Kate Kelland

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20 Dec 2018 | 11:50 PM

As Ebola threatens mega-cities, vaccine stockpile needs grow

LONDON, (Reuters) - Doubts are growing about whether the world’s emergency stockpile of 300,000 Ebola vaccine doses is enough to control future epidemics as the deadly disease moves out of rural forest areas and into urban mega-cities.

13 Dec 2018 | 2:11 AM

Vaccines group plots path through conflict, instability, epidemics

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - More children worldwide are now immunized against killer diseases but the task has become harder due to conflicts, epidemics, urbanisation and migration, the head of a global vaccine group said.

4 Dec 2018 | 8:14 AM

Despite innovation, Europeans wait years for new cancer drugs

LONDON (Reuters) - Rapid advances in cancer science have increased the number of new oncology drugs being developed, but delays in regulation and approvals mean patients in Europe often wait years to be able to access them, researchers said on Tuesday.

26 Nov 2018 | 7:39 PM

Chinese university to investigate after academic claims to have edited twins' genes

SHANGHAI/LONDON (Reuters) - A Chinese university said on Monday it will immediately launch an investigation after an associate professor released videos on YouTube claiming to have edited the genes of twins born earlier this month and defending the ethics of his work.

12 Nov 2018 | 9:11 PM

Scientists to swap dusty old kilogram for something more stable

LONDON, (Reuters) - After years of nursing a sometimes dusty cylinder of metal in a vault outside Paris as the global reference for modern mass, scientists are updating the definition of the kilogram.

12 Oct 2018 | 6:38 AM

C-section births rise rapidly to more than 20 percent worldwide

LONDON (Reuters) - Rates of caesarean section births almost doubled between 2000 and 2015 – from 12 to 21 percent worldwide - new research has found, with the life-saving surgery unavailable to many women in poor countries while often over-used in richer ones.

1 Oct 2018 | 8:34 PM

Scientists behind game-changing cancer immunotherapies win Nobel medicine prize

STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Reuters) - American James Allison and Japanese Tasuku Honjo won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine on Monday for game-changing discoveries about how to harness and manipulate the immune system to fight cancer.

18 Sep 2018 | 1:14 PM

Africa's rapid population growth puts poverty progress at risk, says Gates

LONDON (Reuters) - Rapid population growth in some of Africa's poorest countries could put at risk future progress towards reducing global poverty and improving health, according to a report by the philanthropic foundation of Bill Gates.

13 Sep 2018 | 7:14 AM

Half of Europe's clinical trials fail to report results despite EU rule

LONDON (Reuters) - Almost half of all European-registered clinical trials - in which scientists test drug treatments, interventions or therapies in humans - have breached EU rules by failing to report results, according to an analysis published on Thursday.

12 Sep 2018 | 10:12 PM

Cancer deaths rise to 9.6 million as populations grow and age

LONDON, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Cancer will claim the lives of 9.6 million people in 2018, accounting for one in eight of all deaths among men and one in 11 among women, the World Health Organization's cancer research agency said on Wednesday.