HIV/AIDS origin traced to Kinshasa, DR Congo, in 1920s; spread by trains
The origin of the HIV/AIDS pandemic has been traced to Kinshasa - now the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo - around 100 years ago.
On the heels of Google and Apple, Facebook plots first steps into healthcare
Facebook Inc already knows who your friends are and the kind of things that grab your attention.
Jagged little pill: The breakthrough that could spell the end for needles
A spike-studded capsule could provide an alternative to administering drugs by needles.
U.S. Ebola patient was at first sent home with antibiotics, increasing risk
The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States told relatives that he notified health care workers the first time he went to the hospital that...
Jamaica wants to decriminalise ganja
Jamaica’s justice minister Mark Golding said Tuesday that legislation has been drafted to decriminalise marijuana.
Texas patient confirmed as first Ebola case diagnosed in United States
A Texas hospital said on Monday it has admitted a patient into “strict isolation” to be evaluated for possible infection with the Ebola virus,...
Antibiotics in infancy may be linked to childhood obesity
Kids who receive several rounds of antibiotics before age two may be at an increased risk of being overweight by age five, suggests a new study.
Liberia’s chief medical officer puts herself in Ebola quarantine
Liberia’s chief medical officer is placing herself under quarantine for 21 days after her office assistant died of Ebola.
IMF unblocks cash as desperate west Africa awaits Ebola aid
The International Monetary Fund fast-tracked $130 million in aid to fight the Ebola epidemic after the governments of the worst-hit countries in west Africa...
New study explains why only one person has been cured of HIV
To this date, only one person is thought to have been cured of HIV – the “Berlin patient” Timothy Ray Brown.
U.S. calls for stronger worldwide response to fight Ebola
Sierra Leone on Thursday took the dramatic step of sealing off districts where more than 1 million people live as it and other West African countries struggle...
Fighting fire with fire: Dengue-blocking mosquito released in Brazil
Brazilian researchers have freed a batch of mosquitoes infected with a dengue-blocking bacteria to combat the tropical disease naturally.
In cancer fight, berry may hold keys to more effective treatment
Here’s a reason to stop building over and polluting our natural spaces. Scientists have discovered that a previously unremarkable berry that grows...
World population may hit 11 billion by 2100
The world population may reach 11 billion by century’s end, according to a UN-led analysis published Thursday.
Artificial sweeteners may lead to diabetes and obesity, scientists say
Promoted as an aid to good health, artificial sweeteners may in fact be boosting diabetes risk, said a study Wednesday.
Dad’s mission: Biomedical engineer creates lifesaving device for son
Ed Damiano knows firsthand that for a parent Type 1 diabetes can be frightening, especially at night when his child is asleep, during which the “dead...
Ebola deaths spiral as crisis dubbed ‘unparalleled in modern times’, UN says
The unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa requires a $1 billion response to keep its spread within the “tens of thousands” of cases,...
Schizophrenia comprises eight genetically distinct disorders
Schizophrenia is not a single disease caused by one gene but a group of eight distinct genetic disorders — each with its own set of symptoms, a study...
Despite warnings, children still overprescribed antibiotics
Researchers at Seattle Children’s Hospital examined past studies between 2001 and 2011 to see how doctors treated common childhood respiratory infections.
Scientists unveil magnetic cure to clean up blood
Scientists said Sunday they had invented a device that uses a magnet to extract bacteria, fungi and toxins from blood, potentially throwing a lifeline...
No brainer: Smoke weed every day and you’ll flunk school, report says
Teenagers under 17 who use cannabis daily are 60 per cent less likely to complete high school or get a degree than peers who have never taken the drug,...
With surge in Liberia, Ebola cases in West Africa rise to 4,200
A surge in Ebola infections in Liberia is driving a spiralling outbreak in West Africa that is increasingly putting health workers at risk as they struggle...
UN warns of thousands more Ebola cases in coming weeks
The Ebola virus is spreading fast in Liberia, where many thousands of new cases are expected over the coming three weeks, the World Health Organization...
Ashya King family’s ‘delight’ as he arrives in Prague for treatment
Ashya King’s family have spoken of their delight as he arrived in the Czech Republic for specialist proton treatment on his brain tumour.
Sierra Leone imposes Ebola curfew; WHO eyes vaccine as death toll surges
Sierra Leone has announced that it will impose a four-day, countrywide “lockdown” in an escalation of efforts to halt the spread of Ebola across...
E-cigarette criticisms are ‘alarmist’ say researchers
A team of researchers have dismissed recent health warnings over e-cigarettes as “misleading,” saying they have the potential to save tens...
World experts race to deploy experimental Ebola drugs
Aorld health experts will meet in Geneva on Friday for the second day of urgent talks on fast-tracking experimental Ebola drugs as doctors in the worst-hit...
Suicide kills one person worldwide every 40 seconds, WHO report finds
A major report on suicide prevention by the World Health Organisation has found that 800,000 people die by suicide every year - that’s one person every...
Pilots, cabin crew ‘twice as likely to get skin cancer’
Airline pilots and cabin crews appear to have twice the risk of developing the skin cancer melanoma compared to the general population, a new review of...
U.N. says $600 million needed to tackle Ebola as deaths top 1,900
The United Nations said $600 million in supplies would be needed to fight West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, as the death toll from the worst ever epidemic...