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HEALTH: The first COVID-19 Vaccine test on humans shows signs of creating immunity.

HEALTH: The first COVID-19 Vaccine test on humans shows signs of creating immunity.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, WORLD
The first coronavirus vaccine tested on humans appears safe and generated antibodies which stopped the virus replicating, according to early trial results shared on Monday. Eight healthy volunteers saw few adverse effects after taking two doses of the potential vaccine, according to Moderna, its manufacturer based in Massachusetts. It appeared to trigger an immune response - the critical requirement of a working vaccine - producing "neutralising antibodies" in all eight of the patients. The levels of those antibodies were similar to that found in people who caught Covid-19 and then recovered. Dr Tal Zaks, Moderna's chief medical officer, called the result a "first important step", with much more testing needed. Some medical experts urged caution, seeking more data. A secon...
HEALTH: Man tells how he escaped the Coronavirus.

HEALTH: Man tells how he escaped the Coronavirus.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, WORLD
Connor Reed, a 25-year-old expat from Llandudno in North Wales, has worked in a school in Wuhan, China, for almost a year. In November he became the first British man to catch the coronavirus. From coughs and aches to burning up and spending the night in hospital, here’s how he beat the illness that is sweeping the globe. Day 1 — Monday Nov. 25: I have a cold. I’m sneezing and my eyes are a bit bleary. It isn’t bad enough to keep me off work. I arrived in this country to teach English as a foreign language — but now I’m a manager at a school in Wuhan, the city in central China where I have lived for the past seven months. I speak Mandarin well, and the job is interesting. My cold shouldn’t be very contagious, so I have no qualms about going to work. And I live alone, so I...
WORLD: The World Bank and IMF summon for global response to Coronavirus.

WORLD: The World Bank and IMF summon for global response to Coronavirus.

HEALTH, WORLD
The International Monetary Fund, IMF and World Bank Group on Wednesday announced additional measures to curtail the impact of the coronavirus on the world’s economy and health. “We know the disease is spreading quickly with over one-third of our membership affected directly. This is no longer a regional issue. It is a global problem calling for a global response,” Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, IMF said. The IMF and World Bank have announced the immediate availability of over $60 billion in resources to member states. David Malpass, President, World Bank Group, on his part stressed the need for concerted efforts in the wake of the epidemic: “It’s a 12-billion-dollar package of which 6 billion dollars is IBRD and IDA, and that enables and allows special protect...
HEALTH: Novartis and Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) to collaborate on the development of a new oral drug to treat Visceral Leishmaniasis

HEALTH: Novartis and Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) to collaborate on the development of a new oral drug to treat Visceral Leishmaniasis

FEATURE STORIES, HEALTH, WORLD
BASEL, Switzerland, February 25, 2020/ -- LXE408 is a first-in-class compound, discovered at Novartis (https://www.Novartis.com/) with financial support from the Wellcome Trust; Novartis is responsible for completing Phase I clinical trials and has committed to maximizing access in endemic countries, once approved; DNDi (https://www.DNDi.org/) will lead Phase II and III clinical development, starting in India with additional trials planned in East Africa; Leishmaniasis, which is transmitted by the sand fly, affects over one billion people; visceral leishmaniasis, the most serious form of the disease, affects an estimated 50 000 to 90 000 people per year. Novartis and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), a not-for-profit research and development (R&D) organi...
HEALTH: A Healthy diet to healthier sperm count, greater fertility

HEALTH: A Healthy diet to healthier sperm count, greater fertility

HEALTH
A new study published in the journal JAMA Network Open in February 2020 reports that Danish men who followed a healthy diet had the highest total sperm counts, and a better hormonal profile concerning hormonal regulators of fertility, compared to those on a Western or other less healthy types of diet. Male fertility trends and contributing factors Over the last few decades, fertility in men has gone down significantly. Recent studies show a 50% to 60% reduction in total sperm count over the years 1973 to 2011 in the developed nations of the world. This is merely the continuation of a trend that began to be seen in the 1940s. Other studies suggest that testosterone levels are also falling over time. The reasons for these changes are not clear but may have to do with endo...
HEALTH: What you need to know about the Coronavirus.

HEALTH: What you need to know about the Coronavirus.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, WORLD
Concerns are mounting about how long the novel coronavirus may survive on surfaces -- so much so that China's central bank has taken measures to deep clean and destroy its cash, which changes hands multiple times a day, in an effort to contain the virus.It is unknown exactly how long the novel coronavirus can linger on contaminated surfaces and objects with the potential of infecting people, but some researchers are finding clues by studying the elusive behaviors of other coronaviruses. Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses common among animals. In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Officials do not know what animal may have caused the ...