FDA Approves New Drug For Sickle Cell Disease

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first new drug for sickle cell disease in nearly two decades. Endari (L-glutamine oral powder) helps reduce severe complications associated with the blood disorder, the agency said. Sickle cell disease is an inherited disorder in…

Why Light Cigarettes Might Be Worse

Smokers often switch to light cigarettes as a way to wean themselves off the habit, or for a “healthier” alternative, but are they any less cancer causing? A new study says that not only are light cigarettes unhealthy, but they’re likely one of the reasons that rates of…

Washing Hands In Cold Water ‘As Good As Hot’

US scientists say they have poured cold water on the theory that washing hands with hot water kills more germs than unheated water. The small study of 20 people found using water at 15C (59F) left hands as clean as water heated to 38C (100F)…

Did India Hide Its First Cases Of Zika Virus?

On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said India’s health ministry had confirmed three cases of the mosquito-borne virus from the city of Ahmedabad in western Gujarat state. Authorities in Gujarat said the cases were reported in a bustling neighbourhood between November 2016 and February…

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