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Wednesday, 1 December, 2010, 2:11 ( 0:11 GMT )
UNAIDS report says global HIV infections declining
The Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) has said global efforts to halt and reverse the spread of the virus are showing welcome results. The agency also said in a report that the number of people newly infected was declining and AIDS-related deaths were also falling.
France warns of deadly diabetes drug
France's government Tuesday warned patients to see their doctor if they took a diabetes drug that is believed to have killed 500 people over three decades before it was banned a year ago.
Spain seeking donor for world's first leg transplant
Doctors in Spain are looking for a suitable match from a dead donor to carry out the world's first leg transplant, the health ministry said Tuesday.
TB Alliance Launches First Clinical Trial of a Novel TB Drug Regimen
On the eve of the 41st Union World Conference on Lung Health, being held in Berlin, Germany (11-15 November 2010), the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) celebrated its 10th anniversary bash by announcing the launch of the first clinical trial to test a novel tuberculosis regimen, which shows a promise to treat both drug-sensitive (DS-TB) and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) with a single three-drug combination, reducing treatment duration of MDR-TB from 2 years to less than six months.
US proposes graphic warning labels on cigarettes
A dead man in a coffin, a crying baby, a bald cancer patient and a close-up of a mouth with dirty teeth and a malignant lip lesion are among new graphic warnings the United States is proposing for cigarette packs. The changes revealed Wednesday are part of a 2009 law that requires new and larger labels on cigarettes to depict the negative health consequences of smoking.
Africa to Immunize 72m Children Against Polio
Taking advantage of an unprecedented opportunity to drive polio out of Africa, 15 countries across the continent will this week launch a synchronised mass immunization campaign to reach 72 million children, capitalising on gains made this year.
Swiss drug policy should serve as model: experts
Switzerland's innovative policy of providing drug addicts with free methadone and clean needles has greatly reduced deaths while cutting crime rates and should serve as a global model, health experts said on Monday.
Scientists sequence genomes from Africa, Europe, Asia
US researchers for the first time have developed a technique to sequence and compare the genomes of 179 people representing the continents of Africa, Europe and Asia, a study said Wednesday.
Three babies born in trial of 'full chromosome' pregnancy test
Three healthy babies have been born in a pilot study of a technique to screen eggs across the full range of chromosomes, looking for defects that boost the risk of miscarriage, doctors said Friday.
3 or More X-Rays May Raise Leukemia Risk for Children, Study
Researchers report that exposure to three or more X-rays in childhood may double the odds that a child will develop a form of leukemia, although the overall risk remains small.
Diabetes drug Avandia banned in Europe, restricted in US
The diabetes drug Avandia will no longer be available to patients in Europe and will be restricted in the US over fears it increases the risk of heart attack and strokes, regulators said Thursday.
Emerging giants urged to fund war on killer diseases
Emerging nations should step up and help fund the battle against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, the head of the Global Fund to combat the three killer diseases said on Thursday.
Sub-Saharan Africa leads drop in new HIV infections
Sub-Saharan Africa, the region worst affected by AIDS, is leading a decline in new HIV infections, UNAIDS said Friday, with new infections in the area declining by over a quarter in the last decade.
Radiation Exposure Raises Likelihood of Second Cancer
Radiation exposure increases the risk that cancer survivors will go on to develop another malignancy, finds a new study.
South Koreans pay homage to health-giving herb
"Look! It's huge!" shouts a muddy but beaming Han Myung-Ja, 52, plunging her hoe into the soil to unearth a giant ginseng root.
 
 
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