Health

First large-scale malaria vaccine trials for Africa

A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization said Monday, with 360,000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020. The injectable vaccine...

How Spain became the world leader in organ transplants

Juan Benito Druet has just learned that his life may be about to change. In the next few hours he will receive a healthy kidney thanks to a pioneering system that has made Spain the...

Nigeria marks World Haemophilia Day

Dr Adeolu Anifowoshe, a Medical Laboratory Scientist at the Alpha and Omega Laboratory Centre, Ibadan, has called on Nigerians to stop stigmatising women and girls having haemophilia (bleeding disorder) in the society. Anifowoshe made this...

Smoking to kill 200 million in China this century

Smoking-related diseases will claim 200 million lives in China this century and plunge tens of millions into poverty, a report said Friday. China is the world's largest consumer and producer of tobacco, and the industry...

Can venom of tiny fish lead to new pain treatments?

Tiny fanged fish called blennies, which swim in the coral reefs of the Pacific Ocean, are armed with an unusual venom that could inspire new pain medications, British and Australian scientists said this week. The...

Electromagnetic fields linked with nerve disease

Pilots, welders and other workers who are persistently exposed to high levels of electromagnetic fields may be at higher risk of developing deadly motor neurone disease, according to a study published Thursday. Research in The...

Resistance risk for new tuberculosis drugs

New drugs for hard-to-treat tuberculosis strains may be fast rendered ineffective themselves if incorrectly used, a report warned Thursday, on the eve of World TB Day. Antibiotics such as bedaquiline, delamanid and linezolid have recently...

Expert says 20% of new mothers experience depression

Mrs Ijeoma Laluwoye, a clinical psychologist, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, on Tuesday, said 20 per cent of new mothers usually experience depressive disorders. She told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos that...

Parenthood linked to longer life

Parents, take courage. If you survive the sleep deprivation, toddler tantrums and teenage angst, you may be rewarded with a longer life than your childless peers, researchers said Tuesday. Fathers gained more in life expectancy...

Caffeine protects brain against dementia

Caffeine contains 24 compounds that can boost an enzyme in the brain that can in turn protect man against dementia, scientists  at Indiana University said. The enzyme, called NMNAT2, was discovered by a team of...