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  • 'Leaky' vaccines may strengthen viruses: study

    Defective or 'leaky' vaccines may lead to even more powerful viruses, according to a study on poultry that raises concerns about vaccine development in humans. "Our research demonstrates that the use of leaky vaccines can promote the evolution of nastier 'hot' viral strains that put unvaccinated…

    AFP
  • Two patients in Britain test negative for MERS

    Two patients in Britain have tested negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), officials said Tuesday, after a hospital wing was shut down as a precautionary measure. Public Health England confirmed the results of the test after the accident and emergency unit of Manchester Royal…

    AFP
  • Rugby study probes concussion impact on brain

    A major study of rugby union players points to a potential link between frequent concussion and brain function, the project's lead researcher said Tuesday. Releasing preliminary findings from the long-term study in New Zealand -- the largest of its type to ever focus on rugby union -- researcher…

    AFP
  • Data analyses back Sanofi dengue vaccine

    A dengue vaccine candidate by French drugmaker Sanofi protects more than three quarters of participants, an analysis found Monday. The experimental drug allowed 80.8 percent of children aged nine and older to avoid hospitalization, according to three trials analyzed by the New England Journal of…

    AFP
  • Sierra Leone president unveils post-Ebola 'battle plan'

    Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma has unveiled a post-Ebola "battle plan" to help the west African country turn the page on the devastating epidemic. "Beyond the immediate nine-month recovery period, we will commence a two-year plan during which we must resolve to restore Sierra Leone to…

    AFP
  • Malaria vaccine gets regulatory nod

    The world's most advanced malaria vaccine got the nod Friday from European regulators, despite mixed trial results, for eventual use in children in African countries plagued by the killer disease. Dubbed Mosquirix or RTS,S, the drug received a "positive scientific opinion" from the European…

    AFP
  • Costa Rica to regulate IVF after long row

    San José (AFP) - Costa Rica's president will issue a decree to regulate in vitro fertilization (IVF) after a long legal battle, he said Wednesday. President Luis Guillermo Solis said his office will issue regulations by September to comply with a regional court ruling by the Inter-American…

    AFP
  • Cooking rice in a coffee-brewer could erase arsenic: study

    Arsenic in rice is a global health concern, but researchers in Northern Ireland have found a way to remove it by cooking rice the way coffee is brewed, a study said Wednesday. A percolator that cooks rice by passing hot water through it, rather than boiling it in a pot, was able to remove 85…

    AFP
  • Eye drop gives hope for knifeless cataract cure

    An eye drop tested on dogs suggests that cataracts, the most common cause of blindness in humans, could one day be cured without surgery, a study said Wednesday. A naturally-occurring molecule called lanosterol, administered with an eye dropper, shrank canine cataracts, a team of scientists…

    AFP
  • Women with Alzheimer's may face faster decline than men

    Women with Alzheimer's may face a swifter mental decline than men with the same condition, but researchers are not sure why, according to a study released this week at US a medical conference. Some two-thirds of US seniors living with Alzheimer's disease are women, and women are almost twice as…

    AFP
  • Wheelchairs for Nigeria: getting polio survivors on the move

    Six new wheelchairs are lined up near the entrance of the Beautiful Gate Handicapped People's Centre in the central Nigerian city of Jos. The chairs' new owners -- all of them polio survivors -- crawl one by one to the three-wheeled machines with flip-flops on their hands, dragging atrophied,…

    AFP
  • Asia stock markets down as US earnings disappoint

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets dropped Wednesday after U.S. earnings fell short of expectations and investors began to focus on next week's Federal Reserve meeting.

    Associated Press
  • UN chief hails Turkmenistan for world's lowest smoking rate

    Health-obsessed former Soviet Turkmenistan is the country with the world's lowest proportion of smokers, World Health Organisation chief Margaret Chan said during a visit to the isolated nation on Tuesday. Chan said that just 8 percent of the population smoked, according to WHO figures. "Recently…

    AFP
  • The smartest way to take a vacation

    Should you take a brief vacation, or a weekslong excursion? Go somewhere new, or relax at the family beach house?

    The Wall Street Journal
  • Kuwait DNA tests violate right to privacy: HRW

    A new Kuwaiti law imposing mandatory DNA tests on citizens and foreigners violates the right to personal privacy and should be amended, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. Parliament endorsed the law in early July, less than a week after an Islamic State jihadist blew himself up in a Shiite mosque in…

    AFP
  • UN needs $20 million to battle bird flu in West Africa

    The UN appealed on Monday for $20 million to stem outbreaks of bird flu in West Africa, a region still weakened by the Ebola crisis. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation(FAO) said it needed the funds (18.45 million euros) to respond swiftly to outbreaks of H5N1 avian flu, without which…

    AFP
  • Basic hygiene blamed for mass food poisoning in Philippines

    Philippine authorities said Thursday the poison in a batch of candy that sent nearly 2,000 children to hospital was likely a common germ from dirty hands or sweaty armpits. Health Secretary Janette Garin appealed for better hygiene standards in the food industry, as she announced test results…

    AFP