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Flushing toilets: a luxury for billions around the world

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A report issued by the World Health Organization and UNICEF states 2.4 billion people lack access to proper toilets. Defecating outdoors bears a significant risk to the fresh water supply and is associated with the death of 700,000 children each year which contact diseases like diarrhoeal.

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Liberia in quarantine after new Ebola case kills a boy

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Just as it seemed Ebola was gone for now, the disease starts to rear its ugly head again; a 17-year old was killed a month after Liberia was declared free of Ebola. Liberian authorities on Tuesday quarantined the Nedowein close to the capital of Monrovia, where the boy lived. The official announcement came quickly after. “Liberia has got a re-infection of

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Five-decade study links pesticides to breast cancer

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A long term study conducted by US researchers has found a connection between levels of DDT pesticide and breast cancer – women with high levels of DDT in their body were four times more likely to develop breast cancer.

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Antibiotics could render appendicitis operation useless

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When it comes to the appendix, things are still pretty unclear, but one thing’s for sure: if you develop appendicitis, you need surgery to have your appendix removed. But now, a new study found that antibiotics could eliminate the need for an appendectomy. The appendix is a blind-ended tube connected to the cecum. Its exact role and functions are still a

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Melanoma rates in the US are double what they were 30 years ago

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The rate of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, has more than doubled in the past three decades – and is on track to increase even more. With the Summer closing in, CDC researchers urge people to take more protection from ultraviolet rays.

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A new approach for cancer treatment: tailor for the patient, not for the cancer

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If we want to defeat cancer, we have to treat every patient uniquely, a team from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) concluded. They announced the trial of a new type of cancer test – one that is designed for the patient, not for a specific condition. “This is really the first time in a very large way that patients will be screened

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U.S. military accidentally shipped live anthrax to nine states and South Korea

Photomicrograph of a Gram stain of the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, the cause of the anthrax disease. Image via Wikipedia.

A US Army laboratory in Utah accidentally shipped live samples of anthrax, prompting immediate efforts to recover the samples and make sure that no one suffers. In total, 26 people have been put in post-exposure treatment, a defense official said.

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Fight fire with fire: toxic gut bacteria used against itself

Clostridium difficile bacteria sickens roughly a half million people in the United States each year.
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Clostridium difficile is a bacterium that can cause numerous medical problems, including colitis or colon inflammation; in severe cases, it can actually be fatal. Now, doctors have tried a new approach in dealing with it – they tried not to eliminate it, but to replace it with its friendlier cousins.

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WHO: The world is not prepared to deal with antibiotic resistance

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Drug-resistant bacteria are one of the biggest challenges mankind has to face in the near, as well as distant, future. In a recent survey conducted by the World Health Organization it was revealed that only 34 out of 133 questioned countries have even a basic plan to combat the misuse of antibiotics fuelling drug resistance and encouraging the development of superbugs.

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Homeopathy doesn’t treat any health condition, most comprehensive study to date finds

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The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia’s top medical research body, found that homeopathy does improve or alleviate any medical condition after systematically studying 225 research papers on homeopathy. While it’s true some people might feel better after a so-called homeopathic treatment, the researchers conclude that these benefits are no better than ingesting a sugar pill – a placebo.