Apr 16, 2015

FDA approves new type of heart failure drug from Amgen

Patients with chronic heart failure, a disabling, deadly disease that worsens as the heart gradually pumps less efficiently, are getting a much-needed new option with U.S. approval Wednesday of a novel drug from Amgen Inc. Corlanor is the first medication in a dozen years ...

Apr 14, 2015

Australia targets anti-vaccers in 'no jab, no pay' move

The Australian government has ramped up pressure on parents who oppose vaccination by threatening to withhold child care and other payments from families that fail to immunize their children. The government announced this week that families could lose up to 15,000 Australian dollars ($11,400) ...

Apr 3, 2015

Niigata University team finds new treatment for stroke

A research team led by Niigata University has developed a novel method for treating strokes, according to a newly published study. The team has identified a protein that works to protect the brain from complications related to stroke treatment, such as bleeding and edema. ...

Mar 31, 2015

China plan aims to double number of doctors

China will almost double the number of general doctors by 2020, trim its public sector and improve technology as it seeks to fix a health care system plagued by snarling queues and poor rural services, its main administrative authority has said. China’s fast-growing health ...

Japanese team develops proteins that glow

Mar 24, 2015

Japanese team develops proteins that glow

A team of Japanese researchers has developed proteins that produce light visible to the naked eye, according to a paper published online Tuesday by the U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The proteins, called “Nano-lanterns” and which release green, orange or ...

Mar 22, 2015

Nine British medical students believed to have traveled to Syria

Nine British medical students have traveled to Syria, apparently to work in hospitals controlled by Islamic State, Britain’s Observer newspaper reported Saturday. The group of four women and five men crossed into Syria from Turkey last week, having traveled from Sudan where they had ...

U.N. health agency resisted declaring Ebola emergency

Mar 21, 2015

U.N. health agency resisted declaring Ebola emergency

By early June of last year, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was the deadliest ever recorded. There weren’t enough beds to treat patients and many were refusing to seek treatment, driving the outbreak underground. Senior staffers in Africa at the World Health Organization ...