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FILE - School girls light candles in the shape of a ribbon during a HIV/AIDS awareness campaign ahead of World Aids Day, in Ahmedabad, India, Nov. 30, 2016.

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The report said while there was significant progress in the battle against AIDS in other age groups, it is notably lacking among adolescents.

One girl between the ages of 15 and 19 is infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, every three minutes of every day, a United Nations report found.

Drinking palm wine poses health risk

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The heart surgeon said the use of pesticide in preserving food items, including ‘Koobi’ and tiger nuts, were rife and called for national intervention.

The Minister of Science, Technology, Environment and Innovation, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, has cautioned those who drink palm wine of a possible health risk because most tappers use pesticide to process the drink.

FILE - A doctor holds Truvada pills at her office in San Francisco, May 10, 2012. New research shows more promise for using AIDS treatment drugs, such as Truvada, as a prevention tool, to help keep uninfected people from catching HIV during sex with a partner who has the virus.

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There were no infections among gay men who used a two-drug combo pill either daily or just before and after sex with someone with HIV, one study found. In a second study,..

New research shows more promise for using AIDS treatment drugs as a prevention tool, to help keep uninfected people from catching HIV during sex with a partner who has the virus.

HIV vaccine shows promise in human trial

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More testing is now needed to determine if the immune response produced can prevent HIV infection in people.

An HIV vaccine that has the potential to protect people around the world from the virus has shown promising results.

Although screening is not routinely recommended it is wise for anyone who plans to get involved in strenuous exercise to get clearance from a physician by history, physical exam and ECG.

Why would a healthy fit person collapse during exercise and die suddenly? In such a person there is usually an underlying heart condition. So, strenuous exercise would overburden the ailing heart, and they are more likely to suffer a heart attack or cardiac arrest. The two most common causes of sudden death during exercise are coronary artery disease and cardiomyopathy.

Overweight? Depressed? It May Be Your Microbes

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Obesity triggers changes in metabolism — for example, making liver, muscle, fat and other tissues less responsive to insulin. Left untreated, these changes can lead to diabetes.

Microbes may be helping stir up anxiety and depression in obese people, if results from a new mouse study hold true in humans.

First bone marrow transplant takes off in Ghana

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History has been made as the Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge Hospital) has admitted its first patient to undergo the first-ever bone marrow transplant procedure in Ghana at the Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) centre at the facility.

New Guidelines: Start Colorectal Cancer Screening Earlier

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The American Cancer Society is recommending people start testing for colon and rectal cancer at age 45, rather than 50 as currently prescribed.

FDA approves new drug that prevents migraines without side effects

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The drug's maker, Amgen, said U.S. list price is for the once monthly self-injection treatment will be $575 per month or $6,900 annually.

The Food and Drug Administration approved a new migraine drug on Thursday.

File image - WHO prepares for worst in response to DR Congo Ebola outbreak

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Heavily criticised for its response to the 2014-16 Ebola epidemic, the WHO is now on the front line in dealing with the emergence of new cases in DR Congo. It says that it is preparing for the “worst case scenario”.

WHO: Cholera Vaccination Campaign Starts in Yemen

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The disease is spread by feces in sewage contaminating water or food, and it can kill because patients quickly lose fluids through vomiting and diarrhea. Caught early it can be treated with oral rehydration salts.

 The first vaccine campaign against cholera in Yemen has started, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, a year and a half after an epidemic was triggered by war and a health and sanitation crisis.

File image - One hemisphere of a healthy brain (L) is pictured next to one hemisphere of a brain of a person suffering from Alzheimer disease.

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Regardless of what tests are used to make the diagnosis, the new definition will have a startling effect: Many more people will be considered to have Alzheimer's, because the biological signs can show up 15 to 20 years before symptoms do.

Government and other scientists are proposing a new way to define Alzheimer's disease basing it on biological signs, such as brain changes, rather than memory loss and other symptoms of dementia that are used today.

WHO: Breastfeeding Should Be Standard Care for All Babies. Image credit - ebonycom

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Technical Officer in WHOs Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, Laurence Grummer-Strawn, says the updated 10-step guidance advises health facilities on how care should be offered to new mothers and babies.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says breastfeeding all babies for the first two years would save the lives of more than 820,000 children under the age of five every year. The WHO is issuing a new 10-step guide aimed at promoting breastfeeding in health facilities around the world.

Watch the moment technology opened this blind man’s eyes to the world around him

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William Weeks lost most of his sight after suffering a rare illness at age five.

Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them and can make infections harder to treat.

Most people prescribed antibiotics for sinus infections are on treatment courses of 10 days or longer even though infectious-disease doctors recommend five to seven days for uncomplicated cases, a U.S. study suggests.

Science: What We Know About Cancer Risk and Coffee

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The World Health Organization's cancer agency moved coffee off the "possible carcinogen" list two years ago, though it says evidence is insufficient to rule out any possible role.

Trouble is brewing for coffee lovers in California, where a judge ruled that sellers must post scary warnings about cancer risks. But how frightened should we be of a daily cup of joe? Not very, some scientists and available evidence seem to suggest.

Kenya to Import 100 Doctors from Cuba

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The Kenyan government says the deal to import Cuban doctors would help counter gaps in Kenya's medical facilities.

Kenya has agreed to accelerate a health agreement it signed with Cuba last year and bring 100 doctors from the country to fill gaps in Kenyan hospitals. Fifty Kenyan doctors will also be sent to Cuba for specialized training.

Harvard researchers say they have 'reversed' a sign of aging in mice: Study

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However, in this study, the researchers identified a chemical compound that could indirectly stimulate the gene. The chemical was given to a group of 18-month-old mice -- the approximate equivalent of a 70-year-old human -- in their drinking water for a period of two months.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have published a study that, they suggest, shows it might be possible to reverse one sign of aging in mice.

FDA Plans to Slash Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes

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To help smokers kick the deadly habit and stop kids from starting, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules Thursday to cut the nicotine in cigarettes to minimal or nonaddictive levels.

Cigarette smoking kills nearly a half-million Americans every year and costs the U.S. economy $300 billion in health care and lost productivity, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Global obesity battle: what you eat and how you think

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“We know that a Western diet, one high in animal products, does not lay out a healthy foundation for Type 2 diabetes, for cancers, for heart disease, for a myriad of health problems. Eating that much meat, eating that much animal products, is just not healthy. And eating your traditional diet full of fruits and vegetables and legumes and fiber really is where we (the West) aspire to be,” Hunnes said.

Los Angeles resident Kathleen Mulcahy has been fighting with her weight for 55 years.

US Panel Recommends New Adult Vaccine Against Hepatitis B

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The new vaccine uses an additive that boosts the body's immune response. It is two shots given over one month.

A federal advisory panel is recommending a new vaccine against hepatitis B.

Another clue: Deeper in the brain, that attention region is larger in superagers, too. And inside, autopsies showed that brain region was packed with unusual large, spindly neurons - a special and little understood type called von Economo neurons thought to play a role in social processing and awareness.

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Early on, brain scans showed that a superager's cortex - an outer brain layer critical for memory and other key functions - is much thicker than normal for their age. It looks more like the cortex of healthy 50- and 60-year-olds.

It's pretty extraordinary for people in their 80s and 90s to keep the same sharp memory as someone several decades younger, and now scientists are peeking into the brains of these "superagers" to uncover their secret.

Lassa fever: Ghana Health Service Issues Alert

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Lassa fever is an Acute Viral Haemorrhagic Fever illness which is endemic in the West Africa. The incubation period is 6-21 days. The onset of LF illness is often gradual, with non-specific signs and symptoms and commonly presents with fever, general weakness and malaise at the early onset.

The Ghana Health Services (GHS) has cautioned all Divisional Directors, Regional Deputy Directors of the Service and public health care facilities of the likelihood of outbreaks of Lassa fever in the country.

Merck Foundation commits to building cancer care capacity in Africa and developing countries.

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Merck Foundation Marks ‘World Cancer Day’ this Year in Uganda and Tanzania. Merck Foundation conducts their post-training evaluation for their first graduate of ‘Merck Oncology Fellowship Program’ in Tanzania. Following the ‘We Can. I can’ theme of ‘World Cancer Day 2016-18’ Merck Foundation commits to building cancer care capacity in Africa and developing countries

Merck Foundation, a non-profit company and a subsidiary of Merck KGaA Germany, marks ‘World Cancer Day 2018’ to create awareness around cancer and build cancer care capacity with the aim to increase the limited number of oncologists across Africa and developing countries.

Sex Hurts. Help! - NYT photo.

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Pain that is more persistent affects 7 to 22 percent of women, and up to 45 percent of menopausal women and 60 percent of cancer survivors report pain with sex. Pain with sex is up there in prevalence with migraine and low back pain, and yet it is woefully understudied and rarely discussed. The number of articles indexed in PubMed, a search engine for scientific literature, for dyspareunia is 3,694, and the number for erectile dysfunction, one type of sexual problem for men, is 19,796.

Written By Jen Gunter - It is a relatively common myth that penises can be too large. As a professional, I can assure you they generally are not.

Doctors Warn of Heart Risk From Some Breast Cancer Therapies

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Health experts are stepping up warnings as more cardiac side effects of some breast cancer treatments come to light. In its first guidance on the issue, released on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, the American Heart Association urges that women and their doctors carefully weigh the risks and benefits of any therapy that may cause heart damage.

Save your life but harm your heart? Health experts are sounding a warning as potential side effects of a growing number of breast cancer treatments come to light.

A Diet Strategy That Counts Time, Not Calories. Photo credit - wsj

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“Whether you call it intermittent fasting, or time-restricted feeding, part of this strategy is to connect your mind and body.”

You are when you eat.

A growing number of researchers say limiting the hours during the day when you eat, focusing more on the timing of meals instead of calories, can help dieters burn more fat, improve their health and lose weight.

Novartis Foundation and Ghana Health Service announce successful integration and scale-up of telemedicine program. Copyright image courtesy of Nana Kofi Acquah/scidevnet

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National coverage of telemedicine services is expected to be possible by 2019

 The Ghana telemedicine program, with the support of the Novartis Foundation is now being scaled across the nation by Ghana Health Service.

File - In this June 1, 2017 photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt after speaking about the Paris climate change accord in the Rose Garden in Washington.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will replace Obama-era carbon and clean water regulations and open up a national debate on climate change in 2018, part of a list of priorities for the year that also includes fighting lead contamination in public drinking water.

A study has found that pregnant women who take drugs such as Ritalin and Concerta for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are more likely to have babies with heart deformities and other birth defects.

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Pregnant women who take drugs like Ritalin and Concerta for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely than those who don't to have babies with heart deformities and other birth defects, a recent study suggests.

Vibrio cholerae. Photo credit - Pinterest

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Orbiting satellites can warn us of bad weather and help us navigate to that new taco joint. Scientists are also using data satellites to solve a worldwide problem: predicting cholera outbreaks.

Clinigen extends agreement with Eisai to supply Halaven®, Fycompa® and Lenvima® into 10 African countries

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Clinigen Group plc, the global pharmaceutical and services company, has extended its exclusive agreement with Eisai Europe Ltd. to obtain the marketing authorisation and subsequently launch Halaven® (eribulin), Fycompa® (perampanel) and Lenvima® (lenvatinib) into 10 African countries.

Cataldo Ambulance paramedics and firefighters treat a 32-year-old man who was found unresponsive on a sidewalk after overdosing on opioids in Everett, Mass., Aug. 23, 2017.

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U.S. deaths from drug overdoses skyrocketed 21 percent last year, and for the second straight year dragged down how long Americans are expected to live.

Eat your vegetables: Nutrients in leafy greens may help prevent dementia

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Dementia, a decline in memory and cognitive function, is one of the most feared aspects of aging. But those who reported eating their vegetables seem to be more successful in staving it off.

Facebook Highlights Dangers of Using Facebook

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With nearly 2 billion users, Facebook's survival depends on people continuing to use its service.

That's why observers were surprised by an unusual company blog post Friday that highlighted some of the potential harm of using the social media service.

‘Transgender,’ ‘Science-based’ Now Reportedly Among Taboo Words at US Health Agency

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is reportedly banning a list of seven words or phrases in official documents, sparking a flood of reaction on social media platforms.

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