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Jul 22, 2014

MERS virus detected in air samples from Saudi camel barn

LONDON (Reuters) – Saudi scientists have found gene fragments of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in air from a barn housing an infected camel and say this suggests the disease may be transmitted through the air.

MERS, a serious respiratory illness caused by a virus known as a coronavirus (CoV), has infected at least 850 people since it first emerged two years ago and killed at least 327 of them, according to latest figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Jul 18, 2014

AIDS community mourns as top experts feared killed in downed plane

MELBOURNE/LONDON, July 18 (Reuters) – The world of AIDS
research was in a state of shock on Friday after dozens of
leading experts in the field were feared killed when a Malaysian
plane was shot down over Ukraine, dealing a blow to hopes of
curing the disease.

Among them was Joep Lange, who researched the condition for
more than 30 years and was considered a giant in the field,
admired for his tireless advocacy for access to affordable AIDS
drugs for HIV positive patients living in poor countries.

Jul 16, 2014

Scientific review finds asthma drugs suppress child growth

LONDON (Reuters) – Corticosteroid drugs given via inhalers to children with asthma may suppress their growth, according to two systematic reviews of scientific studies on the issue.

Health experts who conducted the review and published it in The Cochrane Library journal found that children’s growth slowed in the first year of treatment, although the effects were minimized by using lower doses.

Jul 16, 2014

Global AIDS epidemic can be controlled by 2030, U.N. says

LONDON (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Wednesday new HIV infections and deaths from AIDS were decreasing, making it possible to control the epidemic by 2030 and eventually end it “in every region, in every country”.

“More than ever before, there is hope that ending AIDS is possible. However, a business-as-usual approach or simply sustaining the AIDS response at its current pace cannot end the epidemic,” the U.N. AIDS program UNAIDS said in a global report issued ahead of an AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia next week.

Jul 15, 2014

In the brain, sex addiction looks the same as drug addiction

LONDON (Reuters) – Pornography triggers brain activity in sex addicts similar to the effect drugs have on the brains of drug addicts, researchers said on Friday – but that doesn’t necessarily mean porn is addictive.

Although there are no precise figures, experts in the field believe as many as one in 25 adults is affected by compulsive sexual behavior, more commonly known as sex addiction – an obsession with sexual thoughts, feelings or behavior they are unable to control.

Jul 8, 2014

Study paves way for simple blood test to predict Alzheimer’s

LONDON (Reuters) – British scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood that can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s and call this an important step towards developing a test for the incurable brain-wasting disease.

Such a test could initially be used to select patients for clinical trials of experimental treatments being developed to try to halt progression of Alzheimer’s, the researchers said, and may one day move into routine use in doctors’ clinics.

Jul 7, 2014

Study paves the way for a blood test to predict Alzheimer’s

LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) – British scientists have
identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood that can predict
the onset of Alzheimer’s and call this an important step towards
developing a test for the incurable brain-wasting disease.

Such a test could initially be used to select patients for
clinical trials of experimental treatments being developed to
try to halt progression of Alzheimer’s, the researchers said,
and may one day move into routine use in doctors’ clinics.

Jul 6, 2014

Insight – How to fix a broken market in antibiotics

LONDON (Reuters) – The drugs don’t work – and neither does the market, when it comes to antibiotics.

When sophisticated bugs that medicines used to kill within days start to fight back and win, all of healthcare, and the people it keeps alive, is in trouble.

Jul 6, 2014

How to fix a broken market in antibiotics

LONDON, July 6 (Reuters) – The drugs don’t work – and
neither does the market, when it comes to antibiotics.

When sophisticated bugs that medicines used to kill within
days start to fight back and win, all of healthcare, and the
people it keeps alive, is in trouble.

Jul 2, 2014

Experimental Ebola drugs should be tried in Africa, disease expert says

By Kate Kelland

LONDON(Reuters) – People at high risk of dying in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak should be offered experimental medicines to see if they work, despite the drugs being not fully tested, the head of an influential global health charity said.

Jeremy Farrar, a professor of tropical medicine and director of The Wellcome Trust charity, said Ebola’s spread in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia is “out of control” and global health authorities should rethink the approach to potential treatments.

    • About Kate

      "I cover health and science news for the region of Europe, Middle East and Africa -- from flu pandemics to the newest planetary discovery to the latest drug and research developments. I joined Reuters in 1993 and worked in London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt before moving to BBC television to work on European politics for Newsnight for 2 years. Since returning to Reuters, I have also worked as a parliamentary correspondent in Westminster and on the main news desk of the London bureau."
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