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New blood test warns of arthritis 16 years in advance

Scientists at Britain’s Oxford University have developed a blood test that will predict arthritis more than a decade before it strikes. They hope that early diagnosis will allow for better treatment of the disorder. A team from the university’s Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology have developed a blood test that looks for antibodies that recognize the …

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A never-ending story: bird flu strikes again

Authorities in southern Germany have discovered the H5N2 bird flu virus on a poultry farm. Around 13,000 animals will have to be killed. Here’s an overview of the virus and its dangers. What is bird flu? Avian influenza – also called bird flu or fowl plague – is a viral disease that infects birds, especially …

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HIV and AIDS in a nutshell

It’s been 30 years since the HIV/AIDS epidemic shook the world. What is the current status of the virus globally? Are you at risk? Is there a cure? DW’s Kait Bolongaro went in search of answers. What is the state of public awareness about HIV and AIDS? According to a 2014 Americans were quite unaware …

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Fighting HIV with life-prolonging drugs

Medical experts place great emphasis on antiretroviral treatment in the fight against HIV. But the drugs, which can be quite costly, are not available to everyone – even though they can limit the spread of the virus. An HIV diagnosis is not a death sentence anymore. With the right medication, patients can expect to live …

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Male vs. female brains – just how big are the differences?

There are certain characteristics within male and female brains that are more pronounced. As an Israeli-German research team found out, a “mostly male” or “mostly female” brain is the exception, rather than the rule. Most humans have both female and male characteristics that make up their brain structure. Scientists came to this conclusion after analyzing …

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Will India cease to be a surrogacy hub?

India is planning to ban the use of surrogate mothers for foreign couples. But experts say that implementing the proposed ban would be difficult as the surrogacy business brings in a substantial amount of revenue. The practice of commercial surrogacy – when women are paid to carry and deliver babies for people who cannot conceive …

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Jamie Oliver and 10 other iconic chefs

Jamie Oliver has revolutionized British cuisine and has been using his fame to promote healthy food. Here are 10 more top chefs who have changed the way we cook food. At the end of the 1990s, Jamie Oliver proved men could look great and have fun in the kitchen through his BBC cooking program “The …

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WHO report highlights dangers of road traffic

The global status report on road safety for 2015 is more promising than many expected. The number of fatal accidents is down – but unfortunately not everywhere, according to data from the World Health Organization. About 1.25 million people are killed in traffic accidents worldwide. This is the grim message from the global status report …

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What is osteoporosis?

When healthy bones break, a cast, surgical screws or nails and a bit of rest usually do the trick. But when a patient has osteoporosis, fractures are more risky, as the bones have become brittle and fragile. Osteoporosis, commonly known as brittle bones, is diagnosed when bone mass is below average and decreases at a …

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The McB organic hamburger: green or greenwashing?

In Germany, McDonald’s has released its first organic hamburger – in response to popular demand, the company says. The product has been criticized, but it could help promote organic agriculture. And, how does it taste? The burger, which hit stores on October 1, is available only in Germany, and only for seven weeks. It features …

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Malaria deaths down 60%: WHO

A World Health Organization/UNICEF report claims more than 6 million lives have been saved from malaria over the past 15 years. Several countries are on the verge of eliminating the disease, health officials have said.

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Faster results for HIV tests in Germany

Scared you might have HIV? In the past, you had to wait 12 weeks in Germany before getting an answer. Now, the wait has been reduced to six – which will further reduce infections. Other countries are faster. HIV tests are more sensitive today than they used to be. They can detect smaller amounts of …

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Ebola death in Sierra Leone leads to mass quarantine

A village in northern Sierra Leone has been placed under quarantine after a post-mortem test revealed a man had died from Ebola. Several hospitals failed to recognize him as a potential victim of the disease. Earlier this week the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the fewest weekly Ebola infections for over a year in West …

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The lives and loves of Tinderella

Online editor Caroline tried out Tinder and between the overweight weirdos, the drug addicts and the shy nerds, life (and love) happened. Love takes a lot of balls, and I’ve always been a little better at getting involved in Hollywoodesque drama than at real, lasting love – if there even is such a thing. I’ve …

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