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Could bats hold the secrets to preventing cancer? The latest health stories from around the world

A new paper in Genome Biology and Evolution, published by Oxford University Press, shows that rapid evolution in bats may account for the animals’ extraordinary ability to both host and survive infections as well as avoid cancer.  https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/1001498#  Bats are exceptional among mammals not only for their ability to fly but also their long lives, low cancer […]

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Global heating will make you ill — just not how you think it will

Coming as it does at a time when COVID-19 resolutely refuses to pack up and go away, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow this November will likely discuss not only international climate action but the impact of climate on health issues as well.  As the Lancet Countdown 2020 Report explained, no continent, country, or community is immune from

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A potential first for the treatment of henipaviruses

In a potential first, a phase I study of an antibody used in the treatment of henipaviruses has found it to be effective in neutralising the virus. The results, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, has opened up the potential for future testing in what could become the first known treatment for the group of

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“Serious epidemic potential” of Nipah virus

The Nipah virus, though rare and currently isolated, has the potential to be one of the world’s next major epidemics according to health experts. “Twenty years have passed since its discovery, but the world is still not adequately equipped to tackle the global health threat posed by Nipah virus,” said Richard Hatchett, chief executive of

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Asia and WHO collaborate on emerging diseases

A large-scale collaboration has been announced between a number of Southeast Asian nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to address the issue of emerging diseases. India, along with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepala, North Korea, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, have come together under the World Health Organization – South East

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Disease profile: Nipah virus

The Nipah virus — though occurring sporadically and relatively rarely — remains a deadly prospect whenever there is an outbreak due to its mortality rate of seventy percent. This places the disease alongside many of the world’s most lethal infectious conditions. Consequently, any outbreak of the disease must be handled with the utmost attention and

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Nipah and Ebola, a potential multi-purpose drug

A 23-year-old man in the Ernakulam district of Kerala tested positive in initial examinations for the Nipah virus. Are new tools needed in the fight against the disease? It was thought, due to the state government’s effective response to an outbreak of the disease last year, that the virus was a problem of the past.

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A resurgence of the Nipah virus?

India quelled an outbreak of the Nipah virus last year with globally praised efficiency. However, recent news indicates the virus could be back in India. A resurgence of Nipah is a worrisome prospect due to the threat it poses to life. The condition has a seventy percent mortality rate, consequently ranking among some of the

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Detection, testing, awareness: A year after Nipah, Kerala prepared to handle outbreaks

This article was originally published by The News Minute and is reprinted here with permission. By Dr Nimeshika Jayachandran It started with the death of three members of a family in Kozhikode, who had exhibited similar symptoms: fever, headache and respiratory issues. Soon, the state was plagued by an outbreak of the rare Nipah virus,

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How India curbed an outbreak within a month

In May, news reports were released the world over that a disease touted by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of ten potential upcoming large scale epidemic was found in India. The disease, the Nipah virus, is a worrisome prospect. The disease has a seventy percent mortality rate, making the threat to life considerable.

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