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Efforts to beat tuberculosis fall far short, WHO warns

Health authorities worldwide need to move much faster to prevent, detect and treat a “deadly epidemic” of tuberculosis if they are to reduce TB infections and deaths by 2030, the World Health Organization warned on Thursday. In its annual report on tackling TB, a highly contagious lung disease which kills more people each year than HIV and malaria combined, the ...

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Doctors beat online symptom checkers in diagnosis contest

Doctors are much better than symptom-checker programs at reaching a correct diagnosis, though the humans are not perfect and might benefit from using algorithms to supplement their skills, a small study suggests.   In a head-to-head comparison, human doctors with access to the same information about medical history and symptoms as was put into a symptom checker got the diagnosis ...

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More cholera cases registered in Yemen 

More cases of cholera have been registered in the Yemeni capital Sanaa but a World Health Organization (WHO) official said the epidemic was not yet spreading. The United Nations first reported the cholera outbreak on Friday and said three cases had been confirmed in Sanaa.

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Daycare not linked to child obesity

Working parents who send their children to daycare no longer need to worry about whether this puts their kids at increased risk for obesity, a U.S. study suggests. While several previous observational studies have suggested children in daycare may be more likely to gain too much weight than similar kids cared for by parents at home, the current study looked ...

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Physical strain, emotional upset can trigger heart attack

Intense physical exertion or extreme emotional upset can each trigger a heart attack, and the risk may be highest if the two are combined, according to a new study. “Our study is the largest study exploring this issue, and unlike previous studies we included people from many different countries and ethnicities,” said lead author Andrew Smyth of the Population Health ...

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Heads Together event to celebrate World Mental Health Day

Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were accompanied by Prince Harry as they attended a reception at the London Eye to mark World Mental Health day on Monday.   The royals met and rode on the London Eye with guests who have previously suffered mental health issues and supporters of Heads Together, a charity campaign which the three are fronting. ...

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Roche lung cancer drug success adds to pressure on Bristol

Lung cancer patients on Roche’s immune system-boosting drug Tecentriq lived on average 4.2 months longer than those taking chemotherapy in a pivotal study, pressuring Bristol-Myers Squibb’s dominant position in the field. The trial involved second-line patients, who have already used chemotherapy, and it found the Roche drug worked even in people with low or no levels of a protein called ...

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Novartis challenges Pfizer with strong breast cancer drug data

  An experimental Novartis pill given with an older drug kept advanced breast cancer in check far longer than standard treatment alone, putting it on track to challenge Pfizer’s blockbuster Ibrance, data showed on Saturday. Patients taking ribociclib with letrozole were 44 percent less likely to see their disease progress or to die, a keenly awaited clinical trial found.

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Surgery during pregnancy carries low risk

    Surgical procedures during pregnancy are generally safe, new research indicates. “Clearly, surgery during pregnancy should only be considered if absolutely necessary,” said Paul Aylin, study co-author and an epidemiologist at the Imperial College London in England.

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Dermatologists Accept Millions from Pharmaceutical Companies

Nearly three-quarters of U.S. dermatologists received payments worth a collective $34 million from drug companies in 2014, according to a new analysis of a public database. In most cases, the payments were worth less than $50, researchers found. But a few doctors were taking industry payments worth at least $93,622. “Most dermatologist in the U.S. – about 73 percent according ...

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