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USA about to get Cuba's lung cancer vaccine

lung canccer vaccine from CubaCloser American ties with one of the world's major cigar exporters could actually be good news in the fight against lung cancer. Cuba has developed Cimavax, an effective lung cancer vaccine, and American researchers can now finally get their hands on it, reports Wired.

After New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Cuba for a trade mission last month, the Buffalo-based Roswell Park Cancer Institute struck a deal with Havana's Center of Molecular Immunology to develop a vaccine, allowing clinical trials involving Cimavax to begin in the US, Bloomberg reports. Cimavax, which stops tumors from growing, was 25 years in the making and has been available for free to Cuban patients since 2011, Wired reports.


‘Superbug’ strain of typhoid fever spreading across Africa, Asia

Superbug typhoid feverAn antibiotic-resistant "superbug" strain of typhoid fever has spread globally, according to a new study.

Costly vaccines are available — though not widely used in poorer countries — and regular strains of the infection can be treated with antibiotic drugs. However, the study found that the "superbug" version, driven by a single family of the bacteria, called H58, is resistant to multiple types of antibiotics, is now becoming dominant.


Scores of Scientists Raise Alarm About the Long-Term Health Effects of Cellphones

cell phonesAre government officials doing enough to protect us from the potential long-term health effects of wearable devices and cellphones? Maybe not. A letter released today, signed by more than 190 scientists from 38 countries, calls on the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO), and national governments to develop stricter controls on these and other products that create electromagnetic fields (EMF).

"Based on peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices," reads the letter, whose signatories have collectively published more than 2,000 peer-reviewed papers on the subject. "The various agencies setting safety standards have failed to impose sufficient guidelines to protect the general public, particularly children who are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF."


Gov. Scott concedes that earlier Medicaid support was a ruse

Rick ScottShortly after his mother's 2013 death, Gov. Rick Scott went on TV to explain his startling decision to drop his strongly-held opposition to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

The Republican governor said her death had changed his perspective and he could no longer "in good conscience" oppose expanding health care coverage to nearly 1 million Floridians.


China hikes cigarette tax in anti-smoking drive

China cigarette tax doubledChina is set to raise the wholesale tax rate for cigarettes to 11 percent from 5 percent, the Ministry of Finance said on Friday, in a move to deter smokers in the world's biggest maker and consumer of tobacco.

China has accelerated a campaign against smoking over the past year, despite persistent opposition from the tobacco industry. Domestic and foreign anti-smoking activists say China's cigarette habit has come at a heavy cost to the healthcare system.


Scientists May Have Just Found A Solution For Deadly Superbugs

Superbig resistance A computer program designed by two scientists could one day be a weapon in the fight against antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Using complex algorithms, biologist Miriam Barlow of the University of California, Merced and mathematician Kristina Crona of American University in Washington, D.C. were able to prevent and actually reverse antibiotic resistance in a lab setting.

The discovery is exciting because antibiotic-resistant infections are some of the most pressing research concerns in modern medicine. These mutated bacteria, such as MRSA, C. diff and more, have the power to turn back the clock on all of the advances we've made since the advent of antibiotics.


Vaccination against measles may have other benefits

measles vaccineA new study suggests the measles shot comes with a bonus: By preventing that disease, the vaccine may also help your body fight off other illnesses for years.

It’s long been known that contracting measles weakens the immune system for weeks or months, putting people, especially children, at increased risk for potentially fatal infection by a host of germs.


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