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For its health and yours, keep the cat indoors

Paris - At least one running argument among cat lovers is now over: Whiskers, Lucy and Tigger are definitely better off staying indoors, scientists reported Wednesday.

Global measles cases up 300 percent year-on-year: WHO

Geneva - Measles cases rose 300 percent worldwide through the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period last year, the UN said Monday, as concern grows over the impact of anti-vaccination stigma.

Global measles cases up 300 percent year-on-year: WHO

Geneva - Measles cases rose 300 percent worldwide through the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period last year, the UN said Monday, as concern grows over the impact of anti-vaccination stigma.

Global life expectancy up 5.5 years since 2000: WHO

Geneva - Global life expectancy grew by 5.5 years between 2000 and 2016, the World Health Organization said Thursday, warning though that unequal income and access to healthcare translates into far shorter lives for many.

US performs first kidney transplant from living donor with HIV

Washington - The kidney of a 35-year-old HIV-positive woman has been transplanted into another patient with the virus that causes AIDS, US surgeons announced Thursday, in a major medical breakthrough.

5,000 cases of tropical parasite in Libya: ministry

Tripoli - At least 5,000 cases of a potentially deadly tropical disease have been registered in Libya in the past six months, the country's health ministry said Wednesday.

Call on Facebook to remove anti-vaccine information

Messages, much of it wrapped up in a jacket of pseudo-science, calling on parents not to vaccinate their children have been appearing at a high-frequency on Facebook. Signs are that Facebook will take action to remove this type of fake news.

Brexit risks 'thousands' of heart disease deaths by 2030

Paris - Thousands more people living in Britain are at risk of dying from heart attacks and strokes in the decade after Britain leaves the European Union as the cost of imported fruit and vegetables soars, new research warned Tuesday.

Post-Christmas cholesterol levels revealed

It might be assumed that after eating plentiful quantities of rich food over the Holidays that cholesterol levels are high. A new study from Denmark reveals just how high cholesterol levels elevate following the end of the festive season.

IBM's fingerprint sensor monitors disease progression

Technology firm IBM has designed an interesting item of medical technology, designed to track the progression of disease. This is in the form of a tiny sensor. The main use will be with assessing the effectiveness of different medicines.

Papua New Guinea scrambles to vaccinate as polio returns

Mount Hagen - Decades after polio was eradicated from Papua New Guinea, the crippling and sometimes deadly disease has returned, leaving doctors scrambling to revive long-lapsed vaccination programmes.

Baby boom for some nations, bust for others: study

Paris - Soaring birth rates in developing nations are fuelling a global baby boom while women in dozens of richer countries aren't producing enough children to maintain population levels there, according to figures released Friday.

Lifespan 2040: US down, China up, Spain on top

Paris - Life expectancy in 2040 is set to rise at least a little in all nations but the rankings will change dramatically, with Spain taking the top spot while China and the United States trade places, researchers said Wednesday.

WHO launches second cholera vaccine drive in Yemen as cases surge

Geneva - The World Health Organization said Tuesday it was helping Yemeni authorities with a second round of vaccination against cholera in three hard-hit districts, as cases surged across the war-ravaged country.

Global AIDS, TB fight needs more money: health fund

Paris - The fight against epidemics such as AIDS and tuberculosis needs greater funding and cooperation in order to wipe out the diseases, a leading aid group said Wednesday.

France begins vaccinating cows, sheep against anthrax

Lyon - The eastern French region of Hautes-Alpes says it has begun vaccinating cows and sheep against anthrax after an outbreak of the fatal disease in the region.

Drug-resistant superbug spreading in hospitals: study

Paris - A superbug resistant to all known antibiotics that can cause "severe" infections or even death is spreading undetected through hospital wards across the world, scientists in Australia warned on Monday.

Q&A: How AI can improve chronic conditions Special

Artificial intelligence offers many benefits to the medial field. This includes using machine learning to discover how the lives of those with chronic health conditions can be improved.

Essential Science: Developing a universal flu vaccine

A universal flu vaccine would address the challenges around selecting the most appropriate vaccine for the flu season, and for challenging viral mutations. A new step has been achieved in terms of developing such a vaccine.

Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says

Paris - Even an occasional glass of wine or beer increases the risk of health problems and dying, according to a major study on drinking in 195 nations that attributes 2.8 million premature deaths worldwide each year to booze.

AI system to be developed to detect eye disease

London - Can artificial intelligence have detected eye disease as accurately as a medical professional? This might not yet be the case, however advances with algorithms have led to a new platform being considered to assist medics.

Individual genetic profiles reveal disease predictions

The risk of developing a genetic disease is connected with small changes in many different genes. New analysis reveals how tiny genetic changes can predict which people are most at risk.

Worst anthrax outbreak in 20 years hits French farms

Gap - More than 50 cows, sheep and horses have died in France's most serious outbreak of anthrax in two decades, according to officials who have warned of a vaccine shortage.

Tackling hepatitis C elimination via diagnostic technologies

Research group FIND has announced a new wave of activities designed to address the challenges threatening hepatitis C elimination. This is through several potential diagnostic technologies.

DR Congo officially declares end to Ebola outbreak

Apo - DR Congo on Tuesday officially declared the end of an outbreak of Ebola, bringing the curtain down on a 10-week re-emergence of the disease which claimed 33 lives.

New research into regenerative stem cell therapies: Q&A Special

Dr. Joshua Hare is leading research into development of regenerative stem cell therapies for aging-related diseases — including Alzheimer’s — to improve quality of life. He shares with Digital Journal his current research.

How the intestinal microbiome influences metabolism

The body’s intestinal microbiome influences our metabolism, through interacting with the immune system. A new study demonstrates how 'good’ (or beneficial) bacteria keep the body metabolically fit and how an imbalance can cause ill-health effects.

Death of Indian soldier renews fears over rare virus

Kolkata - A Indian soldier has died in West Bengal state of suspected infection by the Nipah virus, an official said Wednesday, heightening fears the rare disease may be spreading.

Nipah claims another victim in India, death toll now 13

New Delhi - Another patient has died in India from the Nipah virus, taking the number of fatalities from an outbreak of the rare disease to 13, authorities said Sunday.

Rare Nipah virus claims fourth family member in India

New Delhi - A fourth member of the same Indian family has died from the rare Nipah virus, officials said Thursday, as authorities scramble to contain an outbreak that has claimed 11 lives.V.
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