Florida tests Zika probe

Health authorities in Florida have tested about 200 people for the Zika virus as part of the state’s investigation of two possible cases of infections not related to travel to a region hit by an outbreak, officials said on Friday. Florida’s health department this week...

Prince Harry is warning against complacency in the fight against AIDS, saying inaction has set in as the epidemic has drifted from the headlines and people live longer with the disease. The British prince spoke Thursday with rock star Elton John during a global AIDS conference...

Double hand transplant

The UK’s first double hand transplant operation has taken place at Leeds General Infirmary and the patient says his new hands look “tremendous”. Chris King, from Doncaster, lost both his hands, apart from the thumbs, in an accident involving a metal pressing machine...

Women Smoking

Although only about 8 percent of pregnant women in a new U.S. study reported smoking cigarettes, twice as many tested positive for high levels of a chemical that indicates nicotine exposure. “The findings of our study were very concerning because smoking during pregnancy...

Zika virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is collecting semen samples from men who have been infected with Zika to learn more about the virus’ transmission patterns. In a statement to FoxNews.com, the CDC said the semen study began in mid-April, and as of Wednesday,...

Simpler Ovarian Cancer

Simplifying the way ovarian patients are tested is a “win-win” that saves both lives and money, a study shows. Testing their DNA should identify the most effective drugs and finds out if other family members are at risk. Fewer than a third of patients are currently...

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If you need more convincing that refined sugars are wreaking havoc on your health, then look no further than this newest study, which shows that cutting added sugar for just a few days dramatically improves health. The study, published in Obesity, followed 43 obese children with...

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says he was recently invited to sit on the U.N. health agency’s Zika emergency committee — only to have his invitation rescinded when he refused to sign a confidentiality clause.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...