Health News

Study of smoking cancer patients fuels e-cigarette debate


LONDON - The fierce debate over whether e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking took another twist on Monday as a research paper on their use by cancer patients was criticized as flawed.

Sierra Leone wraps up three-day Ebola lockdown

FREETOWN - Sierra Leoneans on Sunday celebrated the end of a three-day lockdown aimed at stemming the world's worst ever Ebola epidemic, as authorities claimed the controversial operation had identified dozens of new infections and located scores of bodies. | Video

21 Sep 2014

Bill Clinton says must 'do whatever it takes' to fight Ebola

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - New initiatives from the United States, Britain, France and other countries to help fight the Ebola epidemic that has been spreading exponentially in West Africa marked a "good beginning," former President Bill Clinton said on Saturday, but said the world will need to do more.

France 20 Sep 2014

New Ebola clinics useless without more trained staff

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A shortage of volunteers to staff the new Ebola clinics and hospitals the international community is building in West Africa threatens efforts to bring the deadly virus rapidly under control, aid agencies have warned.

20 Sep 2014

Hundreds of babies possibly exposed to TB at Texas Hospital

- More than 700 newborns and 40 employees of a Texas hospital may have been exposed to a worker who had an active case of the sometimes-deadly tuberculosis, health officials said on Friday.

20 Sep 2014

Allowing blood donations from gay men could help save over a million lives: U.S. study

SAN FRANCISCO - Lifting a ban on blood donations from gay men would increase the amount of available blood by hundreds of thousands of pints (liters) each year and save more than a million lives a year, a California study showed on Friday.

19 Sep 2014

Regeneron says allergy drug may be darling of its pipeline

- Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc has quickly become one of the world's biggest biotech companies thanks to its Eylea treatment for macular degeneration, but its little known experimental allergy drug could become equally successful, senior company executives said in interviews.

19 Sep 2014

Start early for a lifetime of good vision and healthy eyes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - If your mother told you to eat your carrots so you’d be able to see in the dark, she was right. It turns out that feeding kids carrots is just one of a number of things parents can do to promote a lifetime of healthy eyes and good vision.

19 Sep 2014

Killings in Guinea show mistrust in Africa Ebola fight: WHO

GENEVA - The killing in Guinea of eight people trying to educate locals about Ebola showed how much rural populations in West Africa mistrust authorities after years of instability and conflict, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

World, Africa 19 Sep 2014

U.S. nutrition program for mothers, infants sees falling demand

WASHINGTON - A government nutrition program for pregnant mothers and small children has not kept pace with technology and U.S. poverty experts say its paper voucher system is driving low-income women away from the program when they need it most.

U.S., 19 Sep 2014