Dec 17, 2014

Avian flu confirmed in wild birds in Washington

U.S. agriculture officials said Tuesday they have found avian influenza in wild birds in Washington state but there is no immediate public health concern. The Department of Agriculture said separate strains of the H5 virus were identified in a northern pintail duck and a ...

Ebola fighters face new problem: bad data

Dec 14, 2014

Ebola fighters face new problem: bad data

As health officials struggle to contain the world’s biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, their efforts are being complicated by another problem: bad data. Having accurate numbers about an outbreak is essential not only to provide a realistic picture of the epidemic, but to determine effective control ...

Dec 11, 2014

Healing tunes: What surgeons should and shouldn't play at work

Almost three quarters of surgeons’ operating theaters have music playing when patients go under the knife, according to study in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal. Around 80 percent of theater staffers say music boosts communication between team members, reduces stress levels ...

Dec 11, 2014

Scientists create 'feel fuller' food ingredient

British scientists have developed an ingredient that makes foods more filling, and say initial tests in overweight people showed that it helped prevent them from gaining more weight. The ingredient, developed by researchers at London’s Imperial College and at the University of Glasgow, contains ...

Dec 10, 2014

Aid worker scoffs at Band Aid Ebola song

The lyrics of the Band Aid 30 single to raise money for anti-Ebola charities are embarrassing and ignorant, a British nurse who survived the disease said on Tuesday. William Pooley traveled back to Sierra Leone to treat sufferers in an isolation unit, after surviving ...

Dec 8, 2014

23% of 'purified' water in China is polluted, tests show

Almost a quarter of purified drinking water tested by China’s top safety watchdog was substandard, with many products found to contain excessive levels of bacteria, the official Shanghai Daily newspaper said on Monday. The findings underline the challenge to controlling supply chains in China, ...

Nov 30, 2014

Syria hit by flesh-eating maggot disease

Three cases of myiasis have been reported near Damascus, marking the first appearance of the flesh-eating maggot disease in Syria, U.N. health experts said Friday. Myiasis, an affliction caused when flies lay their eggs in wounds, is not lethal for humans, but its appearance ...