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Two-drug Regimen Shows Promise against Pancreatic Cancer

A combination of two chemotherapy drugs has shown promising results in fighting pancreatic cancer, significantly improving five-year survival rates, according to a European study presented Friday.

The trial showed that patients who take the oral drug capecitabine in addition to treatment with the commonly-used intravenous drug gemcitabine after surgical removal of pancreatic cancer survived longer without significant increase in negative side effects.

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U.S. to Establish Lab Network for Combating 'Superbugs'

US authorities said Tuesday they are establishing a network of labs that can respond quickly to antibiotic-resistant "superbugs," following America's first human case of a dangerous strain of E. coli.

The announcement by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came as authorities try to identify people who had contact with a 49-year-old woman in the eastern state of Pennsylvania whose urinary tract infection tested positive for E. coli bacteria carrying the antibiotic-resistant mcr-1 gene.

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Indonesia's Battle to Bring Healthcare to the Masses

When Heni Karmila sought to find a doctor for her ailing mother using Indonesia's new healthcare system, she faced a nine-hour wait in a line outside a crowded public hospital in Jakarta.

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WHO Says Zika Response Plan only 13 Percent Funded

The World Health Organization's Zika response program is only 13 percent funded, "severely" compromising efforts to combat the virus that is increasingly becoming a global threat, the UN agency said Monday.

But the significant funding gaps in the $17.7-million (15.9-million-euro) plan are not having a major impact on Brazil's efforts to keep the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro safe, WHO spokeswoman Nyka Alexander told AFP.

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Pharma Sector Set for Wave of Mergers, Acquisitions

The pharmaceuticals sector is facing an intensive period of mergers and acquisitions in the coming years, even if U.S. firms Pfizer and Allergan recently failed to tie the knot, the corporate consultancy firm EY said Monday.

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WHO: Angola's Yellow Fever Death Toll Tops 300

Angola's yellow fever outbreak has killed more than 300 people since December, with cases of the deadly disease spreading to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and even China, the World Health Organization has said.

The outbreak was first detected in the capital Luanda at the end of last year, and has now been confirmed in most coastal and central regions of the west African country.

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WHO to Better Respond to Emergencies

Member states of the World Health Organization have agreed a long-awaited reform of the agency so that it responds more quickly and effectively to emergency situations.

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Revolutionary Hepatitis C Drugs Leave Public Health Systems Reeling

They've brought hope to millions, drugs so revolutionary that they can cure hepatitis C and so expensive that neither patients nor public health services can afford them -- an issue to be raised at this week's G7.

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Children Risk Health Farming Tobacco in Indonesia, Says HRW

Children are being put to work on tobacco plantations in Indonesia that supply some of the world's biggest cigarette companies, putting their health at serious risk, Human Rights Watch warned Wednesday.

Despite Indonesian law prohibiting child labor in hazardous industries, the rights group documented dozens of cases of minors -- some as young as eight -- falling ill from handling raw tobacco and mixing pesticides with their bare hands.

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Study: Loss of Y Chromosome Linked to Alzheimer's Disease

About one in five men over age 80 lose the Y chromosome from their blood cells, and this condition has now been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, researchers said Monday.

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