The doctor will see you now ... via webcam

Jul 5, 2014

The doctor will see you now ... via webcam

Mark Matulaitis holds out his arms so the Parkinson’s specialist can check his tremors. But this is no doctor’s office: Matulaitis sits in his rural home as a neurologist a few hundred kilometers away examines him via the camera in his laptop. Welcome to ...

Jul 3, 2014

Suspected mad cow disease discovered in Romanian beef

A case of suspected mad cow disease has been found in Romanian beef, officials said Wednesday. Romania’s animal health and safety authority said a preliminary test on May 1 indicated that a cow slaughtered at an authorized abattoir was infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, ...

Jul 2, 2014

West African Ebola toll skyrockets to 467

The number of deaths attributed to an epidemic of Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone stood at 467 by Monday, out of 759 known cases in total, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. The outbreak of the deadly disease is already the ...

Fear, suspicion undermine fight against Ebola

Jul 1, 2014

Fear, suspicion undermine fight against Ebola

When Mohamed Swarray contracted the deadly Ebola disease in June, he was confined to a tented isolation ward at Kenema in eastern Sierra Leone. But he didn’t stay there long. Suspicious of the doctors in their masks and body-length protective suits, he slipped out ...

Designer T cells fight viruses after transplants

Jun 26, 2014

Designer T cells fight viruses after transplants

Bone marrow transplants save thousands of lives, but patients are vulnerable to severe viral infections in the months afterward until their new immune system kicks in. Now scientists are developing protection for that risky period: injections of cells specially designed to fend off up ...

Indonesia cigarettes flout graphic ad law

Jun 25, 2014

Indonesia cigarettes flout graphic ad law

Tobacco companies largely ignored an Indonesian deadline to put graphic health warnings on all cigarette packs on sale, another setback for anti-smoking efforts in a country that has the world’s highest rate of male smokers and a “wild, Wild West” of advertising. Despite having ...

Protocol breaches 'led to Anthrax exposure'

Jun 22, 2014

Protocol breaches 'led to Anthrax exposure'

The safety breach at a government lab that may have exposed 84 workers to live anthrax centered on a pivotal lapse in procedure: researchers working with the bacteria waited 24 hours to be sure they had killed the pathogens, half the time required by ...