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Microcephaly: What is happening to the babies?

Paris - Pregnant women are being urged to think twice before travelling to Latin American and Caribbean countries battling a rise in cases of microcephaly -- a rare but brutal condition that shrinks the brains of unborn babies.

Long-term link between shingles and stroke

New York City - A new study has drawn a connection between the virus that causes the skin rash shingles with an increased chance of suffering from a stroke in later life.

Link between autoimmune disease and processed food

Washington - Researchers have drawn a possible connection between the increase in the rate of autoimmune diseases and the increasing amount of food additive used in certain processed foods.

Haiti hit with Zika virus outbreak: official

Port-au-prince - Haiti's health ministry said Friday the country has been hit by an outbreak of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne ailment similar to dengue fever that is rapidly spreading through the Caribbean.

Deadly bacteria more prevalent than previously thought: Study

Bangkok - An often deadly and difficult to treat bacterial disease is much more prevalent than previously thought and kills tens of thousands of people worldwide each year, researchers said Monday.

Ebola survivors suffer 'persistent' health troubles

Paris - The lucky ones who survive Ebola may suffer potentially blinding vision problems, hearing loss and joint pain for months afterwards, medical experts reported on Wednesday.

420,000 die from tainted food annually, a third young children

Ginebra - Some 600 million people get sick from eating contaminated food each year, and around 420,000 die, the World Health Organization said Thursday, adding that young children account for nearly one third of those deaths.

Brazil finds Zika virus causes deformities in babies

Bras - The Brazilian health ministry confirmed that there was a link between cases of microcephaly, a head deformity, in babies and the Zika virus, transmitted by mosquitoes that spread dengue.

WHO says cancer report not a call for people to give up meat

Ginebra - The World Health Organization stressed Thursday that an explosive report this week linking the consumption of processed meat to cancer was not calling for people to stop eating meat altogether.

Two-thirds of antibiotics are needlessly prescribed

London - A new report, aimed at the U.K. but applicable to most parts of the developed world, has concluded that around two-thirds of antibiotics are unnecessarily prescribed and are of no effect.

Fear not, eat bratwurst, says German food minister

Berlin - Germany's food and agriculture minister said Tuesday that people should not be afraid of biting into a grilled bratwurst despite the World Health Organization’s warning that sausages and ham cause cancer.

Brazilians have a beef with UN meat warning

Rio De Janeiro - At Rio de Janeiro's famed Churrascaria Palace restaurant, the sizzling of steaks, the swish of carving knives and sighs of satisfied diners drowned out a UN warning that meat can cause cancer.

Australia says linking sausages to tobacco risk 'a farce'

Sydney - One of the world's top meat exporters Australia Tuesday ridiculed a landmark UN report linking sausages and ham to cancer, saying it was "a farce" to suggest they could be as lethal as cigarettes.

Sausages, ham cause cancer, red meat 'probably' too: agency

Paris - Sausages, ham and other processed meats cause bowel cancer, and red meat "probably" does too, a UN agency warned Monday, in a potentially heavy blow for the fast-growing livestock industry.

Drug-resistant malaria could spread to Africa: Study

Paris - A drug-resistant malaria parasite from southeast Asia can infect African mosquitoes, said a study Tuesday, boosting fears that a hard-to-cure variant of the disease could reach the world's most vulnerable continent.

Haitian cholera victims call for UN accountability

Port-au-prince - Hundreds of activists and victims of Haiti's cholera epidemic staged a demonstration Thursday in Port-au-Prince to demand an apology and compensation from the United Nations, whose peacekeepers are accused of accidentally introducing the disease five y...

China's smoking death toll to double to 2 million in 2030: study

Paris - Cigarette smoking will kill about two million Chinese in 2030, double the 2010 toll, said researchers Friday who warned of a "growing epidemic of premature death" in the world's most populous nation.

Girl has mystery disease where she sneezes 12,000 times per day

Katelyn Thornley, from Texas, has a mystery disease where she sneezes thousands of times per day. She sneezes around 12,000 times a day.

European disease statistics published

London - A new study by Public Health England has ranked the diseases and risks that cause death and disability in England and compared these with similar developed nations worldwide. Which country has the lowest disease burden?

Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea high in U.K.

Leeds - Multi-drug-resistant gonorrhea, a sexual health disease, is spreading in the north of England, with a focal point centered in the city of Leeds.

Potential Alzheimer’s treatment reaches final stage

Drug company Neurimmune, together with partner organization Biogen, have begun a Phase III study into a novel Alzheimer’s treatment called Aducanumab.

Neurodegenerative disease risk as new prion is discovered

The first new human prion in almost 50 years has been discovered, a team of scientists report. The prion is called alpha-synuclein and it is believed to the causative agent for a rare neurodegenerative disease in people.

Cholera, climate change fuel Haiti's humanitarian crisis: UN

Port-au-prince - Climate change, cholera and the return of thousands of emigrants from the neighboring Dominican Republican are fueling a humanitarian crisis in Haiti, the UN warned.

Smartphone device performs laboratory tests for disease

San Francisco - A new smartphone-based device that can examine laboratory samples in the field, to a high level of accuracy, has been developed. The aim of the device is to scan for infectious diseases.

Prostate cancer, five different types found

Cambridge - Challenging the assumption that prostate cancer is one type of the disease, researchers have identified five different types, each of which has a distinct genetic signature.

Malaria vaccine gets regulatory nod

London - The world's most advanced malaria vaccine got the nod Friday from European regulators, despite mixed trial results, for eventual use in children in African countries plagued by the killer disease.

Insight into how dormant chicken pox causes shingles

The virus varicella-zoster causes chicken pox, a common childhood illness. A "similar" virus is responsible for shingles, which affects some adults. Both are painful red rashes. Scientists have shown a new relationship between the two.

Disease may be determined by your month of birth

New research findings suggest that your chance of developing certain diseases may be influenced by what time of year you are born.

New test uncovers every past infection

New York - A science group have revealed a blood test that can reveal every past viral infection a person has contracted. It is based on the immune system containing "memory codes" of past diseases.

Micro-chip enables disease screening

Bellinzona - A one centimeter sized chip that can be inserted under the skin, and feeding into a special patch with results transmitted to a smartphone, could be the answer to health monitoring and disease detection.
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