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The number of cases of the hospital-acquired fungal infection caused by Candida Auris is growing, according to health officials. The majority of the cases seem to be centered in New York.

Smartphones can be successfully used to track health

A review of smartphones and health apps indicates how parents can improve health outcomes for children. This is through a mix of appropriate apps and text messages.

Blood test can forecast heart attacks

A new blood test has the potential to predict some types of heart attack. It has been developed at by Prevencio Inc. and evaluated at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Nine US deaths linked to breast implant-associated cancer

Nine women are believed to have died in the United States from a rare cancer linked to breast implants, US health officials said Tuesday, with more than 350 cases of the disease recorded nationwide.

Treaty slows global tobacco use by 2.5%: WHO

Tobacco use fell by 2.5 percent worldwide a decade after the first global health treaty went into effect, World Health Organization researchers said Wednesday.

City living makes asthma worse for poor children

A new U.S. focused study has found that living in inner cities can worsen asthma for children in who live in economically deprived households. Other disparities relating to ethnicity, as well as social class, have been highlighted.

Most U.S. teens who abuse opioids started with a prescription

According to a new study on opioid use among adolescents, most teenagers who end up abusing opioids first received the drugs through a prescription from a doctor.

Healthiest people in the world are the Tsimane

Medical scientists have identified the healthiest people in the world, or at least the people with best heart health. These are the Tsimane from the forests of Bolivia.

Blueberries appear to boost brain function

The hunt for new ‘super-foods’ continues (assuming that there really are super-foods rather than sensible diets). Attention has now turned to the humble blueberry and its apparent ability to boost brain function.

Typical urine level in swimming pools revealed

Many professional swimmers say they do it, but what about the rest of us? A new survey reveals the typical levels of urine in swimming pools, arising from swimmers going to lavatorial excesses.

Medieval painting may have earliest depiction of 'fiery Serpent'

Italian researchers examining a medieval painting may have found the earliest depiction of the "fiery serpent," or dracunculiasis, a horrible parasitic infection in which a worm up to 3-feet long creeps out of the skin.

UN urges China to act as bird flu deaths spike

The UN's food agency on Friday urged China to step up efforts to contain and eliminate a strain of bird flu which has killed scores of people this year.

State of Iowa sues maker of 'drinkable sunscreen' alleging fraud

Iowa's Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against an Evergreen, Colorado company that is selling what it claims is "drinkable Sunscreen."

Some common pain relievers increase the risk of cardiac arrest

A new study published this month by cardiologists in Denmark has found that some pain relief medications are linked to an increase in episodes of cardiac arrest.

Irritable bowel syndrome medication has safety concerns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has flagged a warning about a medication for irritable bowel syndrome due to a risk of causing pancreatitis in patients without a gallbladder.

Anti-anxiety hormone linked to postpartum depression

From a study involving women who had been diagnosed with mood disorders, medical scientists have found that levels of the hormone allopregnanolone are associated with an increased chance of postpartum depression.

Expert travel advice for entering Zika areas

Parts of the southern U.S. (as well as Central and South America) have mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus. With Zika there are a mix of myths and facts to be taken account of. To help readers decipher these, we’ve heard from a top medical professional.

Mozambique cholera outbreak infects over 1,200

Mozambique is battling a cholera outbreak that has infected 1,222 people and killed two, the country's health ministry said Tuesday, warning that it has been unable to slow its spread.

Op-Ed: 'Insurance for everybody' — Trump's biggest, deadliest lie yet

In a presidency largely defined by lies, one pants-on-fire whopper now stands out as Donald Trump's biggest — and deadliest — yet.

24M fewer Americans insured under GOP Obamacare replacement: CBO

Despite President Donald Trump's pledge of "insurance for everybody," 24 million fewer Americans will have health coverage under the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated on Monday.

Renewed concern about buying medicines online

The international trade in selling medicines over the Internet is increasing and with it the risk of consumers buying substandard and dangerous products, many of which will be unlicensed. A new report highlights the risks.

Should high calorie food be sold in plain packaging?

Obesity is a major health and social problem in most societies. This relates to various factors, including low rates of exercise and the consumption of ‘unhealthy’ foods. Is the answer to reduce the appeal of sugar-rich food through plain packaging?

Rio de Janeiro announces mass yellow fever vaccination

Rio de Janeiro said Saturday it plans to vaccinate the state's entire population against yellow fever in response to an outbreak that has killed at least 113 people around Brazil.

Toxic herbal tea sends two San Francisco customers to hospital

Two people in San Francisco ended up in the hospital after having to be resuscitated after they drank an herbal tea purchased in a shop on Grant Avenue, according to the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Measles outbreak in Romania has killed 17 children

A measles outbreak in Romania has killed 17 children and infected thousands more since September due to poverty and an anti-vaccination movement, local media reported Saturday.

CDC has confirmed U.S. outbreak of fatal fungus infection

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned American hospitals last June about the emergence of a possibly fatal, multi-drug resistant yeast infection, and now, the agency's fears have been realized.

New chemical neutralizes snake venom rapidly

A new, low cost and effective anti-venom chemical has been developed. The chemical has been formulated to tackle snake bites and to rapidly neutralize the venom. The application will prove useful to remote areas.

New detector leads to early atherosclerosis detection

A new, non-invasive method to assess inflammation has been developed. The aim is to use the device for the early identification of atherosclerotic plaques before they rupture. Early detection helps to treat heart disease.

Is it time for a global vaccine compensation scheme?

With a new vaccine for Zika virus in development and a rise with the administration of vaccine in general, is it time to consider a global vaccine compensation scheme? This is in the event of an adverse response.

Video games with heavy alcohol and smoking influence teens

It has been an on-going debate since the first home computer consuls: do video games affect behavior, especially in impressionable adolescents? For things like alcohol and smoking the answer seems to be a ‘yes’.

Rise in sleep related problems with children

Children admitted to hospital due to sleep related problems has ore than tripled in the U.K. during the past ten years. This relates to children aged under 14 years.

Elixir of life? Some Chileans nourishing infants with donkey milk

When severe food allergies kept Fiorella Fuentes from stomaching her formula -- leaving the infant on the brink of starvation -- her desperate mother turned to a curious source of sustenance: donkey milk.

Air pollution alters bacteria and effectiveness of antibiotics

We know that air pollution is the single largest environmental health risk in the world today. Now a new study has discovered how bacteria that cause respiratory infections are directly affected by air pollution.

New medical cannabis chewing gum set for launch

A new cannabis chewing gum is in development by the biotechnology company AXIM Biotechnologies. The new product will be branded CanChew Plus and it is an advancement on gum already on the market.

New drive to eliminate trachoma blindness

The campaign to eliminate the bacterial blindness disease trachoma has received a boost with a $11.7 million donate from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The funding, for research, will be handled by The Carter Center among other bodies.

Probing insight into antimicrobial resistant fungus

A major systematic review of the pathogenic fungus Candida auris has been conducted. This yeast-like fungus has been found in hospitals and it is resistant to several classes of antimicrobial drugs. This poses serious risks for those infected.

WHO — Bird flu rates in humans alarming but risks are still low

The risks of a sustained human-to-human spread of H7N9 bird flu in China is low, but the recent surge in the number of cases in this fifth wave is alarming and requires constant monitoring, says the World Health Organization.

Dirty dozen: The 12 most dangerous bacteria

The World Health Organization (WHO) has named the top dozen of bacteria that pose the greatest risk to humanity. The United Nations health agency also warns that medics are running out of options to treat the diseases.

Shanghai expands public smoking ban

Shanghai widened its ban on public smoking Wednesday as China's biggest city steps up efforts to stub out the massive health threat despite conflicts of interest with the state-owned tobacco industry.

Donald Trump: 'Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated'

President Donald Trump on Monday expressed bewilderment that managing the health care system of the world's third-most populous nation could be such a complex undertaking.

Boy 10, requires 12 vials of anti-venom but survives spider bite

A 10-year-old New South Wales boy miraculously survived a bite on the finger by a funnel back spider this week after receiving 12 vials of anti-venom, the most ever given for a spider bite.