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Medicine

US spends most on this drug… and no one knows how it works
Americans spent over $7.5 billion on one drug over a one-year period ‒ more than any other medication. And yet no one knows how the powerful pill works. But that doesn’t keep Big Pharma from marketing it for a multitude of disorders.

11.11.2014 19:05

Sex & reproduction to separate 100% by 2050, says pill inventor
In some 35 years people will have sex just for fun, without worrying about contraception. Babies will be conceived from frozen eggs and sperm, the father of the birth control pill says. He predicts people with no fertility problems will turn to IVF.

11.11.2014 13:12

Ebola-labeled vial prompts NZ parliament lockdown
What was called a sample of the Ebola virus in an attatched letter has been sent to the New Zealand Parliament’s mailroom, prompting a lockdown of the room. Just hours before, the Auckland office of the New Zealand Herald received a similar package.

11.11.2014 13:26

​Eight women die in India after botched govt-sanctioned sterilization
At least eight women have died and 20 others remain in critical condition after undergoing a sterilization procedure at a family planning camp in the state of Chhattisgarh, central India, as part of a government program to curb overpopulation.

11.11.2014 10:25

Algae virus infects humans, makes ‘more stupid’ - study
A virus, previously thought to live only in algae in rivers and lakes, has been found in the throats of healthy people. The infected showed specific brain activities to be slower than of those without the virus.

10.11.2014 19:57

Blood-sucking ‘kissing bug’ sees 300k Americans infected with deadly disease
The United States is being infected by Chagas, a deadly disease spread by the feces of a parasite nicknamed the 'kissing bug'. It bites sleeping victims, ingests the blood and defecates on them; patients then unknowingly rub the feces into open membranes.

10.11.2014 20:29

Super-obese young Brits will ‘bankrupt’ NHS – study
Some 40 percent of Britain’s under-25s who have life-saving weight-loss surgery are super-obese, a study has shown. A senior bariatric consultant says the level of young people classified as super-obese could “threaten to bankrupt the NHS.”

10.11.2014 09:20

ISS crew lands, brings space-born flies to Earth
Three crew members of the International Space Station have safely returned to Earth aboard a Soyuz-13M spacecraft, bringing back good memories and results of their 165-day shift in orbit – including a space-born generation of experimental fruit flies.

10.11.2014 01:39

‘Ebola spread risk too serious’: Morocco refuses to host Africa football cup
Morocco has rejected an ultimatum and refused to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in January over the fear that Ebola virus may find its way into the country with the crowds of football fans and easily spread among them during the mass sporting event.

08.11.2014 22:48

Ambitious Google drive to put human genome online gathers steam
Google’s plan to store entire copies of the human genome online is edging closer to reality. With 3,500 genomes already stored on its servers and more medical institutes jumping onboard, the blueprint of every person on Earth could soon be in the cloud.

08.11.2014 08:41

DARPA biotech division seeks ideas to solve Ebola crisis, prepare for ‘next thing’
Pentagon's main innovation unit is looking for promising ideas that would help thwart infectious disease outbreaks, including Ebola epidemic that already claimed almost 5,000 lives out of 13,241 officially confirmed cases worldwide.

07.11.2014 22:55

Cuts to UK aid ‘death warrant’ for South African AIDS sufferers
A leading AIDS activist has claimed the withdrawal of British aid from a significant HIV campaign is a “death warrant” for millions of South Africans suffering from AIDS.

05.11.2014 15:28