Can you stand on one leg? If not you’re at greater risk of dementia
Balancing on one leg may indicate if a person is at risk of stroke or dementia, a study has found.
German medics report on drug success for Ebola patient
German doctors on Friday gave details of how an experimental drug together with advanced intensive care helped save a Ugandan physician who had been airlifted...
Obesity can be termed as a disability, rules EU court
Obesity can count as a disability, the European Court of Justice has ruled in the case of an overweight man who lost his job.
Global population living six years longer than in 1990
People worldwide are expected to live six years longer than people in 1990, thanks to falling death rates from cancer and heart disease in rich countries...
Donors and WHO responded too slowly to West Africa Ebola outbreak: report
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the nations that fund it failed to respond quickly and effectively to the deadly West Africa Ebola outbreak despite...
3D printing points way to smarter cancer treatment
British scientists have developed a new use for 3D printing, putting it to work to create personalized replica models of cancerous parts of the body to...
Ebola killed 6,841, infected 18,464 so far: WHO
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that 6,841 people have been killed by the Ebola virus disease (EVD) so far since its outbreak, with a...
Added sugars worse than salt for heart health, researchers say
Added sugars in processed foods are likely to have a greater role in high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke than added salt, warn researchers.
Unchecked superbugs could kill 10 million a year by 2050
Drug-resistant superbugs could kill an extra 10 million people a year and cost up to $100 trillion by 2050 if their rampant global spread is not halted,...
Chinese tests find quarter of drinking water ‘substandard’
Almost a quarter of purified drinking water tested by China’s top safety watchdog was substandard, with many products found to contain excessive...
The boy who cried Ebola: Taiwanese man faces fine over false report
A Taiwanese teenager faces a fine after telling doctors he had travelled to Africa and had symptoms of Ebola, sparking emergency quarantine measures at...
Dehydration and despair ‘killing more Ebola victims than virus itself’
Simple intravenous fluid drips could save the lives of many West African Ebola patients, but are being neglected because of a perception that there is...
Mediterranean diet keeps you genetically young and ‘helps you live longer’
Sticking to a Mediterranean diet could be the key to a longer life, according to a major new study.
Giving birth at home ‘safer’ for mums than in hospital
Women are better off giving birth at home or in midwife centres than in hospital, where doctors are more likely to perform interventions such as caesareans,...
HIV’s ability to cause AIDS is weakening over time, study finds
Rapid evolution of HIV is slowing its ability to cause AIDS, according to a study of more than 2,000 women in Africa.
World Aids Day: WHO warning as China says 500,000 living with HIV
The World Health Organization issued a call to action to China Monday over HIV/AIDS as government figures said nearly half a million people are living...
Researchers developing breath test for pot
Researchers at Washington State University (WSU) are working on a breath test to determine if a driver is under the influence of marijuana.
Death toll of Ebola outbreak nears 7,000 in West Africa: WHO
The death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak on record has reached nearly 7,000 in West Africa, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.
China reports new human case of H7N9 bird flu
China confirmed a new human infection of the deadly H7N9 avian influenza virus, state news agency Xinhua said, the first case this winter in the southern...
British scientists to trial 15-minute Ebola diagnosis test in Guinea
British scientists have announced trials of a rapid Ebola test in Guinea designed to diagnose victims faster, as health professionals try to curb the spread...
Bird flu outbreak in India caused by strain that can affect humans
A bird flu virus found in India this week is the H5N1 strain that can be transmitted to humans, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on...
Five coffees a day ‘may cut Alzheimer’s risk by 20 per cent’
Researchers behind a new study have found that drinking up to five cups of coffee per day may help curb a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s...
Ebola vaccine ‘triggers immunity’ and is ‘safe’ after first set of tests
An experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and triggered signs of immune protection in the first 20 volunteers to test it, U.S.
India adopts new strategy to stop teen smoking, cigarette deaths
Health campaigners Wednesday welcomed India’s plans to raise the age for tobacco purchases to 25 from 18, and ban unpackaged cigarettes, hailing...
Most HIV cases in the United States not under control
As many as 70 percent of people infected with HIV in the United States do not have the virus under control, boosting the risk of transmission, a study...
Google’s latest: A spoon that steadies tremors
Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon. But these spoons are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of...
'Good fat' could help manage Type 2 diabetes
Brown fat, nicknamed the “good fat” because it warms up the body in cold temperatures, could also be used to manage Type 2 diabetes, according...
Rising Ebola cases in Sierra Leone sets UN off course
The U.N. Ebola Emergency Response Mission will not fully meet its Dec. 1 target for containing the virus due to escalating numbers of cases in Sierra Leone,...
U.S. looks past Ebola to prepare the world for the next major outbreak
The Obama administration has requested $600 million for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement what it calls the Global...
Plague outbreak kills 40 in Madagascar, WHO confirms 119 cases so far
An outbreak of plague has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since August and there is a risk of the disease spreading rapidly in...