Health News
11/20/2014

Ebola spreading intensely in Sierra Leone as toll rises: WHO


Health workers put on protective gear outside a mosque before disinfecting it, in BamakoGENEVA (Reuters) - The toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,420 deaths out of 15,145 cases in eight countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, with transmission of the deadly virus still "intense and widespread" in Sierra Leone. The figures, through Nov. 16, represent a jump of 243 deaths and 732 cases since those issued last Friday, and cases continue to be under-reported, the WHO said in its latest update. Sierra Leone, a former British colony, confirmed 533 new cases in the week to Nov. 16, it said. ...



Six nurses killed in latest attack on Chinese medical workers


BEIJING (Reuters) - A man with a history of mental illness stabbed and killed seven people, six of them nurses, at a sanatorium dormitory in northern China on Thursday in the latest of a string of attacks on medical workers, state media reported. An administrator was among those killed and another nurse was seriously injured in the attack in the early hours of the morning, the official Xinhua news agency said. A spate of attacks on doctors and nurses in the past two years has prompted the health ministry to provide better security at hospitals. ...

U.S. states get more, spend more on Medicaid under Obamacare: report


Hazel Garcia chews a pamphlet at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - One part of the Affordable Care Act is going according to plan, with U.S. states receiving and spending more money on the Medicaid health insurance program, a report released by the National Association of State Budget Officers on Thursday showed. States run Medicaid, which serves families who have low incomes, and receive partial reimbursements from the federal government. The healthcare overhaul known as Obamacare allowed more people to enroll in Medicaid and also gave states 90 percent to 100 percent reimbursements for new enrollees. ...



Cuban doctor with Ebola flies out of Sierra Leone


FREETOWN (Reuters) - A Cuban doctor who caught Ebola while treating patients in Sierra Leone left the country on Thursday afternoon in an aircraft bound for Switzerland, a Reuters witness said. The doctor Felix Baez, 43, is the first known Cuban to have contracted the disease which has killed at least 5,450 people in West Africa since March in the worst outbreak on record. Baez, a father of two children, was due to arrive in Geneva for medical treatment later on Thursday. A Cuban health official said on Wednesday he was in stable condition. ...

Rushing to put on condoms may lead to problems


By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Rushing to put on a condom may lead to problems that raise the risk of sexually transmitted infections, according to a new study. Survey responders, almost 60 percent of them women, were more likely to report condom breaks, leaks and slips when it was put on in a hurry, researchers found. Couples who rushed were also more likely to report not using a condom for the entire sex act. “The message is take your time,” said Dr. Lydia Shrier. “If you’re going to be using the condom, use it correctly so you avoid the type of problems we reported on. ...

Third-party app bridges gap between Fitbit and Apple


Sync Solver for FitbitAs Fitbit increases its hearty share of the wearables market, it's proudly refused to allow its products to sync with Apple's Health app, but a clever software developer has found a way around that with his Sync Solver for Fitbit app.



Birthday Years Ending in 9 Prompt Big Life Decisions


Running your first marathon? Having an affair? There's a good chance you're a 9-ender.

Sanofi touts new drugs but diabetes outlook disappoints


A logo is seen in front of the entrance at the headquarters of French drugmaker Sanofi in ParisBy Natalie Huet PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi, which sacked its chief executive three weeks ago, gave a weak sales outlook for its diabetes drugs on Thursday, overshadowing plans to reap more than 30 billion euros ($38 billion) from new medicines. The French drugmaker said it aimed to launch up to 18 new drugs by the end of 2020 and told investors it was working hard to find the best possible successor to ex-CEO Chris Viehbacher. "There is a driver in the seat even in this interim period," said Chairman Serge Weinberg, who has taken the helm while Sanofi looks for a new boss. ...



Egypt acquits doctor in female genital mutilation


FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Women’s Center for Guidance and Legal Awareness, shows a portrait of Sohair el-Batea, who died last year after undergoing a female genital mutilation operation by Dr. Raslan Fadl, in Egypt. An Egyptian court on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 acquitted the doctor charged with committing female genital mutilation that led to the 13-year-old girl’s death in a Nile Delta village, a lawyer said. (AP Photo/Women’s Center for Guidance and Legal Awareness, File)CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted a doctor charged with committing female genital mutilation that led to a 13-year-old girl's death in a Nile Delta village, the country's first trial on charges of breaking the ban on the practice.



Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny


WASHINGTON (AP) — Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.

Outrage in Italy after asbestos case is thrown out


Jeff Eaman, member of the Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group, second from right, flanked by Romana Blasotti Pavesi, right, president of the Italian Association of Asbestos Victims' Relatives (AFEVA), Bruno Pesce, AFEVA deputy president, second from right, and Nicola Pondrano, president of the Italian Asbestos Victims Fund, left, speaks during a press conference in Rome, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Premier Matteo Renzi has added his voice to a chorus of outrage after Italy's highest court threw out a conviction against a Swiss businessman for some 3,000 asbestos-related deaths blamed on contamination from a construction company. The Court of Cassation ruled late Wednesday that the statute of limitations had run out in the environmental negligence case against Stephan Schmidheiny, a former executive and key shareholder in the Swiss construction firm Eternit. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)ROME (AP) — Premier Matteo Renzi added his voice to a chorus of outrage across Italy on Thursday after the country's highest court threw out a conviction against a Swiss businessman for some 3,000 asbestos-related deaths blamed on contamination from a construction company.



Germany says no signs of bird flu outside quarantine farm


HAMBURG (Reuters) - No signs of bird flu have been found anywhere else in the region around the farm in east Germany where it was discovered on Nov. 4, but the source of the infection there is still unknown, German authorities said on Thursday. On Monday the highly contagious H5N8 strain of bird flu was also confirmed on an English duck farm, the same form of the virus already discovered in Germany and the Netherlands. ...

Exclusive: U.S. to allow people from nations hit by Ebola to stay temporarily


Coast Guard Corpsman checks the temperature of a traveler at Washington Dulles International AirportBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Department of Homeland Security will grant temporary protected status to people from the three West African countries most affected by Ebola who are currently residing in the United States, department officials said on Thursday. People from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone in the United States as of Thursday may apply for protection from deportation, as well as for work permits, for 18 months, said a Department of Homeland Security official. ...



Watch: 10 People at a Time Can Run On This Giant Treadmill


The treadmill designed by Chilean company, Oxford Fitness, holds 10 runners at once.

Forget Noma, Danes vote for dripping bacon as their national dish


COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark may have the world's best restaurant but Danes' favorite dish is a simple "Stegt Flaesk" - thick slices of fried pork bacon dripping in fat with lashings of white parsley sauce and homegrown potatoes. Reindeer moss or sea urchins on a bed of samphire, as served at Copenhagen's lauded Noma restaurant, did not figure in a survey by the Food and Agriculture Ministry. ...

Britain begins review to speed access to new drugs


A man sits on a bus in LondonLONDON (Reuters) - The British government has launched a review to speed the path to market for new drugs and medical devices in an attempt to improve patient care and make the country a more attractive place for investment in life sciences. British manufacturing relies heavily on the pharmaceuticals sector, including domestic giants GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca, but companies complain that the state-run National Health Service (NHS) is too slow to adopt new treatments. ...



Cost of Thanksgiving is going up, but not by much


FILE- This Oct. 27, 2014, file photo shows barbecue spiced turkey in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead, File)Giving thanks will be a little costlier this year, but — and here's something you can be truly thankful for — it probably won't empty your wallet.



Pope says food commodity speculation hurts fight against hunger


Pope Francis walks with U.N. FAO Director-General Graziano as he leaves at the end of a meeting at the FAO headquarters in RomeBy Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis condemned speculation in food commodities and greed for profits on Thursday, saying they were undermining the global fight against poverty and hunger. Addressing a United Nations conference on nutrition, he called on rich nations to share their wealth and denounced waste, excessive consumption and unequal distribution of food. ...



Italy court annuls conviction for Swiss billionaire in asbestos scandal


Posters reading "Stephan Schmidheiny your place is in prison" are displayed outside the courthouse during a trial against the Swiss firm Eternit's Italian plant in TurinROME (Reuters) - Italy's top court has overturned an 18-year jail sentence for a Swiss billionaire convicted over his role in the country's biggest asbestos scandal, saying too much time had passed since the alleged wrongdoing.



WHO: Ebola transmission 'intense' in Sierra Leone


FILE - In this file photo taken on Sept. 24, 2014, nurse Dalila Martinez, trainer of the Cuban medical team to travel to Sierra Leone, enters a tent during a practice drill at a training camp, in Havana, Cuba. A member of the 165-member medical team Cuba sent to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with the disease, according to state media. State media said that Dr Felix Baez Sarria an internal medicine specialist, came down with a fever of more than 100 degrees on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, and was diagnosed with Ebola the following day. (AP Photo/Ladyrene Perez, Cubadebate, File)FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — The spread of Ebola remains "intense" in most of Sierra Leone even as things have improved somewhat in the two other countries hardest hit, the World Health Organization says.



Closing of Egypt's Rafah crossing leaves thousands of Gazans stranded


An Egyptian soldier keeps watch at the closed Rafah border crossing, between southern Gaza Strip and EgyptBy Nidal al-Mughrabi RAFAH Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Egypt's decision to shut its border with the Gaza Strip has stranded thousands of Palestinians on the Egyptian side of the border while around a thousand people in Gaza are desperate to get out for medical treatment in Egypt, officials in Gaza say. Egypt closed Rafah, the only crossing point between Egypt and the Palestinian territory, on Oct. 25 after attacks by Islamist militants which killed 33 Egyptian soldiers, an assault that prompted Cairo to declare a state of emergency in the area. It is also pressing ahead with a one-km (0. ...



U.S. spouses of ousted immigrants await Obama plan


Frustrated U.S. spouses of ousted immigrants hope for help from Obama immigration plan.

5 Delicious Greek Superfoods To Immediately Improve Your Health


5 Delicious Greek Superfoods To Immediately Improve Your HealthSuperfoods are as popular as ever, and it’s easy to see why. These mostly plant-based foods high in antioxidants, vitamins, calcium and minerals have huge and wide-ranging health benefits. Açai and goji berries, maca and chia seeds are at the top of the superfood list and hail, for the most part, from plants, trees and roots in South America...



Bianchi out of artificial coma, say family


Marussia Formula One driver Bianchi of France speaks to the media after a news conference at the Suzuka circuit(Reuters) - Critically injured French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi is no longer in an artificial coma but remains unconscious, his family said in a statement on Wednesday. Bianchi, who suffered the most serious F1 race injury since Ayrton Senna died in 1994 when he crashed into a recovery tractor in the wet at the Japanese Grand Prix on Oct. 5, has been transferred from Yokkaichi to a hospital in Nice. ...



Indian police capture cult leader, six dead as compound stormed


Satguru Rampalji Maharaj, a self-styled "godman" is seen inside a police lock-up after his arrest, at PanchkulaNEW DELHI (Reuters) - A self-styled Indian religious leader was charged on Thursday with sedition and waging war against the state after a days-long siege of his sprawling compound ended in his arrest along with 450 hardcore followers. Police evacuated more than 10,000 followers on Wednesday from the fortified compound of a bizarre cult headed by 'godman' Satguru Rampalji Maharaj before capturing him late in the evening. Rampal, as the 63-year-old former engineer is known to his followers, was shown in TV news footage gripping the bars of a holding cell. ...



Ebola heightens need for aid for orphans


In this Nov. 11, 2014 photo, Patricia Anglin speaks about the Ebola epidemic and its impact on West African children at the Francis W. Park School in Chicago. Anglin is the executive director and founder of Acres of Hope, an agency in Liberia that aids needy children and that houses some of them in orphanages. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)CHICAGO (AP) — The Ebola epidemic has put adoptions in impacted west African countries at a standstill for obvious reasons.



Storytelling trumps smartphones in Ebola crisis, experts say


By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Storytelling and plays trump smartphones to deliver messages on Ebola in some communities, illustrating how new technologies have their limits in aid delivery, humanitarian experts said on Wednesday. While smartphone apps are playing an increasingly important role for fast, accurate alerts about natural disasters and for quick delivery of food and shelter, aid experts at a Disaster Relief Summit said humanitarian groups should be wary of their use at the expense of traditional communication methods. ...

Aid workers in conflict zones no longer immune, now targeted


By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Humanitarian groups in conflict zones need to reconsider how they protect aid workers now that insurgents no longer provide immunity for relief work, aid experts said on Wednesday. Attacks on humanitarian workers have increased steadily over the past decade, with 474 workers killed, kidnapped or seriously wounded in 2013, compared to 143 in 2003, according to Aid Worker Security Database statistics last updated on Wednesday. The database showed that kidnappings alone shot up to 141 in 2013, from only seven ten years earlier. ...

Most heavy drinkers are not alcoholics, U.S. study finds


By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Contrary to popular opinion, only 10 percent of U.S. adults who drink too much are alcoholics, according to a federal study released on Thursday, a finding that could have implications for reducing consumption of beer, wine and liquor. While many people think that most, if not all, heavy drinkers are alcoholics, medical specialists have long suspected that belief is incorrect, said Robert Brewer, an author of a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that analyzed self-reported data from 138,100 U.S. adults. ...

Researcher who found cause of Lyme disease dies


HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — The Swiss-born researcher who gained international recognition for discovering the bacteria that causes Lyme disease has died in western Montana.

Boston Scientific to pay damages in transvaginal mesh case


By Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boston Scientific Corp was ordered Thursday to pay $18.5 million for injuries caused by transvaginal mesh devices, a plaintiffs’ lawyer said, in the third courtroom loss for the company over the products. A jury in West Virginia federal court found the Massachusetts company liable to four women following a 10-day trial, according to their lawyer, Doug Monsour. The company was ordered to pay each of the four women damages ranging from $3.25 million to $4.25 million for the injuries. ...

Guinea imam's trip to Mali exposes gaps in Ebola response


Sign is seen at the border with Guinea in KouremaleBy Joe Penney and Emma Farge KOUREMALE/DAKAR (Reuters) - When a sick Muslim imam from Guinea entered Mali at the border town of Kouremale last month, he did not use the main tarmac road with its Ebola checkpoint but took a nearby dirt track. When his green Mercedes was halted at a second checkpoint and he was asked to return to Kouremale for health checks, , 70, managed to avoid them thanks to the intervention of a village chief, according to border officer Mamadou Diawara. Koita is later believed to have died of Ebola - he was never tested - but not before he had visited Mali's capital ...



Gunman killed, three students shot in Florida university library


Crime scene tape is seen in front of the library at Florida State University, in TallahasseeBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - A gunman wounded three Florida State University students, one critically, early Thursday when he opened fire in a library where hundreds of students were studying for exams, authorities said. Officers confronted the attacker soon after 12:30 a.m. near the entrance to Florida State's Strozier Library in the latest of a string of shootings on U.S. campuses. Police said they ordered him to drop his weapon, then fatally shot him when he fired on them. ...



FDA approves new, hard-to-abuse hydrocodone pill


This product image provided by Purdue Pharma shows Hysingla, the first hard-to-abuse version of the painkiller hydrocodone. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 approved Hysingla, a once-a-day tablet for patients with severe, round-the-clock pain that cannot be managed with other treatments. (AP Photo/Purdue Pharma)WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators have approved the first hard-to-abuse version of the painkiller hydrocodone, offering an alternative to a similar medication that has been widely criticized for lacking such safeguards.



J&J demands $7.2 billion from Boston Scientific as trial begins


By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boston Scientific Corp should pay Johnson & Johnson $7.23 billion in damages and interest for breach of contract, nearly nine years after Boston Scientific won a controversial bidding war for device maker Guidant, lawyers for J&J told a U.S. federal judge on Thursday. "To be blunt about it, Guidant cheated - and then it lied to Johnson & Johnson so Johnson & Johnson would not discover what Guidant had done," attorney Harold Weinberger said at the start of a non-jury trial in Manhattan federal court. ...

Want Health? Try the Truth


Want Health? Try the TruthAt a recent health conference in Boston, I was privileged to share the podium with a physician colleague who serves as senior health editor at The Atlantic, writing articles on topics in health and medicine that routinely reverberate far and wide. To protect the innocent, probably best that I not mention Dr. Hamblin by name.On this particular...



Bird flu outbreak hits second Dutch farm, exports to remain frozen


Police tape and warning signs are seen outside a duck farm in Nafferton, northern EnglandBy Anthony Deutsch AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A second Dutch farm was hit by an outbreak of bird flu, the government said on Thursday, prompting the destruction of 43,000 chickens and prolonging restrictions on trade in the world's leading egg-exporting country. A three-day, nationwide ban on the transportation of all poultry, eggs and related farm products was extended until Sunday, a statement said. The measures have already caused up to 100 million euros ($125 million) in losses for farmers, said Gert-Jan Oplaat, president of the poultry farmers' association. ...



Report: Global obesity costs hits $2 trillion


FILE - This is a Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007 file photo of an overweight person eating in London. A new report by the McKinsey Global Institute released Thursday Nov. 20, 2014 that the global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually — nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism. The report released Thursday focused on the economics of obesity, putting it among the top three social programs generated by human beings. It puts its impact at 2.8 percent of global gross domestic product. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)LONDON (AP) — The global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually — nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism, according to a new report released Thursday.



Ebola becomes latest stock scam, U.S. SEC says


A man walks by a sign that reads "Ebola is real" in MonroviaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Thursday suspended trading in four small over-the-counter stocks of companies that they said have been touting the development of products to prevent or treat the Ebola virus, and warned investors to beware of similar scams.



5 Tricks to Burn More Calories


Tips to avoid the dreaded plateau.

The monster that took my son


A week before Cole died, I promised him he would do "something big" someday. For two years, I have been fighting to keep that promise.

The day I realized smoking wasn't cool


I'm a quitter and proud of it.

Cosmetic infidelity: a new way to cheat


"I have five days to recover from surgery and look good before my husband gets home," she told me.

'Western' diet could spark TB epidemic


Rising obesity and diabetes worldwide could fuel a rise in tuberculosis.

Energy drinks up calls to poison centers


Energy drinks are a real problem for children, a study says -- 40% of "energy drink exposure" calls to poison centers involve kids under age 6.

Ebola patient dies in the U.S.


Marking the second Ebola death in the United States, Dr. Martin Salia died at around 5 a.m. ET Monday, according to Nebraska Medicine spokesman Taylor Wilson.

Can't sleep? Try these 10 tips


It affects everyone, from office workers to sports stars. How you sleep affects how you perform -- and this man can help you snooze to the top.

Curb klutziness with yoga


Do you trip over your own feet? Bump into things? Break nails and jam fingers by overreaching?

What is Lewy body dementia?


Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains this type of dementia, after Robin Williams' autopsy report concludes he had the disease.

What she did with months to live


"I had to film her death," Frederic Lumiere says softly. "In the film, I'm behind the camera, and you can hear me crying."

Straighten out smartphone slump!


As you cradle your smartphone or lean into your laptop to read this, what's your posture like? Even if you aren't doing it right now, how much of your day is spent with your neck lurched forward, shoulders slumped and chest collapsed? All that time in "smartphone slump" not only makes you look and feel stressed, it can cause persistent pain.

The 5 biggest breakfast myths


The first meal of the day can have a very different meaning for different people.

Reduce your risk of dementia


The statistics, unfortunately, are staggering. An estimated 44 million people worldwide are living with dementia, according to a report released Tuesday by Alzheimer's Disease International.

Hallucinogens to treat depression?


Psychedelic drugs are being researched as a potential treatment for conditions ranging from anxiety to tobacco and alcohol addiction.

Lack of sleep may shrink your brain


Can sleep deprivation affect the size of your brain? It's possible, a recent study published in an online issue of Neurology suggests.

Mental illness: Time to break taboo


350 million people around the world suffer from depression. Why aren't we talking about it?

Schizophrenia is eight disorders


What we know -- and psychiatrists have diagnosed for decades -- as schizophrenia may really be eight separate diseases, research published in The American Journal of Psychiatry suggests.

Adam's story: 63 pills a day


The modest clinic on Milpas Street in laid-back Santa Barbara, California, was well known to patients seeking powerful pain medication.

How to really lose weight


From what to eat to how much to exercise, Elizabeth Cohen explains what you really need to do to lose weight.

Keeping young athletes safe


CNN's Holly Firfer reports on ways parents can keep their student athletes safe.

Lab holds 2,000 brains


The University of Miami Brain Endowment Bank provides brain tissues to researchers to study various brain disorders.

Smart toothbrush tracks brushing


This Bluetooth enabled toothbrush coaches you while you brush and tracks your progress through a smartphone app.

Farming in the city


This urban farm supplies fresh produce to food deserts, but also offers other benefits to individuals and the community.

Can psychedelic drugs be medicine?


Psychiatrists are now considering the benefits of LSD and other psychedelic drugs in treatment. Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

What is 'too much' caffeine?


Carl Azuz reports on why consuming too much caffeine is not good for you.

Inside your mind with 'Brain Games'


Jason Silva from National Geographic's hit show "Brain Games" talks about tricks the mind plays that shape our reality.

The best way to brush


CNN's Martha Shade reports on what's the best way to brush your teeth.

How outbreak can start, and end


Dr. Sanjay Gupta describes how "contact tracing" could help stem the tide of an Ebola outbreak.

The healthiest fish to eat?


As our oceans become more polluted, Sally Kohn sits down with Fabien Cousteau to talk about the healthiest fish to eat.

Plastic surgery gone wrong


Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif from E!'s new show "Botched" discuss the risks and complications of plastic surgery.

Ha! Laughter is the best medicine


Scott Weems, author of "Ha! The Science of When we Laugh and Why," speaks with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Twin boys born 24 days apart


Due to a delayed delivery, a set of twins in Massachusetts were born 24 days apart. WCVB's Mary Saladna reports.

Is red meat really bad for you?


CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks with Nina Teicholz, author of "The Big Fat Surprise."

This is your body on weed


Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how marijuana affects the brain and how pot can be used to treat certain conditions.

Teacher eats only McDonald's


A teacher only eats McDonald's for 90 days, and LOSES 37 pounds. KCCI reports.

World's most dangerous workout?


Is the "sport of fitness" the world's most dangerous workout? CNN's Jarrett Bellini asks CrossFitters and gives it a go.

Learn to live with it: Becoming stress-free


People believe that stress comes from external sources. That's why they're so stressed, author A. Parthasarathy writes.

Firefighter drops 40 pounds


Joe Van Veldhuizen lost 40 pounds to race his first Ironman. He did it slowly, counting calories and gradually increasing his exercise routine. See what it took to make his amazing weight loss transformation a reality.

His crime: Mental illness?


As a father of three, I felt Tricia Lammers' pain as she spoke about her son Blaec.

Can sunlock affect fertility?


The cold snap that's hitting much of the country this week may leave you with a real desire to head to the beach. If you do, you may want to watch what kind of sunblock you use.

Parents wed in NICU


A Texas couple married Tuesday in the neonatal intensive-care unit with their prematurely born son, dressed in a tuxedo onesie, serving as ring bearer. The baby's twin died in utero.

The path to living stress-free


People believe that stress comes from external sources. That's why they're so stressed.

When I realized smoking wasn't cool


I'm a quitter and proud of it.

What is Lewy body dementia?


Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains this type of dementia, after Robin Williams' autopsy report concludes he had the disease.

A one-woman Ebola hospital


22-year-old Fatu Kekula nursed her mother, father and sister through Ebola using trash bags to protect herself.

Crab's blood could save your life


Hundreds of thousands of horseshoe crabs are captured each year for their incredible blue blood.

Lifetime dieter feels 'unstoppable'


Danyeil Durrant was 10 years old when she first began dieting. She had no idea she would be wrestling with her eating habits for the next three decades.

How she lost 145 pounds


One day, Kari Ianuale had had enough. The Nazareth, Pennsylvania, resident was embarrassed to discover that her size 24 pants no longer fit.

It's time to get your flu shot!


Flu season is about to begin, the CDC says. And health officials have a few updates to their recommendations.

Flu shot myths addressed


Flu vaccine myths can confuse people trying to decide whether to get a shot. Here are five common myths and, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the truth.

Vintage cold and flu ads



Electrodes in brain to treat Tourette's


A pioneering procedure might be the answer to ending the misery of Tourette's syndrome.

The next medicinal marijuana?


Ayahuasca is a psychedelic drink that's attracting more and more tourists to the remote corners of the Amazon. But is it a drug, or is it medicine?

New link between coffee and DNA


You can blame that third cup of Joe on your genes.

Music helps your brain


Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us why music therapy is good for the brain and how it can help us live to 100.

Live to 100: Laugh more


Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us how laughing more can help us live to 100.

Eat chocolate. Yes, chocolate.


Dr. Sanjay Gupta tell us how eating certain types of chocolate can help us live to 100.

Visit to Sanjay Gupta's past


Dr. Sanjay Gupta traveled from Pakistan to Michigan to discover his family's roots. Here's what he learned along the way.

Gene error 'reduces heart attacks'


A study suggests people who carry errors in a single gene could have protection against heart disease and high cholesterol.

Why nightshifts pile on the pounds


Scientists believe they have discovered why people who work nightshifts are more prone to weight gain and obesity.

Wikipedia 'foresees virus outbreaks'


US scientists say tracking Wikipedia page views could help predict the next big global disease outbreak.

Ebola: Why is it this disease we fear?


Why does Ebola cause more concern than other diseases?

Is bushmeat behind Ebola outbreak?


What role does wild animal meat play in the Ebola outbreak?

AUDIO: Early years of sex research on display


Today programme presenter Sarah Montague on a tour of The Institute of Sexology, a new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, London.

VIDEO: 'I stayed for the love of my people'


Josephine Sellu, a matron in Sierra Leone, says she stayed there to fight Ebola for the "love of my people".

AUDIO: Ebola vaccine on track for January


Professor Adrian Hill and trial volunteer Ruth Atkins discuss the progress of an experimental Ebola vaccine.

VIDEO: 'Ambulance drone' takes to the skies


A Belgian student is seeking sponsors to get his prototype "ambulance drone" off the ground.

VIDEO: China facing cancer 'epidemic'


Doctors in China try to cope with a huge increase in the number of cases of cancer.

VIDEO: 'Major milestone' in polio battle


The US Centres for Disease Control says it believes a major milestone has been reached in the battle to eliminate polio.

VIDEO: MSF: Ebola deaths 'not acceptable'


Clinical trials to try to find an effective treatment for Ebola patients are to start in West Africa next month.

VIDEO: New contraceptive device launched


A new way of giving contraceptive injections - in a special device without a traditional syringe - could help more women in developing countries plan their lives and their families.

How many types of bird flu?


How many different strains are there?

The self-publicist whose medical text books caused a stir


A strangely accurate book of anatomy from 1543

How technology is checking health corruption in India


How technology is checking health corruption in India

VIDEO: Medical bike couriers battle HIV


Meet Malawi's motorbike couriers who are battling infant HIV

Exotic pets and the risks to health


Are the health risks for owners on the rise?

The one dollar contraceptive


Jab eases family planning for women in 69 countries

Cuba's health diplomacy in the age of Ebola


Cuba's impressive response to the Ebola outbreak

Have the Danes cracked childhood obesity?


Have the Danes cracked childhood obesity?

Ebola robots on White House agenda


White House discusses deploying crisis robots

VIDEO: David Shukman: Who discovered Ebola?


First indications came from Kinshasa to Antwerp

Female bosses 'more depressed'


Women with job authority are more likely than men to display symptoms of depression, according to research in the US.

Obesity 'costing same as smoking'


The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change, research suggests.

Complex jobs 'may protect memory'


People with mentally taxing jobs, including lawyers and graphic designers, may end up having better memory in old age, research suggests.

Ebola research receives $5.7m boost


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledges $5.7m to launch a programme that uses plasma from Ebola survivors to try to treat the illness.

Tenth of British men 'pay for sex'


More than one in 10 men have paid for sex, according to a major study of British sexual habits.

Drowning: 'Hidden childhood killer'


A World Health Organization report reveals drowning is one of the top 10 killers of children across the world.

S Africa to spend $2bn on Aids drugs


South Africa is to spend $2.2bn (£1.4bn) over two years on life-saving Aids drugs for public hospitals, a government minister says.

EU adopts new bird flu measures


The European Commission adopts protective measures to try to contain a bird flu outbreak after new cases in the Netherlands and UK.

Sierra Leone Ebola doctor dies in US


A surgeon from Sierra Leone who was being treated for Ebola in the US has died, a Nebraska hospital announces.

Concern over rising heart infection


Rates of a deadly infection of the heart have increased after guidelines advised against giving antibiotics to prevent it in patients at risk, research shows.

Mediterranean diet 'combats obesity'


A Mediterranean diet is a better way of tackling obesity than calorie counting, leading doctors say.

Plastics and premature baby warning


US researchers warn that premature babies are being exposed unnecessarily to high levels of a potentially dangerous chemical in plastics.

Ebola drug clinical trials to start


The charity MSF says it is to host clinical trials of new Ebola treatments in West Africa, one of them using the blood of recovered patients.

Study questions B12 dementia advice


Taking vitamin B12 and folic acid supplements does not seem to cut the risk of developing dementia, say Dutch researchers.

Bird flu case at Yorkshire duck farm


Officials confirm a case of bird flu at a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire, but say the risk to public health is very low.

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