FDA approves ‘trackable’ pill

US regulators have approved the first pill that can be digitally tracked through the body. The Abilify MyCite aripiprazole tablets - for treating schizophrenia and manic episodes - have an ingestible sensor embedded inside them...

Kenya launches new drug to treat pneumonia in children

The Kenyan Ministry of Health has announced that it will officially adopt amoxicillin-dispersible tablets as the first line antibiotic treatment for pneumonia in children under age five. Pneumonia has been ranked as one of...
Marburg

Ministry of Health allays fears of Marburg virus outbreak

The Ministry of Health has allayed fears of a Marburg fever outbreak in the country, but urged Kenyans to remain vigilant after several cases of the viral disease were confirmed in neighboring Uganda. Speaking to...
Marburg

Trans Nzoia health officials issue alert over Marburg virus

Health officials from Trans Nzoia County have issued an alert over a possible outbreak of Marburg virus disease in the region. The caution comes following a suspected case of the deadly virus with samples...
cervical cancer

Eleven things you need to know about cervical cancer

Cervical cancer vaccines were approved in 2006. They are available in the country and range from KSh 2,000 to 3,000 David Makumi, the chairman of Kenya Network of Cancer Organisation (KENCO), sat down with Samuel...
Cancer Merck

Merck Foundation seeks to improve cancer care in Africa

Merck Foundation says there is need for improvement in infrastructure and increase in the number of specialized workforce, to improve cancer care in Sub-Saharan African countries. BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH), and the African...
Twins

Conjoined twins survive epic journey

Conjoined twins born in a remote village in the Democratic Republic of Congo have survived a 15-hour journey on the back of a motorbike to be separated. They were then flown to the capital, Kinshasa,...
Mushrooms

Magic mushrooms can ‘reset’ depressed brain

A hallucinogen found in magic mushrooms can "reset" the brains of people with untreatable depression, raising hopes of a future treatment, scans suggest. The small study gave 19 patients a single dose of the psychedelic...
chocolate

Hospitals in chocolate crackdown

"Super-sized" chocolate bars are to be banished from hospital shops, canteens and vending machines, NHS England says. Sweets and chocolate sold in hospitals should be 250 calories or under, the head of the body says. Under...
contraception

Breaking the contraception taboo in India

Contraception is a taboo topic in India - resulting in high fertility rates. In Bihar, one of the country's poorest states, women have an average of three or more children. But in a remote...
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