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Abbott Announces Discovery of New Strain of HIV

A team of Abbott scientists identified a new subtype of the human immunodeficiency virus, called HIV-1 Group M, subtype L.

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World must prepare for inevitable next flu pandemic, WHO says

The world will inevitably face another pandemic of flu and needs to prepare for the potential devastation that could cause, and not underestimate the risks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

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Year-End Research Advances Approaches, Both Genetic and Device-Oriented, to Treat Obesity

A 2017 study found that more than 700 million adults and children worldwide are obese, calling it a “rising pandemic.”

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McCann Health Joins Private Sector Roundtable (PSRT) Supporting the UN Global Health Security Agenda

McCann Health, with the recent establishment of the healthcare communications network’s Global Scientific Council, joined the Private Sector Roundtable (PSRT) supporting the UN Global Health Security Agenda.

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U.S. officials warn ‘intense’ flu season to continue, urge shots

Adults who get a flu shot are 36 percent less likely to get the disease, while for children the figure was an unexpectedly high 59 percent, with U.S. health officials predicting that the “intense” season could continue for weeks.

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Preparing for pandemics could cost less than $1 each a year, review says

Investing less then $0.72 a year for each person would make the world far more resilient to potentially devastating infectious disease pandemics, according to a global health expert group convened in the wake of the Ebola crisis.   A report by the Commission on Creating a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future, published on […]

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Almost 16 million on HIV treatment as AIDS pandemic tide turns

Some 15.8 million people are now on HIV treatment and a five-year strategy to end the threat of a never-ending AIDS pandemic is starting to show results, the United Nations AIDS program said on Tuesday.   Estimates show new HIV infections have fallen by 35 percent since the peak of the three-decade-old pandemic in 2000, […]

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MERS, Ebola, bird flu: Science’s big missed opportunities

Anyone who goes down with flu in Europe this winter could be asked to enroll in a randomized clinical trial in which they will either be given a drug, which may or may not work, or standard advice to take bed rest and paracetamol. Those who agree could be helping the world prepare for the […]

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Scientists call for urgent trials to judge flu drugs for pandemics

Scientists still don’t know if two commonly-used flu drugs – Roche’s Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline’s Relenza – really work in seasonal or pandemic flu outbreaks and say robust clinical trials are urgently needed to find out. While such medicines are stockpiled by governments around the world and were widely used in the 2009/2010 H1N1 “swine flu” […]

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