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New medicines for rare, but serious, childhood illnesses

In Europe advances have been made for children with Crohn's disease and with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. Both represent advances in the treatment of serious childhood illnesses.

Fatty diets leading to sleeplessness and poor sleep

Sydney - Australian scientists have analysed data that indicates men who eat high fat diets are most likely to feel sleepy at periods during the day. Such men are also more likely to experience sleep problems at night.

Zika linked to autoimmune disorder

Zika virus disease has been affecting a host of countries worldwide, with Brazil in particular hit hard. As scientists examine the virus and its effects on the human body, new manifestations become apparent. The latest is a type of autoimmune disease.

Potentially dangerous parasite found in Canada's far North

Scientists from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center have released their finding on an outbreak of intestinal illnesses in 10 indigenous villages between April 2013 and 2014 in Canada's far North.

Atopic dermatitis linked to changes to microorganisms

Atopic dermatitis is a common condition. However, the causes are not fully understood. A new study suggests there are variations with the condition and the collection of microorganisms found in association with the skin.

Norovirus in bottled water sickens over 4,000 people in Spain

Barcelona - Over 4,000 people in became ill with the norovirus in northeastern Spain after drinking bottled spring water contaminated with human fecal matter, local health officials said.

CDC issues warning after fake pain medication kills 14 people

San Francisco - Illicit prescription pain medications have killed over 12 people in recent weeks in California alone. The pills are exact replicas of Norco, a medium-strength opioid pain killer.

Tackling blood sugar and cholesterol with hop compound

A chemical substance derived from hops appears to be effective at lowering cholesterol and re-balancing blood sugar levels. The overall effect also controls weight gain.

The high cost of norovirus infections on the global community

Norovirus infections cause 200,000 deaths and a global economic burden of around $60 billion each year. Most people will contract this highly contagious illness at least five times in their lifetime.

Brazil records 91,000 new Zika cases this year

Bras - Brazil has recorded 91,000 new cases of Zika -- which is linked to the devastating microcephaly birth defect in newborns -- since the start of the year, health officials said on Tuesday.

Canadian women failing to take precautions while using Accutane

Canada's pregnancy prevention program for women taking the powerful acne drug isotretinoin (Accutane) is failing, according to a new study.

Blue light bathing could prevent organ damage

A new study has found exposing rodents to blue light for 24 hours prior to surgery helps to minimize the risk of the type of organ damage that can occur after an operation.

More children being harmed by ingesting laundry pods

Despite numerous warnings about the danger to young children from those pretty laundry detergent pods, youngsters are still being poisoned and the number of poisoning cases has increased 20 percent.

Can a dementia drug help with Parkinson’s?

A new study using an existing drug for dementia has indicated that the therapy may also be effective against Parkinson’s disease.

New study shows chocolate or cocoa may boost athletic performance

A British study performed at Kingston University showed that eating dark chocolate and cocoa may improve athletic performance and help during fitness training. Chocolate and cocoa are already known to have a positive effect on cardiovascular health.

WHO warns of risk of 'marked increase' in Zika cases

Paris - The UN's health agency warned Monday of the potential for a "marked increase" in Zika infections, and the spread of the virus to new parts of the world, even as the outbreak declines in Brazil.

WHO warns of potential for 'marked increase' in Zika cases

Paris - The World Health Organization warned Monday of the potential for a "marked increase" in the number of Zika infections in the coming months, and its spread to new parts of the world.

Connecting fungicides to neurodegenerative diseases

An alarming new study indicates that the newer generation of fungicides could be linked to conditions like autism and various neurodegenerative diseases. The study is based on an animal model.

Potential treatment for sleeping sickness parasite

Stockholm - Scientists are reporting they may have found a cure for the parasitic disease sleeping sickness. The new therapeutic attacks the parasite directly.
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