Mar 2, 2015

Deadly bacteria released from U.S. high-security lab

U.S. officials in Louisiana are investigating how a dangerous and often deadly bacteria got out of a high-security laboratory at a research facility, USA Today reported on Sunday. Authorities told the newspaper there was no risk to the public, though the extent of the ...

Compound from Chinese medicinal herb shows promise for Ebola

Feb 27, 2015

Compound from Chinese medicinal herb shows promise for Ebola

A drug derived from a Chinese medicinal herb is showing promise for combating Ebola infection, effectively imprisoning the virus inside cells so it cannot do its usual damage, scientists said on Thursday. The researchers said the compound, called tetrandrine, blocked infection of human white ...

Sauna-goers may live longer: Finnish study

Feb 24, 2015

Sauna-goers may live longer: Finnish study

Men who regularly visit saunas live longer and are less likely to die of sudden heart attacks than men who did not visit as often, a Finnish study published Monday. In often frigid Finland, going to the sauna is a popular activity, and is ...

Liberia lifts Ebola curfew, re-opens borders

Feb 21, 2015

Liberia lifts Ebola curfew, re-opens borders

Liberia said Friday it was lifting nationwide curfews and re-opening borders following the retreat of the Ebola epidemic, which has killed thousands. Liberia and its neighbors Guinea and Sierra Leone have seen new infections drop to a tenth of the numbers that were reported ...

Feb 20, 2015

WHO gives green light to 15-minute Ebola test

The World Health Organization announced Friday it has approved a 15-minute test for Ebola that could be a fast and rugged tool in countries hit by the disease. The test is a little less accurate than the so-called gold standard of lab assessment, but ...

Diet guide drops cholesterol warning

Feb 20, 2015

Diet guide drops cholesterol warning

The U.S. government’s draft dietary guidelines no longer include a warning against eating foods high in cholesterol, representing a major shift in policy, officials said Thursday. Until now, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that cholesterol intake be limited to 300 milligrams per day ...