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The World Health Organization has warned against a global over-reaction to the new coronavirus epidemic following panic-buying, event cancellations and concerns about cruise ship travel, as China's official death toll neared 1,900 on Tuesday.

14 test positive among US plane evacuees from Japan virus ship

Fourteen people who had tested positive for the new coronavirus were among more than 300 US citizens and family members evacuated by plane from a quarantined ship in Japan, the US State Department said Monday.

Research: Is your coffee habit putting you at a health risk?

Some foods and drinks are good for you, others less so. But why are some people affected and not others? To investigate the factors, a research group have identified nine gene groups connected with different foods and disease risks.

Infected passengers aboard US evacuation flights as China virus toll mounts

More than a dozen infected Americans from a coronavirus-riddled cruise ship off Japan flew on evacuation flights to the US with other passengers on Monday, as the epidemic claimed more lives in China to take the death toll above 1,700.

France confirms first coronavirus death outside Asia

An 80-year-old Chinese tourist has died from the new coronavirus in France, the first death confirmed outside of Asia, French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said on Saturday.

Heroes and villains: Beijing crafts its narrative on virus outbreak

China's government is purging unpopular local officials and commandeering heroic stories of doctors on the frontline as it tries to shield itself from public rage over the handling of the deadly coronavirus epidemic.

China toll leaps past 1,600 as first death reported outside Asia

The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak surpassed 1,600 in China on Sunday, with the first fatality reported outside Asia fuelling global concerns.

Second wave of Flu hits U.S. kids hard this year

A second wave of flu is hitting the U.S., turning this into one of the nastiest seasons for children in a decade, reports the CDC. There have been 92 flu-related deaths in children this flu season.

Japan confirms first death of person with new coronavirus

A woman in her 80s has become the first person with the new coronavirus to die in Japan, the country's health minister said Thursday, cautioning it was not clear if the virus caused her death.

As China needs virus masks, phone and diaper makers fill void

A diaper manufacturer in eastern China was closed for the Lunar New Year holiday when it heard from officials -- China needed vast amounts of masks to fight a deadly virus epidemic and factories needed to chip in.

Q&A: Healthcare is using machine learning to improve clarity Special

To make health information more accessible, healthcare organizations are turning to algorithms tailored specifically for medical terminology, removing jargon from text, and making the wording far easier for the general population to understand.

Virus death toll soars as China changes counting methods

China’s official death toll and infection numbers from a new coronavirus spiked dramatically on Thursday after authorities changed their counting methods, fuelling concern the epidemic is far worse than being reported.

WHO names deadly virus from China as 'COVID-19'

The UN health agency on Tuesday announced that "COVID-19" will be the official name of the deadly virus from China, saying the disease represented a "very grave threat" for the world but there was a "realistic chance" of stopping it.

UK virus 'super-spreader' says he has recovered

A British businessman who became known as a "super-spreader" of the COVID-19 coronavirus said Tuesday he had fully recovered but remained in isolation in a central London hospital.

Virtual reality set to be the next big thing for art therapy

Virtual reality is becoming an established tool in medicine. To determine if it could be applied to a new area, psychologists have been examining its potential in art therapy and the results are encouraging for some, but not all, patients.

WHO warns of 'very grave' global virus threat

The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that the novel coronavirus was a "very grave threat" for the planet as it hosted the first major conference on fighting the epidemic.

WHO chief sees chance to stop virus, warns of 'grave' threat

The death toll in China from the new coronavirus epidemic jumped on Wednesday, as the chief of the World Health Organization urged countries to work together against the "grave threat" posed by the outbreak.

Op-Ed: Clean Water Act protections effectively ended by Trump’s EPA

How many times does the word “deranged” have to be used in one presidential term? The insane removal of the protection of waterways is yet another case. It actually enables pollution by rural and fossil fuel mining interests.

From Singapore to UK via the Alps: how one man spread coronavirus

A British man managed to pass on the coronavirus to at least 11 other people without ever setting foot in the epicentre of the outbreak in China, in an infectious journey that shows how the deadly virus can spread rapidly around a globalised world.

Many workers are inadvertently taking home toxic residues

A new study investigates the risks surrounding 'take-home' exposures, that is with workers who are exposed to various toxic contaminants as part of their job and then inadvertently bring this home, posing a risk to themselves and their families.

New study signals health concerns with the 'keto diet'

New research raises concerns with so-called ketogenic diets, which are diets where most energy is derived from fats and very little from carbohydrates. The research suggests that the diet should not be extended for more than one week.

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

The coronavirus that emerged in central China at the end of last year has now killed more than 1,100 people and spread around the world.Latest figures from China show there are more than 44,600 people infected in the country.

WHO warns overseas virus spread may be 'tip of the iceberg'

The head of the World Health Organization has warned that confirmed cases of coronavirus being transmitted by people who have never travelled to China could be the "tip of the iceberg".

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

The new coronavirus that emerged in central China at the end of last year has killed more than 800 people and spread around the world.The latest figures from China show there are nearly 37,200 people infected in the country.

Thousands from cruise ship in Hong Kong freed after virus tests

Thousands of people stranded aboard a cruise ship in Hong Kong for five days were allowed to disembark on Sunday after its 1,800 crew tested negative for the deadly new coronavirus.

Q&A: How nutrients, exercise, and stress can change your genes Special

Is it possible to change your genes? Amid advanced and personalized medicine, science has revealed that general strategies in diet, exercise, and stress reduction are more important than you might think. Dr. Robyn Murphy explains more.

China virus deaths rise past 800, overtaking SARS toll

The death toll from the novel coronavirus surged past 800 in mainland China on Sunday, overtaking global fatalities in the 2002-03 SARS epidemic, even as the World Health Organization said the outbreak appeared to be stabilising.

Five Britons test positive for coronavirus in France

Five British nationals including a child have tested positive for the new coronavirus in France, the health minister said Saturday, adding that they had all stayed at the same ski chalet.

Flu season in the U.S. is far worse than coronavirus

While much of the world's attention has been focused on the Wuhan coronavirus, flu activity continued to increase and remains high in the United States, according to a new update by the CDC.

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

The new coronavirus that emerged in central China at the end of last year has killed more than 800 people and spread around the world.The latest figures from China show there are nearly 37,200 people infected in the country.

Hong Kong starts quarantine for mainland China arrivals

Hong Kong on Saturday began enforcing a mandatory two-week quarantine for anyone arriving from mainland China, a dramatic escalation of its bid to stop the deadly new coronavirus from spreading.

New coronavirus infected 40 staff in single Wuhan hospital: study

Forty health care workers were infected with the novel coronavirus by patients at a single Wuhan hospital in January, a new study has found, underscoring the risks to those at the frontlines of the growing epidemic.

China virus crisis deepens as whistleblower doctor dies

A Chinese doctor punished after raising the alarm about the new coronavirus died Friday after being infected by the pathogen, sparking an outpouring of grief and anger over a worsening crisis that has now killed more than 630 people.

Coronavirus puts Shanghai into a coma

For more than a week, the rare resident of Shanghai who dared venture outside has encountered something unfamiliar: a surreal peace and quiet.

Thai minister says kick out 'Western' tourists not wearing face masks

Thailand's health minister lashed out at "Western" tourists on Friday for not wearing face masks and suggested they be expelled from the country for putting others at risk during the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus cases on Japan cruise ship treble to 61

At least 61 people on board a cruise ship off Japan have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the government said Friday, as thousands of passengers and crew face a two-week quarantine.

Ten more on cruise ship off Japan have new coronavirus

Ten more people on a cruise ship off Japan's coast have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the health minister said Thursday, raising the number of infections detected on the boat to 20.

Int. Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses tasked with naming virus

It has infected thousands of people, closed borders and put parts of China into lockdown. But the virus causing the illness does not have a proper name. That will soon change. The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses will come up with a name.

Gates Foundation announces $100 million for coronavirus response

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged Wednesday to commit up to $100 million for the global response to the novel coronavirus epidemic that has claimed nearly 500 lives.

Baby tests positive for China virus just 30 hours after birth

A baby in China's epidemic-hit Wuhan city has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus just 30 hours after being born, Chinese state media reported Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Medical flights begin from Houthi-controlled Sanaa in Yemen

On Monday flights from the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital of Sanaa began carrying patients needing urgent medical care to Amman Jordan. This is a welcome step said the World Health Organization (WHO).
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