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Pope Francis the manager - surprising, secretive, shrewd

Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with the media onboard the papal plane while en route to RomeBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Father Ernest Simoni, a 88-year-old Albanian, was watching Pope Francis on television this month when, to his astonishment, he heard the pontiff mention his name. Francis announced that the simple, white-haired Roman Catholic priest, who had spent many years in jail during Albania's communist dictatorship, was to become a cardinal. It was the first that Simoni, or any of the other 16 new cardinals named by Francis at the same time, had heard of their elevation to the prestigious rank.

Virus-resistant mosquitoes to be unleashed in Colombia, Brazil

A view of Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae infected with the Wolbachia bacteriumGovernments and philanthropists on Wednesday announced an $18 million plan to release mosquitoes resistant to Zika, dengue and other viruses in urban areas of Colombia and Brazil. The program aims to boost mosquito-control efforts by using Wolbachia bacteria beginning next year, following the alarming spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause devastating birth defects. Wolbachia occurs naturally in 60 percent of insects, but not mosquitoes.

'Low FODMAP’ diet may ease irritable bowel syndrome

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) – In a randomized trial, people with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D) had significant pain and symptom relief on a diet that starves gut bacteria of some of their favorite foods, according to a new study. The “low FODMAP” diet restricts foods that are high in fermentable oligo-, di- and monosaccharides and polyols (FODMAPs), short-chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed by the body but quickly fermented by intestinal bacteria. Fermentation produces gas and excess liquid, and may underlie the symptoms of IBS, the authors write in American Journal of Gastroenterology.

U.S. warned Berlin on China-Aixtron deal: Handelsblatt

The logo of Aixtron SE is pictured on the roof of the German chip equipment maker's headquarters in HerzogenrathFRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. intelligence services told Germany that a proposed Chinese takeover of semiconductor manufacturing equipment maker Aixtron could give Beijing access to technology that could be used for military purposes, the Handelsblatt newspaper said on Wednesday. The German economy ministry said on Monday that pending a review it had withdrawn its approval for Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund (FGC) to buy the Aachen-based firm for 670 million euros ($732 million), citing previously unknown security-related information. Aixtron said it had so far not received any questions from the ministry related to the review.

Why Health Care Premiums Are Rising Under Obamacare

Average premiums are expected to rise an average of 22 percent.

Brazil and Colombia to scale up bacterial fight against Zika and dengue

A Brazilian Army soldier shows pamphlets during the National Day of Mobilization Zika Zero in Rio de JaneiroHealth authorities in Colombia and Brazil will launch large-scale mosquito-control campaigns using a using naturally occurring bacteria known as Wolbachia to fight the spread of dengue and Zika viruses among people. Small-scale trials of the technique, which involves infecting mosquitoes with Wolbachia to prevent them from spreading the viruses, have shown a significant reduction in their ability to transmit Zika and dengue, prompting donors to back scale-up plans.

Indian cigarette maker ITC criticizes big health warnings on packs

A man lights a cigarette along a road in MumbaiIndia's biggest cigarette maker ITC on Wednesday criticized the government's decision to impose bigger health warnings on cigarette packets, saying there was little evidence to link smoking to diseases depicted in those pictures. India earlier this year ordered manufacturers to cover 85 percent of their tobacco pack's surface in health warnings, up from 20 percent. "There is no evidence to suggest that cigarette smoking would cause the diseases depicted in the pictures or that large GHW (graphic health warnings) will lead to reduction in consumption," ITC said in a statement filed to the Indian stock exchanges.

Child soldiers freed in South Sudan but recruitment heats up: UNICEF

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Armed groups in South Sudan released 145 children on Tuesday, the U.N. children's agency (UNICEF) said, calling on warring parties to stop recruiting child soldiers as the world's youngest nation teeters on the brink of renewed civil war. The children were released by the rebel SPLA-In-Opposition, led by former Vice-President Riek Machar, and the Cobra Faction, which signed a peace deal with the government in 2014. "Our priority is to get them into school and to provide services to communities so the children are able to see a more promising future," UNICEF's South Sudan representative, Mahimbo Mdoe, said in a statement.

Some breastfeeding advice worth ditching: US task force

A mother breastfeeding her newborn childA review of scientific evidence on breastfeeding out Tuesday found that some long-held advice is worth ditching, including that babies should avoid pacifiers and moms should breastfeed exclusively in the first days after birth. Individual interventions to help expectant and new moms breastfeed are still recommended, but systematic or hospital-wide policies tend to show little benefit, said the report by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent panel of experts. The benefits of breastfeeding include providing optimal nutrition and an immune system boost for babies, while helping mothers bond with infants and speeding maternal weight loss after birth.

China vows better environmental monitoring to improve health

Devices for collecting samples of Beijing's air are installed on the rooftop of the air quality forecast and warning center in BeijingChina aims to create a comprehensive environmental monitoring system by 2030 in its efforts to boost citizens' health and raise life expectancy, the government has said. Pollution has been identified as one of the biggest threats to public health in China, with smog in the northern region blamed for higher rates of cancer, respiratory disease and premature death. Widespread soil and water contamination have also caused health hazards.

Patient values may not always align with choices for end of life care

“Based on our clinical experience and previous research, we had a sense that patients were not well informed about treatment options at the end of life nor grounded in their own values,” said lead author Dr. Daren K. Heyland at the Department of Critical Care Medicine of Kingston General Hospital. The researchers surveyed 278 hospitalized patients who were 80 years or older, or had advanced pulmonary, cardiac or liver disease or metastatic cancer, as well as 225 family members. Other factors like living as long as possible, preserving life and respecting the wishes of other family members regarding one’s care tended to score somewhat lower.

U.N. vows to press on with securing Aleppo evacuation operation

Rebel fighters ride a military vehicle near rising smoke from al-Bab city, northern Aleppo provinceBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations vowed on Thursday to press ahead in securing medical evacuations of hundreds of sick and wounded from the Syrian city of Aleppo and demanded that the warring sides drop their conditions. The United Nations aborted plans at the weekend to evacuate patients from rebel-held east Aleppo, which it had hoped to accomplish during a three-day lull in fighting last week, accusing all parties to the conflict of obstructing its efforts. "We are not giving up," Jan Egeland, a U.N. humanitarian adviser, told reporters after the weekly meeting of the humanitarian task force, composed of major and regional powers.

TB treatment's high success rate hailed as 'breakthrough'

TB treatment's high success rate hailed as 'breakthrough'A new treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis patients, that reported a success rate of 82 percent in a study, has been hailed as a "breakthrough" at a medical summit in Britain. The final results were unveiled at this week's Union World Conference on Lung Health in Liverpool, north-west England, and showed patients across nine African countries responded remarkably well to the nine-month treatment. Of the 1,006 TB sufferers who participated in the observational study of the treatment, all of whom were all resistent to TB medicine rifampicin, 734 were deemed fully cured and in a further 87 cases the treatment appeared to have worked.

Exclusive: India's tobacco industry, government face off ahead of WHO conference

A man lights a cigarette along a road in MumbaiBy Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's $11 billion tobacco industry has urged the government to take a softer line on tobacco control efforts when it hosts a WHO conference in New Delhi next month, but officials say the government will not bow to "pressure tactics". Delegates from about 180 countries will attend the Nov. 7-12 World Health Organization (WHO) conference on the sole global anti-tobacco treaty: the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). In force since 2005, the treaty aims to deter tobacco use that kills around 6 million people a year.

PNG court dismisses Australia asylum seeker resettlements on technicality

Refugee advocates hold placards and banners during a protest in central SydneyBy Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Papua New Guinea Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed an application to send asylum seekers held on an isolated island to Australia on a paperwork technicality. A ruling in favor of the 302 detainees would have ordered the PNG and Australian governments to transfer them to Australia within 30 days, a political nightmare for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Under Australia's tough immigration laws, asylum seekers intercepted trying to reach the country by boat are sent for processing on PNG's Manus island and the tiny South Pacific island nation of Nauru.

Policy Prescriptions: Clinton and Trump on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton has been involved in the nation's health care debate for more than 20 years and, as her campaign likes to say, she has the scars to prove it.

Nigerian activist held in solitary in Japan, prompting calls for her release

By Minami Funakoshi and Ami Miyazaki TOKYO (Reuters) - A prominent Nigerian asylum seeker and activist is being held in solitary at a Tokyo detention centre, a case that has highlighted a growing crackdown on foreigners living in Japan without visas and prompted demands for her release. Elizabeth Aruoriwo Obueza was detained two weeks ago after authorities turned down an appeal against her asylum rejection, Obueza and her lawyer told Reuters. Obueza, 48, campaigns for asylum seekers and the 4,700 people on "provisional release" from immigration detention - a status that lets foreigners out from detention but bars them from working and travelling freely.

Sanofi partners with Brazil to accelerate Zika vaccine work

A logo is seen in front of the entrance at the headquarters of French drugmaker Sanofi in ParisSanofi has struck a collaboration deal with a leading Brazilian research institute to speed development of a Zika vaccine, consolidating the French drugmaker's position in the race to defeat the mosquito-borne virus. The deal with the Fiocruz public health center follows a tie-up in July between Sanofi and a U.S. Army research institute, which gave the drugmaker access to one of the furthest advanced vaccines in development. Sanofi said on Thursday that all three research organizations would now work together to "increase the likelihood of successfully developing and licensing a safe and effective Zika vaccine as quickly as possible".

Exclusive: General Electric wins $900 million Brazil power plant, grid contract

The logo of Down Jones Industrial Average stock market index listed company General ElectricBy Alwyn Scott NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric has won a $900 million contract to build a 1,500 megawatt natural-gas-fired combined-cycle power plant in the Brazilian state of Sergipe, the largest such plant in Latin America, company executives said. The contract with Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe SA marks the first such sale of GE's power generators along with the heat recovery steam generator and transmission system technology it acquired from Alstom last year, the executives said in an interview. "This plant is the first very large turnkey project encompassing the turbine and grid," said Reinaldo Garcia, chief executive of General Electric's grid solutions business.

Patients left in limbo as more doctors flee Puerto Rico

In this Oct. 24, 2016 photo, patients wait their turn at one of the Medical Center external clinics in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A steady departure of medical specialists from Puerto Rico has turned into a stampede amid the island's ongoing economic crisis leaving patients with few doctors to take care of their ills. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Wanda Serrano arrived at Puerto Rico's largest public hospital before dawn to take her 17-year-old son to an appointment. Six hours later, they were still in the packed waiting room hoping to see a doctor.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW-Rugby-Players paying too high a price, says union head

* Carter affair should trigger debate on players' health, says Tchale Watchou * Rugby makes machines, says head of Top 14 players' union * Doctors' role must be redefined * Mental health a growing concern, too By Julien Pretot MONTPELLIER, France, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Professional rugby is taking such a terrible physical and mental toll on the players, shortening careers and leaving a lifelong legacy of disability, that the soul of the sport is under threat, the head of the French players' union has warned. Player welfare has again been under scrutiny after it was revealed that former All Black Dan Carter played the French Top 14 final for Racing Metro after receiving an injection of corticoids - a legal steroid used to treat inflammation.

Factbox: Wall Street's take on possible impact of U.S. elections

(Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump are in a tight race ahead of the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election. Following is a weekly roundup of financial market analysts' views on the likely outcome of the U.S. elections and the possible implications of a Trump or Clinton win on financial markets. MORE COVERAGE: SEE RELATED FACTBOX: LARRY BIEGELSEN, SENIOR ANALYST, HEALTHCARE TEAM, WELLS FARGO "The probability of either a Republican or a Democratic sweep of both the Executive and Legislative branches is low, but certainly not negligible.

Screening infants could prevent early heart attacks

Researchers in Britain find that conducting early child screening at the same time as vaccinations, can help find familial hypercholesterolemia, which is a genetic disorder that often leads to early heart diseaseScreening young children for high cholesterol at the same time as they receive routine vaccinations could prevent hundreds of heart attacks in young adults each year, researchers in Britain said Wednesday. FH runs in families, and if left untreated can raise the risk of heart disease at a young age as much as 100 times, according to the article.

Cholesterol test for 1-year-olds? Study says it could help

What if a blood test could reveal that your child is at high risk for early heart disease years in the future, giving you a chance to prevent it now? A big study in England did that — screening thousands of babies for inherited risk — and found it was twice as common as has been thought.

Dementia risk may rise in the wake of disaster

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Elderly people forced out of their homes and separated from their neighbors after a natural disaster may be more prone to dementia than survivors who are able to remain in their homes, a study suggests. This, at least, is how things unfolded after the 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Japan, according to the study of 3,556 elderly survivors of this disaster. "But our study suggests that cognitive decline is also an important issue.” While previous research has documented cognitive decline and dementia among the elderly after disasters including Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the U.S., the current study of survivors from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan offers a unique snapshot of the factors that may influence the odds that these problems will emerge, Hikichi said by email.

Antidepressants in pregnancy tied to health risks for kids

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Children exposed to a common type of antidepressant in the womb may be at an increased risk of complications soon after birth and years later, according to two new studies. One study suggests newborns are more likely to need intensive care after birth if their mothers take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy. A second study finds those same children may be at an increased risk for speech and language disorders years later.

Cancer survivors take more psych meds than other people

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who live through a bout with cancer are more likely to use medication for anxiety and depression than those without a history of malignancies, a U.S. study suggests. About 19 percent of adult cancer survivors take drugs for depression, anxiety, or both, compared to roughly 10 percent of other adults, the study found. “Survivors can have uncertainty about the future, worries about recurrence, altered self-image, concerns about relationships, financial hardships, unwanted physical changes, or new physical impairments,” said lead study author Nikki Hawkins, a behavioral scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Man accused in hospital computer hack wages hunger strike

This Feb. 16, 2015 photograph provided by Terri Barach shows her son-in-law Martin Gottesfeld in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Gottesfeld, who acknowledges he attacked the computer network at world-renowned Boston children’s hospital in 2014, costing it hundreds of thousands of dollars, is unapologetic and now waging a hunger strike in prison as he awaits trial. (Terri Barach photo via AP)BOSTON (AP) — A man who acknowledges he attacked the computer network at world-renowned Boston Children's Hospital two years ago, costing it hundreds of thousands of dollars, is waging a hunger strike in prison as he awaits trial.

Whole Foods eyes millennials with Purple Carrot meal kit test

A Whole Foods Market store logo is pictured on a building in Boca Raton, FloridaWhole Foods Market Inc began testing sales of Purple Carrot's vegan meal kits on Wednesday, joining forces with one of many startups that threaten mainstream grocers by delivering boxed, cook-at-home meals. Purple Carrot downsized its kits for the test at Whole Foods. Ahold USA already sells its own meal kits at two of its grocery store chains in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

Islamic State takes hostages deeper towards Mosul as Iraqi forces advance

For two years he had prayed he would again see the family he had left behind when his village near Mosul was overrun by Islamic State while he was off on deployment. Last week he learned from other advancing Iraqi forces who reached his home village that they had arrived too late to protect his family. Fleeing militants had taken them hostage and were bringing them deeper towards Mosul to use as human shields.

The kids are all right: Children with 3-way DNA are healthy

Emma Foster, 17, of Red Bank, N.J., speaks during an interview at St. Barnabas Hospital, in Livingston, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. More than 15 years ago, 17 babies, including Emma, were born after an experimental infertility treatment that gave them DNA from three people: Mom, Dad and an egg donor. Now researchers have checked up on how the babies are doing as teenagers. The preliminary verdict: The kids are all right. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)More than 15 years ago, 17 babies were born after an experimental infertility treatment that gave them DNA from three people: Mom, Dad and an egg donor.

Pollution particles damage blood vessels, may lead to heart disease

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Tiny pollution particles produced by vehicle engines and industry are known to worsen heart disease and raise the risk of stroke, but a new study suggests they might also be planting the seeds for cardiovascular disease early on. In healthy young adults with no signs of heart disease, researchers found that exposure to fine pollution particles known as PM 2.5 led to inflammation-causing changes in immune cells and a rise in debris in the bloodstream representing dead endothelial cells, the type that line blood vessel walls. Fine particles in the air from industrial pollution and traffic have been tied to heart events, like stroke, before, but most focus has been on older people, said Dr. Joel Kaufman of the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle, who was not part of the new study.

Experts hope mosquito-borne bacteria can beat the Zika virus

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 file photo, Bill and Melinda Gates talk to reporters about the 2016 annual letter from their foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in New York. Researchers are trying to infect mosquitoes in Brazil and Colombia with a type of bacteria that could prevent them from spreading Zika virus and other dangerous diseases. British and American governments are teaming up with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.K.-based Wellcome Trust to expand field tests in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and the city of Bello in northwest Colombia, philanthropist Bill Gates told a conference Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)LONDON (AP) — Researchers are trying to infect mosquitoes in Brazil and Colombia with a type of bacteria that could prevent them from spreading the Zika virus and other dangerous diseases.

Pakistan to execute schizophrenic murder convict

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan issued a death warrant on Wednesday for a paranoid schizophrenic convicted of murder, his lawyers said, after the Supreme Court ruled his condition was not a permanent mental disorder and therefore not legally relevant. Imdad Ali, 50, was certified by government doctors as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia in 2012, following his conviction for the 2001 murder of a Muslim cleric.

Gene study clears 'Patient Zero' as cause of U.S. HIV epidemic

White House marks World AIDS Day with giant ribbon on North PorticoBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Genes taken from archived blood samples show the U.S. AIDS epidemic started in New York in the early 1970s, definitively debunking the long-held belief that the virus was spread in the early 1980s by a flight attendant who became vilified as "Patient Zero" for seeding the U.S. outbreak. Scientists have long suspected that HIV had been circulating in the United States for a decade before the first few AIDS cases were identified in Los Angeles 1981. "What we've done here is tried to get at the origins of the first cases of AIDS that were ever noticed," said Michael Worobey, the evolutionary biologist at the University of Arizona who led the study.

Myanmar confirms first case of Zika virus infection: state TV

A pregnant foreign woman in Myanmar's largest city Yangon has been diagnosed with Zika, the first case of the mosquito-borne virus in the southeast Asian country, state-owned Myanmar TV (MRTV) said on Thursday. Zika has spread to some 60 countries and territories since the current outbreak was identified last year in Brazil, raising alarm over the rare birth defect microcephaly as well as other neurological disorders it can cause in infants and adults. "A foreign woman in Yangon who is pregnant was found to have contracted Zika virus and further examination is being carried out," MRTV reported without giving further details.

Betting on hepatitis C-infected kidneys to speed transplants

Irma Hendricks has blood drawn at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, on Oct. 6, 2016. Hendricks received a kidney transplant from a donor with hepatitis C, and took medications after surgery that cleared away the virus and left her feeling healthy again. Hendricks is part of a pilot study testing if new drugs that promise to cure most hepatitis C could allow use of organs that today go to waste, and speed transplants to people who might otherwise die waiting. (AP Photo/Jessica Kourkounis)WASHINGTON (AP) — A bold experiment is giving some patients a chance at cutting years off their wait for a kidney transplant if they agree to a drastic-sounding option — getting an organ almost sure to infect them with hepatitis C.

Cranberries squashed as folk remedy for urinary infections

Another folk medicine remedy bites the dust. Cranberry capsules didn't prevent or cure urinary infections in nursing home residents in a study challenging persistent unproven claims to the contrary. The ...

India drug industry lobby hits back at antibiotic pollution claims

By Zeba Siddiqui MUMBAI (Reuters) - The head of an Indian drugs industry lobby group on Thursday said media reports linking pollution in some lakes and rivers to factories making antibiotics were not accurate and that drug factories were in compliance with local environmental rules. India's $17 billion drugs industry is one of the world's biggest suppliers of antibiotics.

Arkansas court strikes down a medical marijuana proposal on ballot

Medical marijuana is displayed in Los Angeles, California(Reuters) - The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down on Thursday one of two proposals in the November election to allow for the use of medical marijuana in the state, saying the proposal did not receive the required number of signatures to be on the ballot. Voters in the Nov. 8 election in Arkansas will still be able to vote on a separate measure that would allow for the regulated use of marijuana for certain medical conditions, where a state commission oversees plant growth and marijuana distribution. The ballot proposal that was struck down was called the "Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act." It had a provision for patients to apply for permission from state authorities to grow their own marijuana plants if they lived more than 20 miles (32 kms) away from an authorized dispensary.

Racism in medicine: An 'open secret'

After a patient in her hospital said, "I don't want a Jewish doctor," one pediatrician set out to study discrimination against physicians. Here's what she found.

The real -- and growing -- effects of fake pills

Most of us think of a placebo as a simple psychological trick -- a fake pill might give us hope, but it produces no real effects.

She went to the hospital for kidney stones, came out with a baby

How could they not know she was pregnant? "We were asking the same question," her husband, Michael Jaegers, told CNN.

How to deal with the violent videos on your kids' devices

A woman sits next to her bloodied boyfriend and tells the camera he was just shot. A young refugee's body washes up on the shore. A bus driver is bullied while students cheer. A man commits suicide.

Can your own immune system kill cancer?

The (literal) growing pains for astronauts in space

Study shows parents can treat autism in their children

Mom holds separated twin for first time

In what can best be described as a bundle of cuteness, Nicole McDonald held her son Jadon alone for the first time in what she calls "one of the most profound moments of my life."

World Series babies get special gifts from hospitals

There's no better time to be born in Cleveland, where the Indians are seeking their first World Series title since 1948.

Do meal replacement shakes and bars really work?

Photos capture art, athleticism of dance

A cell phone alert got him life-saving CPR

Sudden cardiac arrest requires immediate CPR to prevent brain damage; a smartphone app connected to local 911 emergency systems alerts CPR-trained people within a quarter mile radius that their help is needed.

Mom fights talent scout who rejected her son

What bothered Megan Nash isn't that a talent agency turned down her 18-month-old son. It's the reason they gave.

Camera captures kid breaking all the rules

Jumping on the new couch? Check. Climbing on the countertops? Check. Cartwheels in the living room? BY THE TV? Double check.

The craze that's driving parents crazy

Technology has never been more advanced, yet children across the United States are entertaining themselves with something very old-school: partially-filled plastic water bottles.

Can science stop the looming banana extinction?

The banana is the world's most popular fruit crop, with over 100 million metric tons produced annually in over 130 tropical and subtropical countries.

Lying may be your brain's fault, honestly

Understanding why people lie is complicated. New research suggests a biological component may be at play.

Football's impact on the brain starts early

Last year, according to USA Football, over 2 million children between the ages of 6-14 participated in tackle football. For many parents, the worry has been over concussions. But a new study finds there could be cause for concern over the cumulative impact of repetitive or sub-concussive hits on the brains of young players when out on the field.

Mom overdoses in car with baby in backseat

A startling new photo shows an Indiana woman passed out behind the wheel of a car after an apparent heroin overdose with a syringe clutched in her fist.

EpiPen alternative Auvi-Q returning

Pharmaceutical company Kaleo said Wednesday that it will reintroduce its compact epinephrine autoinjector to the US market in the first half of 2017. Auvi-Q can be used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, by delivering epinephrine to help relax muscles, open airways and reduce swelling triggered when the body has an allergic reaction.

Women now drink nearly as much as men

A new study has found that women have almost caught up with men when it comes to drinking alcohol.

Texas nurse who contracted Ebola settles hospital lawsuit

A Texas nurse who contracted Ebola while treating a patient has settled a lawsuit against the hospital where she became infected.

Preteens need only two rounds of HPV vaccine, CDC says

Young people who get the human papillomavirus vaccine before turning 15 need only two doses, rather than three, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week.

To avoid SIDS, infants and parents should share a room

Sweetened drinks double your risk of diabetes, or more

Drinking two or more sweetened drinks per day could greatly increase your risk of diabetes, according to new research.

Meet the baby who was born twice

Margaret Boemer went for a routine ultrasound 16 weeks into her pregnancy with her third child. She quickly found out that things were far from routine.

How do screams scare us?

Whose screams raise the hairs on the back of your neck? Janet Leigh's famous shower screech in "Psycho"? One of the many shrieks her daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis, belted out in the "Halloween" films? Or maybe it's Danielle Harris' versions that send you over the edge.

Can you identify these screams?

Did you know that human screams have different meanings? Elizabeth Cohen investigates the science of screams.

5 ways to avoid an unhealthy Halloween

Watching your health this Halloween doesn't have to be scary. Here are five easy things to keep in mind for you and your family to stay happy and healthy this Halloween.

Are you eating too much sugar on Halloween?

For millions, it wouldn't be Halloween without candy. Nutritionist and Health Journalist Lisa Drayer provides tips for healthy eating this Halloween.

Blighted lives

The true cost of the diabetes epidemic facing the UK is lives blighted by years of disability.

A father's suffering

When Jack Davis and his partner Leanne lost their two baby sons through premature births, he wanted people to recognise his suffering as well as the mother's.

Bad blood

When Brryan Jackson's father injected his infant son with HIV-infected blood, he hoped he'd never see him grow up. More than two decades later, he's full of life and hope for the future.

Surviving cholera

Hurricane-struck Haiti now faces a new humanitarian disaster - cholera. So what can be done to ward off a deadly epidemic?

Life-saving potato

Millions of children across Africa suffer from malnutrition - one way to tackle this is a special type of sweet potato that can deliver an extra vitamin hit which is being developed in Uganda, writes the BBC's Nancy Kacungira.

Beyond help

After two years of war in Yemen, thousands are dying from preventable diseases as the health system falls apart.

Price of life

Edger Mulili, 18, says he owes his life to a $5 a month government health insurance scheme, which millions of Kenyans are being encouraged to join, writes Anne Soy.

Critical condition

The BBC's Julian Keane visits a children's hospital in Caracas, where the sorry state of Venezuela's health system is in evidence.

Does the contraceptive pill cause depression?

A study linking the contraceptive pill with depression is met with relief, frustration and debate.

Wasted money?

Nick Triggle answers a reader's question on why the NHS continues to fund homeopathy in the UK.

Key unanswered questions

What we still don't know about the Zika virus and microcephaly.

What you need to know

An alarming and disturbing infection linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains is spreading.

'The worst day of my life'

The threat of the Zika virus has now become international, but the alarm was raised in Brazil last year when a growing number of cases of microcephaly began to emerge.

The mosquito menace

Why the mosquito that spreads the Zika virus is flourishing in the urban environment.

HIV Patient Zero cleared by science

One of the most demonised patients in history - Gaetan Dugas - has been convincingly cleared of reports he spread HIV to the US, say scientists.

US liver donor marries woman whose life he saved

A US man who donated half of his liver to a complete stranger reveals how they fell in love and wed.

Vet has animal tuberculosis scare

Vet describes fears after being infected with animal tuberculosis

Mosquito army released in Zika fight in Brazil & Colombia

Scientists are planning to release millions of modified mosquitoes in urban areas of Brazil and Colombia, in an effort to tackle Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses.

'Super-parenting' improves children's autism

Training mums and dads as "super parents" can dramatically improve a child's autism, a study shows.

Baby Lynlee 'born twice' after life-saving tumour surgery

A baby girl is "born" twice in Texas after surgeons cut open her mother's womb to remove a tumour that threatened to stop her heart.

Teen hackers study considers link to addiction

A study for Europol suggests efforts to stop young people hacking could learn from anti-addiction efforts.

Tasmanian devil milk fights superbugs

Milk from Tasmanian devils could offer up a useful weapon against antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to Australian researchers.

Healthy mice from lab-grown eggs

Japanese scientists say they have created healthy baby mice from eggs they made entirely in the lab using a sample of mouse skin cells.

An autistic boy who can't be touched has connected with a service dog

An autistic boy who can't be touched or hugged by anyone has connected with someone for the first time - his new service dog.

Hair straighteners pose child burn risk

Ten-month-old Joshua is one of hundreds of children admitted to hospital each year after being burned by hair straighteners.

Irish women 'access abortion pills online'

Women aged 25 to 35 are the most likely group in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland to access medication online to end a pregnancy, a study suggests.

Three-person baby 'race' dangerous

A "race" to make babies from three people is a major worry, duping couples and a dangerous experiment on mums and babies, warn scientists and ethicists.

Investigation over cancer 'cure' GcMAF in health food shop

An undercover investigation by 5 live Investigates has found an unlicensed blood product being sold illegally in the UK to treat cancer.

India to carry out DNA tests on Uttarakhand flood skeletons

Scientists in India will extract DNA from more than 30 skeletons found by trekkers in Uttarakhand state as part of efforts to identify victims of the 2013 floods.

Breast implant register launches 'to safeguard patients'

A new register of breast implant surgery patients in England has been set up to improve the safety of their care.

'Dementia link to sudden low blood pressure and dizziness'

People who experience frequent drops in blood pressure or dizziness when suddenly standing up are at increased risk of dementia, scientists say.

Baby Lynlee 'born twice' after life-saving surgery

A baby girl is "born" twice after she is taken out of her mother's womb for 20 minutes for life-saving surgery.

'Robbed' of maternity leave with my premature son

Lauren Dunn, who gave birth to her son Henry early at 26 weeks, describes feeling "robbed" of her time at home with him.

Man who cut off own toes told he 'saved the foot'

Paul Dibbins cut off two toes when they went gangrenous and a hospital operation was cancelled.

'Ignoring diabetes left me with one leg'

Type 2 diabetes is responsible for most cases of kidney failure and lower limb amputation, other than accidents.

The shoe shop with a dark diabetes message

How did customers react when they uncovered the dark diabetes message hidden in a shoe shop?

The poem sending Shivers down spines

The Multiple Sclerosis poem sending Shivers down spines

Spanish woman Lina Alvarez gives birth at 62

Lina Alvarez has given birth at the age of 62. She spoke to waiting reporters outside the hospital in Lugo, Spain.

PIP breast implants: Campaigner welcomes patient register

PIP Action Campaigner Jan Spivey welcomes a register for patients with implants, but wants it extended.

Game of Thrones location seeking GP - via Twitter

With a chronic shortage of GPs in Northern Ireland's rural areas, the HSC is under pressure to attract doctors to the country.

Woman's giant 'Rapunzel syndrome' hairball cut out of stomach

A 15cmx10cm hairball has been removed from a woman with 'Rapunzel syndrome'.

Health Check: Treating medical emergencies in space

A major medical emergency has never occurred on the International Space Station - but what would happen if it did?

The pigeon doctor will see you now

Rats, dogs and cows are just some of the animals that are advancing the diagnosis and treatment of disease in humans.

The twists and turns of naming diseases

For centuries diseases have been named after people and places - but do these names honour or offend?

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