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Daily cannabis and skunk users run higher psychosis risk

Mar 19 2019

LONDON, People who use cannabis every day run a significantly higher risk of developing the serious mental illness psychosis, especially if they use more potent forms of the drug, such as skunk, scientists said.

Teen cannabis use linked to higher risk of adolescent depression

Feb 13 2019

LONDON, Teenagers who use cannabis have a higher risk of developing depression and suicidal thoughts as young adults and should be made aware of those risks by parents and doctors, scientists said on Wednesday.

Public mistrust after Congo election raises Ebola epidemic anxiety

Jan 14 2019

LONDON, Jan 14 Global health teams battling the world's second largest Ebola epidemic in Democratic Republic of Congo fear an election dispute may deepen public mistrust and allow the epidemic to run out of control.

Scientists grow human eggs to full maturity in a lab

Feb 08 2018

LONDON, Feb 9 - Scientists have succeeded for the first time in growing human eggs in a laboratory from the earliest stages in ovarian tissue all the way to full maturity - a scientific step that had previously been taken in mice.

Cognitive therapy found to cut "cyberchondria" health anxiety

Sep 06 2017

Up to 20 percent of UK hospital appointments for heart or brain scans and other exploratory tests are taken up by patients suffering from excessive health anxiety or hypochondria, experts said on Thursday.

Scales tip in AIDS fight as death rates decline, treatment rates rise

Jul 20 2017

LONDON, July 20 - The scales have tipped in the fight against AIDS, with more than half of people infected with HIV now getting treatment and AIDS-related deaths almost halving since 2005, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Can coffee cause cancer? Only if it's very hot, says WHO agency

Jun 15 2016

LONDON There is no conclusive evidence that drinking coffee causes cancer, the World Health Organization's cancer agency said on Wednesday in a reverse of its previous warning, but it also said all "very hot" drinks are probably carcinogenic. | Video

WHO issues yellow fever warning as deadly outbreak grows

Apr 26 2016

LONDON/GENEVA, Amid rising concern over a deadly outbreak of yellow fever spreading from Angola, the World Health Organization on Tuesday urged travellers to the African country to heed its warnings and get vaccinated.

World’s obese population hits 641 million, global study finds

Mar 31 2016

LONDON More than 640 million people globally now weigh in as obese and the world has more overweight than underweight people, according to an analysis of global trends in body mass index (BMI).

Insight: Proving Zika guilty - A long and painstaking task

Feb 24 2016

LONDON, Feb 24 Evidence is building for the theory that Zika can cause newborn brain defects and the World Health Organization is promising more answers in weeks, but nailing a definitive link will be neither simple nor swift.

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