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New figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that drug overdose deaths in the U.S. have more than doubled since 1999, with a sharp spike in heroin overdose deaths.

Pancreas 'regenerated' through fasting diet

A new U.S. study has found that a major organ - the pancreas - can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet. This could be of potential benefit to those with diabetes.

UN Haiti cholera fund fails to draw pledges

A UN fund set up for Haiti's cholera victims is failing to draw support, with only two percent of the needed $400 million raised so far, according to a letter by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

ICE removes asylum seeker with brain tumor from Texas hospital

U.S. immigration officers forcibly removed a Salvadoran asylum seeker in desperate need of brain surgery from a Texas hospital on Wednesday and transferred her to a for-profit prison without contact with her family and almost no access to her lawyers.

Why researchers need donated brains for study

Organ donation is well-established with many people willing to donate various body parts. Brains are a different matter, with many people unaware they can donate their brain. Yet researchers need brains; we look at why this is important.

New microsite for cancer research breakthroughs

The Canadian Cancer Society has developed a new microsite to allow for the reporting of cancer and associated health topics. One aim of the site is to assist journalists covering cancer research topics.

Yeast found in guts of babies increases asthma risk

A study performed in Ecuador has shown a yeast in the gut of new babies to be a strong predictor that the babies will go on to develop asthma.

Op-Ed: 'Veggie Queen' urges people to live healthy as well as long Special

The importance of eating healthy is more than just a passion for 'Veggie Queen' Jill Nussinow, it is her life's work. Getting the word out is more about getting vegetables in peoples' mouths to taste them and to experience that they are good.

China bans deadly drug responsible for deaths in U.S. and Canada

The US Drug Enforcement Agency is applauding the new Chinese regulation going into effect on March 1, 2017, that outlaws carfentanil along with three other powerful synthetic opioids.

Oklahoma advances bill requiring male permission for abortions

The Oklahoma state legislature has advanced a bill — authored by a Republican man who believes women's bodies are mere "hosts" for fetuses — that would require women seeking abortions to get written permission from the men who impregnate them.

Melinda Gates says Trump abortion order 'could affect millions'

US President Donald Trump's block on US funds going to organisations involved in abortion care overseas could impact millions of women, Bill and Melinda Gates have warned, the Guardian reported on Tuesday.

Baby’s sex affects a woman’s immunity while pregnant

There has been anecdotal evidence for several years: that whether a woman is carrying a boy or a girl her health differs. Now medical evidence indicates that the sex of the baby affects the immunity of the expectant woman.

Spike in overdose cases in Kentucky city — 52 calls in 32 hours

Hardly a week goes by that someplace in the U.S. records an unusual spike in drug overdoses, and last week was no exception. In a 32-hour period, Louisville, Kentucky saw 52 cases of drug overdoses.

Can Botox reduce social anxiety?

The cosmetic wrinkle reducer, Botox, is being examined in the context of treating various medical conditions. In one example, George Washington University is recruiting volunteers for a new study testing Botox to treat social anxiety.

Which U.S. states are the worst for STDs?

In time for Valentine's Day, new information collated reveals the U.S. states with the highest levels of sexually transmitted diseases, using some common pathogens as measures.

FDA approves $89,000 drug to treat Duchenne's Muscular dystrophy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday gave approval to a drug manufactured by Marathon Pharmaceuticals to treat Duchenne's muscular dystrophy (DMD), a devastating muscle disease that usually affects boys.

'World's heaviest woman' to fly to India for surgery

An Egyptian believed to be the world's heaviest woman will fly to India for weight reduction surgery Saturday after intervention from the country's foreign minister ensured her a visa.

Why offering positive support can have negative consequences

It may initially seem counterintuitive but psychologists have run studies that show offering positive support to your spouse can have negative consequences in certain circumstances.

Warning that concussion affects driving months later

After a person experiences mild concussion the effects slowly ebb away and the affected person returns to their normal routine. Things may not completely go back to normal, however, and medics have issues a new warning about driving.

Brazil yellow fever outbreak 'worst on record'

Sixty-five people are confirmed so far to have died in Brazil over the last two months in the country's worst yellow fever outbreak on record, the government said.

AI algorithm helps identify skin cancer

The use of artificial intelligence and deep learning computer systems to assist with medical diagnosis has advanced a step further with the announcement that a new platform has identified skin cancer as well as professional dermatologists.

Flu spreads across 40 states with some states hit especially hard

Forty states and Puerto Rico are reporting flu cases as the seasonal virus continues its march across the United States this winter, prompting health officials to remind people that it's not too late to get their flu shots.

China promotes traditional medicine to combat AIDS

China will double the number of AIDS patients it treats with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), officials have said, part of a broader push to increase the use of the ancient practice in the country's medical system.

Vitamin A deficiency linked with Alzheimer’s disease

Brain tissue could be "programmed" for life during early development in the womb and during infancy. One key factor is Vitamin A, and deficiency could be linked to developing Alzheimer's disease later in life.

Researchers study impact of mental health on sport performance

A decline in form and a bad run of results for a high performing sports player can be tied to a mental health issue. To help study the effects, with a view of aiding to sports stars of today, researchers have investigated some high profile players.

Op-Ed: Cannabis oil and Huntington’s Disease: Yes, it works Special

I had to check it out. A young lady on Facebook stood up, smiled and walked. It was a major achievement for Erin Wade, who has Huntington’s Disease. She’d just had some cannabis oil. Nobody’s even too sure why it works, but it does.

Breath monitor detects influenza virus

What if there was a device that could rapidly establish whether a person has influenza? This could enable the correct medical advice to be given. This will soon be possible thanks to a new breathalyzer.

Opioid use produces cluster of unusual amnesia cases in U.S.

Besides opioid abuse being at epidemic levels in the United States, something just as worrisome is happening to drug users in eastern Massachusetts and possibly elsewhere. So far, 14 cases of amnesia brought on by opioid use have surfaced.

Medical technologists find cheaper way to make essential medicine

Medical technologists have found a means to create an anti-fungal medication, designed to combat Cryptococcal meningitis, less expensively. The drug is intended for use in parts of Africa.

Trump visa ban deprives children of parents, life-saving surgery

President Donald Trump's ban on refugees, immigrants and travelers from seven mainly Muslim countries is having life-or-death consequences for one Iranian baby, while also separating a badly burned Iraqi toddler being treated in Boston from his parents.

'Third-hand' smoke may harm infants: study

The first solid evidence that smoking causes cancer came in the 1950s, followed decades later by revelations that "second-hand" smoke also harms health.

New wearable provides continuous blood pressure monitoring

For a growing number of people control and monitoring of their blood pressure is vital to their leading a healthy lifestyle. A new innovation in wearable technology offers a continuous blood pressure monitoring system.

Teething trouble: the worse U.S. dental records revealed

Although it is the richest country in the world, the U.S. has variable rates for dental hygiene. A new report profiles the disparity across the nation.

Does eating peppers help raise life expectancy?

Does the consumption of red chilli peppers impart any health benefits? According to one study, the consumption of chili peppers leads to a 13 percent reduction in mortality. This of course depends on various lifestyle factors.

New breath test can detect stomach and esophageal cancer

A new breath test has been developed to diagnose stomach and esophageal cancer. These cancers are difficult to detect resulting in relatively high mortality rates for sufferers. Unlike other tests for the two cancers, use of a breathalyzer is non-evasive.

Protecting the liver: Binge or regular drinking?

One urban myth runs that binge drinking is better for your liver than regular drinking, on the basis that the liver has rest days. This is not so according to medical researchers who look at the total amount of alcohol consumed over time.

Increased rates of exercise correlate with reduced risk of death

Many people struggle to meet health recommendations for daily exercise. Some, instead, manage intensive weekend bursts. This may also have benefits, according to a new study.

Effect of heavy drinking on the teenage brain revealed

Drinking in moderation ticks a number of health concerns since excessive drinking triggers a range of diseases. At what age should someone start drinking? Not as teenager, according to a new study.

Fecal transplants show success against autism

The symptoms of autism, tied with gastrointestinal problems, have been addressed through fecal transplants, according to one study. The study is small, but it does pave the way for further research into fecal transplants as a therapeutic tool.

CDC's canceled Climate Summit back on but with new hosts

Al Gore and others have revived the CDC's climate change and health summit, but it is apparently minus the federal government's agency.

Rush for 'Barbie' vagina has experts stumped

A rush of women going under the knife for designer genitals has taken even plastic surgeons by surprise and divided medical professionals on the ethics and benefits of "labiaplasty".
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