Aug 27, 2015

Blood test could predict breast cancer's return: study

An experimental blood test may be able to predict whether a woman with breast cancer will suffer a relapse months before new tumors would be detectable on scans, researchers said Wednesday. The technology, described in the journal Science Translational Medicine, works by detecting cancer ...

Aug 26, 2015

Passive smoking triples men's gum disease risk: survey

Passive smoking raises the risk of periodontal disease for nonsmoking men by about 3.1 to 3.6 times, compared with men in smoke-free environments, according to a survey by Japanese researchers. A research team led by the National Cancer Center and Tokyo Medical and Dental ...

Aug 21, 2015

Dementia may be stabilizing in some countries: study

The occurrence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease may have stabilized in some wealthy nations, according to a study released Friday. A review of data from Sweden, the Netherlands, Britain and Spain showed the percentage of the population with dementia — the umbrella term for ...

Aug 20, 2015

Experimental MERS vaccine shows promise

An experimental vaccine against the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS, has shown promise when tested on lab monkeys, researchers said Wednesday. There are no approved vaccines against MERS, which is believed to originate in camels and began to sicken people in 2012, ...

Aug 2, 2015

Insect repellent clothes now popular

Insect repellent casual clothing is growing in popularity in Japan, with retailers introducing new products one after another to help customers protect against insect-borne diseases. Their popularity rocketed after the first domestic infections of dengue fever, transmitted by tiger mosquitoes, in about 70 years ...

Jul 21, 2015

South Korea tourism struggles to recover from MERS outbreak

The recent outbreak of the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus in South Korea has left the country’s tourist industry in intensive care, with visitor numbers plunging more than 40 percent in June, according to data released Tuesday. As the country scrambles to ...

Jul 16, 2015

Johnny Depp's wife charged with sneaking dogs into Australia

Johnny Depp’s wife, Amber Heard, has been charged with illegally bringing the couple’s dogs to Australia — an incident that captured global attention after the nation’s agriculture minister angrily ordered the pooches to get out of the country or face death. Heard was charged ...

Jul 16, 2015

Study claims stem cell advance for mitochondrial disease

Scientists said Wednesday they had taken a key step toward stem cell therapy for rare mitochondrial disorders, passed on from mother to child. They “corrected” harmful mitochondria in skin cells taken from patients to create healthy, pluripotent stem cells — versatile cells that can ...