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Frenchman, Japanese rewarded for research into narcolepsy

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Emmanuel Mignot is one of the world's leading experts on narcolepsy, a sleep disorder that he finds both "strange" and "fascinating." The French-born Mignot has dedicated his life to studying the causes of narcolepsy and shedding light on one of the great biological mysteries -- sleep. His discovery of the… Read

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4.4 mil Americans roll up sleeves for Omicron-targeted boosters

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U.S. health officials say 4.4 million Americans have rolled up their sleeves for the updated COVID-19 booster shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted the count Thursday as public health experts bemoaned President Joe Biden’s recent remark that “the pandemic is over.” The White House said more than… Read

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Recovering addicts work to help others in 'Project Recover'

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Wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with the word “PEER,” Joy Bogese approaches people struggling with drug addiction the way a teacher might approach a reluctant student — gently, calmly and armed with experience in a subject that has stymied each of them. Bogese, a recovering heroin addict, breaks the ice… Read

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Global Fund seeks $18 billion to end HIV, TB and malaria

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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Wednesday sought to raise at least $18 billion at a donor conference led by U.S. President Joe Biden, as decades of progress against the three diseases are set back by COVID. It is the highest ever "replenishment" goal set by… Read

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How the new bivalent COVID vaccines work

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France became the latest country on Tuesday to authorize new COVID-19 vaccines that have been updated to target Omicron subvariants ahead of autumn booster campaign. Here's what you need to know about these "bivalent" vaccines, which means they also still target the original strain that emerged in the Chinese city… Read

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Viruses may be 'watching' you – some microbes lie in wait until their hosts give them the signal to start multiplying

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After more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, you might picture a virus as a nasty spiked ball – a mindless killer that gets into a cell and hijacks its machinery to create a gazillion copies of itself before bursting out. For many viruses, including the coronavirus that causes… Read

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France's health body warns of resurgence of COVID virus in the country

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France's national health body has warned of a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the country, and urged people to continue to get vaccinated to protect themselves against the virus. The Sante Publique France (SPF) body said that during the week of Sept 5-Sept 11, there had been 186 confirmed COVID… Read

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Is your gas stove bad for your health?

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Cooks love their gadgets, from countertop slow cookers to instant-read thermometers. Now, there’s increasing interest in magnetic induction cooktops – surfaces that cook much faster than conventional stoves, without igniting a flame or heating an electric coil. Some of this attention is overdue: Induction has long been popular in Europe… Read

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Fight against AIDS, TB and malaria bounced back post-COVID - but not enough

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Efforts to tackle AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria began to recover last year after being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, but the world is still not on track to defeat these killer diseases, according to a report. In its 2021 report, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis… Read

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Americans give health care system failing mark: poll

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When Emmanuel Obeng-Dankwa is worried about making rent on his New York City apartment, he sometimes holds off on filling his blood pressure medication. “If there’s no money, I prefer to skip the medication to being homeless,” said Obeng-Dankwa, a 58-year-old security guard. He is among a majority of adults… Read

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