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US Ice Bucket Challenge activist dies aged 37

Washington - An American man who helped drive the global phenomenon known as the Ice Bucket Challenge to tackle a deadly neurodegenerative disease has died at the age of 37, his team said Sunday.

Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt says 'victorious' in cancer fight

Mumbai - Sanjay Dutt, one of Bollywood's top stars, said Wednesday he had emerged "victorious" after being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

Essential Science: New treatment for the most neglected disease?

Schistosomiasis (or bilharzia) is a neglected tropical disease, and the one that causes significant ill-health effects to millions of people. The disease is caused by a parasitic worm.

Cuba pesticides may have caused Canada diplomats' injuries: study

Ottawa - Neurotoxins in pesticides used to fumigate against mosquitoes may be behind mysterious health complaints of Canadian diplomats in Cuba that had been blamed on suspected sonic attacks, according to a new study Thursday.

Ozzy Osbourne postpones 2019 tour due to illness and injury

On April 4, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ozzy Osbourne announced that he is postponing all of his remaining tour dates for 2019.

Suicide rate falls by a third globally, data shows

Paris - Suicides have fallen globally by more than a third since 1990, according to a far-reaching analysis released Thursday that highlighted profound differences in the number of men and women taking their own lives.

Pain-wracked Lady Gaga postpones Europe tour

Paris - Pop star Lady Gaga has called off the entire European leg of her world tour because of "severe physical pain", her promoters said Monday.

'Sonic attacks' in Cuba hit several Canadian diplomats, families: media

Ottawa - Mysterious "sonic attacks" in Cuba in recent months targeted at least five Canadian diplomats and their families, public broadcaster CBC reported Friday.

US investigating after diplomats fall sick in Havana

Washington - US and Canadian officials were investigating Thursday after diplomats posted to Havana fell ill, amid reports that they may have been targeted by a mysterious sonic weapon.

South African girl, 9, is third child with HIV remission: study

Paris - A South African girl has become only the third child to beat the AIDS virus into long-term remission -- almost nine years and counting -- after receiving a drug cocktail in infancy, researchers announced Monday.

'Draconian' US funding cuts would cost lives: AIDS meeting

Paris - Leaders in the fight against HIV on Sunday urged the US government, the largest donor to global AIDS research and treatment, to reject "draconian" funding cuts proposed by President Donald Trump.

WHO: One-fourth of world's population drinking contaminated water

Over 2 billion people, one-fourth of the world's population, are drinking fecal-contaminated water, according to a new report released today by the World Health Organization.

Russian Kremlin critic hospitalised on life support

Moscow - A Russian opposition politician and well-known Kremlin critic was in intensive care Thursday following organ failure in a sudden illness, two years after suffering a suspected poisoning, supporters said.

Clinton has 'no other' health problem than pneumonia: aide

Washington - Hillary Clinton is suffering from no health ailments other than pneumonia, and the Democratic presidential nominee is expected to return to the campaign trail as early as mid-week, a senior aide said Monday."There's no other undisclosed condition.

MS patients seek inquiry into high case number in Ottawa

A multiple sclerosis sufferer, Jacques Dutrisac, is seeking to understand why 14 of his former neighbours, of a similar age, have all gone on to develop multiple sclerosis as adults.

Alzheimer’s from the patient’s perspective

There’s a lot written about Alzheimer’s disease and the attempts to find treatments. Little is written, however, from the patient’s perspective. One man, with Alzheimer’s, is seeking to change this and offer a unique insight into the condition.

Yeast infection linked to mental illness

Infection with a common yeast can lead to mental health problems in some cases, according to new research. This is shown from analysis of patterns relating to psychiatric patients.

Is autism being overlooked in girls?

London - One in 68 children in the U.S. is affected by autism, with boys receiving four times as many diagnoses as girls. Is there a medical difference or are girls being missed out in terms of diagnosis?

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.

A discussion with former Foxes frontman Nigel Thomas Special

The indie rocker recently released his debut solo single, "Fever," a song that has already generated a very positive response from fans and critics alike. Digital Journal caught up with him on tour in Germany.

First Fukushima worker diagnosed with radiation-linked cancer: Japan official

Toukyo - A former Fukushima nuclear plant worker has been diagnosed with radiation-linked cancer, Japanese officials said Tuesday, and an expert said the first confirmed case since the 2011 accident could be just the "tip of the iceberg".

Epileptic girl challenges Mexico medical marijuana ban

- Just eight years old, Graciela could become Mexico's first authorized consumer of medical marijuana to alleviate the hundreds of epileptic seizures that strike her small frame every day.

Scientists figured out why you rarely get sick in the summer

Ever wonder where colds get their name? Or why we're all coughs and sniffles during the winter but are rarely sick in the summer?

Childhood bullying leads to long-term mental health problems

Coventry - Bullying of school children by other children carries long-term effects and, in many cases, it can lead to mental health problems. These health effects can remain with the children into adulthood. This is according to a new U.S. / U.K. study.

Ebola survivors face health issues

Geneva - Many survivors of Ebola face on-going health issues and risks, according to a new assessment by the World Health Organization (WHO).

First baby born clear of genetic illnesses after IVF – doing well

The first child in Europe to undergo treatment to eradicate inherited diseases in London is doing well. Results show that the child is healthy and free of a crippling family disorder, which his parents feared he would inherit.

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.

Chronic fatigue syndrome has been renamed

Seeking to more accurately reflect the condition of chronic fatigue syndrome, the Institute of Medicine recommends renaming it as “systemic exertion intolerance disease.”

Stressed mothers lead to babies with allergies

During pregnancy it is best to keep relaxed and stress free. This is the best way to protect the health of the baby, according to new research.
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