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Pig farmers pessimistic as China tries to talk down swine fever

Bejing - Sun Dawu sighs sadly when asked about the death of thousands of his pigs, killed by the African swine fever outbreak that has been decimating hog herds across China.

Philippines launches vaccine campaign as 2nd polio case emerges

Manila - The Philippines Friday launched a programme to immunise millions of children from polio after the Asian nation was hit by its first outbreak of the crippling disease in nearly two decades.

China bans S. Korea pig imports on swine fever fears

Bejing - China has banned pig imports from South Korea after Seoul became the latest to report an outbreak of the African swine fever that has destroyed hog herds and pushed up prices globally.

Philippines hit by first polio case since 2001

Manila - The Philippines has detected its first case of polio since 2001, officials said Thursday, putting some of the blame on mistrust stoked by a dengue fever vaccine scandal.

Cancer now 'leading cause of death' in rich countries

Paris - Cancer has become the leading cause of death in rich nations, overtaking heart disease, according to the results of two landmark, decade-long global surveys of health trends released Tuesday.

DR Congo Ebola death toll crosses 2,000 ahead of UN chief's visit

Apo - The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo showed no signs of easing Friday on the eve of the UN chief's visit to the country, with the death toll from the highly contagious virus crossing 2,000 and a new fatality in neighbouring Uganda.

DR Congo Ebola death toll crosses 2,000 ahead of UN chief's visit

Apo - The Ebola outbreak showed no signs of easing in DR Congo Friday on the eve of the UN chief's visit, with the death toll from the highly contagious virus crossing 2,000 and a new fatality in neighbouring Uganda.

Four European states lose measles eradication status as cases soar: WHO

Copenhagen - Measles cases are skyrocketing in Europe and the disease is surging in four countries previously considered to have eliminated it, including the UK, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned Thursday, urging countries to step up vaccination efforts.

Ebola appears to be curable, following successful drug tests

Scientists have raised the possibility that Ebola virus infection is curable. A new study found that over 90 percent of infected people can survive if treated early using one of two newly assessed drugs.

Wild boars moving into urban areas has become a global problem

Listed on the World Conservation Union’s most invasive species list, wild boars are thriving across the world. Their numbers have swelled to the point that in some cities, they have become a dangerous nuisance.

Second patient dies of Ebola in Uganda, as death toll climbs in DRC

Kanpala - Uganda on Thursday recorded its second Ebola fatality since the virus spread from neighbouring DR Congo, where officials said a 10-month-old epidemic had now killed more than 1,400 people.

Second patient dies of Ebola in Uganda: health official

Kanpala - A 50-year-old woman who tested positive for Ebola in Uganda has died, a health ministry official told AFP Thursday, the second fatality since the virus spread from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Boy dies of Ebola in Uganda as virus spreads from DRCongo

Kanpala - A five-year-old boy in Uganda has has died of Ebola, the health minister told AFP Wednesday, as his grandmother and younger brother also tested positive for the virus after joining the child on a visit to neighbouring DR Congo.

Uganda confirms Ebola case as virus spreads from DRCongo

Kanpala - A five-year-old boy is being treated for Ebola in Uganda, the first case since a deadly outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo 10 months ago, Health Minister Ruth Aceng said Tuesday.

Big increase reported in sexually transmitted diseases

London - The latest health figures show a marked increase sexually transmitted infections in England, especially among the younger generation. This is reflected in few 'safe sex' practices.

Ebola cases in DR Congo break 2,000 mark

Apo - DR Congo's health ministry said late Monday that it had recorded more than 2,000 cases of Ebola, two-thirds of which had been fatal, since the disease broke out in the country's east 10 months ago.

Despite culls, import bans, swine fever to hit pork market for years

Hanoi - Millions of pigs have been culled as African Swine Fever cuts through China and beyond, devastating global food chains, with pork prices expected to soar from the food markets of Hong Kong to American dinner tables.

Lasers developed for non-invasive cancer diagnosis and treatment

Scientists have developed a new way to assess a human for signs of diseases, using lasers for a novel non-invasive approach. This is based on a new laser microscope that has been initially tested out to assess for signs of skin cancer.

Passengers likely off measles-hit ship this week: Curacao official

Passengers confined to a Church of Scientology cruise ship after a crew member came down with measles could be permitted to disembark in Curacao as early as Tuesday, health authorities said.

Curacao vows to stop measles spreading from Scientology ship

The Dutch territory of Curacao said Saturday it would do what was needed to prevent measles spreading from a Scientology cruise ship, after a crew member came down with the disease.The Freewinds, which left the Caribbean island of St.

Scientology cruise ship quarantined in Caribbean after measles case

Saint John's - A cruise ship owned by the Church of Scientology has been quarantined in Saint Lucia for two days because of a measles case, health authorities on the Caribbean island said Thursday.

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.
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