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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.

Canada leads the way for lung disease day Special

Toronto - November 19 is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a day designed to mark and promote the importance of lung health.

Is depression linked to an infectious disease?

Some types of major depressive disorder (MDD) could be re-assessed as infectious diseases, according to a new study. The study suggests that some forms of depression result from parasitic, bacterial, or viral infection.

Sweat chamber developed to study neurological symptoms

The company Sentara Healthcare has developed a so-termed “sweat chamber” to diagnose patients suffering from symptoms related to the autonomic nervous system.

First Ebola treatment trials to start in west Africa

Geneva - Global aid agency Doctors Without Borders said on Thursday it would begin unprecedented trials on patients in west Africa to test Ebola drugs and the use of survivors' blood as therapy.

Understanding mosquito feeding, to avoid disease spread

Biologists have discovered that mosquitoes bite male birds twice as often as they bite females. The same is true with people: mosquitoes bite men more often than women. Knowing this could help to stop the insects from spreading viruses to people.

U.S. halts research on the word's deadliest pathogens

Washington - Following a series of biosafety errors at federal research facilities, the U.S. government has temporarily halted funding for new studies into serious pathogens like influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses.

U.K. invests £230 million in disease research

London - The British government is to partner the Medical Research Council to develop new methods orientated towards identifying the causes of diseases such as cancer and dementia.

Yogurt can be used detect diseases like cancer

A new study has shown that nanoparticle-producing bacteria have the ability to simplify the diagnosis of cancer and other medical conditions. These bacteria take the form of a "high tech" yogurt.

World steps up Ebola action as fear mounts

Geneva - Western countries scrambled to review safety measures at airports and borders on Thursday amid a mounting wave of fear that West Africa's Ebola outbreak will spread worldwide.

No hospital 'protocols' for Ebola treatment: US nurses' group

Washington - Nurses at the Texas hospital where a Liberian Ebola patient died last week complain they were given few rules and little guidance on how to treat the severely ill man, contrary to assertions by US health authorities.

Processed foods lead to disease: Healthy diet will combat risks

Diets filled with processed foods are now known to increase the risk of cancers and autoimmune diseases along with obesity. Researchers have discovered that taking processed foods out of the diet and eating healthier will help prevent disease.

Brazil launches 'good mosquitoes' to fight Dengue fever

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian scientists, based in Rio de Janeiro, have released thousands of mosquitoes infected with bacteria that suppress dengue fever.
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