Zika

Last year, a combination of media coverage and scary outbreaks made Zika the most talked about disease of the year. Then, the winter season brought holiday cheer and diminished mosquito populations, and the public simply forgot about the health threat. However, people need to stay...

Brazil Yellow Fever Cases

Brazil’s Health Ministry says 424 people have been infected with yellow fever in the largest outbreak the country has seen in years. Of those, 137 have died. An update published Thursday said that more than 900 other cases are under investigation. During the current outbreak...

Cold Remedies

Arguably the worst part about having a bad cold is knowing there are no meds that can make it go away. Letting the virus run its course is the only option. But browsing the drugstore aisles, you’ll find that there are endless cold remedies that claim to treat symptoms and help...

Cigarettes

A group of African-American doctors is calling on President Obama to ban the sale of menthol-flavored cigarettes, which data shows are heavily favored among black smokers. The African-American Tobacco Control Leadership Council sent a letter to the president in August, asking him...

Blood centers

The Food and Drug Administration wants all U.S. blood banks to start screening for Zika virus, a major expansion intended to protect the nation’s blood supply from the mosquito-borne disease. The new advisory means all U.S. states and territories will need to begin testing...

NIH Official

A National Institutes of Health official said Sunday that the Zika virus could “hang around” the United States for a year or two. Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC’s “This Week” that other Gulf Coast states, besides Florida, are most vulnerable to the spread...

Robot To Work in Hospitals

Pepper, the humanoid robot programmed to “understand” human emotions, is to take a new job – as a receptionist in two Belgian hospitals. It will be the robot’s first foray into healthcare after previous deployments in shopping centres, banks and train stations. One...

Zika to mosquito virus tests

Since mosquitoes have not brought other tropical diseases to Connecticut, it’s unlikely that they’ll bring the Zika virus either, according to Philip Armstrong, director of the mosquito-monitoring program at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. “It’s primarily...

Cancer Needs Ebola

The hunt for a cancer cure should be treated with as much urgency as the Ebola outbreak, says US Vice-President Joe Biden. He said he had dreamed of being the president that cured cancer and believed it was possible. He is now leading the US “cancer moonshot” programme...

Zika virus

World Health Organization officials on Friday cautioned that “many thousands” of infants infected with Zika virus could suffer neurological abnormalities and said nations dealing with an outbreak need to watch for problems beyond the widely reported cases of microcephaly. These...