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You might not think that chili peppers and marijuana have anything in common, but researchers at the University of Connecticut have discovered a new function for the chemicals found in hot peppers and pot that calm inflammation in the digestive tract.

Artificial womb for super-preemies works with sheep

An artificial womb filled with clear liquid, successfully tested on pre-natal lambs, could help extremely premature babies avoid death or life-long disability, researchers reported Tuesday.

Dutch IVF kids seek DNA tests from late sperm bank doc

A group of Dutch people born through IVF treatment demanded on Tuesday that DNA tests be done on the late head of a sperm bank who according to reports may have fathered up to 60 children.

World's first malaria vaccine tested

The world's first vaccine against the parasitic disease malaria is to be tested in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi. This represents one of the biggest trials of a developmental drug.

With summer approaching, U.S. prepares for Zika virus assault

As we look forward to the coming of summer, many of us have forgotten the dangers that can accompany the hot weather - Like mosquitoes and the Zika virus. Health officials are already preparing for an onslaught of zika cases in our southern states.

Hospitals in the U.K. to limit sales of sugary drinks

The major retailers who operate stores in Britain's biggest hospitals have agreed to 'scale back' (but not to stop completely) the sale of sugary drinks.

Worrying spread of parasitic worm in Hawaii

A parasitic roundworm that causes rat lungworm disease appears to be spreading on the Hawaiian island of Maui. During the past three months six people have become infected.

Want to live longer? Then cycle to work

Want to live longer? Reduce your risk of cancer? Lowe the chance of heart disease? The answer is to cycle to work, according to a new health study.

Artificial sweeteners linked to stroke and dementia risk

A new warning has been made about artificial sweeteners. A study suggests drinking a can of diet soft drink a day is linked with a three times higher risk of stroke and dementia.

500kg Egyptian sheds half her weight after India surgery

The "world's heaviest woman" has shed half her weight -- around a quarter of a tonne -- in the two months she's been in India for treatment, doctors said.

One million Gin and Tonics for World Malaria Day

The company Fever Tree has announced it will be raising money for "Malaria No More", which is part of World Malaria Day, by donating 20 pence from its tonic water sales to the cause.

Suspected meningitis epidemic kills 745 in Nigeria

A meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 745 people, an increase of more than 50 percent in barely a week, officials said Wednesday, sounding the alarm over the feared epidemic.

Italy row over 'fake news' on cervical cancer vaccine

Italy's health minister has taken the unusual step of criticising national broadcaster Rai's coverage of a vaccine against a cancer-causing virus, sparking a row about media freedom and misinformation.

Prince William, Lady Gaga team up against mental health 'taboo'

Britain's second in line to the throne, Prince William, and American superstar Lady Gaga have teamed up to encourage people to speak more openly about mental health issues in a video released Tuesday.

Op-Ed: Time to take Kangoo Jumps boots seriously? Yes, for your health.

The first “bouncing” boots were basically strong rubber bands under shoes. They’ve changed a lot. The new “revelation” is that these boots could also be a unintentional revolution in human health.

Powder meant to save Ontario miners may be killing them

Years ago, about 10,000 miners in Ontario, Canada started each work day breathing in a black powder called McIntyre Powder as a prophylaxis against silicosis. But could that powder be responsible for the increased number of neurodegenerative diseases?

Funding increased to fight neglected tropical diseases

The British government has invested an extra £200 million ($225 million) into various programs designed to fight the world's neglected tropical diseases.

Signal-sending smart bandage in development

A 'smart' bandage that can detect how a wound is healing and send electronic messages back to doctors is in development. The bandage could be in hospitals within a year.

Dangers of some health apps as HIV is misdiagnosed

The case of Esther, who sells water on the side of the road in Kenya and whose smartphone misdiagnosed HIV, has featured in news media as a warning about the claims made by health apps.

Big women have greater risk of atrial fibrillation

Being a bigger woman may lead to heart health complications. Big women were taller, heavier, and had a greater body surface area, which means a threefold greater risk of atrial fibrillation, according to a European study.

Ten infants in Calif. neonatal ICU tested positive for superbug

County and hospital officials are investigating how 10 infants in a neonatal intensive care unit all tested positive for the same strain of a dangerous superbug at the University of California Irvine Medical Center.

BC overdose deaths are still rising, despite preventive measures

Today marks one year since a public health emergency was declared in British Columbia in the wake of an alarming rise in opioid-related drug overdose deaths. Preventive measures have been put in place, however, the number of deaths continue to rise.

West Virginia law allows schools to administer opioid antidotes

Under a new West Virginia law, schools, both public and private are now authorized to administer drugs to counteract opioid overdoses in students without first receiving parental consent.

Baby with eight limbs gets new lease on life in India

A baby born with eight limbs, including two protruding from his stomach, has undergone surgery in India to successfully remove the extra arms and legs, in an operation being hailed as a world first.

Health inspectors found 13 violations in Mar-a-Lago's kitchen

The kitchen at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort was cited for 13 health code violations just six days after the president's inauguration. Three of these violations were deemed “high priority” by inspectors.

Smoking to kill 200 million in China this century: WHO

Smoking-related diseases will claim 200 million lives in China this century and plunge tens of millions into poverty, a report said Friday.

Trump signs law rolling back Planned Parenthood funding protection

US President Donald Trump privately signed legislation that removes Obama-era rules protecting tax-funded financing of family planning clinics that offer abortion.

To eat or not to eat before exercising?

For someone keen to lose weight and seeing exercise as the answer is it best to eat before undertaking a workout session or afterwards? A science team think they have the answer.

Children who use touchscreen devices sleep poorly at night

Many parents deliberate over when to give young children mobile devices. One piece of new research that could well make parents think further shows that kids who spend a lot of time on touchscreen devices sleep poorly.

WHO: One-fourth of world's population drinking contaminated water

Over 2 billion people, one-fourth of the world's population, are drinking fecal-contaminated water, according to a new report released today by the World Health Organization.

Diarrhoea kills more than 500 in Somalia since January: UN

Cholera and acute diarrhoea have killed more than 500 people and left tens of thousands of others sick in drought-hit parts of Somalia since January, the United Nations said Thursday.

New app offers personalized therapies for stroke patients

A new app has been developed and it offers a series of personalized therapies for stroke patients to gain back use of their arms.

Why do migraines occur? Part 2: Migraines and anxiety

Researchers have discovered that anxiety disorder is more common among people who have migraines compared with than those without migraines. Our review of this research is the second part of a two part article looking at migraines.

Why do migraines occur? Part 1: The reward neural network falters

A new study shows that dopamine levels in the brain fall and fluctuates at different times during a migraine headache. The research suggests that migraines are linked to reward-motivated behavior. This is part 1 of a two-part feature.

Is it better to be fired by an individual or a committee?

No one likes to be fired from their job and the impact can often lead to low self-esteem as well as social and financial worries. The long-term effect on an individual is partly influenced by the manner in which the firing is executed.

10 warning signs for immunodeficiency

Working with the Jeffrey Modell Foundation, Immunodeficiency Canada has brought the internationally recognized 10 ‘warning signs for immunodeficiency’ to Canada. The aim is to help educate parents.

Kids' hands can carry high levels of nicotine

Many people who smoke tobacco try to avoid exposing children to the smoke and its array of carcinogens. Despite safe measures, many children are picking up residues, particularly nicotine, by direct contact with surfaces exposed to smoke.

Keeping pets lowers allergy risk

Does keeping cats and dogs help to protect children from developing allergies and does it also help to reduce obesity levels? These are the indicators from a new U.S. survey on families that keep pets. The reason comes down to the human microbiome.

Need to pee in the night is linked to salt intake

The need to urinate in the night is linked with the amount of salt consumed in a person's diet, according to a new medical study. The solution to waking up in the night to pee is reduce salt intake.

New book about Huntington's Disease: 'Watching Their Dance' Special

A new book, Watching Their Dance, by Therese Crutcher-Marin will add a lot of weight to the campaign against Huntington’s Disease. This book is from the front lines of those who've lived with Huntington's and is not to be missed.

Ketamine provides hope for treatment of clinical depression

New research into the drug ketamine shows it can be used to treat some cases of depression where existing medications have not been successful. This has led some to call for the drug to be rolled out.
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