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Woman allowed to use dead daughter's eggs

London - A mother who wants to use her dead daughter's eggs to give birth to her own grandchild has won the right to do so after an appeal hearing.

Florida sees its first microcephaly birth from Zika virus disease

Florida's governor announced on Tuesday a woman from Haiti gave birth to a child with microcephaly, a first for Florida, bringing to five the number of babies born in the U.S. with the birth defect related to Zika virus disease.

FDA seeking information on hand sanitizers to 'fill in the gaps'

Hand sanitizers are everywhere we go today, from disposal wipes at the grocery store to little plastic bottles we carry in our purse or pocket. But just how safe and effective are they? That is what the FDA wants to know.

New Zika diagnostics needed for babies, researchers say

Paris - Two studies of newborns in Zika-stricken Brazil yielded meagre clues Wednesday about the mysterious workings of the virus, and prompted researchers to call for better tests to identify brain-damaged babies.

Possible second 'superbug' gene may have been found in U.S.

After the discovery in May of a Pennsylvania woman with a bacterial pathogen resistant to an "antibiotic of last resort," researchers are saying another patient, this time in New York has been identified as having the same mcr-1 “superbug” gene.

Medical marijuana producers worry about potential postal strike

Canada's medical marijuana producers have a pot of problems on their hands. A looming labour dispute has them scrambling to find ways to get their marijuana medicine to customers should the need arise.

World drug abuse rates fall, but serious addicts rise

New figures released by the United Nations suggest that while drug abuse remains a global problem, the rate of drug abuse has slightly fallen. In addition, deaths as a result of the misuse of drugs has stabilized.

Metal implants in new safety risk

Metal implants have been implicated in a new concern where metal is placed on metal. Specifically, metal-on-metal hips can cause bone loss.

New study casts doubts on Zika being the cause of microcephaly

In April this year, the CDC took a bold step in saying "There is no longer any doubt that Zika causes microcephaly." But a new study asks, "If this is so, where are the missing microcephaly cases in other nations hard hit by the virus?"

Surgeon who cut off testicle in error struck off

Aylesbury - Private medical surgeon Marwan Farouk, who cut off a patient's testicle in error and then tried to cover up the misdeed, has lost his licence to practice.

Want to lower your blood pressure? Listen to Mozart

New research indicates that listening to Mozart is as effective in lowering blood pressure as reducing salt intake from your diet.

Promising drug dissolves blood clots

Saint Petersburg - A promising new development drug lowers the risk of strokes by dissolving away blood clots (thrombolysis) in a targeted manner.

Haiti launches new AIDS testing, information campaign

Port-au-prince - Haiti's Ministry of Health and the United Nations launched a new anti-HIV/AIDS campaign, providing information and rapid testing to help thwart the spread of the epidemic.

Sorry kids, FluMist nasal spray vaccine is 'highly ineffective'

Bad news for kids this upcoming flu season. but the popular flu vaccine nasal spray, FluMist has been given the "thumbs down" this year, according to the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

Takeda Pharmaceuticals starts clinical trial of norovirus vaccine

A vaccine for the world's most common cause of acute gastroenteritis and the United State's most common cause of foodborne illness is now in human clinical trials.

Class divide: Dietary gap between rich and poor in the U.S.

Income affects the choices available in terms of food: cheaper fast-food or more expensive health food. This distinction is affecting the health of the U.S. population in very different directions depending on household income.

Antibodies found which 'neutralise' Zika virus: Study

Paris - European scientists announced Thursday they had found antibodies which attack Zika, a discovery they hope will pave the way for a protective vaccine against the brain-damaging virus.

More than 1,000 swine flu deaths so far this year: Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Amid economic woes, political crisis and a Zika outbreak, Brazil's health minister on Wednesday announced yet another concern -- a resurgence of swine flu that has killed more than 1,000 people since the start of the year.

New study finds weed and alcohol reduce teens’ mental faculties

New research performed on 6,509 middle and high students from Southern California found that alcohol and marijuana use can be detrimental to the youths’ mental health and academic outcomes.
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