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Simple blood test for early detection of breast cancer

Cancer cells produce proteins called antigens that trigger the body to make antibodies against them — autoantibodies. Researchers at the University of Nottingham (UK) have found that these tumour-associated antigens (TAAs) are good indicators of […]

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WHO launches digital app to improve care for older people

On the International Day of Older Persons – 1 October – the World Health Organization (WHO) is launching  a package of tools, including a digital application to help health and social workers provide better care for older […]

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HIV eliminated from the genomes of living animals

In a major collaborative effort, researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) have for the first time eliminated replication-competent HIV-1 DNA — the […]

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National Health Insurance Scheme Bill approved by cabinet

Dr. Byakika briefs the press. PHOTO UG MEDIA CENTRE Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Cabinet has approved the National Health Insurance Scheme Bill.  The decision was reached at a Uganda Government Cabinet meeting at State […]

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Ebola outbreak: Grandmother dies in Uganda

A 50-year-old woman infected with Ebola has died in western Uganda, a day after her five-year-old grandson died. They are the first cases reported there since the virus spread over the border from Democratic Republic […]

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Somalia steps up fight to eradicate polio beginning this month

Polio vaccination in Garissa County, northern Kenya, on September 15, 2018. Somalia will kick off a countrywide polio campaign of two rounds of immunisation to deliver monovalent oral vaccine type 2. PHOTO | FILE | NATION […]

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East Africa tightens travel to contain yellow fever spread

It may soon be harder to cross the border into any East African country without a yellow fever certificate if a new policy is adopted. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP In Summary According […]

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Health ministry confirms Ebola case in Kasese

The confirmed case is a five-year-old boy said to have traveled from the Democratic Republic of Congo with his mother on Monday. Health minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng (left) says the confirmed case is a […]

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When it comes to cholesterol, is chicken as bad as red meat?

It’s a finding that surprised even the researchers. Common health beliefs not necessarily true By Erika Edwards and Shamard Charles, M.D. Those who eschew steak in favor of chicken because they think it’s healthier may be […]

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Vehicle pollution results in 4 million child asthma cases a year

Four million children develop asthma every year as a result of air pollution from cars and trucks, equivalent to 11,000 new cases a day, a landmark study has found. Most of the new cases occur […]

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