Aug 29, 2014

Intractable disease list grows by 100 in subsidy push

A health ministry panel has designated 110 illnesses as intractable diseases, expanding the number of patients who will qualify for medical subsidies under a law enacted in May. After gathering public opinion, the ministry plans to finalize the designations in October and issue subsidies ...

Jul 11, 2014

Pros and cons of genetic testing

More and more nonmedical companies are offering genetic testing services that inform people of their risks of developing cancer, diabetes and other diseases, but customers often don't understand the limits of such tests. Nor do they know what providers may do with such personal ...

Crippled FDR seen in home movie

May 17, 2014

Crippled FDR seen in home movie

Rare film footage showing President Franklin D. Roosevelt walking to his seat at a baseball game helps dispel claims that he persistently tried to hide his disability and shows the courage it took to go about his daily life, experts said Friday. The clip ...

Court: Exec guilty over faulty French implants

Dec 11, 2013

Court: Exec guilty over faulty French implants

A disgraced French businessman was convicted of fraud and sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday for filling tens of thousands of breast implants with industrial grade silicone. But he left the courthouse freely after lodging an appeal, and thousands of women will ...

Nov 12, 2013

Southeast Asia losing battle with malaria

U.S. experts are raising the alarm over the spread of drug-resistant malaria in several Southeast Asian countries, endangering major global gains in fighting the mosquito-borne disease that kills more than 600,000 people annually. While the communicable disease wreaks its heaviest toll in Africa, it ...

Aug 28, 2013

Britain begins divisive badger cull over bovine TB fears

A cull of thousands of badgers aimed at combating tuberculosis in cattle has begun in Britain, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) said Tuesday, sparking anger among animal rights activists. Some 5,000 of the black-and-white creatures are set to be shot under two pilot programs ...

Dolphin deaths, linked to virus, worst in years

Aug 28, 2013

Dolphin deaths, linked to virus, worst in years

Marine scientists said Tuesday that a die-off of bottlenose dolphins along the U.S. Atlantic coast is the largest in a quarter-century and is almost certainly from the same cause as a 1987-88 outbreak: cetacean morbillivirus, which is spreading throughout the population. From New York ...