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Venom experts say global snake bite death tolls ‘grossly underestimated’

LONDON Venom specialists said on Wednesday disease and disability caused by snake bites is far higher than official global health estimates suggest and antivenom stocks are running dangerously low. In…

Cancer survivor clinics linked to fewer emergency room visits

(Reuters Health) – Specialized clinics for childhood cancer survivors may help reduce the odds these patients will need emergency medical care as adults, a Canadian study suggests. Researchers followed almost…

Scientists find genes that protect African children from malaria

LONDON Scientists have identified specific genetic variations that protect some African children from developing severe malaria and say their discovery will boost the fight against a disease that kills around…

Smart capsule to target colon diseases

West Lafayette, IND A new electronic drug capsule engineered to deliver medications directly to the colon could potentially offer a more effective and cheaper option for treating people with gastrointestinal…

Vitamin D3 supplementation helps women build muscle even after menopause

The benefits of vitamin D supplementation for postmenopausal women have been widely debated. But a new study from Sao Paulo, Brazil, now documents that vitamin D supplementation can significantly increase…

Womb transplants given UK go-ahead

Womb transplants given UK go-ahead

Image copyright PA Doctors have been granted approval to carry out the UK’s first 10 womb transplants, following the success of the procedure in Sweden. The go-ahead has been given…

WHO backs ‘treat-all’ HIV drug plan

WHO backs ‘treat-all’ HIV drug plan

Image copyright SPL Everyone who has HIV should be offered antiretroviral drugs as soon as possible after diagnosis, the World Health Organisation says. This latest policy removes previous limits suggesting…

Earlier MS treatment urged by charity

Earlier MS treatment urged by charity

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY People with the most common form of multiple sclerosis should be offered drug treatment earlier, a charity says. The Multiple Sclerosis Society’s report suggests there…

Israel’s MediWound signs $112 million deal in U.S. for burn treatment

JERUSALEM Israel-based MediWound has signed a five-year, $112 million contract with the U.S. authority that handles public health medical emergencies to further develop and buy the company’s drug treatment for…

WHO ramps up HIV drug push with call for early treatment for all

GENEVA Everyone with HIV should be given anti-retroviral drugs as soon as possible after diagnosis, meaning 37 million people worldwide should be on treatment, the World Health Organization (WHO) said…

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