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70 die, over 6,000 infected with rat fever in Sri Lanka

Seventy people have died of and over 6,000 others were infected with rat fever in Sri Lanka so far this year, local media reported on Friday, quoting the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry. According to the official statistics, 6,096 patients have been infected with rat fever till September, and the highest number of patients are reported from Ratnapura in ...

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When cancer isn’t the only deadly risk: Battling depression post-treatment

I discovered I had breast cancer last year after a routine mammogram. I was 50 years old. It took about a month of biopsies, more mammograms, MRIs, ultrasounds and genetic testing in my suburban Chicago hospital before I was diagnosed with stage I breast cancer. I then had a unilateral mastectomy, followed months later by reconstructive surgery. I was lucky ...

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Berlin patient: First person cured of HIV, Timothy Ray Brown, dies

The first person cured of HIV – Timothy Ray Brown – has died from cancer. Brown, who was also known as “the Berlin patient”, was given a bone marrow transplant from a donor who was naturally resistant to HIV in 2007. It meant he no longer needed anti-viral drugs and he remained free of the virus, which can lead to ...

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World Bank seeks board approval for $12 billion coronavirus vaccine financing plan

World Bank President David Malpass said on Tuesday he is seeking board approval for a $12 billion coronavirus vaccine financing plan to help poor and developing countries secure a sufficient share of vaccine doses when they become available in the coming months. Malpass told an agency in an exclusive interview that the initiative, part of $160 billion in coronavirus aid financing ...

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‘No reason’ for egg freezing 10-year storage limit

The 10-year limit for storing eggs frozen for social reasons could be scrapped to give people concerned about declining fertility more time and options, says a UK ethics body. Nuffield Council on Bioethics says consumers also need more data on costs and success rates to inform choices. It criticises methods used by some companies to sell the service. The government ...

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Bangladesh to get Covid-19 vaccine from India on priority basis

Bangladesh will get Covid-19 vaccine from India on priority basis, if India is successful in this regard. The decision came from the 6th Bangladesh-India Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meeting on Tuesday. In the meeting, Bangladesh laid emphasis on early resolution of the Teesta water-sharing issue apart from resolving water sharing of other common rivers. Bangladesh conveyed deep concern over deaths ...

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Well-known faces and community voices get behind government drive urging South Asian communities to download the new NHS COVID-19 App.

  People across England and Wales are being urged to download the NHS COVID-19 app to help control the spread of coronavirus and protect themselves and their loved ones as case numbers rise. To show their support, well-known faces, including actor Ameet Chana, dance sensation Madhu Singh, magician and content creator Arshdeep Soni,  have come together in a new film ...

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World-class cardiac treatment available in country

Treatment facilities for heart disease have been increased on a large scale in the country in the last few years as world-class cardiac treatment is now available in Bangladesh. “There is specialised public hospital for heart diseases in the country and we have a plan to go for more specialisation after the Covid-19 pandemic situation,” secretary of the Health Services ...

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China aims to make 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses a year

A Chinese health official said Friday that the country’s annual production capacity for coronavirus vaccines will top 1 billion doses next year, following an aggressive government support program for construction of new factories. Capacity is expected to reach 610 million doses by the end of this year, Zheng Zhongwei from the National Health Commission said. “Next year, our annual capacity ...

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Novavax enters late-stage clinical trials

US biotech firm Novavax said Thursday it was initiating its final Phase 3 clinical trial for its experimental COVID-19 vaccine. The trial will be carried out in the United Kingdom and aims to enroll 10,000 volunteers, aged 18-84, with and without underlying conditions, over the next four to six weeks, AFP reported. ‘With a high level of SARS-CoV-2 transmission observed ...

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