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Simple and inexpensive ultraviolet light technology can kill food-borne pathogens on the surface of certain fruits such as apples and pears, scientists have found.

A new craze has people 'vaping' caffeine

Instead of getting their morning hit of caffeine by sipping a cup of coffee, some people are now inhaling it. Caffeine vaporizers deliver a puff of the popular stimulant on the go.

Simple therapy helps middle ear problem common to kids

A cheap and simple procedure that seems more like silly game than a medical therapy appears to help young children clear their ears of fluid.

Two patients in Britain test negative for MERS

Two patients in Britain have tested negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), officials said Tuesday, after a hospital wing was shut down as a precautionary measure.

Delays found in drugmakers reporting of serious adverse reactions

Drugmakers have delayed reporting serious and unexpected "adverse events" from their drugs, including death, in nearly 10 percent of cases, a study said Monday.

Need for improved awareness of symptoms of dementia

The number of people admitted to hospital, and who show signs of dementia, has increased within the U.K. in recent years. This has triggered calls for better recognition of the condition.

The risks of methyl bromide exposure remain

Methyl bromide is a highly toxic pesticide. Although it is not permitted to be used in areas close to human habitation, incidences of poisoning still occur according to the U.S. CDC.

FDA approves pricey new cholesterol-lowering drug

The first of a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs won FDA approval on Friday. The much anticipated medical advance was met with more questions about the high cost of medications.

Is it time for controls on sugary drinks?

Should controls be placed on the number of sugary drinks children can have and should a general tax be levied on such beverages? These are some the ideas to emerge this month.

Op-Ed: Bad literacy directly affects people’s health and our society

Stop a moment and think about the scandalous fact that, in modern Britain, i.e. one of the richest country on the planet, more than a fifth of 11-year-olds will still be leaving primary school without reaching the basic level in reading.

Op-Ed: No, Peppa Pig is not to blame for your children’s behaviour

A columnist of the Daily Mail told her readers why she had suddenly decided to ban the four-time Bafta-winning cartoon “Peppa Pig” from her home. Is Britain’s top-selling pre-school character as dangerous and evil as the journalist claims it is?

What you need to know about Drowning Prevention Week in Canada

Drowning Prevention Week in Canada has highlighted the importance of keeping children safe by the poolside and by the sea during the summer holidays.

Nigeria beating polio, Africa closer to eradicating disease

Nigeria hit a major milestone — one year with no new polio cases. The country that had the greatest number of cases in the world is poised to eliminate the disease, which paralyzes children, from its borders.

Op-Ed: Empathy vs System — Cambridge music study opens up can of ‘Huh?’

The theory that you can predict people’s thinking by their musical tastes isn’t exactly new. Cambridge researcher David Greenberg has come up with a strangely broad analysis of empathy and systematic thinking based on musical preferences.

Deadly Amoeba found in New Orleans water supply

For the second time in two years, residents of St. Bernard Parish have to worry about their water supply. Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed late Wednesday the presence of Naegleria fowleri amoeba in the water supply.

Scientists have developed an eye drop that dissolves cataracts

California-based researchers have developed a new drug, which can shrink and dissolve cataracts — the leading cause of blindness in people worldwide.

Op-Ed: More young people are trying vaping than smoking

More school children in England, aged between 11 and 15, have tried electronic cigarettes than have tried smoking conventional cigarettes, according to government figures.

Malaria vaccine gets regulatory nod

The world's most advanced malaria vaccine got the nod Friday from European regulators, despite mixed trial results, for eventual use in children in African countries plagued by the killer disease.

Too many drugs given to people with learning difficulties

A new review of drugs policy has found that people with learning difficulties have been over-prescribed medications. This includes psychiatric drugs without any recorded diagnosis.

Rise in Leprosy cases prompts Florida warning - Avoid armadillos

Florida health and wildlife officials are warning people to avoid contact with armadillos, due to a reported rise in Leprosy cases in the state. Health officials say between two and 10 cases are reported each year, and they have already seen nine cases.

Promise seen for drug in patients with early Alzheimer's

A new kind of drug to fight Alzheimer's has shown promise when given to people in the early stages of the disease, drug-maker Eli Lilly said Wednesday.

Probiotics are more effective in conjunction with dairy

Probiotics are more effective when used in conjunction with dairy products compared with other foodstuffs or beverages, according to a new study. The study does have some limitations.

Israeli researchers: Marijuana can heal broken bones

According to a study conducted by researchers at two of Israel's leading universities, marijuana can help broken bones heal faster, giving a whole new meaning to "joint relief."

Breast cancer awareness campaign launched

Public Health England has begun a new nationwide breast cancer campaign, designed to encourage women to come forward and see a medical practitioner if they have concerns. The focus is on women aged over 70.

Pneumonia is a growing cause of hospitalization in U.S.

Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of hospitalization among adults in the U.S., to the extent that the medical costs exceeded $10 billion. It is also a major reason for death.

Watch what you take home, warning about kids and lead risks

These days greater controls are in place about the risks of lead exposure, especially with children, but risks still exist — especially with items brought home from the workplace and when kids get hold of them.

Experts urge shift in HIV treatment at global meet in Canada

AIDS researchers released a call to action Sunday for a worldwide shift in HIV treatment, to providing medication immediately after diagnosis instead of first watching for signs of illness to appear.

New compound may treat depression rapidly with few side effects

Researchers tested compounds that reversed depressive symptoms in less than 24 hours, which may lead to faster-acting antidepressant treatment.

New treatment for acne is effective

The slow release of nitric oxide, through nanotechnology, can be an effective cure against acne, according to new research. The nitric oxide tackles the bacteria that cause the spots and pimples on the skin to flare up.

Call for restaurants to display calories for all food items

Should every food item sold in every restaurant, cafe and cinema have the total calorie count value listed alongside side? This is the view of council leaders in Britain.

Excessive smartphone use linked to depression

A new study suggests the more time that someone spends gazing into their smartphone, clicking away, then the more likely they are to suffer from depression.

Drink and be? Four types of drunkenness discovered

New research conducted in the U.S. has categorized the drunken personalities that people adopt as: “Mary Poppins”, “Hemingway”, “Nutty Professor” or “Mr Hyde”. Do you agree, and, if you drink, which one is your closest match?

Medics call for sugar intake to be halved

Medical experts are recommending that, based on the typical sugar consumption, each person should be making at least a 50 percent reduction. This is to off-set the risk of obesity and associated ill-health effects.

Crib recall: Reports say they can break, trap or injure infants

Bexco has issued a recall of nearly 12,000 DaVinci cribs after 10 reports said that a metal bracket which connects the mattress support to the crib broke. If the bracket breaks it may create an uneven sleeping surface or a gap.

U.S. plans to speed up new drugs to market

A new bill, passed this month by the U.S. House of Representatives, could see new medications reach consumers and hospitals faster. The new measures are contained within the 21st Century Cures Act.

FDA give NSAIDs a health warning

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has toughened up the warning relating to non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This is in relation to heart attacks and strokes.

Dermatologists address the problem of hives and kids

When a child breaks out in an itchy rash it could be hives. Most often, this condition is short lasting and not harmful. However, it can distressing for parent and child. To help with this a top dermatologist shares some tips.

Op-Ed: Woman's response to body-shaming Tinder suitor goes viral

When Michelle Thomas went on a date with a man she'd met on dating app Tinder in late June, it seemed to be a nice outing. The evening went from drinks to dinner to a night on the town and then ended with a kiss.

Mushroom poisoning causes Canadian woman's liver to fail

Harvesting wild mushrooms can be risky if you're not well versed in identifying toxic varieties from the edible kinds. A 52-year-old Canadian woman recently suffered liver failure, and underwent a liver transplant, after eating toxic mushrooms.

The U.S. Ebola response summarized

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a multi-media review of the agency’s role in dealing with the Ebola crisis in Africa.

Should tobacco buying be pushed up to 21 years old?

Should the minimum age at which people in the U.S. can purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products be extended to 21 years old? According to a new survey, this is what the majority of citizens favor.