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Dangerous chemicals found in nappy tests by French authority

France's national health agency Anses says it has found chemicals in babies' nappies that exceed safety levels. Tests found substances that are potentially dangerous to human health, including the controversial weedkiller glyphosate, the agency said. Anses...

How Egypt is turning to ‘female Viagra’

As Egypt becomes the first Arab country to authorise the production and sale of a drug meant to boost the female libido, I've been exploring whether there's a market for it in such a...

Kenya: Kuppet Rejects ‘Demeaning’ Pregnancy, FGM Tests for Schoolgirls

Teachers in Narok County have dismissed the directive by Commissioner George Natembeya for all upper primary and secondary school girls checks for pregnancy and female genital mutilation. The tests are demeaning and a violation of...

Surgery success for conjoined twins

Surgeons at the Albert Royer children's hospital in Senegal's capital, Dakar, have successfully separated two newborn girls. Sophia and Adja were joined by the sternum, sharing a part of the body called the pericardium, which is...

Kenya: Doctors Leave Cotton in Woman’s Belly After C-Section

Traces of cotton, which had been left in her abdomen, have made her life miserable, and in devastated state. When Irene Joyce Oluoch, 25, got pregnant with twins, she could hardly wait to hold them...

New TB drug hailed as game changer

Doctors in Belarus are reported to have cured more than 80% of sufferers from a deadly drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis using a new drug, bedaquiline, alongside other antibiotics. Belarus has the highest rates of multidrug-resistant...

Africa: Using a Smartphone to Test for HIV, Flu, Dengue Fever

By Aggrey Omboki Scientists have developed an affordable, quick test for a number of common infectious diseases including HIV, flu and dengue fever. Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and Keio University in...

What You Need to Know About SA’s Historic Liver Transplant From an HIV-Positive Donor

How could a baby get an organ from a person living with HIV and not automatically contract the virus? The experts weigh in. South Africa's done it again. Last week, surgeons from the Wits Donald...

Here’s How Far You Need to Walk Every Day to Extend Your Life

New research has found that walking for just 40 minutes several times per week reduces the risk of heart failure in post-menopausal women by 25 percent. Now that the weather is improving, and spring is...

Nigeria: ‘More People Have Access to Phones Than Toilets in Nigeria’

More people have access to mobile phones than toilet facilities in Nigeria, UNICEF's Chief of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Zaid Jurji, has said. Speaking yesterday at a two-day media dialogue on European Union (EU)...

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