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Compound for chronic pain treatment without side effects

The brain’s cannabis receptors can be used to help manage chronic pain, in a way that does not trigger the side effects linked with opioid-based pain relievers or medical marijuana.

VA Dentist put almost 600 veterans at risk of HIV, hepatitis

Tomah - The Department of Veterans Affairs announced on Tuesday that almost 600 veterans using the Tomah VA hospital in Wisconsin are being asked to come in to be tested for hepatitis and HIV after it was discovered a dentist had violated health protocols.

Why many mental health apps are failing

Health apps are becoming increasingly common. All of them collect data and this data is shared with the manufacturer. How concerned should we be? A new issue has been raised about mental health apps in particular.

More Taxotere lawsuits filed by women whose hair never grew back

Over 200 women filed a Taxotere lawsuit against Sanofi-Aventis alleging the pharmaceutical company never warned that the chemotherapy drug could cause permanent hair loss.

Pope Francis urges 'responsible behaviour' to stop AIDS spread

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday issued a call for "responsible behaviour" to prevent the spread of AIDS without specifying whether that included wearing condoms.

California hospitals take obesity fight to supermarkets

Irvine - Enter a US supermarket and the dilemma is all-too common: Will what I buy be healthy? Fattening? A substitute? That's when many wish they had a specialist at their side.

Vaccine developed against opioid overdose

A vaccine has been developed that blocks the pain-suppressing effects of certain opioid drugs. It is hoped the vaccine with decrease the risk of fatal opioid overdose.

Almost half HIV infections worldwide undetected: WHO

Geneva - The World Health Organization warned Tuesday that nearly half of all people with HIV around the globe do not know they are infected, and called for broader access to at-home testing kits.

One in seven with HIV in Europe unaware of infection

Stockholm - One in seven people with HIV in Europe is unaware of their infection, the EU and World Health Organization reported Tuesday as 2015 marked another record year for new HIV cases in the region."HIV/AIDS continues to be a serious problem in Europe...

How to keep safe from norovirus

Norovirus, the so-called ‘winter vomiting disease’, is prevalent this time of year and makes headlines when it hits confined areas like cruise ships. A new report offers five recommendations for keeping safe.

Japan culling 330,000 birds to fight avian flu

Toukyo - Japan has begun slaughtering more than 330,000 farm birds to contain its first outbreaks of a highly contagious strain of avian flu in nearly two years, the government said Tuesday.

Online algorithm may provide patients a second opinion on scans

A new online service called "Profound" has been developed to provide a fully automatic, algorithm-based analysis of CT scans, mammograms and other medical imaging reports.

Quebec's new smoking regulations are now in full effect

Montreal - Quebec's Tobacco Control Act came into full effect on Saturday, November 26, after being enacted one year ago. Under the new rules, it will be illegal to smoke within a nine-meter radius of a door or window that opens to the outside.

Op-Ed: Are Trump’s health plans dangerous for health protection?

Vaccination is, in some quarters, a controversial subject in the U.S. It need not be, with the safety and efficacy of vaccinations well-established. Some worrying comments from President-elect Donald Trump suggest vaccination goals could be unraveled.

Has fluoride in water helped our health overall?

Some fifty years ago, in the U.S., consideration was given to adding fluoride to water and toothpaste. This was on the basis of medical advice. Was this advice correct and has fluoridation produced health benefits?

Lab-on-skin device developed for sweat analysis

The analysis of sweat, through the metabolites produced, can reveal considerable information about human health and disease. Researchers are examining new ways to produce rapid testing.

Study finds cannibalistic bacteria can wipe out superbugs

Scientists have discovered an unusual way to treat antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. Called a predatory or cannibal bacteria, Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus may be the answer to treating patients with superbugs.

Healthy lifestyle can help fight inherited heart disease

Where heart disease is inherited, and is a product of genetics, leading a healthy lifestyle and making appropriate lifestyle changes can help to combat the condition, according to new research.

Melbourne 'thunderstorm asthma' puts 30 in ICU and kills two

Melbourne - Two people are dead and about 30 others are in intensive care in Melbourne, Australia after an intense thunderstorm with strong winds sent massive amounts of rye grass pollen into the air, triggering "thunderstorm asthma."
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