An Australian woman on Monday won a court battle to use her dead husband's sperm to have a baby in a landmark case in New South Wales, where IVF treatment is banned without consent of the donor.
Jocelyn Edwards, 40, and husband Mark had discussed fertility treatment after she failed to fall pregnant and they were due to sign in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) consent forms on August 6 last year.Full Story
Australia plans the world's toughest laws on tobacco promotion but Health Minister Nicola Roxon denied Sunday the government's ultimate goal was a complete ban on smoking.
Under proposed legislation, due to take effect next year, all logos will be removed from cigarette packets, which must be a drab olive-green color and be plastered with graphic health warnings.Full Story
After Rob Summers was paralyzed below the chest in a car accident in 2006, his doctors told him he would never stand again. They were wrong.
Despite intensive physical therapy for three years, Summers' condition hadn't improved. So in 2009, doctors implanted an electrical stimulator onto the lining of his spinal cord to try waking up his damaged nervous system. Within days, Summers, 25, stood without help. Months later, he wiggled his toes, moved his knees, ankles and hips, and was able to take a few steps on a treadmill.Full Story
A dietary supplement of amino acid and antioxidant vitamins can reduce the risk for pregnant women of a dangerous condition called pre-eclampsia, according to a study released Friday.
Affecting five percent of first-time pregnancies, pre-eclampsia leads to abnormally high blood pressure, protein build-up in urine, and swelling in the feet and ankles.Full Story
Breast cancer patients who practice yoga experience lower stress and improved quality of life compared to counterparts who do stretching exercises, a U.S. study indicated.
Researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center studied 163 women with an average age of 52 who were undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer, ranging from early onset to stage three.Full Story
Immigrants to the United States often ditch their ethnic diets for high-calorie American fare, partly because it is cheap and easy to find but also as a way to fit in, a new study shows.
Immigrants who eat American are consuming, on average, 182 extra calories and seven additional grams of saturated fat compared to immigrants who stick to their traditional diet, leaving the fast-food immigrants more likely to become obese and suffer chronic illnesses related to obesity.Full Story
A review of medical studies gave the thumbs-up on to Tai Chi as a way of improving mental health in the elderly, but does not confirm other claims made for the Chinese martial art.
British and South Korean researchers looked at 35 assessments of Tai Chi found in English-language, Chinese and Korean databases.Full Story
Teens who play a lot of video games are likely to sleep less than the eight to nine hours a night recommended for the age group, researchers said Monday.
Speaking via teleconference from the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, researchers said that an analysis of data on 16,000 teens also found that youths who reported sleeping less than seven hours a night did not get enough exercise, which could also impact their health.Full Story
Initial test results indicate that a 12-year-old girl died of the deadly Ebola virus in a town about 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of Kampala, health officials told Agence France Presse.
Preliminary testing carried out at the Uganda Virus Research Institute showed on Friday that the girl died from the virus on May 6 at Bombo hospital, said Dr Miriam Nanyunja, disease prevention and control officer for the World Health Organization in Uganda.Full Story
There may be a whiff of truth to claims by allergy sufferers who sniffle that this season is, well, a bigger headache than years past.
And now, more bad news: It's also lasting longer, prolonging the misery of the millions of people for whom spring is a punishment, not a pleasure.Full Story