U.S. researchers reported a breakthrough in stem cell research on Wednesday, describing how they have turned human skin cells into embyronic stem cells for the first time.
The method described by Oregon State University scientists in the journal Cell, would not likely be able to create human clones, said Shoukhrat Mitalipov, senior scientist at the Oregon National Primate Research Center.Full Story
The new version of the world's most widely used psychiatric guide to mental disorders says grief soon after a loved one's death now can be considered major depression. Extreme childhood temper tantrums get a fancy name. And certain forgetful moments for the aging are called "mild neurocognitive disorder."
Those changes are just some of the reasons prominent critics say the American Psychiatric Association is out of control, turning common problems into mental illnesses in a trend they say will just make the "pop-a-pill" culture worse.Full Story
A deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS has apparently spread from patients to health care workers in eastern Saudi Arabia, health officials said Wednesday.
The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia told world health officials that two health care workers became ill this month after being exposed to patients with the virus. One is critically ill.Full Story
Health care workers and institutions came under violent attack in 22 countries last year, including 150 killings, the Red Cross said Wednesday, lamenting that such violence deprives millions of people in need of care.
In a follow-up on a report issued two years ago on violence against medical professionals in 16 countries, the International Committee of the Red Cross found that at least 921 such violent incidents had taken place in 22 countries in 2012, although it did not list the countries in question.Full Story
Women whose genes put them at a high risk of contracting breast cancer can dramatically reduce the danger by having a double mastectomy -- but not eliminate it altogether, experts say.
The issue has been thrown into the spotlight with Hollywood star Angelina Jolie's announcement that she had her breasts surgically removed after tests revealed she carried a genetic mutation that can lead to cancer.Full Story
Indian scientists Tuesday announced a low-cost vaccine against a deadly diarrhoea-causing virus that kills some 100,000 children in the country every year.
Rotavirus, which causes severe diarrhoea, is globally responsible for some 453,000 deaths annually and is particularly dangerous in the developing world where swift health care is often out of reach.Full Story
Doctors on Wednesday successfully carried out life-saving surgery on an Indian baby suffering from a rare disorder that caused her head to swell to nearly double its size, a neurosurgeon told Agence France Presse.
"The surgery went perfectly, much better than expected," said Sandeep Vaishya after the procedure on 15-month-old Roona Begum.Full Story
The U.S. government wants states to crack down more on people driving under the influence of alcohol by lowering the permitted blood-alcohol limit.
It is now at 0.8 gram of alcohol per liter of blood. The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday it should come down to 0.5. That would put the U.S. in line with most other countries in the world.Full Story
One in ten South Africans is HIV positive but AIDS-related deaths are falling as ramped-up treatment begins to have an impact, the country's official statistics agency said Tuesday.
After years of dragging its heels on the HIV/AIDS crisis, since 2004 South Africa has developed the world's largest HIV treatment program.Full Story
The World Health Organization on Tuesday revised up the death toll from the SARS-like coronavirus from 18 to 20 worldwide, but said the two additional fatalities in Saudi Arabia were old cases.
"These are two deaths which are retrospective. They're from an earlier outbreak," WHO spokesman Glenn Thomas told reporters in Geneva, without providing further details.Full Story