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Top News: Health

Indian government unveils 'Universal Health Assurance' scheme

New Delhi - India's Health Minister Harsh Vardhan gave the media its first glimpse of what his government plans with the "Universal Health Assurance" (UHA) scheme.

U.K. imposes Ebola travel ban

All but essential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia should be avoided, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has warned British nationals.

Several foods contain bacteria risk to unborn children

Culiac - A survey has found that around 10 percent of the fresh cheese, sausages and meats sold in markets and on the street may be contaminated with types of bacteria that can pose a risk to unborn children.

WHO calls for a ban of e-cigarettes indoors

Geneva - The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on e-cigarettes to be banned from indoor public spaces. Furthermore, the United Nations Agency has said that the devices pose a risk to adolescents and the fetuses of pregnant women.

Study: Medical marijuana can lead to fewer opioid overdose deaths

According to a new study, chronic pain suffers living in states where medical marijuana use has been legalized are less likely to die from prescription opioid overdose.

One-third of British students have tried 'legal highs'

A new report suggests that around on third of students in the U.K. have used so-termed “legal highs.” These are products manufactured from the herb Salvia. The report suggests that the students under appreciate the potential harm.

Sex study: Lesbians orgasm more than straight women, but not men

Research from the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University in Bloomington found that lesbians have more orgasms compared to straight women. Overall though, men still come first.

Women need testosterone, a new study reports Special

Testosterone hormone replacement can be vital for women who are deficient, but too much testosterone leads to unwanted effects. A new study finds the right balance.

Fungus that is deadly to AIDS patients found to live in trees

Los Angeles - It may be small, but for people with AIDS it can be deadly. Researchers have narrowed down the source of fungal infections that have been making people with HIV/AIDS in southern California sick for decades.

Rotting frogs found in pharmaceutical plant

During an inspection of Marck Biosciencies' plant in Kheda, India, the U.S. FDA found faked data, mold and rotting frogs.

Do celebrity drug endorsements work?

New research reveals the common practice of using celebrity-endorsed drug adverts to offer treatments more credibility does not influence doctors when it comes to prescribing or strongly influencing consumers when they visit drug stores.

For West African nations, Ebola is but the tip of the iceberg

The Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa has certainly caught the world's attention, especially with WHO declaring it an international health emergency. But as some people suggest, the move was merely a symbolic gesture. Actually, Ebola is not the problem.

Antibiotic capsules recalled in the U.S.

Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories has initiated a recall of multiple lots of the antibiotic cephalexin capsules from the U.S. market. The tablets were imported from India.

Op-Ed: Downs Syndrome gamechanger as girl gets 6 GCSEs

Sydney - Richard Dawkins antagonized a large group of people with a Tweet saying that a woman should abort a child with Downs Syndrome. An ongoing howl of protest arose, including a remarkable fact- A girl with the condition just got 6 GCSEs.

Man dies when a cobra bites him...after he'd cut its head off

Peng Fan, a chef who worked in China, has died after being bitten in the hand by a type of a cobra snake called an 'Indochinese spitting cobra.' He was cooking the snake and had in fact already cut its head off a full 20 minutes before it bit him.

MRSA control measures in hospitals are not working

MRSA "superbug" control measures "lack evidence" that they are effective at reducing hospital acquired infections. This is according to a new report published in The Lancet.

New warning over barbecued food

The Food Standards Agency in the U.K. has issued a warning about barbecued food and the risks of food poisoning. The Agency recommends that food should be pre-cooked in an oven first.

British Salmonella outbreak from a single egg source

The outbreak of salmonella in England is likely to have come from a single source of eggs, according to Public Health England.

Pomegranate candidate in quest for Alzheimer’s cure

Huddersfield - The onset of Alzheimer's can be slowed and some symptoms reduced by a natural compound found in pomegranate fruit. Those are the preliminary findings of a two year study undertaken by researchers at the University of Huddersfield in the UK.
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