu

More serious cases of influenza require patients to be administered intravenous drips. In the U.S. there’s currently a shortage of IV bags, which is hampering efforts to deal with ill patients during the winter months.

More data emerges about radiation risks and smartphones

Every so often a report is raised about the risks of smartphones, especially when placed against the head for long periods of time. Some data is contradictory, but a new report raises a risk that has apparently been withheld from the public since 2009.

Improving patient engagement with new application Special

CareThrough is a 360° care management solution designed to improve quality of care and patient engagement, offering a new way to help navigate these value-based requirements. To find out more about this digital health offering we spoke with Craig Newman.

Surgery death rates in Africa are twice global average: study

The risk of dying from scheduled surgery in Africa is more than double the global average, researchers said on Wednesday, in a study shedding light on one of the continent's biggest but poorly investigated healthcare problems.

New types of workplace stress in the digital era

Digital technologies are not only altering the way that business is conducted, technologies are changing working conditions and the relationship that people have with their work. One downside is with a rise in cases of 'technostress'.

Scanning social media for suicide predictions

The Canadian government to set up a scheme whereby social media profiles and messages are searched and analyzed using an artificial intelligence tool, in order to predict suicides.

Internet-testing for sexually transmitted infections success

For those worried about the possibility of having contracted a sexually transmitted disease but worried about a visit to a clinic, a digital service might be the answer. Such services are proving increasingly popular.

Op-Ed: Raw water craze — Is it a rip-off or a lack of public trust?

A strange new food trend, raw water, has gripped consumers, or at least the ones rich enough to afford to throw away their money on unproven and sometimes ridiculous statements by people who profess to know what they are talking about.

Errors found with U.S. health data impact on insurance

Major measurement issues have been found in emergency department patient experience data, according to new research. The errors impact hospital performance measures and insurance.

Enjoy the holidays, but don't forget your fiber

New research with mice has helped to shed light on how and why fiber has such a powerful effect on the entire body. Over the holiday season, it isn't only calories that matter but the type of food as well.

Most Googled health search terms of 2017

The U.K.'s most Googled health issues of 2017 have been revealed by the technology company. Coming in at number one is the phrase "What is cancer?"

Smartphone case assesses blood glucose levels

Monitoring blood glucose levels on a regular basis is important of diabetics. The process can be time consuming and some technologies are less accurate than others. A new method, using a smartphone case, promises a rapid assessment.

Laser-equipped shoes help Parkinsons patients take that next step

"Gait-freeze" is one of the more debilitating symptoms of Parkinson's disease, and is not only inconvenient but can be hazardous. Dutch scientists have come up with something to help Parkinson's patients walk safely - Laser shoes.

Blockchain technology drives healthy patient behavior: Interview Special

The company MintHealth offers a global decentralized health platform built on blockchain technology and designed to drive healthy patient behavior. To understand how this works, Digital Journal interviewed Dr. Samir Damani.

Crackdown on alternative health remedies

Many alternative health treatments come from unregulated industries. Not only are many ineffective, some can cause considerable harm. This area has become a focal point in the U.S.

Canadian cannabis firm licensed to produce in Denmark

Canadian medical marijuana producer Canopy Growth said Monday its joint venture Spectrum Cannabis has been licensed to grow pot in Denmark for sale throughout the European Union.

Dogs help children read in Lithuania library

Mona, a black flat-coated retriever, listens intently to eight-year-old Urte as she reads aloud from a children's book while they sit on a red pillow in Lithuania's grand national library in Vilnius.

Blind Colombian women 'seeing' cancer with their fingertips

Leidy Garcia awoke one morning in 2011 to discover she could no longer see. By then, Francia Papamija was already blind.

Is Peppa Pig to blame for putting pressure on doctors?

Peppa Pig, a cartoon loved by children around the world, could be to blame for creating unrealistic expectations of doctors, according to an article in the light-hearted Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal.

Diphtheria kills nine in Bangladesh Rohingya camps

Bangladesh Tuesday launched a massive drive to vaccinate Rohingya children against diphtheria after a suspected outbreak killed nine refugees and infected more than 700.

Indonesia vaccinates millions to halt deadly diphtheria outbreak

Millions of Indonesian children are being vaccinated this week as the country responds to a widespread diphtheria outbreak that has killed dozens, officials said Monday.

Interview: Technology improves wound care management Special

Clinicians can now take wound depth measurements at the point of care using a regular smartphone camera thnaks to new technology. The technology comes from Swift Medical.

Philippines plans to sue Sanofi over dengue vaccine: minister

The Philippines intends to sue Sanofi after authorities suspended the pharmaceutical giant's anti-dengue vaccine in response to the company warning the drug could lead to severe infections in some cases, the health secretary said Thursday.

CVS Health and Aetna come together for big data for healthcare

CVS Health and Aetna have come together to form a new organization that aims to restructure healthcare. The deal between the two enterprises is valued at $69 billion.

Australia stung by N. Zealand bid to trademark manuka honey

Manuka honey's much-hyped healing properties have proved a money-spinner for beekeepers in Australia and New Zealand, but a push to trademark its name has sparked a bitter row between the two countries.

Babies' brains at risk from toxic pollution: UN

As New Delhi and other major cities hit new toxic smog peaks, the United Nations sounded the alarm Wednesday over the damage that pollution is doing to babies' developing brains.

UN warns of drug-resistant germ risk brewing in nature

The UN warned Tuesday of a ticking time bomb of drug-resistant germs brewing in the natural environment, aided by humans dumping antibiotics and chemicals into the water and soil.

Proof Work develops system of patient-controlled medical data

The Proof Work company based in Tel Aviv Israel envisions a future where patients both own and control their medical data. The data is secured by the blockchain.

Artificial intelligence disrupts assisted living facilities

The care home and assisted living concepts are altering through the use of artificial intelligence; this is leading to a safer environment for elderly people and others who require assisted support.

Twitter-like App for Healthcare Professionals: Interview Special

ScriptSave WellRX is disrupting the pharmaceutical industry by promoting price transparency with a free mobile app. Consumers rarely know what the "real" price is for their prescriptions. This now set to change and Dr. Marcus Sredzinski tells us how.