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Tackling poor oral health in children around the globe

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A new research project has established an effective model for the fight against the escalating burden of tooth decay among children in Asia. The model is an important tool in breaking the social inequity in oral health of children.

Phase 2b trial results of novel TB regimen show potential to shorten treatment

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A new tuberculosis (TB) drug regimen designed to improve options for TB therapy eliminated more bacteria from sputum than standard therapy and did so at a faster rate, according to data from a phase 2b clinical trial. These results are published just as the global phase 3 clinical trial, designed...

Vaccinate against measles

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Future outbreaks of measles can only be prevented by vaccination. read more
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Sleep apnea is common in women with gestational diabetes

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Obstructive sleep apnea is prevalent in obese, pregnant Asian women with gestational diabetes, even when their diabetes is controlled by diet, a new study from Thailand finds. Study results also connect the severity of sleep disordered breathing with higher blood glucose (sugar) levels and greate...

Drug-resistant malaria poised to cross into India

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Resistance to vital antimalarial drugs called artemisinins has spread across Burma to the Indian border. If not contained, it could ultimately hit Africa hard
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Sickness and health between men and women

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Gender and personality matter in how people cope with physical and mental illness, according to a new paper. Men are less affected by a single-symptom illness than women, but are more affected when more than one symptom is present. The number of symptoms doesn't change how women are affected, acc...

Major study of trafficked men, women and children reveals abuse, complex health issues

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The largest survey to date of the health of trafficking survivors has found high levels of abuse and serious harm associated with human trafficking. For the first time, the findings reveal severe mental and physical health problems experienced by men, women and children trafficked for forced labo...

'Little Black Lies' (US 2015): Book Excerpt

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While treating patients in a psychiatric ward, Dr. Zoe Goldman becomes consumed in a hunt to defeat her own demons.

Ebola leads to hunger in Africa's rice belt

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It was Christmas Eve, but the streets of Freetown – the capital of Sierra Leone – were eerily silent. Families and friends did not meet for the traditional dinner to feast on Jollof Rice, a national dish that is served in all the ceremonies across the country. In December 2014, the government...

Human mode of responding to HIV vaccine is conserved from monkeys

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The antibody response from an HIV vaccine trial in Thailand was made possible by a genetic trait carried over in humans from an ancient ancestry with monkeys and apes, according to a study. Researchers report that an investigational vaccine that elicited an immune response in an estimated 31 perc...
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Attitudes, practices surrounding end of life care in ICUs vary among Asian physicians

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A majority of physicians surveyed throughout Asia reported almost always or often withholding life-sustaining treatment in end-of-life care for patients in hospital intensive care units when there is little chance of meaningful recovery, although attitudes and practice of end-of-life care varied ...

The Superman pill deaths are the result of our illogical drugs policy

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The lethal substance responsible, PMA, was produced as a direct consequence of banning a number of ecstasy precursor chemicals

Rare cancer's genetic pathway identified by scientists

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The 'mutational landscape' of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, a rare, highly fatal form of liver cancer that disproportionately affects people in Asian countries, has been identified by an international team of researchers. The findings could potentially lead to earlier and more accurate diagnos...
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Bacterial infections differ based on geography, healthcare spending

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Bacterial infections differ based on distance from the equator and spending on health care, researchers have discovered. In their study, 23 health centers on six continents participated in study of bloodstream infections.

I want to print personalised cancer drugs in a day

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Biohacker Andrew Kessel's open-source drug company aims to make bespoke cancer-fighting viruses using DNA printers – paid for by a Netflix-style subscription

Reasons for malaria's drug resistance discovered

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Scientists have discovered, in a breakthrough study, exactly how the malaria parasite is developing resistance towards the most important front-line drugs used to treat the disease. Malaria is a mosquito-borne parasite which affects over 60 million people worldwide and in serious cases, can be fa...
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Genome sequencing traces MRSA spread in high transmission setting

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A scanning electron micrograph of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) magnified 2381x. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a common cause of hospital-acquired infections, with the largest burden of infections occurring in under-resourced hospitals. While genome se...
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A Promising HIV Vaccine in South Africa

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA—More than 30 years into the HIV/AIDS pandemic that has claimed an estimated 35 million lives, a preventive vaccine has remained elusive. The only HIV-vaccine clinical trial that has shown potential so far is the United States’ and Thai military’s vaccine, RV144, the ...

New evidence of ancient rock art across Southeast Asia

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Research on the oldest surviving rock art of Southeast Asia shows the region's first people brought with them a rich art practice. These earliest people skilfully produced paintings of animals in rock shelters from southwest China to Indonesia. Besides these countries, early sites were also recor...

Tapeworm found living inside a patient's brain: Worm removed and sequenced

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A genome of a rare species of tapeworm found living inside a patient's brain has been sequenced for the first time. The study provides insights into potential drug targets within the genome for future treatments.

Tropical rickettsial illnesses associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes

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A recent study from the Thai-Myanmar border highlights the severe and previously under-reported adverse impact of readily treatable tropical rickettsial illnesses, notably scrub typhus and murine typhus, on pregnancy outcomes, finding that more than one third of affected pregnancies resulted eith...

Huge genome helped frog tapeworm feast on man's brain

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A tapeworm that usually lives in frogs and dogs has been found crawling across a man's brain, most likely tucking into fatty acids from the cerebral tissue

Wikipedia 'foresees virus outbreaks'

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US scientists say tracking Wikipedia page views could help predict the next big global disease outbreak.

Researchers getting closer to understanding why odors are so difficult to describe

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(Medical Xpress)—Ask someone to describe something they are looking at, and they will offer words that have evolved to describe seen objects, but ask them to describe odors, and they will almost always use comparative words based on detection of prior odors. Why this is has puzzled scientists f...

A Transdiagnostic Community-Based Mental Health Treatment for Comorbid Disorders: Development and Outcomes of a Randomized Controlled Trial among Burmese Refugees in Thailand

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by Paul Bolton, Catherine Lee, Emily E. Haroz, Laura Murray, Shannon Dorsey, Courtland Robinson, Ana M. Ugueto, Judith Bass Background Existing studies of mental health interventions in low-resource settings have employed highly structured interventions delivered by non-professionals that typical...

What’s Up With That: Why Are Smells So Difficult to Describe in Words?

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Try to describe that awesome Bordeaux you had with dinner last night, and unless your name is Robert Parker, you’re probably going to come up short. That’s because smells (which contribute heavily to what we commonly call taste) are notoriously hard to put into words. Recently, researchers ha...

The 9 Deadliest Viruses on Earth

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Humans have been fighting viruses throughout history. Here are the nine viruses that are the world's worst killers, based on their mortality rates, or the sheer numbers of people they have killed.

The Price of Joining the ‘Middle Income Country’ Club: Reduced Access to Medical Innovation

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Judit Rius Sanjuan and Rohit Malpani of Médecins Sans Frontières discuss the barriers to health care access for poor people in middle income countries. When people think about medical humanitarian aid, the usual association is with war zones and natural … Continue reading »The post The Price...

Mum's health plays greater part in premmie babies

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An international study on premature babies has found medical conditions such as chronic hypertension and pre-eclampsia play a greater role in the untimely birth and not the mother's sociodemographic status, as was previously thought.

Why Do Some Men Show Signs of Pregnancy? (Op-Ed)

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Couvade is an involuntary manifestation of pregnancy in men with a partner who is expecting a baby — sometimes called “sympathetic pregnancy.”

Some meditation sparks better brain performance

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Different types of meditation have qualitatively different effects on the mind and body, report researchers. Whereas the Vajrayana style of Buddhist meditation produces an arousal response, the Theravada style produces a relaxation response. In particular, the research team found that Vajrayana m...

Sequencing the Asian liver fluke genome: an interview with Dr Neil Young

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Opisthorchis viverrini is a parasitic flatworm (or liver fluke) endemic throughout Thailand, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Vietnam and Cambodia. Humans are infected with this parasite when they eat a fluke encysted in inadequately cooked/preserved freshwater fish.

Effect of ocean acidification: Coral growth rate on Great Barrier Reef plummets in 30-year comparison

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Researchers working in Australia's Great Barrier Reef have documented that coral growth rates have plummeted 40 percent since the mid-1970s. The scientists suggest that ocean acidification may be playing an important role in this perilous slowdown.

When Implementing Universal Health Coverage, Context Matters

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As the WHO’s Millennium Development Goals reach their final phase, Sara Gorman reflects on what we have learned about how political, cultural and financial contexts impact the success of universal health coverage systems.  In May of 2013, Margaret Chan affirmed …The post When Implementing Un...

Researchers openly admit dengue vaccine would cause 7-fold spike in infections / By David Gutierrez, staff writer - - Reading time 2 mins - Share :
(NaturalNews) A vaccine for dengue fever would actually increase rates of dengue infection over the first few years, according to a study conducted by researchers from Oregon State University and Clemson University, and published in the journal Epidemiology & Infection."Our analysis...

Scientists crack genetic code of liver fluke parasite

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Singapore-An international team of scientists from Singapore, Thailand, China and Australia has cracked the genetic code of the liver fluke parasite, Opisthorchis viverrini, using a unique DNA analysis technique developed at A*STAR's Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS).
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Antibiotics do not shorten tuberculosis treatment, finds Phase 3 trial

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The results of a Phase 3 clinical trial involving UCL researchers, called REMoxTB, has found that replacing one of the drugs with the antibiotic moxifloxacin in the standard six-month treatment regimen did not allow the treatment time for tuberculosis (TB) patients to be shortened to four months.

For Some, Tourism Now Includes Surgery

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Specialized surgeries are helping fuel growth in medical tourism — within the United States.

Use of dengue vaccine may cause short-term spikes in its prevalence

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As researchers continue to work toward vaccines for serious tropical diseases such as dengue fever, experts caution in a new report that such vaccines will probably cause temporary but significant spikes in the disease in the years after they are first used.
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Archerfish target shoot with 'skillfully thrown' water

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Archerfish hunt by shooting jets of water at unsuspecting prey on leaves or twigs above, knocking them into the water below before gobbling them up. Now, a study finds that those fish are much more adaptable and skillful target-shooters than anyone had given them credit for. The fish really do us...

Oral Cholera Vaccine Development and Use in Vietnam

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by Dang Duc Anh, Anna Lena Lopez, Hung Thi Mai Tran, Nguyen Van Cuong, Vu Dinh Thiem, Mohammad Ali, Jacqueline L. Deen, Lorenz von Seidlein, David A. Sack