Feb 19, 2015

'Nanodrones' tested to clear arteries

Tiny nanoparticles that act like miniature drones could deliver a knockout punch to plaque buildup in the arteries, according to an experimental approach described by U.S. scientists on Wednesday. So far the anti-cholesterol treatment has been tried only in lab mice, while the nanoparticles ...

Feb 15, 2015

Chinese patients turn to black market for blood

China’s rising demand for health care is exposing a chronic shortage of an essential commodity: blood. With hospital blood supplies tight, desperate patients are turning to agents known as “blood heads,” who sell certificates that give patients access to state blood banks, creating a ...

Stents show promise for stroke patients

Feb 12, 2015

Stents show promise for stroke patients

Stroke experts are reporting a major advance: Stents similar to the ones used to open clogged heart arteries also can be used to clear blood clots in the brain, greatly lowering the risk that a patient will end up disabled. Patients treated with these ...

Feb 6, 2015

'Encouraging' Ebola drug results seen in Guinea

For the first time since the West African Ebola outbreak began over a year ago, a clinical trial with a candidate treatment has yielded “encouraging” results, researchers announced Thursday. The trial, with 80 patients in Guinea, resulted in fewer deaths and faster recovery rates, ...

Japanese scientists find a genetic basis for gout

Feb 5, 2015

Japanese scientists find a genetic basis for gout

Researchers have identified a genetic predisposition for gout that puts certain people at a greater risk of contracting the painful condition. Analyses of genes of 1,600 Japanese male gout patients and 1,300 healthy Japanese men found a heightened risk among people with gene variations ...

Feb 5, 2015

Cheap smartphone test for HIV, syphilis created

U.S. researchers have found a way to turn smartphones into devices to conduct quick and easy field tests for HIV and syphilis. Using an attachment that costs $34 to make — a far cry from the standard $18,000 for diagnostic tests — blood drops ...

Ebola cases on the rise for first time this year, WHO says

Feb 5, 2015

Ebola cases on the rise for first time this year, WHO says

The number of new cases of Ebola rose in all three of West Africa’s worst-hit countries last week, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, ending several weeks of encouraging declines across the region. Suspicion of aid workers, especially in Guinea, and unsafe local practices ...

Delay in funds may have helped Ebola spread

Feb 4, 2015

Delay in funds may have helped Ebola spread

Delays by international donors in providing money to fight Ebola may have allowed the disease to spread, a study said Wednesday. The analysis, conducted by Karen Grepin, a specialist in health policy at New York University, tracked requests for funding by the U.N.’s World ...

Feb 1, 2015

U.S. proposes effort to analyze DNA from 1 million people

The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual’s genetic make-up. At the heart of the “precision medicine” initiative, announced on ...