Thursday , May 23 2019


health news

Uganda to start Ebola vaccine trials

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda Virus Research Institute-UVRI is set to carry out phase two human trials for the Ebola vaccine. The trials are expected to start in July. The trial is going to use the Janssen Ebola Vaccine that was developed by Janssen Pharmaceutical Company.  Phase I and …

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Algeria declared malaria-free by World Health Organisation

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Algeria has been officially recognized as malaria-free, becoming the third country in Africa to be officially declared malaria-free, after Mauritius, which was certified in 1973 and Morocco in 2010. The certification by the World Health Organisation is granted when a country proves beyond a reasonable doubt, …

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HEALTH: Recurrent miscarriages

Could your man’s damaged sperm have a significant role in them? | ADAM WATKINS | It’s an unfortunate fact that one in four pregnancies will end in a miscarriage, typically within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. In most cases, this will be a single, one-off event with the underlying …

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UVRI to start rift valley human vaccine trials

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda Virus Research Institute-UVRI is set to conduct phase one trials of the Rift Valley Fever human vaccine. The trials are expected to start next month. The trial will use an improved version of ChAdOx1-GnGc-a vaccine currently only used by animals to treat RVF …

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Poor sample handling affecting cancer treatment

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Poor handling of tissue samples is affecting cancer diagnosis and treatment in the country, experts have revealed. Samples of fluid such as blood or tissue are often needed for cancer diagnosis. According to pathologists, some of the samples are placed in wrong contains or …

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God can `save’ you – literally, scientists find

How religious experiences may benefit mental health | ANA SANDOIU | A survey of thousands of people suggests that mystical experiences positively affect a person’s mental health, regardless of whether they are naturally occurring or a result of psychedelic drugs. New research suggests that having deep religious experiences may significantly …

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HEALTH: Rice and obesity

Is there a link after controlling for a wide range of factors? | TIM NEWMAN | A study that used data from more than 130 countries concludes that eating more rice might protect against obesity. After controlling for a wide range of factors, the team found that the results remained …

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Ebola update; Bunagana, Chanika borders to close at night

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Ebola Surveillance teams in Kisoro district have resolved that the Bunagana and Chanika border posts will only be operational during day time, in order to control the clandestine movement of people from Ebola infested areas. The borders connecting Uganda to the Democratic Republic of …

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