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 ...

Dec 28, 2014

H.K. woman critically ill with H7N9 virus

Hong Kong hospitals raised alert levels Sunday, as a woman diagnosed with the deadly H7N9 avian flu virus was in a critical condition. The 68-year-old woman was hospitalized on Dec. 25 after returning from the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen almost two weeks earlier, ...

Dec 18, 2014

U.K. proposes rules for embryos made from 3 people

New rules proposed in Britain would make it the first country to allow embryos to be made from the DNA of three people in order to prevent mothers from passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases to their babies. In a statement issued on Wednesday, ...