Apr 29, 2016

Zika virus test gets U.S. approval

Quest Diagnostics has received emergency authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to sell the first commercially developed diagnostic test for Zika in the United States, a step that may help expand testing capacity and speed diagnosis of the virus. Previously, the only ...

Apr 28, 2016

Antibody holds promise in HIV treatment

Just one shot of a lab-produced antibody protected macaques against a sort of monkey HIV for nearly six months, said a study Wednesday into a potential vaccine alternative. Exposed to simian HIV (SHIV) once a week, nontreated monkeys contracted the virus after just three ...

Apr 14, 2016

New front opens in war with superbugs: experts

A newly discovered antibiotic-resistant gene is threatening to open a new front in the war against superbugs by rendering a last-resort drug impotent, experts warn. The gene’s resistance to colistin, a life-saving medication that has been around for 60 years, is the latest frustration ...

Apr 6, 2016

Broken hearts at higher risk of failing, study finds

A broken heart may kill you. The death of a life partner may trigger an irregular heartbeat, a potentially life-threatening condition, research showed Wednesday. A trawl of data on nearly a million Danes showed an elevated risk, lasting about a year, of developing a ...

Mar 24, 2016

Flaws found in scientific case for moderate drinking

It is an irresistible headline: People who drink alcohol in moderation actually live longer than those who abstain entirely. Counterintuitive studies that show the purported benefits of a drink or two a day prompt flurries of bright news reports. You can hear the glasses ...

Mar 22, 2016

South Korea registers first case of Zika virus

South Korea on Tuesday reported the country’s first case of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that has been linked to birth defects and other health issues. A 43-year-old man who recently returned from Brazil was diagnosed with the virus after suffering fever, muscle ...