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Scientists angry at UK visa denials for African, Asian researchers

Nov 08 2018

LONDON, Nov 8 Scientists in Britain expressed concern on Thursday after at least 17 delegates from Africa and Asia wanting to attend a health conference in London were denied visas.

Just $2 per person a year could halt deadly superbugs, OECD says

Nov 07 2018

LONDON, Nov 7 Halting the rise of deadly drug-resistant "superbug" infections that kill millions around the world could cost just $2 per person a year, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Wednesday.

Melinda Gates urges backing for "human capital" of mother and child health

Nov 05 2018

LONDON, Nov 6 Millions of women and babies could avoid untimely deaths if international donors step up to replenish a global health fund so it can expand to 50 countries, the philanthropist Melinda Gates said on Tuesday.

Vaccine confidence low in Europe, raising disease outbreak risk

Oct 23 2018

LONDON, Oct 23 Low levels of public confidence in vaccines in the European Union are pushing immunisation rates down and the number of disease outbreaks up, according to an expert report on Tuesday.

Exclusive: Science journal to withdraw chronic fatigue review amid patient activist complaints

Oct 17 2018

LONDON, Oct 17 A respected science journal is to withdraw a much-cited review of evidence on an illness known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) amid fierce criticism and pressure from activists and patients.

Rates of post-trauma stress rise in British military veterans

Oct 07 2018

LONDON Oct 8 Conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan may have led to an increase in rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to new research looking at the mental health of Britain's soldiers.

Cancer deaths rise to 9.6 million as populations grow and age

Sep 13 2018

LONDON Cancer will claim the lives of 9.6 million people in 2018, accounting for one in eight of all deaths among men and one in 11 among women, the World Health Organization's cancer research agency said on Wednesday.

UN says global fight against AIDS is at "precarious point"

Jul 18 2018

LONDON, July 18 Complacency is starting to stall the fight against the global AIDS epidemic, with the pace of progress not matching what is needed, the United Nations warned on Wednesday.

UK ethics body says gene-edited babies may be 'morally permissible'

Jul 16 2018

LONDON The use of gene editing technologies to alter the DNA of human embryos could be morally permissible as long as the science and its impact on society is carefully considered, a British ethics panel said on Tuesday.

Analysis - In Congo outbreak, Ebola vaccine faces reality tests

May 18 2018

LONDON, May 18 An experimental Ebola vaccine to be deployed in an outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has conquered some major scientific hurdles in giving high protection, but it now faces extreme real-world tests including heat, humidity, language barriers and lack of roads.

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