Apr 6, 2016

Broken hearts at higher risk of failing, study finds

A broken heart may kill you. The death of a life partner may trigger an irregular heartbeat, a potentially life-threatening condition, research showed Wednesday. A trawl of data on nearly a million Danes showed an elevated risk, lasting about a year, of developing a ...

Mar 24, 2016

Flaws found in scientific case for moderate drinking

It is an irresistible headline: People who drink alcohol in moderation actually live longer than those who abstain entirely. Counterintuitive studies that show the purported benefits of a drink or two a day prompt flurries of bright news reports. You can hear the glasses ...

Mar 22, 2016

South Korea registers first case of Zika virus

South Korea on Tuesday reported the country’s first case of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that has been linked to birth defects and other health issues. A 43-year-old man who recently returned from Brazil was diagnosed with the virus after suffering fever, muscle ...

Mar 6, 2016

Colombia reports more than 47,700 Zika cases

Colombia has seen more than 47,700 cases of Zika, including thousands of pregnant women infected with the mosquito-borne virus, the country’s National Health Institute reported Saturday. A total of 8,890 pregnant women have come down with the disease, which has been tentatively linked to ...

Mar 5, 2016

Experiments show link between Zika and fetal brain damage

Scientists on Friday said they had found the first evidence of a biological link between the Zika virus sweeping Latin America and microcephaly, a severe deformation of the brain among newborns. Laboratory tests found that the virus targeted key cells involved in brain development ...

Mar 3, 2016

'Surprising gaps' found in ovarian cancer research

Ovarian cancer is poorly understood by researchers and often does not even arise in the ovaries, a U.S. panel said Wednesday. With no cure in sight, no reliable early screening tests and a lack of effective treatments for the cancer, the National Academies of ...