Dec 2, 2016

Rural Cambodia uses guppy to fight dengue

In the backyards of rural Cambodia, a tiny weapon is being deployed to fight dengue fever, the world’s fastest-spreading tropical disease, which causes debilitating flu-like symptoms and can develop into a deadly hemorrhagic fever. More than 3,000 households in Kampong Cham province, which has ...

Psychedelic compound boosts cancer patients' mindset

Dec 2, 2016

Psychedelic compound boosts cancer patients' mindset

Cancer patients often experience mental anguish and stress, but a single dose of a hallucinogen found in psychedelic mushrooms, along with psychological counseling, improved their mindset, two studies said Thursday. The approach “significantly lessens mental anguish in distressed cancer patients for months at a ...

Nov 27, 2016

Dutch destroy 190,000 ducks in first bird flu cull

Some 190,000 ducks were destroyed on Saturday at six farms in the Netherlands following an avian flu outbreak, the country’s first cull of an epidemic sweeping northern Europe. Outbreaks of avian flu, primarily the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain, have been reported in Denmark, Finland, ...

Has Zika circulated quietly in Asia for decades?

Nov 24, 2016

Has Zika circulated quietly in Asia for decades?

Zika’s rampage last year in Brazil caused an explosion of infections and inflicted a crippling neurological defect on thousands of babies — an effect never seen in a mosquito-borne virus. It also presented a mystery: why had a virus that had been little more ...

Nov 18, 2016

New lung transplant technique could save lives

A new technique could help nearly double the precious few hours surgeons have to carry out lung transplants, raising hopes for saving more lives, said a study released Friday. Doctors typically rush to complete a transplant within about six hours of the lungs being ...

Oct 9, 2016

RSV infections in Japan surge to highest levels in last decade

The number of patients suffering from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections — mostly infants — has risen sharply in the country, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases has reported. In the week through Sept. 25, the institute received reports from some 3,000 pediatrics departments ...