Jan 9, 2017

Studies find worrying misuse of medicine worldwide

Up to 70 percent of hysterectomies in the United States, a quarter of knee replacements in Spain and more than half the antibiotics prescribed in China are inappropriate, over-used health care, researchers said on Monday. Experts who carried out a series of studies across ...

Jan 8, 2017

Unipac develops air-conditioner filter to counter hay fever

A Japanese company has developed air-conditioner filters for trapping and holding allergens that cause hay fever. Unipac, based in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, will start selling the filters to schools and large commercial facilities in February, ahead of the hay fever season. They can be ...

Dec 28, 2016

Hong Kong's first bird flu patient this winter dies

An elderly Hong Kong man died on Christmas Day from bird flu, the government said on Tuesday, the first human infection in the city this winter. The Centre for Health Protection of the Health Department said the 75-year-old man, who was diagnosed with the ...

Sex exists to avoid disease, study demonstrates

Dec 21, 2016

Sex exists to avoid disease, study demonstrates

From an evolutionary perspective, sexual reproduction could be seen as a nonstarter. Compared to cloning, which also exists in nature, it is a major waste of time and energy. Think of the ungainly, preening peacock — an easy snack for tigers and wild dogs ...

Dec 9, 2016

Virus found in DNA of child mummy could rewrite smallpox history

The discovery of smallpox DNA in a 17th-century child mummy may shorten the timeline of the deadly infectious disease’s history, according to a study published Thursday. Specimens of the smallpox-causing variola virus now exist only in secured laboratory freezers. The highly contagious and sometimes ...

Dec 8, 2016

Flickering lights may hold potential to treat Alzheimer's

Scientists have used flickering LED lights to shrink, in mouse brains, the beta amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s Disease in humans, they reported on Wednesday. While too early to say if this could translate into a much-needed treatment for the debilitating illness, it does ...

Dec 2, 2016

Rural Cambodia uses guppy to fight dengue

In the backyards of rural Cambodia, a tiny weapon is being deployed to fight dengue fever, the world’s fastest-spreading tropical disease, which causes debilitating flu-like symptoms and can develop into a deadly hemorrhagic fever. More than 3,000 households in Kampong Cham province, which has ...