Brianne Rapp died

The family of a Pennsylvania teen who suffered a fatal fall in the shower on Friday said the 17-year-old potentially drowned when her hair clogged the drain. Brianne Marie Rapp, who suffered from a thyroid condition, was getting ready for school in the family’s Butler home at...

Breast Cancer

About 70% of women with the most common form of early stage breast cancer can be spared the “agony of chemotherapy”, researchers say. It follows trials of a genetic test that analyses the danger of a tumour. Cancer doctors said the findings would change practice in...

Lungs Health

Even though the heart gets a lot of attention, healthy lungs are also crucial for overall health. “You don’t say ‘My lungs bleed for you,’” says Patricia Finn, M.D., an Earl M. Bane professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Luckily,...

DR Congo Ebola

An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is not yet an international public health emergency, the World Health Organization has said. It said there was a “strong reason to believe that the outbreak can be brought under control”. At least 45 people are believed...

Drug target

UK scientists believe they may have found a way to combat the common cold. Rather than attacking the virus itself, which comes in hundreds of versions, the treatment targets the human host. It blocks a key protein in the body’s cells that cold viruses normally hijack to self-replicate...

E. Coli

One person has died from the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. This is the first death from this outbreak. The agency reported 23 additional cases of illness bringing...

Diagnosis

The government estimates that autism is becoming more common, but it’s only a small increase and some experts think it can be largely explained by better diagnosing of minority children. About 1 in 59 U.S. children were identified as having autism in 2014, according to a...

Breakfast

Instant oats are an ideal breakfast for hectic mornings. They’re easy to make, portable, delicious, and (usually) pretty healthy. Sure, you could make your own overnight oats or homemade instant oatmeal jars, but there’s something convenient about a grab-and-go packet that you...

Skin Cancer

It’s not yet clear why skin cancer survivors had a dramatically reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Skin cancer may reduce a patient’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 92 percent, a new study revealed. Although it’s not clear why,...

Human Body

Human cells make up only 43% of the body’s total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists. Understanding this hidden half of ourselves – our microbiome – is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson’s. The field is even...