Measles can harm the immune system for up to three years, leaving survivors at a higher risk of catching other infectious and potentially deadly diseases, researchers said Thursday.
It was previously known that measles could suppress the body's natural defenses for months, but the findings in the journal Science show that the dangers of the vaccine-preventable disease last much longer, by wiping out essential memory cells that protect the body against infections like pneumonia, meningitis and parasitic diseases.Full Story
The Ebola virus has been detected for the first time in an eye of a patient months after it vanished from his blood, researchers said Thursday.
Dr. Ian Crozier, an American doctor, was diagnosed with Ebola in September 2014 while working in Sierra Leone with the World Health Organization.Full Story
Elton John forecast Wednesday the end of AIDS in his lifetime -- but only if the United States keeps leading the world in bankrolling its eradication.
The British pop music icon and AIDS activist was the star turn at a Senate hearing on future funding for the United States' core global AIDS initiative.Full Story
Obese children are far less likely to finish school than peers of normal weight, according to European research Thursday which also highlighted body image problems in kids as young as six.
And these problems are likely to become bigger and bigger as the waistlines of European children expand -- led by Ireland with 27.5 percent of under-fives classified as overweight, according to findings presented at a European Congress on Obesity in Prague.Full Story
The number of deaths from the Ebola epidemic now exceeds 11,000, figures from the World Health Organization showed on Wednesday.
In the three countries worst affected -- Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea -- 26,593 people were infected, and 11,005 had died, the WHO said.Full Story
Heavily pregnant when she died, Fatimah Jakemah was bagged, bleached and carted off for cremation, one of dozens of new cases in the capital that week as Ebola tightened its grip on Liberia.
It was early September and the outbreak was about to mushroom into an emergency of historic proportions that would eventually see 4,700 deaths throughout the country.Full Story
Nearly all Irish adults are likely to be overweight in 15 years' time, said a study Wednesday that warned of a European "obesity crisis of enormous proportions".
On current trends, some 89 percent of Irish men will be overweight by 2030, and nearly half obese, said a World Health Organization study to be presented at a European Congress on Obesity in Prague.Full Story
Hispanics in the United States face a higher risk than whites of dying from diabetes and liver disease, according to the first nationwide report of its kind released Tuesday by US health authorities.
When compared to non-Hispanic whites, Hispanics were less vulnerable to most leading causes of death, but were about 50 percent more likely to die from diabetes or liver disease and cirrhosis, said the report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Full Story
IBM on Tuesday said 14 U.S. cancer treatment centers would join a partnership to get personalized care treatment plans from the company's Watson supercomputer.
The project extends the use of Watson for cancer treatment based on a patient's own DNA and insights from a large database of medical literature and studies.Full Story
An Austrian men's magazine has printed its latest edition using blood from people who are HIV-positive in order to counter the "stigma" often attached to the virus that causes AIDS, its chief editor said Tuesday.
"We wanted to make a statement against the stigma and the irrational fears (about)... HIV and HIV-positive people," Julian Wiehl, founder and editor-in-chief of Vangardist magazine, told Agence France Presse.Full Story