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Scientists from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center have released their finding on an outbreak of intestinal illnesses in 10 indigenous villages between April 2013 and 2014 in Canada's far North.

Atopic dermatitis linked to changes to microorganisms

Atopic dermatitis is a common condition. However, the causes are not fully understood. A new study suggests there are variations with the condition and the collection of microorganisms found in association with the skin.

Norovirus in bottled water sickens over 4,000 people in Spain

Over 4,000 people in became ill with the norovirus in northeastern Spain after drinking bottled spring water contaminated with human fecal matter, local health officials said.

Tackling blood sugar and cholesterol with hop compound

A chemical substance derived from hops appears to be effective at lowering cholesterol and re-balancing blood sugar levels. The overall effect also controls weight gain.

The high cost of norovirus infections on the global community

Norovirus infections cause 200,000 deaths and a global economic burden of around $60 billion each year. Most people will contract this highly contagious illness at least five times in their lifetime.

CDC issues warning after fake pain medication kills 14 people

Illicit prescription pain medications have killed over 12 people in recent weeks in California alone. The pills are exact replicas of Norco, a medium-strength opioid pain killer.

Brazil records 91,000 new Zika cases this year

Brazil has recorded 91,000 new cases of Zika -- which is linked to the devastating microcephaly birth defect in newborns -- since the start of the year, health officials said on Tuesday.

Blue light bathing could prevent organ damage

A new study has found exposing rodents to blue light for 24 hours prior to surgery helps to minimize the risk of the type of organ damage that can occur after an operation.

Canadian women failing to take precautions while using Accutane

Canada's pregnancy prevention program for women taking the powerful acne drug isotretinoin (Accutane) is failing, according to a new study.

Can a dementia drug help with Parkinson’s?

A new study using an existing drug for dementia has indicated that the therapy may also be effective against Parkinson’s disease.

More children being harmed by ingesting laundry pods

Despite numerous warnings about the danger to young children from those pretty laundry detergent pods, youngsters are still being poisoned and the number of poisoning cases has increased 20 percent.

New study shows chocolate or cocoa may boost athletic performance

A British study performed at Kingston University showed that eating dark chocolate and cocoa may improve athletic performance and help during fitness training. Chocolate and cocoa are already known to have a positive effect on cardiovascular health.

WHO warns of risk of 'marked increase' in Zika cases

The UN's health agency warned Monday of the potential for a "marked increase" in Zika infections, and the spread of the virus to new parts of the world, even as the outbreak declines in Brazil.

WHO warns of potential for 'marked increase' in Zika cases

The World Health Organization warned Monday of the potential for a "marked increase" in the number of Zika infections in the coming months, and its spread to new parts of the world.

Potential treatment for sleeping sickness parasite

Scientists are reporting they may have found a cure for the parasitic disease sleeping sickness. The new therapeutic attacks the parasite directly.

Connecting fungicides to neurodegenerative diseases

An alarming new study indicates that the newer generation of fungicides could be linked to conditions like autism and various neurodegenerative diseases. The study is based on an animal model.

Nearly 72,000 cases of Zika in Colombia since October

Nearly 72,000 cases of Zika have been reported in Colombia since October, with almost 13,000 occurring in pregnant women, although the country is going through a decline in outbreaks, health authorities said Saturday.

Groups petitioning Canada's government to ban asbestos

While asbestos has been banned in several countries, some for decades, it is not banned in many others, including Canada. A group of national union officials held a press conference in Ottawa this week to seek a ban.

Concern over Indian food quality and imports

This week has seen several alarming reports about the quality standards relating to food produced in India. These relates to salt content and import bans.

Maps reveal over two billion people are at risk for Zika virus

A new study has resulted in a global map that shows over two billion people living in tropical and sub-tropical regions on the globe are at the greatest risk for infection with the Zika virus, including people living in Texas and Florida in the U.S.

New illegal drug hits Alberta streets: W-18 is a killer

Police and public health officials in Alberta, Canada are warning the public about a new drug that has hit the streets. Called W-18, the illicit drug is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl.

Op-Ed: Strength training reduces risk of disease for elderly

Until now the values of strength training hadn’t been researched to the same extent as aerobics and basic physical activities. The new findings show significant values in overall health and protecting against the diseases of old age.

Op-Ed: California's air most polluted in nation

The San Jose/Oakland/San Francisco region shares some of the most polluted air in the state of California and it’s getting worse not better, according to the Los Angeles Times in a report published Wednesday.

Spotting food poisoning bugs using laser scanning

Korean researchers have developed a novel way to scan for potential food poisoning bacteria. The technology takes the form of a laser scanner and it works within a few seconds.

Does the month of birth affect ADHD likelihood?

New research suggests a seasonal pattern to ADHD. The youngest children in a school grade are more likely to be diagnosed with attention-defici t/hyperactivity disorder compared with the oldest children.

No new malaria cases in Europe, Caucasus or Central Asia in 2015

No new cases of malaria originated in Europe, Central Asia or the Caucasus in 2015, the first year without a transmission for almost 30 years, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Remarkable success to overcome paralysis

Medical technologists working in Ohio have managed to help a paralyzed man to move his wrist and hand, to the extent that he can play guitar.

DNA analysis helps athletes to improve performance

Studying DNA can assist people with their personal fitness targets and with athletes to achieve their training goals. The approach forms part of a new science study.

Hundreds of dialysis patients potentially exposed to disease

A routine inspection of Baystate Medical Center by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, uncovered a worrying fact — 575 dialysis patients could potentially have been exposed to pathogens.

'Super gonorrhea' becoming huge concern as its spreads in UK

A sexually transmitted disease that is resistant to most antibiotics has health authorities in the United Kingdom very concerned. Multi-drug resistant gonorrhea is on the verge of becoming virtually untreatable, and it is sweeping across the country.

Canada drafts law to allow assisted suicide

Canada seems set to allow people with certain illnesses to end their lives, with support from a registered medic. The draft law contains several excluded categories.

'Largest and fastest' roll-out of new polio vaccine starts today

Starting today, 155 countries and territories around the world will begin using a new polio vaccine. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is going to be the "largest and fastest" roll-out of a vaccine to completely rid the world of polio.

Common heartburn drugs may be damaging your kidneys

There may be some common heartburn drugs sitting in your medicine cabinet that can dramatically increase your risk of kidney disease or kidney failure.

Medical pot activists fear new Epilepsy drug will undercut them

The manufacturer of a new drug made from marijuana, and used to treat a rare form of epilepsy, is going to seek approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But medical marijuana activists are fearful FDA approval will hurt them politically.

South Africans sweet on sugary drinks despite fat tax

South Africa plans a new "fat tax" on sugary drinks to combat an obesity epidemic -- but sweet-toothed consumers say its chances are slim of making them cut down.

New study finds that living longer doesn't mean we are healthier

Studies have shown that Americans are living longer, but the extended life expectancy comes with an increase in disability rates as we age, showing us that long life does not insure that we will also have good health.

Should babies be given cow's milk to boost mother's milk?

When it comes to feeding babies, breast milk wins every time over formula milk in terms of overall health future development. To add to this, a new study has found that a baby's diet could be enriched with cow's milk.

Florida woman found to be allergic to herself

Humans have been found to be allergic to just about everything, including sunlight and water. One Florida woman, Julie Reid, has been diagnosed with being allergic to herself.

Yellow fever spreading as world's vaccine supply depleted

The yellow fever outbreak that started in December 2015 has killed hundreds of people in Angola. The often fatal mosquito-borne disease has now spread to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where it has already killed 21 people.

Creation of insulin-releasing cells may help diabetes treatment

Both type 1 and type 2, or adult onset, diabetes involve either an inability to produce or properly process the insulin necessary to control blood sugar levels.

First case of Zika infection after sex between gay men: U.S.

US health authorities on Thursday described the first known case of Zika being transmitted during sex between gay men, suggesting yet another route for infection with the mosquito-borne virus.