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US FDA finds toxic substances in certain homeopathic teething products

January 30, 2017
US FDA finds toxic substances in certain homeopathic teething products

Consumers are being warned by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) against the use of certain homeopathic teething products after it has found high amounts of a toxic substance called belladonna in some of the products, posing potential risk to infants and children. Laboratory analysis found amounts of belladonna that sometimes far exceeded the [...]

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Spread of cancer cells reduced by 75% in immunotherapy study on animals

January 16, 2017
Spread of cancer cells reduced by 75% in immunotherapy study on animals

The spread of deadly cancer cells has been reduced by 75% in animal experiments conducted by scientists at the Sanger Institute in Cambridge in the UK, giving new insight into how tumors spread and may lead to new treatments. Around 90% of cancer deaths are caused by the spread of cancer – known as metastasis [...]

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Scientists create genetically modified mosquitoes resistant to dengue

January 13, 2017
Scientists create genetically modified mosquitoes resistant to dengue

Mosquitoes are considered one of the deadliest animals in the world and one of the biggest killers of the human race as they are the primary vectors for major human diseases such as yellow fever, malaria and dengue fever. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, more than 50% of the world’s population is [...]

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WHO: Smoking costs the world over US$1 tn in healthcare, lost productivity

January 11, 2017
WHO: Smoking costs the world over US$1 tn in healthcare, lost productivity

The tobacco industry and the impacts of its products is costing the world more than US$1 trillion annually in healthcare expenses and lost productivity, according to a new landmark global report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US National Cancer Institute (NCI). “The economic impact of tobacco on countries, and the general public, [...]

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UK doctors warn of the potential dangers of a radical New Year “detox”

January 4, 2017
UK doctors warn of the potential dangers of a radical New Year “detox”

Doctors in the UK are warning the public of the potential harms of undergoing a radical New Year detox regimen. Highlighting the case of a 47-year-old woman who was treated last year, they revealed that the patient became critically ill and needed intensive care at Milton Keynes hospital after taking herbal medicines and drinking too [...]

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Bird flu alert in South Korea raised to highest level for the first time

December 17, 2016
Bird flu alert in South Korea raised to highest level for the first time

After experiencing an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu that started a month ago, South Korea’s agriculture ministry has now raised the bird flu alert status in the country to the highest level for the first time as the disease spread quickly nationwide. Since the outbreaks that started last month, Asia’s fourth largest [...]

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WHO: Stagnant funding threaten global fight against malaria

December 14, 2016
WHO: Stagnant funding threaten global fight against malaria

Insufficient funds and fragile health systems are threatening efforts to achieve globally agreed targets on the way to eventual elimination of malaria, according to the annual report published by the World Health Organization (WHO). Talking about how the world is tackling the often deadly mosquito-borne disease, the WHO said achieving sustained and sufficient funding for [...]

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US CDC warns of worsening opioid, heroin epidemic in the US

December 12, 2016
US CDC warns of worsening opioid, heroin epidemic in the US

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that the number of deaths due to overdoses of illicit opioids rose sharply again in 2015 and the epidemic of death due to opioids continues to worsen. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said, “Prescription opioid misuse and use of heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl [...]

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WHO: Zika no longer an international emergency, still a global health threat

November 21, 2016
WHO: Zika no longer an international emergency, still a global health threat

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently declared that Zika virus is no longer an international emergency. However, the organization stressed that it still remains as a global public health threat and so a long-term effort to address the virus is still needed. Officials on WHO’s Emergency Committee warned the virus, which has been found [...]

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Sixty percent of under-five deaths found in 10 Asian, African countries

November 14, 2016
Sixty percent of under-five deaths found in 10 Asian, African countries

Sixty percent of the 5.9 million children under five years old who died last year were in 10 countries in Asia and Africa, according to a recently published study, which prompted calls for action to reduce the mortality rate. The inequality in children’s death among the 194 countries studied was highlighted in the study’s data, [...]

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