Health

Brain’s Alertness Circuitry Conserved Through Evolution

NIH-funded scientists revealed the types of neurons supporting alertness, using a molecular method called MultiMAP in transparent larval zebrafish. Multiple types of neurons communicate by secreting the same major chemical messengers: serotonin (red...

This National Diabetes Month, be the center of your diabetes care

More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes – and each one is the most important member of their diabetes care team. This National Diabetes Month, I urge everyone with diabetes to make your care a joint effort between you, your...

Close to 3 million people access hepatitis C cure

On the eve of the World Hepatitis Summit in Brazil, WHO reports increasing global momentum in the response to viral hepatitis. A record 3 million people were able to obtain treatment for hepatitis C over the past two years, and 2.8 million more people...

Lawsuit Demands U.S. Restrictions On Formaldehyde In Wood Products

On October 31, the New Orleans-based group A Community Voice and the Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, filed a lawsuit to require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stick to a firm and final deadline for compliance with the...

WHO report signals urgent need for greater political commitment to end tuberculosis

Global efforts to combat tuberculosis (TB) have saved an estimated 53 million lives since 2000 and reduced the TB mortality rate by 37%, according to the Global TB Report 2017, released by WHO, on October 30.

How to develop vaccines and medicines that prevent and treat respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has released a new guideline to support and facilitate the development of vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat infections caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

NIH study identifies new targets for anti-malaria drugs

The deadliest malaria parasite needs two proteins to infect red blood cells and exit the cells after it multiplies, a finding that may provide researchers with potential new targets for drug development, according to researchers funded by the National...

Substantial decline in global measles deaths, but disease still kills 90,000 per year

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A health worker marks a boy’s finger with ink, to show that he has been vaccinated against measles in India's Gujarat...

Substantial decline in global measles deaths, but disease still kills 90 000 per year

In 2016, an estimated 90 000 people died from measles – an 84% drop from more than 550 000 deaths in 2000 – according to a new report published by leading health organizations, on October 26. This marks the first time global measles deaths have fallen...

Getting Ahead of the Next Pandemic: Is the World Ready?

When a deadly mystery illness was detected in Liberia in April 2017, first responders were on the ground within 24 hours. Through the Ministry of Health’s quick action and collaboration with global partners, the cause of the outbreak was identified as...