McCain’s brain cancer: the facts about glioblastoma

US Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, glioblastoma, which also killed the late senator Ted Kennedy and Beau Biden, the son of former vice president Joe Biden. Glioblastomas are the most common and deadliest ...

Synthetic seventh heaven: the perils of chemsex

"When you come down, you think: 'Oh God, how many people have I had sex with this weekend?'", says 30-something Briton James Wharton, recalling the anxiety that gripped him after a chemsex binge.Wharton is not alone. The practice of turbocharging sexua...

New study says 9 lifestyle changes can cut dementia risk

One third of dementia cases can be prevented with some basic lifestyle changes and better education during childhood, a study published in The Lancet said Thursday.Nearly 50 million people around the world suffer from dementia and Alzheimer's according...

Australia helps Sri Lanka as dengue toll hits 250

Australia will join Sri Lanka in its war on dengue fever, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Wednesday, as the virus has claimed a record 250 lives and infected nearly 100,000 people in the South Asian country this year.Sri Lanka has deployed hundreds ...

US Senate vote set for next week on Obamacare repeal

The US Senate will vote next week on proceeding to a bill that repeals the Affordable Care Act without a ready replacement plan, the chamber's top Republican said Tuesday."At the request of the president and vice president and after consulting with our...

Diabetes or its precursor affects 100 million Americans

Almost one-third of the US population -- 100 million people -- either has diabetes or its precursor condition, known as pre-diabetes, said a government report Tuesday.Diabetes is a serious disease that doubles the risk of early death. Complications can...

Modest weight gain in adulthood boosts disease risk: study

Most adults gain weight as they age, but adding as little as 11 pounds (five kilograms) by middle age may substantially raise the risk of major illnesses, US researchers said Tuesday.Harvard University scientists found that even modest weight gain in a...

Promising immunotherapy helps adults with leukemia

A cancer treatment that genetically alters immune cells has shown success in 71 percent of adults with the most common form of leukemia, and for whom other medicines had failed, US researchers said Monday.The treatment, known as experimental chimeric a...

1 in 10 infants received no vaccinations last year: UN

Nearly one in 10 infants received no vaccinations in 2016, meaning that they missed the first innoculation against three lethal diseases, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday.A full 12.9 million infants received no vaccinations last year, WH...

Australian has thumb surgically replaced with toe

An Australian man whose thumb was severed in a cattle herding accident has had a big toe surgically removed and transplanted onto his hand to replace the lost digit.Zac Mitchell was working on a remote cattle station in Western Australia state in April...

US panel urges approval of cutting-edge cancer therapy

An advisory panel on Wednesday unanimously urged the US Food and Drug Administration to approve a cutting-edge cancer therapy that genetically alters a patient's own immune system to attack leukemia.The treatment known as CTL019 was developed by lead r...

Blood test may help find early pancreatic cancer

A new blood test may accurately detect pancreatic cancer in its early stages, offering new hope for people at risk of this fast-moving and often fatal disease, researchers said Wednesday.Typically, pancreatic cancer is discovered when the tumors are to...

New way to see artery damage before heart disease sets in

Researchers have developed a new way to non-invasively peer into a person's arteries, detect inflammation, and possibly ward off heart disease before it becomes too severe to treat, a study said Wednesday.Heart disease is the top killer of men and wome...

Rat busters: New York unveils $32 million rodent fight

Desperate to turn the tide in its war on rats, New York unveiled a new $32 million effort Wednesday to cull thousands of them with rodent-proof trash cans and tighter garbage rules. Rodents are one of the least savory aspect of life in America's financ...

Fast-growing Pakistan aims to raise contraception use

Pakistan will raise the rate of contraception use to at least 50 percent within the next three years, the health minister has said, in a bid to help control its fast-growing population.Observers have warned that Pakistan's population boom is negating a...

UN urges aid to avert cholera-induced famine in Yemen

International donors must step up to prevent a cholera epidemic in war-torn Yemen from producing full-blown famine among hundreds of thousands of people, a UN official said Tuesday.More than 313,000 suspected cases and 1,732 deaths are attributable to ...

Puerto Rico enacts medicinal marijuana law

The depleted government coffers of bankrupt Puerto Rico will take in $50 million a month now that a law allowing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes has taken effect, the governor said.After the bill survived a bumpy ride through the National A...

UK hospital says to re-examine case of terminally ill baby

The British hospital treating a terminally ill baby boy said on Friday it would examine claims that he could be treated after US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis drew international attention to the case.The hospital had been due to withdraw life...