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Malawi starts landmark trial of first ever child malaria vaccine

Immunisation gives partial protection against the killer disease, and lessens the severity of other cases WT24 Desk Malawi will begin immunising young children against malaria today, in a landmark large-scale pilot of the first vaccine to give partial protection against the disease, the World Health Organization said, The Guardian reports. Although the vaccine protects only a third of children aged ...

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‘Superbugs’ hang out on hospital patients

WT24 Desk If you weren’t already worried enough about what germs lurk in hospitals, a new study shows “superbugs” are common on patients and the things they touch, UPI reports. Even worse, these bacteria are resistant to multiple antibiotics, the researchers added. “Hand hygiene narrative has largely focused on physicians, nurses and other frontline staff, and all the policies and ...

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Increased muscle power may prolong life

WT24 Desk Increasing muscle strength is good, but increasing muscle power may be even better for enjoying a longer life, according to a recent study, according to MNT. Professor Claudio Gil Araújo, who is the director of research and education at Exercise Medicine Clinic — CLINIMEX in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, led the new study. Muscle power differs from muscle ...

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Most people who die of natural causes do not seek medical help

WT24 Desk Researchers have found that 70 percent of adults who died from natural causes had not seen a healthcare provider in the 30 days before their death, according to MNT. Scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (IFS) in Texas have uncovered some of the key factors ...

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New blood thinner may prevent stroke, without risk for bleeding

WT24 Desk Researchers say an experimental stroke drug prevented blood clots without the typical side effect of blood thinners: increased bleeding risk, UPI reports. Bleeding is a common and potentially dangerous side effect of current anti-clotting drugs used to treat stroke patients. But the new findings suggest that the antiplatelet drug, called ACT017, may be a safe and effective alternative ...

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Gene therapy could be a cure for ‘bubble boy’ disease

Ten infants have successfully received an experimental therapy, which involves collecting their bone marrow and exposing it to a virus that inserts a corrected copy of the defective gene into their stem cells. WT24 Desk They were once imprisoned in plastic bubbles that cut them off from the dangerous, infectious world, UPI reports. But now, children born with a disease ...

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Diabetes drug Metformin may fight heart disease, study says

WT24 Desk A drug commonly used to treat diabetes may also fight heart disease, a new study says, UPI reports. Metformin could reverse left ventricular hypertrophy, thickening of the heart muscle, which can cause heart disease, according to research published Tuesday in the European Heart Journal. “The major causes of left ventricular hypertrophy are high blood pressure, obesity and insulin resistance, which ...

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Common sleep myths pose threat to public health

WT24 Desk Mistaken beliefs about sleep are common and pose a significant health threat, a new study warns, UPI reports. Among these myths: some people only need five hours of sleep; snoring is harmless; a drink before bedtime helps you fall asleep. “Sleep is a vital part of life that affects our productivity, mood, and general health and well-being,” said ...

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Common virus could speed up cystic fibrosis

WT24 Desk A new study has found that cytomegalovirus, which is normally dormant in people who have it, can become active again in people with cystic fibrosis who develop lung infections, MNT reports. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited condition. It causes damage to the lungs and digestive system, and it is life-threatening. Common symptoms of cystic fibrosis include persistent coughing, inflamed ...

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Europe at risk from spread of tropical insect-borne diseases

Scientists warn of danger from dengue fever in hotter, wetter climate in northern latitudes WT24 Desk Insect-borne diseases such as dengue fever, leishmaniasis and encephalitis are on the rise and are now threatening to spread into many areas of Europe, scientists have warned, The Guardian reports. Outbreaks of these illnesses are increasing because of climate change and the expansion of international ...

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