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Op-Ed: Top 5 ways to improve cognitive functions

World Alzheimer’s Day, which was on September 21st, 2014, aims to raise awareness on Alzheimer’s and dementia by pulling together organizations from around the world.

Dengue fever's frightening rise associated with climate change

Health authorities in China and Southeast Asia are warning travelers to be particularly careful when traveling to Guangdong Province in China, Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia. Dengue fever is rampant in these areas, with over 80,000 cases reported to date.

CDC confirms first U.S. Ebola case

Dallas - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the first case of the Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the United States.

Rare medical condition causes man to have 100 orgasms per day

Two Rivers - A man from Wisconsin has been living a non-stop nightmare due to a medical condition that causes him to have up to 100 unwanted orgasms every single day.

Steroid-fattened cows spark health fears in Bangladesh on Eid

Dhaka - Bangladesh sent medical teams on Tuesday to check millions of cows set for slaughter due to fears they have been pumped with banned steroids for fattening ahead of the Eid holiday.

Health care system in collapse as Ebola death toll passes 3,000

As fast as clinics are built, they are filled up, leaving scores of the sick and dying to sit or crouch on the ground outside the gates. Ebola is turning into an insurmountable obstacle as health care workers labor day and night, fighting a losing battle.

3D-printed medical marijuana inhaler first of its kind

Tel Aviv - With the help of 3D printing, an Israeli company has developed two pocket-sized, metered medical marijuana inhalers, one for use in hospital settings, and one for use in-home.

Maybe entomophagy will be trending in time

Vancouver - Entomophagy the consumption of "bugs," may become much more prevalent in the future especially to supply protein and ensure that a food supply is available for the world's growing population.

Eating curry may boost brain repair and ward off dementia

An ingredient used in many curry dishes and favourite Indian spice meals may boost the brain's ability to heal, according to scientists in Germany.

Ebola deaths could reach 20,000

Atlanta - Some startling Ebola figures have been release: the WHO predicts more than 20,000 people could be infected by November, while the U.S. CDC estimates the epidemic will strike some 500,000 people by the end of January 2015.

New mosquito-borne virus spreads to Central and South America

The pain associated with the Chikungunya virus can be excruciating and last for days. The disease causes a debilitating illness that can overwhelm health care facilities and cut into economic productivity. Health officials are now on high alert.

Link between physical and mental health

Researchers have shown how a muscle gene associated with the metabolite kynurenine, which can cross the blood-brain barrier, relieves symptoms of depression in exercising mice.

Brazil launches 'good mosquitoes' to fight Dengue fever

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian scientists, based in Rio de Janeiro, have released thousands of mosquitoes infected with bacteria that suppress dengue fever.

Tapeworms infest Chinese man after eating raw fish

Imagine a man's surprise, when after going to the hospital complaining of stomach pains and itchy skin, he finds out that X-rays show his body is riddled with tapeworms. This is what happened to a man from Guangdong province, China.

Almost 2 million young adults have chlamydia in U.S.

Nearly two million young adults aged 14 to 39 in the U.S. have the sexually transmitted disease (STD) chlamydia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials also report that most people don't know they are infected.

Washington's yoga community opposes 'yoga tax'

The Washington D.C. city council will be imposing a 5.75 percent sales tax on facilities that provide fitness services starting from October 1.

Immune system of babies appears 'strong'

Most studies suggest that the immune system of new-born babies is weak. However, new research indicates that the baby’s immune cells may have the ability to trigger an inflammatory response to bacteria.

New skin patch monitors heart health

A new medical device has been developed. This “skin patch” is able to alert the wearer if they are having heart trouble.

Annual telethon nearing for Comox Valley Child Development Centre

Courtenay - The 2014 Comox Valley Child Development Centre Telethon will happen Nov. 4 in Courtenay, B.C., Canada. Organizers hope to raise even more than the $77,000 from the 2013 telethon. The CVCDA assists more than 800 children and their families each year.
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