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Mar 20, 2015

Cattle parasite study points to possible way to fight malaria

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) – Herds of African cattle may
hold the secret to new ways of fighting parasitic diseases like
malaria, which kills some 600,000 people a year, scientists said
on Friday.

The researchers from the University of Edinburgh found that
cows are protected from a parasite that causes a deadly disease
called East Coast Fever if they have previously been infected
with a closely-related but milder species of the parasite.

Mar 20, 2015

WHO urges mass vaccination against measles, other diseases in Ebola areas

LONDON (Reuters) – The World Health Organization warned on Friday of a risk of outbreaks of measles, whooping cough and other diseases in West African countries hit by Ebola and urged a rapid intensification of routine immunizations.

The Ebola epidemic has killed more than 10,200 people, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and has reduced vaccination coverage as health clinics and healthcare workers focused on fighting the unprecedented outbreak.

Mar 19, 2015

Industry makes $7,000 for each tobacco death: health campaigners

LONDON (Reuters) – The tobacco industry makes $7,000 for each of the more than 6 million people who die each year from smoking-related illness, the health campaign group World Lung Foundation (WLF) said on Thursday.

Last year, more than 5.8 trillion cigarettes were smoked, similar to 2013, as rising tobacco use in China counters declines in other countries, according to a report on Thursday led by WLF.

Mar 18, 2015

Gates and Bloomberg create fourth quarter million fund to fight Big Tobacco

LONDON (Reuters) – Developing countries facing potentially pricey legal challenges from big tobacco firms are to get help from a new $4 million fund created by the philanthropists Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg.

Announcing the creation of the anti-tobacco trade litigation fund on Wednesday, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said countries with limited resources should not be bullied into making bad health policy choices.

Mar 18, 2015

Gates and Bloomberg create $4 million fund to fight Big Tobacco

LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) – Developing countries facing
potentially pricey legal challenges from big tobacco firms are
to get help from a new $4 million fund created by the
philanthropists Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg.

Announcing the creation of the anti-tobacco trade litigation
fund on Wednesday, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation said countries with limited resources
should not be bullied into making bad health policy choices.

Mar 17, 2015

Tuberculosis and superbug strains “ravaging” Europe, WHO warns

LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) – As many as 1,000 people a day
in Europe contract tuberculosis, and slow progress against the
disease coupled with rising drug resistance mean the region is
unlikely to defeat it until next century, health officials said
on Tuesday.

At current rates, the region has little chance of meeting a
target to eliminate it by 2050, according to a joint report by
the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for
Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Mar 13, 2015

Genetics study seeks South Asian health clues in East London

LONDON (Reuters) – Pakistani and Bangladeshi people in London’s least healthy boroughs are being asked to provide spit samples and health records to researchers hoping to find genetic clues to why they are disproportionately affected by certain diseases.

The East London Genes and Health project will focus partly on so-called “knock-out” genes — rare in the general population but more frequent in communities where cousins and other close relatives marry and have children, as is more common in Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities.

Mar 12, 2015

Measles cases seen almost doubling in Ebola epidemic countries

LONDON (Reuters) – Measles cases could almost double in countries hardest hit by the West African Ebola outbreak as overwhelmed health systems are unable to maintain child immunizations, scientists said on Thursday.

For every extra month that health care systems are disrupted, international researchers said up to 20,000 children aged between nine months and five years were put at risk.

Mar 12, 2015

Brain-training, exercise, diet keep elderly mental decline at bay

LONDON (Reuters) – Older people at risk of dementia who follow advice on healthy eating, exercise and brain-training can slow down cognitive decline, particularly in their ability to organize and regulate thought processes, researchers said on Thursday.

In the first randomized controlled trial of its kind, the scientists found that two years of intensive guidance for people aged 60 to 77 led to some striking differences in the brain’s capabilities in so-called executive function and processing.

Mar 11, 2015

Mutating H7N9 bird flu may pose pandemic threat, scientists warn

LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) – A wave of H7N9 bird flu in
China that has spread into people may have the potential to
emerge as a pandemic strain in humans, scientists said on
Wednesday.

The H7N9 virus, one of several strains of bird flu known to
be able to infect humans, has persisted, diversified and spread
in chickens across China, the researchers said, fuelling a
resurgence of infections in people and posing a wider threat.

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      "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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