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Texas reports first confirmed case of bird flu in humans; The latest health stories from around the world

Texas officials today issued a “health alert” about the first confirmed case of a human infection with a bird influenza virus that has found its ways into dairy cows in the US. The worker developed conjunctivitis, a mild eye infection that frequently occurs when avian influenza viruses jump into humans. www.science.org/content/article/us-dairy-farm-worker-infected-as-bird-flu-spreads-to-cows-in-five-states?  The case is the latest surprise […]

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Bird flu detected among US cattle; The latest health stories from around the world

The flu virus that has wreaked havoc on birds around the world appears to have surfaced among cows in the US. Texas authorities said this week they found the H5N1 strain, and the US Department of Agriculture said testing showed “consistency” with the clade of virus that has killed millions of wild birds and forced

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US Senate approves budget increase for biomedical research; The latest health stories from around the world

To the relief of biomedical research advocates, a US Senate spending panel has approved a modest budget increase of 2% for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The bump to $47.8 billion roughly matches President Joe Biden’s request for the 2024 fiscal year that begins this fall. Although below the rate of biomedical inflation, it

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EU and US launch joint task force on global health threats; The latest health stories from around the world

The European Union and the United States have launched a new joint health task force to cooperate on cancer, global health threats and related supply chains and infrastructure, officials told a press conference last Wednesday. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/992081?ecd=wnl_edit_tpal&uac=398271FG&impID=5445031&faf=1 The task force was set up on the heels of a cooperation agreement signed in June last year to

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US extends COVID-19 pandemic status

The Biden administration extended the Covid-19 pandemic’s status as a public health emergency for another 90 days, preserving measures such as expanded Medicaid and higher payments to hospitals. The decision follows comments President Joe Biden made in September describing the pandemic as over. Some Republican lawmakers said afterward that the administration should wind down its

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Polio outbreak leads to state of emergency in New York

New York Governor Kathy Hochul  declared a state of emergency on Friday over a growing polio outbreak, in an effort to better equip health care providers with tools to curb the spread of the sometimes disabling virus before it takes further hold in the state. www.nytimes.com/2022/09/09/nyregion/new-york-polio-state-of-emergency.html? The order allows emergency service workers, midwives and pharmacists to

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The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases leader, Fauci, is to step down in December

Dr Anthony Fauci, the renowned physician-scientist who has led the $6.3 billion US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for nearly 4 decades and since early 2020 has been the United States (US) government’s voice of scientific reason during the COVID-19 pandemic, will step down from government service in December. www.science.org/content/article/he-battled-aids-covid-19-and-trump-now-anthony-fauci-stepping-down? Fauci became

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Bloomberg Philanthropies steps up in coronavirus fight

Bloomberg Philanthropies is to roll out a US$40 million programme to tackle novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks in low- and middle-income countries.  The Bloomberg Philanthropies Coronavirus Global Response Initiative aims to provide support to low- and middle-income countries, with an emphasis on Africa, to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. The Initiative will look at both preventing cases

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US-India Trade Deal: A win-win situation for the patients and the sector

New Delhi, January 30th, 2020: Amid the ongoing positive developments in the US-India trade deal, speculations to replace the practice of blanket price caps for high-end medical devices and opt for trade margin rationalisation (TMR) have surfaced online. If media reports are to be believed, there has been substantial progress on the trade negotiations with

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India filling the boots of the US in Paris Agreement

Donald Trump’s decision to remove the US from the Paris Agreement was met with dismayed reactions around the globe. One of the reasons cited by Trump for leaving the agreement was the fact that Indian coal production was increasing, while the US was expected to cut all coal production. It is no secret that India

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