Peanut

An experimental vaccine meant to combat peanut allergy came up short on Friday in a large clinical trial, but the company developing it blames the failure on a surprising placebo effect — and believes it still might win Food and Drug Administration approval. The treatment, called...

Hepatitis C Test

An osteopathic doctor in Westchester County has been ordered to stop practicing immediately after four of his patients tested positive for the same strain of hepatitis C. The New York State Health Department is urging all patients of Dr. Timothy Morely, who owns Tomorrow Medicine...

Ebola

Health officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo said the Ebola outbreak in the African nation has been “brought under control” as the country has not recorded a new case of the virus in the last 21 days. “At this stage, we can say that the spread of the epidemic...

Vaccination Error

At least 15 children have died in South Sudan from a botched attempt to immunise them against measles, officials say. They were vaccinated with the same unsterilised syringe, and the vaccine was not stored properly, according to an investigation into the deaths. As a result, the...

Zika Virus

Studies using gene sequencing equipment to trace the path of Zika through the Americas show the virus arrived a year before the first case was detected in Brazil, and several months before it was first reported in Florida. The findings, published in three different papers in the...

Zika

As warmer weather approaches and mosquito seasons take flight, health professionals are warning that a Zika outbreak in the Rio Grande Valley at the southernmost tip on the Texas border with Mexico is just a matter of time. The area, home to 1.3 million people, many living in poverty,...

Middle School

Two students in New Mexico are facing disciplinary action after school officials said they distributed Xanax pills that sent 16 eighth graders to the hospital on Thursday. A sixth grade student at Chaparral Middle School in Alamogordo told KFOX he saw one of the students who took...

Bird Flu

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has $80 million to $90 million left over from the last major outbreak of bird flu to fight any new discoveries of the virus, the department’s chief veterinary officer said on Thursday. USDA must appeal to Congress if more money is needed...

Zika

The World Health Organization on Friday announced an end to the public health emergency of international concern over Zika, cautioning that the virus remains a significant and an enduring health challenge. The decision comes nine months after the UN agency first declared an emergency...

Bacteria

Bacteria living deep inside the digestive system seem to alter how cancer drugs work, a study suggests. Immunotherapies – which harness the body’s own defences to fight tumours – can clear even terminal cancer in a small proportion of patients. However, a small...