Dec 28, 2014

H.K. woman critically ill with H7N9 virus

Hong Kong hospitals raised alert levels Sunday, as a woman diagnosed with the deadly H7N9 avian flu virus was in a critical condition. The 68-year-old woman was hospitalized on Dec. 25 after returning from the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen almost two weeks earlier, ...

Dec 28, 2014

Four officials reprimanded in China over developer's AIDS scare tactics

Police in central China detained five people and four officials were reprimanded after a construction firm reportedly employed HIV/AIDS sufferers to scare residents into vacating their houses, the state news agency reported on Saturday. Forced demolitions are a frequent cause of unrest and anger ...

Queen Elizabeth II praises those involved in fight against Ebola

Dec 26, 2014

Queen Elizabeth II praises those involved in fight against Ebola

Queen Elizabeth II used her traditional Christmas broadcast to call for international reconciliation and to praise medical workers fighting Ebola in Africa. The queen said she has been “deeply touched” by the “selflessness” of doctors and nurses combating the Ebola outbreak. She said she ...

Medical detective work is next phase in Ebola fight

Dec 25, 2014

Medical detective work is next phase in Ebola fight

Medical detective work will be the next big phase in the fight against Ebola when the United Nations deploys hundreds of health workers to identify chains of infection as the virus passes from person to person, top U.N. health workers said. The health teams ...

Ebola crisis could last through 2015: expert

Dec 25, 2014

Ebola crisis could last through 2015: expert

The Ebola crisis in West Africa, where the first victim died almost a year ago, is likely to last until the end of 2015, according to a scientist who helped to discover the virus. Two-year-old Emile Ouamouno died in the remote village of Meliandou ...

Dec 25, 2014

Scientists fine genes linked to developmental disorders

British scientists said Wednesday they have discovered 12 genes linked to developmental disorders in children that can cause heart defects, seizures and intellectual disability. The genes were found in a trawl of the genomes of 1,133 children with severe undiagnosed disorders and their parents, ...

Dec 24, 2014

U.S. moves to end ban on blood donations by gay men

Federal health officials are recommending an end to the U.S.’s lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it favors ...

Dec 23, 2014

Unlicensed doctor held in Cambodia HIV outbreak

An unlicensed medical practitioner suspected of negligently infecting more than 100 villagers in northwestern Cambodia with the virus that causes AIDS was charged Monday with murder and other crimes, a prosecutor said. Yem Chhrin was charged with murder carried out with cruelty, intentionally spreading ...