Clinical trial shows new treatment for a rare and aggressive cancer improves survival rates

The phase 3 clinical trial, published recently in JAMA Oncology and sponsored by Polaris Pharmaceuticals, has unveiled a breakthrough in the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), a rare and often rapidly fatal form of cancer associated with asbestos exposure and which has limited therapeutic options. The trial found that a combination treatment of traditional […]

WHO warns COVID infections rising fast and under-reported

The UN health agency WHO confirmed on Friday (January 5, 2024) that coronavirus numbers are spiking globally and that we “should expect more cases” in the coming winter months in the northern hemisphere. Latest data from the World Health Organization covering the four weeks to 17 December indicated a 52 per cent increase in infections […]

Need to be on alert and be prepared against new and emerging strains of COVID-19 virus, says Indian Health Minister amid JN.1 spike

Indian Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday (December 20, 2023) chaired a high-level meeting to review the COVID-19 situation in India and the preparedness of public health system for surveillance, containment and management of COVID-19 in view of the recent spike in coronavirus cases in some states. He was joined by Prof. S P Singh […]

WHO advocates ending E-cigarettes boom, lists dangers

E-cigarettes, which pose serious health risks, are being “aggressively marketed” to young people and in large parts of the world there are no rules in place to protect children from their harmful effects, UN health agency World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Thursday (December 14, 2023). WHO said that 88 countries have no minimum age […]

UNICEF warns drop in vaccine coverage prompts measles surge in Europe, Central Asia

Measles, a vaccine-preventable disease which weakens children’s immune systems and can be fatal, is up by a staggering 3,200 per cent this year compared to 2022 in Europe and Central Asia, UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Thursday (December 14, 2023). Some 30,600 cases have been confirmed in the region so far in 2023 and […]

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