Mystery 'post-Ebola syndrome' emerges in West Africa

May 3, 2015

Mystery 'post-Ebola syndrome' emerges in West Africa

As the Ebola epidemic retreats across West Africa, international health authorities are turning their attention to the little understood long-term effects of the often-deadly virus on the survivors. There is little research on patients cured of the tropical fever, but the World Health Organization ...

May 2, 2015

Space radiation may harm astronauts' brains: study

Flying people to deep space — like to Mars or an asteroid — is high on NASA’s wish list, but research on mice suggested Friday that extended radiation exposure permanently harms the brain. Central nervous system damage and cognitive impairment were observed in lab ...

New avian flu viruses send U.S. scientists scrambling

May 1, 2015

New avian flu viruses send U.S. scientists scrambling

Three highly pathogenic avian flu viruses that have infected poultry and wild birds in the U.S. Midwest appear unlikely to present a significant risk to humans. But the presence of the viruses in North America has scientists scrambling to understand their potential long-term threat. ...

Apr 30, 2015

Scientists find chemical clues on obesity in urine samples

Scientists have identified chemical markers in urine that are linked to body mass, offering clues about why people who are obese are more likely to develop illnesses such as cancer, stroke, diabetes and heart disease. The findings may also help researchers identify people who ...

Apr 30, 2015

Rubella is gone from the Americas: global health authorities

Improved vaccine campaigns have led to the elimination of rubella — an infectious disease that can cause birth defects — from North, Central and South America, global health authorities said Wednesday. The virus, sometimes known as German measles, was formally declared eradicated after five ...

Anti-dengue plague plan eyed by health ministry

Apr 29, 2015

Anti-dengue plague plan eyed by health ministry

The health ministry will soon draw up guidelines to prevent a new outbreak of dengue fever, after last summer’s incidence became the nation’s first in about 70 years. A total of 162 people were infected with the virus across 18 prefectures last year. An ...

Apr 25, 2015

Smokers' haven China amends law to heavily curb tobacco ads

China’s rubber-stamp parliament has passed legislation that heavily restricts tobacco advertising in public, strengthening efforts to curb smoking in a country where more than a billion people are smokers or exposed to second-hand smoke. A revised Advertisement Law approved on Friday by the Standing ...

Apr 24, 2015

Ebola outbreak likely driving malaria deaths: study

The collapse of health services in three west African countries devastated by Ebola may have caused some 11,000 additional deaths from malaria, a preventable and curable disease, researchers said Friday. A further 3,900 deaths may have resulted from interruptions in the delivery of insecticide-treated ...

Apr 19, 2015

'Mysterious' fast-killing disease claims 18 victims in Nigeria

A “mysterious” disease that kills patients within 24 hours has claimed at least 18 lives in a southeastern Nigerian town, the government said Saturday. “Twenty-three people (were affected) and 18 deaths were recorded,” said the Ondo state health commissioner, Dayo Adeyanju. The disease, whose ...