Jan 20, 2017

Prostate biopsies could be avoidable with MRIs: study

A quarter of men suspected of having prostate cancer could avoid invasive and potentially dangerous biopsies with the help of MRI scans, researchers reported Friday. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could also reduce the number of men over-diagnosed with the disease by 5 percent, they ...

$460 million vaccine initiative launched to 'outsmart' viruses

Jan 20, 2017

$460 million vaccine initiative launched to 'outsmart' viruses

With the world still reeling from outbreaks of deadly Ebola and baby-deforming Zika, governments and charities launched a $460-million (431 million-euro) initiative Thursday to “outsmart” infectious epidemics. The goal is to develop vaccines with which to contain outbreaks before they become global health emergencies, ...

Jan 15, 2017

Study uncovers long-term effects of deadly Ebola virus

People who survive Ebola may still battle debilitating health problems a year after being declared infection-free, according to an ongoing trial in Guinea that highlighted the need for patient follow-up. Three-quarters of survivors had post-Ebola symptoms when they enrolled for the trial about a ...

Jan 13, 2017

Did you eat your veggies? Urine test can tell

A simple urine test can reveal whether you had steamed fish or a fat-riddled steak for dinner, and could one day end dietary dishonesty, according to a study published Friday. The test may also boost the health of people suffering from diabetes, obesity or ...

Jan 13, 2017

Scientists activate predatory 'kill switch' in mice

U.S. scientists have ramped up predatory behavior in mice by stimulating a region of the brain known for its role in emotions like fear and pleasure, according to a study published Thursday. The experiment turned the lab mice into eating machines, vigorously attacking food, ...

Cannabis can relieve pain, but carries risks, study says

Jan 13, 2017

Cannabis can relieve pain, but carries risks, study says

Marijuana and cannabis can help to safely alleviate pain for some patients but many uncertainties remain about their health and safety risks, according to a major scientific review published Thursday. A committee of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine looked at ...

Trump taps skeptic Kennedy to launch review of vaccines

Jan 11, 2017

Trump taps skeptic Kennedy to launch review of vaccines

Vaccination skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said he will oversee a presidential panel to review vaccine safety and science at the request of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, in a move likely to reignite debate over now-debunked research that tied childhood immunizations to autism. “President-elect ...

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 ...