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South African child ‘virtually cured’ of HIV

A nine-year-old infected with HIV at birth has spent most of their life without needing any treatment, say doctors in South Africa. The child, whose identity is being protected, was given a burst of treatment shortly after birth. They have…
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Ghana: Mental Health Patients Freed from Chains

The Mental Health Authority of Ghana has taken steps to release 18 people, including two girls, held in shackles at Nyakumasi Prayer Camp, a spiritual healing center in the Central Region. Those freed, some of whom have mental health…
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Fighting Malaria: Extreme gardening could help

Gardening could be a powerful weapon against malaria, culling mosquito populations by cutting off their food supply, say researchers. A team tested their idea in nine villages in the arid Bandiagara district of Mali, West Africa. Removing…
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Alcohol intake during pregnancy deforms babies

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can subtly influence the way a baby’s face is formed, researchers have found. The finding includes even drinking at low levels such as the occasional drink. Using a 3D facial analysis, features observed…
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Plastic bag bans in Africa: reality or fantasy?

Plastic bags are used daily across Africa - the bans are hoped to tackle the pervasive problem of waste. In both Tunisia and Kenya, the ban applies to vendors, companies and producers of plastic bags. Kenya has vowed to be successful in…
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