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The brain’s cannabis receptors can be used to help manage chronic pain, in a way that does not trigger the side effects linked with opioid-based pain relievers or medical marijuana.

VA Dentist put almost 600 veterans at risk of HIV, hepatitis

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced on Tuesday that almost 600 veterans using the Tomah VA hospital in Wisconsin are being asked to come in to be tested for hepatitis and HIV after it was discovered a dentist had violated health protocols.

Why many mental health apps are failing

Health apps are becoming increasingly common. All of them collect data and this data is shared with the manufacturer. How concerned should we be? A new issue has been raised about mental health apps in particular.

More Taxotere lawsuits filed by women whose hair never grew back

Over 200 women filed a Taxotere lawsuit against Sanofi-Aventis alleging the pharmaceutical company never warned that the chemotherapy drug could cause permanent hair loss.

Pope Francis urges 'responsible behaviour' to stop AIDS spread

Pope Francis on Wednesday issued a call for "responsible behaviour" to prevent the spread of AIDS without specifying whether that included wearing condoms.

California hospitals take obesity fight to supermarkets

Enter a US supermarket and the dilemma is all-too common: Will what I buy be healthy? Fattening? A substitute? That's when many wish they had a specialist at their side.

Vaccine developed against opioid overdose

A vaccine has been developed that blocks the pain-suppressing effects of certain opioid drugs. It is hoped the vaccine with decrease the risk of fatal opioid overdose.

Almost half HIV infections worldwide undetected: WHO

The World Health Organization warned Tuesday that nearly half of all people with HIV around the globe do not know they are infected, and called for broader access to at-home testing kits.

One in seven with HIV in Europe unaware of infection

One in seven people with HIV in Europe is unaware of their infection, the EU and World Health Organization reported Tuesday as 2015 marked another record year for new HIV cases in the region."HIV/AIDS continues to be a serious problem in Europe...

Japan culling 330,000 birds to fight avian flu

Japan has begun slaughtering more than 330,000 farm birds to contain its first outbreaks of a highly contagious strain of avian flu in nearly two years, the government said Tuesday.

How to keep safe from norovirus

Norovirus, the so-called ‘winter vomiting disease’, is prevalent this time of year and makes headlines when it hits confined areas like cruise ships. A new report offers five recommendations for keeping safe.

Quebec's new smoking regulations are now in full effect

Quebec's Tobacco Control Act came into full effect on Saturday, November 26, after being enacted one year ago. Under the new rules, it will be illegal to smoke within a nine-meter radius of a door or window that opens to the outside.

Online algorithm may provide patients a second opinion on scans

A new online service called "Profound" has been developed to provide a fully automatic, algorithm-based analysis of CT scans, mammograms and other medical imaging reports.

Op-Ed: Are Trump’s health plans dangerous for health protection?

Vaccination is, in some quarters, a controversial subject in the U.S. It need not be, with the safety and efficacy of vaccinations well-established. Some worrying comments from President-elect Donald Trump suggest vaccination goals could be unraveled.

Has fluoride in water helped our health overall?

Some fifty years ago, in the U.S., consideration was given to adding fluoride to water and toothpaste. This was on the basis of medical advice. Was this advice correct and has fluoridation produced health benefits?

Lab-on-skin device developed for sweat analysis

The analysis of sweat, through the metabolites produced, can reveal considerable information about human health and disease. Researchers are examining new ways to produce rapid testing.

Study finds cannibalistic bacteria can wipe out superbugs

Scientists have discovered an unusual way to treat antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. Called a predatory or cannibal bacteria, Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus may be the answer to treating patients with superbugs.

Healthy lifestyle can help fight inherited heart disease

Where heart disease is inherited, and is a product of genetics, leading a healthy lifestyle and making appropriate lifestyle changes can help to combat the condition, according to new research.

Melbourne 'thunderstorm asthma' puts 30 in ICU and kills two

Two people are dead and about 30 others are in intensive care in Melbourne, Australia after an intense thunderstorm with strong winds sent massive amounts of rye grass pollen into the air, triggering "thunderstorm asthma."

Diabetes monitoring breathalyzer developed

A new hand-held breathalyzer that allows individuals to easily assess their blood glucose levels has been developed. The device informs the user bout diabetes risk and it differs from a medical device we reported on earlier this month.

Zika babies can develop microcephaly in first year

Some Zika-infected babies who appeared normal at birth still showed significant brain defects and went on to develop unusually small heads, a condition known as microcephaly, researchers said Tuesday.

Role of the environment in C. diff transmission

A new review of how readily the hospital associated pathogen Clostridium difficile has been published. The review adds further evidence to the importance of contamination control in the hospital setting.

Acupuncture shows success against hypertension

A new study indicates that acupuncture may result in reducing hypertension in individuals prone to the blood pressure related condition.

Does weight loss lead to cancer risk reduction?

Weight loss and keeping a healthy weight helps to reduce the risk of developing different forms of cancer, but not following obesity, a new study points out.

Use of prescription painkillers surpasses tobacco

A new trend exposes the use of prescription painkillers in the U.S.; the use of opioid-based medication now exceeds that of tobacco. This is based on a U.S. government backed survey.

Brazil maintains Zika emergency status

Brazil said Friday that it will continue to treat the Zika outbreak as an emergency, even as the World Health Organization considers whether to downgrade it from crisis status.

Addiction is a crisis, not a character flaw: US surgeon general

Alcoholism and drug abuse are a pressing public health crisis in the United States, and addiction should no longer be dismissed as a "character flaw," top US health officials said Thursday.

Netherlands steps up measures to fight bird flu

The Netherlands shuttered petting zoos and banned duck hunting as it stepped up measures Monday to stem a bird flu outbreak blamed for killing scores of poultry and more than a thousand wild birds.

New Zika virus vaccine shows potential

A DNA-based Zika vaccine has shown elevated protection from infection, as well as minimizing the risk of brain damage and death. The vaccine has generated a protective antigen-specific antibody and T cell immune responses.

Energy drink consumption linked to increased hepatitis risk

A new health warning has been issued over energy drink consumption and the risk of developing the liver disease hepatitis. This relates to a specific case, and a special set of circumstances.

Battle with super-bugs moves onto tackle E. coli

With success achieved in reducing incidences of MRSA, the British government has moved its focus towards reducing the number of cases of the bacterium Escherichia coli in hospitals.

Providing needed medicine to low income countries

One question of social and economic importance is how essential medicines can be provided to an appropriately distributed within low income countries. Medics, as part of The Lancet Commission, have been grappling with the issue.

Deadly batteries: Accidents with button batteries increase Special

Battery incidents are leading to serious injury and death, and are increasing in many parts of the world. In the U.S., information from the National Battery Ingestion Hotline charts a rising number of button battery injuries caused by flameless candles.

Dangerous dietary supplement recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have announced that the company Love My Tru Body has initiated a voluntary recall of a dietary supplement called Skinny Bee Diet. This is due to undeclared ingredients.

Rapid method for diagnosing sepsis

Although there are tell-tale signs for sepsis (such as a rise in body temperature and faster breathing), a fast diagnoses is essential. Traditional methods use blood culture, which takes time. To overcome this, a rapid method has been developed.

Canadian lab worker may have accidentally been exposed to Ebola

A Canadian lab worker may have been exposed to the Ebola virus on Monday while handling pigs infected with the deadly virus as part of an experiment.

Do eggs really help to reduce stroke risk?

Eggs have had a bad press and a good press. Today the balance shifts towards the ‘good’, with research suggesting that around one egg per day reduces the risk of strokes. However, the study is not completely straightforward as Digital Journal reveals.

Is Alzheimer's disease associated with loneliness?

New research, based on small sample of adults, indicates that cortical amyloid levels in the brain a marker of preclinical Alzheimer disease has an associated with self-reported loneliness.

Israel presents its own pavilion at the upcoming MEDICA 2016 Special

The Foreign Trade Administration at the Ministry of Economy of Israel together with the Non-Profit Organization Israel Export Institute, will present the Israeli Pavilion at MEDICA 2016 the upcoming international medical exhibition in Düsseldorf, Germany

Denmark to trial medical cannabis programme

The Danish government on Tuesday announced a four-year trial programme for medical cannabis use starting in 2018, saying it would target "some of the patients who self-medicate with illegal products.

New survey examines spread of hospital pathogens

The rooms in which patients are in, be they wards, waiting rooms, or operating theaters, are a source of pathogens, according to a new study. The findings could have implications for patient management.