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Another study on Fukushima-related childhood cancer rates has surfaced, this time published by researchers at Fukushima Medical University. And yet again, the findings are being disputed.

Counsellors for teens: Kids Help Phone launches Bro Talk for boys

A free counselling support service for Canadian kids who want someone to talk to is launching a new service that targets teenage boys. The service is anonymous and kids can get help dealing with any issue in their lives.

Agencies collaborate for improved public health

A number of major health agencies are coming together to improve public health on the global scale. The only downside is the pubic won't get to see the outcome of the information exchange.

Binge drinking still too high with pregnant women

A U.S. based report has shown that one in 10 women aged 18-44 years consumes alcohol during pregnancy. This carries with it a range of ill-health effects for the mother and baby.

Colorado’s largest pot grower sued over pesticide use

The U.S. marijuana industry’s first class-action lawsuit was filed on Monday, Oct. 5 against LivWell Co, one of Colorado's largest marijuana growers, claiming the company inappropriately used Eagle 20, a potent pesticide on their plants.

Australian court rules cancer gene patent invalid

An Australian cancer survivor on Wednesday triumphed in a landmark challenge against biotech companies, with the country's top court ruling they could not patent a gene linked to breast cancer.

California governor signs controversial assisted suicide bill

California Governor Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation on Monday, allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who wish to end their own lives.

Whooping cough transmitted by siblings

A new U.S. study has found that infants are more likely to catch whooping cough from their siblings and rather than from their mothers. This could change established health practices.

Baby blues: Study finds expectant Dads also subject to depression

In a study from Canada's Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, researchers found that men, too, can suffer depression prior to becoming a parent. The number of expectant fathers who experience depression are significant.

Mexico eliminates river blindness disease

Mexico has announced that onchocerciasis (river blindness)has been eliminated within its borders. The claim has been verified by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Chicago: Over 70 heroin overdoses in 72 hours

As if it wasn't bad enough that people were shooting each other in record numbers in Chicago, now they are trying to kill each other with bad narcotics. Dozens of people were said to have overdosed on a heroin-fentanyl mix this past week alone.

One person arrested each minute for marijuana possession

Each minute, at a surprisingly high rate, someone gets arrested for marijuana possession in the U.S., according to new FBI figures.

Colorectal screenings — Researcher calls for changes

In an editorial this week in the journal Gastroenterology, University of Pennsylvania physicians argue that the current methodology of screening older people with a history of familial colorectal cancer every five years is not justified.

Researchers find link between increased height and cancer

Researchers in Sweden analyzed the country's health and height records and found a rather startling correlation: taller people are at a higher risk of suffering from cancer.

Sunscreens in concern over effectiveness and safety

Jaychem Industries, which manufactures a leading sunscreen, has been criticized over the formulation by U.S. health inspectors.

Antibacterial soap is no more effective than plain soap

Antibacterial soap no more effective than plain soap at reducing bacterial contamination, according to new research conducted in South Korea. This adds to the body of evidence against triclosan.

Fourteen patients diagnosed with Salmonella in Detroit hospital

In what is being called a medical mystery, 14 patients in the same unit in one of Detroit, Michigan's largest hospitals all came down with Salmonella infections. Officials are saying the illnesses are not food-related.

Op-Ed: Why Recovery Month may save your life

This September marked the 26th year of National Recovery Month, a countrywide observance to promote substance abuse issues and encourage people to seek help. But how exactly does it work — and who are the people who say it saved their life?

WHO urges preventative ARVs for those at high risk for HIV

People who regularly face a "substantial" risk of HIV infection should take preventative anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment, the World Health Organization said in new guidelines released Wednesday.

Injuries and deaths to small children from falling TVs on rise

A new meta-study published in the 'Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics' has found the number of children injured by TVs falling on them, in particular small children, is on the rise. The study looked at data from many countries.

Oregon medical pot dispensaries prepare to open to public

Medical marijuana advocates have long promoted the drug's medicinal properties and have carried the day in 23 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized its use.

Bayer - no charge that probiotic is wrongfully promoted (update) Special

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has accused drugs maker Bayer of illegally promoting the effect of its probiotic, a collection of bacteria that it says “support digestive health.” However, the Justice Department will not pursue the charge.

Evening coffee readjusts your body clock

Drinking an amount of coffee equivalent to a double espresso three hours before going to sleep affects the body clock, sending it back by an hour. This has sleep implications.

Researchers create new pasta to combat diabetes, bad cholesterol

In the evolving world of new food creation scientists say they have developed a new "prebiotic" pasta that battles illness. It is enriched, they say, with a fibre that fights diabetes and bad cholesterol, among other health problems.

British Medical Journal says U.S. dietary guidelines flawed

A debate has been created after a paper was published in the British Medical Journal, suggesting the new U.S. Dietary Guidelines, to be published this fall, are biased and based on an incomplete survey of current studies.

Campaign forces Turing to lower drug prices

Recently Turing Pharmaceuticals increased the price of its medication Daraprim more than 50-fold overnight. This led to a series of complaints from the public and health professionals. The company has now dropped the price.

New class of leukaemia drug approved

The U.K. body responsible for approving medications for the health service has recently approved a new type of leukaemia drug. The drug works in a different way from those in current use.

Do we need a new safety standard for medical marijuana?

With the use of medical marijuana becoming accepted and following legislation enacted by a number of U.S. states, health professionals are considering whether cannabis requires a microbiological safety standard.

Teen develops hepatitis after drinking too much green tea

A teenage girl from Britain attempted to lose weight by drinking green teen. However, she drank too much of it and she ended up developing acute hepatitis.

More than 100 cases of Shigella confirmed in Kansas City

The medical professional and the Kansas City health department has issued a warning to the public about an increase in Shigella.

Time in nature fights depression, diabetes, ADHD, cancer and more

After reviewing hundreds of clinical studies, scientists have found that simply spending time in nature has "huge, broad effects on health" and the immune system.

'Orphan drug' maker sues Canada for trying to lower cost of drug

A U.S. pharmaceutical company is taking the Canadian government to court, arguing the country's drug price watchdog does not have the authority to force the company to lower its price of the drug, Soliris.

Contamination risks halt use of Silimed implants in UK

The sale of silicone implants manufactured by Brazil's Silimed has been halted in the UK because of safety concerns, British medical regulators and suppliers announced on Thursday.

Polydrug Laboratories banned from importing to U.S.

The company Polydrug Laboratories is no longer able to import medicinal products into the U.S. following a series of concerns about manufacturing standards.

Low life expectancy of British women

Women in Britain and Denmark have the lowest life expectancy rates in Europe, according to a new report measuring a range of health issues.

Are Europeans too fat?

According to the World Health Organization, the average European is now overweight and this carries health implications.

'Guevedoces:' Medical condition where 'girls' turn into boys

A rare condition that causes male babies to appear female at birth but develop a penis at puberty makes the passage to adulthood more difficult. But what causes this to happen?

Smoking, alcohol, obesity rates 'alarming' across Europe: WHO

"Alarming" rates of smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity in Europe could mean the next generation live shorter lives, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Wednesday.

Canadian research: New hope in search for Type 2 diabetes cure

University of Alberta researchers say they have made a discovery which could be a "game changer" in the fight against Type 2 diabetes. Their research was published this week and is getting plenty of press.

Ex-hedge fund manager buys rights to AIDS drug, hikes price 5500%

A former hedge fund manager and the pharmaceutical company he founded are raising eyebrows and ire after raising the price of a drug used to fight life-threatening infections from $13.50 to $750 per tablet.

U.K. begins new health promotion campaign

Getting people to quit smoking forms the basis of a new raft of health measures put forward by Public Health England. The health agency also has something to say about e-cigarettes.
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