Health

Cost of diabetes epidemic reaches $850 billion a year

Cost of diabetes epidemic reaches $850 billion a year

Published 13/11/2017

The number of people living with diabetes has tripled since 2000, pushing the global cost of the disease to $850 billion a year, medical experts said on Tuesday. [more…]

Wounds sustained at night heal twice as slowly, scientists find

Wounds sustained at night heal twice as slowly, scientists find

Published 08/11/2017

Body clocks cause wounds such as cuts and burns sustained during the day to heal around 60 percent faster than those sustained at night, scientists have discovered in a finding that has implications for surgery and wound-healing medicines. [more…]

Bulgaria reports two more outbreaks of virulent bird flu

Bulgaria reports two more outbreaks of virulent bird flu

Published 05/11/2017

A virulent bird flu virus has spread to two more regions in Bulgaria prompting veterinary authorities to announce a cull of nearly 8,000 ducks, the Balkan country's food safety agency said on Sunday. [more…]

Millions either malnourished or obese in global nutrition crisis

Millions either malnourished or obese in global nutrition crisis

Published 03/11/2017

Almost every country in the world now has serious nutrition problems, either due to over-eating leading to obesity or a lack of food leading to undernutrition, according to a major study published on Saturday. [more…]

CVS deal for Aetna could help retailer face Amazon entry: analysts

CVS deal for Aetna could help retailer face Amazon entry: analysts

Published 27/10/2017

U.S. pharmacy operator CVS Health Corp's (CVS.N) move to buy health insurer Aetna Inc (AET.N) could shore-up CVS' vulnerable pharmacy business and spur another round of dealmaking in an industry fearing Amazon's arrival, analysts said. [more…]

CVS makes more than $66 billion bid for Aetna: sources

CVS makes more than $66 billion bid for Aetna: sources

Published 27/10/2017

U.S. pharmacy operator CVS Health Corp has made an offer to acquire No. 3 U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc for more than $200 per share, or over $66 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. [more…]

Global measles deaths fall, but elimination goals far off

Global measles deaths fall, but elimination goals far off

Published 26/10/2017

Annual deaths from measles dropped below 100,000 worldwide last year for the first time, to 90,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international agencies said on Thursday. [more…]

U.S. scientists unveil powerful new tools to fix genetic faults

U.S. scientists unveil powerful new tools to fix genetic faults

Published 25/10/2017

U.S. scientists on Wednesday unveiled two new molecular editing tools designed to fix mutations that cause the majority of human genetic diseases, some of which have no known treatment. [more…]

Oxford team to test universal flu vaccine in world first

Oxford team to test universal flu vaccine in world first

Published 03/10/2017

A seasonal flu vaccine that would be the first in the world to fight all types of the virus is to be tested in a two-year clinical trial involving more than 2,000 patients by researchers in Oxford. [more…]

Switching to e-cigarettes could save 6.6 million American smokers: researchers

Switching to e-cigarettes could save 6.6 million American smokers: researchers

Published 02/10/2017

Up to 6.6 million early deaths in America might be averted over 10 years if smokers switched to e-cigarettes, and the nicotine delivery devices should be adopted as part of an "endgame for cigarette smoking", researchers said on Monday. [more…]