Feb 12, 2015

Scientists unravel mystery of how snake venom causes seizures

Scientists have unraveled the mystery of how venom from the Costa Rican coral snake causes seizures in its victims, a finding that could boost research into schizophrenia, epilepsy and chronic pain, researchers said Monday. The recipe involves a pair of proteins called micrurotoxins (MmTX) ...

Full text of Obama's State of the Union address

Jan 21, 2015

Full text of Obama's State of the Union address

The full text of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, as prepared for delivery and provided by the White House: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, my fellow Americans: We are 15 years into this new century. Fifteen ...

Key quotes from Obama's State of the Union address

Jan 21, 2015

Key quotes from Obama's State of the Union address

The following are key quotes from U.S. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday: Economy Turning the page “We are 15 years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation ...

Crimea, eastern Ukraine face AIDS epidemic, U.N. says

Jan 21, 2015

Crimea, eastern Ukraine face AIDS epidemic, U.N. says

A lethal health crisis is brewing in Russian-annexed Crimea and war-torn eastern Ukraine, where heroin users have lost access to therapy to wean them off the drug, the U.N.’s AIDS envoy said Wednesday. Out of 805 people in Crimea who before the annexation were ...

Jan 19, 2015

Britain, Europe's TB hub, seeks to wipe out the disease

Health authorities launched an £11.5 million ($17.4 million) plan on Monday to tackle Britain’s persistent tuberculosis problem, seeking to eradicate the contagious lung disease. Britain has one of the highest TB rates in Western Europe, with London known as the continent’s TB capital. Rates ...

Jan 19, 2015

Sri Lanka's kidney ills mystify: the scoop

A mystery kidney disease is killing Sri Lankan farmers. The first cases surfaced some two decades ago in North Central province, the main rice-producing area. Since then, the disease has killed up to an estimated 20,000 people on the Indian Ocean island nation. As ...

Jan 5, 2015

Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian granted medical parole

Taiwan’s ailing ex-leader Chen Shui-bian was freed from prison on medical parole Monday, after serving six years on graft charges related to his time in office. The 64-year-old, who led Taiwan from 2000 to 2008, will be released from a prison hospital this afternoon ...