The head of a major medical research charity has called the latest outbreak of Ebola in central Africa “truly frightening”. Nearly 1,400 people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust, said the epidemic was the worst since that of 2013-16 and has showed “no sign […]

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(Reuters Health) – Heart attack survivors with chronic mood disorders may be more likely to die prematurely than their counterparts who don’t suffer these problems, a recent study suggests. Patients with anxiety or depression have previously been shown to have longer hospital stays and a worse prognosis after a heart attack, researchers note in the […]

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OTTAWA/TORONTO (Reuters) – A Canadian advisory council studying prescription drug coverage said on Wednesday the federal government should create a C$15.3 billion ($11.5 billion) universal, single-payer public pharmacare system, and warned that the current system requires a major overhaul. A pharmacist counts prescription drugs at the at the CentreTown Pharmacy in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June […]

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SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has stepped up measures to prevent the spread of the highly contagious and deadly African swine fever, its main state newspaper said on Wednesday, breaking its silence on the outbreak which was first reported in late May. FILE PHOTO: A pig is seen on the farm of pig farmer Han […]

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Planned Parenthood and other nonprofits offering family planning services sued the Trump administration on Tuesday to block a new federal rule letting healthcare workers refuse abortions and other services because of religious or moral objections. FILE PHOTO: A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New […]

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LONDON (Reuters) – One in five people in war zones has depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, with many suffering severe forms of these mental illnesses. FILE PHOTO: A woman sits on a bench overlooking Aleppo’s ancient citadel and the old city, Syria April 13, 2019. […]

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Shanghai’s new Nasdaq-style Sci-tech Innovation Board has so far drawn applications from 120 companies. The board is aimed at promoting growth in industries such as chip-making, artificial intelligence, precision equipment and other high-end manufacturing, as well as biotech, new materials and green technology. – Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc China (AMEC) Founded by […]

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Employee screening firm JDP recently analyzed 12 months of Google search trends data related to 150 of America’s biggest employers. A common search: “Does my company drug test?” Drug testing for pre-employment, and even same-day random drug testing during employment, is common across industries. Penny McNerney, vice president of human resources for Atrium, a talent […]

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Tweaking sleeping habits can shift people’s body clocks and improve their wellbeing, say scientists in the UK and Australia. They focused on “night owls”, whose bodies’ drive them to stay up late into the night. Techniques used included consistent bedtimes, avoiding caffeine and getting plenty of morning sunshine. The researchers say their approach may seem […]

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UK surgeons have drawn up guidance for gay men on how long they should abstain from sex before and after prostate cancer treatment. It warns of potential risks to sexual partners from exposure to radiation after some treatments. Most cancer surgeons don’t ask patients about their sexual practices, which means they may not get any […]

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