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Medicine

New painkiller found in coffee – stronger than morphine
Coffee contains a protein that has an effect similar to morphine, specialists at the University of Brasilia and Brazilian agriculture research company Embrapa have discovered. Moreover, the new substance’s effect lasts longer.

25.01.2015 14:25

Gene causing stillbirth in late pregnancy identified
Scientists in Sweden have identified the gene that causes a syndrome affecting the muscles in a fetus. It lessens the movement of a baby in the uterus, reduces growth, deforms limbs and underdevelops lungs, which eventually causes late fetal death.

23.01.2015 15:18

Unvaccinated people warned to avoid Disneyland Resort amid measles outbreak
A trip to Disneyland may give you more souvenirs than expected: State officials in California have urged that infants and other people not vaccinated against measles avoid visits to the state’s Disneyland theme parks after an outbreak of the disease.

22.01.2015 19:04

Democrats to fight Obama on secret trade deal authorization
President Barack Obama may be looking for the new Republican-controlled Congress to grant him authority to fast-track negotiations over a pair of international trade deals, but critical Democrats are fighting back against the measure.

22.01.2015 01:59

Big Pharma 'overcharging' poor countries for child vaccines - report
Doctors Without Borders has released a new report blasting two top pharmaceutical companies for inflated costs of vital vaccines that have proved too steep for poor nations, recommending they adjust prices in order to save lives.

21.01.2015 15:20

Doctors successfully transplant organs of newborn baby
Doctors have performed the first ever organ transplant from a newborn baby in the UK, in two operations described as a “milestone” in pediatric care.

20.01.2015 11:07

First in UK: British doctor goes on trial for performing female genital mutilation
A British doctor, accused of performing illegal female genital mutilation on a young woman after she delivered a baby, has gone on trial in London. He is facing up to 14 years in jail in the first case of its kind in the UK.

19.01.2015 20:20

​TB or not TB? Britain to eradicate disease ‘of the past’
Health authorities have launched an £11.5 million plan to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) in the UK, which has been identified as the ‘TB capital’ of Europe.

19.01.2015 15:45

Record numbers of French turn to tranquilizers after Charlie Hebdo attack
People in France have reportedly consumed a record number of tranquilizers over the week that followed the deadly Charlie Hebdo attack, with the intake increasing by 20 percent in just a few days.

16.01.2015 14:04

Temporary tattoo can tell diabetics their glucose levels
Scientists from the University of California, San Diego have developed an easy-to-wear, temporary tattoo that can accurately measure glucose levels in the skin, allowing diabetics to monitor their levels without a finger prick test.

15.01.2015 17:55

Woman in UK Midlands tested for Ebola
A woman suspected of having Ebola is being tested for the virus at a hospital in Northampton, in central England. The patient has not yet been named and no details of how she might have contracted Ebola have been revealed.

15.01.2015 09:39

Cancer among under-80s could be beaten by 2050 – study
Research from University College London and Kings College London claims that falling rates of smoking, better diagnosis, and more advanced technology have led to a one percent decline in the number of cancer deaths since 1990.

14.01.2015 16:53