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Hong Kong diagnoses first bird flu case in seven years

A woman in Hong Kong is seriously ill in hospital with bird flu – the first human case of the disease to be diagnosed in the territory since 2003. Officials said the 59-year-old fell ill shortly after returning from a visit to the Chinese mainland. It is not yet clear whether she contracted the potentially […]

Dementia cost to top 1% of GDP

Dementia care costs are rising fast with the costs associated with dementia amounting to more than 1% of the world’s gross domestic product this year at £388bn a report says.The World Alzheimer Report says this is more than the revenue of retail giant Wal-Mart or oil firm Exxon Mobil. The authors say dementia poses the […]

Trio of scientists who urged swine flu vaccine stockpiling had previously been paid by drug companies

Three scientists who drew up the key World Health Organisation guidelines advising governments to stockpile drugs in the event of a flu pandemic had previously been paid by drug companies which stood to profit. An investigation by the British Medical Journal and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the not-for-profit reporting unit, shows that WHO guidance […]