Opioid drug maker settles US lawsuit for $4.5 million

Opioid drug maker Insys agreed to pay $4.5 million Friday to end a lawsuit in which it was accused of deceptive marketing, one of the first settlements of civil suits that drug manufacturers face over a US overdose epidemic.The lawsuit was brought by t...

Obamacare subsidy cut-off would raise insurance prices: study

A threat by President Donald Trump to eliminate a crucial subsidy for Obamacare would sharply force up insurance costs and expand the US deficit, an independent government study said Tuesday.The Congressional Budget Office said Trump's threat to kill h...

Consumers ‘left in lurch’ over Europe egg scandal

European consumers complained of being "left in the lurch" by food safety authorities as a scandal over insecticide-tainted eggs snowballed Friday, but said they have no intention of removing eggs from their shopping lists completely.Eggs contaminated ...

Ex-Miss Universe urges HIV testing in Philippines

The Philippines' former Miss Universe conducted a public HIV test in Manila on Wednesday a week after the United Nations said her country had the fastest-growing number of infections in Asia. Pia Wurtzbach, UNAIDS goodwill ambassador for Asia and the ...

Colorectal cancer rates rising in white Americans under 55

The number of white Americans under 55 dying from colorectal cancer has been increasing since the mid-2000s after decades of downward movement, new research published Tuesday showed, though rates among other races remained static or declined.Researcher...

Trump warns that opioid crisis threatens everyone

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday sought to rally support to fight the opioid crisis, a public health disaster he warned was threatening all Americans."It's a tremendous problem in our country, and I hope we get it taken care of as well as it can be...

2,000 Philippine mums show breast is best for babies

Some 2,000 mothers in the Philippines breastfed their babies in public on Saturday in a gathering aimed at cutting infant deaths and dispelling taboos over the practice.To the upbeat sounds of local pop songs, hundreds of mothers suckled their babies i...

World’s blind population to soar: study

The world's blind will increase threefold from about 36 million today to 115 million in 2050 as populations expand and individuals grow ever older, researchers said Thursday.The number of people with a moderate to severe vision impairment -- only those...

Senate eyes bipartisan approach to Obamacare fix, defying Trump

A bipartisan approach to fixing rather than repealing the existing health care reforms gathered pace Wednesday, after Republican and Democratic senators joined forces to begin work on shoring up the insurance markets.In a clear effort to move beyond th...

Philippines has fastest growing HIV infections in Asia: UN

The Philippines has the fastest growing number of HIV infections in Asia, a report by the United Nations and the government showed Tuesday.The Southeast Asian nation saw a 140 percent increase in new cases from 2010 to 2016, even though the annual numb...

Myanmar seeks WHO help with deadly swine flu outbreak

Myanmar health authorities have asked the UN's health agency for help to combat a deadly outbreak of swine flu that has sparked alarm in the commercial capital.At least six people have died and 30 more have been infected over the past week, most of the...

Terminally-ill UK baby to spend final days in hospice

Terminally-ill British baby Charlie Gard will spend his final days in a hospice, a court heard Wednesday, after his parents dropped their request to take him home, but a dispute continues over his care plans.Gard's parents had wanted 11-month-old Charl...

Bangladeshi twins born joined at skull to undergo surgery

Bangladeshi twins born conjoined at the skull will undergo a difficult and potentially dangerous operation to separate them, surgeons said Wednesday as they appealed for help from global medical experts. Doctors are trying to establish whether the one-...

Sperm count declining in the West: study

Sperm count among men in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand has halved in 40 years, according to research warning of fertility risk, though outside experts urged caution about the results.A review of data collected from nearly 43,000 men ...

Japan woman dies of tick disease after bitten by sick cat

A Japanese woman has died from a tick-borne virus after being bitten by a stray cat in what is possibly the world's first animal-to-human transmission of the disease.The woman in her 50s died some 10 days after being bitten by the cat last year after s...

Japan aims to reduce suicides by 30% in 10 years

Japan aims to cut suicides by 30 percent over 10 years, with the government Tuesday approving a plan which seeks to curb extreme work hours seen as contributing to one of the world's highest suicide rates.Japan has the highest suicide rate among Group ...

Hospitals overwhelmed as Sri Lanka dengue toll nears 300

Sri Lanka announced Monday it was intensifying its war on dengue fever, with schools to shut across the island to help curb the unprecedented outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus that has claimed nearly 300 lives.The Red Cross also announced it was sca...

Women with HIV in Cameroon still stigmatised

Blandine, a 28-year-old mother of a baby girl, sits restlessly on a chair in a womens' health centre in Cameroon's capital, not knowing how or what to feel as she waits for an HIV test.Blandine is HIV positive. But the waiting is not for her -- it is t...

ECOWAS leaders call for W.African birth rate to be halved

Senior politicians in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Saturday called for measures to cut the birth rate in the region in order to bring the population explosion there under control.Deputies of ECOWAS, Mauritania and Chad shou...