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Gene-editing technology cures a genetic blood disorder

A next-generation gene-editing system has cured a genetic blood disorder in living mice using intravenous infusion treatment.

Machine learning helps find mysterious source of a global illness

Tokyo - Kawasaki Disease, which affects thousands of children every year, appears to be on the move around the globe. The disease is difficult to track, although the use of new technology appears to be helping medics.

Tobacco kills 7 million a year, wreaks environmental havoc: WHO

Geneva - Smoking and other tobacco use kills more than seven million people each year, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, also warning of the dire environmental impact of tobacco production, distribution and waste.

Which countries have the best healthcare?

Paris - Neither Canada nor Japan cracked the top 10, and the United States finished a dismal 35th, according to a much anticipated ranking of healthcare quality in 195 countries, released Friday.

Natural defense mechanism against TB discovered

London - A new study from London’s Francis Crick Institute shows how the human body protects itself from the bacterium that causes the disease tuberculosis. This could open up a new way for fighting the disease.

Liberia tests mystery illness after 11 unexplained deaths

Monrovia - Liberia said Friday that samples from people struck down by a mystery illness are being tested abroad after 11 unexplained deaths, though Ebola has been ruled out.

World Health Organization seeks to end hepatitis

Geneva - The World Health Organization has called upon the nations of the world to come together and to work towards the global eliminate of hepatitis.

Salamanders in Europe set to be wiped out by fungus

Scientists have called for urgent action to be taken to protect wild salamanders in Europe from a deadly fungal infection.

Antibiotics are a potential link to bowel cancer precursor

A new study has found that people who take antibiotics over long time are more at risk of developing growths on the bowel that could be a precursor to cancer.

Understanding why some people spread more germs that others

Atlanta - Looking at how diseases spread from animal to animal, researchers have gained a new understanding into why some individuals are greater ‘spreaders’ of disease within a community than others.

Microbiologists reveal the infectiveness of Chlamydia

Chlamydiae are highly infective bacteria. They survive in human cells in multiple ways. One newly discovered mechanism is where the invasive organisms manipulate human cells energy suppliers.

A cure for sepsis? Chance discovery could save lives

A chance discovery by a medic working at Eastern Virginia Medical School could be the basis of a cure for sepsis. The discovery could lead to thousands of lives being saved each year.

Resistance risk for new TB drugs: experts

Paris - New drugs for hard-to-treat tuberculosis strains may be fast rendered ineffective themselves if incorrectly used, a report warned Thursday, on the eve of World TB Day.

Mathematics can help explain our bodies and disease

Understanding how biological systems interact, including how the body responds to disease, is highly complex. To help biomedical scientists to understand the complexity two mathematicians have introduced a new model.

Is it time for a global vaccine compensation scheme?

With a new vaccine for Zika virus in development and a rise with the administration of vaccine in general, is it time to consider a global vaccine compensation scheme? This is in the event of an adverse response.

Brazil yellow fever outbreak 'worst on record'

Bras - Sixty-five people are confirmed so far to have died in Brazil over the last two months in the country's worst yellow fever outbreak on record, the government said.

Spain's Balearic Islands hit by deadly olive tree bacteria

Madrid - A deadly bacteria that infected thousands of olive trees in Italy has been detected in Spain's Balearic Islands where authorities are racing to contain it, a regional government official said Friday.

Red meat link to common bowel disease: study

Paris - A diet rich in red meat has been linked to a heightened risk of a bowel inflammation called diverticulitis, according to a study published Tuesday.

Devastating elephantiasis disease facing elimination

Warwick - The disabling parasitic disease which causes elephantiasis, and threatens around one billion people globally – Lymphatic filariasis - is close to elimination due to new research from the University of Warwick.

Ebola vaccine may be 'up to 100% effective': WHO

Paris - A prototype vaccine for Ebola may be "up to 100 percent effective" in protecting against the deadly virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday.

Mouthwash may cure gonorrhoea, study says

Paris - In the 19th century, before the advent of antibiotics, Listerine mouthwash was marketed as a cure for gonorrhoea. More than 100 years later, researchers said Tuesday the claim may be true.

Fighting pathogens now involves waking them up

Many pathogenic bacteria are hard to kill because they are resistant to antibiotics. Other bacteria are resistant because they enter into a state of dormancy. Waking microbes up is key to killing them, researchers argue.

Alzheimer’s bone and brain connection

In a breakthrough, medical scientists have drawn a connection between parts of the brainstem and problems associated with bone, in relation to Alzheimer’s disease.

Dutch kill 190,000 ducks to contain bird flu outbreak

Den Haag - Dutch officials have culled 190,000 ducks on a central Netherlands farm where inspectors have confirmed the presence of a highly infectuous strain of bird flu, officials and local media said Sunday.

Rapid response team to tackle major disease outbreaks

London - The British government has established a rapid support team, with the intention to respond to urgent requests from countries around the world to help control disease outbreaks.

Reports warn of explosion in cancer deaths among women

Paris - Two reports have warned of an explosion in cancer deaths among women, with a toll, mainly from breast cancer, of some 5.5 million per year by 2030 -- roughly the population of Denmark.

Disease-causing gut bacteria prevalent in children

A study in Denmark has found an unexpectedly high proportion of a pathogenic gut bacteria present in children. The bacterium is more commonly associated with disease in developing countries.

Rapid test for tuberculosis developed

Austin - A rapid, accurate and inexpensive test for tuberculosis has been developed by a researcher based at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center. The test is called TB Read.

Stretchy optical fibers used to assess for signs of diseases

A special type of optical fiber, made from a hydrogel, has been developed. This rubber-like device can detect diseases early and send an alert signal.

New initiative to reduce bloodstream infections

Washington - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has teamed up with various health bodies in order to reduce the rate of bloodstream infections affecting kidney dialysis patients.
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