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When snakes strike, lives shatter

Watamu - On June 15, 2015, four-year-old Chepchirchir Kiplagat's life changed forever. Bitten by a snake as she slept, she permanently lost the use of the right side of her body.

Second HIV remission patient rekindles cure hope

Paris - For just the second time ever an HIV patient is in sustained remission from the virus in what was hailed by experts Tuesday as proof that the AIDS-causing condition could one day be curable.

Chinese baby born four years after parents' death in car crash

Bejing - A surrogate mother has given birth to a baby boy in China four years after his parents died in a car crash, Chinese media reported.The deceased couple was undergoing fertility treatments before the fatal accident in 2013.

Nigeria struggles to contain dramatic spread of deadly Lassa fever

- Nigeria is battling on two fronts against an unprecedented outbreak of Lassa fever, a cousin of Ebola, that has already killed 110 people this year.

Tailor-made cancer 'vaccine' proves safe: trial results

Paris - Two experimental treatments for skin cancer, tailor-made to target a particular patient's tumours, proved safe in small-scale trials, their developers reported Wednesday.

Opioid addiction skyrockets nearly 500 percent in U.S.

A recent analysis of millions of American medical claims revealed that diagnoses for opioid addiction have skyrocketed by nearly 500 percent over the past seven years, according to the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Association.

Health care visionary from Liberia wins coveted TED prize

Vancouver - Raj Panjabi, who fled to the United States to escape civil war in his native Liberia, eventually returned to his shattered homeland to find rural communities desperate for adequate health care.

Swedish court jails mother and sons over fake mental disability

Stockholm - A Swedish court on Wednesday jailed a woman and her two adult sons for fraud after the elder brother pretended to be mentally disabled for more than a decade to receive social benefits.

Trial drug shows 'impressive' Alzheimer's action: study

Paris - An experimental drug cleared protein buildup in the brains of people with mild Alzheimer's disease and slowed their mental decline, the results of a preliminary trial showed.

Personalized medicines lead to improved patient outcomes

Personalized medicines have received a great deal of attention, where medicines are fashioned for particular patients. Now the first major study indicates that these medicines are demonstrably effective.

Researchers reveal the inner working of the Zika virus

A research group have won the race to detail the structure of the Zika virus. This molecular level insight is very important for the development of effective antiviral treatments against the disease that is prevalent in South America.

Fake doctor busted for prescribing dirt as cancer treatment

Vincent Gammill, a 69-year-old fake doctor, was arrested in California for allegedly prescribing bags of dirt as cancer treatment.

Tetris can help block flashbacks of traumatic events

A study has found that playing Tetris can help people recover from post-traumatic stress disorder and overcome the repeated flashbacks it triggers. In a new investigation, playing Tetris reduced the number of memories of the event by over 50 percent.

New asthma treatment breakthrough 'incredibly exciting'

Doctors in the UK say they are "incredibly excited" about a new discovery which identifies the root cause of asthma and offers a treatment which may finally provide a cure to the crippling disease.

What you need to know about this breakthrough treatment of arthritis

British scientists have hailed the results of a new, experimental stem cell treatment for osteoarthritis as "astonishing."

Game treatment for lazy eye patients created by Ubisoft

Ubisoft SA, the developer behind games such as Assassin's Creed, is releasing another game that is aimed at tackling lazy eye.

'Encouraging' Ebola drug trial results in Guinea

Paris - An Ebola candidate treatment yielded "encouraging" results in a trial with 80 patients in Guinea, with faster recovery rates observed, the French government and medical research agency Inserm said Thursday.

Can existing medications treat Ebola?

Can currently available drugs be used to help treat Ebola? This is an area which has attracted considerable research interest. Finding the right drug is certainly cheaper than inventing alternatives.

Using cancer-fighting drugs against malaria

Scientists have identified a several compounds that may lead to different ways to fight the malaria. Specifically, a university team has identified 31 enzyme-blocking molecules that could halt malaria before symptoms start.

Fraudulent Ebola treatments sold online

Bethesda - The U.S. FDA is advising consumers to be aware of products sold online claiming to prevent or treat the Ebola virus. It seems that there are a variety of products claiming to either prevent the Ebola virus or treat the infection.

What is platelet-rich plasma therapy?

Athletes and Hollywood celebrities (like Kobe Bryant, Angelina Jolie, Courtney Love and Tiger Woods) are increasingly turning to platelet-rich plasma (or PRP) therapy to improve their health and turn back the clock. What is this new craze?

Man has house raided for giving liquid cannabis to sick toddler

Chief ACT minister Katy Gallagher turned a long-time writer into law enforcement for providing a toddler with cannabis oil needed to control her seizures. Gallagher has "no regrets" despite a wave of public hatred for her and her children.

Can stem cells be used to treat autism?

Duke University is launching a $41 million stem-cell trial to explore the use of umbilical cord blood cells to treat autism, stroke, cerebral palsy, and related brain disorders.

Addiction 'off' switch is possible but not a cure

A new report has indicated that it may be possible to 'turn off' withdrawal symptoms deriving from when people refrain from taking illegal substances for a period of time to make it easier for people to stop.

Potential new drug may bring hope for Alzheimer's sufferers

New York - Experiments conducted by researchers at Sidney Strickland’s Laboratory of Neurobiology and Genetics at Rockefeller University have discovered a compound which may stop the progression of Alzheimer’s.

Study: Enzyme shows promising results for drug overdoses

Lexington - The natural enzyme 'cocaine esterase' has shown a promising tendency to break down cocaine quickly. While not a way to treat all addiction and overdoses it could be a useful addition to standard treatments.

8-year-old girl is the first to beat brain cancer

An inspiring story of survival is the buzz across the medical field: A small girl by the name of Claudia Burkill has managed to overcome a malignant brain tumor.

Tiny molecule may help battle depression

Researchers have found a tiny molecule (miR-1202) that may provide a marker for major depression. The molecule may also help scientist find better treatments to fight depression.

'Nanobubble' technology announced for cancer patients

Studies at Rice University have tested a new method for treating cancer using what they call a "plasmonic nanobubble" in their literature. These allegedly can severely damage the cancer cells then release a payload of antibodies to kill the cancer.

Why some breast cancer treatments fail

Scientists have found why a type of breast cancer therapy that blocks estrogen synthesis to activate cancer-killing genes sometimes loses its effectiveness. This is because the cancer takes over patient's tumor and re-writes the DNA.
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