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The World Health Organization (WHO) is unprepared to deal with crises like the Ebola outbreak and requires fundamental change, supported by an increase in funding, experts warned Tuesday.

New Brazil rules seek to cut Cesarean craze

New regulations aimed at rolling back Brazil's obsession with Cesarean sections took effect Monday, with the government hoping it can steer the country from its status as a world leader in C-section births.

U.S. adults still consuming too much sodium

Despite several health warnings and a heap of information, it seems that adults in the U.S. are still consuming too much salt, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Humans now taller and smarter than ever, study finds

Genetic diversity may explain why people have sharper thinking skills and are taller, a study suggests. However, genetic diversity was found not to be related to the development of serious conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

What pet owners should know about pet food recalls

On Thursday, the Boulder Dog Food Company issued a voluntary recall of its Turkey Sprinkles product due to potential salmonella contamination mere weeks after the company issued a recall on its Chicken Sprinkles product.

Call for mass rabies vaccination

The Global Alliance for Rabies Control has called for a mass vaccination of dogs in order "to make rabies history." Some 60,000 people die each year from the viral disease.

Promoting safety in U.K. hospitals

The U.K. government has recently launched a new health and safety initiative across the U.K. National Health Service. The new program is called “Sign Up to Safety.”

People with blue color eyes are more likely to be alcoholics

Brown and hazel eyed people breath a sigh of relief. It seems that people with blue eyes are more likely to have an alcohol least according to one strand of research.

China firm to punish 'unscheduled' pregnancies: Report

A Chinese company plans to demand its employees seek approval to get pregnant and fine those who conceive a child without permission, reports said, provoking a media firestorm Friday.

Avoiding fussy eating by children with three R's

A new study purports to tell parents how easy it is to avoid fussy eating habits with their children. This takes the form of three apparently easy steps, according to a research article.

Study warns against dangers of drinking too much water

Experts writing in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine are advising endurance athletes to drink water only when they are thirsty.

Soaring obesity rates due to abundance of calorie-laden food

Rising obesity rates worldwide may be linked to the increasing availability of energy-dense foods within society according to a new study.

Fears 11,000 Australian dental patients exposed to HIV

Up to 11,000 Australian dental patients were urged to see their doctors Thursday over fears they may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis due to hygiene breaches at clinics in Sydney.

Sexually transmitted diseases rising in Britain

Annual figures relating to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have been released for 2014 for the U.K. The figures make for interesting reading in relation to sexual health trends.

Cracking down on recreation water infection

The weather’s getting hotter and many people like to play and swim in public pools. Sometimes these communal areas can be sites of contamination and infection. The CDC has offered new advice.

Can a mushroom slow down weight gain?

A mushroom common to Chinese medicine appears to slow down weight gain, according to a new scientific study based on animal trials.

Extent of undiagnosed HIV infection in the U.S. revealed

Many people living in the U.S. who have HIV infection are unaware that they have the viral infection. This is based on surveillance data compiled by the CDC.

South Korea cautiously reports no new MERS cases or deaths

South Korea reported no new cases of MERS or deaths from the virus for the first time in nine days Monday, but officials warned there was no indication yet that the outbreak had been brought under control.

Public confused by sunscreen labels

The public are confused by the labeling of sunscreen products, according to a new reports. One reason is that the main label relates to protection from UVB light only.

Exercising as a kid may promote good fitness habits in adulthood

Encouraging children to exercise may instill fitness habits in adulthood, researchers concluded based on a series experiments with mice.

STD-detecting condoms aren’t coming to a store near you

One of the biggest news stories of the past few days has been focused around the idea that a color-changing condom could actually detect sexually transmitted diseases and infections.

'Mad cow' disease detected in Ireland

A single case of "mad cow disease" has been identified in the Republic of Ireland, from a dairy located in County Louth.

One woman's determination to defeat a rare disease Special

There are no highly publicized marathons, or ribbons you can wear. The public is ignorant to the existence of the disease. Because of that; one woman is determined to find a cure, so no one else can suffer like she has.

Drinking lots of beer exposes toxin risk

Food scientists have analysed the extent of fungal toxins in various beers. The Spanish researchers have discovered surprisingly high levels of mycotoxins in certain brews.

Skinny jeans cut blood supply to woman's legs, hospitalizes her

A woman collapsed and was forced to crawl from an Adelaide park after her skinny jeans cut off the circulation in her legs.

Pertussis — New findings lead to new approaches in treatment

Since 2010, the incidence of Pertussis, or Whooping Cough, around the world has seen a dramatic increase. Researchers at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, have been investigating the protein membrane of the bacterium that causes Pertussis.

Ukrainian wants to deliver psychological support to war-torn home Special

Even before the current bloody conflict in Ukraine erupted last year, the nation's largely Soviet-era mental health infrastructure was in shambles.

Infection rates running high in Spanish hospitals

People at, or having recently left, hospitals in Spain have a 6 to 8 percent chance of contracting an infection, according to a new report. The issue is a further example of the rise in antimicrobial resistant bacteria.

Maggi noodles banned in around the world

An temporary ban, enacted by many countries, has placed a block on imports of Maggi noodles from India. This is because some batches of the food product contains high levels of lead, at a level considered dangerous to health.

Record haul of counterfeit drugs worldwide

Health authorities around the globe have been taking part in Operation Pangea, designed to clampdown on fake and counterfeit medicines.

First documentary for Relapsing Polychondritis released

The Relapsing Polychondritis Awareness and Support Foundation has released its first documentary, "RP The Ride of My Life," following one woman's journey to live life with purpose while suffering from Relapsing Polychondritis.

A fasting diet may slowdown the effects of ageing

A new research paper suggests that a diet that mimics the effects of fasting could slow down the effects of ageing. The data collected so far is based on animal models.

South Korea reports three new MERS cases

South Korea reported three new cases of MERS Sunday as health authorities remained vigilant about the spread of the virus, which appeared to have slowed in recent days.

Canadian company stops Ebola drug trial for lack of results

Trials have ceased of what was thought to be a promising drug to treat West Africans infected with the Ebola virus. Canadian company, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, announced that its TKM-Ebola drug trials in Sierra Leone have been stopped.

Here we go again: North Korea claims it has cure for AIDS, Ebola

North Korea says it has gone where no other country has gone before: It has discovered the drug that can prevent and cure Ebola, AIDS, SARS and MERS.

MRSA superbug in supermarket pork sparks alarm over farming risks

A strain of the MRSA superbug linked to the overuse of antibiotics has been discovered in pork sold by several prominent British supermarkets, according to an investigation by The Guardian.

Aspartame and the safety of sweeteners

Aspartame is one of the world’s most widely used sweeteners and it has been used for decades. Nonetheless, the safety of the chemical is called into question from time-time. A new video sets out the case.

Teens invent way to kill bacteria on bathroom door handles

The thought of touching a door handle in a public restroom is cringe-inducing. It takes just one person who doesn't wash his or her hands to leave some germs hanging around to get passed on and spread diseases.

Bacteria linked to type 2 diabetes

A new research study suggests that bacteria may have a role in whether a person develops type 2 diabetes. At this stage, the finding is based on an animal model.

Natural use of marijuana reduces intestinal parasite rate

Hunter-gathers who take marijuana have a lower rate of infection by parasitic intestinal worms. This has been noted in the Aka people.

South Korea reports 20th MERS death

South Korea Wednesday announced its 20th death from the MERS virus as criticism grew of efforts to contain the outbreak, with alarming reports of new cases slipping through a quarantine that already affects thousands.