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Philippines halts sale of Sanofi's dengue vaccine

Manila - The Philippines has suspended the sale and distribution of Sanofi's dengue vaccine, authorities said Tuesday, after the French pharmaceutical giant last week warned it could worsen symptoms for people who had not previously been infected.

Philippines 'prepared for worst' in dengue vaccine concerns

Manila - The Philippines is prepared for a "worst-case scenario" following warnings that an anti-dengue vaccine administered to thousands of children may worsen the disease in some cases, a health official said Saturday.

Interview: Is Alzheimer’s caused by bacteriophages? Special

New York - Scientists have reported on a breakthrough that may change conventional understanding of causes for many diseases like Alzheimer’s. This relates to viruses called bacteriophages. To find out more we spoke with Dr. George Tetz.

Report: U.K. NHS could have prevented WannaCry

London - The U.K. National Health Service (NHS) 'could have prevented' WannaCry ransomware attack, according to a review of the incident issued by the British government.

Rome sets mosquito campaign after chikungunya cases

Rome - The city of Rome on Wednesday announced it would carry out a fast-track anti-mosquito campaign after a string of suspected cases of the insect-borne chikungunya virus were detected in the region.

Where is the next global health threat going to come from?

New York - So long Ebola; sans Chagas disease; goodbye Zika... where will the next major heath threat come from? South America is a hotbed of potential viruses, according to a new study.

Studying network traffic helps track malware

A new study shows the analysis of network traffic, especially that directed towards suspicious domains, allows administrators to detect malware infections before the invading malware can do most of its damage.

Big step towards an HIV cure

How can the quest for a cure for HIV be achieved if there is no sure test to show that the virus has been eliminated from the body? This could be set to change. Scientists have announced a test sensitive enough to detect 'hidden' HIV.

Unnecessary antibiotics still prescribed for colds

Toronto - There has been plenty of publicity about prescribing antibiotics for viral infections, yet the problem continues within the medical community, according to a study of U.S. health sector practices. The problem connects with the antibiotic resistance issue.

Most people are ill-equipped to deal with ransomware

Last week’s global ransomware attack struck over 200,000 computer systems across 150 countries. It remains that most people are ill equipped to deal with ransomware, based on a new global survey.

Ebola in DR Congo's isolated far north a logistical challenge

Kinshasa - An Ebola outbreak in a remote region in DR Congo's far north poses a logistical challenge for doctors and aid workers although the sheer remoteness could help limit its spread.

Ebola outbreak declared in northeast DR Congo: WHO

Kinshasa - An Ebola outbreak has been declared in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization said Friday, after the virus caused three deaths in the area since April 22.

Giant viruses unearthed in Arctic ice that's at risk of melting

Scientists working in the Arctic circle over the past few decades have unearthed several massive viruses that some say could be re-awakened if the permafrost that imprisons them dissolves.

World Health Organization seeks to end hepatitis

Geneva - The World Health Organization has called upon the nations of the world to come together and to work towards the global eliminate of hepatitis.

Celiac disease could be provoked by virus

Infection with a common virus may be a trigger for developing celiac disease, the painful autoimmune condition that damages the gut.

Expert travel advice for entering Zika areas

Parts of the southern U.S. (as well as Central and South America) have mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus. With Zika there are a mix of myths and facts to be taken account of. To help readers decipher these, we’ve heard from a top medical professional.

Protecting people from viruses by adding salt to facemasks

Alberta - To protect medical staff, the vulnerable or simply concerned members of the public from viruses, researchers have discovered that adding a small amount of salt to facemasks helps to eliminate viral threats.

France launches mass duck cull to stem bird flu spread

Paris - Authorities in south-west France began a cull of hundreds of thousands of ducks Thursday as authorities scramble to contain an outbreak of a virulent strain of bird flu sweeping Europe.

Virus helps to track white nose syndrome in bats

A newly discovered virus, that infects the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats, could provide the means to track the spread of the disease. The fungus is killing huge numbers of bat populations in the U.S and Canada.

New viral threat to bees discovered

A newly discovered virus called Moku poses a threat to bee colonies. The virus is spread by an invasive species of wasp and the potential is for the virus to threaten bee colonies worldwide.

Smallpox may not be as old as previously thought

Open any history book on pathology and smallpox is likely to be described as a very ancient disease, responsible for killing the odd Egyptian pharaoh or two. New tests, however, suggest the virus may not be as old as previously thought.

Japan culling 230,000 more birds over avian flu

Toukyo - Japan has mobilised its military to help with a second mass cull of 230,000 chickens amid a spreading outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian flu, officials said.

Japan culling 330,000 birds to fight avian flu

Toukyo - Japan has begun slaughtering more than 330,000 farm birds to contain its first outbreaks of a highly contagious strain of avian flu in nearly two years, the government said Tuesday.

How to keep safe from norovirus

Norovirus, the so-called ‘winter vomiting disease’, is prevalent this time of year and makes headlines when it hits confined areas like cruise ships. A new report offers five recommendations for keeping safe.

Does studying yellow fever offer Zika clues?

As cases of Zika virus increase there is considerable investigation and research into the virus. One area being looked at for clues is yellow fever virus. A second area involves the use of mouse models.

Deformed wing virus: Major risk to bee colony collapse

Bee populations are in decline globally. There are several reasons: pesticides, habitat loss, mite infestation and viruses. New research has focused on a pathogen called deformed wing virus, and offers some hope.

Glandular fever virus linked to blood cancer

The common Epstein-Barr virus can cause blood cancer in both adults and children. Medical scientists have found how the virus takes control over two specific genes. This may provide a treatment clue.

Zika no longer a world public health emergency: WHO

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Friday announced that the Zika virus outbreak, linked to deformations in babies' heads and brains, no longer poses a world public health emergency, though it warned the epidemic remains a challenge.

New Zika virus vaccine shows potential

A DNA-based Zika vaccine has shown elevated protection from infection, as well as minimizing the risk of brain damage and death. The vaccine has generated a protective antigen-specific antibody and T cell immune responses.

Energy drink consumption linked to increased hepatitis risk

London - A new health warning has been issued over energy drink consumption and the risk of developing the liver disease hepatitis. This relates to a specific case, and a special set of circumstances.
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