Health News

U.S. proposes effort to analyze DNA from 1 million people


WASHINGTON - The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual's genetic make-up.

March meeting to plan rebuilding of Ebola-hit states

NAIROBI - Governments and international organizations plan to meet in March to work out how to rebuild three West African nations whose economies have been shattered by Ebola, a U.N. envoy said on Thursday.

29 Jan 2015

Suspected Ebola patient admitted to California hospital

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A patient suspected of contracting Ebola after traveling in West Africa and exhibiting symptoms of the disease was admitted on Thursday to a special isolation hospital unit in Sacramento and was being tested for infection, officials said.

U.S. 29 Jan 2015

CDC urges measles vaccinations amid Disneyland outbreak

LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans on Thursday to get vaccinated for measles amid an outbreak that began at Disneyland in December, saying that 2014 saw the highest number of cases in two decades.

29 Jan 2015

Poll finds gaping chasm in views between U.S. public, scientists

WASHINGTON - American scientists and the general public hold vastly different views on key scientific issues including the role of people in causing climate change, the safety of genetically modified food, and evolution, a poll released on Thursday showed.

Science, 29 Jan 2015

FDA approves Bristol-Myers, J&J HIV pills

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved two fixed-dose HIV pills that combine protease inhibitors - one made by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and the other by Johnson & Johnson - both with a boosting agent produced by Gilead Sciences Inc.

29 Jan 2015

Study supports Roche's disputed blockbuster flu drug Tamiflu

LONDON, Jan 30 - A major analysis of one of the world's most fiercely disputed medicines, Roche's Tamiflu, has found it cuts flu symptoms by a day and can help some patients avoid hospital treatment and complications.

29 Jan 2015

Medical marijuana advocates concerned by Illinois licensing delay

CHICAGO - Advocates for medical marijuana in Illinois are concerned that delays in issuing distribution licenses, exacerbated by a change in governors, is keeping the drug from patients who need it.

U.S., 29 Jan 2015

Withdrawal method linked to condom, pregnancy perceptions

(Reuters Health) – Up to 17 percent of young adults in the U.S. may be using “withdrawal” to prevent pregnancy, although not necessarily relying just on that method, a new study finds.

29 Jan 2015

Ex-supermodel Waris Dirie says FGM can end in her lifetime

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Supermodel turned campaigner against female genital mutilation Waris Dirie said on Thursday she was optimistic that FGM could be eradicated in her lifetime, branding the tradition "a cruel and perfidious war on little girls."

29 Jan 2015