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Isabelle Tourne
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How long can a healthy human live?
by Isabelle Tourne - January 24, 2023 - 1:25pm
According to the United Nations, there were an estimated 593,000 people aged 100 years or older in 2021, up from 353,000 a decade earlier.
Experts sceptical that China travel curbs will be effective
by Isabelle Tourne - January 4, 2023 - 8:05am
International measures on travellers from China will likely have little effect on containing Covid, health experts said Tuesday, pointing to a surging variant in the United States that may pose a larger threat.
Covid's true death toll still elusive, three years in
by Isabelle Tourne - December 30, 2022 - 3:42pm
There have been more than 6.65 million officially reported Covid deaths since the virus was first identified in China in December 2019, according to the World Health Organization.
Stiff-person syndrome, Celine Dion's rare neurological disorder
by Isabelle Tourne - December 10, 2022 - 6:56pm
Stiff-person syndrome, which has forced Canadian superstar singer Celine Dion to postpone her European tour, is a very rare neurological condition that causes progressive muscle stiffness as well as...
Long COVID-19 remains a mystery, though theories are emerging
by Isabelle Tourne - October 1, 2022 - 12:10pm
Millions of people around the world are believed to suffer from long COVID-19 yet little remains known about the condition -- though research has recently proposed several theories for its cause. 
Treatment improves cognition in Down Syndrome patients
by Isabelle Tourne - September 2, 2022 - 10:36am
A new hormone treatment improved the cognitive function of six men with Down Syndrome by 10-30%, scientists said Thursday, adding the "promising" results may raise hopes of improving patients' quality of life.
What are 'suicide headaches'? Sufferer recalls war vs agonizing pain
by Isabelle Tourne - April 25, 2022 - 11:49am
Also called "suicide headaches" because the pain provokes suicidal thoughts, this severe neurological condition is suffered by around 1 in 1,000 people worldwide, according to the Migraine Trust.
The suffering of those who cannot feel pain
by Isabelle Tourne - April 8, 2022 - 10:21am
She was soon diagnosed with congenital insensitivity to pain, an extremely rare and dangerous genetic disorder that dooms sufferers to a lifetime of hurting themselves in ways they cannot feel.
Consuming artificial sweeteners linked to cancer risk — study
by Isabelle Tourne - March 25, 2022 - 8:39am
Sweeteners are consumed by millions every day in products like diet soda, partly as a way to avoid weight gain from sugar -- but how healthy these substitutes are themselves has long been a matter of contr...
'Perfect storm': Europe Covid rise due to fewer curbs, subvariant
by Isabelle Tourne - March 22, 2022 - 11:20am
Covid-19 is again surging in Western Europe due to a "perfect storm" of governments lifting restrictions, waning immunity and the more contagious BA.2 Omicron subvariant, experts said M...
'Probably just hormones': Women's illnesses going undiagnosed
by Isabelle Tourne - March 8, 2022 - 9:02am
Woman and girls are significantly more likely to suffer from depression than men and boys, according to the World Health Organization. Again, hormones have been traditionally blamed. 
Omicron 'sub-variant' throws up new virus questions
by Isabelle Tourne - January 24, 2022 - 9:24am
Scientists are keeping a close watch on a recently-discovered sub-variant of the Omicron version of the Covid-19 virus to determine how its emergence could effect future pandemic spread.
Weaker virus? Herd immunity? Omicron sparks cautious hopes
by Isabelle Tourne - January 5, 2022 - 9:25am
With new versions forcing vaccine makers to re-test jabs, the virus that causes Covid-19 has proven highly unpredictable. 
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