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diseaseStable antibodies enable vast improvements to medical diagnostics and treatment in disaster-stricken areas

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When large groups of people are suddenly cut off from electricity, shelter and medical supplies, the initial crisis may be only the tip of the iceberg. Sanitation issues, disease and physical fatigue are among the many widespread and lingering problems …

cancerBill Gates sees near term elimination of all infectious disease

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Bill Gates sees enormous opportunities to make progress on some of the toughest health challenges. Gates described what he sees in a keynote to the JP Morgan 36th Annual Healthcare Conference in San Francisco. Since 1990, the world has cut …

europeTaiwan could teach the USA about the leap to single payer healthcare

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In 1995, Taiwan chose William Hsiao, a professor of economics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to lead a task force to design a new healthcare system. Uwe Reinhardt, a longtime Princeton professor, also contributed significantly to …

africaThe most improvement for the World’s poor ever will happen over the next 12 years

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Bill Gates talked about improving the world for the poor. Go from 5% who die before the age of 5 down to 2.5% or less Rotovirus vaccine and Pnuemococcus vaccines will save 500,000 lives per year Rotating crops, money for …

dietWeight loss can cure type 2 diabetes

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298 people with Type 2 diabetes were put on an All-liquid diet and they were each able to lose an average of 30 pounds of weight and half of them no longer had to take diabetes medication. They spent up …

chinaToilets can save many lives and prevent rapes

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Having toilets makes your everyday life better. Globally toilets and sanitation can save millions of lives through disease prevention. Toilets can also prevent rapes. According to a study, women in India who use open defecation sites are twice as likely …

alzheimer'sBill Gates believes Alzheimers research is a turning point and is investing $100 million to accelerate progress

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Bill Gates has personally invested $50 million in the Dementia Discovery Fund—a private fund working to diversify the clinical pipeline and identify new targets for treatment. Most of the major pharmaceutical companies continue to pursue the amyloid and tau pathways. …

air pollutionNew Delhi Air is ten times worse the Beijing and United has cancelled flights

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Citing toxic smog that one official said has turned India’s capital city into a “gas chamber,” United Airlines has canceled flights to New Delhi until the air gets better. New Delhi’s air quality is consistently ranked among the world’s worst. …

agricultureChina spending $100 billion to start addressing severe water pollution

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China launched nearly 8,000 water clean-up projects in the first half of 2017 with a projected total investment of 667.4 billion yuan (US$100.2 billion). The projects were devised as part of a 2015 action plan to treat and prevent water …

malariaGDF15 gene related protein reduces weight in animals and is promising human obesity treatment

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Researchers have created engineered proteins that lowered body weight, bloodstream insulin, and cholesterol levels in obese mice, rats, and primates. The delivery of the GDF15 gene reduced body weights, food intake, and serum insulin levels in the animals. The GDF15 …