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Zika virus: Outbreak ‘likely to spread across Americas’ says WHO

The Zika virus is likely to spread across nearly all of the Americas, the World Health Organization has warned. The infection, which causes symptoms including mild fever, conjunctivitis and headache, has already been found in 21 countries in the Caribbean, North and South America. It has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains and some countries ...

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Osborne and Gates pledge cash to beat malaria

Chancellor George Osborne and philanthropist Bill Gates have announced £3bn in funding over the next five years to tackle malaria. Britain will give £500m a year from its overseas aid budget. And The Gates Foundation will give $200m (£140m) this year, with other donations of at least £110m to follow in the next five years. The aim is to eradicate ...

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Next-gen IVF treatment can help older women conceive

Now, a revolutionary technique exists that can help older women desperate to become mothers by rejuvenating their eggs. The scientists said that one of three treatments being developed by Massachusetts-based OvaScience, Augment can effectively make older eggs young again by adding a fresh set of “batteries” transferred from more youthful cells in the ovaries identified by a scientific process pioneered ...

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A glass of water contains 10 million bacteria!

A glass of clean drinking water contains 10 million ‘good’ bacteria, which may help purify the water and keep it safe, a new study has claimed. Researchers have found that our drinking water is to a large extent purified by millions of “good bacteria” found in water pipes and purification plants. So far, the knowledge about them has been practically ...

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Vaginal birth helps build immunity of babies

Opting for a vaginal birth can make your baby healthier as researchers have found that this practice is beneficial for inter-generational transfer of the microbiome from mother to infant, which is crucial for the newborn to build strong immunity. Perturbation of the microbiome environment in the gut during pregnancy, delivery and early infancy could impact the developing baby’s early microbiome ...

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48-hour junior doctors’ strike called off

The 48-hour junior doctors’ strike due to start next Tuesday in England has been called off by the British Medical Association The decision comes as talks continue this week between the doctors’ union and the government about the disputed junior doctor contract in England. The BMA said the move did not mean a deal had been reached. A planned strike ...

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Ebola: $5m vaccine deal announced

The Vaccine Alliance, Gavi, has signed a $5m (£3.5m) deal for an Ebola vaccine, to protect against future outbreaks of the deadly disease. The deal commits pharmaceutical company Merck to keeping 300,000 vaccines ready for emergency use or further clinical trials. It will also submit an application to license the vaccine by the end of 2017, which would the next ...

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Irregular heartbeat ‘riskier for women’

Having an irregular heartbeat poses a greater health risk to women than men, a review of 30 studies, involving more than four million patients, suggests. The women with atrial fibrillation (AF) were almost twice as likely to have fatal heart disease and strokes. Women may respond less well to AF drugs or are being diagnosed later than men. “One possibility ...

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Increased light exposure may make kids overweight

Children who spend too much time on tablets, mobile phone or television are more likely to gain unhealthy weight not just because of physical inactivity but also due to increased exposure to light, says a new study. Timing and intensity of light exposure is critical for metabolic functioning and weight status, the findings showed. “Artificial lighting, including light given off ...

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Junior doctors’ strike: Get back to negotiating table – Hunt

Junior doctors have been urged to return to the negotiating table by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who described their strike as “completely unnecessary”. NHS England said about 10,000 junior doctors had reported for duty out of 26,000 scheduled to work the day shift. Junior doctors in England are staging a 24-hour walkout, which began at 08:00 GMT, in a dispute ...

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