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Austria finds some egg products contaminated with insecticide

Tests show that some imported egg products in Austria have been contaminated with a potentially harmful insecticide, Austria’s food safety agency said on Monday, adding to the list of countries affected by an international health scare. Millions of chicken eggs have been pulled from European supermarket shelves as a result …

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Rare fungus found in 200 patients in 55 UK hospitals

 A rare fungus that can cause drug-resistant infections has been found in around 200 patients in more than 55 hospitals across Britain, health officials said on Tuesday. Around a quarter of the cases of Candida auris have caused infections with symptoms, Public Health England (PHE) said, including in 27 patients …

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Can drinking a little bit help you live longer?

Having a little wine or beer to unwind most days may help lower the odds of a premature death as long as that drink or two doesn’t routinely turn into more, a new study confirms. Researchers examined health survey data on more than 333,000 U.S. adults, following them for an …

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Little evidence shows cannabis helps chronic pain or PTSD

 Marijuana plants are displayed for sale at Canna Pi medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle, Washington, November 27, 2012.Anthony Bolante Even though pain and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are among the most common reasons people use medical marijuana in the U.S., there isn’t much proof cannabis works for either one of …

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Dengue kills 21 in Indian tourist hotspot, crisis looms

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India (Reuters) – A dengue outbreak has killed at least 21 people in India’s southern state of Kerala in the past three weeks, a government official said, adding that there was a shortage of medicines and health workers to tackle the crisis in the tourist hotspot. The mosquito-borne dengue …

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Big pharma turns to AI to speed drug discovery, GSK signs deal

The world’s leading drug companies are turning to artificial intelligence to improve the hit-and-miss business of finding new medicines, with GlaxoSmithKline unveiling a new $43 million deal in the field on Sunday.   Other pharmaceutical giants including Merck & Co, Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi are also exploring the potential …

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Yemen’s cholera death toll rises to 1,500: WHO

 The death toll from a major cholera outbreak in Yemen has risen to 1,500, Nevio Zagaria, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) representative in Yemen, said on Saturday, and appealed for more help to put an end to the epidemic.   Yemen has been devastated by a 27-month war between a …

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