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Dangerous rise in Malnutrition cripples Central Africa Republic

The number of children suffering from the most severe form of malnutrition in Bangui, Central African Republic has increased dramatically due to political insecurity and economic troubles in the nation

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U.S. suicide rates up, especially among women, but down for black males

The number of suicides in the United States has been on the rise since 1999 in everyone between the ages of 10 and 74, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Likely biological link found between Zika virus, microcephaly

Working with lab-grown human stem cells, a team of researchers suspect they have discovered how the Zika virus probably causes microcephaly in fetuses. The virus selectively infects cells that form the brain's cortex, or outer layer, making them more likely to die and less likely to divide normally and make new brain cells.

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Sophisticated 'mini-brains' add to evidence of Zika's toll on fetal cortex

Studying a new type of pinhead-size, lab-grown brain made with technology first suggested by three high school students, Johns Hopkins researchers have confirmed a key way in which Zika virus causes microcephaly and other damage in fetal brains: by infecting specialized stem cells that build its outer layer, the cortex.

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Fructose alters hundreds of brain genes, which can lead to a wide range of diseases

A range of diseases -- from diabetes to cardiovascular disease, and from Alzheimer's disease to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- are linked to changes to genes in the brain. A new study by UCLA life scientists has found that hundreds of those genes can be damaged by fructose, a sugar that's common in the Western diet, in a way that could lead to those diseases.

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Common over-the-counter drugs can hurt your brain

From allergies to insomnia, there's a pill for just about every problem. The problem is, those pills often come with a lengthy list of potential side effects.

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Here's why you don't sleep well in a new place

Do you struggle to fall asleep and/or stay asleep when you are on the road? Don't blame your pillows or the sheets. Instead, blame your own hyper-vigilant brain.

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People who are alone and lonely are at greater risk of heart disease

Loneliness and social isolation can impact a person's health, causing problems ranging from high blood pressure and being overweight to cognitive decline and even an increased risk of dying at a young age.

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Laser pointers can't permanently damage pilots' eyes, study says

Those laser pointers people aim at planes flying overhead can't permanently damage a pilot's vision, according to a medical study published Tuesday, casting doubt on government advisories to the contrary.

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Distributing clean needles to curb the spread of HIV

The Step Up Project runs needle exchange programmes with injecting drug users in Cape Town, Durban and Tshwane

Malaria vaccine to be introduced in Africa soon

Sub-Saharan African countries with the burden of malaria could benefit from Mosquirix, a malaria ‘candidate vaccine’ for the prevention of malaria in children in the next five years.

Time to Stop Preventable Deaths in Kenya

The day of a child's birth should be a day filled with joy, but for many Kenyans, it is a day of fear.

How Can Immunisation's Image Problem be Fixed?

Vaccine programmes can trigger fears of conspiracies and oppression. It's time they got more collaborative

Mental Health Care in Crises Not a 'Luxury' - Experts

A new study estimates, for the first time, both the health and economic benefits of investing in treatment of common forms of mental illness globally

Angola Fights Yellow Fever Outbreak

The government of Angola has launched a vaccination campaign against yellow fever in an effort to curb the spread of the disease

Sierra Leone On High Alert Over Ebola Fears

The government has reportedly called for more vigilance as Ebola resurfaces in neighboring Liberia and Guinea.

GE Named a Strategic Investor by Nigeria's President Buhari

Recently, GE was named a strategic investor by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, together with companies such as the Dangote Group and Samsung

Nigerian President Begs Doctors Not to Go On Strike

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to members of the National Association of Resident Doctors to give the government more time to address their grievances

All Eyes on Tanzanian President's First Budget

The budget estimates reportedly show that the government is looking forward to building up an independent economy, which requires the Revenue Authority to collect more from various sources

Ugandan Govt to Airlift 400 Cancer Patients to Kenya

About 17,000 cancer patients in the country need radiotherapy, and are unable to get the help they need because the Mulago's equipment is broken

Ugandan Govt to Airlift 400 Cancer Patients to Kenya

About 17,000 cancer patients in the country need radiotherapy, and are unable to get the help they need because the Mulago's equipment is broken

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  • Sleep deprivation may lower 'good' cholesterol

    Previous studies have suggested that lack of sleep may increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, and a new study may help explain why; researchers found that sleep deprivation may have a negative impact on cholesterol levels.

  • Expect an extra week of unhealthy ozone days in the future

    By 2050, some parts of the US, and especially California, the Southwest and the Northeast, could be experiencing up to 9 extra days a year of unhealthy ozone levels, unless emissions are brought under control. This is the conclusion of research published in Geophysical Research Letters.

  • Alcohol and processed meat linked to stomach cancer

    Drinking alcohol, eating processed meat and being overweight increase the risk of developing stomach cancers, according to a major new scientific report released by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund.

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