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Settle Down, Your Hot Drink Isn’t Likely to Give You Cancer

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Settle Down, Your Hot Drink Isn’t Likely to Give You Cancer

The World Health Organization announced today that hot drinks probably cause cancer. That does not mean that the hot coffee in your hand right now is going to kill you. This announcement comes with a lot of caveats, and most of us are probably in the clear. First, a quick reminder about what “probably causes cancer” really means. The WHO’s cancer research group puts items on that list if they “probably” havesome kind of link to cancer, even a very small or weak link. Very hot beverages share this list with the pesticide glyphosate, but also with red meat and...

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Superbugs on Track to Kill More People Than Cancer

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Superbugs on Track to Kill More People Than Cancer

Antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” are on track to kill more people than cancer, the UK’s chief financial minister will warn Thursday. By 2050, Chancellor George Osborne will say, antimicrobial resistance could claim the lives of as many as 10 million people a year globally unless global action is taken. By comparison, the World Heath Organization (WHO) estimates that 8.2 million people die each year from cancer. The message that Osborne is set to deliver in Washington, D.C. to delegates at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting will focus on the economic costs of the problem as well. “My message here at the...

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Scientists discover way to improve effectiveness of antibiotics

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Scientists discover way to improve effectiveness of antibiotics

Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have discovered that antibiotics can continue to be effective if bacteria's cell-to-cell communication and ability to latch on to each other are disrupted. This research breakthrough is a major step forward in tackling the growing concern of antibiotic resistance, opening up new treatment options for doctors to help patients fight against chronic and persistent bacterial infections. The study, led by Assistant Professor Yang Liang from the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences (SCELSE) at NTU, found that a community of bacteria, known as biofilm, can put up a strong line of defence...

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World Health Organization Declares Sierra Leone Ebola-Free

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World Health Organization Declares Sierra Leone Ebola-Free

More than 19 months since the first case of the world’s worst Ebola outbreak was reported in West Africa, Sierra Leone has been declared free of the disease. The World Health Organization said Saturday that 42 days—the length of two incubation cycles of the deadly virus—had passed since the last person confirmed to have the disease cleared a second consecutive blood test. “The Ebola outbreak has decimated families, the health system, the economy, and social structures,” said Dr. Anders Nordström, the WHO representative in Sierra Leone, in a statement. “All need to recover and heal.” In Sierra Leone, 8,704 people...

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