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Pancreas 'regenerated' through fasting diet

A new U.S. study has found that a major organ - the pancreas - can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet. This could be of potential benefit to those with diabetes.

CDC — Drug overdose deaths have more than doubled since 1999

Atlanta - New figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that drug overdose deaths in the U.S. have more than doubled since 1999, with a sharp spike in heroin overdose deaths.

UN Haiti cholera fund fails to draw pledges

New York - A UN fund set up for Haiti's cholera victims is failing to draw support, with only two percent of the needed $400 million raised so far, according to a letter by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

ICE removes asylum seeker with brain tumor from Texas hospital

Fort Worth - U.S. immigration officers forcibly removed a Salvadoran asylum seeker in desperate need of brain surgery from a Texas hospital on Wednesday and transferred her to a for-profit prison without contact with her family and almost no access to her lawyers.

Why researchers need donated brains for study

Organ donation is well-established with many people willing to donate various body parts. Brains are a different matter, with many people unaware they can donate their brain. Yet researchers need brains; we look at why this is important.

New microsite for cancer research breakthroughs

Toronto - The Canadian Cancer Society has developed a new microsite to allow for the reporting of cancer and associated health topics. One aim of the site is to assist journalists covering cancer research topics.

Yeast found in guts of babies increases asthma risk

A study performed in Ecuador has shown a yeast in the gut of new babies to be a strong predictor that the babies will go on to develop asthma.

Op-Ed: 'Veggie Queen' urges people to live healthy as well as long Special

Sonoma - The importance of eating healthy is more than just a passion for 'Veggie Queen' Jill Nussinow, it is her life's work. Getting the word out is more about getting vegetables in peoples' mouths to taste them and to experience that they are good.

China bans deadly drug responsible for deaths in U.S. and Canada

The US Drug Enforcement Agency is applauding the new Chinese regulation going into effect on March 1, 2017, that outlaws carfentanil along with three other powerful synthetic opioids.

Oklahoma advances bill requiring male permission for abortions

The Oklahoma state legislature has advanced a bill — authored by a Republican man who believes women's bodies are mere "hosts" for fetuses — that would require women seeking abortions to get written permission from the men who impregnate them.

Melinda Gates says Trump abortion order 'could affect millions'

London - US President Donald Trump's block on US funds going to organisations involved in abortion care overseas could impact millions of women, Bill and Melinda Gates have warned, the Guardian reported on Tuesday.

Baby’s sex affects a woman’s immunity while pregnant

There has been anecdotal evidence for several years: that whether a woman is carrying a boy or a girl her health differs. Now medical evidence indicates that the sex of the baby affects the immunity of the expectant woman.

Spike in overdose cases in Kentucky city — 52 calls in 32 hours

Louisville - Hardly a week goes by that someplace in the U.S. records an unusual spike in drug overdoses, and last week was no exception. In a 32-hour period, Louisville, Kentucky saw 52 cases of drug overdoses.

Which U.S. states are the worst for STDs?

In time for Valentine's Day, new information collated reveals the U.S. states with the highest levels of sexually transmitted diseases, using some common pathogens as measures.

Can Botox reduce social anxiety?

Atlanta - The cosmetic wrinkle reducer, Botox, is being examined in the context of treating various medical conditions. In one example, George Washington University is recruiting volunteers for a new study testing Botox to treat social anxiety.

FDA approves $89,000 drug to treat Duchenne's Muscular dystrophy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday gave approval to a drug manufactured by Marathon Pharmaceuticals to treat Duchenne's muscular dystrophy (DMD), a devastating muscle disease that usually affects boys.

'World's heaviest woman' to fly to India for surgery

Mumbai - An Egyptian believed to be the world's heaviest woman will fly to India for weight reduction surgery Saturday after intervention from the country's foreign minister ensured her a visa.

Why offering positive support can have negative consequences

It may initially seem counterintuitive but psychologists have run studies that show offering positive support to your spouse can have negative consequences in certain circumstances.

Warning that concussion affects driving months later

Atlanta - After a person experiences mild concussion the effects slowly ebb away and the affected person returns to their normal routine. Things may not completely go back to normal, however, and medics have issues a new warning about driving.
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