Health

Pharmacy executive convicted in US deadly meningitis outbreak

In this March 16, 2017, file photo, Barry Cadden arrives at the federal courthouse in Boston. A verdict has been reached Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in the case. Cadden, president of New England Compounding Center, faces multiple counts in a fungal meningitis outbreak from tainted steroids manufactured by the pharmacy, which killed dozens and sickened hundreds of people in 2012. (AP Photo / Steven Senne, File).
24 Mar 2017
The former head of a Massachusetts pharmacy was acquitted Wednesday of murder allegations but convicted of racketeering and other crimes in a meningitis outbreak that was traced to fungus-contaminated drugs and killed 64 people across the...
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Vitamin B an unlikely weapon in the war against pollution, new study suggests

A Delhi policeman stands guard at the war memorial India Gate engulfed in a thick smog in New Delhi, India, on November 6, 2016.
20 Mar 2017
Vitamin B could help mitigate the effects of the most dangerous type of air pollution, according to a new study published Monday. In the first study of its kind, a team of international researchers looked at the damage caused by one of the...
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More young people are getting this cancer, and experts don’t know why

Alexandra Munoz, 5, who lost her hair due to chemotherapy to treat a malignant brain tumor, undergoes a session of treatment with the help of a nurse in the cancer ward of the Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital in Santiago, October 20, 2014.
 
11 Mar 2017
Rates of colon and rectal cancer are rising sharply among young and middle-aged adults but doctors have yet to pinpoint why, researchers said Tuesday.   The report in the Journal of The National Cancer Institute found that Generation...
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Adults who were preemies may face more mental health risks

11 Mar 2017
Adults who were born prematurely at a very low birth weight may be more likely to experience mental health problems like depression and anxiety, a recent study suggests.   Researchers examined data from previously published studies of...
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Over one in four child deaths linked to polluted environment: WHO

The UN has warned that exposing young children to environmental hazards can lead to reduced intelligence, attention disorders, lung damage, cancer, and now, death (Oka Budhi / AFP). 
07 Mar 2017
More than one in four deaths in children under five is linked to polluted environments, according to two new World Health Organization reports published Monday. Each year, environmental risks such as indoor and outdoor pollution, second-...
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Polluted environments kill 1.7 million children a year: WHO

Air pollution in the Delhi suburbs.
06 Mar 2017
A quarter of all global deaths of children under five are due to unhealthy or polluted environments including dirty water and air, second-hand smoke and a lack or adequate hygiene, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. Such...
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Euthanasia: German court rules patients can access life-ending drugs

Depression pills
06 Mar 2017
For more than a decade a 74-year-old man fought for legal access to fatal drugs for his paralyzed, now-deceased, wife. A German court has now ruled that her extreme suffering should have been taken into account.Symbolbild Sterbehilfe...
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Deadly US heroin overdoses quadrupled in five years: study

27 Feb 2017
The number of deadly heroin overdoses in the United States more than quadrupled from 2010 to 2015, a federal agency said on Friday, as the price of the drug dropped and its potency increased.   There were 12,989 overdose deaths...
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Long-term stress might make you fat: study

23 Feb 2017
Could constant stress be making you fat? To find out, English researchers compared stress levels and body weight of more than 2,500 men and women over age 54 who participated in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. The study, ...
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New trauma unit to help escaped Islamic State sex slaves

23 Feb 2017
After their rape and torture by Islamic State extremists for months or years, Yazidi women face ongoing suffering from psychological trauma even if they do manage to escape. Until now, a lack of psychiatrists and other mental health...
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