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UN adopts first resolution on vision, aims to help 1 billion

The U.N. General Assembly approved its first-ever resolution on vision Friday, calling on its 193 member nations to ensure access to eye care for everyone in their countries which would contribute to a global effort to help at least 1.1 billion people with vision impairment who currently lack eye services by 2030. The “Vision for […]

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Australia records first death in Sydney virus outbreak

Australia announced its first coronavirus-related death in the current Sydney virus outbreak on Sunday, as the country’s biggest city struggles to bring the Delta variant under control. The woman in her 90s died Saturday, hours after testing positive for COVID-19, and was also the first death from a locally-acquired infection in Australia this year. It […]

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FDA approves first drug to treat Alzheimer's patients since 2003

FDA approves first drug to treat Alzheimer’s patients since 2003 despite controversy over mixed clinical trial results On Monday, the FDA approved aducanumab, which was developed by Biogen Inc, to treat Alzheimer’s disease The drug removes amyloid beta proteins from the brain and could slow down patients’ cognitive decline  Aducanumab is not only the first drug […]

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Hungary starts using Chinese vaccine in EU first: PM

Hungary on Wednesday became the first EU nation to start using China’s Sinopharm vaccine against the coronavirus, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said. “Today we begin to inoculate with the Chinese vaccines,” Orban said in a Facebook video message. Hungary—whose population is around 10 million—has ordered five million doses of the Chinese jab. A planned 275,000 […]

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First baby born after uterus transplant in France

A baby has been born following a uterus transplant for the first time ever in France, the hospital treating mother and infant said Wednesday. Such births are extremely rare but not unprecedented, and come after a cutting-edge procedure to transplant a healthy uterus into a woman whose own is damaged or missing. The baby, a […]

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Misjudging thin ice can be fatal, check first

Before you venture onto frozen ponds, lakes and rivers, it’s critical to make sure they’re safe, an expert cautions. “A minimum of four inches of clear, newly formed ice is needed to support one person on foot,” according to Curt Sinclair, a natural resources specialist at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. “New ice is usually […]