Health

New flu vaccine available this winter for those aged 65 and over

Delegates at the Public Health England (PHE) conference heard that a more effective flu vaccine for those aged 65 and over this winter has the potential to prevent deaths and significantly reduce the burden on the NHS.

Global Preparedness Monitoring Board convenes for the first time in Geneva

The World Health Organization and the World Bank Group convened the first meeting of the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), a new body set up to monitor the world’s readiness to respond to outbreaks and other health emergencies, on September...

Early stage clinical trial of antimalarial drug begins

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Colorized scanning electron micrograph of red blood cell infected with malaria parasites, which are colorized...

800,000 people commit suicide every year: WHO

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A portrait of a patient at the JFK Medical Center and E.S. Grant Mental Health Hospital in...

Heart disease and stroke deaths hitting middle age adults in large numbers

Despite being largely preventable, heart attacks, strokes, heart failure and other related conditions caused 2.2 million hospitalizations in 2016, resulting in $32.7 billion in costs and 415,000 deaths, according to the latest CDC’s Vital Signs report...

Longer daily fasting times improve health and longevity in mice

Increasing time between meals made male mice healthier overall and live longer compared to mice who ate more frequently, according to a new study of Cell Metabolism. Scientists from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of...

Clinical trial testing topical cream plus influenza vaccine in progress

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3D print of influenza virus. The virus surface (yellow) is covered with proteins called...

CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System now includes all 50 states

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on September 5, announced new state grants for the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). A total of $3.2 million in FY 2018 funds will go to the 10 new states to become part of NVDRS: Arkansas...

Stress wracks worm nerves, leaving lasting memories

Scientists stunted the puberty of male worms by starving them before they underwent sexual maturation. In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, the scientists suggested that stress from starvation even days before sexual maturation...

In eastern DRC, nearly 2.5 million people reached in effort to contain Ebola outbreak - UNICEF

UNICEF and its partners have now reached 2,454,000 people with Ebola prevention messages since the start of the latest outbreak in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Ebola awareness and prevention efforts have been rolled...