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Feb 11, 2016 07:46AM

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Feb 11, 2016 07:46AM

U.S. to recruit disease experts ahead of Rio Games

A municipal worker sprays insecticide at Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro(Reuters) - The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is to ask two infectious disease experts to advise potential members of their Rio 2016 Games team who are concerned about the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil. "I know the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil is of concern to many of you," wrote USOC CEO Scott Blackmun in a letter sent to prospective Olympians. "I want to emphasize that it is to us, as well, and that your well-being in Rio this summer is our highest priority." Brazil is the worst-hit country in the outbreak of Zika that is rapidly spreading in the Americas.


Feb 11, 2016 07:45AM

Superbug review says more vaccines needed to reduce antibiotic use

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - More use of vaccines would reduce the need to use antibiotics and help fight the rise of drug-resistant superbug infections, according to a British government-commissioned review of the threat. In the latest report on so-called antimicrobial resistance, published on Thursday, the head of the review, British treasury minister Jim O'Neill, said more focus should be put on using existing vaccines and developing new ones. Vaccines can combat drug resistance because they reduce cases of infection and lessen the need for antibiotics.

Feb 11, 2016 07:45AM

Brazil and University of Texas reach deal on Zika vaccine

A reveler drag a coffin containing an Aedes aegypti mosquito puppet during the "Burial of the Mosquito" carnival block parade in Olinda, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. The parade that happens every year during carnival inform residents and tourists about the dangers of the Aedes aegypti and teaches them how to combat the mosquitoes. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) ? Brazil is signing an agreement with the University of Texas to develop a vaccine against the Zika virus, the country's health minister said Thursday, adding the goal is for the vaccine to be ready for clinical testing within 12 months.


Feb 11, 2016 07:42AM

Olympics-U.S. to recruit disease experts ahead of Rio Games

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is to ask two infectious disease experts to advise potential members of their Rio 2016 Games team who are concerned about the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil. "I know the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil is of concern to many of you," wrote USOC CEO Scott Blackmun in a letter sent to prospective Olympians. "I want to emphasise that it is to us, as well, and that your well-being in Rio this summer is our highest priority." Brazil is the worst-hit country in the outbreak of Zika that is rapidly spreading in the Americas.

Feb 11, 2016 07:20AM

Incyte to discontinue testing Jakafi in solid tumor cancers

Incyte Corp said it would stop testing its best-selling blood cancer drug, Jakafi, in solid tumor cancers after the treatment's effectiveness was found to be insufficient in a late-stage study, sending its shares down 16 percent premarket. The company said it would discontinue a late-stage study testing the drug in pancreatic cancer and mid-stage studies in breast and lung cancers, two weeks after pulling the plug on another mid-stage trial in colorectal cancer. Treating solid tumors was viewed as an important pillar of future growth for the company in 2016, J.P. Morgan Securities analysts said, adding the move may not be a major surprise.

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Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:25:16 GMT

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Feb 11, 2016 07:25AM

These women saved millions of lives

To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we look at the women who have changed our world -- and saved millions of lives -- through their ground breaking work in science.









Feb 11, 2016 05:55AM

Zika virus might damage vision

Zika may now be linked to serious eye abnormalities that could lead to blindness in Brazilian newborns with microcephaly, according to a study published in JAMA.









Feb 11, 2016 05:53AM

Big Pharma's big donations to presidential candidates

When former Turing Pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli announced that he was increasing the price of an HIV drug called Daraprim by nearly 5,000%, he turned the cost of prescription drugs into a political issue.









Feb 11, 2016 05:53AM

How selfie-related deaths happen

It pops up in the news from time to time: the death-by-selfie. Earlier this month, for example, a teenager in India was struck and killed while trying to take a picture of himself in front of an oncoming train. Now the economics site Priceonomics has attempted to gather the existing statistics about the people who've lost their lives while taking selfies, combing through three years of news reports indicating a death was "precipitated by a selfie," or that a person had died while attempting to take a photo of themselves.









Feb 11, 2016 05:53AM

Actress fights bipolar disorder stigma with comedy

Victoria Maxwell had her first psychotic episode, ironically enough, after attending a meditation retreat.









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