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Hong Kong confirms 2nd human bird flu infection this winter

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong authorities on Friday confirmed the city's second case of human bird flu infection this winter, five days after the death of a first patient who contracted the same H7N9 strain of the disease.
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All of France placed on 'high risk' restrictions over bird flu

PARIS (Reuters) - France widened "high risk" restrictions to the entire country after the detection of several cases of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu strain in farms in southwest France and in wild ducks in northern France, the farm ministry said on Tuesday....
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Death toll from Australia's thunderstorm asthma reaches 6

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Six people have died and five remained on life support after a rare condition known as thunderstorm asthma struck Australia's second-largest city, officials said on Sunday....
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Campaign Launched to Fight Loneliness Among At-Risk Seniors

..."It is estimated that one in five adults over age 50 are affected by isolation, a problem that has been associated with higher rates of chronic disease, depression, dementia and death," ......
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Online game about lost sea hero helps scientists studying dementia

LONDON (Reuters) - An online game following the journey of an elderly former sea explorer who has lost his memories has helped scientists lead a vast international dementia study and given important preliminary results about human orientation skills....
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J&J arthritis drug goes up against Humira, with mixed results

(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson said its experimental sirukumab treatment for rheumatoid arthritis showed mixed results against AbbVie Inc's top-selling Humira in a large trial....
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Sunshine Very Important for Mental Health

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – According to a recent study, when it comes to your mental and emotional health, the amount of time between sunrise and sunset is the weather variable that matters most. ...
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Brexit threatens supply of new drugs, report warns

LONDON (Reuters) - British patients could end up not being able to access modern medicines if there is a "hard Brexit", a think tank report endorsed by a former Conservative health minister warned on Wednesday....
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Factory farming could lead us to ‘antibiotic apocalypse’

...Since the intensive nature of farming has not changed very much, industry aims only to treat the symptoms of the problem, without tackling the root cause......
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Exelixis and Pfizer drugs compete in kidney cancer trial

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Exelixis's drug Cabometyx outperformed Pfizer's Sutent in a clinical study for the treatment of metastatic kidney cancer, suggesting it has the potential to become a first-line treatment, researchers said on Monday....
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