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Why tuberculosis persists

By Michael C. Fairbanks Many of history’s greatest personalities; Eleanor Roosevelt, George Orwell, Franz Kafka all died of TB It surprises many people in Europe and North America that tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the great scourges in human history. One out of every three people in the world is …

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Mental illness rising

New WHO report shows Uganda among hardest hit countries in the world Many Ugandans do not know about mental illness – they only know “madness”. They use the word to describe someone who is possibly running wild, throwing stones, attacking people, or engaging in some bizarre and scary activity. But …

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China vows blue skies despite economic challenges

Beijing, China | AFP | China will work to clear its skies by increasing investment in clean energy and punishing polluters, Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday in comments aimed at mollifying public anger over chronic smog. Swathes of northern China were blanketed under toxic smog this winter, affecting more than …

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Thousands rally for England’s health service

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Thousands of protesters marched in London on Saturday in support of England’s state-run National Health Service (NHS). The march called for “no cuts, no closures, no privatisation” in the NHS and demonstrated against pay restraint. The campaigners, who say the NHS is at breaking …

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Canada recalls too strong 81% alcohol vodka

Montreal, Canada | AFP | Canadian authorities on Friday recalled hundreds of bottles of Georgia Bay Vodka after inspectors found that the alcohol level was a whopping 81 percent, twice the amount stated on the label. The batch of 654 bottles were produced “before correct dilution to achieve the stated …

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City noise linked to hearing loss

Paris, France | AFP | Urban noise pollution and hearing loss are closely linked, according to rankings of 50 large cities in both categories released on Friday. High-decibel urban areas — such as Guangzhou, New Delhi, Cairo and Istanbul — topped the list of cities where hearing was most degraded, …

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Govt monitoring reported Bird Flu cases in east, western Uganda

Bird flu cases reported in Budaka, Kisoro districts Two more districts Budaka and Kisoro are under surveillance following reports of suspected cases of avian influenza. Scientists in the ministry of agriculture revealed that laboratory tests confirmed the presence of avian influenza -commonly known as bird flu- in samples sent from …

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