Health

Dementia: number of people affected to triple in next 30 years

As the global population ages, the number of people living with dementia is expected to triple from 50 million to 152 million by 2050.

Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease at Birth Saves Lives

Infant deaths from critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) decreased more than 33 percent in eight states that mandated screening for CCHD using a test called pulse oximetry. In addition, deaths from other or unspecified cardiac causes decreased by...

Diphtheria is spreading fast in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Diphtheria is rapidly spreading among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, WHO warned on December 6.

More than 110 suspected cases, including 6 deaths, have been clinically diagnosed by health partners, including Médecins Sans...

Gene-based Zika vaccine is safe and immunogenic in healthy adults

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1.4 million vaccines from global stockpile support yellow fever control in Nigeria

The International Coordinating Group (ICG) on vaccine provision for yellow fever has provided 1.4 million vaccine doses for an immunization campaign that starts on Saturday (2 December) to help control an ongoing yellow fever outbreak in Nigeria.

Allergens widespread in largest study of U.S. homes

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Factors contributing to elevated bedroom allergen levels include presence of...

NIH and partners launch HIV vaccine efficacy study

The National Institutes of Health and partners have launched a large clinical trial to assess whether an experimental HIV vaccine regimen is safe and able to prevent HIV infection. The new Phase 2b proof-of-concept study, called Imbokodo, aims to...

NIH launches HIV prevention trial of long-acting injectable medication in sexually active women

The first large-scale clinical trial of a long-acting injectable medication for HIV prevention in sexually active women has begun. The study in southern and eastern Africa will examine whether a long-acting form of the investigational anti-HIV drug...

Combination HIV prevention reduces new infections by 42 percent in Ugandan district

A study of Medicine provides real-world evidence that implementing a combination of proven HIV prevention measures across communities can substantially reduce new HIV infections in a population.

Global response to malaria at crossroads

After unprecedented global success in malaria control, progress has stalled, according to the World malaria report 2017. There were an estimated 5 million more malaria cases in 2016 than in 2015. Malaria deaths stood at around 445 000, a similar...