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Pigs with edited genes show greater resistance to respiratory disease
A novel but controversial technique known as gene-editing has produced pigs that could be resilient to an often fatal virus that costs European farmers US$1.6 billion per year, researchers said Thursday.
 
Smartphones are revolutionizing the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, thanks to add-ons and apps that make their ubiquitous small screens into medical devices, researchers say.
 
Sperm count among male donors in Taiwan on the decline: study
The quality and quantity of semen sampled from sperm donors in Taiwan have deteriorated in recent years, a recent study by the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Sciences (CRMS) of Taipei Medical University found.
 
Concussion symptoms 3x higher in soccer players who 'head' ball
Adult soccer players who regularly use their heads to hit balls are three times more likely to show concussion symptoms than players who don't head the ball often, a US study said Wednesday.
 
Low social status a bigger health risk than obesity: study
People on the bottom rung of the socioeconomic ladder may live two years less on average than those at the top, according to a large-scale study published Wednesday.
 
Ugandan engineers invent 'smart jacket' to diagnose pneumonia
A team of Ugandan engineers has invented a "smart jacket" that diagnoses pneumonia faster than a doctor, offering hope against a disease which kills more children worldwide than any other.
 
Ebola's long-term effects revealed
People who survive Ebola may still battle debilitating health problems a year after being declared infection-free, according to an ongoing trial in Guinea which highlighted the need for patient followup.
 
Former President Jimmy Carter, who has been working for decades to eradicate Guinea worm disease, says only 25 human cases of the illness were reported worldwide in 2016.
 
Genetics researcher Oliver Smithies, who won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 2007, is dead at age 91.
 
Finally, some hope for the 'tree man'
A Bangladeshi father dubbed the "tree man" because of the bark-like warts that once covered his body will soon be able to leave hospital after groundbreaking treatment for one of the world's rarest diseases.
 
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