A Pakistani health worker administers polio vaccine drops to a young child at a polio vaccination center in Karachi on January 8, 2013. Pakistani health officials Monday called for infants leaving …more
Pakistani health officials Monday called for infants leaving the country to be issued polio vaccinations at airports after virus samples linked to a southern Pakistani city were discovered in Egypt.Full Story
Brazil's economic capital Sao Paulo on Monday began mandatory detention of drug addicts for rehab, authorities said, amid rising worries over an epidemic of crack cocaine use.
Rio de Janeiro already detaining minors, but the new drug treatment program in Sao Paulo, South America's largest city, targets adults, with 700 spots currently available. Health officials said they expect to increase that number to 1,100 next year.Full Story
A women walks down the street on October 19, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. Obese people face a much higher risk -- of up to 80 percent -- of dying in a car collision compared with people of normal …more
Obese people face a much higher risk -- of up to 80 percent -- of dying in a car collision compared with people of normal weight, researchers reported Monday in a specialist journal.Full Story
Thirty-eight children from northern Chad have been hospitalized after being vaccinated for meningitis in a government campaign, the health minister said Monday.
"During the last phase of the vaccination campaign organized at Gouro (near the Libyan border) on December 11 to 15, 2012, unusual reactions were noted," Health Minister Mamouth Nahor N’Gawara told AFP.Full Story
Pakistani health officials Monday called for infants leaving the country to be issued polio vaccinations at airports after virus samples linked to a southern Pakistani city were discovered in Egypt.
Two sewage samples from Cairo were analyzed and found to resemble a recently discovered strain in the Pakistani city of Sukkur, a joint statement by health officials, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF said.Full Story
Sniffling, groggy and afraid she had caught the flu, Diana Zavala dragged herself in to work anyway for a day she felt she couldn't afford to miss.
A school speech therapist who works as an independent contractor, she doesn't have paid sick days. So the mother of two reported to work and hoped for the best — and was aching, shivering and coughing by the end of the day. She stayed home the next day, then loaded up on medicine and returned to work.Full Story
It has the makings of a science fiction movie: Zap someone's brain with mild jolts of electricity to try to stave off the creeping memory loss of Alzheimer's disease.
And it's not easy. Holes are drilled into the patient's skull so tiny wires can be implanted into just the right spot.Full Story
The number of older people hospitalized with the flu has risen sharply, prompting federal officials to take unusual steps to make more flu medicines available and to urge wider use of them as soon as symptoms appear.
The U.S. is about halfway through this flu season, and "it's shaping up to be a worse-than-average season" and a bad one for the elderly, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Full Story
A lawyer in Germany claims surgeons left up to 16 objects in her client's body after an operation for prostate cancer. She is seeking €80,000 ($106,216) plus costs for the family of the patient, who has since died. Surgical slips such as these are rare, but with millions of operations performed worldwide each year mistakes do sometimes occur.
According to Loyola University in Chicago, citing medical studies, some 1,500 patients in the United States have surgical objects accidentally left inside them after surgery each year. Most of the objects are sponges used to control patient bleeding during long operations. They can lead to pain, infections and other medical complications.Full Story
India has issued new rules barring foreign gay couples and single people from using surrogate mothers in order to become parents, according to a notice on the home ministry website.
Commercial surrogacy is a booming industry in India and in recent years the ranks of childless foreign couples have been swelled by gay partners and single people looking for a low-cost, legally easy route to parenthood.Full Story