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Good and bad news on aspirin and colon cancer: study

Paris, France | AFP |  Daily aspirin use — known to reduce the risk of colon cancer — could also make the disease harder to treat if it does occur, researchers reported Wednesday. The new findings based on mathematical modelling, If confirmed statistically and in the lab, would mean that …

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Overcrowding in emergency rooms

A new study identifies four key strategies to reduce overcrowding in emergency rooms A new study into overcrowding in hospital emergency rooms has concluded that it all starts with the leaderships. Apparently, if the executive leadership of the facility is engaged, it can alleviate the problem when combined with a …

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The art of cancer

Adventurous `Staying Alive’ exhibit documents the Uganda Cancer Institute Kampala, Uganda | DOMINIC MUWANGUZI | The story of cancer in Uganda is a touching one. With minimal resources and infrastructure to combat the disease coupled with the swelling numbers of patients admitted to the Uganda Cancer Institute Mulago every day, …

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14 people die of cholera in northeast Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP | Fourteen people have died of cholera in northeast Nigeria, with most of the victims living in a camp for people displaced by Boko Haram violence, the health ministry said Saturday. “Up to September 1, 14 deaths have been reported,” the health ministry said in a statement, …

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US approves first gene therapy for cancer

Miami, United States | AFP | The United States approved the first gene therapy against cancer on Wednesday — a treatment that uses a patient’s own immune cells to fight leukemia — opening a new era in the fight against one of the world’s top killers. The treatment is made …

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New ‘Keep Uganda Free of Polio’ campaign targets 73 districts

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Concerned by the increasing numbers of refugees entering the country, Uganda’s Ministry of Health will September 9-11 roll out a House to House Polio Immunization campaign for children 0-5 years in 73 districts. “Currently, there is high cross-border movements of populations due to insecurity and cross border trade …

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