Digital artists respond to father's tragic Web plea

Jul 18, 2014

Digital artists respond to father's tragic Web plea

Just days after his infant daughter’s death, Nathen Steffel asked strangers on the Internet for only one thing: He and his wife wanted a photo of their daughter without the breathing tubes and tape that masked her little face. The response has been overwhelming. ...

Jul 17, 2014

300 vials labeled influenza and dengue are found at U.S. lab

The same U.S. government scientist who recently found forgotten samples of smallpox at a federal lab also uncovered over 300 additional vials, many bearing the names of highly contagious viruses and bacteria. Food and Drug Administration officials said Wednesday the undocumented collection contained 327 ...

Jul 13, 2014

Dengue shot offers some protection in trial

The most advanced vaccine for dengue offers only modest protection but could still help millions of people avoid the devastating effects of the disease known as “breakbone fever,” according to a large trial. There is no treatment for dengue, which causes symptoms including fever, ...

Jul 11, 2014

WHO urges all gay men to use preventive drugs

The World Health Organization on Friday urged all men who have gay sex to take antiretroviral drugs, warning that HIV infections are rising among homosexual men in many parts of the world. “We are seeing exploding epidemics,” warned Gottfried Hirnschall, who heads the WHO’s ...

Study paves way for Alzheimer's early detection

Jul 8, 2014

Study paves way for Alzheimer's early detection

British scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood that can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s and call this an important step toward developing a test for the incurable brain-wasting disease. Such a test could initially be used to select patients ...

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 ...