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Ultraviolet light kills germs on some fruits, study says

Simple and inexpensive ultraviolet light technology can kill food-borne pathogens on the surface of certain fruits such as apples and pears, scientists have found.

A new craze has people 'vaping' caffeine

Instead of getting their morning hit of caffeine by sipping a cup of coffee, some people are now inhaling it. Caffeine vaporizers deliver a puff of the popular stimulant on the go.

Simple therapy helps middle ear problem common to kids

A cheap and simple procedure that seems more like silly game than a medical therapy appears to help young children clear their ears of fluid.

Two patients in Britain test negative for MERS

London - Two patients in Britain have tested negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), officials said Tuesday, after a hospital wing was shut down as a precautionary measure.

The risks of methyl bromide exposure remain

Methyl bromide is a highly toxic pesticide. Although it is not permitted to be used in areas close to human habitation, incidences of poisoning still occur according to the U.S. CDC.

Need for improved awareness of symptoms of dementia

London - The number of people admitted to hospital, and who show signs of dementia, has increased within the U.K. in recent years. This has triggered calls for better recognition of the condition.

Delays found in drugmakers reporting of serious adverse reactions

Washington - Drugmakers have delayed reporting serious and unexpected "adverse events" from their drugs, including death, in nearly 10 percent of cases, a study said Monday.

FDA approves pricey new cholesterol-lowering drug

The first of a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs won FDA approval on Friday. The much anticipated medical advance was met with more questions about the high cost of medications.

Op-Ed: No, Peppa Pig is not to blame for your children’s behaviour

A columnist of the Daily Mail told her readers why she had suddenly decided to ban the four-time Bafta-winning cartoon “Peppa Pig” from her home. Is Britain’s top-selling pre-school character as dangerous and evil as the journalist claims it is?

Is it time for controls on sugary drinks?

London - Should controls be placed on the number of sugary drinks children can have and should a general tax be levied on such beverages? These are some the ideas to emerge this month.

Op-Ed: Bad literacy directly affects people’s health and our society

Stop a moment and think about the scandalous fact that, in modern Britain, i.e. one of the richest country on the planet, more than a fifth of 11-year-olds will still be leaving primary school without reaching the basic level in reading.

What you need to know about Drowning Prevention Week in Canada

Drowning Prevention Week in Canada has highlighted the importance of keeping children safe by the poolside and by the sea during the summer holidays.

Deadly Amoeba found in New Orleans water supply

New Orleans - For the second time in two years, residents of St. Bernard Parish have to worry about their water supply. Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed late Wednesday the presence of Naegleria fowleri amoeba in the water supply.

Nigeria beating polio, Africa closer to eradicating disease

Nigeria hit a major milestone — one year with no new polio cases. The country that had the greatest number of cases in the world is poised to eliminate the disease, which paralyzes children, from its borders.

Op-Ed: Empathy vs System — Cambridge music study opens up can of ‘Huh?’

Sydney - The theory that you can predict people’s thinking by their musical tastes isn’t exactly new. Cambridge researcher David Greenberg has come up with a strangely broad analysis of empathy and systematic thinking based on musical preferences.

Scientists have developed an eye drop that dissolves cataracts

California-based researchers have developed a new drug, which can shrink and dissolve cataracts — the leading cause of blindness in people worldwide.

Op-Ed: More young people are trying vaping than smoking

London - More school children in England, aged between 11 and 15, have tried electronic cigarettes than have tried smoking conventional cigarettes, according to government figures.

Malaria vaccine gets regulatory nod

London - The world's most advanced malaria vaccine got the nod Friday from European regulators, despite mixed trial results, for eventual use in children in African countries plagued by the killer disease.

Rise in Leprosy cases prompts Florida warning - Avoid armadillos

Florida health and wildlife officials are warning people to avoid contact with armadillos, due to a reported rise in Leprosy cases in the state. Health officials say between two and 10 cases are reported each year, and they have already seen nine cases.
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