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Glyphosate is safe for use and doesn’t cause cancer

August 14, 2018
Glyphosate is safe for use and doesn’t cause cancer

Pharmaceutical group Bayer has dismissed claims that an ingredient used in weed killers is carcinogenic. The German company, which owns agriculture giant Monsanto, says herbicides containing glyphosate are safe. On Friday, Monsanto was ordered to pay $289m (£226m) damages to a man who claimed the products caused his cancer. A Californian jury said Monsanto should [...]

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Argentina abortion: Senate defeats bill soon after polarising debate

August 10, 2018
Argentina abortion: Senate defeats bill soon after polarising debate

Argentina’s senate has rejected a bill which would have legalised abortion in the initial 14 weeks of pregnancy. Following a marathon debate, 38 senators voted against it and 31 in favour. Its defeat signifies lawmakers have to wait till next year to resubmit legislation. Presently abortion is permitted in Argentina only in circumstances of rape, [...]

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Measles case reported in Minnesota

August 9, 2018
Measles case reported in Minnesota

A 2017 measles outbreak in Minnesota infected 75 children and adults, the largest such outbreak in the state in about three decades. Most of the patients were Somali-Americans in Hennepin County who had not been vaccinated against the highly contagious disease. Measles vaccination rates in that community are about half the statewide rate, according to [...]

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Ebola outbreak in Congo, 33 reported killed

August 6, 2018
Ebola outbreak in Congo, 33 reported killed

One of the world’s most feared diseases, Ebola is a virus-caused haemorrhagic fever that in extreme cases causes fatal bleeding from internal organs, the mouth, eyes or ears. A new outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo is believed to have killed 33 people in the east of the country, the [...]

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Durex condoms urgently recalled over fears they could split

July 31, 2018
Durex condoms urgently recalled over fears they could split

Condom maker Durex has recalled some of its products sold in the UK and Ireland over fears they could split. Ten batches of its non-latex Real Feel and Latex Free condoms with expiry dates between December 2020 and February 2021 are not passing “stringent shelf-life tests”. As a result, they could burst if used towards [...]

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UK doctors set to be legally able to prescribe cannabis

July 27, 2018
UK doctors set to be legally able to prescribe cannabis

Specialist doctors in the UK will be able to legally prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products by autumn, the home secretary has announced. Those that meet safety and quality standards are to be made legal for patients with an “exceptional clinical need”, Sajid Javid said. As it is a devolved matter, it will require legislative change before [...]

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Singapore to use drones to transport medicine

July 26, 2018
Singapore to use drones to transport medicine

Drones could be used across hi-tech Singapore to deliver life-saving medical supplies to a patient during an emergency or to respond to a security breach under a new system in development, a private consortium said on July 24. Future Flight Consortium, a 13-member group, said it had been chosen by the country’s civil aviation authority [...]

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Thailand to be first Asian country to legalize cannabis

July 26, 2018
Thailand to be first Asian country to legalize cannabis

Cannabis is famed for its medicinal properties that reportedly helps to relieve many sicknesses but yet, it is still classified as an illegal drug in many countries, especially in Asia. However, this may be set to change soon as Thailand could very well be the first Asian country to legalise medical cannabis. The reason for [...]

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang calls for investigation on rabies vaccine scandal

July 24, 2018
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang calls for investigation on rabies vaccine scandal

Authorities in China have ordered an investigation into a vaccination scandal as panic grows over product safety. Last week vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co was found to have falsified production data for its rabies vaccine. The firm has been ordered to halt production and recall rabies vaccines. There has been no evidence of harm from [...]

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Antidepressant medications for children increases

July 24, 2018
Antidepressant medications for children increases

In England, there was a 15% rise. Scotland saw a 10% increase. And in Northern Ireland the number rose by 6%. In total, there were 950,000 prescriptions issued between April 2015 and March 2018. Experts have linked the rise to waits for specialist mental health services. Antidepressants should prescribed to children only under close supervision. [...]

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