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German Olympic athlete Erik Heil has undergone surgery in a Berlin hospital after contracting a serious skin infection he claims was caused by the terrible pollution in Brazil's Guanabara Bay.

Doctors urge caution with plastic wrap and food containers

Recent studies on the hormone-disrupting effects of chemicals found in plastic food containers and wraps have revived discussion about their safety.

Spain detects first case of mosquito-borne chikungunya virus

Spain has detected its first domestic case of the painful mosquito-borne viral disease chikungunya in a 60-year-old man in the eastern province of Valencia, officials said Tuesday.

WHO to study use of sanctions as part of global epidemic response

The World Health Organization said Tuesday it will study the idea of using sanctions to punish countries that do not comply with global health regulations, following widespread failures in the response to the Ebola outbreak.

Op-Ed: Paleo diet should not be carb free

Every few months brings along a new fad diet and one that seems to running is the so called "Paleo diet", which is based on a diet that cavemen may have consumed.

Once again, science tell us butter is better for you than margarine

It's a perennial debate: which is better for you - butter or margarine? And it's been running since the laboratory invented spread appeared to challenge butter for supremacy across a slice of toast.

Time to clamp down on 'soft touch' doctors?

Should doctors who indiscriminately administer antibiotics to appease patients where there is no clinical need to do so be fined? This is the call of a leading health expert.

What will the health of the U.K. population be like by 2040?

Making predictions can be fraught with difficulty; however, working out the main diseases and health threats helps governments to plan ahead. An interesting exercise has been undertaken in the U.K.

Five surprising health myths and half-truths explained

Here are five health-related myths and half-truths, which people still wonder about today — which have been tested in scientific studies.

Ring diagnosing sexually-transmitted infections. Does it work?

A startup made a prototype of a thumb ring that can diagnose syphilis and potentially other sexually-transmitted infections with results in minutes. Some of the science may not match up with the ambitious claims.

MIT, Harvard team uncover master switch that controls fat cells

A team of MIT and Harvard researchers found a genetic pathway that controls metabolism by prompting fat cells to store or burn fat, which may lead to the prevention or cure of obesity.

Diabetes drug effective for heart attacks and stroke

An established diabetes drug produced by pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly has been shown to be effective against cardiovascular diseases.

Daily coffee may improve survival in colon cancer

Daily drinking of coffee may help prevent colon cancer recurrence and improve the chances of a cure, said researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute based on the results of a new, large study announced this week.

New skin cancer drugs in development

Two new skin cancer drugs are moving towards regulatory approval and market launch, with release intended for both U.S. and Europe.

Vaping is safer than smoking, new study

The e-cigarette versus traditional tobacco smoking has edged forward with a new study concluding e-cigarettes are safer than smoking tobacco products.

Pedaling at work is healthy, claims new study

You’ve seen people pedaling on bicycles to work, but does pedaling at work help you stay healthy? A university has undertaken a study of exercises to undertake during the working day.

Compounded drugs in syringes warning

A warning has been issued by the U.S. FDA for health professionals not to administer medicinal drug products prepared in Becton-Dickinson syringes. This is due to a drug potency issue.

Cholera, climate change fuel Haiti's humanitarian crisis: UN

Climate change, cholera and the return of thousands of emigrants from the neighboring Dominican Republican are fueling a humanitarian crisis in Haiti, the UN warned.

Saudi Arabia reports 21 new MERS cases in one week

In the midst of another outbreak, Saudi Arabian authorities have registered 21 new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) corona virus cases in the week ending August 15, 2015. MERS is also known as coronavirus, and is a respiratory disease.

'Brain-eating' amoeba discovered in another Louisiana parish

For the second time in just a few weeks, brain-eating amoeba has been found in a public water supply, this time, in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana during a routine inspection by health officials.

Courthouse dogs help traumatized children

Our canine friends have always been of the greatest support to us. Can courthouse dogs be the perfect solution for children too traumatized to testify against abuse?

Medical marijuana credited with recovery of shot canine

A canine shot several times and left for dead in rural Kansas is reportedly now on the mend thanks to daily doses of CBD Oil, extracted from the marijuana plant.

Actress Fran Drescher to host 2015 Women's Health Summit

Acclaimed actress Fran Drescher, best known from the TV series "The Nanny," will be hosting her first Women's Health Summit on October 13, 2015.

Possible obesity gene discovered by UBC scientists

For those of us who are constantly battling the bulge, science may have taken a step closer to understanding why some people are obese and others are not.

Moving obesity concerns to school aged kids

School aged children (five to 13) are to become the new target for the anti-obesity drive in the U.K. This will form part of a government campaign.

Middle aged told to ‘get more sleep’

New government advice has been issued in the U.K., calling on the middle aged to sleep more and to make other changes to their lifestyle in order to become healthier.

Cutting fat is better than cutting carbs for weight loss

A new U.S.-centric health study health study claims that reducing the fat content in a diet is more effective for weight loss than reducing the carbohydrate content.

Multi-drug resistance Identified in WA Salmonella outbreak

In a troubling update issued Friday evening, the CDC is now saying the strain of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- linked to pork in the Washington state food-borne illness outbreak is multi-drug resistant.

FDA approves powerful painkiller OxyContin for children

The Food and Drug Administration approved limited use of the often abused painkiller OxyContin in children as young as 11 years old, the agency announced Thursday.

Low-carb Paleo diet promotes weight loss and health say experts

A low-carb Paleolithic diet promotes natural weight loss and optimal health, according to the book, "The Perfect Human Diet," by fitness expert CJ Hunt.

Not ready for ICD-10? These tools might help

ICD-10 changes are taking place on October 1, and it will affect every aspect health care practices. If you're a doctor, a nurse or a health care clerical worker, you are likely preparing for these changes. But are you sure you know the code switch?

Op-Ed: Having children can increase unhappiness

The image of smiling parents, cute child in two, sauntering happily through a woodland or meandering around a shopping mall could be a myth, according to new research.

Hepatitis is a serious side effect of heroin use

The number of cases in the U.S., where drug users are contracting hepatitis C, is rising according to new figures presented by health agencies. The immediate solution relates to the supply of clean needles.

FDA criticizes Kim Kardashian’s promotional activities

Kim Kardashian, famous for being on television, has faced a barrage of negative publicity relating to her promotional work. Leading the criticism is the world’s most powerful drug and health regulator: the FDA.

GSK plant closes due to Legionnaires' disease

A GlaxoSmithKline facility has shut down due to a risk from Legionnaire's disease. The bacterium was detected in a cooling tower. The pharma plant makes inhaled medications.

India takes action over Maggi noodles case

The Indian government is to sue Nestlé for $100 million over Maggi noodles. Maggi noodles were a popular snack in India before it was recently banned over food quality issues. The government claims that Nestlé have engaged in "unfair trade practices.”

U.S. Alzheimer's deaths soar: Still no way to stop the disease

Death rates from Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative disease have soared in the U.S. — Americans are more likely to die from these diseases than their peers in most other developed countries.

Facing rising dental costs, U.S. seniors travel to Mexico

Each year, tens of thousands of people visit Los Algodones, Mexico — a tiny border town near Yuma, Arizona — that boasts to be the dental capital of Mexico.

Legionnaires' disease - Significant public health crisis for NYC

Two more people have died in the Bronx, bringing the total number of fatalities to 12 in the largest outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York City's history.

Medical marijuana users are faced with high insurance rates

Many medical marijuana users in Canada are paying high prices due to their prescriptions. The reason is because their life insurance policies consider them smokers, regardless of how they take it.

Are kids in the U.S. starting the school day too early?

Too many children in the U.S. are starting the school day too early, according to a new report. As a consequence, kids are not getting a sufficient amount of sleep and this is impacting their educational performance.