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Wide differences in antibiotic use between countries, says new data from WHO

Source: MercoPressNew data published by WHO reveals wide differences in consumption of antibiotics in different countries. For the first time, WHO has collated data on antibiotic consumption for human...

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Abbot Laboratories will pay US$ 25 million for bribing doctors to prescribe TriCor

Source: MercoPressThe U.S. Justice Department announced the settlement, which resolves claims first raised in a whistleblower lawsuit filed in federal court in Philadelphia in 2009Abbot Laboratiories...

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Microplastics found in the human track and stools

Source: MercoPressMicroplastics have been found in human stools for the first time, suggesting the tiny particles may be widespread in food. The study by researchers in Austria examined eight...

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Nudging Big Pharma’s Tropical Neglect

Source: Science for BrazilWhen will profits-hungry drug companies finally widen their attention from treating complex lifestyle-related diseases affecting citizens in wealthy countries, to the...

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Cancer immunologists scoop medicine Nobel prize

Source: NatureTwo scientists who pioneered an entirely new way to treat cancer have won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.James Allison at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer...

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Leishmaniasis visceral en Brasil: crece impacto social y económico

Fuente: SciDev   El impacto social y económico que provoca en Brasil la leishmaniasis visceral —una enfermedad infecciosa, letal si no se trata, transmitida por la picadura de mosquitos del género...

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A year after Maria, Puerto Rico’s economy remains feeble

Source: Washington PostADJUNTAS, Puerto Rico — September is ordinarily the beginning of harvest in the cool, crisp mountains of central Puerto Rico. Coffee farmers pluck the ripe arabica cherries from...

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Views and Experiences of Puerto Ricans One Year After Hurricane Maria

Source: Kaiser FoundationThis partnership survey from The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation explores how Puerto Ricans are faring one year after Hurricane Maria struck the U.S....

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Crowdfunding Sites Are Putting Money in the Pockets of Cancer Quacks, Report Finds

Source: GizmodoIt’s become a heartbreakingly common sight on the internet: People using crowdfunding sites to raise money for their expensive health care, including cancer treatment. But a new report...

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Cancer burden rises to 18.1 million new cases and 9.6 million cancer deaths in 2018

Source: MercoPresThe International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released on Wednesday the latest estimates on the global burden of cancer. The GLOBOCAN 2018 database, accessible online as part...

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Parasites and politics: why cross-cultural studies must control for relatedness, proximity and covariation

Source: Royal SocietyA growing number of studies seek to identify predictors of broad-scale patterns in human cultural diversity, but three sources of non-independence in human cultural variables can...

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Hallan residuos de pesticidas en peces de ríos uruguayos

Fuente: SciDev   [MONTEVIDEO] La detección generalizada de residuos de pesticidas en peces de dos de los principales ríos de Uruguay despierta una alerta temprana en torno al impacto del uso de...

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Medical Records of 90 Million People Left Vulnerable to Critical Security Flaws

Source: GizmodoSecurity researchers have found more than 20 bugs in the world’s most popular open source software for managing medical records. Many of the vulnerabilities were classified as severe,...

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Singapore's Largest Healthcare Group Hacked

Source: Hacker NewsSingapore's largest healthcare group, SingHealth, has suffered a massive data breach that allowed hackers to snatch personal information on 1.5 million patients who visited...

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Measles epidemic in northern Brazil linked to exodus of Venezuelans

Source: MercoPressThe Health Ministry said the majority of cases are in two Brazilian border states. The Health Ministry said the majority of cases are in two Brazilian border states.Brazil's Health...

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“Eliminación de malaria en América Latina es absolutamente posible”

Fuente: SciDev   Justo un mes después de que Paraguay fuera declarado libre de malaria por la Organización Mundial de la Salud, un nuevo libro hace un balance de las perspectivas para eliminar la...

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Vacuna controversial sí protege contra fiebre amarilla

Fuente: SciDev   [RÍO DE JANEIRO] El anuncio del gobierno brasileño de que aplicaría la vacuna contra la fiebre amarilla con un quinto de la dosis convencional para enfrentar la epidemia de la...

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World Health Organization update on suspected polio case in Venezuela

Source: MercoPressFollowing unconfirmed reports on 8 June of suspected polio re-emergence in Venezuela, final laboratory testing has confirmed the cause of the paralysis is not wild poliovirus or...

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South America’s Inca civilization was better at skull surgery than Civil War doctors

Source: Science MagazineCranial surgery without modern anesthesia and antibiotics may sound like a death sentence. But trepanation—the act of drilling, cutting, or scraping a hole in the skull for...

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Paraguay eliminó malaria pero se mantendrá en alerta

Fuente: SciDev   [Asunción] Si Paraguay quiere conservar la certificación de país libre de malaria deberá adoptar una serie de medidas sanitarias y mantener la vigilancia en sus servicios de salud...

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‘Apps’ para personas mayores y para quienes les cuidan

Fuente: El PaisEl uso de dispositivos móviles alcanza por igual a todos los tramos de edad y la atracción por estos dispositivos es igual para alguien mayor de 65 años que para un millennial. De...

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World No Tobacco Day: Tobacco and Heart Disease

Source: MercoPressTobacco use has declined markedly since 2000, according to a new WHO report, but the reduction is insufficient to meet globally agreed targets aimed at protecting people from death...

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How gut microbes are joining the fight against cancer

Source: NatureBertrand Routy earned a lamentable reputation with Parisian oncologists in 2015. A doctoral student at the nearby Gustave Roussy cancer centre, Routy had to go from hospital to hospital...

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Cáncer ligados a sobrepeso podrían duplicarse en Brasil

Fuente: SciDev   [SÃO PAULO] Los casos de cánceres asociados con la obesidad o el sobrepeso —como mama, colon y próstata, entre otros— representaron un poco más de 15.000 de los 470.000 diagnósticos...

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New evidence from genetic data links obesity with increased risk of smoking

Source: MercoPressA study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) provides new evidence that increased weight and obesity may result in increased smoking. The study, published in the...

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