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Apr 25 2017

Scientists develop fluid-filled artificial womb to help premature babies

LONDON, April 25 Scientists in the United States have developed a fluid-filled womb-like bag known as an extra-uterine support device that could transform care for extremely premature babies, significantly improving chances of survival.

Apr 21 2017

Clash of science and politics "dangerous"-EU food safety chief

LONDON, April 21 Politicians who attack the EU agency that ruled the weedkiller glyphosate probably does not cause cancer are in danger of undermining the effectiveness of a body that is key to keeping Europeans safe, its chief warned.

Apr 21 2017

WHO urges action over growing hepatitis epidemic

LONDON, April 21 The number of people dying from hepatitis is rising, and most of the 325 million infected are unaware they have the virus and lack access to potentially life-saving medicines, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

Apr 11 2017

Italian institute criticized by U.S. Congress defends its work

LONDON, April 11 An Italian research institute under scrutiny from American lawmakers, who have questioned why U.S. taxpayer money is awarded to it in grants, has strongly rejected criticism of its work and financing.

Feb 27 2017

WHO says new drugs urgently needed to fight 12 "priority pathogens"

LONDON, Feb 27 New antibiotics need to be developed urgently to combat 12 families of bacteria, the World Health Organization said on Monday, describing these "priority pathogens" as the greatest threats to human health.

Jan 26 2017

Proliferation of bird flu outbreaks raises risk of human pandemic

LONDON, Jan 26 The global spread of bird flu and the number of viral strains currently circulating and causing infections have reached unprecedented levels, raising the risk of a potential human outbreak, according to disease experts.

Jan 25 2017

U.S. chemical industry body calls for reform of WHO cancer agency

LONDON, Jan 25 The American Chemistry Council industry body called on Wednesday for World Health Organization's cancer agency to reform, accusing it of "dubious and misleading" work in classifying potential carcinogens.

Jan 20 2017

Exclusive: Malaria champions see Trump uncertainty at crucial time

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 20 (Reuters)- When it comes to fighting malaria, Bill Gates and Ray Chambers are both inspired and concerned: With victory in sight, will the world's new leaders commit to finally beating this persistent parasite?

Jan 18 2017

Global coalition aims to outpace epidemics with new vaccines

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 18 A global coalition of governments, health specialists and philanthropists will launch a new plan on Thursday to "outsmart" future disease epidemics with a fund to prepare and create new vaccines.

Jan 08 2017

Studies find worrying over- and underuse of medicine worldwide

LONDON, Jan 9 Up to 70 percent of hysterectomies in the United States, a quarter of knee replacements in Spain and more than half the antibiotics prescribed in China are inappropriate, overused healthcare, researchers said on Monday.

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