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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.

WHO warns that Ebola crisis isn't over

Paris - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday warned against complacency about the deadly Ebola virus, saying that the crisis isn't over.

Half of chickens sold contain problem viruses

Vienna - Scientists have discovered that over 50 percent of chickens sold in Austria as meat products contain viruses that can transfer antibiotic resistant genes between bacteria.

Call for action on fungal diseases

Melbourne - A new campaign has been launched, designed to reduce blindness and death rates from a host of fungal diseases worldwide.

Malaria vaccine offers partial protection: Final results

Paris - The world's most advanced malaria candidate vaccine offers young children partial protection that wanes with time, but could shield millions against the deadly parasite, its developers said Friday.

Medical study warns about diseases transmitted by pets

Pets are affectionate friends, which many of us love a great deal. However, that love could be blinding us to the real dangers of contracting diseases from our household companions.

'Mysterious' disease kills 18 in Nigeria: official

Lagos - A "mysterious" disease that kills patients within 24 hours has claimed at least 18 lives in a southeastern Nigerian town, the government said Saturday.

Improved blood test for Down's syndrome

San Fransisco - A new method for testing pregnant women's blood for disorders in unborn children promises major advances in diagnostic medicine, according to a new study.

Sister species to leprosy bacterium discovered

Scientists from Switzerland have genetically sequenced the bacterium that causes most cases of leprosy. At the same time they are the first scientists to unravel a sister species that causes a rare form of the disease.

Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to donate his wealth to charity

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that he plans to give much of his vast fortune away to charity in the near future, joining a list of tech executives including Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg who enjoy sharing their wealth with others.

From human gut to the smartphone, new health monitoring

Super-powerful high-tech gas sensing capsules have been designed. These micro-scale devices can send data from inside the gut direct to a smartphone. The aim is to use these devices for health analysis.

Experts say beards breed disease

Some medical experts are describing beards as "bacterial sponges." They say facial hair can spread infections and disease. Others disagree and say they're no more dangerous than clean shaven. So what's the truth?

How smartphones can revolutionize the diagnosis of disease

Smartphones are revered for their huge range of capabilities, expandable via apps that use the potential of the hardware to maximum effect. One of the most intriguing possibilities being explored now is the ability to use a phone to diagnose illness.

Human waste on Everest is becoming a major problem

Officials in Nepal have warned that human waste building up on Mount Everest is becoming a major problem that could begin to spread disease on top of the world's highest mountain.

WHO urges billions to fight neglected tropical diseases

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Thursday urged countries to invest billions of dollars to tackle 17 neglected tropical diseases -- including dengue fever, leprosy and sleeping sickness -- which kill 500,000 people globally each year. WHO said some 1.

New connection between disease and climate change

Lincoln - Infectious diseases occurring in unexpected locations, sometimes carried by new hosts, are seen by some scientists as products of climate change. Here humans, crops, wildlife and livestock come into contact with new pathogens.

Politicians debate vaccines as U.S. faces measles outbreak

Washington - U.S. President Barack Obama and American health authorities appealed to the public to vaccinate their children as the country faces an outbreak of measles due to some parents believing vaccines against deadly diseases are dangerous.

Disneyland measles outbreak puts California on alert

Los Angeles - California is battling a surge of measles cases clustered around the famous Disneyland theme park, despite the virus being all but eliminated in the United States, authorities said.

What is happening with Ebola in Africa right now?

With the U.K. nurse, Pauline Cafferkey, no longer critically ill with Ebola, the fight against the virus still continues heavily in areas of Africa.

Hong Kong raises bird flu alert level as woman critical

Hong Kong - Hong Kong hospitals raised alert levels Sunday as a woman diagnosed with the deadly H7N9 avian flu virus was in a critical condition.

What would a world without microbes be like?

A leading microbiologist argues that eradicating of microbial disease would be likely to be accompanied by poor quality of life for remaining species.

Flying could be bad for your health

Air travel is one of the safest ways to travel. However, what impact does it have on your health? What are you breathing in when you kick back and eat the free peanuts?

Progress with topical treatment of retinal disease

SciFluor Life Sciences, LLC, an emerging clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, has announced it has secured a patent on a novel compound called SF0166. This is a small molecule integrin antagonist designed to treat retinal disease.

Why do some mosquitoes carry malaria?

Researchers have genetically mapped 16 Anopheles mosquito species. Anopheles mosquitoes transmit human malaria parasites. Scientists are curious to understand why only a few dozen of the 500 different Anopheles species worldwide transmit malaria.

Why Canadian homeopaths can sell unproven vaccine alternatives

An investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation show Marketplace reveals some alternative health practitioners are offering unproven vaccine "alternatives" to parents. Also, they are downplaying the danger of ailments such as measles.

British-led scientists trial 15-minute Ebola test in Guinea

Conakry - British scientists announced trials on a 15-minute Ebola test in Guinea as French President Francois Hollande arrived in Conakry on Friday, becoming the first Western leader to visit one of the countries devastated by the epidemic.

HIV infections double in Russia, ex-Soviet states

Stockholm - HIV infections have doubled in ten years in Russia and former Soviet states, due mainly to unprotected sex and injecting drugs, a report said Thursday.
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