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If you have heard that millions of people suffered from polio at any time in human history, you need to ask for a reliable source that could be verified on this claim.

Madagascar plague kills 40 since August

A plague outbreak in Madagascar has killed 40 people on the island, with 119 more people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since early August.

Second successful face transplant performed at Cleveland Clinic

The Cleveland Clinic has successfully transplanted 90 percent of an automobile accident victim’s face. The announcement came via twitter and then details of the 24 and a half hour long procedure were posted on the Clinic’s website.

Chicken juice helps pathogens to flourish

The food poisoning bacterium Campylobacter is relatively hardy in many kitchens. New research shows that the robustness is boosted by "chicken juice."

Plague outbreak in Madagascar kills 40, WHO reports

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Friday a plague outbreak in Madagascar has infected 119 people so far, killing 40. The bacterial disease, transmitted by fleas, started in a village in Soamahatamana in August, and has now spread.

Suspected Ebola blood vials stolen in Guinea robbery

A highway robbery in Guinea may have netted bandits more than they bargained for. The armed bandits stopped a minibus transporting nine passengers, taking a sealed container with blood vials from suspected Ebola patients.

Dealing with infertility Special

The holiday period can awkward for couples attempting to overcome infertility. To help families over this period, top specialist Dr. Marie Davidson, who is a fertility counselor, provides Digital Journal readers with some advice.

Affordable Care Act says 'quit smoking' Special

With the “Great American Smoke Out on November 20”, an article in the New England Journal of Medicine calls on insurers across the U.S. to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Digital Journal finds out more.

Op-Ed: Losing the war against obesity with bickering and bull

A combination of “issues” with body image, obesity, and truly grotesque nutritional issues are costing a fantastic amount of money. The health impact is colossal and no progress is being made in solving any of these issues.

Study: Jet-driers spread 27 times more germs than paper towels

A new study by UK researchers has discovered that hand-driers are much more prone to spreading germs than good old fashioned paper towels.

Report: Obesity costing the global economy $2 trillion annually

A new report suggests that obesity is costing the world $2 trillion dollars per year — that's comparable to the impact of war and terrorism.

Study shows junk food damages your brain

Trans fats found in junk food are renowned for creating obesity and heart disease, but now it has been proven that they damage the functioning of the brain as well.

NYC hairdresser tests negative for Ebola

A hairdresser who died after returning from West Africa, one of the Ebola-stricken nations, tested negative for the virus Wednesday, according to health officials.

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week Special

This week is “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.” This is an international collaboration between U.S., Europe, Australia and Canada.

Accreditation Canada hosts fall conference to promote health

Accreditation Canada is hosting a conference that sets out to highlight current and emerging health care issues and their relationship to quality standards.

Canada leads the way for lung disease day Special

November 19 is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a day designed to mark and promote the importance of lung health.

Lost region of brain rediscovered

Scientists have found a region of the brain which has been forgotten about for almost a century. And it isn't just some little grey blob, it is a massive part of the brain situated at the back of the head.

Ebola scare: New York woman, back from West Africa, drops dead

A seemingly healthy woman of 40 who returned from a trip to West Africa 18 days ago, died suddenly while having her hair done in a New York salon on Tuesday. Officials believe she died of a heart attack but are testing her remains for the Ebola virus.

The dirty and dangerous side of soap and other products we use

Many of the personal care products and dietary supplements we use frequently have chemicals and other substances that are extremely toxic after long-term exposure.

Shocking information on infertility revealed in U.S. study

A study just released from the National Institute of Health (NIH) in America has found chemicals in sunblock and other personal care items have a negative effect on a man's sperm count. The chemicals are intended to block UV rays.

Latest FDA drug safety warnings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a revised update of alterations made to medicinal products during the past month. This includes the latest safety alerts.

Increase in skin cancer rates and costs in U.S.

The costs associated with skin cancer have increased five times as fast as treatments for other cancers between 2002 and 2011. This is according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study.

WHO braces for bird flu spread in European poultry

The World Health Organization cautioned Tuesday that a new kind of bird flu hitting European poultry farms would spread among birds, after Britain confirmed its outbreak was of the same strain as in the Netherlands and Germany.

Magic mushrooms transform brain into new hyperconnected state

Scientists have been surprised to find that magic mushrooms transform the entire organization of the brain and rearrange its whole communication system.

Experts to study controversial vaccine lab tests in Kenya

Under increasing pressure, the Kenya government has appointed a committee of experts to interpret the results of laboratory tests of a tetanus vaccine said to be mixed with a birth control chemical.

Study: A 10-second kiss could transfer 80 million bacteria

According to a new study, kissing for only 10 seconds could transfer up to 80 million bacteria. However gross that might sound, scientists believe that sharing bacteria through kissing helps us stay healthy by boosting the immune system.

Bird flu case in the U.K.

A case of bird flu has been detected at a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire, England. It is the U.K.'s first confirmed case of avian influenza since 2008.

Ontario family says chemo for aboriginal child ‘uncalled for’

An Ontario family of an aboriginal child who is the center of attention about whether she should be isolated from her family and given chemotherapy treatment states the box was "uncalled for" and that they would not ever hurt a child's well-being.

One of the most aggressive brain cancers shrunk by cannabis

Shrinking brain tumors with two of marijuana’s key ingredients — tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol — has proven successful, according to the result of a new study.

Ebola trials begin in Africa

Scientists are to begin tests of antiviral drugs and transfusions of blood from Ebola survivors in the West African countries. The focus will be on countries worst hit by the viral epidemic.

Smokers smoke less if they sniff bad odors at night

Smokers smoke fewer cigarettes during the day after smelling cigarette smoke together with foul odors during sleep, a new study shows.

Rat poison linked to sterilization deaths in India

Ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections has been linked to the deaths of over 13 women and two men in India. The antibiotic, made locally in a nearby factory, was found to be contaminated with zinc phosphide, a rat poison.

Chagas disease emerging as U.S. public health threat

Chagas disease - a stealthy parasitic infection that can lead to severe heart disease and death, is spreading in the U.S. Scientists argue that policy makers need to treat the issue seriously.

Is a 21 day incubation period for Ebola appropriate?

The media has widely reported that any suspected of having Ebola, of who has been in close contact with an Ebola patient, should be monitored for 21 days to see if Ebola symptoms appear. Some scientists are questioning if 21 days is really long enough.

Fermented milk improves the skin of young women

Bizarre as it may seem, one team of scientists have declared that fermented milk, produced using a probiotic, can benefit the skin of young women.

New approach for tackling the causes of infertility Special

Researchers have found that a single gene mutation can lead to infertility. The gene affects the sex organs and this makes reproduction impossible. This new insight increases the scientific understanding of infertility.

Enterovirus infection linked to type 1 diabetes

Children infected with enterovirus are around fifty percent more likely to develop type 1 diabetes in later life. Genetic and disease factors account for this increased probability.

New clues about kid's disease enterovirus D68

Scientists have mapped that genome of enterovirus D68, taken from patients treated at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The virus is currently causing a series of infections in the U.S., causing severe respiratory illness in children.

Studies: Alzheimer's Disease to double by 2050, but help on way

The School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California released a new study on Alzheimer's and, unlike one released last week, it is not encouraging. The USC study suggests that in the U.S. the number of cases will double by the year 2050.

New treatment against antibiotic resistant bacteria

University of Liverpool microbiologists are working on a new treatment against antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. The treatment is designed to be an alternative to current antibiotics.

Op-Ed: Traditional sex-ed replaced with dolphins and ducklings in Turkey

Sixth graders in Turkish schools will no longer learn about human genitalia anatomy and reproduction, sparking controversy over the censorship.


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