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19 Jun 2019 | 10:26 PM

Eroding trust in vaccines leaves populations vulnerable, global study finds

London (Reuters) - Trust in vaccines - one of the world's most effective and widely-used medical products - is highest in poorer countries but weaker in wealthier ones where scepticism has allowed outbreaks of diseases such as measles to persist, a global study found on Wednesday.

25 Mar 2019 | 5:55 PM

Bill Gates urges Afghanistan and Pakistan to "get to zero" in polio fight

LONDON, March 25 (Reuters) - Local Afghan Taliban leaders are hindering global efforts to end polio, but Afghanistan and Pakistan must continue their fight to "get to zero" cases, the philanthropist Bill Gates said on Monday.

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.

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.

21 May 2018 | 8:37 PM

First Ebola vaccines given as WHO seeks to beat Congo outbreak

LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) - A vaccination campaign aimed at beating an outbreak of Ebola in Congo began on Monday in the port city of Mbandaka, where four cases of the deadly disease have been confirmed.

18 May 2018 | 5:50 PM

Analysis - In Congo outbreak, Ebola vaccine faces reality tests

LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) - An experimental Ebola vaccine to be deployed in an outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has conquered some major scientific hurdles in giving high protection, but it now faces extreme real-world tests including heat, humidity, language barriers and lack of roads.

16 Mar 2018 | 6:54 PM

Deadly listeria could herald tighter food safety rules in South Africa

LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) - A huge and deadly outbreak of listeria in South Africa could alter the country's approach to food-borne disease and prompt improvements in food safety standards, a leading health official said on Friday.

26 Jan 2017 | 11:10 PM

Proliferation of bird flu outbreaks raises risk of human pandemic

LONDON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The global spread of bird flu and the number of viral strains currently circulating and causing infections have reached unprecedented levels, raising the risk of a potential human outbreak, according to disease experts.

28 May 2016 | 11:52 PM

WHO rejects call for Olympics to be moved due to Zika

LONDON, May 28 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday rejected a call for the Rio Olympic Games to be moved or postponed due to the threat posed by a large outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil.

10 Mar 2016 | 2:41 AM

Experts perplexed over why Sharapova was taking banned heart drug

LONDON, March 9 (Reuters) - The medicine Maria Sharapova says she has taken for 10 years due to a family history of heart issues and diabetes is an old drug sold in just a few Eastern European countries that can also boost exercise tolerance.