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  • Hospital infection killed 12 newborns in Tunisia

    Hospital infection killed 12 newborns in Tunisia

    A dozen newborn babies whose deaths at a Tunisian state hospital sparked public outrage are believed to have been killed by an infection acquired in the clinic, the acting health minister said Monday. Sonia Ben Cheikh told a news conference that a...

  • WHO launches strategy to fight 'inevitable' flu pandemics

    WHO launches strategy to fight 'inevitable' flu pandemics

    The World Health Organisation on Monday launched a strategy to protect people worldwide over the next decade against the threat of influenza, warning that new pandemics are "inevitable". Influenza epidemics, largely seasonal, affect around one...

  • Madagascar battles killer measles outbreak

    Madagascar battles killer measles outbreak

    Frangeline is aged two but weighs no more than a four-month-old - the terrible result of her battle with measles, which is cutting a deadly swathe through Madagascar. Widespread malnutrition and low rates of immunisation on the Indian Ocean island...

  • Opium, rat hair, beaver anal secretions – and other surprising things you might find in food

    Opium, rat hair, beaver anal secretions – and other surprising things you might find in food

    Diners in France recently got more than they bargained for when poppy seed baguettes were found to contain a dose of opium that could take postprandial napping to a new extreme. Other than narcotics, there are a host of surprises lurking in...

  • Thailand to start testing medical marijuana on patients

    Thailand to start testing medical marijuana on patients

    Thailand is poised to start its first tests of cannabis oil on patients, a health official said Friday, as excitement swirls around a new industry that could create money-making avenues for entrepreneurs while offering relief for suffering...

  • Time to act on cancer-linked chemical in biscuits and crisps - consumers association

    Time to act on cancer-linked chemical in biscuits and crisps - consumers association

    Many biscuits, crisps and wafers being sold in EU countries contain higher doses of a cancer-causing chemical, the Consumers Association has warned in a statement calling on Brussels to introduce mandatory standards for arylamide. Acrylamide is...

  • E-cigarette use linked to heart trouble

    E-cigarette use linked to heart trouble

    People who use e-cigarettes are more likely to have heart problems than those who don't, says a study released on Thursday in the US. The rate of heart attacks among those who vape was 34% higher than among those who don't, once corrections were...

  • Large study again confirms MMR vaccine doesn't cause autism

    Large study again confirms MMR vaccine doesn't cause autism

    A study following more than 650,000 Danish children for over a decade has led researchers to the same conclusion as previous efforts: the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine does not increase a child's risk of autism. The study, which followed...

  • London patient becomes second ever believed cured of HIV

    London patient becomes second ever believed cured of HIV

    Updated at 11.30am A second person is in sustained remission from HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS, after ceasing treatment and is likely cured, researchers said Tuesday in what was hailed as proof that the condition could one day be cured. Ten...

  • Japan okays research using human cells in animals

    Japan okays research using human cells in animals

    Japan has given the green light to a controversial research process involving implanting animals with human stem cells that could eventually help grow human organs for transplant inside animal hosts. The decision by the education and science...

  • Does cannabis cure cancer?

    Does cannabis cure cancer?

    For thousands of years people have used cannabis for recreational, ritualistic and medicinal purposes. In the modern era, the latter property excites a lot of people, and there is no shortage of wild claims about the supposed medical benefits of...

  • Chocolate and happiness: Keys to a long life?

    Chocolate and happiness: Keys to a long life?

    One day, something which you have done forever becomes difficult or impossible to do. Perhaps we forget something and cannot remember what it was. Or we get hurt and it takes us longer to recuperate, or worse still, we never recuperate completely.

  • Complacency and anti-vaxxers are hurting measles eradication efforts - UNICEF

    Complacency and anti-vaxxers are hurting measles eradication efforts - UNICEF

    Just 10 countries were responsible for three-quarters of a global surge in measles cases last year, the UN children's agency said Friday, including one of the world's richest nations, France. Ninety-eight countries reported more cases of measles...

  • Emergency caesareans may increase risk of postnatal depression

    Emergency caesareans may increase risk of postnatal depression

    Becoming a mother, especially for the first time, has its challenges – and it starts with giving birth. From woman to woman, the birth experience can vary tremendously – and one of the most important factors that determines the experiences new...

  • Unwanted unacceptable thoughts: they should not be ignored

    Unwanted unacceptable thoughts: they should not be ignored

    Imagine you’re lying in bed when a sack of cocaine falls from a plane, crashes through your roof and lands next to you. You call the police who come round and arrest you for possession. This would be ridiculous. You are not responsible for things...

  • Sore throat, cough and phlegm – all you need to know about your horrible cold

    Sore throat, cough and phlegm – all you need to know about your horrible cold

    The human body has a large surface area that is in contact with the outside world, much of this comes from the body’s largest organ – our skin – which protects us from a variety of potential threats. The other major sites of contact with the...

  • Doctor performs first 5G surgery in step towards robotics 'dream'

    Doctor performs first 5G surgery in step towards robotics 'dream'

    Next-generation wireless technology is taking the medical world a crucial step closer to robots performing remotely-controlled surgery, a doctor in Spain said Wednesday after carrying out the world's first 5G-powered telementored...

  • Antibiotic resistance: public awareness campaigns might not work

    Antibiotic resistance: public awareness campaigns might not work

    Pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa, are becoming ever more resistant to drugs. People speed up this natural process by over-using antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs in medicine and agriculture, and by leaking them into the...

  • Nearly half of children with cancer untreated: study

    Nearly half of children with cancer untreated: study

    Some 45 per cent of children with cancer are left undiagnosed and untreated, according to an innovative study of the disease's global footprint among under-15s, published Wednesday.  Worldwide, there are some 400,000 news cases of childhood cancer...

  • Nearly 50% of transport pollution deaths linked to diesel

    Nearly 50% of transport pollution deaths linked to diesel

    Some 385,000 people worldwide died prematurely in 2015 from air pollution caused by vehicle exhaust emissions, a US study found Wednesday, which singled out diesel engines as the main culprit. Diesel vehicles were responsible for 47% of the...