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WHO seeks new mechanism for crisis vaccine supplies at low cost

The World Health Organization, drugmakers and humanitarian groups are hammering out details of a new vaccine supply system aimed at getting vital shots to vulnerable people in crises such as wars or natural disasters. The mechanism, which so far has British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline signed up to provide its pneumonia vaccine at the lowest possible price, will ask other major pharmaceutical ...

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How Trump, Clinton would fix the ‘crazy’ U.S. health system

When former President Bill Clinton called parts of Obamacare “crazy,” he put his wife Hillary Clinton on the defensive and gave much-needed ammunition to her Republican rival for the presidency, Donald Trump, who wants to scrap it. Bill Clinton said this month that while millions more Americans now have insurance coverage under President Barack Obama’s signature 2010 healthcare law, small ...

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Hispanic youth may be more tempted to smoke than other kids

The appeal of smoking for children and teens may be tied at least in part to their race or ethnicity, a recent U.S. study suggests. Plenty of previous research has found disparities in smoking habits, with white and Hispanic youth more likely to start smoking and develop a daily habit than black kids, said lead study author Sherine El-Toukhy, at ...

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Cash works, but activity trackers may do little to boost exercise

  Health might be its own reward, but even cash incentives only work in the short term to motivate people to exercise more and activity trackers add little benefit, according to a study from Singapore. “Readers should not assume that going out and buying a Fitbit is going to make them healthier,” lead author Eric Finkelstein, a professor at Duke-NUS ...

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Sleep apnea may up risk of type 2 diabetes

Obstructive sleep apnea is linked with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, new research shows. The findings support recommendations from the International Diabetes Federation that patients with one condition be screened for the other, too, the research teams notes in the journal Sleep Medicine.

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Fast food choices influence kids

Children who order a combination meal at fast-food restaurants are more likely to get a sugary drink that ups the meal’s total calories, according to a new study. Researchers found those beverages such as soft drinks, sweet tea and flavored milk add about 179 more calories to meals. “Sugar-sweetened beverages are increasingly linked to health problems such as diabetes,” said ...

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Florida declares new area of Zika transmission in Miami

  Florida officials on Thursday announced a new area of Zika transmission in the Miami region and have called on the federal government for funding to help fight the outbreak. Florida Governor Rick Scott said state health officials have confirmed that local transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus is occurring in a new small area in Miami-Dade County, where the ...

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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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