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The World Health Organization's Zika response programme is only 13 percent funded, "severely" compromising efforts to combat the virus that is increasingly becoming a global threat, the UN agency said Monday.But the significant funding gaps in the $17....

Social media helps spot kids with alcohol problems

Analyzing data captured via social media can effectively identify children at risk from alcohol abuse, according to a new research study.

Medical tech helps improve drug delivery

Targeting drugs to the right spot within the human body is critical for the successful application of a medicine. Many compounds, however, don't hit the exact spot. New research is attempting to improve the focus of drug delivery.

An old disease has reared its ugly head, and it's spreading

Cutaneous leishmaniasis, a disease once contained to areas around Aleppo and Damascus in Syria, has now been given new life thanks to the ongoing conflict in the region, reaching catastrophic proportions.

Bringing the health economy together via dentist and dietician

For people with busy lives, visiting dentists, dieticians, medical doctors and so forth means a difficult balancing act. To help with this, Michigan State University has pioneered a test for obesity to be used by dentists.

Huntington's Disease advocate kicks off dance challenge Special

May is Juvenile Huntingtons/Huntington's Disease awareness month and as the month winds down HD advocates turn up the heat to create awareness and eventually a cure or treatment for the dreaded disease.

FDA approves first implant to fight opioid drug addiction

A tiny implant that will help opioid addicts fight their cravings has won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The implants will soon be available in that country, likely next month.

Opioid addicts will have new implant treatment by end of June

Opioid abuse and addiction has taken a tremendous toll on Americans and our health care resources, but the FDA's approval of a medication-emitting implant may be one answer to solving the problem.

Catching cancer early via new implant

A "cure" for cancer remains elusive. However, methods to detect cancer early and to administer treatment continue to advance. The latest is a new implant designed to spot cancerous cells before they develop into tumours.

Massive recall of Sippee cups after mold sickens 68 children

Mayborn USA announced over 3.1 million Tommee Tippee Sippee cups have been recalled because of a mold problem in the one-piece valve that prevents the contents from spilling.

Russia activists struggle to raise HIV awareness as epidemic grows

Vadim Pokrovsky stunned hundreds of students at a conference in Moscow last week when he reached into his pocket and took out a condom."And you, the young generation, how do you protect yourselves from HIV?

Op-Ed: Sonoma has its first Integrative Health Care Fair Special

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy in Sonoma was pleased to co-host the very first annual Integrative Health Fair this past May 21. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the afternoon.

Epilepsy and pain management drug connected with birth defects

A medical study says the drug pregabalin, designed to treat epilepsy as well as neuropathic pain, could be linked to an increased risk of birth defects.

Why a mother’s voice soothes her children

The voice of a child’s mother provides psychological comfort and it lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol, according to new research of school-aged children.

Dr. Heimlich, 96, performs the Heimlich maneuver on 87-year-old

Dr. Henry Heimlich, who first described the Heimlich Maneuver in June of 1974, was said to have used the procedure for the first time on a resident of the nursing home where he stays.

Superbug resistant to 'antibiotic of last resort' has hit U.S.

It was bound to happen, and sure enough, researchers in the U.S. have found a person with an infection caused by a bacterial pathogen resistant to an "antibiotic of last resort."

Scientists find a new treatment to slow down Alzheimer's Disease

A team of German, Swedish and Italian researchers from Örebro University found a new strategy to slow down Alzheimer's Disease (AD) progression. They tried an old drug (clopidogrel) to test out a new therapeutic strategy.

WHO to better respond to emergencies

Member states of the World Health Organization have agreed a long-awaited reform of the agency so that it responds more quickly and effectively to emergency situations.

Belize detects first Zika case in pregnant woman

Belize's government said it has detected the first case of Zika in a pregnant woman, bringing to two the number of people confirmed infected with the virus in the Central American country.

Suicide risk lifted from Pfizer's smoking-cessation pill

Europe's drug regulator has lifted a longstanding warning in relation to a anti-smoking medication made by the company Pfizer.

Arizona allows pharmacists to change prescriptions

Arizona has become the first U.S. state to allow pharmacists to change the medicine prescribed on a doctor’s prescription for a similar drug product. The law requires the patient to be informed.

Scream for ice-cream: South Korea invents ice-cream hangover cure

Thanks to a South Korean company it looks as if boozers may be able to go from consuming their favorite beverage at night to their favorite food in the morning. A company there says it has invented an ice-cream bar that will cure your hangover.

The U.S. is not prepared for a Zika virus outbreak

Speaking at a panel meeting at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a CDC official told the audience the Zika virus remains "pretty concerning," pointing out that mosquito control had diminished in recent years.

World on brink of global crisis as yellow fever threat grows

In response to the severity of the yellow fever epidemic in Angola, other African countries and China, the WHO convened an emergency session to address the global health threat on May 19. But some experts say WHO has not gone far enough.

Waking and sleeping states need a ‘chemical cocktail’

The act of falling asleep and then waking up is more complex, and slightly different, than previously thought, according to new research. The process involves a chemical cocktail.

New rapid methods for Salmonella detection

Salmonella is a major agent of food-borne illness globally. Researchers are developing a range of new, rapid microbiological methods to speed up detection and to improve the accuracy of the results.

Zika crisis fuelled by 'massive' mosquito control failures: WHO

The spiralling crisis surrounding the Zika virus is the result of decades of policy failures on mosquito control and poor access to family planning services, the World Health Organization said Monday."The spread of Zika...

Study finds low-sodium diets increase heart disease risk

A new study on sodium out of Canada has found a diet of low-salt may not be beneficial. The study found that reducing sodium by too great an amount could lead to an increase in the likelihood of heart disease and death.

Puerto Rico reporting 1,100 Zika cases as debt crisis worsens

Puerto Rico has recorded over 1,100 confirmed Zika virus cases since the mosquito-borne virus first appeared in the U.S. territory six months ago.

Many people are using sunscreen incorrectly

As the northern hemisphere moves into summer, many people are taking advantage of the good weather. It might seem straightforward to slap on sunscreen; however, many people are not using sun-blocking products correctly.

Potentially hazardous particles in powdered baby formula

Nanoparticles with potential health risks have been detected in popular powdered baby formula products. This is based on new research conducted on behalf of Friends of the Earth.

HIV cure a step closer after virus's DNA is removed from tissue

Scientists are a step closer to finding a cure for HIV after they managed to remove DNA of the virus from a living tissue.

Green hopes as Australia legalises medical cannabis

Jai Whitelaw was 10 when he first took medical cannabis, given to him by his mother in a bid to treat the debilitating epilepsy that saw him endure up to 500 seizures a day.

Dying with Dignity urges MPs to vote against assisted dying bill

Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) is asking its supporters to contact their MPs and ask them to vote against Bill C-14 in the House of Commons this week.

Op-Ed: Magic mushroom tests — Strong positives for treating depression

Despite bureaucracy, Imperial College researchers in the UK have found that magic mushrooms show strong positive indicators for people suffering from depression. Trials have shown that some subjects remain free from depression months later.

After Ebola, World Bank creates pandemic insurance plan

The World Bank announced Saturday a new program to mobilize funds quickly against virulent disease outbreaks after the world was caught unprepared in the 2014 Ebola disaster in West Africa.

Zika virus 'returns' to Africa

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Zika virus strain associated with the outbreaks in Brazil has been detected in Africa.

First Zika virus death in France's Martinique: authorities

The French Caribbean island of Martinique has suffered its first Zika virus-related death, the regional health agency said Friday.

Zika strain from Americas outbreak spreads in Africa for first time: WHO

The Zika virus strain linked to surging cases of neurological disorders and birth defects in Latin America has now been found in Africa, health officials said Friday, as the first fatality on French territory was reported on the Caribbean island of Mar...

Angola yellow fever outbreak could spark 'global crisis': Red Cross

A deadly yellow fever outbreak in Angola, which has already spread the disease as far as China, risks sparking a global crisis, the Red Cross warned on Thursday.

Global life expectancy up five years since 2000: WHO

Global life expectancy increased by five years between 2000 and 2015, the World Health Organization said Thursday, crediting progress in Africa against HIV, AIDS and malaria.