In an experiment on fruit flies, UCLA biologists activated just one gene, AMPK, which extended their lifespan by nearly a third, by helping them to get rid of “cellular garbage” causing old age diseases such as Parkinson’s. Humans have the same gene.
Dementia sufferers and their families are being forced to pay as much as £21,000 on average every year for adequate care, despite the state paying for other long-term conditions, a health charity has said.
The deadly Ebola virus could spread to 15 new countries, according to calculations made by Oxford University. This is because there are species of fruit bat that are suspected of carrying the disease without displaying symptoms.
The Ebola epidemic, which has killed at least 1,200 people in the war-torn African state of Liberia, is “spreading like wildfire and devouring everything in its path,” the country’s defense minister told the UN Security Council.
The Mayor of Philadelphia has agreed to endorse legislation that decriminalizes the possession and public consumption of marijuana, making it one of the largest American cities to turn back punitive drug laws.
A fourth American aid worker stricken with the Ebola virus arrived early Tuesday in Atlanta for treatment at Emory University Hospital. Two Americans were successfully treated for Ebola at Emory last month.
Thousands of new Ebola cases are expected this month in Liberia, where the deadly disease is spreading exponentially and has already killed over 1,000 people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Personal possession of all drugs should be decriminalized in the UK, the Liberal Democrats announced in their ‘pre-manifesto’ released on Monday. The party has urged treatment instead of prosecution for those caught in possession.
US President Barack Obama says the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa “could be a serious danger to the United States.” He pledged the US military will get involved, helping to set up isolation units and provide security for health workers.
Infectious, deadly diseases and toxins like plague, botulism and ricin have been uncovered at government laboratories in the United States. The discovery also revealed some of the vials had been stored for over 60 years.