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Top News: Health

Bed bugs can transmit Chagas disease

Bethesda - Disturbingly, a new study suggests that bed bugs (such as triatomines) can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease.

Madagascar plague kills 40 since August

A plague outbreak in Madagascar has killed 40 people on the island, with 119 more people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since early August.

Chicken juice helps pathogens to flourish

Washington - The food poisoning bacterium Campylobacter is relatively hardy in many kitchens. New research shows that the robustness is boosted by "chicken juice."

Second successful face transplant performed at Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland - The Cleveland Clinic has successfully transplanted 90 percent of an automobile accident victim’s face. The announcement came via twitter and then details of the 24 and a half hour long procedure were posted on the Clinic’s website.

Affordable Care Act says 'quit smoking' Special

Washington - With the “Great American Smoke Out on November 20”, an article in the New England Journal of Medicine calls on insurers across the U.S. to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Digital Journal finds out more.

Plague outbreak in Madagascar kills 40, WHO reports

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Friday a plague outbreak in Madagascar has infected 119 people so far, killing 40. The bacterial disease, transmitted by fleas, started in a village in Soamahatamana in August, and has now spread.

Suspected Ebola blood vials stolen in Guinea robbery

A highway robbery in Guinea may have netted bandits more than they bargained for. The armed bandits stopped a minibus transporting nine passengers, taking a sealed container with blood vials from suspected Ebola patients.

Dealing with infertility Special

Chicago - The holiday period can awkward for couples attempting to overcome infertility. To help families over this period, top specialist Dr. Marie Davidson, who is a fertility counselor, provides Digital Journal readers with some advice.

Study: Jet-driers spread 27 times more germs than paper towels

Leeds - A new study by UK researchers has discovered that hand-driers are much more prone to spreading germs than good old fashioned paper towels.

Op-Ed: Losing the war against obesity with bickering and bull

Sydney - A combination of “issues” with body image, obesity, and truly grotesque nutritional issues are costing a fantastic amount of money. The health impact is colossal and no progress is being made in solving any of these issues.

Report: Obesity costing the global economy $2 trillion annually

A new report suggests that obesity is costing the world $2 trillion dollars per year — that's comparable to the impact of war and terrorism.

Study shows junk food damages your brain

Trans fats found in junk food are renowned for creating obesity and heart disease, but now it has been proven that they damage the functioning of the brain as well.

Lost region of brain rediscovered

Scientists have found a region of the brain which has been forgotten about for almost a century. And it isn't just some little grey blob, it is a massive part of the brain situated at the back of the head.

NYC hairdresser tests negative for Ebola

New York City - A hairdresser who died after returning from West Africa, one of the Ebola-stricken nations, tested negative for the virus Wednesday, according to health officials.

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week Special

This week is “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.” This is an international collaboration between U.S., Europe, Australia and Canada.

Canada leads the way for lung disease day Special

Toronto - November 19 is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a day designed to mark and promote the importance of lung health.

The dirty and dangerous side of soap and other products we use

Many of the personal care products and dietary supplements we use frequently have chemicals and other substances that are extremely toxic after long-term exposure.

Shocking information on infertility revealed in U.S. study

A study just released from the National Institute of Health (NIH) in America has found chemicals in sunblock and other personal care items have a negative effect on a man's sperm count. The chemicals are intended to block UV rays.

Accreditation Canada hosts fall conference to promote health

Toronto - Accreditation Canada is hosting a conference that sets out to highlight current and emerging health care issues and their relationship to quality standards.
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