Health News

Fetal tissue research declining, still important


CHICAGO - A political battle over the use of fetal tissue in medical research has been reinvigorated by the release of undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood officials. But the controversy comes just as interest in the use of fetal tissue is dwindling, scientists said.

China to expand medical insurance for major illnesses

BEIJING - China will expand medical insurance to cover all critical illnesses for all urban and rural residents by the end of the year, the cabinet said on Sunday, the latest step in a plan to fix a healthcare system that has sparked public discontent.

China 01 Aug 2015

Four dead, 65 sick in New York City Legionnaires' disease outbreak

NEW YORK - A deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, a severe type of pneumonia, has now killed four people and sickened 65 in the Bronx section of New York City since July 10, New York City health officials said on Saturday.

U.S., 01 Aug 2015

Vaccine success holds hope for end to deadly scourge of Ebola

LONDON/GENEVA - The world is on the verge of being able to protect humans against Ebola, the World Health Organization said on Friday, as a trial in Guinea found a vaccine to have been 100 percent effective. | Video

Africa, World 31 Jul 2015

India court concludes hearing Maggi noodles case

MUMBAI - An Indian court has concluded hearing a case filed by Nestle India challenging a local regulator's report that Maggi instant noodles contained excess lead, a lawyer for the company said.

01 Aug 2015

WHO's Chan says initial results from Ebola vaccine trial 'promising'

GENEVA - Initial results from an Ebola vaccine trial in Guinea are "exciting" and "promising" and suggest the shot could help bring an end to West Africa's epidemic, World Health Organization director general Margaret Chan said on Friday.

31 Jul 2015

Exercise during teens reaps long-term benefits for women, study shows

NEW YORK - Playing team sports and exercising during adolescence can have long-lasting benefits for women and may even reduce their risk of dying from cancer and other causes later in life, a new study showed on Friday.

31 Jul 2015

FDA says investigating latest cyclosporiasis outbreak

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is investigating the latest outbreak of cyclosporiasis in the United States.

31 Jul 2015

Male caregivers may be less likely to ask for help

(Reuters Health) - Among unpaid, informal caregivers of older people with illness or disability, male caregivers in particular can be ambivalent about asking for help, according to a new review.

31 Jul 2015

More research links sedentary time to diabetes

(Reuters Health) - People who are inactive for hours on end each day may be more likely to develop diabetes than people who spend more time moving around, a study confirms.

31 Jul 2015