Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Pandemic gets tougher to track as COVID testing plunges

Testing for COVID-19 has plummeted across the globe, making it much tougher for scientists to track the course of the pandemic and spot new, worrisome viral mutants as they emerge and spread.

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Detecting heavy metals in hair samples

South Africa is home to the largest known gold deposit on Earth, the Witwatersrand basin near Johannesburg. When mining the desired precious metal, harmful, toxic and radioactive mining waste comes to the surface as a byproduct. ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Rollout of world's first malaria jab gathers pace

The world's first malaria vaccine will soon be available across sub-Saharan Africa, according to PATH, partners of the vaccine developers, as positive results from the pioneering jab pile up.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

WHO: COVID continues to decline, except in Americas, Africa

The World Health Organization said Wednesday that the number of newly reported coronavirus cases and deaths globally continued to fall in the last week, continuing a decline that first began in March.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Two Omicron sub-variants driving S. Africa COVID spike: WHO

Two new Omicron sub-variants are driving an increase in reported COVID cases in South Africa, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, stressing the importance of testing to monitor virus mutations and spread.

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