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With summer approaching, U.S. prepares for Zika virus assault

As we look forward to the coming of summer, many of us have forgotten the dangers that can accompany the hot weather - Like mosquitoes and the Zika virus. Health officials are already preparing for an onslaught of zika cases in our southern states.

Hospitals in the U.K. to limit sales of sugary drinks

London - The major retailers who operate stores in Britain's biggest hospitals have agreed to 'scale back' (but not to stop completely) the sale of sugary drinks.

Artificial sweeteners linked to stroke and dementia risk

A new warning has been made about artificial sweeteners. A study suggests drinking a can of diet soft drink a day is linked with a three times higher risk of stroke and dementia.

Worrying spread of parasitic worm in Hawaii

A parasitic roundworm that causes rat lungworm disease appears to be spreading on the Hawaiian island of Maui. During the past three months six people have become infected.

Want to live longer? Then cycle to work

Glasgow - Want to live longer? Reduce your risk of cancer? Lowe the chance of heart disease? The answer is to cycle to work, according to a new health study.

500kg Egyptian sheds half her weight after India surgery

Mumbai - The "world's heaviest woman" has shed half her weight -- around a quarter of a tonne -- in the two months she's been in India for treatment, doctors said.

Suspected meningitis epidemic kills 745 in Nigeria

Abuja - A meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 745 people, an increase of more than 50 percent in barely a week, officials said Wednesday, sounding the alarm over the feared epidemic.

One million Gin and Tonics for World Malaria Day

London - The company Fever Tree has announced it will be raising money for "Malaria No More", which is part of World Malaria Day, by donating 20 pence from its tonic water sales to the cause.

Italy row over 'fake news' on cervical cancer vaccine

Rome - Italy's health minister has taken the unusual step of criticising national broadcaster Rai's coverage of a vaccine against a cancer-causing virus, sparking a row about media freedom and misinformation.

Prince William, Lady Gaga team up against mental health 'taboo'

London - Britain's second in line to the throne, Prince William, and American superstar Lady Gaga have teamed up to encourage people to speak more openly about mental health issues in a video released Tuesday.

Powder meant to save Ontario miners may be killing them

Massey - Years ago, about 10,000 miners in Ontario, Canada started each work day breathing in a black powder called McIntyre Powder as a prophylaxis against silicosis. But could that powder be responsible for the increased number of neurodegenerative diseases?

Op-Ed: Time to take Kangoo Jumps boots seriously? Yes, for your health.

Sydney - The first “bouncing” boots were basically strong rubber bands under shoes. They’ve changed a lot. The new “revelation” is that these boots could also be a unintentional revolution in human health.

Funding increased to fight neglected tropical diseases

London - The British government has invested an extra £200 million ($225 million) into various programs designed to fight the world's neglected tropical diseases.

Dangers of some health apps as HIV is misdiagnosed

The case of Esther, who sells water on the side of the road in Kenya and whose smartphone misdiagnosed HIV, has featured in news media as a warning about the claims made by health apps.

Signal-sending smart bandage in development

Swansea - A 'smart' bandage that can detect how a wound is healing and send electronic messages back to doctors is in development. The bandage could be in hospitals within a year.

Big women have greater risk of atrial fibrillation

Gothenburg - Being a bigger woman may lead to heart health complications. Big women were taller, heavier, and had a greater body surface area, which means a threefold greater risk of atrial fibrillation, according to a European study.

Ten infants in Calif. neonatal ICU tested positive for superbug

Irvine - County and hospital officials are investigating how 10 infants in a neonatal intensive care unit all tested positive for the same strain of a dangerous superbug at the University of California Irvine Medical Center.

BC overdose deaths are still rising, despite preventive measures

Vancouver - Today marks one year since a public health emergency was declared in British Columbia in the wake of an alarming rise in opioid-related drug overdose deaths. Preventive measures have been put in place, however, the number of deaths continue to rise.

West Virginia law allows schools to administer opioid antidotes

Under a new West Virginia law, schools, both public and private are now authorized to administer drugs to counteract opioid overdoses in students without first receiving parental consent.
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