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Extreme heat straining health systems: WHO

The extreme heat in the northern hemisphere is putting an increasing strain on healthcare systems, hitting those least able to cope the hardest, the World Health Organization said.

INTERVIEW: Mohamed Abul-Ghar talks about a life where art and science were always entwined

Mohamed Abul-Ghar, the prominent gynaecologist, talks to Ahram Online on the occasion of receiving the Nile Award in Science and Advanced Technological Sciences.

‘Geneva patient’ becomes the sixth person with HIV in long-term remission

A man dubbed the "Geneva patient" is the latest person with HIV to be declared in long-term remission -- however he did not receive a transplant with a virus-blocking gene mutation like previous cases.

Gene therapy eyedrops restored a boy's sight. Similar treatments could help millions

Dr. Alfonso Sabater pulled up two photos of Antonio Vento Carvajal’s eyes. One showed cloudy scars covering both eyeballs. The other, taken after months of gene therapy given through eyedrops, revealed no scarring on either eye.

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.

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