Health News

China parliament weighs tough curbs on tobacco advertising: Xinhua


BEIJING - China's parliament is considering tough curbs on tobacco advertising as the world's top consumer of cigarettes looks to kick its smoking habit, state media reported on Monday.

Germany to step up bird flu testing after new cases discovered

HAMBURG - Germany will on Monday announce compulsory testing of ducks and geese for bird flu before slaughtering after two more cases of the H5N8 strain of the disease were discovered, the country's agriculture ministry said.

Germany 4:29am EST

Express Scripts to cover AbbVie hepatitis C drug, drops Gilead treatment

- The nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager has lined up a cheaper price from AbbVie Inc on its newly approved hepatitis C treatment and, in most cases, will no longer cover Gilead Sciences Inc treatments, Express Scripts said on Monday.

12:03am EST

Activity trackers get smarter at measuring fitness

NEW YORK - Fitness activity trackers have come a long way since Leonardo da Vinci sketched a rudimentary gear-and-pendulum pedometer to track the treks of 15th century Roman soldiers.

Tech, Media 4:12am EST

FDA approves BioCryst's flu shot

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Biocryst Pharmaceuticals Inc's single-dose flu shot on Monday, for use in adults with acute uncomplicated influenza.

5:21am EST

Ebola response in rural Sierra Leone not yet rapid enough

KOIDU, Sierra Leone - The rapid response team has arrived and the chaos is easing, but medics in a remote Sierra Leonean district are struggling to control a local Ebola outbreak when it's too late to nip it in the bud.

21 Dec 2014

Britain lifts bird flu restrictions on duck farm

LONDON - Britain on Sunday lifted restrictions on the movement of poultry in a six-mile (9.7-km) zone around a duck farm in northern England where the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu strain was found last month.

21 Dec 2014

Ebola death toll in three African countries hits 7,373: WHO

GENEVA - The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.

World, Africa 20 Dec 2014

South Korea halts U.S. poultry imports due to bird flu in U.S.

SEOUL - South Korea has suspended imports of U.S. poultry and poultry products because of an outbreak of bird flu in the United States, the Agriculture Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

South Korea 20 Dec 2014

Child tests negative for Ebola at Chicago hospital

- A child being monitored for Ebola in a Chicago hospital has been discharged after testing negative for the virus, the state health agency said on Saturday.

U.S. 20 Dec 2014