Health authorities Friday reported nearly 200 confirmed cases of the chikungunya virus in Puerto Rico and the first two cases of the mosquito-borne disease in Florida.
Puerto Rico's Health Department, in its weekly report, said that, as of June 25, laboratories had confirmed the virus in 182 people and that infections were suspected in 503 more.Full Story
The number of obese and overweight children in the world could balloon from 44 million in 2012 to 75 million in 2025, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Friday.Full Story
U.S. regulators on Friday warned against ingesting pure powdered caffeine, which is being sold in bulk over the Internet and is known to have killed at least one teenager.
"These products are essentially 100 percent caffeine. A single teaspoon of pure caffeine is roughly equivalent to the amount in 25 cups of coffee," the Food and Drug Administration said.Full Story
A human egg used to produce stem cells but unable to develop into a viable embryo can potentially be patented, a key EU legal chief said Thursday.
In an opinion of huge interest for biotechnology companies investing in stem-cell research, Advocate General Pedro Cruz Villalon said such eggs did not meet the definition of what constituted a human embryo.Full Story
Federal authorities on Thursday charged FedEx with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering painkillers and dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions.
The indictment filed in federal court in San Francisco alleges that FedEx Corp. conspired with two related online pharmacies for 10 years ending in 2010.Full Story
HIV-positive people in the world's rich countries now live nearly as long as those who don't carry the AIDS-causing virus, as drugs have cut the overall death rate in half, researchers said Friday.
Anti-retroviral treatment (ART) has cut the death rate from about 18 per 1,000 people between 1999 and 2001 to nine per 1,000 per year in 2009-2011, according to data from 200 clinics in Europe, the United States and Australia.Full Story
Exoskeletons helping the paralyzed to walk, tiny maggot-inspired devices gnawing at brain tumors, machines working tirelessly as hospital helpers: in many respects, the future of medicine is already here.
Experts say that, at the experimental level, human skills are already being enhanced or replaced by robots and other hi-tech substitutes -- and these may become commonplace just a few years from now.Full Story
The number of new HIV cases in Australia remains at the highest level in 20 years, according to data Thursday which reveals many people are not being detected early enough.
The Annual HIV Surveillance report from the University of New South Wales' Kirby Institute found 1,235 new cases of the virus were diagnosed in 2013. There were 1,253 new infections in 2012.Full Story
No batteries required: Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that changed ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induces a steady heartbeat.
The study, published Wednesday, is one step toward developing an alternative to electronic pacemakers that are implanted into 300,000 Americans a year.Full Story
A major international study out Wednesday found that niacin does not reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke in people with high cholesterol, but it does boost the risk of death.
Therefore, most people should not take the widely used supplement, also known as vitamin B3, according to an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine that was published along with the results of the randomized trial.Full Story