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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.

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.
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