Health

South Korea confirms H5N6 bird flu at duck farm, raises bird flu alert level

South Korea confirms H5N6 bird flu at duck farm, raises bird flu alert level

Published 19/11/2017

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea on Sunday said it had confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu at a duck farm in the [more…]

Large U.S. farm study finds no cancer link to Monsanto weedkiller

Large U.S. farm study finds no cancer link to Monsanto weedkiller

Published 18/11/2017

FILE PHOTO: Monsanto's research farm is pictured near Carman, Manitoba, Canada August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Zachary Prong/File Photo (This Nov 9 story corrects paragraph 11 to [more…]

New blood pressure range means half of Americans have hypertension

New blood pressure range means half of Americans have hypertension

Published 14/11/2017

Tighter blood pressure guidelines from U.S. heart organizations mean millions more people need to make lifestyle changes, or start taking medication, in order to avoid cardiovascular problems. [more…]

Cost of diabetes epidemic reaches $850 billion a year

Cost of diabetes epidemic reaches $850 billion a year

Published 13/11/2017

The number of people living with diabetes has tripled since 2000, pushing the global cost of the disease to $850 billion a year, medical experts said on Tuesday. [more…]

Wounds sustained at night heal twice as slowly, scientists find

Wounds sustained at night heal twice as slowly, scientists find

Published 08/11/2017

Body clocks cause wounds such as cuts and burns sustained during the day to heal around 60 percent faster than those sustained at night, scientists have discovered in a finding that has implications for surgery and wound-healing medicines. [more…]

Bulgaria reports two more outbreaks of virulent bird flu

Bulgaria reports two more outbreaks of virulent bird flu

Published 05/11/2017

A virulent bird flu virus has spread to two more regions in Bulgaria prompting veterinary authorities to announce a cull of nearly 8,000 ducks, the Balkan country's food safety agency said on Sunday. [more…]

Millions either malnourished or obese in global nutrition crisis

Millions either malnourished or obese in global nutrition crisis

Published 03/11/2017

Almost every country in the world now has serious nutrition problems, either due to over-eating leading to obesity or a lack of food leading to undernutrition, according to a major study published on Saturday. [more…]

CVS deal for Aetna could help retailer face Amazon entry: analysts

CVS deal for Aetna could help retailer face Amazon entry: analysts

Published 27/10/2017

U.S. pharmacy operator CVS Health Corp's (CVS.N) move to buy health insurer Aetna Inc (AET.N) could shore-up CVS' vulnerable pharmacy business and spur another round of dealmaking in an industry fearing Amazon's arrival, analysts said. [more…]

CVS makes more than $66 billion bid for Aetna: sources

CVS makes more than $66 billion bid for Aetna: sources

Published 27/10/2017

U.S. pharmacy operator CVS Health Corp has made an offer to acquire No. 3 U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc for more than $200 per share, or over $66 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. [more…]

Global measles deaths fall, but elimination goals far off

Global measles deaths fall, but elimination goals far off

Published 26/10/2017

Annual deaths from measles dropped below 100,000 worldwide last year for the first time, to 90,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international agencies said on Thursday. [more…]