Fully-heated e-cigs ‘15 times more likely to cause cancer’ than tobacco
When heated to the max and inhaled deeply, e-cigarettes produce the toxic chemical formaldehyde, which could make them up to 15 times more cancerous than...
Formaldehyde in e-cigarettes may boost cancer risk
When heated to the max and inhaled deeply, e-cigarettes produce the toxic chemical formaldehyde, which could make the devices up to 15 times more cancerous...
IVF babies healthier than before: study
Better techniques and policies have given children born from artificial fertilisation a much better chance of survival and good health, a Scandinavian...
AIDS crisis brewing in Crimea and east Ukraine, says UN
A lethal health crisis is brewing in Russian-annexed Crimea and war-torn eastern Ukraine, where injecting drug users have lost access to therapy to wean...
Number of new Ebola cases declining as disease evolves: UN
United Nations officials say new cases of Ebola in West Africa have been decreasing.
United Nations and government declares Mali Ebola-free
The Malian government and the United Nations on Sunday declared the country free of Ebola after 42 days without any new cases of the deadly virus.
Taiwanese man dies after three-day Internet gaming binge
A 32-year-old Taiwanese man has died after a three-day gaming binge at an Internet cafe in the island’s south, the second such case this year, a...
Unhappy hours: Working too hard can drive you to drink, research finds
In case you hadn’t already worked it out: researchers confirmed Wednesday that working too hard can drive you to drink.
China bans U.S. poultry, eggs imports amid avian flu fears
China has banned all imports of U.S. poultry, poultry products and eggs amid recent reports of highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza found in the...
Thousands more poultry culled as bird flu fears grow in Taiwan
Taiwan on Sunday ordered the slaughter of 16,000 geese and ducks to try to curb a bird flu outbreak that has already led to the culling of 120,000 chickens.
Ebola vaccine clinical tests started by pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson
U.S. pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson said today that it has started human trials on a possible vaccine against Ebola.
Combination treatment halves death rate in prostate cancer patients
Researchers have found older men with prostate cancer may live longer if they receive a combination of radiation and hormone therapy – but many men do...
Fat chance: Not all obese people prone to poor health, says study
US scientists encouraged 20 obese people to eat extra fast food for several months, and found that about a quarter stayed in good health despite the additional...
Two-thirds of cancer cases down to biological bad luck: New study
Plain old bad luck plays a major role in determining who gets cancer and who does not, according to researchers who found that two-thirds of cancer incidence...
Cancer ‘the best way to die because you can reflect’, claims leading doctor
A former editor of The British Medical Journal has claimed cancer is the best way to die.
Japan newborn babies in 2014 fewest on record: government
Japan’s estimated number of newborn babies last year fell to 1.001 million, the lowest figure on record, further contributing to the ageing and shrinking...
No more New Year’s babies? More hospitals keeping birth info a secret
Bye, bye Baby New Year. The crowning of the year’s first baby is being kept secret in many communities as hospitals say safety concerns trump tradition.
Beds are burning: Australia bans commercial sunbeds over cancer fears
Most Australian states and territories are set to ban commercial sunbeds from Thursday in a crackdown on artificial tanning.
Hong Kong culls chickens, suspends imports after H7 bird flu found
Hong Kong began culling 15,000 chickens on Wednesday and suspended imports of live poultry from mainland China for 21 days after the H7 bird flu strain...
UK nurse diagnosed with Ebola transferred to London hospital
A health worker who was the first person diagnosed in Britain with Ebola arrived at a London hospital from Scotland early on Tuesday for treatment after...
Liberia reports dozens of new Ebola cases on border with Sierra Leone
Dozens of new Ebola cases have erupted in Liberia, near the border with Sierra Leone, Liberian health officials warned Monday, marking a setback amid recent...
Hong Kong raises bird flu alert level as woman critical
Hong Kong hospitals raised alert levels Sunday as a woman diagnosed with the deadly H7N9 avian flu virus was in a critical condition.
Probiotics may ease your anxiety and depression
The plethora of microbes living in the human gut not only affect people’s physical health, they may also influence mental health.
U.S. firm recalls caramel apples amid listeria fears
A Missouri firm is recalling its caramel apples because of the potential that they could be contaminated with listeria.
Activists react to move to ease ban on blood donations from gay men
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials are closer to overturning a 31-year-old ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, but activists...
Village chief first in Sierra Leone to be convicted under Ebola laws
A village chief has become the first person in Sierra Leone to be jailed under laws aimed at preventing the spread of the Ebola virus.
Risk of dengue increases due to climate change, city growth
Large parts of Europe, West and Central Africa, and South America face the threat of outbreaks of the deadly dengue virus due to climate change and urbanisation,...
Bedtime troubles: Using e-reader at bedtime may wreck your sleep
You might want to think again about reading that tablet before going to bed. Rather than helping you sleep, using a glowing e-reader at bedtime may actually...
DNA study to put UK at ‘forefront of science’
The diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases and cancer could be transformed by an ambitious project that will see 100,000 complete sets of people’s...
Japanese researchers develop sensors to relay data from inside the body
Scientists in Japan have developed a sticky sheet of tiny sensors that can be attached directly to moving joints, beating hearts or other living tissues.