Charlie Sheen's HIV Disclosure

A new study looks at the public health impact of actor Charlie Sheen’s disclosure that he has the virus that causes AIDS. It found that Sheen’s revelation Nov. 17 prompted the greatest number of HIV-related Google searches recorded in the United States since 2004....

Novartis

Novartis received breakthrough therapy designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an investigational treatment for newly-diagnosed FLT3-mutated acute myeloid leukemia, the Swiss drugmaker said on Friday. Patients who received PKC412, also called midostaurin, combined...

Twins joined at the head successfully

A pair of twins who were joined at the head underwent a successful 10-hour separation surgery that involved 22 doctors and nurses, Central European News (CEN) reported. The twin girls, Tuqa and Yakeen, are said to be doing well. “The twins were joined at the head and that meant...

Mental Health Care 'is Ruining Lives'

Mental health care is so poor and underfunded that “lives are being ruined”, a review in England says. The report – published by a taskforce set up by NHS England – said too many people were not getting help or when they did it was often inadequate. It...

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...