A million newborn babies a year die within 24 hours, charity Save the Children said in a report, which urged governments to tackle preventable deaths.
The report by the British-based organisation, published Tuesday, said 6.6 million children around the world died in 2012 before their fifth birthday, mostly from preventable causes.Full Story
The Obama administration is proposing new food labels that would make it easier to know about calories and added sugars, a reflection of the shifting science behind nutrition.
Fat was the focus two decades ago when the labels first were created, but nutritionists are now more concerned with how many calories we eatFull Story
While many Americans struggle with extra weight, the obesity rate among U.S. preschoolers has dropped by nearly half in recent years, according to figures out Tuesday.
Just eight percent of children aged two to five were obese in 2011-2012, down from 14 percent in 2003-2004, according to findings from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.Full Story
Investigations in nine European countries have given statistical backing to claims that patients' lives may be at risk when nurses are overworked, specialists said on Wednesday.
Published in The Lancet, the study touches on a sensitive topic in countries where health budgets are under strain.Full Story
Acetaminophen, a common pain reliever considered safe for pregnant women, has been linked for the first time to an increased risk of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder in children, said a study Monday.
More studies are needed to confirm the findings, but experts said the research points to a new potential cause for the worldwide rise in cases of ADHD, a neuro-behavioral condition which has no known cause and affects as many as five percent of US children.Full Story
For women who carry a notorious cancer gene, surgery to remove healthy ovaries is one of the most protective steps they can take. New research suggests some may benefit most from having the operation as young as 35.
Women who inherit either of two faulty BRCA genes are at much higher risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer than other women, and at younger ages. Actress Angelina Jolie generated headlines last year when she had her healthy breasts removed to reduce her cancer risk.Full Story
Gene detectives on Tuesday said they had discovered how the parasite that causes malaria becomes resistant to DDT and to insecticides used in anti-malaria bednets.
The secret lies in just one change in the DNA code on a single gene, they said.Full Story
In yet another blow to the $28 billion vitamin industry, a U.S. task force on Monday urged against taking Vitamin E and beta-carotene to ward off heart disease or cancer.
The latest guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force update the 2003 edition by adding Vitamin E to beta-carotene, a supplement that was already known to be ineffective at preventing the two most fatal diseases in America.Full Story
A respiratory virus that has killed dozens of people, mainly in the Middle East, is widespread in camels and may be jumping directly from camels to humans, said a study Tuesday.
Called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, it has killed 79 of the 182 people infected since September 2012, according to the World Health Organization.Full Story
A polio-like illness has afflicted a small number of children in California since 2012, causing severe weakness or rapid paralysis in one or more limbs.
The Los Angeles Times reports that state public health officials have been investigating the illness since a doctor requested polio testing for a child with severe paralysis in 2012. Since then, similar cases have sporadically been reported throughout the state.Full Story