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Sep 11, 2014

Scientists ‘reset’ stem cells to study start of human development

LONDON (Reuters) – British and Japanese scientists have managed to “reset” human stem cells to their earliest state, opening up a new realm of research into the start of human development and potentially life-saving regenerative medicines.

In work described by one independent expert as “a major step forward”, the scientists said they had successfully rebooted pluripotent stem cells so they were equivalent to those of a 7 to 10-day old embryo, before it implants in the womb.

Sep 11, 2014

Cancer-zapping proton therapy only suitable for rare patients

LONDON, Sept 11 (Reuters) – A new cancer-zapping therapy for which a British couple took their child to the Czech Republic amid an international police hunt and media storm can be highly effective, experts say, but is only suitable for rare tumors.

The parents of British five-year-old Ashya King, who has a brain tumor, ignored medical advice, removed him from hospital and left the country at the end of August, saying they wanted to take him to a private clinic in Prague for proton beam therapy – a type of radiotherapy not currently available in Britain.

Sep 10, 2014

Gates Foundations pledges $50 mln to fight Ebola epidemic

LONDON, Sept 10 (Reuters) – The Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation pledged $50 million on Wednesday to support emergency
efforts to contain West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, which has
already killed almost 2,300 people in the worst outbreak of the
virus in history.

The U.S.-based philanthropic foundation said it would
release funds immediately to U.N. agencies and international
organisations to help them buy supplies and scale up the
emergency response in affected countries.

Sep 9, 2014

Daily cannabis smokers risk health, wellbeing and achievement

LONDON (Reuters) – Teenagers who use cannabis daily run a higher risk of becoming drug dependent, committing suicide or trying other drugs and are less likely to succeed at their studies than those who avoid it, researchers said on Wednesday.

In an analysis of studies on cannabis, the scientists said these long-term health and life effects were important since several countries are planning to relax legislation on it.

Sep 8, 2014

Ebola map shows people in more African regions risk infection from animals

LONDON, Sept 8 (Reuters)- Scientists have created a new map
of places most at risk of an Ebola outbreak and say regions
likely to be home to animals harbouring the virus are more
widespread than previously feared, particularly in West Africa.

Understanding better where people come into contact with
Ebola-infected animals – for example through hunting or eating
bush meat – and how to stop them contracting the deadly disease,
is crucial to preventing future outbreaks, the researchers said.

Sep 8, 2014

Ebola map shows people in more African regions at risk of animal infection

LONDON, Sept 8 (Reuters)- Scientists have created the newest
map of places most at risk of an Ebola outbreak and say regions
likely to be home to animals harbouring the virus are more
widespread than previously feared, particularly in West Africa.

Understanding better where people come into contact with
Ebola-infected animals – for example through hunting or eating
bush meat – and how to stop them contracting the deadly disease,
is crucial to preventing future outbreaks, the researchers said.

Sep 4, 2014

WHO report gives misleading view on e-cigarettes, experts argue

LONDON (Reuters) – A World Health Organisation-commissioned review of e-cigarettes contains errors, misinterpretations and misrepresentations, meaning policymakers may miss their potential health benefits, a group of tobacco addiction experts said.

In a critique of the WHO’s background paper on e-cigarettes, which acted as a blueprint for a WHO report last month calling for more regulation of the devices, the experts said its evaluation of the evidence was inaccurate.

Sep 4, 2014

WHO calls for action to reduce global suicide rate of 800,000 a year

LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – More than 800,000 people each
year worldwide commit suicide – around one person every 40
seconds – with many using poisoning, hanging or shooting to end
their own lives, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on
Thursday.

In its first global report on suicide prevention, the United
Nations health agency said some 75 percent of suicides are among
people from poor or middle-income countries and called for more
to be done to reduce access to common means of suicide.

Aug 17, 2014

Insight – Extreme medicine: The search for new antibiotics

NORWICH England (Reuters) – Pampering leafcutter ants with fragrant rose petals and fresh oranges may seem an unlikely way to rescue modern medicine, but scientists at a lab in eastern England think it’s well worth trying.

    As the world cries out for new antibiotics, researchers at the John Innes Centre (JIC) in Norwich are also taking a bet on bacteria extracted from the stomachs of giant stick insects and cinnabar caterpillars with a taste for highly toxic plants.

Aug 17, 2014

Extreme medicine: The search for new antibiotics

NORWICH, England, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Pampering leafcutter
ants with fragrant rose petals and fresh oranges may seem an
unlikely way to rescue modern medicine, but scientists at a lab
in eastern England think it’s well worth trying.

As the world cries out for new antibiotics, researchers at
the John Innes Centre (JIC) in Norwich are also taking a bet on
bacteria extracted from the stomachs of giant stick insects and
cinnabar caterpillars with a taste for highly toxic plants.

    • 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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