Fears for spread of Ebola as Africa fails to control ‘biggest outbreak ever’
European doctors have been told to keep an eye out for anyone displaying the symptoms of Ebola as authorities in Africa fail to contain an outbreak.
Heavy drinking in middle age ‘causes memory problems later in life’
Drinking too much in middle age can lead to memory loss in later life, a study has found.
Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor dies from virus
A leading doctor who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease in Sierra Leone.
'Fist bumps' more hygienic than a handshake, study shows
Bumping fists rather than shaking hands could reduce the spread of infectious diseases, researchers have said.
Nigeria death shows Ebola can spread by air travel
Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world’s deadliest diseases brought it...
Ebola outbreak spreads to fourth West African country
An Ebola outbreak that has left more than 660 people dead across West Africa has spread to the continent’s most populous nation after a Liberian...
Coming soon: A smartphone app that can detect bipolar episodes
Researchers at the University of Michigan are testing a new smartphone app for Android, code-named PRIORI, that can help detect if someone is having a...
China probes hundreds of firms, restaurants as food safety scare spreads
China’s food regulator has visited 581 restaurants, businesses and food distributors as it investigates a fast-spreading food safety scare that has...
'National hero' chief Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone struck with deadly virus
The head doctor fighting an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, one of a growing list of medical workers...
Germany to allow ‘seriously ill’ patients to grow their own cannabis
A German court today ruled some people suffering from chronic pain should be able to cultivate their own cannabis “for therapeutic purposes.”...
AIDS circumcision campaign lifted by new evidence
A campaign to encourage circumcision among men in sub-Saharan Africa to help protect them against the AIDS virus was backed by new research on Monday showing...
Melbourne AIDS conference vows to honor colleagues killed in plane downing
Delegates at a global AIDS conference which started in Melbourne on Sunday, vowed to renew efforts to end the deadly disease in honour of the commitment...
On the decline: HIV diagnosis rate fell by third in U.S. over past decade
The rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade, a government study finds.
Teen’s death triggers FDA warning on caffeine powder
Health authorities in the U.S. are warning consumers to stay away from unregulated caffeine powder after the sudden death of a healthy teenager in Ohio.
Mosquito-born chikungunya virus transmitted in the US for first time
A painful and debilitating mosquito-born virus has been transmitted in the US for the first known time, with two cases in Florida, say health officials.
Puerto Rico declares chikungunya epidemic
Health officials in Puerto Rico on Thursday declared an epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya, which was introduced into the Caribbean...
Why even a slight bang on the head can affect your memory and thinking
If you’re struggling to remember if you’ve hit your head recently—chances are you have.
AIDS epidemic could be vanquished worldwide by 2030, U.N. says
Global AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections have fallen by over a third in a decade, raising hopes of beating the killer disease by 2030, the United...
AIDS epidemic could be stopped by 2030 ‘in every region, in every country’
New HIV infections and deaths from AIDS are decreasing, the United Nations said on Wednesday, making it possible to control the epidemic by 2030 and eventually...
Pre-diabetes label ‘worthless’, researchers say
Telling people they have borderline diabetes has no medical value, researchers have said.
Got a rash? Your iPad or other devices might be the cause
Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.
UN has ‘moral responsibility’ to tackle Haiti cholera: Ban Ki-moon
The United Nations has a “moral responsibility” to help impoverished Haiti end a devastating cholera outbreak, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon...
High security U.S. labs shut after safety breaches with anthrax and bird flu
U.S. health officials have disclosed a safety breach at a high-security Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory involving dangerous avian...
Even light drinkers should reduce alcohol intake to improve their health
Advice that suggests alcohol could be good for your heart is wrong and should be updated, according to some experts.
HIV found again in ‘cured’ Mississippi child
A Mississippi child who was born with HIV but had remained free of the virus for more than two years after early treatment now has detectable levels of...
Old-fashioned vaccine fights polio resurgence
An injection to protect children against polio that fell out of favour in the 1960s should be given a frontline role to help stamp out the disease, doctors...
Fifty new Ebola cases, 25 deaths in West Africa: WHO
Fifty new cases of Ebola and 25 deaths have been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since July 3, as the deadly virus spreads in families, the...
Test to detect Alzheimer’s before symptoms emerge available ‘in two years’
A blood test that identifies patients likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease could be available in two years, according to scientists.
Well-nourished mothers, not ethnicity, are key to baby size, scientists say
Newborn babies born to healthy, well-nourished mothers are strikingly similar in size the world over, scientists have shown.
75 years after Gehrig’s ‘Luckiest man’ speech, ALS cure remains elusive
It’s been 75 years since Lou Gehrig said goodbye to baseball, declaring himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth” despite a diagnose that...

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