Ebola burial teams dramatically West Africa outbreak: study

Red Cross volunteers prevented a significant number of Ebola cases during the 2013-2016 epidemic in West Africa by using safe burial techniques, according to a study released Thursday.The outbreak that killed more than 11,300 people and sickened nearly...

Senate Republicans to unveil health care bill

US Senate Republicans were preparing to finally unveil their health care overhaul Thursday aimed at fulfilling President Donald Trump's pledge to repeal Obamacare, as Democrats ready a fight to block the controversial measure.The bill reportedly will b...

Weekly romp could help ageing minds: study

The benefits of doing crossword puzzles or learning languages have long been touted to stave off mental decline. Now a new study says regular sex for over-50s should help too.The British study published in the Journals of Gerontology this week tested 2...

Six experts resign from Trump HIV/AIDS panel

Six top health advisors have resigned from Donald Trump's advisory council on HIV/AIDS, complaining that the US president doesn't really care about combatting the illness.In a letter published Friday in Newsweek, Scott Schoettes said the Trump administ...

Democrats fume over ‘secret’ Republican healthcare bill

Democrats gearing up for a new round of battles against Republican efforts to do away with Barack Obama's signature health care law are condemning a US Senate replacement bill being crafted by Republicans behind closed doors.Senator Bernie Sanders urge...

S. Africa probes pharmaceutical giants over cancer drug pricing

South Africa's competition commission said Tuesday it had launched investigations into pharmaceutical giants Roche, Pfizer and Aspen for suspected overpricing of cancer drugs.The commission said it had initiated probes into US firms Roche and Pfizer fo...

One in five teenage French girls too thin, study finds

Nearly one in five teenage girls in France is underweight, according to a study released Tuesday, a sharp increase that could pose a new worry for health officials even as they focus on rising obesity.Among girls aged 11 to 14, 19.6 percent were underw...

Mars recalls some UK products over salmonella fears

The chocolate maker Mars said Friday it was recalling batches of seven of its products in Britain and Ireland over concerns they may contain the harmful salmonella bacteria.In a statement, Mars Chocolate UK and Mars Ireland said "a small amount" of pro...

Zika birth defects in 5 percent of infected women in US islands

Five percent of women in the US territories who were infected with the Zika virus while pregnant had fetus or babies with defects, including microcephaly, government health data said Thursday.The report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevent...

US drug overdose deaths soar in 2016: report

US drug overdose deaths surged 19 percent to at least 59,000 last year as deadly manufactured drugs like fentanyl intensified a national opioid addiction crisis, New York Times data showed Tuesday.The data compiled by the Times showed that for the firs...

Parents’ nasty split harms kids’ health for decades: study

When children live through a contentious divorce or separation by their parents, the fallout appears to harm their health for decades, even into adulthood, researchers said Monday.The study involved 201 healthy adults who agreed to be quarantined, expo...

Promising cancer treatment targets rare genetic flaw

An experimental cancer medicine called larotrectinib has shown promise treating a diverse range of cancers in people young and old, researchers said at a major cancer conference in the United States.The treatment targets a genetic abnormality which is ...

Contaminated vaccines kill 15 children in South Sudan

Fifteen children died in a South Sudanese village last month after being administered with contaminated measles vaccines, the country's health minister said Friday.During the vaccination of 300 people in the southeastern state of Kapoeta, local officia...

Some vaginal bacteria may weaken anti-HIV gel: study

Some kinds of vaginal bacteria may interfere with a gel meant to curb the risk of contracting HIV, which infects more than one million women worldwide each year, researchers said Thursday.The findings in the journal Science were based on a 2010 study o...

Study highlights high death risk for Africa twins

One in five children born with a twin sibling in sub-Saharan Africa dies before the age of five -- three times the rate among singletons, said a study Thursday. Almost two-thirds die in the first month of life -- often succumbing to the after-effects o...

Ohio sues five drugmakers over role in opioid crisis

The US state of Ohio on Wednesday sued five major producers of prescription opioid medications, accusing them of lying about the deadly risks the painkillers -- at the center of a nationwide addiction crisis -- posed to public health.

The suit seeks to hold the companies accountable for harm to patients by blocking the drugs' allegedly deceptive marketing, as well as awarding compensation for the state and for consumers.

Prescription opioid overdoses have hit record levels in the United States, killing more than 15,000 people in 2015 alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. West Virginia has also targeted drugmakers over the crisis.

In a statement, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said the drugmakers had knowingly caused patients to become addicted, with many addicts then switching to heroin and other drugs.

"These drug manufacturers led prescribers to believe that opioids were not addictive, that addiction was an easy thing to overcome, or that addiction could actually be treated by taking even more opioids," DeWine said.

"They knew they were wrong but they did it anyway."

State officials say parts of Ohio are believed to be the hardest hit in the nation by the current opioid addiction crisis, with 2.3 million patients, or about 20 percent of the population, having been prescribed an opioid drug last year.

The suit names Purdue Pharma, which markets drugs such as OxyContin and Dilaudid, Johnson & Johnson, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Endo Health Solutions and Allergan.

Six dead after dialysis treatment in Vietnam

Six people are dead and 12 others have been sent for treatment after undergoing kidney dialysis at a hospital in Vietnam on Monday, health officials said. The victims were suspected to have suffered anaphylactic shock, state media reported, as official...

US deaths from Alzheimer’s soar 55 percent since 1999

Deaths from Alzheimer's in America have soared 55 percent since 1999, as the burden of this fatal form of dementia grows and the population ages, a federal health report said Thursday.The study in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Mor...