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Health

SOUTH AFRICA: Child deaths stubbornly high

The race to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015 is more than halfway run, but new reports say South Africa is unlikely to reduce its burden of deaths in children under five in time to cross the finish line.

CMS Announces $2.25 Billion in Grants to Extend Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration

Americans with disabilities will have more help to live independently and remain in their homes and communities instead of in institutional long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, through the availability of $2.25 billion in grants to states...

Choline Deficiency May Hinder Fetal Brain Development

Lack of choline during pregnancy may lead to reduced blood vessel growth in the brain of the developing fetus, a new study in mice suggests. The finding adds new information about the importance of choline for prenatal brain development.

Progress on a Universal Flu Vaccine

Researchers have developed a method to generate antibodies that attack a diverse array of influenza viruses in mice, ferrets and monkeys. The accomplishment points the way to a universal flu vaccine.

Prostate cancer may be encouraged by heavy milk consumption

Experts at the Harvard School of Public Health have found that excessive milk consumption can increase the risk of prostate cancer.

Finally, positive results from a microbicide trial

HIV prevention world is abuzz with excitement following news of the first clinical evidence that a vaginal gel - known as a microbicide - can help to prevent sexual transmission of HIV infection.

A study by the Centre for the AIDS Programme of...

Gaza hospitals overloaded with expired drugs

Hospitals in the Gaza Strip are overloaded with expired drugs and medicines, Palestinian officials said.

The officials insisted Thursday that the drugs and medicines, which were donated to the Gaza Strip by aid organisations all over the world...

Hyperthermia: Too Hot for Your Health

Hot summer weather can pose special health risks to older adults. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has some advice for helping older people avoid heat-related illnesses, known as hyperthermia.

Scientists Identify Brain Circuits Related to the Initiation and Termination of Movement Sequences in NIH-Supported Study

In humans, throwing a ball, typing on a keyboard, or engaging in most other physical activities involves the coordination of numerous discrete movements that are organized as action sequences. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health and the...

Knee Surgery Looks No Better Than Therapy For Torn ACL

You're young, fit and in pain after tearing one of the key ligaments that holds your knee together.