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Improvised fight to save the sick at home in virus-hit Brazil

Manaus - "I believed she was going to die in my arms," recounts Marcos Fonseca Barbosa, a doctor forced to improvise home treatment for his Covid-sick mother in Brazil, where hospital beds have become scarce.

US approves Regeneron antibody treatment given to Trump

Washington - A Covid-19 antibody therapy used to treat President Donald Trump was approved by the US drug regulator on Saturday for people who aren't yet hospitalized by the disease but are at high risk.

WHO advises against remdesivir for coronavirus treatment

Paris - The anti-viral drug remdesivir should not be used to treat Covid-19 patients no matter how severe their illness as it has "no important effect" on survival chances, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Hong Kong scientists say anti-microbe drug successful against coronavirus

Fpo - An affordable anti-microbial drug used to treat stomach ulcers and bacterial infections has shown promise in combatting the coronavirus in animals, scientists in Hong Kong announced Monday.

'Fatigued' Trump receiving experimental antibodies treatment

Washington - US President Donald Trump is receiving an experimental treatment of synthetic antibodies for Covid-19, his doctor said Friday, and is "fatigued but in good spirits.

Many with genital herpes make the wrong health decisions Special

A recent survey conducted by TOP Global revealed 48 percent of Americans with genital herpes say they made all of the wrong decisions when seeking treatment for their first outbreak. Caroline Goodner looks at three myths relating to the condition.

Sanofi halts trial of Covid-19 drug after tests

Paris - French pharma giant Sanofi said Tuesday that international Phase 3 clinical tests of its Kevzara drug for serious Covid-19 cases had proved inconclusive and it was halting the trial.

Florida teachers sue to stop school openings as virus rages

Miami - Florida's main teachers union on Monday sued Governor Ron DeSantis and other authorities to stop schools from reopening in August, as the state has become a US epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Steroid first drug shown to save lives of severest COVID-19 cases

London - The steroid dexamethasone was shown Tuesday to be the first drug to significantly reduce the risk of death among severe COVID-19 cases, in trial results hailed as a "major breakthrough" in the fight against the disease.

US regulator approves limited use of malaria drugs for virus

Washington - A limited emergency-use authorization for two antimalarial drugs touted as game-changers by President Donald Trump has been issued by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat coronavirus patients.

US fast-tracking antimalarials to treat coronavirus

Washington - The US is fast-tracking antimalarial drugs for use as a treatment against the new coronavirus, President Donald Trump said Thursday, following encouraging early results in France and China.

US working with pharmaceutical firm on new type of coronavirus treatment

Washington - The United States is working with a pharmaceutical company to develop a treatment for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, using a class of drug that has boosted survival rates among Ebola patients, officials said Tuesday.

Scientists find powerhouses that fight tumours from within

Apo - Lurking deep inside some tumours are "factories" full of immune cells that help the body fight a rearguard action against cancer and are key to helping some patients recover, new research has shown.

Nigeria hails 'historic milestone' after 3 years polio-free

Abuja - Nigeria on Wednesday announced that three years had elapsed since it last recorded a case of polio, a key step towards eradicating the notorious disease in Africa.

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.
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A champion of the experimental therapy, Dion Oxford talks about living with MS.
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