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  1. July 2, 2014

    Total cull ‘necessary’ to prevent spread of bovine TB in UK

    The only sure way to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis would be to kill all cattle in infected herds, according to a...

  2. April 1, 2014

    Drugmakers learn to blend commerce with philanthropy in Africa

    Africa has rarely been a source of good publicity for big pharma. But two events this week suggest the drugs industry is...

  1. March 28, 2014

    Spread of deadly Ebola virus to west Africa puts health experts on alert

    It has been among the world’s most feared infectious diseases since its discovery in the jungles of central Africa in 1976....

  2. February 5, 2014

    New fatal bird flu strain detected in China

    A lethal new strain of bird flu has emerged in China. The H10N8 virus killed a 73-year-old woman in Nanchang City, according...

  3. February 3, 2014

    Merck agrees €20m deal to tap into Ablynx’s immunotherapy talent

    A biotech company that uses antibodies from llamas and alpacas to fight disease has struck a deal with Merck to help the US...

  4. January 21, 2014

    Pakistan suspends polio vaccination campaign after team shot dead

    Pakistan abruptly suspended a polio vaccination campaign in the southern port city of Karachi on Tuesday, after three...

  5. November 26, 2013

    Bayer offers $2.4bn for cancer drug partner Algeta

    Bayer of Germany has launched a bid to take control of Algeta in a deal valuing the Norwegian maker of injectable...

  6. October 16, 2013

    Global institutions need revamp, Oxford Martin Commission warns

    The world’s governing institutions are in dire need of a revamp to make them relevant to the 21st century and should all be...

  7. October 11, 2013

    Drug research: caring and sharing

    Which is more important – curing cancer, or malaria? Either will cost a fortune, take a long time to develop and benefit...

  8. October 6, 2013

    Disease grader and mapper

    Kikelomo Adeleke, Sightsavers I travel from village to village in Nigeria, examining people’s eyes using a magnification...

  9. September 12, 2013

    Vaccine offers fresh hope for central African ‘meningitis belt’

    Use of a new vaccine in Chad has all but eliminated meningitis, according to a study that boosts the prospects for defeating...

  10. July 21, 2013

    Drug groups set for TPP trade clash

    Drug companies and development groups have clashed over intellectual property provisions in trans-Pacific trade talks, as...

  11. July 12, 2013

    UK drops plan for plain cigarette packs

    The British government has shelved plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes , prompting claims it has given in to...

  12. July 3, 2013

    Fresh hope for HIV cure after bone marrow transplants

    Two patients with HIV who were given bone marrow transplants have shown no sign of a resurgence in infection several weeks...

  13. July 2, 2013

    EU drug groups to disclose payments to doctors under transparency code

    Europe’s drug companies are to make public the payments they give to doctors under a voluntary code of practice designed to...

  14. June 19, 2013

    Sustainable healthcare: trends urge need to put prevention before cure

    In the long run we may all be dead but in the medium term we are increasingly being pulled into the orbit of healthcare...

  15. June 19, 2013

    Smoking: Plain packaging war smoulders

    When James Reilly, the Irish health minister, announced in May that he would introduce legislation next year requiring that...

  16. June 19, 2013

    Employer programmes: Workforce incentives attract only limited uptake

    As employers seek to cut health costs, reduce absenteeism and increase productivity, many are introducing wellness...

  17. June 19, 2013

    Attention turns to softer ways of dealing with addiction

    Addiction – to illicit drugs, alcohol and tobacco – imposes an enormous burden of ill health on the world. Nothing else...

  18. June 13, 2013

    G8 ministers pledge to act on bacterial antibiotic resistance

    Science ministers of the G8 countries, meeting in London ahead of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, agreed to co-ordinate a...

  19. June 11, 2013

    Q&A: Coronavirus

    What is MERS coronavirus? Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) is a new but rare virus with a very high...

  20. June 11, 2013

    Fears of coronavirus mount as pilgrimage to Mecca nears

    Global health experts have stepped up warnings to the more than a million foreign pilgrims on their way to Saudi Arabia of...

  21. June 4, 2013

    Bill Gates leads $35m investment in social network for scientists

    Bill Gates has led a $35m investment in ResearchGate, a social network for scientists, marking a divergence in the Microsoft...

  22. May 31, 2013

    Organic farmer says figures show need for badger cull

    Charles Mann is admiring a couple of his prize Aberdeen Angus cattle when the subject turns to badgers. “If only we had...

  23. May 27, 2013

    Japan in pioneering partnership to fund global health research

    Five of Japan’s largest pharmaceutical companies have joined forces with their government in a pioneering $100m partnership...

  24. May 15, 2013

    Study finds malaria-infected mosquitoes more drawn to humans

    The devastating effect of malaria on people has long been known, but researchers using smelly socks have now identified that...

  25. May 15, 2013

    Scientists in human cloning breakthrough

    Scientists have for the first time produced human embryonic stem cells from adult cells through a cloning process. The...

  26. April 24, 2013

    First case of H7N9 bird flu found outside mainland China

    A man in Taiwan has been diagnosed with H7N9 bird flu and is critically ill with the first case of the disease found outside...

  27. April 22, 2013

    Gulf backing sought for polio eradication

    Political and public health leaders meeting in the Gulf this week will back a $5.5bn plan to eradicate polio within five...

  28. April 14, 2013

    Bird flu spreads beyond eastern China

    A new strain of bird flu in China has reached Beijing and a central province, spreading beyond the eastern region around...

  29. April 6, 2013

    Bird flu fears close China poultry markets

    SHANGHAI, April 6 – Chinese officials have found traces of a new bird flu virus in more areas in Shanghai and in the nearby...

  30. April 5, 2013

    Shanghai bans trading of live poultry

    The government of Shanghai has banned the sale of live poultry, shut markets and started slaughtering birds as the death...

  31. April 5, 2013

    US starts work on new bird flu vaccine

    CHICAGO – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday it was monitoring a new strain of bird flu and...

  32. April 3, 2013

    China confirms several more bird flu cases

    Chinese authorities have confirmed several new cases of a deadly new strain of bird flu, raising questions over whether a...

  33. April 1, 2013

    Healthcare that comes in a Coke crate

    Simon Berry is pointing out the stark contrast between two photographs: a local health clinic in rural Zambia and a nearby...

  34. March 27, 2013

    New foot-and-mouth vaccine developed

    British scientists have developed a new vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease that they say could turn the tide against a...

  35. March 3, 2013

    US doctors say child cured of HIV

    US doctors have announced the first documented case of a child being cured of HIV infection. Deborah Persaud, of Johns...

  36. February 14, 2013

    Badger culling unlikely to stop spread of TB

    A widespread badger culling programme will not stop tuberculosis spreading in cattle completely because the animals have...

  37. February 13, 2013

    Coronavirus case confirmed in Birmingham

    A man is being treated in intensive care in Birmingham for a dangerous new form of respiratory infection, after the first...

  38. February 11, 2013

    Novo Nordisk: reality check

    There goes the visibility premium. Novo Nordisk has stood out from rivals in recent years because its growth has been so...

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