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Two-year-old Cambodian girl dies of bird flu

A two-year-old Cambodian girl has died from bird flu, becoming the country’s fourth confirmed fatality — all children — from the deadly virus this year, health authorities said Monday. The girl from the southern province of Kampot died on Friday a day after she was admitted to hospital, the health…

Top scientist hopes to wean us off alcohol with ‘intoxicating but harmless’ drug cocktail

Cancer incidence is set to increase by 70% globally between now and 2024, according to the World Health Organisation’s World Cancer Report published earlier this month. The report states that much of the increase will be down to lifestyle factors – not just smoking, but also physical inactivity and excessive consumption of…

Nobel laureates urge end to Syria hospital attacks, say system is on the ‘brink of collapse’

Fifty leaders in world medicine, including three winners of the Nobel prize, on Monday urged all combatants in Syria to spare hospitals, doctors and nurses, warning that the country’s medical infrastructure was being deliberately targeted and was now on the brink of collapse. “Systematic assaults on medical professionals, facilities and…

New death from SARS-like coronavirus MERS as health experts meet

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said another person had died of the SARS-like coronavirus MERS, and six new cases were registered, in statements on Thursday and Friday as international experts gather in Cairo to discuss the epidemic. Experts, including from the World Health Organisation, are nearing the end of a…

Japanese researchers: New vaccine reduces malaria infection by 72 percent

A team of Japanese researchers say they have developed a vaccine that cuts the risk of malaria developing in humans by more than two-thirds. The disease, which is carried by parasite-bearing mosquitoes, kills around 650,000 people each year, mostly African children under five, according to the UN’s World Health Organisation…

More than 1 in 5 infected with H1N1 virus worldwide during 2009-10 flu season

More than a fifth of the world’s population was infected by the H1N1 virus in the 2009-2010 flu pandemic, according to new estimates released on Friday. The study confirms warnings that so-called swine flu was highly contagious. It also estimates that the flu’s lethality — as previously reported — was…

Human rights key in combating AIDS among gay men: WHO

ADDIS ABABA — Vast improvements in human rights and access to treatment are needed to protect gay men against HIV/AIDS, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Monday. “If you want to achieve zero new infections, you have to address the human rights issues,” WHO official Ying-Ru Lo said after a…

WHO links child mortality to economic crisis

The World Health Organisation warned on Saturday that only a stronger political commitment to child health could prevent a dangerous rise in mortality rates at a time of global economic turmoil. WHO Director General Margaret Chan told the opening of amaternal and child health event in the Uzbek capital Tashkent that mortality rates had reached their lowest levels in…

Climate to widen sleeping sickness risk to southern Africa

Sleeping sickness could threaten tens of millions more people as the tsetse fly which transmits the disease spreads to southern Africa as a result of global warming, a study published on Wednesday says. By 2090, an additional 40 to 77 million people could be at risk of exposure to the disease, the study concludes.…

Russia must tackle ‘critical’ suicide rate: experts

MOSCOW — Russia must launch a public health campaign to reduce the country’s suicide rate, among the highest in the world, top psychiatrists said on Thursday. In 2010, the suicide rate reached 23.5 per 100,000 people, the sixth highest in the world and well above the “critical” limit of 20…

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