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Worst meningitis outbreak in Nigeria since 2009 kills at least 140 people

March 29, 2017
Worst meningitis outbreak in Nigeria since 2009 kills at least 140 people

A recent outbreak of meningitis in several states of Nigeria has killed at least 140 people, making it the worst outbreak of the disease since 2009 when it killed 156 people, according to officials. Meningitis causes an acute inflammation of the outer layers of the brain and spinal cord. The disease has been reported over [...]

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Elon Musk’s new medical research company to create neural lace technology

March 29, 2017
Elon Musk’s new medical research company to create neural lace technology

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has confirmed the launch of his new startup company, Neuralink, which is aimed at developing technology that will connect brains to computers. The company, which Musk says is registered as a “medical research” firm and is still in its very early stages, will develop so-called “neural lace” technology which would [...]

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Malaria vaccine developed by Australian scientists passes early human trials

March 29, 2017
Malaria vaccine developed by Australian scientists passes early human trials

A new malaria vaccine developed by Australian scientists has passed early human trials, marking a world-first breakthrough in vaccine development for the mosquito-borne disease that kills up to half a million people each year. The vaccine, called PlasProtecT, developed by researchers at Queensland’s Griffith University consists of inactivated human malaria parasites which have been prevented [...]

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World-first breakthrough in TB diagnosis by UK scientists “will save lives”

March 27, 2017
World-first breakthrough in TB diagnosis by UK scientists “will save lives”

Scientists in the UK have made a significant world-first breakthrough in the diagnosis of the infectious diseases tuberculosis (TB). Cases of TB in the UK have begun falling recently, but England still has one of the highest rates in Europe. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), TB is one of the top 10 causes [...]

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Survey helped FDI World Dental Federation bust dental health myths

March 27, 2017
Survey helped FDI World Dental Federation bust dental health myths

An international survey conducted in 12 countries helped the FDI World Dental Federation bust the myths about what people around the world believe to be good oral health practices. The results from the survey, conducted by YouGov on behalf of FDI, exposed a significant gap between what people believe to be good oral health practices [...]

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US doctor finds potentially effective treatment for fatal sepsis

March 24, 2017
US doctor finds potentially effective treatment for fatal sepsis

An intravenous vitamin and steroid infusion has demonstrated remarkable success in treating patients who at high risk of sudden death due to sepsis, a condition that leads to multiple organ failure and kills more people in the hospital than any other disease, according to a study at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in the US. [...]

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Drug successfully reverses aging in animal trials

March 24, 2017
Drug successfully reverses aging in animal trials

Scientists say a drug has successfully reversed characteristics of aging in animal trials, where it rejuvenated old mice to restore their stamina, coat of fur and even some organ function. The team at Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands are planning human trials for what they hope is a treatment for old age. The [...]

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Random DNA copying errors cause two-thirds of cancer

March 24, 2017
Random DNA copying errors cause two-thirds of cancer

Random, unpredictable mistakes that occur during cell copying cause almost two-thirds of the mutations that cause cancer, according to a new study by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in the US. The data from the research is grounded on a novel mathematical model based on DNA sequencing and epidemiologic data from around [...]

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Spider venom may protect against brain damage after stroke

March 22, 2017
Spider venom may protect against brain damage after stroke

A protein found in the venom of deadly Australian funnel web spiders could have the potential to protect a patient’s brain from damage or injury after a stroke, researchers from the University of Queensland and Monash University said. The scientists found that a single dose of the protein Hi1a worked on lab rats, showing “great [...]

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Rare blood disorder adult patient first to be cured using stem cell transplant

March 22, 2017
Rare blood disorder adult patient first to be cured using stem cell transplant

A patient suffering from a rare blood disorder became the first one to be cured of the disease using a stem cell transplant technique that avoids the use of high-dose chemotherapy and radiation. Physicians at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System in the US were able to document the process. David Levy, [...]

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