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Number of TB cases in India is double current estimates, says new study

London: The number of cases of tuberculosis (TB) in India may be up to two to three times higher than current estimates, suggests a new study.

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Government to map health facilities, doctors, chemists in all districts

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry, in partnership with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is reportedly planning to map government and private health facilities, doctors, specialists and chemists available in all districts of the country.

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Lighting up a new path for novel synthetic polio vaccine

London: Scientists from the UK and the US are using technology that helped in the design of a new synthetic vaccine to combat the foot and mouth disease virus (FMDV) to now target the virus that causes polio. The synthetic vaccine that is currently being engineered in collaboration with Dave Rowlands at the University of Leeds would provide a powerful weapon in the fight to rid the world of polio.

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Malaria vaccine may be available by end of 2015

London: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on Thursday announced that it has submitted a regulatory application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for its malaria vaccine candidate, RTS,S.

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Human dietary supplement cures lab animals infected with human intestinal parasite

Washington: Laboratory animals fed a modified version of a common human dietary supplement were completely cured of intestinal worms that belong to a family of parasites that currently infect 1.5 billion people, or almost one quarter of the world’s population, according to new research presented recently at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH).

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Malaria vaccine candidate protects children from clinical malaria up to 18 months after vaccination

London: Results from a large-scale Phase III trial, presented recently at the MIM (Multilateral Initiative on Malaria) Pan-African Malaria Conference in Durban, South Africa, show that the malaria vaccine candidate, RTS,S, continued to protect young children and infants from clinical malaria up to 18 months after vaccination, according to a statement issued by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

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Tetanus eliminated in over 30 countries at high risk

Geneva: The United Nations and its partners have announced that tetanus – one of the most deadly diseases a mother and her newborn can face – has been eliminated in more than 30 countries, which previously had high rates of the illness.

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Bill Gates offers $1 million for inventing a ‘better’ condom

Washington: Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates has set his sights and his vast wealth on a new way to improve the world — offering up to $1 million to anyone who can invent a “better” condom.

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Electrically spun fabric offers dual defence against pregnancy, HIV

Washington: The only way to protect against HIV and unintended pregnancy today is the condom. It’s an effective technology, but not appropriate or popular in all situations.

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Researchers “watch” antibiotics attack tuberculosis bacteria inside cells

Washington: Weill Cornell Medical College researchers report that mass spectrometry, a tool currently used to detect and measure proteins and lipids, can also now allow biologists to “see” for the first time exactly how drugs work inside living cells to kill infectious microbes. As a result, scientists may be able to improve existing antibiotics and design new, smarter ones to fight deadly infections, such as tuberculosis. The study has been published in Science.

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