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Lack of exercise runs up $67.5 bn annual health tab, study finds

Paris - Health problems caused by a lack of daily physical exercise cost the world some $67.5 billion (61 billion euros) in 2013 -- more than many countries' GDP, researchers said Thursday.The total was divided between $53.

Baby born in Spain with Zika-caused microcephaly, first in Europe: hospital

Barcelona - A woman infected with the Zika virus gave birth to a baby with the brain-damaging disorder microcephaly in Spain on Monday, her hospital said, the first case of its kind in Europe.

Tens of thousands of babies 'may be born with Zika disorders'

Paris - Tens of thousands of babies may be born with debilitating Zika-related disorders in the course of the outbreak sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean, researchers said Monday. Mathematical projections suggest about 93.

Feather-degrading bacteria harming birds

An explanation has been provided for a serious disease of birds where the feathers rot away and fall off. This disease is caused by feather-degrading bacteria. The solution requires a joined-up approach to conservation.

One patient was responsible for half of MERS cases

In 2015 there was a serious incident of the respiratory viral disease MERS. A review of the cases reveals that almost half of the infections were spread by just one person.

New Zika diagnostics needed for babies, researchers say

Paris - Two studies of newborns in Zika-stricken Brazil yielded meagre clues Wednesday about the mysterious workings of the virus, and prompted researchers to call for better tests to identify brain-damaged babies.

Nanotechnology harnessed for disease detection

Researchers are utilizing nanoscale technology to design machines aimed at disease detection. These promise faster and more accurate diagnosis of patients.

Vaccines block Zika in mice, boosting hopes for human jab

Paris - New research in lab animals, including Zika vaccines successfully tested on mice, boosted hopes Tuesday for a jab to shield humans against the brain-damaging virus.

Antibodies found which 'neutralise' Zika virus: Study

Paris - European scientists announced Thursday they had found antibodies which attack Zika, a discovery they hope will pave the way for a protective vaccine against the brain-damaging virus.

Shifts in environment help track disease spread

London - British scientists have developed a model to predict outbreaks of certain diseases, including Ebola and Zika viruses. The model is based on factors like changes in climate, population growth and land use.

Very hot drinks 'probably' cause cancer: UN agency

Paris - Very hot drinks probably increase the risk of cancer, a UN agency said Wednesday, but coffee -- once feared to be a carcinogen -- is safe if enjoyed at "normal" temperatures.

FDA approves new cholera vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new vaccine for cholera. The drug is branded Vaxchora and itt targets a specific cholera called serogroup O1.

After Ebola, World Bank creates pandemic insurance plan

Sendai - The World Bank announced Saturday a new program to mobilize funds quickly against virulent disease outbreaks after the world was caught unprepared in the 2014 Ebola disaster in West Africa.

WHO aims to wipe out malaria within two decades

Geneva - The World health Organization (WHO) is aiming to eliminate malaria from the planet by 2030. The United Nations health agency thinks that this feat is achievable, provided resources are provided by world governments.

New medicines for rare, but serious, childhood illnesses

In Europe advances have been made for children with Crohn's disease and with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. Both represent advances in the treatment of serious childhood illnesses.

New front opens in war on superbugs: Experts

Amsterdam - A newly-discovered antibiotic-resistant gene is threatening to open a new front in the war against superbugs by rendering a last-resort drug impotent, experts warn.

Refugees escape war, but face new threat in Europe — germs

Amsterdam - Having survived perilous escapes from war zones, refugees find themselves assailed anew in Europe by germs proliferating in crowded, unsanitary camps that could become outbreak hotspots, infectious disease experts have warned.

Regular exercise holds off cognitive diseases

New York - There could be a new incentive for undertaking regular exercise: holding off cognitive decline, according to a new research study. The benefit could be up to ten years.

Ash trees set to become extinct in Europe

The Ash tree is set for extinction in Europe. Ash trees have long-faced two serious threats: fungal disease ash-dieback and an invasive beetle called the emerald ash borer.

Zika virus was not introduced by football fans

A theory, doing the rounds on the Internet, that the Zika virus was introduced to South America by football fans has been dismissed in a new science paper.

Scarlet fever is infecting hundreds of kids a week

Doctors in the United Kingdom have been told to keep an eye out for scarlet fever, as it has been making a comeback and infecting hundreds of children a week.

New study draws genetic & inflammatory disease connection

A new study has revealed that hundreds of genes are linked to five key inflammatory diseases. The diseases are: ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn's Disease, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, and primary sclerosing cholangitis.

Cuban woman has first known homegrown Zika case

Havana - A young Havana woman is the first known person to have contracted the Zika virus in Cuba, authorities said.The woman, 21, has been hospitalized though she so far does not have symptoms, the health ministry said.

Birth defect risk 1-in-100 for Zika-infected pregnant women: study

Paris - A woman infected by the Zika virus during the first three months of pregnancy faces a one-in-100 chance her child will suffer severe brain damage, according to a study released Wednesday.

The dangers of human fungal diseases

Fungal diseases are ever-present and millions of people around the world are at risk from different types of fungi. Yet research into fungal disease and preventative measures receives lower funding, according to a new report.

Zika virus implicated in brain infection in adults: French study

Paris - The Zika virus, already linked to brain damage in babies, can also cause a serious brain infection in adult victims, French researchers warned Thursday.

No Zika vaccine for another three years: Brazil expert

Ginebra - Global health experts agreed Wednesday to prioritise developing vaccines against the Zika virus suspected of causing birth defects, but a Brazilian specialist warned that doing so would take at least three years.

WHO advises pregnant women not to travel to Zika outbreak areas

Ginebra - The World Health Organization on Tuesday advised pregnant women not to travel to areas affected by the Zika virus outbreak, saying the new advice was issued amid mounting evidence that Zika can cause birth defects.

Zika 'link' to new, paralysing disease: report

Paris - Suspected of causing brain damage in babies and a rare neurological ailment in adults, the Zika virus was linked by researchers Tuesday to a third disorder: paralysis-causing myelitis.

Google backs Zika prevention and research

Internet giant Google has pledged $1 million to help fight Zika virus disease. The disease has been detected in 26 countries around the world, with Brazil the hardest hit.
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