Zika in Colombia

Nearly 100 Colombians suffering from the Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare nerve disorder, also have symptoms of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, Colombia’s National Health Institute has said. Colombian health authorities recently announced that three people who had been infected...

Hand Transplants To Be Offered

Patients across the UK will be able to have hand transplants on the NHS, health officials have said. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust will begin assessing suitable adult candidates and performing the “highly complex procedure” from April. Hand transplants offer patients...

Migraines may worsen

High-frequency migraine headaches, which occur at least 10 days a month, are more common in women during the transition to menopause, according to a new study. “For years women have been telling me as a headache doctor that their headaches worsen in perimenopause,”...

Pharma 'Cash Call' For New Antibiotics

More than 80 pharmaceutical companies have called on governments to develop new ways of paying them to develop antibiotics. In a joint declaration, at the World Economic Forum, they said the value of antibiotics “does not reflect the benefits they bring to society”. In...

Laser surgery prevents

Collin May, 18, loves riding bikes, going fishing and playing video games. He has dreams of joining the United States Marine Corps, but a serious medical condition— epilepsy— has kept him from all that. “At night I would have the seizures and wouldn’t get a lot of sleep...

Hopes to eradicate polio in 2016

An official says the World Health Organization hopes to eradicate polio in 2016, after containing outbreaks in conflict-ridden Syria, Iraq and Somalia by immunizing millions of children over two years. Christopher Maher, who runs the regional polio eradication program, says there’s...

Volunteer Dies After Troubles

A man died in a French hospital Sunday after taking part in a drug trial for a painkiller based on a compound similar to cannabis, and five other participants remain hospitalized after one of France’s most troubling medical incidents. French prosecutors have launched a manslaughter...

anti-cancer properties

A common painkiller often used to treat migraines, fever and rheumatoid arthritis may also play a key role in treating cancer. Researchers involved with The Repurposing Drugs in Oncology (ReDO) project say the drug diclofenac, also sold as Voltaren, Zipsor, Solaraze and Cambia,...

Tumors Force 11-Year-Old Boy

After Lewis Deakin, an 11-year-old boy in the United Kingdom, had several benign tumors grow in the arteries of his chest thanks to a condition called arteriovenous malformation, he became the first child in the country to undergo a mastectomy—and he’s taking it all in stride.   “He...

African Boy Undergo Facial Surgery

Dunia Sibomana was considered the lucky one two years ago when a group of chimpanzees jumped from the trees and attacked him and two other boys as they played near a preserve in their native Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dunia, unlike the others, survived. But he was severely...