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Big pharma companies Lilly and Takeda have announced that two new types of diabetes drugs are now available for patients, after being approved by regulatory authorities.

A herpes-based drug was successfully used to treat skin cancer

In a trial, a drug based on the herpes virus was given to patients who had aggressive skin cancer and the treatment was a success.

Watch student paralyzed by spinal injury walk at graduation

During his freshman year in 2010, Chris Norton, a student at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, suffered a spinal cord injury during a football game. The injury left him paralyzed from the neck down.

65-year-old German mum's quadruplets face big health risks: Doctors

Doctors at a Berlin clinic said on Wednesday quadruplets, whose very premature births to a 65-year-old German mother have captured headlines and stirred debate, face big health risks.

Here are the most and least obese states in the U.S.

America's collective waistline just expanded again. High obesity rates tend to coincide with higher-than-normal rates of other weight-related health problems.

B.C. cancer cases to grow by 57 percent by 2030, new report warns

Some alarming numbers are in a report released today by researchers from the B.C. Cancer Agency. Published in the B.C. Medical Journal, it says the province will see a dramatic rise in cancer cases by 2030.

Live chicks at Alberta hatchery linked to Salmonella outbreak

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is investigating an outbreak of Salmonella infections that has been linked to live chicks at an Alberta hatchery. A total of 34 people were sickened in three provinces between April 5 and May 12.

Study suggests higher mortality rates among depressed patients

Scientists in Europe have presented a study linking together depression and the likelihood that an individual will suffer heart failure.

NYPD cops receive $151,000 in forced rehab placement

A federal jury has awarded two New York City police officers a combined $151,000 in a long-running suit that alleged NYPD substance abuse counselors forced them into alcohol rehab.

Families transporting Ebola corpses in taxis and buses in Guinea

On Friday, health authorities in Guinea reported 27 new cases of Ebola in the West African country. The country's latest Ebola figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) are the highest in more than a month.

65-year-old German woman births 4 babies, premature but alive

A 65-year-old German woman gave birth to four babies on Tuesday in Berlin but it didn't go as hoped. The quadruplets all survived but were born premature at 26 weeks. The newborns now make Annegret Raunigk a mother of 17.

Walmart takes a stand on animal welfare, overuse of antibiotics

On Friday morning, retail giant, Walmart, along with Sam's Club, announced they wanted their food suppliers to put an end to the inhumane treatment of animals and the overuse of antibiotics for growth purposes.

Millennials more likely to be depressed at work

Millennials have a reputation for being more fickle in regards to their working habits when compared to older generations. Turns out that millennial difficulties in the work force might be tied to depression.

Not all sunscreens are suitable for the hot weather

Two leading brands of sunscreen lotions do not offer the same level of sun protection as the labels claim, according to a new survey.

Flavonoids could help with healthy ageing in women

Higher intake of flavonoids during midlife is associated with greater likelihood of health and well-being in people surviving to older ages, according to a new study.

Addicted to your smartphone? 20 question quiz helps to find out

Researchers have discovered something many of you already know - feeling anxiety without your smartphone is a prevalent condition in our culture. Can't handle leaving it at home? Hate it when your battery runs out? Welcome to the club.

Half of chickens sold contain problem viruses

Scientists have discovered that over 50 percent of chickens sold in Austria as meat products contain viruses that can transfer antibiotic resistant genes between bacteria.

Flu-related deaths in Alberta for 2014-15 season a record 103

The 2014-15 flu season took a terrible toll in Alberta as the number of deaths reached over 100 for the first time in the province's history. Overall Canada had more flu deaths than it has had in several flu seasons.

5 reasons to buy life insurance if you're under 30

If you're a Millennial in your 20s to young 30s, death is likely the last thing on your mind. And, to some extent, this is as it should be.

Call for fund to develop new antibiotics

A British economist is calling on the world's leading pharmaceutical companies to set up a $2 billion fund to enable research into new antibiotics.

FDA issues warning on new class of Type-2 diabetes medications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned that a new class of drugs used to treat type-2 diabetes may cause severe episodes of ketoacidosis, a serious condition where the body produces too much blood acids, called ketones.

Prozac treatment improves dogs mood and behavior

There's a growing concern that people are becoming too reliant on mood-changing drugs, such as Prozac, and soon we might have to worry about dogs too. Researchers have discovered that the dog equivalent of Prozac and that it makes dogs more optimistic.

Scientists on verge of lifelong total flu vaccine

Scientists could have finally found a universal cure for all types of influenza. Instead of the often, ineffective annual jabs, they may soon be able to produce a one-off, lifelong injection against all strains of this distressing and often fatal disease.

New campaign to end antibiotic use in farm animals

Social campaign group Avaaz is seeking to reduce the amount of antibiotics administered to farm animals. The group points out that the use of these drugs has fallen in Europe, with the exception of some territories like the U.K.

New video advises on how to deal with bug bites

Many insects bites are harmless. However, some can be harmful, especially with people who suffer from allergies. A new video from the American Academy of Dermatology provides some handy advice ready for the summer.

Op-Ed: Psychiatric drugs kill patients, do more damage than good?

Peter G√łtzsche, professor and director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Denmark, says that most psychiatric drugs are harmful or of little benefit. His views are opposed by many other experts.

Dengue fever fans public anger over Brazil's health care system

With the number of Dengue fever cases hitting 750,000 people this year, Brazilians are angry, and fanning that anger is the wretched state of the country's health care system.

Woman sues doctor claiming he gave her the Herpes II Virus

An Illinois appeals court has ordered a doctor to undergo a physical examination after a woman identified as "Jane Doe" in court papers alleged the man gave her the Herpes II virus during a date the two had in 2011.

Scientists figured out why you rarely get sick in the summer

Ever wonder where colds get their name? Or why we're all coughs and sniffles during the winter but are rarely sick in the summer?

Alzheimer's study finds link between diabetes and dementia

A study from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has found a link between diabetes and Alzheimer's Disease. A high-level of blood sugar glucose increases levels of a protein called amyloid, a cause of Alzheimer's, researchers found.

Who will pay for new antibiotics?

New types of antibiotics are needed in order to stem the flow of antibiotic resistant bacteria and the deaths causes from infections that were once readily treatable. One thing hindering development is finance. The question is: who pays?

Drug-resistant strain of typhoid spreading worldwide

An antibiotic-resistant "superbug" strain of typhoid fever is spreading around the world at a rapid pace say health officials. The disease is driven by a single family of the bacteria, known as H58.

Paediatricians ask Health Canada to warn consumers about nosodes

Paediatricians in Canada want strong warnings on homeopathic nosodes, remedies they note have never been shown to be effective. Homeopaths recommend them to parents as a vaccine alternative despite the lack of studies showing they work.

Hand sanitizers called into question by U.S. FDA

With the rise of hospital acquired infections, like MRSA, one of the key recommendations is to increase the level of hand sanitization. But how effective are these products?

What you need to know when volunteering for a genetic study

Would you volunteer for a genetic study? If so would you want to know if you had a rare disease? It seems that, for most people, the answer is "yes."

Measles vaccination may help prevent other deadly diseases

A recent study suggests that a measles vaccination comes with a two-for-one offer that was previously unknown: By preventing measles, the vaccine may help us fight off other illnesses for years.

Massive Ebola outbreak nearly under control due to global efforts

With Liberia now Ebola-transmission free, the effort to fight the disease and bring the current outbreak under control appears to have turned a corner. Still, the global community must remain vigilant as the disease continues to spread elsewhere.

Tramadol capsules recalled in contamination alert

Drugs company RelonChem Ltd is recalling all batches of its product Tramadol 50mg capsules. This is due to the risk of fungal contamination.

Call for action on fungal diseases

A new campaign has been launched, designed to reduce blindness and death rates from a host of fungal diseases worldwide.

Ivory Coast bans skin-whitening cream because of health concerns

Ivory Coast has banned skin-whitening lotions and creams, widely used products in West Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The Health Ministry is citing fears of lasting damage to people's health.

Big Numbers: In U.K. 74% of men, 64% of women overweight by 2030

Time to jettison the bangers and mash? Researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO) made a rather large claim this week: the number of overweight and obese people in the U.K. is growing. So much, they warn, it could be out of control by 2030.