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EU drug watchdog approves first RSV infant vaccine

Europe's drug watchdog on Friday approved the world's first vaccine for infants against the Respiratory Syncytial Virus, a major cause of child hospitalisation on the continent, the Amsterdam-based agency said.

In Photos: A roundup of the extreme heat hitting the globe

The world has been buffeted by fires, dire health warnings and broken temperature records in the past week. Here is a roundup of the prolonged spell of extreme heat scorching millions around the globe.

How heatwaves are dangerous to human health and what to do

Record-breaking heatwaves across the Northern Hemisphere have again sparked concerns about the danger such blistering temperatures pose to people's health, particularly children and the elderly.

INTERVIEW – The Bedouin Trail aims to unveil Middle East's cultural richness: Co-founder

Ahram online spoke with Ben Hoffler, a co-founder of the Sinai Trail, about the ambitious launch of the intercontinental hiking route spanning 1,200 km between Africa and Asia, connecting Petra in Jordan with Luxor in Egypt.

Second Alzheimer's drug in pipeline can slow the disease by a few months but with safety risk

Another experimental Alzheimer’s drug can modestly slow patients’ inevitable worsening — by about four to seven months, researchers reported Monday.

INTERVIEW: Harbisson, from colourblind to human who can 'hear' colours

Have you watched Transformers or X-Men? These movies showcase heroes with extraordinary abilities. But what if science fiction became reality? Meet Neil Harbisson, the first "cyborg" with both biological and technological organs. He can "hear" colours, making him an exceptional human being.

WHO worried bird flu might adapt to humans 'more easily'

The World Health Organization warned Wednesday that the recent surge in bird flu outbreaks among mammals could help the virus spread more easily among humans.

How extreme heat takes a toll on the mind and body

With so many consecutive days of excessive heat, physicians people should know the warning signs of heat illness.

INTERVIEW: Fighting plastic waste in the Mediterranean's Blue Economy

Almotaz Abadi, Deputy Secretary General for Water, Environment and Blue Economy at the Union for the Mediterranean, discusses the need to change the narrative around the endangered ecosystem of the Mediterranean Sea.

FDA is asked to look into Logan Paul’s energy drink, which has the caffeine of 6 Coke cans

An influencer-backed energy drink that has earned viral popularity among children is facing scrutiny from lawmakers and health experts over its potentially dangerous levels of caffeine.

For the third time this week, Earth sets an unofficial heat record. What’s behind those big numbers?

Earth’s average temperature set a new unofficial record high on July 6th, the third such milestone in a week that already rated as the hottest on record and what one prominent scientist says could be the hottest in 120,000 years.

WHO announces 18 mln malaria jab doses for 12 African nations

Around 18 million doses of the first malaria vaccine will be delivered to 12 African countries by 2025, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Vaccine Alliance said Wednesday.

Hungry ticks can use this static trick to land on you

Hungry ticks have some slick tricks. They can zoom through the air using static electricity to latch onto people, pets and other animals, new research shows.

Gene variant linked to multiple sclerosis severity

Scientists have discovered a genetic variant linked with multiple sclerosis becoming more debilitating over time, in research hailed as a first step towards a new drug.

WHO warns Covid 'has not gone away'

The World Health Organization's European office on Tuesday warned the risk of Covid-19 has not gone away, saying it was still responsible for nearly 1,000 deaths a week in the region.

The next big advance in cancer treatment could be a vaccine

After decades of limited success, scientists say research has reached a turning point, with many predicting more vaccines will be out in five years.

US intelligence rejects proponents of COVID-19 origins lab leak theory

U.S. officials released an intelligence report Friday that rejected some points raised by those who argue COVID-19 leaked from a Chinese lab, instead reiterating that American spy agencies remain divided over how the pandemic began.

Climate change leads to growing risk of mosquito-borne viral diseases

European Union officials warned there is a growing risk of mosquito-borne viral diseases such as dengue and chikungunya in Europe due to climate change.

Over 1.3 billion globally will have diabetes by 2050, study finds

More than 1.3 billion people worldwide will have diabetes at the half-century mark, up from 529 million in 2021, according to estimates released by the Lancet medical journal.

Lab-grown human embryo models spark calls for regulation

Scientists have used stem cells to create structures that resemble human embryos in the lab, in a first that has prompted calls for stricter regulation in the rapidly advancing field.

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