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Hurricane-battered Caribbean now faces health peril

Paris - Caribbean islands battered by Hurricane Irma now face a mighty task: preventing the rampant spread of disease as hospitals and clinics struggle to function and microbe-spreading mosquitoes and rats multiply.

Diagnostic tool printed for portable disease testing

Scientists from Duke University have used an inkjet printed tool for conducting diagnostic testing for use in point-of-care settings. The aim is to screen patients for markers of specific diseases.

Mayo Clinic’s new startup to tackle diseases using AI

Mayo Clinic and the technology company nference have launched an innovative new startup to discover and develop treatments for diseases that are not currently addressed through existing medical technology.

Funding increased to fight neglected tropical diseases

London - The British government has invested an extra £200 million ($225 million) into various programs designed to fight the world's neglected tropical diseases.

What you need to know when volunteering for a genetic study

Would you volunteer for a genetic study? If so would you want to know if you had a rare disease? It seems that, for most people, the answer is "yes."

Op-Ed: Real world illnesses that could cause a zombie apocalypse

Some scientists believe that not only is it feasible that we could face a zombie-esque threat, but that it could be an engineered virus that would doom us to this fate.

How diseases travel on the wings of birds

Unalakleet - Local Environmental Observer Network in Unalakleet, on the northwest coast of Alaska, has reported an alarming finding. Birds that are normally parasite-free have been found to contain parasites unknown to the territory.

Roche to buy disease research company

The Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche is set to pay $450 million for a Danish biotech company that develops drugs that silence microRNAs (something considered key to tackling certain diseases).

$230 million for research into major diseases

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has entered into an agreement with 10 drug companies to find new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.

3-D-printed bacteria allow scientists to study infections

Austin - 3-D printing has allowed those own such technology to print everything from silverware to gun parts. Now, scientists are using it to study infections.

Scientists successfully breed glow-in-the-dark rabbits

Scientists in Hawaii and Turkey have successfully bred a litter of eight rabbits in an attempt to develop medicine for life-threatening diseases. What's so special about that? Two of these rabbits glow in the dark.

3,000 dead decomposing pigs found in Shanghai's drinking water

Shanghai - Up to 3000 decomposing pigs have been found and pulled from Shanghai's Huangpu river, a source of drinking water for the city's 23 million inhabitants.

Op-Ed: Ultrasound and gene therapy will someday cure many diseases

Genetic disorders are all caused by errors in the genetic code. People diagnosed with Down syndrome, Hemophilia, sickle cell anemia, muscular dystrophy and many other genetic disorders may someday be cured by ultrasound and gene therapy.

Is herpes killing our coral reefs?

Scientists are seeing a decline in coral reefs worldwide, but pinpointing why it’s happening has been a challenge. Now scientists are turning their focus toward looking at diseases as the cause; specifically the herpes virus.

Deadly diseases spread across Uganda

Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni, announced that the government was going to fund the research into banana wilt and cassava streak diseases.

Op-Ed: Health Issues And Concerns Relevant To The Homeless

Do we as a society need to examine better ways to address the health of the homeless, or are the present measures adequate?

Transporting Broiler Chickens Could Spread Antibiotic-Resistant Organisms

Researchers have found evidence of a novel pathway for potential human exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria from intensively raised poultry—driving behind the trucks transporting broiler chickens from farm to slaughterhouse.

Today is Global Handwashing Day

The practice of handwashing with soap tops the international hygiene agenda this year with the first-ever Global Handwashing Day.

ALS Registry Act Passes US Senate

The ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease Registry Act, now passed through both houses of Congress, will be useful in finding a cure, or at least better treatments, for this incurable, progressive and usually fatal degenerative neuromuscular disease.

How Montezuma Gets His Revenge

Every year, about 500 million people worldwide are infected with the parasite that causes dysentery Johns Hopkins researchers may have found a way to ease this burden by discovering a new enzyme that may help.

High Risks Of Heart-related Diseases In Childhood-cancer Survivors

Children who survive cancers in their pre-schooling or pre-teen years are at a higher risk of becoming victims of heart-related disease conditions in later years of maturity, preliminary results released by American Society of Clinical Oncology revealed.

US beaches harbor dangerous diseases

Public health experts from John Hopkins University are warning that beaches contain a host of pathogens that have come from human feces dumped into the sea via sewage. They found pathogens in 30 per cent to 60 per cent of beach water samples tested.

Five commonly misdiagnosed diseases

Experts who study malpractice cases and autopsy reports find 5 diseases are misdiagnosed several times. Cancer, heart attack, infections are the most commonly misdiagnosed illnesses

Op-Ed: The Effects of Smoking and Learning Things I Didn't Know

Peer pressure and the fact that my father smoked, is what led me to light my first cigarette when I was 17 years old. It was cool. It was a sign of being grown up. Yesterday, some 32 years later, I received a wake up call from my doctor.

Playstation 3 to take on incurable diseases

Sony announced Thursday that the Playstation 3 video games consoles will be enhanced to take on research in diseases like, cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other incurable diseases...

A Call to Fight Neglected Diseases

The head of the World Health Organization is calling on the international community to help in the fight against neglected diseases.

Six things you can do to avoid a cold

List of six things you can do to avoid a cold this winter season.

Mad Cow Disease Scare Hits Beef-Loving Japanese Hard

MATSUZAKA (dpa) - Mikichi Kubo shoves a beer bottle into the mouth of his cow, and the farmer has to hold firmly on to it, because the animal is guzzling at it so strongly. The cow is drinking "Kirin Lager", one of Japan's best beers. "When she drin...

WHO Sounds The Final Call To Battle To Wipe Out Polio

GENEVA(dpa) - It is with terror that U.S. film actress Mia Farrow thinks back when she was stricken with polio as an eight-year-old. "I fell to the ground and couldn't get up again," she recalls. "It was 1954 and polio was sweeping across the countr...

Eye Redness Can Be Conjunctivitis Or Worse

MUNICH (dpa) - Conjunctivitis is the most common form of eye infection, but anyone suffering the usual symptoms - red, watery eyes and a burning and itching sensation - should consult a doctor immediately, experts advise. People who use only homemad...
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