Some like it hot: Patients set alight in China
For some in China, playing with fire is a treatment for illness. So-called “fire therapy”, in which a therapist pours alcohol over a patient...
Study: Heavy Twitter use is bad for marriage
Heavy Twitter use can lead to conflicts and other damaging effects on marriages and romantic relationships, a study said Thursday.
Buzz off! Life-saving newspaper that repels mosquitoes
A newspaper in Sri Lanka is saving lives by keeping mosquitoes away while people catch up on their daily dose of news.
Fear, cash shortages hinder fight against Ebola outbreak
West African states lack the resources to battle the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola and deep cultural suspicions about the disease remain a big...
W. Africa Ebola outbreak ‘totally out of control,’ says U.N. health organisation
The number of deaths attributed to an epidemic of Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone stood at 467 by Monday, out of 759 known cases in total,...
Childhood vaccines not linked to autism, cancer or food allergies
Serious complications related to vaccines are very rare, and there is no evidence that immunizations cause autism, cancer or food allergies, according...
Concern over banned antibiotic superbug found in Australian chicken meat
Australian researchers have found evidence of a banned antibiotic in chickens for sale in major supermarkets and butchers.
Egyptian military backtracks on AIDS and Hepatitis C cure claims
Egypt’s military said Saturday that a device it claimed it invented to cure AIDS and hepatitis C needs six more months of testing.
Pope Francis cancels 3rd event this week; Vatican says no health concerns
For the third time this month Pope Francis, the 77-year-old leader of the Roman Catholic Church, has skipped or scaled back an event due to illness or...
Drink up: Court won’t reinstate New York City’s ban on big sodas
Guzzlers of super-sized sodas prevailed Thursday as New York’s highest court refused to reinstate New York City’s ban on the sale of big sodas,...
3D imaging detects more breast cancer than mammography
The largest study of its kind to date has shown that three-dimensional imaging finds more breast cancers than traditional mammography alone, according...
World 3.0: Matternet shows a softer, humanitarian side of drones
Drones have gotten a pretty bad reputation. The word conjures up images of war, surveillance and “collateral damage,” which means civilian...
Ebola epidemic ‘out of control’ in West Africa, medical aid group says
The Ebola virus epidemic in Guinea, Sierra Leona and Liberia is “out of control,” says medical charity Doctors without Borders.
'Sugar tax' call to tackle obesity in UK
Action on Sugar campaign group has called on the UK government to introduce a “sugar tax” to discourage consumption of sweetened soft drinks.
Ebola virus is ‘out of control’ in West Africa
A second outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa has been described as “out of control” by Bart Janssens, the director of operations for...
Archaeologists discover first evidence of parasite which still affects 200m
In a skeleton more than 6,200 years old, scientists have found the earliest known evidence of infection with a parasitic worm that now afflicts more than...
U.S. says 75 government scientists possibly exposed to anthrax
As many as 75 scientists working in U.S. federal government laboratories in Atlanta may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria and are being offered...
Gene flaws may protect against heart disease
A rare set of genetic mutations found in fewer than one percent of the population may cut the risk of heart disease by 40 percent, researchers said Wednesday.
Study shows depressed women ‘risk early death’
Women aged 55 and younger are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack or die young if they are moderately or severely depressed, a study has found.
No wizard: Dr. Oz scolded by senators for ‘miracle’ weight loss claims
A U.S. Senate panel probing bogus diet product ads took celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz to task on Tuesday for touting weight loss products on his syndicated...
Ebola virus kills at least four in Liberia’s capital
At least four people have died from Ebola in Liberia’s capital, a World Health Organization (WHO) and a government official said on Tuesday, the...
New study says staring at screens all day changes eye secretions
Office workers who spend long hours looking at computer screens have changes in their tear fluid similar to people with the disease known as dry eye, according...
End of the dreaded dental drill? New technique lets teeth repair themselves
King’s College London developed a new technique that will do away with the invasive dental drill.
Going bananas: ‘Super’ fruit with life-saving potential to face first human trials
A super-enriched banana genetically engineered to improve the lives of millions of people in Africa will soon have its first human trial, which will test...
Indonesia’s poor swap garbage for health care
An innovative scheme dubbed “Garbage Clinical Insurance” offers treatment and advice for free to some of Indonesia’s poorest.
Don’t bring home the bacon: Heart warning over processed meat
Men who gorge on bacon, ham and sausages could be damaging their hearts and heading for an early grave, new research has shown.
Deadly flu strain created in ‘crazy’ lab study
Scientists have created a deadly virus similar to the 1918 Spanish flu strain that killed around 50million people.
Factor 50 suncream ‘does not stop skin cancer’ say scientists
Factor 50 suncream is not a reliable way of protecting against skin cancer, according to researchers.
Recession caused 10,000 suicides in Europe and North America, study shows
The recent recession may have led to thousands of extra suicides, researchers have said.
Study: Red meat possibly linked to breast cancer
Women who often consume hamburgers, steaks and other red meat may have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer, a new study suggests.