Apr 12, 2014

China and India face huge cancer burden: experts

China and India are facing a cancer crisis, with smoking, belated diagnosis and unequal access to treatment all causing large-scale problems, experts said Friday. In a major report, published in The Lancet Oncology, more than 40 specialists warn that Asia’s big two emerging giants ...

DNA traced in fight for food safety

Apr 7, 2014

DNA traced in fight for food safety

U.S. disease detectives are beginning a program to try to outsmart outbreaks of food poisoning by decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses. The initial target is listeria, the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning and a type of bacteria that ...

Vaccine denial goes mainstream in the U.S.

Apr 7, 2014

Vaccine denial goes mainstream in the U.S.

by Kerry Sheridan

Kathleen Wiederman is not staunchly against vaccines. She simply believes it is better for her child to naturally battle an illness than to be vaccinated against it. “Doctors don’t know everything,” said the 42-year-old recruiter, who prefers alternative medicine and gave birth at her ...

Pfizer reports promising results for new breast cancer drug

Apr 7, 2014

Pfizer reports promising results for new breast cancer drug

An experimental drug has shown encouraging results in treating advanced breast cancer in an early clinical trial, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer reported Sunday. Pfizer, the world’s second-largest drugmaker, said the drug prevented breast cancer from worsening for 20.2 months in a trial involving 165 patients. ...

Worst mass die-off pinned on microbe

Apr 1, 2014

Worst mass die-off pinned on microbe

Sometimes bad things come in small packages. A microbe that spewed humongous amounts of methane into Earth’s atmosphere triggered a global catastrophe 252 million years ago that wiped out upward of 90 percent of marine species and 70 percent of land vertebrates. That’s the ...

Black Death wasn't spread by fleas

Mar 30, 2014

Black Death wasn't spread by fleas

Archaeologists and forensic scientists who have examined 25 skeletons unearthed in the Clerkenwell area of central London a year ago believe they have uncovered the truth about the nature of the Black Death that ravaged Britain and Europe in the mid-14th century. Analysis of ...