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Feb 12, 2016 05:07PM

Alzheimer's preventative drug hope

Cambridge scientists have detected a number of drugs which could help protect against Alzheimer's disease, acting like statins for the brain.

Feb 13, 2016 02:54AM

Doctors' dispute 'could become a war'

The dispute over the imposition of a new contract for junior doctors "could become a war" between NHS staff, employers and the government, a union warns.

Feb 12, 2016 09:40AM

Zika brain defect link confirmed "soon"

The World Health Organization says it expects to decide within a few weeks if there is a link between Zika and microcephaly in newborns.

Feb 11, 2016 05:06PM

Over-65s 'living longer than ever'

People in England are living longer than ever before in older age, a report from Public Health England says, although there are variations across the country.

Feb 12, 2016 01:42AM

GSK fined for deals with competitors

The pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and some generic drugs firms have been fined for being anti-competitive.

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Feb 12, 2016 01:29PM

Kids try to 'breathe less' after gas leak

Cooper Stutler's teacher told his second-grade class to put their shirts over their noses as they crossed the playground to get snacks.

Feb 12, 2016 10:11AM

Is Valentine's Day chocolate good for you?

Who doesn't love chocolate? Even if it's not your favorite sweet treat, you can probably agree that the confection conjures thoughts of love, pleasure and reward.

Feb 12, 2016 09:27AM

His battle with ALS empowered her to live

When they married about six years ago, Hope Dezember knew that she and her husband, Steve, wouldn't be able to spend the rest of their lives together. Steve had been recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Feb 12, 2016 08:34AM

How your brain works against your best intentions

Have you ever tried to stop yourself from doing something, but were unable to summon up the willpower? A new study finds your brain might be working against your best intentions, and scientists think they might know what could help you unlock your better self.

Feb 12, 2016 08:06AM

Police: Man remembers who he is after 30 years

Missing for decades, one man just solved his own missing persons case, according to Canadian police.

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Sat, 13 Feb 2016 02:50:02 GMT

PAULA SPAN on Feb 12, 2016 05:00PM

The New Old Age: In Palliative Care, Comfort Is the Top Priority

Some patients avoid this specialty, which provides relief from pain and discomfort, because they mistake it for end-of-life care.

SABRINA TAVERNISE on Feb 12, 2016 04:37PM

Prepare for ?Guerrilla Warfare? With Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes, Experts Warn

To combat the mosquito that carries the Zika virus, experts say the United States will need a ?guerrilla warfare house-to-house method? of control.

ROBERT PEAR on Feb 12, 2016 03:37PM

Surge in Medicare Advantage Sign-Ups Confounds Expectations

The government-subsidized plans for older Americans were forecast to wither in the face of cuts under the Affordable Care Act. Instead, they have thrived.

JOHN HANC on Feb 12, 2016 11:16AM

Founded for the Poor, Mass General Looks to the Wealthy

The 205-year-old Boston hospital plans to open a concierge medical practice in the summer.

RONI CARYN RABIN on Feb 12, 2016 09:14AM

Ask Well: Are Pomegranates Good For You?

A reader asked: What are the health benefits of pomegranates?

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Feb 13, 2016 03:22AM

Guillain-Barre on rise in five Latam countries, no proven link to Zika - WHO

Nurses take care of Guillain-Barre syndrome patients in the neurology ward at the Rosales National Hospital in San SalvadorBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - A neurological disorder suspected of links to the mosquito-borne Zika virus is on the rise in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Suriname and Venezuela, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. The rare Guillain-Barre syndrome, in which the body's immune system attacks part of the nervous system, causes gradual weakness in the legs, arms and upper body and sometimes leads to total paralysis. "In the context of the Zika virus outbreak, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Suriname and Venezuela have reported an increase of GBS (Guillain-Barre Syndrome)," the WHO said in a weekly report on Zika virus now circulating in 34 countries, including 26 in the Americas.

Feb 13, 2016 02:20AM

Athletes concerned about Zika before Rio Olympic test event

A Brazilian Army soldier shows a pamphlet which will be distributed in the city, after a ceremony to mark the graduation from training on how to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito in Rio de JaneiroInternational athletes set to compete in an Olympic diving test event in Rio de Janeiro next week have asked about risks linked to the Zika virus, but have not canceled participation because of the outbreak, one of the organizers said on Friday. "They are concerned and are being given advice on how to proceed," Cassius Duran, a former Brazilian diver, told reporters at the inauguration of the remodeled Maria Lenk Aquatic Center, where the Olympic diving will be held in August. Duran said organizers were telling athletes to use repellents to protect themselves against mosquito bites, the primary means of transmission of the virus.

Feb 12, 2016 08:37PM

Hawaii declares emergency over mosquito-borne illnesses

Hawaii Gov. David Ige, left, talks to reporters about the state's plans for fighting mosquito-borne illness as George Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, center, and Virginia Pressler, director of the state Department of Health, listen on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 in Honolulu. Ige declared a state of emergency to fight mosquito borne illnesses including dengue fever and the Zika virus. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)HONOLULU (AP) ? Hawaii Gov. David Ige declared a state of emergency to fight mosquito borne illnesses including dengue fever and the Zika virus.

Feb 12, 2016 07:23PM

US scientists travel to Colombia for Zika collaboration

Workers spray chemicals to eliminate breeding sites of the Aedes Aegypti mosquitoAmerican scientists traveled to Colombia to investigate the mosquito-borne Zika virus and help find a vaccine for the disease that is plaguing Latin America, the US ambassador to Bogota said Friday. The US experts are studying "the possibility of a vaccine" alongside specialists from the Colombian Health Ministry, Ambassador Kevin Whitaker said from Bogota, capital of the second worst-hit nation. "It's a process that can take months," Whitaker said, without providing details on the financial cost of sending the US scientists.

Feb 12, 2016 06:06PM

Zika virus may hide in organs protected from the immune system

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Zika virus may be particularly adept at entrenching itself in parts of the body that are shielded from the immune system, making it harder to fight off and possibly lengthening the timeframe in which it can be transmitted, top U.S. experts said on Friday. Researchers reported that Zika virus can be detected in semen for 62 days after a person is infected, adding to evidence of the virus?s presence in fetal brain tissue, placenta and amniotic fluid.

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