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Plague spreads to Seychelles

The first case of pneumonic plague has been confirmed in Seychelles, media in the Seychelles and Madagascar has reported. The reports say the diagnosis was confirmed on 10 October and come from a 34-year old man who had returned to Seychelles from Madagascar on 6 October. He is said to …

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Ketchup debate: To chill or not to chill…

Our fridges are stuffed with food that could also be kept in the cupboard. In the past, people kept butter, eggs and sauces in the pantry without getting ill. So why do many of us insist on keeping it all chilled? A supermarket has begun stocking ketchup in the fridge section as …

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KNUST develops “designer eggs” for rural children

The “omega-3 fatty acids fortified eggs” project, is the brain child of Dr. Jacob Alhassan Hamidu, an Animal Scientist. The 2015 Research Report of the University said it had received 112,000.00 Canadian dollars funding under the “Stars in Global Health” programme, which supports bold ideas and high impact innovations by …

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Two Female Scientists Laureates of the 2015 AU Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards honoured for their valuable discoveries and findings

  The African Union Commission (AUC) awarded prices to two female top African scientists: Prof. Merzouk Hafida from Algeria representing the North region and Prof. Yalemtsehay Mekonnen from Ethiopia, representing the East region, for their scientific achievements and valuable discoveries and findings that has contributed to the development agenda of …

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Leading Hepatitis Experts Convene In Dakar, Senegal, For African Viral Hepatitis Summit

  DAKAR, Senegal, January 19, 2016/APO (African Press Organization)/ — Leading African and international public health experts, patient representatives, policymakers and physicians gathered today in Dakar, Senegal, to discuss and better understand the burden of hepatitis B and C in Africa. African countries have some of the highest rates of …

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U.S. gun control: Stiffer background checks, mental health treatment among new measures

Obama tears up over gun violence victims President Barack Obama unveiled an array of measures on Tuesday tightening control and enforcement of firearms in the U.S., using his presidential powers in the absence of legal changes he implored Congress to pass.Obama accused the gun lobby of taking Congress hostage, but …

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Gonorrhoea ‘could become untreatable’

  Gonorrhoea could become an untreatable disease, England’s chief medical officer has warned. Dame Sally Davies has written to all GPs and pharmacies to ensure they are prescribing the correct drugs after the rise of “super-gonorrhoea” in Leeds. Her warning comes after concerns were raised that some patients were not …

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Pharma boss Martin Shkreli arrested on fraud charges

  Pharmaceutical boss Martin Shkreli, who sparked outrage after hiking up the price of an established medicine, has been arrested on separate fraud charges. He is accused of fraud relating to a drug company he previously headed, Retrophin, and a hedge fund, MSNB Capital Management, where he was a fund …

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Cancer is not just ‘bad luck’ but down to environment, study suggests

  Cancer is overwhelmingly a result of environmental factors and not largely down to bad luck, a study suggests. Earlier this year, researchers sparked a debate after suggesting two-thirds of cancer types were down to luck rather than factors such as smoking. The new study, in the journal Nature, used …

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