Jan 21, 2016

Drug industry to fight superbugs together with governments

Dozens of makers of medicines and diagnostic tests have joined together in an unprecedented effort to tackle “superbugs” — infections that are increasingly unresponsive to drugs and threaten millions of people in countries rich and poor. Altogether 74 drugmakers, 11 makers of diagnostic tests ...

Brazil to fund development of vaccine to fight Zika virus

Jan 17, 2016

Brazil to fund development of vaccine to fight Zika virus

The Brazilian government announced it will direct funds to a biomedical research center to help develop a vaccine against a virus linked to brain damage in babies. Health Minister Marcelo Castro said Friday that the goal is for the Sao Paulo-based Butantan Institute to ...

New Ebola death emerges in setback for Sierra Leone

Jan 16, 2016

New Ebola death emerges in setback for Sierra Leone

A woman who died this past week in Sierra Leone tested positive for Ebola, officials said Friday, a setback for the region only a day after the World Health Organization had declared the epidemic over. WHO warned Thursday that new Ebola cases were possible ...

Ebola epidemic over but U.N. expects further flare-ups

Jan 14, 2016

Ebola epidemic over but U.N. expects further flare-ups

West Africa can expect flare-ups of Ebola in the coming year even if the world’s worst outbreak of the disease is declared effectively over, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday. The World Health Organization on Thursday declared Liberia Ebola-free, joining Guinea and Sierra Leone, ...

Jan 14, 2016

War zone blasts may alter brain permanently: study

U.S. military members who are exposed to repeated blasts in a war zone may suffer permanent damage in parts of the brain that lend emotional stability, said a study Wednesday. Researchers have described mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) — more commonly called “concussion” — ...