Zika

One of the leading critics of the World Health Organization says he was recently invited to sit on the U.N. health agency’s Zika emergency committee — only to have his invitation rescinded when he refused to sign a confidentiality clause. Last month, Canadian professor...

opioid

Doctors in states that track painkiller prescriptions were nearly one-third less likely to offer patients dangerously addicting opioids, a new study found. The launch of drug-monitoring programs in 24 states led to an immediate 30 percent drop in prescriptions for Schedule II opioids,...

Rare fungal disease

A rare, lifelong condition has left one 11-year-old boy in Nepal covered in dark, scale-like skin and unable to  walk, go to school or make friends. Fifteen days after he was born, Ramesh Darji’s skin began peeling off and the new skin grew back very thick, hardened and turned...

QUINOA

If there were a master food to chisel away at that extra padding around your midsection, we’d tell you about it. Unfortunately, weight loss—and changing your body, for that matter—isn’t that simple. What we can tell you: Foods rich in protein and healthy fats keep you fuller...

fruits and vegetables

You may have suspected by now that some foods you eat can have an effect on your asthma. Although there’s no special “asthma diet,” research has shown that some ingredients may make your asthma worse, while others may actually improve your symptoms. Plan your meals with these...

Heart attack

People may do a better job of following doctors’ orders to take statin drugs – prescribed to protect against cardiac problems – after they wind up hospitalized for a heart attack, a large study suggests. “Our theory is that the heart attack hospitalization...

Pneumonia Vaccine

Seniors are advised to get vaccinated against pneumonia, but that precaution is also a good idea for people of any age with celiac disease, according to a U.K. study. Despite their greater risk for pneumonia, only about one quarter of celiac patients get a pneumonia vaccine after...

Dr Heimlich

The 96-year-old American inventor of the Heimlich manoeuvre has used the technique himself to save a choking woman at his retirement home. Dr Henry Heimlich said he had demonstrated the technique many times but never used it in an emergency. His action dislodged a piece of meat...

Fresh vegetables

Following a healthy lifestyle — which includes maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and refraining from smoking — may prevent cancer, a new study finds. Healthy lifestyle choices could potentially prevent 20 to 40 percent of cancer cases and about half of cancer...

Diabetes

Thousands of people with type-2 diabetes in the UK are missing out on obesity surgery that would slash blood sugars and even lead to remission in some cases, a team of experts say. Leading surgeon Prof Francesco Rubino described the gut operation as “the closest thing to...