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Alstom sues GE for breach of train signal sales contract

The logo of Dow Jones Industrial Average stock market index listed company General ElectricBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - French rail transport company Alstom SA has filed a U.S. lawsuit accusing General Electric Co of breach of contract related to last November's sale of the American industrial conglomerate's train-signaling business. According to a complaint made public on Tuesday night in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Alstom and GE have been unable to resolve disputes over whether the $800 million purchase price should be adjusted, up or down, to account for working capital and net debt. Alstom said GE has breached the contract by refusing to let the jointly designated independent accounting firm Deloitte resolve the disputes, and by instead launching an arbitration proceeding with the International Chamber of Commerce business group.

Revolutionary hepatitis C drugs leave public health systems reeling

Revolutionary hepatitis C drugs leave public health systems reelingThe pills made by US group Gilead Sciences are just one example of efficient yet costly treatments that have put the delicate question of how much a life is worth on the table of cash-strapped governments which hesitate to fund them. In Spain, after multiple protests that included the three-month occupation of a Madrid hospital, patients were handed a partial victory last year when the government decided to provide the drugs to those at advanced stages of the disease. It's a similar story in France, which paid out 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) between mid-2014 and June 2015 for innovative hepatitis C treatments for the worst affected, according to a report by its social security system.

Israeli firms team up for high-speed 3D stem cell printing

Israeli 3D printer firm Nano Dimension has successfully lab-tested a 3D bioprinter for stem cells, paving the way for the potential printing of large tissues and organs, the company said on Wednesday. While 3D printers are used already to create stem cells for research, Nano Dimension said the trial, conducted with Israeli biotech firm Accellta Ltd, showed its adapted printer could make large volumes of high resolution cells quickly. Nano Dimension shares in Tel Aviv, which had been suspended ahead of the announcement, leapt 19 percent when they resumed trading and closed 16.6 percent higher.

FDA delays decision on Sarepta's muscle-wasting disorder drug

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver SpringThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration deferred a highly anticipated decision on whether to approve Sarepta Therapeutics Inc's muscle-wasting disorder drug, a month after an advisory panel determined that the treatment was not effective. Sarepta's shares were up 17.6 percent at $21.69 on Wednesday on hopes that the delay could mean that the drug, eteplirsen, may still be cleared for sale. Sarepta said it had been told by the FDA that the agency was unable to finish its review by Thursday as planned but would try to complete it in "as timely a manner as possible." However, analysts said the chance of approval was still low, noting that the FDA had also delayed a decision on BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc's DMD drug before rejecting it.

Afghan draft law must stop punishing women over 'moral crimes': rights group

A woman stops to give money to beggar wearing burqa outside a police station in KabulBy Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Afghanistan's president should ensure that the country's draft penal code upholds women's rights by banning "virginity exams" and outlawing the imprisonment of women and girls accused of so-called moral crimes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday. Improving the lives and rights of women remains a major challenge in Afghanistan nearly 15 years after a U.S.-backed military campaign ousted the Taliban's hardline Islamist regime.

Biotech Regeneron replaces Intel as sponsor of Science Talent Search

U.S. President Barack Obama is pictured with finalists of the Intel Science Talent Search in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in WashingtonBy Ransdell Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Biotechnology company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc on Thursday became the title sponsor of the most prestigious U.S. science competition for high school students, taking the baton from chipmaker Intel Corp. Regeneron pledged $100 million to support the Science Talent Search and related programs through 2026, and doubled awards for the top 300 scientists and their schools, to $2,000 each. Regeneron's two top executives competed in the annual event during the 1970s and went on to build one of the world's biggest biotech companies, with cutting-edge drugs for fighting macular degeneration, cancer and cholesterol. The fast-growing biotech company will take over as named sponsor from Intel, whose chips were helping build the personal computer industry in 1998 when it took over as sponsor from Westinghouse.

Faced with strict laws, Brazilian women keep abortions secret

By Sophie Davies RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Years after giving into family pressure and having an illegal abortion, one Brazilian woman says she is haunted by the secret procedure so taboo that hardly anyone will talk about it. The woman, who only wants to be identified as F.D., went to a clinic hidden away in the southern state of Paraná for an abortion when she was a student. Roughly one million women each year seek abortions to end unwanted pregnancies in Brazil, where abortion is illegal except in cases of rape or incest or if the life of the mother is in danger.

Belize detects first Zika case in pregnant woman

The mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause the birth defect microcephaly, which can cause babies to be born with unusually small heads and deformed brainsBelize's government said it has detected the first case of Zika in a pregnant woman, bringing to two the number of people confirmed infected with the virus in the Central American country. The government last week announced Belize's first Zika patient, living in the capital Belize City. The mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause the birth defect microcephaly, which can cause babies to be born with unusually small heads and deformed brains.

Bill to end New York tampon tax heads to governor

(Reuters) - A bill to end sales taxes on tampons and sanitary napkins received final approval from New York lawmakers on Wednesday and is headed to the governor, who voiced strong support of the legislation. Several other states have already enacted such exemptions as a movement builds against a tax that critics say unjustly targets women. The New York State Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed the bill, which exempts feminine hygiene products like sanitary napkins, tampons, and panty liners from the state's sales and compensating use tax.

Calgary man found not criminally responsible in fatal stabbing of five

File photo of police inspector de Grood pausing with his wife Susan while making a statement to the press regarding his son Matthew in Calgary.By Eric M. Johnson CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - The 24-year-old son of a policeman who fatally stabbed five people at a Calgary house party in 2014 was not criminally responsible, a judge ruled on Wednesday, saying a mental disorder blocked him from knowing his actions were wrong. Justice Eric Macklin, of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, issued his verdict on Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of Matthew de Grood, a case that has made national headlines, lawyers said.

Financial crisis may have caused 500,000 cancer deaths worldwide: study

An additional 500,000 people worldwide may have died of cancer from 2008-2010, locked out of treatment by unemployment and health care cuts caused by the financial crisis, a healthcare study says on May 25, 2016The global financial crisis may have caused an additional 500,000 cancer deaths from 2008-2010, a new study said Thursday, with patients locked out of treatment because of unemployment and healthcare cuts. The figures were extrapolated from an observed rise in cancer deaths for every percentage increase in unemployment, and every drop in public healthcare spending. "From our analysis we estimate that the economic crisis was associated with over 260,000 excess cancer deaths in the OECD (34-member Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) alone, between 2008-2010," study author Mahiben Maruthappu of Imperial College London told AFP.

U.S. panel backs approval of Sanofi combination diabetes drug

French multinational pharmaceutical company SANOFI logo is seen at the headquarters in ParisOne day after recommending approval of a new diabetes drug made by Novo Nordisk A/S, a U.S. advisory panel on Wednesday recommended approval of a similar product made by Sanofi SA. The panel voted 12-2, with one person not voting, that the Food and Drug Administration should approve Sanofi's combination drug, iGlarLixi, for patients with type 2 diabetes. The agency is not obliged to follow the advice of its advisory panels but typically does so.

Aetna-Humana tie-up is anti-competitive in Missouri-state regulator

A trader points up at a display on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeThe department said in an order, dated May 24 and posted on its website, that if the proposed acquisition of Humana by Aetna were to go forward, the companies would need to stop selling individual insurance, small group and certain Medicare Advantage plans in its state.

'Little House' star drops bid for U.S. congressional seat

Actress Gilbert answers a question during a panel discussion at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena(Reuters) - Melissa Gilbert, best known for playing Laura Ingalls Wilder in the 1970s television drama "Little House on the Prairie," has dropped out of the race for a U.S. congressional seat in Michigan for medical reasons. "As much as it breaks my heart to say this, my doctors have told me I am physically unable to continue my run for Congress." Gilbert, who lives with her husband, actor Timothy Busfield, in Howell, Michigan, about 60 miles (100 km) from Detroit, has no political background but served two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 2001 to 2005.

South Carolina governor to sign ban on abortion past 19 weeks

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley speaks during a campaign event for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio at Swamp Rabbit Crossfit in GreenvilleBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, Texas (Reuters) - Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Wednesday signed into law a bill banning most abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother's life is at risk, a spokesperson told Reuters on Wednesday. The South Carolina legislature passed the bill last week, making it the 17th U.S. state to approve such a ban. A signing ceremony will take place on a date to be announced later, said Haley representative Chaney Adams.

In U.S. Army, enlisted soldiers' risk of suicide attempts varies over time

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - The risk of attempted suicide peaks at several points during enlisted soldiers' time in the U.S. Army, a new study found. Soldiers who were never deployed were at highest risk for suicide attempts during their second month of service. "Suicide attempts are important targets for care," said lead author Dr. Robert Ursano, of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

Researchers slowly homing in on risk of Zika birth defect

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 file photo, 3-month-old Esther Kamilly has her head measured by Brazilian and U.S. health workers from the United States' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at her home in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, as part of a study on the Zika virus and the birth defect microcephaly. As the international epidemic of Zika has unfolded and led to devastating birth defects for at least 1,300 children in eight countries, an agonizing question has persisted: What is the chance that an infected pregnant woman will have a baby with these defects? (AP Photo/Andre Penner)NEW YORK (AP) — As the international epidemic of Zika virus disease has unfolded and led to devastating birth defects for at least 1,300 children in eight countries, an agonizing question has persisted: What is the chance that an infected pregnant woman will have a baby with these defects?

South Carolina Governor signs 20-week abortion ban

Protesters call for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to veto a bill that would outlaw most abortions in the state past 19 weeks, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Columbia, SC. The only exceptions would be to save the life of the mother or if the fetus cannot survive outside the womb. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed legislation Wednesday that immediately outlaws most abortions in South Carolina at 20 weeks beyond fertilization.

Sanofi moves to oust Medivation board in $9.3 billion takeover fight

Reuters reported earlier that Sanofi was about to propose a new board line-up, taking advantage of a so-called written consent rule that gives Medivation shareholders the ability to act at any time to replace directors. Sanofi filed documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) seeking the approval of Medivation shareholders for the board's overthrow. "Despite multiple attempts, both prior to and following the public disclosure of Sanofi's proposal, Medivation has thus far refused to engage with us regarding the merits of a value creating transaction," said Sanofi CEO Olivier Brandicourt.

Congress: Support, Don't Stymie, Student Health and Nutrition

Congress: Support, Don't Stymie, Student Health and NutritionApproximately every six years, the federal government goes through a major reevaluation and reauthorization of its child nutrition laws. And so this year we are looking to Congress and the president to pass legislation that will help schools determine and achieve their wellness goals and preserve and enhance students' access to nutritious...

Health and Technology: What You Should Know

Health and Technology: What You Should KnowWe are pioneers in a new world -- the digital world. As we seek to plant flags on new tech summits, it is important to be aware of the health risks involved in navigating this unknown and rocky terrain. Technology-induced accidents notwithstanding, the gadgets have already produced a variety of physical and mental maladies among the general...

The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington

Getting enough sleep is integral to emotional and mental health, which is why I discuss it frequently with clients.  Finally, there is a book that discusses all of the benefits of sleep, as well as the risks inherent in being chronically sleep-deprived.  Arianna Huffington's new book, The Sleep Revolution, was sent to me by The Huffington...

Infertility can take the fun out of women’s sex lives

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Women seeking fertility treatment, particularly young women, may experience a negative impact on their sex lives, although it will likely dissipate over time, according to a U.S. study. “We weren’t surprised at all to find sexual distress in couples who are infertile,” said senior study author Dr. Tami S. Rowen of the University of California-San Francisco’s Irene Betty Moore Women’s Hospital. To gauge the impact on sexual health among women, the researchers surveyed 382 women in couples seeking fertility treatment at academic or private clinics in the San Francisco area.

Congress moves to revamp toxic chemical law

Speaker of the House Ryan (R-WI) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington.Legislation with bipartisan support that would revamp U.S. chemical safety law for the first time in decades is advancing in Congress, winning overwhelming passage in the House of Representatives as backers sought quick Senate action. Senate leadership aides said the timing was still being worked out for a Senate vote on the first update of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in about 40 years. The House's 403-12 vote to pass the measure updating the regulation of toxic chemicals aided the bill's chances, with the Senate also expected to strongly embrace the bill, according to leadership aides.

Ontario boosts aboriginal health funding after suicide crisis

Ontario plans to spend more than C$220 million ($168.48 million) to improve aboriginal healthcare, the Canadian province said on Wednesday, a month after a rash of suicide attempts in a poor indigenous community drew global attention. The province's Liberal government said the funding, to be spent over three years, would boost doctor service, make fruits and vegetables more available for children and increase the number of mental health workers. After the initial funding commitment, Canada's most populous province will spend C$104.5 million annually, Health Minister Eric Hoskins said.

Lung cancer patients at bigger cancer centers may have better outcomes

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Lung cancer patients getting radiation at hospitals with higher rates of participation in a clinical trial fared significantly better compared to those at centers with low participation, U.S. researchers say. Using trial participation as a proxy for the volume of cancer patients a hospital treats, the study found an overall 10 percent difference in survival rates, and that patients at centers with higher participation also had better disease management and fewer adverse events. “It’s hard to say conclusively but the underlying hypothesis and belief is that at large volume centers, where physicians and care team are specialized in treating that specific type of malignancy, particularly in instances where treatment is life saving or the risk for severe toxicity is high, that outcomes are better at high volume centers, as opposed to small community centers where the people there treat a variety of things,” said lead author Dr. Bree R. Eaton of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta.

After skin cancer, sun protection is still spotty

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Even though people may be more careful in the sun after skin cancer, having had a malignancy still doesn’t convince everybody to take basic precautions like wearing hats or sunscreen, a recent U.S. study suggests. Researchers analyzed survey data from about 760 adults with a history of skin cancer and more than 34,000 people without prior malignancies. With a skin cancer history, people were more than twice as likely to wear sunscreen and more than 50 percent more likely to wear hats and long sleeves than individuals who didn’t have a history of these tumors, the study found.

Concussions tied to more school problems than other injuries

A football helmet's health warning sticker is pictured between a U.S. flag and the number 55, in memory of former student and NFL player Junior Seau, as the Oceanside Pirates high school football team prepares for their Friday night game in OceansideBy Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - High school and college students who get concussions may struggle more with academics than their peers who get other types of sports injuries, a small U.S. study suggests. Researchers surveyed 70 students who received emergency treatment for concussions and 108 teens and young adults treated for other injuries. With a concussion, students took an average of 5.4 days to return to school, compared with 2.8 days for other injuries.

Royal London says backs Bayer-Monsanto deal if priced at $130-$135 per share

Bayer shareholder Royal London Asset Management said on Wednesday that the German company's bid for U.S. rival Monsanto made sense strategically and that it would support a deal if it was priced at around $130-$135 a share. RLAM fund manager Andrea Williams said she would not, however, like the board of Bayer to offer as much as $150 a share. Given other deals ongoing in the sector, there was no other obvious buyer for Monsanto, she said in emailed comments to Reuters.

Bayer could get ECB financing for Monsanto bid, rules show

A Monsanto logo is pictured in the company headquarters in MorgesBy Francesco Canepa FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Bayer could receive financing from the European Central Bank that would help to fund a takeover of Monsanto , according to the terms of the ECB's bond-buying program. U.S.-based Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, turned down Bayer's $62 billion bid on Tuesday, but said it was open to further negotiations. The ECB can buy bonds issued by companies that are based in the euro area, have an investment-grade rating and are not banks, provided that they are denominated in euros and meet certain technical requirements.

Nearly 1,000 killed in attacks on health workers in 2014-15: WHO

Candles are pictured outside the Medecins Sans Frontieres headquarters in GenevaBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Nearly 1,000 people were killed in attacks on health centers worldwide over the past two years, almost 40 percent of them in Syria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday in its first report on the growing scourge. The United Nations agency documented 594 attacks resulting in 959 deaths and 1,561 injuries in 19 countries with emergencies between January 2014 and December 2015. Syria, torn by civil war since 2011, had the most attacks on hospitals, ambulances, patients and medical workers, accounting for 352 deaths.

Valeant appoints Tyco's Sam Eldessouky corporate controller

The headquarters of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. seen in Laval Quebec(Reuters) - Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc said it appointed Sam Eldessouky corporate controller, the latest in a series of management changes at the company as it works to rebuild its reputation amid criticism of its accounting methods. Valeant said in March that "improper conduct" by former Chief Financial Officer Howard Schiller and former Corporate Controller Tanya Carro had contributed to a misstatement of its financial results. Eldessouky's appointment follows the replacement of Michael Pearson as chief executive by Joseph Papa, the former CEO of drugmaker Perrigo Co Plc , and the resignations of Schiller and former Executive Vice President Deb Jorn.

U.S. women get creative in fighting abortion stigma

Amelia Bonow, co-creator of #ShoutYourAbortion, poses in a photo taken in Seattle, WashingtonFor Amelia Bonow, having an abortion left her relieved that she was not forced to become a mother but, still, she kept her story mostly to herself. Amid a nationwide wave of political vitriol about abortion and the realization that she and her friends had long kept their abortions secret, however, she reached a tipping point and broke her Omerta-like silence. "Hi guys! Like a year ago I had an abortion," she posted on Facebook last fall.

Factbox: U.S. state laws put tight squeeze on abortion access, advocates say

Abortion is legal in the United States and has been since 1973, but a tide of restrictive rules and regulations has made access increasingly difficult in many states, according to reproductive rights advocates. - Americans are split in their views of abortion. A recent study by the Pew Research Center found 51 percent say abortion should be legal in all or most cases and 43 percent say it should be illegal all or most of the time.

In the Caribbean, crossing borders by land and sea for safe abortions

By Rebekah Kebede KINGSTON, Jamaica (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association began offering abortions in 2014, so many women arrived from neighboring Brazil that the medical group is considering opening a clinic nearer to the border. "Many women who request information and are seeking the services are really in some desperate need of the abortion services. It’s really very sad ... it's a death-dealing situation," Rev. Patricia Sheerattan-Bisnauth, head of the Parenthood Association, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

WHO: Nearly 960 killed in attacks on hospitals in 2 years

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 30, 2015 file photo, People stand amid wreckage of a vehicle at the site of a car bomb attack near a military hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. The World Health Organization says nearly 1,000 people have been killed worldwide in attacks on medical facilities in conflicts over the past two years in violation of humanitarian norms. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 960 people have been killed worldwide in attacks on medical facilities in conflicts over the past two years, the World Health Organization said in a report Thursday that highlighted an alarming disrespect for the protection of health care in war by both governments and armed groups.

Acupuncture could reduce hot flashes associated with menopause

Acupuncture was found to reduce the number of hot flashes and night sweats by up to 36%.Each participant had, on average, at least four hot flashes or night sweats per day during the two weeks preceding the study. The women were followed for one year. One group of participants was asked to attend 20 acupuncture sessions during the first six months of the study, then to stop acupuncture treatment for the next six months.

South Korea picks GE to supply engines for homegrown fighter jets

The logo of General Electric is pictured at the 26th World Gas Conference in ParisSouth Korea has picked General Electric Co to supply engines for its homegrown KF-X fighter jet project, preferring the U.S. giant over a European consortium in a deal that could be worth an estimated $3.5 billion. The decision, announced on Thursday by the country's arms procurement agency marks the latest step in Seoul's multi-billion dollar plans to develop its own fighter jets to reduce its heavy reliance on the U.S. military for air defense. Financial details weren't disclosed, but South Korean media have estimated the deal could be worth about 4.08 trillion won.

WHO to better respond to emergencies

Accused of having wasted months before declaring war on the Ebola virus in west Africa, the WHO  have developed a programme to better cope with disease outbreaks and health emergenciesMember states of the World Health Organization have agreed a long-awaited reform of the agency so that it responds more quickly and effectively to emergency situations. Accused of having wasted months before declaring war on the Ebola virus in west Africa, the WHO have developed a programme to better cope with disease outbreaks and health emergencies. "WHO member states today agreed to one of the most profound transformations in the organisation's history, establishing a new Health Emergencies Programme," the WHO said in a statement Wednesday.

Man killed, three hurt in shooting at New York rap concert

An unidentified 33-year-old man was killed in the shooting at the Irving Plaza in Manhattan at 10:15 p.m. shortly before Grammy-Award winning rapper T.I. took the stage, the New York Times said. Three unidentified people were also wounded in the shooting, New York city police said, adding that they had not yet made any arrests. A CBS affiliate in New York city reported three men and one woman were shot in the incident, which police said took place on the third floor of the 1,025-person venue.

Could this test help prevent high school football deaths?

Could wearable 'artificial kidney' change dialysis?

The rare recovery of a child who shot himself in the head

Where do we stand now: E-cigarettes

Woman charged with DUI has 'auto-brewery syndrome'

The 'know thyself' weight loss resolution

Will Smith: Movie 'Concussion' touches raw nerve for NFL

Should you be aiming for 10,000 steps a day?

Health effects of red wine: Where do we stand?

Life lessons for 2016 from Sarah Silverman

Experimenting with death to save their lives

These countries hold the secret to long life

Medieval hearts give glimpse into a silent killer

Drunk off kombucha tea?

What you should know about this 'new' STD

The other 'fingerprints' you don't know about

10 deadly diseases you thought were gone

The slow crawl to designer babies

Can this pill end the AIDS epidemic?

Sick and dying at 30,000 feet

When HIV was a death sentence

Before Billy Howard had finished the intro to his photo book of HIV/AIDS portraits, 15 of the people in the book had died.

Drawing upon your own life experiments

Meet the dogs that can sniff out cancer better than some lab tests

Thanks to mastodons, we still have this

Pigeons, the next great cancer detector?

Coffee could literally be a lifesaver

Artist bioengineers replica of Van Gogh's ear

What's in your pad or tampon?

First gray hair gene found, plucked out of research

The silver lining (pun intended) is that this may aid drug development to prevent or delay hair graying.

Tears and smiles: Angela's beautiful life

Matthew Busch documents a year in the life of Angela Klein, a mother of four who was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

Facing Zika fears: Raising kids with microcephaly

Why are my hands always cold?

To say my body doesn't do well in the cold is an understatement. When the temperature drops, my fingers freeze, and often turn deep red, followed by white. On especially exciting days, they'll look a little blue. "Cold hands, warm heart," my mom used to tell me.

What does it mean to die of 'natural causes?'

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and author Harper Lee recently died of natural causes, according to most news reports. But what does that phrase mean? Or, rather, what is "unnatural" about something that happens to everyone? Is it just for the old? Does cancer count as "natural?"

Why Sandy Hook parents are suing a gun-maker

To hear Jackie Barden and David Wheeler describe their lives today is a master class in hope.

How I gave my wife Zika virus

The story of how microbiologist Brian Foy obtained Zika in Africa back in 2008 and passed it to his wife Joy when he returned home reads like a detective novel: frozen blood, false leads, a clever clue from Africa, and finally success—laboratory proof that Foy had given a mosquito-borne virus to his wife during sex.

A glove to block Parkinson's tremors?

There is currently no cure for Parkinson's disease, a degenerative neurological condition that affects around seven million people globally, but a new mechanical glove could

The pee color spectrum: What it means

Did you know that looking into the toilet bowl is like looking into a crystal ball for your health? The color of your pee can change depending on how hydrated you are, what foods you've been eating, and even as a weird side effect to certain medications. Here's what your urine color says about your health — and when it could signal a serious problem.

Husband and wife never expected their Fitbit would tell them this ...

A New York husband was stumped as why his wife's Fitbit was acting funny.

Weed users found to have poorer verbal memory

People who smoked weed regularly as teenagers remembered fewer words as they entered middle age, according to a new study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Study finds new potential treatment for jet lag

Jet lag might be the worst part of long-distance travel, especially when it leaves you feeling tired, cranky and off-kilter for days.

CTE in the NFL: The tragedy of Fred McNeill

The night before Fred McNeill died in November, he was watching "Monday Night Football." The 63-year-old former Minnesota Viking linebacker and UCLA grad had his gold and blue slippers tucked under his bed. "He loved the game," said his youngest son, Gavin. "He was proud of what he did."

'Resting bitch face' is real, scientists say

Good news, everyone! You can now wear your mildly discontented face with some validation.

The real reason Mary Ingalls went blind

If you watched "Little House on the Prairie," chances are you remember the story of Mary Ingalls.

BPA-free plastic alternatives may not be safe as you think

Your "BPA-free" plastic product may be no safer than the product it replaced, says a new UCLA study that analyzed the impact of a common BPA alternative on zebra fish embryos. The study joins a small but growing group of similar research sounding the alarm about so called "BPA-free" alternatives.

Inside one of the world's largest sperm banks

Laerke Posselt photographed Cryos International, a sperm bank in Denmark that has served more than 80 countries.

Inside Ellis Island's abandoned hospitals

Ellis Island is a major tourist destination, attracting more than 4 million visitors a year. Still, much of the island remains off limits to all but a select few.

Gun violence not a mental health issue, experts say

Mental health advocates say federal gun law overlooks those at greater risk for gun violence, and President Obama's new executive orders won't change that.

The centenarian tide is on the rise

The number of Americans 100 years old and older has climbed by 44% since 2000.

Why your brain goes mushy over cute animal videos

Humans are instinctively attracted to beings with large eyes, chubby cheeks, big forehead. And the reason is tied to happiness and our survival.

How your smell reveals if you're sick

Your body odor can reveal how healthy you are: humans around you could smell when your body is fighting an infection.

Football's dangers, illustrated by one young man's brain

The case of college football player Michael Keck has added more fuel to the fire about whether young children should play football.

No, you haven't read this déjà vu story before

What induces déjà vu -- the funny feeling you've been here or done that before while it's happening for the first time?

New U.S. dietary guidelines limit sugar, rethink fat

Why adult coloring books are good for you

U.S. Army wants you to eat MREs for 21 days straight

Face transplant patient speaks out five years later

The Endless Table: How recipes keep memories alive

This is your brain on LSD, literally

Scientists have for the first time visualized the effects of LSD on the human brain.

How much sex should you be having?

Did humans kill off Neanderthals?

Wig-free portraits empower women

The abortion laws you don't hear about

Why 'shelfies,' not selfies, are a better snapshot of who you are

How much caveman DNA do you have?

Postures can increase your success in online dating

Discover a child's medical destiny before they're born

DNA hiding in a mother's bloodstream could reveal all about her baby's health, including genetic conditions such as Down's syndrome, providing a non-invasive alternative to current testing methods.

Scott Kelly answers your questions about life in space, missing to Mars

Astronaut Scott Kelly has been back on Earth for about three weeks since completing his groundbreaking year in space and he's still adjusting to the sensation of having solid ground beneath his feet.

The secret Cold War origins of Sharapova's drug

The origins of meldonium, the banned drug used by Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova, are shrouded in Soviet-era secrecy.

Living in shadows: A child's rare disorder

Alex Gentile wants to run with his friends on the playground. But because of a rare disease, the 8-year-old can't play in the sunlight for very long. He is one of 9 people on Earth who have been diagnosed with a condition called XLPDR.

'I'm not the Obamacare kid anymore'

Sometimes it's hard to be what you want to be when people only know you for what you used to be.

Your brain on fantasy sports

Spring training is underway, and for millions of baseball fans that means it's time to start over-analyzing players and stats to fill their not-real, totally-made-up team rosters. Welcome to a new season of fantasy baseball.

Can your address predict your premature death?

When it comes to premature death, it's all about location, location, location.

'Siri, I was raped'

Meldonium: the drug that got Maria Sharapova suspended

Is it time for football to reconsider marijuana?

The NFL and the NFL Players Association have a staunch policy prohibiting marijuana use, but some players are asking them to reconsider it, saying pot can be used for pain relief, and possibly as concussion prevention.

Rare disorder causes constant hunger

Peggy Ickenroth photographed Suzanne, a 12-year-old with Prader-Willi syndrome. The genetic disorder's most prominent symptom is an insatiable appetite -- you never feel full.

'Miracle' cells could cure blindness

It's the most common cause of blindness in the Western world and there is currently no cure.

This is what reading is like if you have dyslexia

One in five people suffer from it and famous figures from Tom Cruise to Richard Branson have spoken at length about how it has affected their lives.

Soccer icon Brandi Chastain donating brain for CTE research

U.S. women's soccer legend Brandi Chastain has promised to donate her brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation for research into CTE.

'I'm an abortion travel agent'

Daytime turns to dusk as Natalie St. Clair's phone lights up with text messages. They come from clients across the vast Lone Star State.

6 ways to improve your IQ

Blind climber scaled the seven summits

Erik Weihenmayer has scaled the seven summits and braved the violent rapids of the Colorado River — in the dark.

After devastating accident, woman gets back in the saddle

From the top of a picnic table, Emily Fuggetta steadies herself against a large black horse, takes a deep breath and starts to panic.

Doctor with spina bifida defies expectations

When people introduce me and say I have overcome so much to be where I am, to do what I do ... I am still surprised. Particularly at these moments, it strikes me that I am exceedingly fortunate and very lucky to have been given extraordinary opportunities.

Beating heroin is more than 12 steps; it's 18 years and going

There is a scene in the documentary "Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street" that continues to resonate with me, despite the 18 years that have passed since 25-year-old me was featured in the film. I was asking the camera, if I wasn't using drugs, "what would I do with my life?" I was pointing to the camera, showing the soft tissue infections on my skin. I was skeletal, living in a filthy hotel room with my boyfriend. I had left my apartment a few years earlier for a spring break trip to San Francisco and had never returned home.

Violinist cheats death, fulfills destiny


Champion pool player turns pain into will to win

At 12 years old, my life changed when I was diagnosed with scoliosis.

How a cat helps this 6-year-old artist with autism

Wherever 6-year-old Iris Grace Halmshaw goes, 2-year-old Thula is sure to follow.

Why are humans (mostly) monogamous?

Modern culture tells us that each person has their "one" -- a perfect partner to share the rest of their lives with.

What gun violence victims can learn from Big Tobacco

Will the lawsuit against Remington follow the playbook against cigarette manufacturers and put a huge crack in an industry with near immunity from liability?

Bryan Stow, attacked for being a baseball fan, finds his new calling

In the auditorium at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, hundreds of students cheer as Bryan Stow walks on stage with the aid of crutches to the rousing guitar chords of the ultimate '80s inspiration song, "Eye of the Tiger."

Dr. robot could conduct your next surgery

Scientists have shown the first use of autonomous robots to conduct bowel surgery under supervision, paving the way for robots one day taking the lead in the operating room.

One transgender woman's long road to finding herself

It was September 2015 and I was about to tell my co-workers something huge. I was filled with tremendous anxiety, as I had been before telling my sister, my dad and my kids. "Where do I start? What do I say first? What will they think it means for them?" Questions so loud in my head, I had trouble walking, focusing on sounds and things around me.

How do astronauts handle their periods?

A team of space gynecologists discuss what it's like for women to have their periods in space and the options -- and benefits -- available to them.

NASA's Kepler discovers 1,284 planets

The Kepler mission has discovered 1,284 planets, the most exoplanets announced at one time, according to Princeton associate research scholar Timothy Morton during a NASA press conference. This more than doubles the number of previously confirmed planets from Kepler.

It terrorized millions; now one man is close to killing it

Donald Hopkins has been waging war on Guinea worm for almost four decades. The world is now down to its last 22 cases and Hopkins hopes the painful disease will be declared dead soon.

What would it take to become a real-life superhero?

If watching "Captain America: Civil War" this weekend revives your childhood dreams of becoming a superhero, technology may be on your side to make it happen -- but science is a little more discouraging.

Air rage triggered by walking past first-class seating, study says

What's causing mysterious kidney disease?

After life-changing shooting, teen's spirit shines through

The home DNA test that can predict your future

Bedbugs are drawn to certain colors, study finds

From the darkness of disaster, a ray of hope in Nepal

Can this app change schizophrenia treatment?

For pro stair climbers, sky's the limit

Drug baggies of London: 'Addiction made public'

The benefits of yoga in schools

It's increasingly common for office workers to integrate yoga techniques into their workday as a means of countering prolonged sitting and of refreshing their ability to concentrate. But religious concerns have caused ongoing controversy about schoolchildren, who also spend many hours sitting each day, leveraging the benefits of yoga.

How to break your bad eating habits

Forget diets: the secret to healthy eating may be easier than you think.

The healthiest ways to cook veggies and boost nutrition

Whether you love vegetables or not, there's one thing you know for sure: Veggies are really good for you. And you can make them even more nutritious if you prepare them in ways that maximize their benefits.

How to stop the afternoon munchies

It's 3 p.m. on a Tuesday and you'd do anything for a donut... with chocolate filling... and those rainbow sprinkles on top. Are you hungry? Bored? You may just have a case of the "sleep munchies." According to a recent study published in the journal SLEEP, a lack of zzz's stokes your appetite just like marijuana might. Seriously! When you don't get enough shut-eye, your brain lights up with the same chemicals that cause stoners to giggle over Funyuns and chomp on Twinkies.

Want better sleep, better mood, and better sex? Cut calories

Calorie restriction has some positive effects and no negative effects on health-related quality of life, according a new study.

Whole-wheat bread and other 'healthy' foods diet experts avoid

We know nutrition pros load up on wild salmon, ancient grains, and kale, but what virtuous-seeming fare will you never find on their plates? Here are the health-halo items they leave right on the shelves.

Mediterranean diet tied to lower risk of heart attack, stroke

The list of Mediterranean diet benefits is getting even longer. A new study found that a diet high in fruits, vegetables, fish and unrefined foods is linked to a lower risk of heart attack and stroke in people who have heart disease.

How workouts give your brain a boost

Have you ever felt like pounding the pavement or doing a couple of sun salutations seems to instantly melt your worries away? It's not your imagination — but it is your brain.

Have a 'drink'? There's no universal definition of what that is

No standard definition for what makes a "drink" among 75 countries.

The 'Dirty Dozen' produce with the most pesticides

Pesticide residue can stay on produce even after you wash it. Here are the top 12 most contaminated.

She lost 185 pounds to pursue the 'heart of a warrior'

15-year-old loses 100 pounds to reach bodybuilding dream

At 15, MacKenzie Walker has accomplished more than most people twice her age. She's written a book. She's started a business, training and coaching clients online. She's amassed nearly 60,000 Instagram followers.

How one teen began his 165-pound weight loss journey

Adam Park considers himself lucky.

Beyond the mirror: How one woman learned to love herself

Shortly after Christmas in 2012, Siha Collins was looking through pictures to post on Facebook, and she was unhappy with what she saw.

Dishwasher lost 100 pounds by eating on the job

Laying at the bottom of a skateboard pool in 2011, Lucas Weaver had -- quite literally -- reached rock bottom. He fell while working promotions at a skating competition and tore every ligament in his knee.

Doctors must lead us out of our opioid abuse epidemic

Vietnam, heroin and the lesson of disrupting any addiction

What happens when you go without sugar for 10 days?

Zika: Is the U.S. ready for the fight?

If you're a mosquito and you value your life, stay away from Fort Myers, Florida.

Should you tough out pain or take painkillers?

You're in pain, and your doctor wants you to give you a heavy-duty drug like OxyContin or Vicodin or Percocet.

Quiz: What does your favorite music say about you?

You're at a heavy metal concert. An electric guitarist grinds out the final chords of a loud, aggressive solo and smashes the guitar. Are you thinking, "That was epic!"? Or are you just glad the music finally stopped?

How humor helps tackle taboo topics

If you thought peeing in your pants was just an issue for toddlers, a hilarious new video will quickly show you that is not the case.

Free-roam childhoods fading away

Tytia Habing moved back to rural Illinois so her young son could roam freely and explore nature like she once did.

Bullying is a 'serious public health problem,' report says

It's time to recognize bullying as a serious public health issue, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. But zero-tolerance policies aren't going to cut it.

Too young to vote but not too young to ...

Aditya Deo is the only senior at his New Jersey high school who won't be 18 before Election Day, which means he'll be the only one among his graduating class who can't vote during one of the most unpredictable and entertaining campaigns in modern history.

Study: Mom's voice works like a charm on your brain

Less than one second. That's how long it takes children to recognize their mother's voice. And that voice lights a child's brain up like a Christmas tree.

The most popular baby names of 2015

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles' lessons from Mom

If you don't know the name Simone Biles, you most likely will once the 2016 Summer Olympics get underway in Rio de Janeiro just 100 days from now.

Little miracles, big decisions after infertility

From celebrating the everyday joys of being a new parent, to preparing to adopt another child, to contemplating future pregnancies, four couples who have struggled with infertility are moving forward.

100-pound weight loss helps 'broken' man rebuild

Doctor uses iPad to conduct surgery

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Chewbacca's mask and the power of viral joy

What is happening in this viral moment of joy is deeply revealing about who we are as a species.

How to stop superbugs from killing 10 million people a year

Superbugs could kill one person every three seconds by 2050, the equivalent of 10 million people a year, according to the final report last week from the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, established in 2014 to keep the world from being "cast back into the dark ages of medicine."

Is one minute of exercise all you need?

If someone told you that you could get a full workout in the same amount of time it takes you to make a cup of tea or take out the trash, would you believe them?

Does your city rank among the nation's fittest?

For the third year in a row, Washington, D.C., has nabbed the top spot in the annual American Fitness Index (PDF), which ranks the 50 biggest metropolitan areas in the country.

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Dying Vietnam veteran says goodbye to his two beloved horses

Vietnam veteran Roberto Gonzales may not have much time left, so he chose to spend some of his precious final moments with two of his beloved friends: His horses, Ringo and Sugar.

Stopping gun homicides by paying kids not to kill

Richmond, California, has seen a dramatic drop in gun homicides in recent years after a program was introduced that allows violent youth a $1,000 stipend to stop their ways.

Southern charm, deadly streets

The quaint city of Savannah, Georgia, has seen a surge in gun violence, averaging a killing every 5 days this year. And despite a new initiative to stop the killings, the shootings have not abated.

Zero gravity weighs heavy on your health

After more than 50 years of human spaceflight, NASA is an expert in what happens to the human body when it's in zero gravity.

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End the mosquito cycle in your backyard

Your backyard might just be the breeding ground for next weeks mosquitoes. With Zika and West Nile as a major concern it is important to take the necessary steps to protect yourself., your family, your friends and your neighbors.

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley signs law banning abortion at 20 weeks

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill making it illegal in the state for a woman to obtain an abortion after her pregnancy reaches 20 weeks, press secretary Chaney Adams said.

Americans are fatter than ever, CDC survey finds

The results are in from the one of the largest and broadest surveys of health in the United States. And although many of the findings are encouraging -- more Americans had health insurance and fewer smoked cigarettes in 2015 than in previous years -- the gains were overshadowed by rising rates of obesity and diabetes.

BMX biker Dave Mirra diagnosed with CTE

Iconic BMX biker Dave Mirra was found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the same brain disease that has been diagnosed in a number of former professional football players, including Junior Seau and Ken Stabler. Mirra is the first extreme sport athlete to be diagnosed with the disease.

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Active-duty U.S. soldiers successfully summit Mount Everest

Two active-duty army soldiers and a combat wounded veteran reached the summit of Everest raise awareness for veterans suffering from PTSD.

It's OK to let your baby cry himself to sleep, study finds

Many new parents long for a full night of glorious, uninterrupted sleep yet shudder at the thought of letting their baby "cry it out," the sleep training method in which parents allow babies to cry themselves to sleep. But a new study adds support to the idea that the method is effective and does not cause stress or lasting emotional problems for babies.

Health issues the candidates should be talking about

References to the Affordable Care Act -- sometimes called Obamacare -- have been a regular feature of the current presidential campaign season.

WHO boss: Zika result of 'massive' mosquito control failures

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan lashed out at family planning and mosquito control "failures" as root causes of the ongoing Zika crisis in an address to the World Health Assembly Monday.

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Companies at fault in fatal French drug trial, investigation finds

The French Health Ministry has found fault with the two companies that were part of a French drug trial that went wrong in January, killing one person and hospitalizing five others.

'Aquatic cocaine': Smugglers move fish bladders

Jonathan Garcia Pereda snapped a photo, the contraband glowing white in his smartphone. Mexican federal police had stopped a 28-year-old man from San Felipe at a checkpoint, discovering black plastic bags balled up in the tires. It appeared to be another familiar bust to the Mexican police, until they cut open the bags.

Listeria concerns prompt sunflower-seed product recalls

Products containing sunflower seeds from a Minnesota-based company are under a voluntary recall in at least 24 states.

Fitbit accuracy questioned in lawsuit

Your favorite fitness tracker may not be totally accurate, according to a study used in an amended complaint filed Thursday against Fitbit.

Drivers Will Be Furious When This Finally Happens
If you drive less than 50 miles a day, this new rule will shock you.

Number of pregnant women with Zika virus in U.S. triples, CDC says

New bill aims to help rape victims rebuffed at hospitals

She remembers leaving the neighborhood bar at closing time and walking down the street with the guy who kept an eye on her drink while she ducked into the restroom. She remembers telling him she didn't want to have sex. She remembers the pool of blood between her legs.

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Your food labels are going to look a lot different

The labels on the food you buy will soon look a lot different, and the government hopes the change will help you make healthier decisions.

Is it time to change how we label 'healthy' food?

The FDA is considering updating its criteria for foods to have the term "healthy" on their packaging as experts worry current requirements are misleading.

Quiz: How healthy is your diet?

Are you eating a nutritional diet? Find out with our quiz!

Former players rally around coach in final battle with Parkinson's

For 16 seasons, Don Horton was a dad to his college football teams. Now, his former players are coming to the dying coach's aid.

Could this glove be the solution to Parkinson's tremors?

A drug-free alternative to treat Parkinson's disease tremors could be on the horizon -- in the form of a glove.

What is Parkinson's disease?

Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease when he died, his wife says. Williams was found dead in his Northern California home after what investigators suspect was a suicide by hanging.

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Living in the shadow of Huntington's disease

Four words have haunted Matt Manzone as long as he can remember: "Should I get tested?"

This is your brain in space

NASA has to solve the people problem before it can send humans to Mars.

Texting while driving might derail your brain's 'autopilot'

Whether it's kids squabbling in the back seat, work stress, or your phone constantly pinging, countless things can distract you when you're driving. But are certain distractions riskier than others?

Spider webs implanted into humans

Prof. Fritz Vollrath is harnessing the amazing powers of a spider's silk to regenerate human bodies for healing.

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The most accurate clock in the world is redefining the second

What if everything you knew about time was wrong and time actually moved at a different rate than what your watch or the clock on your phone is telling you right now? A new study is getting us closer to a much more accurate way to keep time and that could lead to more accurate GPS, faster stock trades, and a better power grid.

Baby born without skull in the back of his head defies odds

Even as Ben and Alyssa Riedhead were expecting their first child, they were planning for his funeral. But baby Williams proved the doctors wrong.

How to stop a kid's meltdown

In my house, we called it going boneless. That's when my girls, as toddlers, would arch their backs, screaming uncontrollably, usually in a public place (of course!) and there was nothing my husband or I could do to satisfy them.

Why some couples have more sex

If researchers seem a bit, well, voyeuristic with regard to people's sex lives, there's good reason for it: In heterosexual marriages, the happier people are with the sexual lives, the happier they are with their relationships. And if you want to know how much a newlywed couple is enjoying and having sex — and really, who doesn't — then look at their personalities.

Drivers Will Be Furious When This Finally Happens
If you drive less than 50 miles a day, this new rule will shock you.

Would you eat this in space?

Would you like red pepper risotto in a place where everything around you is floating in space?

World's first surviving septuplets graduate high school

The world's first surviving set of septuplets who made headlines when they were born are back in the spotlight for a wonderful achievement

The top 10 new species of 2016

Scientists believe that 10 million species still await discovery around the world. And every year -- on the birthday of Carolus Linnaeus, the 18th century Swedish botanist considered the father of modern taxonomy -- the International Institute for Species Exploration releases its list of the top new species (from among about 18,000 found over the previous 12 months).

Zika may cause baby eye problems

Scientists studying the Zika outbreak in Brazil are becoming increasingly concerned the virus may cause eye damage in babies.

Malaria drug 'should stop for troops'

Anti-malarial drug Lariam, which can cause severe side-effects, should be the "drug of last resort" for UK troops, MPs on the defence committee say.

NHS doctor joined Islamic State group

An NHS doctor left his family in the UK and joined the Islamic State group in Syria, the BBC learns from leaked IS recruitment papers.

Diabetes surgery 'missed by thousands'

Thousands of people with type-2 diabetes in the UK are missing out on obesity surgery that would slash blood sugars and even lead to remission in some cases, a team of experts say.

'Mosquito control failure' fuelled Zika

The spread of Zika is the price being paid for a massive policy failure on mosquito control, says World Health Organization leader Margaret Chan.

Pro-fat dietary advice 'irresponsible'

Advice to eat more fat is irresponsible and potentially deadly, Public Health England's chief nutritionist says.

Brazil Zika virus confirmed in Africa

The Zika virus strain responsible for the outbreaks in Brazil has been detected in Africa for the first time, the World Health Organization says.

Obama pushes for more Zika funding

President Obama criticises the US Congress for failing to fully back his request for a $1.9bn (£1.25bn) fund to combat the Zika virus.

Brexit 'could damage NHS', warns chief

The health service could suffer if Brexit puts the economy at risk as "when the British economy sneezes, the NHS catches a cold", chief executive of NHS England warns.

Global antibiotics 'revolution' needed

Superbugs will kill someone every three seconds by 2050 unless the world acts now, a report says.

Magic mushrooms 'promising' in depression

A hallucinogenic chemical in magic mushrooms shows promise for people with untreatable depression, a tiny study suggests.

Zika virus may reach Europe this summer

The Zika virus could spread to Europe this summer, although the likelihood of an outbreak is low to moderate according to the World Health Organization.

NHS should welcome 'citizen whistleblowers'

Why the NHS should listen to people who see something amiss

'Cancer made me want mashed potato'

The strange effects of cancer on appetite

VIDEO: How this pig helped a man to see again

Wu Pinggui talks to the BBC after having an operation to transplant a pig's cornea into his eye.

VIDEO: Wilko Johnson on surviving 'terminal' cancer

Rock legend Wilko Johnson on the chance meeting that led to him being cured of cancer, which he had previously been told was terminal.

VIDEO: Apps which could help with allergies

From a prototype device which can detect gluten in food to allergy apps, BBC Click's Lara Lewington reports

VIDEO: Could eating more fat boost health?

Advice to eat more fat is irresponsible and potentially deadly, Public Health England's chief nutritionist has said.

VIDEO: When antibiotics no longer work

As antibiotics resistance grows around the world, for some people even the strongest drugs no longer work

VIDEO: 'Someone had to die for me to have a penis'

A man who received the first ever successful penis transplant in the US says the toughest part is "someone had to die for me to have a penis".

VIDEO: How a smartphone could help spot disease

Detecting signs of disease without the need for expensive laboratory equipment.

VIDEO: Rapper and Obama warn of drug dangers

President Obama was joined by rapper Macklemore for his weekly address - in an effort to raise awareness about the perils of drug addiction.

Zika: Africa 'reasonably well prepared'

Africa braces for Zika virus

Can vegans push themselves to physical extremes?

Can vegans push themselves to physical extremes?

Do you inherit your parent's mental illness?

Do you inherit your parent's mental illness?

Disgust junkies: The craze for cyst bursting videos

Why are videos of cysts being burst so popular?

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