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Birdflu still a major global health risk

The H5N1 bird flu virus could change into a form able to spread rapidly between humans, scientists have warned. Researchers have identified five genetic changes that could allow the virus to start a deadly pandemic. Writing in the journal Science  they say it would be theoretically possible for these changes to occur in nature. A US agency has tried unsuccessfully to ban publication of parts of the research fearing it could be used by terrorists to create a bioweapon. According to Prof Ron Fouchier from the Erasmus Medical Centre in…

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COBANA donates to Regional Hospital in Sunyani

The Council of Brong-Ahafo Association of North America (COBANA) on Thursday presented 100 pieces of bed-sheets worth 1000 US Dollars to the Regional Hospital in Sunyani. Mr. Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, who received the items on behalf of the hospital, expressed gratitude to the association for the gesture and hoped it would continue helping the hospital. Mr. Kwame Ntow Duku, Secretary of the Association, who made the presentation on behalf of his colleagues said membership of the Association was made up people who come from the Brong-Ahafo Region living…

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Radio Presenter donates incubators

Joy FM Gospel presenter Rev. Mike Nii Abossey has presented five incubators bought through donations from listeners of the Super Station to the Korle-bu Teaching Hospital and two other hospitals. To curtail the needless and preventable deaths of children due to the non availability of incubators at the Korle-bu Teaching Hospital, Rev Abossey, together with Drive Time host Bola Ray launched an appeal for the purchase of one incubator. Listeners bought into the noble idea and made donations to fund five incubators. On Thursday, Rev Abossey donated the incubators to…

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Lance Armstrong: US Anti-Doping Agency charges ‘spiteful’

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has described charges against him by the US Anti-Doping Agency as “baseless [and] motivated by spite”. The allegations against him include previously unpublicised claims of doping in 2009 and 2010, reports say. The 40-year-old has been immediately banned from competing in triathlons, a sport he took up after his retirement from cycling in 2011. “I have never doped,” Armstrong said in a statement on his website. “These charges are baseless [and] motivated by spite.” In its 15-page letter, USADA said its investigation included evidence…

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Health Director emphasizes on exclusive breast-feeding

Madam Rebecca Domoh, the Dormaa-East District Director of Health Services, has appealed to lactating mothers in the area to religiously comply with the six-month mandatory breast-feeding period for new-born babies. Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Wamfie, she said the programme had the potential to protect the new babies against the childhood killer diseases. Madam Domoh urged mothers to ignore rumours that children taken through exclusive breast-feeding could grow to become Mal-adjusted. The District Director explained that all policies, programmes and projects being executed by…

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Conference on Urological diseases opens in Koforidua

The Fourth ANASE International Conference on the use of the latest medical equipment in the diagnosis and treatment of urological diseases, opened at the Koforidua Regional Hospital on Monday. The conference brings together a team of 20 medical personnel made up of urologists, nurses and medical engineers from The Netherlands. They will join their Ghanaian counterparts to provide urological services to people in the Eastern Region in memory of the late Professor John K. M. Quartey who died in a motor accident after a urological outreach programme in Sunyani five…

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Experimental drug offers new way to battle certain breast cancer

Doctors who treat breast cancer patients are very excited about an experimental drug that presents a whole new way of knocking out cancer cells. The drug, trastuzumab emtansine, commonly referred to as T-DM1, appears to be superior to the standard treatment for women with advanced HER2-positive breast cancer. Researchers are presenting the results of a large three-year clinical trial Sunday at the 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago. It’s a combination of the targeted drug trastuzumab (the “T” in T-DM1), better known by the brand name Herceptin,…

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