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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.

Tick and mosquito-borne illnesses surge in U.S. and Canada

The number of illnesses caused by ticks and mosquitoes has been increasing in North America. The U.S. saw more than 30,000 illnesses in 2017, while Canada saw an increase from 144 cases in 2009, to nearly 1,500 in 2017.

Nipah virus death toll in India jumps to 10

New Delhi - The death toll from an outbreak of the rare Nipah virus in southern India jumped to 10 Tuesday with more than 90 people quarantined to try to stem the spread of the disease, officials said.

Five dead, dozens quarantined as virus fears spread in India

New Delhi - A deadly virus carried by fruit bats has killed at least five people in southern India and more than 90 people are in quarantine, a top health official said Tuesday.

WHO reports new Ebola case in DR Congo, vaccine this week

Apo - The head of the World Health Organization said Sunday there has been another reported case of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo and that an experimental vaccine to fight the disease is expected to become available in the country this week.

WHO preparing for the worst in DR Congo Ebola outbreak

Geneva - The World Health Organization said Friday it was preparing for "the worst case scenario" in a fresh outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

DR Congo reports four more Ebola cases

Mbandaka - Four more cases of Ebola have been detected in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo, doctors said Thursday, two days after DRC reported a fresh outbreak of the disease.

Detecting cholera risk using artificial intelligence

Researchers have used an artificial intelligence platform to study the microorganisms of the human gut as a way of assessing risks during cholera epidemics. The analysis showed one hundred types of microbes can determine susceptibility to cholera.

New outbreak of Ebola kills 17 in northwest DR Congo

Apo - Seventeen people in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have died from Ebola, the health ministry said on Tuesday, describing the fresh outbreak as a "public health emergency with international impact.

UN's health body urges Hepatitis C offensive

Paris - Hepatitis C is easily cured. Yet, about 400,000 people die of the liver disease every year as only a smattering get the medicine they need.

Taxes key in war on 'lifestyle' disease: health experts

Paris - Global health leaders declared war on lifestyle diseases Thursday, decrying the impact of tobacco, alcohol and soft drinks on the world's poor, while calling for taxes to curb consumption and finance healthcare.

Flu virus: Wily 'shapeshifter' always one step ahead

Paris - On a March morning 100 years ago, a soldier in Kansas reported to the infirmary with a fever, muscle aches, and a sore throat.By lunchtime, records state, dozens had joined him, stricken with what would become known as the Spanish Flu.

Ebola effects on Liberia health system 'killed more than virus'

Washington - The devastating effect of Ebola on Liberia's fragile health system may have killed more people than the virus itself, a new study says, many of them pregnant women and malaria patients.

Scores of monkeys killed in Rio yellow fever panic

Rio De Janeiro - Fears of spreading yellow fever are behind the illegal killing of scores of monkeys in Rio de Janeiro, complicating efforts to fight the virus, authorities say.

Indonesia declares deadly Papua measles outbreak over

Jakarta - A deadly measles-and-malnutrition outbreak that killed scores of children in Indonesia's remote Papua province is over, authorities said.

Global cancer survival up, but progress uneven: study

Paris - Cancer survival is increasing across the world but large gaps endure between nations, while some cancers remain hard to treat everywhere, according to a major review released Wednesday.

Papua's remote villages cry for help amid deadly health crisis

Indonesia - Worried parents braved long queues and scorching heat in the remote Papuan jungle to get their sick babies treated Friday, as the impoverished region grapples with a deadly measles-and-malnutrition outbreak.

Hundreds of children sickened, dead in Papua health crisis

Tembagapura - Some 800 children have been sickened by a measles-and-malnutrition outbreak in Indonesia's remote Papua province, officials said Thursday, with as many as 100 other people, mostly toddlers, feared to have been killed.

Heart attack risk high with one cigarette a day: study

Paris - Just one cigarette a day carries nearly half the risk for heart attack and stroke as smoking a full pack of 20, according to a large-scale study published Thursday.

Rocky start for Alzheimer's drug research in 2018

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

Suspected cholera cases reach one million in Yemen

Sanaa - The number of suspected cholera cases in war-torn Yemen has reached one million, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday.

Yemen diphtheria cases soar amid dire vaccine shortage: WHO

Geneva - Twenty-two people have died of suspected diphtheria in conflict-ravaged Yemen, the World Health Organization said Friday, warning that a port and airport blockade had created a dire shortage of vaccines.

Dolly the cloned sheep was not old before her time: study

Paris - When Dolly the sheep was put down before her seventh birthday in 2003, she was said to suffer from age-related osteoarthritis, raising red flags that clones may grow old faster.

Three dead as diphtheria spreads in Yemen

Hodeida - Three people have died of suspected diphtheria in conflict-hit Yemen, doctors said Wednesday, as the World Health Organisation and International Committee of the Red Cross warned the disease was spreading.

A third of adults in China suffer high blood pressure: study

Bejing - More than a third of adults in China suffer from high blood pressure, but only one in 20 are able effectively to manage their condition, according to research published Thursday.

A chance Amazon encounter, then a tribe's near extinction

Serra Do Navio - Tzako Waiapi remembers perfectly the day he first stumbled across white men while hunting in the Amazon rainforest: within months nearly everyone he knew had died of a mysterious sickness.

Essential Science: Gold nanoparticles to assess diseases

Gold nanoparticles, just 100 nanometers in size, have been developed to offer a truly innovative solution for health screenings. When these particles are coated they can be used to track blood flow within the smallest blood vessels in the body.

Alarm over flesh-eating ulcer cases in Australia

Sydney - The spread of a flesh-eating bacterial condition in Australia sparked calls Thursday for more government-funded research into the disease, which is normally limited to developing countries.
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